Windows 7 Installation & Drive Partitioning (BootIt Bare Metal)

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheKid7, Jan 31, 2013.

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    I have very little experience with Windows 7.

    Once I helped someone do a clean install with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I noticed that if you installed Windows 7 on an unformatted/unpartitioned hard drive that it would create the small partition and the regular Windows System C: Partition. However, if you install Windows 7 on a hard drive that has been Partitioned and Formatted (NTFS) I found that Windows 7 will put everything into the Windows System C: Partition.

    Question: Will BootIt Bare Metal automatically properly align the partition when you create it? It looks like you may have to change setting(s) in BootIt Bare Metal prior to Partitioning. Which setting(s)/option(s) would you change?

    Thanks in Advance.
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    In Settings, in the Global Geometry and Alignment section, enable the Align on 2048 Sectors.

    Enable before creating the partition. I've also found (in general) that it's best to have all the partitions on the drive aligned the same. I've defaulted to the 2048 sector alignment (1MiB) on all my systems for years now.
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