I'm looking at a Dell system, which comes with a 1Tb 7200rpm hard drive. O/S
will be Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. Apparently, the drive will come to me
un-partitioned with the O/S obviously installed. I'd like to have the drive in
four equal partitions. Can this be done after Windows 7 has been installed?
Unless I misunderstood the online sales rep, they won't partition it before they
send it to me. Thanks.
My suggestion would be to determine the size of your Windows
installation and shrink the present one big partition to something
like 100 G, or whatever you feel is your maximum possible use will be
with at least 10 percent to spare. Then you have the rest of the disk
to play with.
If you want to store massive amounts of data and access it from
Windows then you will need to make one or more additional partitions
that are formatted HPFS as Windows accesses HPFS partitions while
Linux can access both HPFS and Linux partitions.
What I would do, and this can be argued, would be to partition a
primary partition, if it is not already done, for the Windows system.
Then make the rest of the disk an extended partition and then within
that extended partition you can later make other partitions for your
other systems - assuming that the other systems are Linux as Linux
will run from any sort of partition while Windows must run from a
The reason for worrying about primary versus extended partitions is
that you can make a maximum of four primary partitions but as many
extended as you want (effectively), and as far as I can tell there is
no difference, to the user, between an extended and primary partition,
other then Windows idiosyncrasies..
Finally, Windows must be installed on the first partition while Linux
doesn't care so I would arrange the disk with windows, then data
space, and then unallocated space. If you want to install an
additional system start from the "bottom" and work up. If you want
additional data space start at the "top" and work down.This will allow
you a large unrestricted space to add or enlarge you data stores. If
you put all your systems at the "top" then Data and then decide to
install another system you may find that you will need to move a lot
of data to make room.