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Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

15 Aug 2010   #30
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bagavan View Post
bare foot kid I have 2 partitions if I give clean all these 2 partitions will be single unallocated space rite?




Hello bagavan.


Yes that is correct and any/all data will be over-written and not recoverable so make any needed backups before you start.


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15 Aug 2010   #31
bagavan

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

earlier I was unable to delete a extended partition I dont have any data..can I use this command to create entire HDD as unallocated space?
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15 Aug 2010   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bagavan View Post
earlier I was unable to delete a extended partition I dont have any data..can I use this command to create entire HDD as unallocated space?




Yes, the first thing this "clean all" command does it mark the entire Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as unallocated space and then over-writes all the data with zeroes ( 0 ) so that there is nothing left on the HDD at all.
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29 Aug 2010   #33
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Good stuff!!! I used CopyWipe to do the same thing, and yes it still takes a good bit of time. I did a 1TB hard drive and it took about 3 hours.

One question, if read the tutorial correctly, if you create your partition in the command line, restart and format, you WON'T get that 100MB system reserve partition of a copy of Windows Ultimate?

Is this beneficial, in my cause it created that system reserve and I don't have plans of changing that, but its good to know for the next time.
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29 Aug 2010   #34
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello eldinv.


You are correct, if the command line is used to create the partition(s) before the install starts you will not get the 100MB System Reserved partition; the original idea was for people with SSDs with limited space who are individuals with a lot of Windows experience that wanted to trim the amount of space the install used on the SSD.

The tutorial has proven to be useful in a number of different installation issues so it gets recommended to try on those issues.

There is an advantage in having the System Reserved partition in certain situations, a dual or multi boot being one as it is used to contain all the boot files for the various OSs so that removing a certain OS isn't that big an issue; and it adds the "Repair Your Computer" recovery console to the F8 boot menu like in the snip below that you won't get without the System Reserved partition being present.
It just depends on an individual's needs/wants if it is really needed.

I hope this answers some of your questions.
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SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation-repair.jpg


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29 Aug 2010   #35
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Thank You and yes it answered everything.
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29 Aug 2010   #36
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
Thank You and yes it answered everything.






You're welcome, I'm glad I could help!
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29 Aug 2010   #37
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Excellent tutorial ted ,Ive got to "fix" my old pc when i get a new power unit for it and shall definitely referring to this tut when i do. thanks
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30 Aug 2010   #38
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're welcome Julian, I'm glad you find it useful!
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02 Sep 2010   #39
schandler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Excellent tutorial, I still can't install W7 - any ideas?

First, I have to agree with all the other replies, EXCELLENT tutorial, great job, everything worked perfectly to the point of cleaing the disc and creating a 40GB partition. Thanks very much for that! As you said, the "clean all" routine does take a while - I was doing a 1TB drive so I just left it going all night!

Secondly, very sadly I am still getting the original error that I was trying to fix.... any chance you could give me a pointer as to what I'm doing wrong, or direct me somewhere I can find the solution. Problem is as follows:-

I originally reached your excellent post by searching for a solution to the dreaded "error 0x80300024". People were saying "clean and format your disc properly and it will be OK". I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on my Alienware ALX51. It currently has 32bit Vista Ult installed but the machine is more than capable of running 64bit W7.

I didn't want to reformat the entire computer (it has a 1TB RAID plus 2 other 1TB discs). Vista is factory-installed on the RAID so I left that alone for now. I reformatted the second 1TB drive and tried to install the 64bit W7 = but I got error 0x80300024 so I searched and found your post - GREAT SO FAR!

So I have cleaned my second 1TB disc as per your tutorial, all worked perfectly!

Only when I come to install W7 it is still giving me error 0x80300024 ......

Anything else I can try?

Best
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