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Installed Win 7 Professional w/out making partition, that a problem?

I'm working on my first build, and I got ahead of the instructions and installed Windows before making any partitions (following Newegg video). It's up and running but I haven't installed any drivers yet, because when I went back to the video I realized I hadn't created partitions first. Is this a necessary step? I've done some searching and there's a ton of posts about partitions, but I'm not getting any answers on why we install them and if it's always a necessary step.
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  1. Partitions aren't necessary. They're good if you want to separate your data into separate "drives," but you typically don't NEED them.
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    A partition is generally a good idea because if for some reason you have to do a clean install you don't lose all data on the drive.
  3. Can I do a partition after the fact? And if not, how do I uninstall the operating system so I can start over, lol.
  4. sunder25 said:
    A partition is generally a good idea because if for some reason you have to do a clean install you don't lose all data on the drive.


    Just to follow up on this, it looks like my computer automatically created a partition for me when I installed Windows, so that's great in case I ever need to do a clean install. Thanks for your help!
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