How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

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How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Murph » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:21 pm

I'm getting ready to install win7 64 to my new rig. I've heard it's a good idea to keep it in it's own partition so that I can fix/reinstall it without losing and having to replaced all my other stuff. Can anyone give me a simple explanation of how this is done? I'll be installing it to a clean, new hard drive.
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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Sneaky_Russian » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:40 pm

Around 27 Gb * for OS , and you'll need 10 GB headroom for SP1, then come any drivers and programs you will install. I would not make the partition any smaller than 500 Gb. That space soon gets chewed up.

* most guides online say 16Gb. .. these are out of date - don't believe them! (My Widows folder is just over 26 Gb)

Other than that some useful info ion dual boot install http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/80 ... -7-xp.html
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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Murph » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:56 am

I'm not really wanting to do a dual boot install, I'd just like to isolate the OS from the rest of my files and programs. That way if I ever need to re-install the OS (some recommend doing this periodically anyway) I won't lose all my saved files and programs.
I was thinking of a 100GB partition for this. I have a Tb drive.
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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Sneaky_Russian » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:41 am

One other option ..
A SSD won't exactly break the bank if you shop around

60Gb SSD purely for OS and virtual memory should be plenty.
You can do this from new, or make your 60/100 gb partition on regular HD and clone it to a SSD if one is added later.
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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:TacticalS! » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:39 pm

Tim here is what I do for my laptops and desktop. Create a partition for the OS and all your programs (C:). Create another partition for your personal files (D:). You may wish to have a third parition for backups (I only have a C: & D: on my three machines).

I see no benefit creating a partition for just the OS (different viewpoint Sneaky ;) ), since any program will usually populate the Registry and often install files in the OS directory, Program Files directory, and so on. In other words, if you later reformat you will still have to reinstall these programs/games along with Win 7.

However, your user files stay nice and safe (though I always back them up before a reformat to an external hard drive just to be safe) on the D: partition. All you need to do after a reformat of the C: drive is to take ownership again of your user directory on the D: drive.

Of course you could image your initial install and load it back whenever you want to start fresh again, but given how quickly Win 7 installs I prefer to manually reinstall all my stuff. Btw Win 8 will have some neat features for reinstallation.

Before you reformat, obviously backup your important files, and calculate how much space you want to give each partition. My C: is 2/3 the hard disk space on my rigs with D: about 1/3. Obviously everyone's needs will be different; take a look at your current disk usage as a guide. If I remember you need to know the space by MB (I think). Do a custom Win 7 install, when prompted delete any existing partitions in order to create just one partition, do a quick format of that, then create your two primary partitions (C: & D:) - or how many you want. Win 7 will automatically install to C: (provided it is large enough of course). After the installation you can move your C:\Users folder to D:. Do this right away to ensure your programs use this new location. If you have Steam this must be installed on C: (with your OS).

Remember that nowadays partitioning, though folks will argue otherwise, really is not about performance but rather data management. Of course with any SSD there is zero performance improvement as it can retrieve data at the same rate anywhere on the disk. There may be a small performance boast by installing the OS first (on the outside of the disk), and some suggest getting a second hard drive and installing your OS and programs on drive 1 with the virtual memory and user files on the second one. I only have single drive machines myself.

Hope something here helps. Don't forget to backup your input files for ROF. With the new configuration, not sure what files we need to backup with regards to our input maps. Anyway.

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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Wolfhound » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:53 pm

I have it sorted , user's guide below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi ... r_embedded
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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Murph » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:44 pm

Thanks Dec, that was just what I needed. Right now I have win7 64 installed to my c drive (1Tb), and I have copied over everything I needed from the old drive. I have a Tb external HD which I have just re-formatted.
Right now I'm trying to decide which cloning software to use in order to simply clone my c drive on a regular basis.
Are the any of the freeware cloning programs worth it, or should I bite the bullet and pay for Acronis?
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Re: How To Install Win 7 To It's Own Partition?

Post by :FI:Sneaky_Russian » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:27 am

I had Acronis bundled with Kingston SSD, but if you have to pay for it Paragon partition manager is well worth a look.
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