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Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#1 Post by Truthfinder » Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:16 pm

Good afternoon group:

I just got my copy of Windows 7 Pro and would like to begin the custom upgrade installation.

I currently have a D partition which houses various goodies and I'd like to know if this partition will be trashed by Windows 7 during the upgrade / install process.

Will I have the option of keeping this partition?

Thanks in advance. :-)
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Re: Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#2 Post by vital-analitix » Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:18 pm

You are more than likely going to lose your D:\ partition. Best to save this to an external hard diska dn before installing Windows 7 disconnect the external hard disk. (I had this problem, lost my D:\ partition)

more info:
I am using Acronis and Acronis will not restore a Windows 7 partition. It will restore a whole hard disk that has Windows 7 on it.

Similarly Paragon Disk Manager will trash the whole hard disk when you try to delete a partition on which Windows 7 is installed.

Sofar I am using Acronis and am backing up the whole hard disk up to an external hard disk. Have restored several times and this has proven to be reliable.

enjoy.
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Re: Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#3 Post by xene » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:22 pm

I'd say probably not. I also have a D partition (as well as a J and V) and I have yet to lose those partitions when installing a new OS. I do a clean install as opposed to an upgrade, but I don't see how it would be that different.

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Re: Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:44 pm

Check my posting here: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=81177
W7 does weird things...
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Re: Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#5 Post by xene » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:59 pm

You know, I just reread my reply. What I meant to say is that I think you'll be fine and that you won't lose your D partition. Too much allergy medicine.

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Re: Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#6 Post by moronoxyd » Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:19 am

Last week I installed Windows 7 into the partition that Windows XP used to occupy and I haven't lost any of my other partitions.

You just need to make sure to select the correct partition to install Windows 7 into.
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Re: Keeping my D Partiton when installing Win 7

#7 Post by Marin85 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:31 pm

I agree with moronoxyd. Windows 7 setup program will recognize all existing FAT32 and NTFS partitions along with the unallocated space. So, if you carefully pick the right partition (or unallocated space) to install Windows 7 on it, it will preserve all other partitions. Windows may only change the drive letter of your other partitions. However, this is not really crucial since you can always change back the drive letters by using the built-in disk management utility.
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