Install Windows 7 to volume in extended partition?

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Re: Install Windows 7 to volume in extended partition?

Postby miesfeld » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:31 pm

Bob Coleman wrote:
> miesfeld wrote:
> >
> > Thanks for the reply. From my other post, I'm not sure how I should have gone
> about
> > this with the existing set up I had.
>
> As to what you should have done given the assumptions that you can have more that
> four primaries and you want the new installation in a primary, I won't say what you
> should have done, but what I think you could have done is:
>
> Reduce the size of the extended partition so that the free space is no longer part
> of it.
>
> Allocate a new primary in the free space which became unpartitioned space.

Okay, thanks Bob.

That's pretty much what I thought afterwards. Thanks for confirming it.


> You probably should have created a Boot Item for the new Win 7 such that the new
> primary was the only partition available. Clear the four MBR slots in that Boot
> Item, then fill one of them with the new primary.
>
> Attempt to boot the new boot item. This will fail because there is nothing there to
> boot, but will leave a state such that only the one partition is visible. The
> installation should install into that partition and not be able to see any others to
> confuse matters.

Then, once I got the install finished, could I add the other Windows partitions to the boot item? Keeping the newly installed Window 7 partition as the first partition in the MBR slots and putting the other 2 Windows installs in slots 2 and 3. I would like to be able to access the files in the other 2 installs when I am booted into the new install.

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Re: Install Windows 7 to volume in extended partition?

Postby DrTeeth » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:44 am

miesfeld wrote:

> Then, once I got the install finished, could I add the other Windows partitions to
> the boot item? Keeping the newly installed Window 7 partition as the first partition
> in the MBR slots and putting the other 2 Windows installs in slots 2 and 3. I would
> like to be able to access the files in the other 2 installs when I am booted into the
> new install.

I would strongly advise that you do not do this - there are many reasons but it is a "Bad Thing". If you want to have data available to all windows' setups, I'd set up a separate data partition and put that in the MBR.
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Re: Install Windows 7 to volume in extended partition?

Postby Brian K » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:58 pm

DrTeeth wrote:

> I would strongly advise that you do not do this - there are many reasons but it is a
> "Bad Thing". If you want to have data available to all windows' setups, I'd
> set up a separate data partition and put that in the MBR.


DrT,

I agree but it is hard to find web links to support this opinion. Do you have links? Anyone?
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Re: Install Windows 7 to volume in extended partition?

Postby DrTeeth » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:36 pm

On Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:58:06 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
Brian K disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>I agree but it is hard to find web links to support this opinion. Do you have links? Anyone?

The only technical issue I have come across and heard about is the
wiping of restore points.

The risk of FUBARing one's PC with more than one identical visible is
just asking for trouble - one second's inattention, too much grog...

As a dentist or any other type of surgeon, it is all too easy to make
mistakes and after over 31 years in the game I have learnt not to take
chances. Even after checking, double and triple checking, mistakes can
happen.
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