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Autounattend.xml fails to wipe/create new partitions - <DiskConfiguration> - Using WSIM

Q: Autounattend.xml fails to wipe/create new partitions - <DiskConfiguration> - Using WSIM

I've been trying to create my own Autounattend.xml file so that my Win 7 installations goes 100% automatic.
However after couple of days without success I would like to ask for some help.
The autounattend does work as far as to the DiskConfiguration where it fails, it doesn't wipe the disk nor create the partitions that I ask it to do. I've been searching on the forum and I see that there's a lot of people having the same issue however I
can't get mine to work..
If it matters or not, anyway when I come to the disk configuration screen I try to press Next and it just says "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate and existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."
Can anyone out there go through my code to see if there is anything that has to be added/removed/changed?
I appreciate it, thanks!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<ModifyPartition wcm:action="modify">
<Label>Win 7</Label>
<ModifyPartition wcm:action="modify">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone>
<ComputerName>Standalone Win7</ComputerName>
<settings pass="offlineServicing">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-LUA-Settings" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://REMOVED/gpg/windows 7 pro sp1 x64/sources/install_windows 7 professional.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />


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I'm trying to create an answer file using WSIM from the WAIK.   I'm very new to deploying images and using WAIK.  I want three MBR type partitions, in this order:
Recover -- 15000MB
System Reserve (type MSR) -- 350MB
OS -- the rest of the space.

Whenever I go to install 7 though, I get the following error message:
Windows could not create a partition on disk 0.   The error occurred while applying the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration> setting.   Error code: 0x80042565

I believe that error code means I'm specifying an incorrect TypeID.    For Recovery, I've tried 0x27, 27, 0x7, 7   and leaving it blank.   diskpart shows the partition was created but the type is always 06.   Here's the relevant part
of my AutoUnattend.xml file:

                <Disk wcm:action="add">
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
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My unattended XML file:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad... Read more

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One of my friends has a windows 7 computer with an account for himself, his mother and his 2 sisters.
All the home directorys are stored in drive C.
Partition D is shared.
The question is, how to get a partition layout like this?
Partition 1: OS + programs
Partition 2: home partition for himself
Partition 3: home partition for his mother
Partition 4: home partition for his sister
Partition 5: home partition for his other sister
Partition 6: shared partition for some photos.
Has someone an idea how to do this?
Kind Regards,

A:How to create home partitions and partitions for the OS with programs?

This would be a long drawn out affair and there really is no need for it. All users have their own User Space on the C drive in the User folder.

Whether the Users folders and files are stored in the User folder or on some other partition doesn't really matter. As long as all the Users have Admin accounts all files will be accessible to all of them.

The real question is Why do you want to do it? If there is only one physical hard drive in the system all folders and files would still be on that one physical drive even if you have 100 partitions.

As to having a Shared space for photos just make a folder called Shared Photos in the ROOT of the C drive. All users will be able to access it.

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Hello, I am looking to wipe some partitions on my hard drive and then install Windows 10 (and possibly a Linux distro).  I've looked into my disk partitions and tried to understand what each of them is/has. After reading that, it seems like the second is a really important partition and the seventh is where Lenovo's One Key recovery operates.  I thought it would be wise to keep lenovo's recovery (in case I need to factory reset it for warranty purposes) even though I'm going to try and create a recovery drive (as lenovo suggests here).  After that I want to wipe as many partitions as possible in order to reinstall windows 10 and activate it with my microsoft account (since according to this, my Win10 free upgrade is now linked to my MS account). I'm guess the WINRE partition could have something to do it that?    With that said, I would like to know which partitions can I keep: In order for me to have a way to factory reset anytime I need; Be able to activate the operative system (because of the OEM stuff).

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I've never done this before, so it'd be good to get some guidance on it... This is part practical part learning. My partitions aren't set up as well as they could be, and I'd like to learn this for future reference. Thing is I'm unsure of the steps I have to take, I don't want to create a paper weight.... 
I'm going to list what I think has to be done. If anyone could add to / subtract from or guide me to any thing I should probably read up on / guidance that'd be much appreciated!
1 Disk image current set up - just so that I have everything backed up. I guess I can use Macrium Reflect / Windows built in image system for this.
2 Create a USB Boot drive. I think there's a way to do this within Windows. 
3 WinPE disc / Linux disc? I've heard of these - I don't use Linux (I think one of the disc types is referred to as Linux though) 
4 Check the image has worked correctly. Check the USB Boot drive. 
5 Wipe laptop? 
I'm unsure what comes after 5 ... I would like to set up the partitions so that the OS and programs are on one and the files are on another. So would I need three partitions? And is this something that's done during the setup process or afterwards. 
C : OS
D : Files
E : Recovery 
I would at some point in the future like to use Linux on this system, but I guess I can do that as and when rather than having to consider it at the moment? 
Few tips would be great. cheers 

A:Wipe computer, set up partitions properly

The Windows 8 DVD contains the tools necessary to delete any existing partitions, create partitions and then format each partition.
Of course this deletes everything so you'll want a good backup (or two) first.

