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    I'm building a new media center system to store and show my movies. I am starting with a 1.5 Gb HD, and am wondering how I might partition the drive before installing Win 7 64 bit. Many of the partition managers don't work for 64bit OSs, and it would have to be something bootable. Since this is a new build, there will be no other OS loaded to boot to. Anybody already walked down this road?

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    As part of a clean install you can partition the HD. Set the OS partition size to whatever you want. Then once Windows 7 is installed use Disk Manangement to set one or more partitions in the unassigned remainder.

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    You have 2 options.

    1) During your original installation you will be given the option to partition your Hd. I would choose a more manageable size for the Win 7 partition, somewhere around 30 GB. This will give you enough space for apps, etc, with a large partition for your movies. Afterward the built in Win 7 Disk Manager (In Computer Management) will assist in making the unused space active for use. You could also use a 3rd party free app such as Partition Wizard to do the job.

    2) After installing Win 7 you can then decrease the size of your Win 7 partition to a more manageable size such as 30 GB then create as many partitions as you like.
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    Take a look at this link. I use this partition manager several times and have not been disappointed.
    Easeus Partition Manager

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    Thanks everyone. This is exactily the information I was looking for. The UPS guy delivered all the parts yesterday, so I'm anxious to get started with the build.

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    Hi Tim,

    Try "Partition Wizard" at: http://www.partitionwizard.com/ . I've used it on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. I've used Easeuse but I like Partition Wizard better. It works on 32 bit, 64 bit, NTFS, or FAT 32. It will work installed on a system, or can be built to boot from a live CD, and best of all it's FREE!

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    Many thanks for the 'How to' answers in this thread, as they helped me with certain of my own struggles. I must say that like Partition Wizard: it has a pretty (inter) face, some excellent features, and the only advice I can suggest is that it be run from the bootable CD as an added safety measure.

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