Extending a primary partition, Windows 7
Posted 08 October 2010 - 04:22 AM
Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:23 AM
When you reinstalled Windows 7 was it a CLEAN install? (Meaning formatted the HD with Windows 7 and had it create the partitions?) If yes, then Windows 7 (retail anyway) creates TWO partitions initially. A system partition, which is only a 100MB and the rest of the drive for your drive "C".
There is a way under the Windows 7 setup to extend the partition to maximize the full hard drive. But DO NOT delete that mini 100mb partition that Windows 7 initially creates or you will have potential problems down the road.
I have heard that Windows' format command still leaves a "residue" of the old install of Windows on the hard drive even though you think you have "formatted" the drive. I have Seagate hard drives and someone suggested to me to go to the Seagate website and download the SeaTools ISO and create a Bootable CD and use this utility to format the drive and not the Windows 7 format command. Depending what hard drive you have each drive manufacturer has their own flavors of utilities like this.
IMHO, you should not create a second partition with any hard drive that is less than 1TB (terabyte) in size because Windows 7 MAXES OUT, for a retail / OEM one computer install at 1TB. This is the reason that, IMHO, you should not partition the drive if it is 1TB or less, other than that initial 100MB system partition that Windows install instills on the hard drive when doing a clean install of the Windows 7 OS...
Hope this helps, Cheers!
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