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Hello everyone,

I'm on windows 10 and I would need help to erase all the data from an external hard drive that has one partition only for windows and another one only for mac. I managed to delete the windows one (ExFat) but I don't know how to do the same thing with the mac partition.
Can someone help me with that? I'd appreciate it.


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Hi everyone!

I'm having some issues with an older laptop that was given to me. It is my first laptop, so I decided to do some tinkering with it.

Here are it's specs:

Dell Inspiron 2600
Pentium Celeron 1.06 GHz
20 GB HD
Windows XP Home Edition.

Ever since I got it, it was SLOW. Which, given the current specs, I can understand. It'll never be a 2.82 GHz 6GB RAM 500GB HD monster, but, it's gotta be faster than it is if it's working properly.

I was told it was cleaned up before I got it, with a bunch of bad viruses removed. I'm thinking they have partially crippled the OS, causing it to run slow, programs to terminate for no reason, act erratic, take several minutes to load even the simplest programs, etc. When idling, about 200-210 MB or RAM is being used. I'm thinking that is a bit excessive.

Upon startup, and according to msconfig, this is what is running:

"jusched" "avgtray" "ctfmon" and "Wkdetect" - that's it. I've already uncheck everything but those, and googling them showed they are needed in one way or another, by Windows.

The only things on my "startup" bar is the battery indicator, the AVG anti-virus logo, the "sound mixer" thing, and the Network connection computers, with a red "X" on them, because I never plug it into the ethernet port, unless I'm updating/testing something.

There is nothing left viruswise, on this computer, and ... Read more

A:Wipe Hard Drive/Remove Partitions/XP Install Help

There is a good 34 step outline of instructions for doing a clean install of XP HERE.

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This what I have:
Dell Computer Corporation
Inspiron 8600
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1400MHz
Processor Speed: 1.37 GHz
Memory (RAM): 1024 MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Operating System Version: 5.1.2600

This is my problem:

My computer was originally set up at a company with networks/domains that I personally could not access, only through the original users username and password...which he gave me This was a toss away computer, as the company updated all they had with newer machines/OS, etc. I, thinking I know more than I really do (haha), decided to find out the ADMIN/ADMINISTRATOR password and go through it that way so as to be able to change things to how I wanted it. In doing so, I changed/setup my own account, 2 times, so now there are 3 different "desktops" screens (2 of which I can access by logging off admin and the 3rd I cannot because it's under different domain/network)... problem is that the memory is getting low and computer is slowing down and now that I want to access that part of the computer again, (not quite sure how I lost it to begin with, lol) I can't ! I can log in under 2 different ADMIN/ADMINISTRATOR accounts, but neither has the files I'm looking to access and I know they are on here. I can pull up pictures I saved from the original way I was logging on, but I can't access them now. Says they are offline files. What I'd like to do is essentially wipe this thing clean ... Read more

A:XP Pro want to access 'partitions" ? I may have made and then wipe it clean !!!?????

77 views and not one person knows ? Hmmm... I don't feel so "stupid" now Anywho... I figured it out... most of it anyway, but wouldn't recommend how I did it to anyone unless they have another computer to use ! ah well... onward ho !

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Hi I have a dual boot with different types of partitions, NTFS and ext4 and linux SWAP.

Id like to completely wipe everything and make the drive NTFS and then run virtual box inside.

So, my question! How would you safely make the drive as much "out of the box" as possible?


A:How to completely wipe a drive for re-installation? Mixed partitions..

Hello Lister,

You could run a clean or clean all command at boot using diskpart to completely wipe the drive back as unallocated space to then be able to format as NTFS afterwards. The tutorial below can help show you more on how to.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Hope this helps,

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Every couple of hours my PC's screen would just turn grey, no noice would continue in the background and I would have to shut it down to fix the problem. But after a bit I was sick and tired of this so I wanted to Wipe my PC and start fresh,but every time it would fail and now I have lost my operating software and since I bought the Software and PC as a pair I should be able to get it back for free (Software was Windows 8 64bit). How do I get it back???

