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Creating a partition on a new hard drive for a first-time Windows 8 installation

Welcome To Partition Wizard Boot Disc_ll Alright, let’s say you want to install Windows 8 on a brand-new hard drive, but you don’t want to remove the drive to initialize the hard drive and the installer does not recognize it properly, then create a partition using this tool!

Using Partition Wizard To Quickly Create Partitions

1. Step Download a copy of the Free Partition Wizard from http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

2. Step After downloading the ISO file at the bottom (scroll down and download the Bootable CD - not the first listed items)

2.1 You need to burn this ISO file – we explained how to burn ISO files on Windows 8 here (works on 7 the same way!!)

3. Step Once you successfully booted from the CD you will be shortly greeted – if you dont press a key it will auto-enter the partition wizard

Welcome To Partition Wizard Boot Disc

4. Step You should enter a display resolution
Choose Display Resolution

5. Step You will see all of your hard drives. If they are not yet initialized, there will be unallocated disk space. Right-click on a drive and click Create

Creating Disk Partition

You should create a primary partition for every disk you want to boot an OS from e.g. Windows or Linux. However, there is a limit of primary partitions. That’s why there are logical partitions. Create a logical partition for all drives if you need more than 4 partitions per drive. In general, I create a primary partition on my main drive and all “storage” drives I will only use logical partitions on

Primary Or Logical Partition

5. Step If you want to install Linux on a partition, you should format your hard drive using Ext4 which is required for Ubuntu and many other distributions

Formatting Partition As Ext4 Instead Of Ntfs

6. Step You can install Linux and Windows side-by-side but it is recommended that you create separate partitions for all of your operating systems. In general, I would recommend that you format a single primary partitions as ext4, e.g. 150GB and use that for Linux. Later on, you can always shrink a Windows partition if you need more disk space for your Linux installation.

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Published: Saturday, May 18th, 2013 Last Modified: May 18, 2013

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