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How to partition my drive the way I'd like? (Windows 7 Installation)

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August 11, 2014 5:38:09 PM

So I just finished my first build. I went a little high end, and I had to figure most of it out myself, but I eventually got through with it, after a few extra hours of pondering. :) 

But hey, now comes time to install my OS. It'll be Windows 7 64-bit, in this case. But I'm running into trouble, and I'm afraid to proceed. I don't want to have to reinstall again in a week and reinstall all my software because I realize I screwed it up from that start.

So I'm using a 1TB Western Digital "Black" SATA HDD. It initially shows as "Disk 0 Unallocated Space"

The way I've heard, it's preferable to put OS and programs on your primary drive and have another larger drive, where I guess you'd put media, music, documents, etc. And I guess the programs themselves would go on your OS partition?

So, my drive has about 930+ GB free. I was thinking of doing a split of about 200 for my OS/programs and then about 730 for my media.

I tried partitioning the drive that way, but I always end up with this...

Partition 1: System Reserved (100mb)
Partition 2 (200.1 GB)
Unallocated space (731.7GB)

Do I need that unallocated space? Will it matter if it's labeled as a partition, or if it's "unalocated"?

I asked my friend, and he recalls having a similar problem with his build. He ended up just installing on the initial "unallocated space" and just dumps everything on C, but all my machines are so disorganized, and this is a medium-high end build. I'd like to be a bit more... "Profesional" with this one. I mainy do video editing, and I'm getting into gaming now that I have this rig. And of course, typical browsing, word processing and whatever standard tasks people do.

I just want my drives to show up in windows easily and properly and just stay organized. Do you think my choice in partition sizes will be good for my needs? Can someone help me? Thanks!
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August 11, 2014 5:54:14 PM

Partitioning a single drive used to be beneficial, when drive space was really expensive.
Today, it is much preferable to use individual physical drives, instead of partitions on the same drive.
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August 11, 2014 6:05:35 PM

Just FYI if the space is labeled unallocated it will not be used by anything. it needs to formatted in order for the OS to use it even for storage.
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August 11, 2014 6:27:28 PM

So in other words, leave it as it is, more or less. And just take the unallocated space and partition it into it's own size, if I'm articulating that correctly? That would leave a reserve partion, a partition 2 (C?) and a partition 3 (D for media, etc)?

That seems to be the issue. Just turning the unallocated space into an actual partition, right? :p 
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August 11, 2014 6:29:37 PM

GunXpatriot said:
So in other words, leave it as it is, more or less. And just take the unallocated space and partition it into it's own size, if I'm articulating that correctly? That would leave a reserve partion, a partition 2 (C?) and a partition 3 (D for media, etc)?

That seems to be the issue. Just turning the unallocated space into an actual partition, right? :p 


Yes. Just turn that into an actual partition and give it a drive letter.
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August 11, 2014 6:34:12 PM

If you are insistent on having partitions, the OS will auto make the system reserved, label your OS partition as C: and the rest of the space label as what ever you want but make sure it is formatted so the OS can use it for what ever you want to put there.

If space is unallocated it is unreadable by the OS and is unusable by it.
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