A:Grey Screen bug, Fails to wipe PC

Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome ! You do get the software and the hardware as a pair. Computers nowadays (from any vendor) that come with OS preinstalled (Windows OEM preinstalled) do not ship with recovery media. Instead, they ship with recovery partitions that can be used to perform the factory reset/recovery. This is free. Users can also create recovery media using built-in options - for free. The only that might be paid if the empty DVDs or empty flash drive. In very rare cases, the recovery partitions could get corrupted. In this case, if you did not previously create a recovery media, you will need to purchase such from HP directly or some online resellers. Please, post back why it fails and where. Any error message ?Here is a useful article about recovery issues. Please, read it all and perform the steps related to your specific issue >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03483233 If nothing helps, here are instructions how to obtain recovery media:>> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07143  Please, let me know if this works for you. Looking forward to your reply.  

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So my computer is somehow really messed up from spyware and other icky stuff .... I want to wipe my hard drive with one of those boot CD thingies (I have an Inspiron 8500 running Windows XP). How can I create the CD (I have a CD burner ... if that helps) and then what should I do? Please help.


A:How do I create boot CD to wipe my computer?

The XP install CD will do it

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I am going to create a new admin acct on my laptop but first would like to completely wipe out and old profile. Is it best to rename it or if I want to delete all remnants, where do I go?

A:Create a new user acct and wipe out old

hello ,you would in my opinion create the new one first ,then after you make sure you have backup of all your personal data you can delete the old acct .
Data = document ,music,videos ,pictures ,any thing you may have created with you computer's software .follow the tutorial to create a new acct ,and you would go to the same place to remove the old one ,good luck

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Readingthis post I got scared @#$%$%$#. Eventhough I am as carefull as a debutante on her first dance you never know. Would it be possible to divide my C:/ disk divide in 3 partitions without formatting it?Partition 1 OSPartition 2 Program FilesPartition 3 Others

A:Would This Be Possible Create Partitions

You can do it successfully but it's a risk - so backup before trying it.

Use a program like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director. In my experience, only do one thing at a time. If you do more than 1 at a time, the likelyhood of corruption increases.

So, first, resize your OS partition down the the size that you need - then apply the change and then reboot.

Then create the new partitions in the newly freed space - then apply and reboot.

Then format the partitions and you're done!

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To prepare my computers for Win 10, I want to partition them and keep Win 7.I have a a laptop and an old Dell desktop running Win Home 32 bit, and a new Dell desktop running Win Pro 64 bit. I have successively partitioned the laptop and old desktop just going with the numbers listed, but the new Dell I'm having an issue with. When I got to the shrink screen all I have is total size before shrink as 941814 MB. There are no other numbers listed under size of available, enter the amt of space to shrink, and last line is total size after shrink. How do I proceed partitioning this new desktop? I hope I've been clear about this. Thanks Keith

A:Create partitions

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I purchased a Dell Laptop two years before for working with PLCs at our machines. The laptop has Windows XP and only one partition 80GB. I installed many softwares in it. All my data is in this partition and I fear if anytime windows would corrupt, all my data including softwares for machines would also be lost. I want to create two or three other partitions but wondering how to do. Can anyone help me out?

Many many thanks in advance.

A:How to create more partitions in Laptop

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hi there, i have a 4 month old machine (see signature).
Is it considered "best practice" to partition the hard drive, to seperate OS, programs, and Data from each other?
Can i do this safely with Ranish P.M?
I currently have about 150GB free space.
What size partitions would people generally recommend?
Should I have done this when the machine was new!!!???


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A:New(ish) XP machine, Should i create partitions?

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I have a system with two hard drives. Seems there was a copy of Xp on both. A problem prompted a reinstall of Xp and the computer changed the name of the drive from C to H. Then an automatic update just trashed my computer. I have transferred all my data from the new H drive to the new C drive. I want to reformat the H drive and install both Win 98SE and WinXP. I will then transfer all the data and use the second hard drive as a back up. I know I need to install 98 first and that each OS takes its own volume. My problem is that I have forgotten how to get to the H drive to format and partition it. I am also a little shakey about installing the OEM copy of 98 that I first installed on another computer. If I sould like I know what I am talking about, don't believe it.

A:How to reformat and create partitions.

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I want to make partition on my hard drive. my hard drive is divided in to just one partition. i want to create 3 or 4 further partitions.

Can i do it?

A:create partitions on win7

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

I wouldn't suggest going more than 3 partitions to a drive. Anything over 4 and you are outside of the support system.

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i have a Dell Dimension 9200 Windows Vista SP1 32-bit and i have been trying to make a partition so i could install Ubuntu sometime but it seems Dell has prevented from me creating new partitions on the one HDD has got the C drive (OS and all my files on it) the D (Dells Recovery drive) and a drive with no letter and only 47 MB 100% free no file system it is a EISA Configuration partition maybe Virtual PC 2007 or something as i was trying to use PClunixOS with it but had problems but is there a way i could create new Partitions or by using Virtual PC to install Ubuntu?

A:I Can't Create New Partitions From The C Drive


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I'm trying to partition my 500 GB hard drive into 3 drives total. Right now, there is only a C Drive, but I want to divide that.

