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If you are going to reinstall Windows 7, and your installation DVD doesn't come with SP1, you should probably download (and burn) a fresh copy from Digital River. It is legal, and your existing key will work just fine, as long as you download the exact same edition (e.g. Home, Professional, Ultimate). thumb.gif

can i put it onto a usb flash drive instead? I dont have any blank dvds dont wanna buy some just for one dvd.

Problem is my program files is very big over 100gb because of Steam with all my games installed. I could always have just that installed on different partition but then you said it make it slower and id want my games to be running faster.
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    Yes you can: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-create-bootable-windows-7-usb-to-install-windows-7-from-usb-flash-drive-using-windows-7-dvdusb-tool/
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post #13 of 16
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Just reformatted and have it all setup in a better way than before.

I have my C Windows drive which I made 100 gb just to be safe and install programs too.
My G Games drive which I made 300 gb for all my games.
My F File drive for all files (I put fruity loops in files instead of installing to C drive cause it is 20gb with all my sound kits)
then my other HDD which I made E Enterainment drive.

The only thing I am thinking might be a problem is if I run out of room on my G game partition if I fill it up, you guys were mentioning expanding it but it may have problems. I know in disk management there is the expand option is this safe to use if I ever need to expand it? Or would it be better to make a new partition making my F file partition smaller and making a Game 2 partition or will that mess up my File partition by shrinking it?
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post #14 of 16
    I have never had any issues with Disk Management's shrink and expand functions.  Just be aware that you will only be able to extend a partition toward the end of the HDD, and only as long as there aren't any partitions in the way.  Also, you can only shrink a partition toward its starting point.  With Disk Management, you can't move the starting point of a partition; to move a partition will require the use of third party software. thumb.gif
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post #15 of 16
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not to sure what you mean, what i would do if i needed to do it would be

F Drive 500 GB
G Drive 300 GB

Shrink F to say 400GB and expand G to 400GB, is that possible with disk management?
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    Assuming that the HDD is partitioned C:\, D:\, F:\, G:\, you would be able to shrink F:\ successfully with Disk Management.  However, you would have to temporarily move everything from G:\ to another partition or drive, delete G:\, recreate G:\, and then move everything back to G:\, because you can't move the beginning (starting offset) of a partition with Disk Management.  Perhaps the illustration below will make it clearer:



    Now, if I shrunk one of those partitions, I could then create a new tiny partition in the freed space, or I could extend the partition back up to the beginning of the next partition, which is unmovable (fixed).  And if I deleted the middle partition (C:\), I could then extend the first partition all the way to I:\.  But I would not be able to move the beginning of I:\ backwards into the newly freed space because the beginning of a partition cannot be moved with Disk Management.  This is a screenshot of an OEM-built computer that I shrunk C:\ from 990 GB to 50 GB.  I was then able to create a new partition for the user's files in the unallocated space (940 GB).  But now I cannot extend C:\ because partition I:\ begins at offset 60 GB (10 GB recovery partition + 50 GB Windows partition).  I would have to delete partition I:\ before C:\ could be extended.  Then I could recreate I:\.

    Or, as fragamemnon mentioned, you could use a 3rd party program to do an "in place" move of the partition.  However, there is a risk of data loss if anything were to go wrong during that operation—but you have a backup of everything already, right? wink.gif

    I hope that made it clear what Disk Management can and cannot do as far as partition resizing goes! thumb.gif
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