Windows® 7 Boot Partition
What are the various ways to create boot partition in Windows 7?
A boot partition is a partition that holds the files for the Windows 7 Operating System. If you would like to install a second Operating System in your computer like a dual-boot or multi-boot configuration, you have to make another partition on the hard disk and then install the additional Operating System on the new partition. Your hard disk would then contain a system partition (partition that contains the hardware-related files that tell the computer where to search for to start Windows 7) and two boot partitions. To make a partition on a basic disk, there must be free disk space in it. With Disk Management, you shall make a maximum of three primary partitions on that disk. You can also make extended partitions, which comprise logical drives within them, if you want more partitions on the disk. If there is no free space in the disk, you would either need to make space by shrinking or by deleting a the current partition or by using a third-party partitioning tool to repartition your hard drive.
Tips to create boot partition and more on mbr and vbr:
- Create a boot partition
- Master boot record
- Volume boot record
Create a boot partition
To create a boot partition from the Start menu, click 'Control Panel', then on 'System and Security', then on 'Administrative Tools', and finally double click on 'Computer Management'. Give the administrator password or confirmation if required and in the left pane, under Storage, click 'Disk Management'. Then right click a free region in your hard disk and then click on 'New Simple Volume'. In that Wizard, click 'Next' and type the size of the volume you would like to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size and then press 'Next'. Accept the default drive letter or select a diverse drive letter to identify the volume and then press 'Next'. In the 'Format Partition' dialog box, click 'Do not format this volume' if you don't want to format the volume then and there, then click 'Next or to format the volume with the default settings', and then click 'Next'. Finally, click 'Finish' and stop the wizard.
Master boot record
A master boot record or MBR is the first sector of any data storage device like hard disk that has been partitioned. The MBR sector would contain a code to put the active partition and call up its Volume Boot Record. The MBR can also be used for holding a disk's primary partition table or for bootstrapping Operating Systems.
Volume boot record (VBR) is the first sector of any data storage device that has not been partitioned. It can also be the first sector of an individual partition in a data storage device that has been partitioned. It would contain the code to load and call up an Operating System installed in that device or within that partition.
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