When I go into the Windows 7 installation, this is what I see:

Extend and new are grayed out, and even in disk management, there is no unallocated space.

Can somebody please guide me into partitioning this hard drive. I've searched and the only answers I find are for dual boot setups. Partition Magic is not supported by Vista (.: 7 as well).

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Trying to create partitions (with screen shot)

Since your hard disk is empty, do this
Delete all the partitions, then you will get the choice to make new partitions.. (the red X for delete)

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I successfully installed Win 7 Home Premium x64 to UEFI/GPT disk (3TB).
Now I need to create a couple of data partitions ON THE SAME disk drive.

Questions :
Do those data partitions need to be also GPT partitions (on the disk with GPT) ?
Or is there a choice : GPT or MBR ?

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After Win 7 install (UEFI) on disk "0" - I wanted reconnect also my (older) HDD with old Win 7 installation (legacy BIOS). But this resulted in boot error of freshly installed (UEFI) Win 7.

My questions :
1. Is it possible to use 2 HDDs : one with GPT and the second with MBR (and the second operating system in dual boot) in the same computer?
2. How should I connect the second drive properly (with 2 MBR drives it wasn't a problem) ?

A:need to create a couple of data partitions

1. Yes. I have a GPT data HDD (4TB), two MBR data HDDs (2 TB each), and a MBR SSD boot drive in my desktop computer.
2. I connected my GPT HDD the same way I connected my others.

I don't know if you can mix GPT partitions with MBR partitions on a drive or not but I would play it safe and make them the same. However, that leads to a question I want to ask. Why do you want to make two data partitions on the same drive?

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How do I from a NTFS formated drive create unallocated space from the 94 GB free space on it so I can make a new partition ?

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I have two partitions C(primary), D(extended) and unallocated space.

When I right click on unallocated space and select new partition, extended and logical are greyed out!!
Any ideas?

A:Can't able to create Extended/Logical partitions

On an MBR (Master Boot Record) disk you can create up to four primary partitions, or three primary partitions and one extended partition. A logical drive can only be created in free space in an extended partition.

You already have an extended partition on that basic disk; one is all you can have. You can't create a logical drive on unallocated space, only on free space in an extended partition.

On your unallocated space, you can create either another primary partition, or you can extend your extended partition to encompass that unallocated space, and then create a logical drive in the free space in your extended partition.

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I'm trying to fix my roommates laptop (Dell Insperon 1525 running Vista). Her hard drive is partitioned into two drives. The first (C) has the OS and it's 10gigs. The second (D) has nothing on it.

The C drive is completely full. So much so that when I try to create a backup disk, it says there isn't enough room to do so. I've uninstalled everything possible and cleared every file I could think of.

I tried to change the partition using the disk management tool and the diskpart.exe (I think that was the command anyway) method, but it says there's no usable space.

I'm basically just trying to reinstall window and wipe the whole thing clean. I've never work with Vista before so I'm at a loss here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Can't change partitions or create backup

Take a screenshot of Disk Management - be sure to maximize the screen 1st -
START | type diskmgmt.msc into the start search box | select diskmgmt.msc above under "Programs" | maximize the screen

Bring up the Snipping Tool -
START | type snip

Take full windows shot of Disk Management.

Upload and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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After a system crash, I amm trying to installwindows Xp Pro on a new drive.
I tried many different ways all fails !!
I boot from win98 disk .. etc. when running FDISK I get a message of:

I run the Seagate utility program , partitioned the drive and formated it ,
did FDISk again and eceived same message.

Boot with Win-XP-Pro CD.... when getting to the section of choosing partition,
It shows the partition created in Seagate DiscWizard. It shows :
c: Partition1 [ New <RAW> ] 131062MB
Unpartitioned Space 8MB

When I select to Install windows in C: partition I get the message:
"To install windows XP on the partition you selected ....
Setup must write some files to following disk: Unknown Disk

However , This disk Does NOT contain a Window-XP compatible partition"

To continue , return to the partition selection....and create a Window-XP partition...

I deleted the partition on the list , re created a window partition using the - C option

but I am stuck in a LOOP.... it nevergets out of the two screens ..
No matter what I do , The disk is not recognized by the system.

I tried to install WIn-200 Professional and I am getting the same problem.

I thought it is the IDE controller , so I moved the HD to the Secondary cable ...
I can use the Segate software to format it etc .. but the software does not accept it.

After two days of tryingeverything ,,I am stuck.

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A:Windows XP New Install fails - HD Partitions not recognizd

How current is the BIOS?

