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A Partitioning Mess

  1. #11


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Thank you so much TopGundcp!
    Your instructions were very easy to understand. For anyone else who might read this post I want to add one thing. For some reason EasyBCD did not make the newly created Z: partition as active so at first the system did not boot. I don't know why. It was just a matter of booting to the Windows 8 install disk and using DISKPART to mark the Z: partition active. Both OS now boot fine.
    After doing what you said I actually ended up with a 600 mb Z: System Reserved partition but I guess more is better.
    It will be interesting to see what it all looks like after I upgrade Windows 7 to 10.
    Thank you and all the other gurus on this board for your time in helping others who are floundering in uncharted waters.

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  2. #12


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You are welcome. Glad we could help.
    It will be interesting to see what it all looks like after I upgrade Windows 7 to 10.
    If you want to test it.
    1. Backup your Windows 7 & 8 using Macrium.
    2. Download the ISO for Windows 10 build 10162.
    3. Boot up Win 7
    4. Mount the ISO and run setup.
    5. After done with the test, Restore Windows 7.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Another note for anyone finding this thread-I went ahead upgraded my WIn7 to the WIn10 preview to see what my partitions would look like. Sure enough WIn10 made another partition as seen in this screenshot. In the end it seems making the system reserved partition plenty large did not make a difference. Microsoft's method of automatically partitioning has a mind of its own. I ended up with a little wasted disk space but with a large hard drive I don't guess it will matter. I hope I don't get a senior moment in the future and get confused when I go to make backups. Just wanted to show others what theirs might look like. Thanks everyone.
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  4. #14


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    May I ask what build of Windows 10 did you test with ?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    windows 10 does not work like windows 8.1 - the partition structure is different

    Windows 10 MBR = System, OS, WinRE
    Windows 10 GPT = System, MSR, OS, WinRE

    They have moved WinRE to the last partition, just incase it needs to resize it later
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  6. #16


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    I installed build 10162.
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