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Windows 7 install - Partition Guidance/Assistance


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#1 Scott Stoef

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:17 PM

I'm going to be installing Windows 7 on my existing computer and need some advice on the how to handle the partitions. I'm running a Raid 5 setup and have approximately 700gb to work with. I was planning on setting up 20gb for Win7 and the rest for normal use. Now this might sound stupid, but this is the first time I've ever attempted to do a partition so I need to make sure I'm not making any mistakes or misunderstand how this is going to work.

The first thing I will do is setup the initial partion of 20gb for the OS (primary). This will automatically get set to the C:\ drive correct? Then I will setup the remaining 680gb as my secondary drive for programs loads, etc. My DVD drives are currently setup as D:\ and E:\ respectively so how do I change them to E:\ and F:\ so the secondary drive can be set to D:\? Then when I install new programs do I just tell them to go to the newly created D:\ partition?

I've got an external HD for system backups with Norton Ghost so I really don't think I need any other partitions (open to debate)

I guess the bigger fundamental question is should I be partitioning at all given my setup? I do have 3 other family members using this computer?

Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 07:03 PM

Hi Scott and welcome to Bleeping Computer

I not into partitioning but I do have some knowledge about the setup of it

When you first install window 7 yes the default letter of the OS which is C:/Windows respectfully I have seen computer with multiple logical disks.

So for your example
You going to have to create a Primary Partition and a Extended Partitions

So

C:\Windows is 20GB (Primary Partition and set to Active) because that where the MBR lies.
680GB is set to to Extended Partition

Within the Extended Partitions Logical drives are created I think 2 or more can be logical drives

so if you want to create 2 Logical Drives It would be 680/2 340GB and so on.

I would install windows first than go into Disk Management for creation of the extended partitions and logical partitions

These two tutorials
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/partition-and-format-a-disk-in-windows/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/understanding-hard-disk-partitions/

I would make all drives NTFS.

Hope this helps

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#3 Scott Stoef

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 10:15 PM

here is what I came up with, but I'm still not sure if this is correct or not. At least Windows gives you a nice app to manage this.

1. System Reserved - 100mb - System, Active, Primary Partition
2. C:\ - 20GB - Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition
3. D:\ - 661.18GB - Primary Partition
4. B:\ - 20GB - Logical Drive

So I'm assuming based on the name the C:\ drive is set to Active? The B:\ drive I plan on using to backup the backup on our digital pictures.

Does this look right or do I need to do something else. What I don't understand is why the B:\ came through as a logical drive?

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:34 AM

A:\Floppy disk
B:\is secondary floopy drive if you have a secondary disk dive (oldie 1950 95 or 98 or NT)
C:\windows Default and Primary Partition which is set to active because the files on that partition to boot
D:\ or E:\ is sometimes your CD drive

What I don't understand is why the B:\ came through as a logical drive?
B:/ is on a extended partition which created the logical drive

If you cant stand B:\ you can change the the drive letter in disk management right click B:\ click Change Drive letter and paths

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#5 Scott Stoef

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:56 PM

The tool must be smarter than me! The reason it is going to a logical drive is because it knows that was going to be my 4th partition and based on the rules it has to be extended. So I just decided to just not do a backup and just load everything to the D:\ and let Norton Ghost to the back up for me.

Thanks for all your help coxchris!!!!

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:43 PM

No Problem Mate,

I have a backup image of my previous windows installation and all the programs on my external hard drive i use todo backup

If you have any problems please post back or create a new thread with another problem.

I love seeing threads that i have help with have a positive outcome

It just makes me so happy

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