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When I install my add install.wim in the WSIM The following error shows
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I have bought a new 500GB internal hdd. Now I want to install windows 7 on it. I want to create 4 partitions like below:

C: Windows .......... Primary 64.4GB
D: .......... Primary 99.9GB
E: .......... Logical 99.9GB
F: .......... Logical 99.9GB
(System Reserved 100MB)

I have a windows 7 installation cd and also a third party bootable partition software (easus p.m).
Problems I'm facing are...
1. How to create those 2 primary and 2 logical drives?
2. Why the sizes 64.4 and 99.9, can't they be 65 and 100?
3. Can I simply install win 7 on a single 64GB partition and leave the rest unallocated, then create rest of the partitions later?

It's my first time so I'm kind of confused. Any detail guidance would be in my great assistance. Pls pardon any mistakes.

A:How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk

If you install Windows to unallocated space it will create System Reserved and [C] partitions, both partitions will be primary.

The System Reserved will have the boot manager and be the Active partition.
The [C] partition is where Windows will be installed, and be the Boot partition as seen in Disk Management.

If you pre-define a partition to install Windows on, it will be the Active partition having the Boot Manager, and the Windows OS.
That's my experience, with Legacy BIOS, and MBR disks.

I don't know what you are going to use [D] for, and why you want it as Primary.
I prefer Logical partitions for all except the partition that has the boot code, that partition MUST be primary.

You can use Minitool Partition Wizard (free) for better adjusting and fine-tuning the new HD partitions.
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

Make sure you have your current HD, OS, and DATA backed up completely on a different device, before making any changes.
Use a program such as Macrium Reflect free for the creating a Backup Image of the OS partition.

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I recently used a 16GB USB flash drive to create an installer for a new Linux distro. I noticed that the created partition is 8GB and the rest 8GB is unused. I want to create a second NTFS partition so I can use the USB as a recording medium for my PVR, but Disk Management doesn't give me this option. I then used MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, which did create the partition but warned that it won't be recognized by Windows as it normally sees only the first partition on a USB Flash drive. I even went back to Disk Management and assigned a drive letter to the second partition, but in Explorer I see only the EFI partition (first, drive is formatted in GPT mode) with that drive letter. Is there any workaround? Of course I could just format the whole drive as NTFS, but I wouldn't like to do so until I don't need the installer anymore.

A:Is it possible to create multiple partitions on a USB flash drive?

I was in a hurry and created the Recovery for Win10 on a 64GB Thumb drive but it automatically formatted only 32GB and put the data on it. Using Disk Management I could not create a second partition in the remaining space, all commands were grayed out. There was a warning Windows would delete all data and reformat. It did exactly that and formatted 32GB as FAT32. Windows has an issue with creating/formatting FAT32 partitions/drives above 32GB or rather anything about 1Byte smaller than 64GB unless doing it as NTFS. I booted to a GPARTED LiveCD and repartitioned the Thumb drive and formatted as FAT32. I've done the same for a USB Hard Disk Drive at 120GB formatted as FAT32 for use with my MacBook Pro OS X 10.x.x, now is at 10.10.5.

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I have a very peculiar issue; after using various disk imaging tools such as Macrium and Paragon, my boot partitions seem to be strangely corrupted. The effects of this corruption are:

1) Plain-text boot menu instead of the new graphical boot menu,
2) Long delays before the boot menu is shown,
3) Even longer delays when doing native VHD boot, after choosing the boot entry from the menu.

I have done a lot of testing and experimentation, and on a virgin fresh installed system from the Windows 8.1 setup ISO, these symptoms do not appear. Only after I have imaged the system using the imaging tools above, do these symptoms start appearing. Unfortunately, just copying my main Windows C: partition using the same imaging tools re-creates the same issue. So I cannot rely on these partitioning tools.

I need a way - a set of commands - to re-create the boot partitions, re-initialize their BCD stores, etc. so that I can normally boot from my C: partition, as well as native VHD boot. Can anybody help with these?

Needless to say, I want to avoid having to completely reinstall Windows on my C: partition, as that would be extremely time and effort prohibitive, if I only knew how to re-create and/or re-initialize just the boot partitions in question.

A:Re-Create or Re-Initialize Hidden Boot Partitions

I need a way - a set of commands - to re-create the boot partitions, re-initialize their BCD stores, etc.

You can use "BCDBoot" command line utility to recreate BCD from scratch. Use of this command will vary depending on system's boot setup ( UEFI or Legacy ).

BCDboot Command-Line Options

You need to rename the old BCD to BCD.old or something similar before using the "BCDBoot" command.

