Custom partition during clean W7 OEM install

March 10, 2010 at 16:32:55
Specs: Windows 7

How do I customize the partitioning during a clean
install of Windows 7 Home Premium OEM?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
March 10, 2010 at 16:55:52
It SHOULD be right there when you go to format/custom install. I say should since I had already partitioned to install Linux on a second partition (I have since converted it back to Windows 7 data partition) and only formatted the one partition during install (same OEM edition) and it was a few months ago.
Hopefully someone else can be more specific for you.

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#2
March 11, 2010 at 03:07:12
What I want to do is format probably three partitions with NTFS and
either format a fourth partition with FAT32 or leave it open for ext4.
I'd rather do it before installing anything than change the partitioning
after Win 7 install.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
March 11, 2010 at 06:46:13
I would recommend using the partitioning tools that are available through your hard drive manufacturer's website, or Boot It NG which is a shareware program that you can download and try, but if you actually use it you should pay them for the right. It is a powerful partitioning tool and I would recommend downloading the PDF manual (too large to print) and read it. When I downloaded a copy, if I remember correctly, it is a little weak in formatting to NTFS, but that can be done when you install windows 7 later, but it can partition for you and format your FAT32 and Linux native formats. It is a pretty complete disk utility and includes as an option a boot manager and if you use their complete suite, you can actually go beyond the limit of 4 primary partitions (but once you go there, you must always use their partitioning tool and probably their boot manager).

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