Like with any other OS, it's best to allow the installer create the partition(s) for Windows 7, as a System one will be needed that Mini Tool can't properly handle, as this will be your Active partition for this OS.
MiniTool has Option for marking as active so I'm confused now. I guess it can be done more than one way, but you are advising me the proper or best way?
One question before I respond, is the install media a Windows 7 install DVD (or bootable ISO)? I'm a bit unclear about a what a RAW file is (so may be other assistants), it's either an ISO or not,
3. Already have the USB Install Media created. Additional Note: Also created DVD install media but heard that the USB will be faster, and have never used it before so wanted to give it a go.
@Agouti: Agree with your comments and will try to answer soon if not now.
pcpunk, there's no need with a new drive to pre-partition, Windows 7 can handle this nicely, all you need to input is the size of your partition, and add 100MB to that, because a System partition will be created.
Best thing you can do is delete the created partitions & let the installer do the job. We've been through this before. While Mini Tool Partition Wizard is a great tool to have, it's not meant for installing modern Windows with. It's for managing partitions after the install.
I guess it can be done more than one way, but you are advising me the proper or best way?
Letting the OS do the installing is the way I've been doing for years, and has never failed me, as long as there were no issues with the computer's hardware. Plus being an SSD, which you've not mentioned so far, Windows 7 needs to be able to be in total control of the install, to ensure that the partition offset is proper. When creating the partition, it'll let you know that additional partitions will be needed, and you'll have to agree to proceed, it has to create the Active partition, and why you have to add 100MB to the size you want to compensate. For example, of you want it to be 100GB, you have to key in 102500MB, the extra 100MB will be for the System one. You cannot manage that, only the installer can, and it has to be right.
The only advice I give about these things are those which I've performed myself & know works, I don't work by speculation during an OS install.
And don't forget, you'll need to leave about 7% of unformatted space at the far end of the drive (Samsung Magician, if installed will recommend 10% & a good app to have), though normally 7% is the recommended amount. Unless you purchase a drive that has extra space, though unseen & unusable by the consumer, this is inbuilt overprovisioning, usually about 10% of the drive's capacity. Once installed, updated & checking your alignment with Mini Tool Partition Wizard, on each partition beginning with the left, install Samsung Magician, and from there, you'll have one click optimization choices. I choose the more capacity one, because it shrinks the page file, which gives you more space & better performance (forcing your RAM to do it's job). The RAPID app may or may not help, you can try & see, on some of my systems it's great, on others, buggy.
Though it's recommended to have 4GB or more RAM for RAPID, because the 850 versions, compared to the 840, uses more RAM for RAPID. Though using more RAM is not a waste, as long as you have enough resources to run your software & browsers, there's nothing wrong with using 70-80% of your installed RAM, that's what it's for, plus the onboard graphics chip requires some that you have no control over. I run & prefer GSkill RAM myself (on most of my computers), there's usually an equivalent module or kit for every need & you can even contact their Customer service (be sure to provide your Speccy link in your sig), via email & they'll provide you with the best match for your computer. Right now, RAM is very close to 2011 lows, even DDR4 RAM is low in cost. But don't expect this to last long, there's just a lot of inventory at the moment, the price can increase by 50% or more tomorrow if supply chain tightens.
Amazon also has a brand called A-Tech, of which I've purchased some DDR2 kits, and though these are refurbished & rebranded kits, are backed by a Lifetime warranty, and A-Tech has been around for awhile. Here's the links to both the 4GB & 8GB kits, the 4GB kit is very reasonable in cost. As long as yours isn't soldered in, should do the trick. Seriously, I recommend at least adding one more GB of RAM for 64 bit Windows, in part due to the hardware reserves some for itself, like the graphics mentioned above.
The 8GB notebook kit is listed below. This is about the best price you'll find for 8GB of DDR2 notebook RAM, their desktop RAM of the same type is much lower, for one PC, I purchased two of the 4GB kits for less than $60.
Though you may not want to sink that much cash into RAM for the notebook, provided the link to show even it's dropping in price. Just a few months back, at $199 was the lowest cost choice.
Good Luck with the install, you've been given good advise, now you're on your own as to what to do with it.