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i already have my pc updated with windows 10, i recently upgraded my hard drive with a samsung 850 pro ssd but i discovered that my recovery partition no longer works and when i try to do a system image windows says it cannot do it because files are missing . i used the samsung data migration software that came with my ssd, when i go to disk management it shows my three partitions which are

500mb recovery partition

260mb efi system partition

windows c 476.18 gb ntfs , boot,page file, crash dump, primary partition

my question is if i do a clean instal of windows 10 will these partitions be created again during the windows 10 installation automatically or will i loose some . i'm no computer expert so i don't know which ones i really need . i want to be able to recover my pc should i need to and have everything working . someone suggested that i dont need a recovery partition and windows 10 does not create new partitions . i don't know what the efi system partition is and don't know if i need it . i have watched some youtube videos of people doing clean installs of windows 10 and they all seem to differ . during installation when given the choice of where to install windows some people delete all the partitions on their hard drive while others pick which one . can anyone give me a guide and bear in mind i am no expert , which partitions do i really need , my pc came with the 3 partitions listed above, any help would be much appreciated

A:what partitions does windows automatically create during instalation

Windows will create 4 partitions:
450MB Recovery100MB EFI System (Hidden from disk management)16MB MSRThe rest is your C: Drive
Just follow this link to fresh install:
Solved Gone forever? - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hello. Here is my problem and what I would like to do to fix it if it happens again. Okay so my friend brought his laptop to me saying its not working so I turn it on and here is what it did.
Bios screen shows
black screen shows with a blinking unscore ie _
then pc restarts and does the same thing over and over again

What I did to fix it. I followed a guide online to rebuild the bcd store in cmd using a windows 7 install disk and it worked perfectly.
What I would like to do so that if it happens again is to create a back up of the first partition(windows recovery and bootmgr contents) and the second partition(all windows installed files with drivers and software already installed) and have a hidden option so when this happens again with a key press and a click the two backed up partitions can be restored to a working state leaving the last partition(all personal files) untouched and unharmed. Is there anyway or any software that will do this keeping in mind the person whos laptop this is is not very computer wise and I do not want to leave any room for anything to go wrong if he does this. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanx in advance

A:Create a way to restore specific partitions at boot

There is imaging software that can do it. One example is Paragon Drive Backup. It can make a hidden partition with the backup image and restore program. You can restore during boot. There may be other brands with a similar feature.

Edit: They refer to it as a "backup capsule." That may be the term to search for.

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Hello friends, I'm here with 8 hd's all blocked, formats need them but I'm not getting or creating a partition because they are blocked, HDD Unlock saw the program but is expensive and is paid

A:Hard Disk Locked - Do not create partitions, format etc...

Did any of this work.
Setup was unable to create a new system partition - I can not create p

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I like to create a system image on my external 1 TB HDD.
I am confused with all the information in the tutorials.
Should I first partition my HDD as not to fill up my external HDD and equally should I partition the external HDD to leave the extra space for other storage.
My local HDD is 918 GB, OS is 101 GB, recovery disc is 12.7 GB and the external HDD is 931 GB.
Or can I proceed with the system image with either the windows back up or the recommended Macrium program.

A:Use windows back-up feature or Macrium, create partitions first?

Are you going to store the image files on the external hard drive? If so, you do not need to make a separate partition on the external. The image file is just like any other file. You could make a folder called "images" and store your images in it.

Are your personal files (pictures, video, mp3s, Word documents, etc) in your C partition, along with Windows?

If possible, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

If you have a "system reserved" partition, you will have to make an image file of it.

The more occupied space on C, the larger your image file will be. So it may be advantageous to you to try to reduce the occupied space on C, if you have space problems on the external drive. Some people prefer to store personal files on a separate partition because that reduces the size of C.

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I want to clean install Windows 10, and I already did that before using the tutorial here.
But last time I did not have Ubuntu install.
And in the tutorial, you must delete all partitions in order for Windows to create the special necessary partitions (Recovery, MSR, MBR etc..)
But now that I have a Linux partition that I don't want to delete, and according to the tutorial, Windows installation will not create these partitions.

How can I manually create them? Is it simply allocating a space for them and naming them the proper way and Windows will know how to use them? Or there's more than that?
Also, What happens if I do not have these partitions?


A:Clean install - how to manually create the special partitions

And in the tutorial, you must delete all partitions in order for Windows to create the special necessary partitions (Recovery, MSR, MBR etc..)

You don't have to delete all partitions. As long as you leave the partition unallocated (excluded UBUNTU partition) then Windows should create all needed partitions.
NOTE: If you install Windows with UBUNTU already existed, Windows is not aware of UBUNTU. You would need to use EasyBCD to create a boot entry for UBUNTU for dual booting.

I want to clean install Windows 10, and I already did that before using the tutorial here.
But last time I did not have Ubuntu install.

Do you use Macrium to backup Windows ? If so, you don't need to re-install Windows. Just use Macrium to copy all Windows partitions back to the SSD/HD unless your Windows 10 does not function properly and you want to re-install.

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I want to create a system image before I use an ISO of Windows 10 to upgrade my PC....

I am using DVD discs to do the image copy,

when you get to inserting the disc it shows you which things will be imaged


System C

But I don't see check boxes next to each one to select or de-select each...

I don't need the recovery partition because I have factory recovery discs

Anyone know how to only select certain partitions like System only?


A:Create system image. Anyway to select specific partitions on HDD?

The system image backup tool will automatically select all drives which are necessary to boot Windows. I'm not sure how your partitions are set up, but it could be that your boot files are in the Recovery partition. This means it would need to backup both.

Open the Start Menu and right click on Computer then select Manage and disk management.
Check if the Recovery partition is set as Active.

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I want to create a system image before I use an ISO of Windows 10 to upgrade my PC....

I am using DVD discs to do the image copy,

when you get to inserting the disc it shows you which things will be imaged


System C

But I don't see check boxes next to each one to select or de-select each...

I don't need the recovery partition because I have factory recovery discs

Anyone know how to only select certain partitions like System only?


A:Create system image. Anyway to select specific partitions on HDD?

The system image backup tool will automatically select all drives which are necessary to boot Windows. I'm not sure how your partitions are set up, but it could be that your boot files are in the Recovery partition. This means it would need to backup both.

Open the Start Menu and right click on Computer then select Manage and disk management.
Check if the Recovery partition is set as Active.

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My new HP Zbook 15 laptop has a 500GB HDD with four primary partitions. Partition 1 is labeled "SYSTEM". Partition 2 is the Windows C: drive. Partition 3 is HP_RECOVERY. Partition 4 is HP_TOOLS. All but the Windows partition are pretty small. The Windows C: drive is 450GB, and the NTFS volume in it was originally the same size.

I turned off hibernation, system recovery, and the page file, rebooted, then used diskmgmt.msc to shrink the C: drive. That appeared to work only partially. The disk management tool shows that the capacity of the C: volume is now 240 GB, but the primary partition that it resides in is still 450GB. It didn't shrink along with the volume.

My original thought was to use the space freed from the Windows partition to create another partition for a Linux LVM. However, since the partition didn't shrink, there wasn't any free space to utilize. I realize now that it wouldn't have worked anyway because there are already four primary partitions.

To get what I want, I think I will have to back up and delete the HP_RECOVERY and HP_TOOLS partitions (#3 and #4), then shrink the Windows partition (the volume inside it is already shrunk), then create a new partition #3 and restore the HP_RECOVERY partition, then create an extended partition #4, create a logical partition in it for HP_TOOLS, then create another logical partition in the extended partition for my LVM volume.

Does that approach sound like it will work? What can I use to back... Read more

A:Backup, shrink, rearrange primary partitions to create extended?

Best thing you can do is post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can better visualize what you described.

Good tools:

Macrium for partition backup via an image file.

Partition Wizard 8.1.1 for creating and configuring partitions.

Generally, when you shrink a partition, you are left with "unallocated space", which you can then reassign with either Windows Disk Management or Partition Wizard.

Have you made a set of HP recovery disks? I'd do that before deleting the HP recovery partition unless you are going on record as never having any interest in restoring to "out of the box" state.

HP may put boot files in some cuckoo location too, so I'd wait for more input on that. On a typical home build, boot files would be in "system reserved", but I'm not sure what HP may have done.

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wondering if this is a limitation of having 4 primary partitions.

my lenovo came with 4 primary partitions (all tagged with dark blue color in diskmgmt):
200mb hidden system
650gb OS

I can shrink the 650gb by say 300gb, and it will make a 350gb unallocated partition.
If i try to create a new simple volume from the 350gb, disk mgmt throws errors saying 'not enough space to complete operation'
please explain to me, having 4 existing primary partitions does not allow creating any type of additional new partition (logical or extended) ?

Can I retag one of the primary partitions as extended using something like ptedit, and then will that allow me to create more logical partitions?

A:4 primary partitions. Shrink works. But can't create new simple volume

Hello Link,

You will not be able to create another primary partition since you already have the limit of 4. However, you could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a logical partition with the unallocated space.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,

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Hi there!

I've been trying for the past hours to delete two logical drives so as to obtain some unallocated space that I could (in theory) transform into two new and shinny primary drives, on which I wish to reinstall XP, one as my main partition, the other to try out new programs.

Of course, things didn't work out that way!

So, now I'm stuck with my system on a logical drive (C {Boot},

some free space which I can only turn into a new logical drive

and my data on another primary partition without Windows on it, but still saying (E {System}

Whenever I try using Fdisk from a floppy to create new partitions, they always show-up as logical drives...

Any ideas? The worst thing is that I've done this many times in the past and can't figure out what I'm missing today!



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I am trying to create a catalog file for a custom WIM I have captured through MDT. If I try to edit the unattend file from the MDT task's property sheet or manually using WSIM, I get the following errors.
10:46 AM : This application requires version 10.0.10586.0 of the Windows ADK.
Install this version to correct the problem
10:46 AM :
10:46 AM : Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog. For troubleshooting assistance, see the topic: 'Windows System Image Manager Technical Reference' in the Windows ADK User's Guide.
10:46 AM :
10:46 AM : System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): Unknown error (0xc1420127)
Server stack trace:
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.WimImageInfo.PreCreateCatalog()
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.OfflineImageInfo.CreateCatalog()
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.CatalogCreatorImpl.CreateCatalog(OfflineImageInfo offlineImageInfo)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink._PrivateProcessMessage(IntPtr md, Object[] args, Object server, Object[]& outArgs)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink.SyncProcessMessage(IMessage msg)
Exception rethrown at [0]:
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.HandleReturnMessage(IMessage reqMsg, IMessage retMsg)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.PrivateInvoke(MessageData& msgData,... Read more

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Could somebody recommend me a software or some way to create boot cd so that if any stuck up happens, I can delete or rename in a easy manner. I have heard of Bart PE. it is bit complicated. Just give me easy steps to build good boot cd with all drivers and windows xp updates and all softwares installed in laptop and that would be great.

thanks in advance

A:How to create BOOT CD before Laptop fails?

The easy way to build a recovery for your laptop is to use an imaging utility like Acronis True Image or Partition Magic. Make an image of the boot partition, save your data on a separate partition, and make sure you backup the data regularly, and make a bootable image of the Windows partition now and again. You can make the images over the network to another machine. If it every goes belly-up, you restore the bootable image you created and you're back in business. Of course, remember that data backup I mentioned, you should ALWAYS have current backups of any important data on any machine.

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I am trying to create a new account in windows vista business. I am
logged in as administrator and I go to control panel and create a new
account. I then log outand log in with the new account. Vista says it
is creating desktop settings, the splash screen desappears and a series
of dialog boxes start. It then fails on windows mail with an error
dialog saying " windows mail 7 could not be installed. MSOE.dll could
not be initialized. I press OK and Vista just hangs with a completely
blank screen. The new desktop never appears. I have tried this with UAC
on and off,and with administrator and non administrator accounts. I ran
a sfc /scannow and it returned no problems. Why can't I create new

A:Vista fails to create new accounts

thats weird. Try again and when you get to the blank screen press ctrl shift esc
click file
New Task (run...)
type "explorer" (remove quotes)

See if that brings up the UI

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hey guys, im trying to install windows 7 on my laptop, but i cant do it, idk meaby corruped hard disk, however after some erors, i tryed using diskpart, and hers what im getting.

I have tried option CLEAN ALL, too but i get same error ! Im using google alot, but cant find a solution !

A:Windows 7 fails to create partition

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Review this,
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active (assuming you want to install an OS)

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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I get this error message.
Insufficient storage available to create either the shadow copy storage or other shadow copy data.
Error: 0x8004231f.
Any help greatly appreciated.

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Hi there.

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate on a Sony Vaio AR41s via a DVD that I burned (slowest speed, was very careful about that) but upon starting the installation I get the error message:

Windows cannot parse the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration> setting

After closing this dialog box the laptop reboots and starts the process from scratch.

The Vaio has nothing on it as far as I'm aware (No OS found etc...) so I'm pretty sure this is as clean a install as I could do.

Here's the specs of the AR41s:
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.2 GHz
Cache Memory - 4 MB - L2 Cache
RAM - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300 ( 2 x 1 GB )
HDD - 2x 160 GB - Serial ATA-150 @ 5400 rpm
Optical Storage - BD-RE
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT - 256 MB
OS - N/A

Running the 2x160GB HDDs in RAID 0 configuration. I tried de-RAID'ing the HDDs to see if that was the problem but I get the same result.

I've done some research on the internet and there's a lot of talk about xml files and whatnot but I can't see how I'm going to access anything given that there's nothing on the machine.

This is my first time trying to install a new OS on a machine so right now I'm a little lost.

If there's any other information that I should have given then do please mention it and I will edit my post accordingly.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

A:Windows cannot parse the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration>...

Hello farouche, welcome to Seven Forums!
Where did you get the Windows 7 ISO file you burned to DVD? This sounds like the real issue.

Leave the RAID broken, Windows 7 has issues with RAID anyway.

Check the PC BIOS to make sure it is set to ACHI and not RAID or IDE mode.

Then do a complete wipe secure erase to the entire single Hard Disk Drive (non RAID) and then create a 100GB partition to do the install to and start the clean install, have a thorough look through the information in these tutorials linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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