Create System Partition in Windows® 7
Why do we need to create system partition in Windows 7? Discuss.
The Windows 7 is one of the most advanced and user friendly OS ever to be released and is manufactured by the Microsoft. The Windows 7 OS is developed from the Windows NT platform and is sharing some features and functions with its previous versions. The Windows 7 OS supports hard disk partitioning and is installed on any one of the user preferred hard disk partitions confirming the requirements for the OS installation. The hard disk partition into which the OS is installed is called as the system partition and this partition serves as the default one for all program and application installations done in the Windows 7 system. The system partition contains the Windows files and folders required by the OS for ensuring its smooth functioning. The user account directory and documents directory are also located in the system partition by default. In short most of the important system files and user documents are stored in the system partition of Windows 7 and hence it is very important that the users ensure the safety of the system partition for safe functioning of the Windows 7 system.
Some points regarding the role of System Partition in Windows 7 and ways to set them up are discussed below:
- Role of System Partition
- Choosing the partition
- Formatting and installing
Role of System Partition
The system partition in a Windows 7 computer is that partition or volume on the hard disk where the files and folders of the installed Operating System are stored after the installation. The System Partition contains all important data and configurations that are needed for the installed operating system to function smoothly under minimal errors. It is very important that the users keep your system partition intact, as any issues that might cause damage or corruption to the system partition will lead to major issues like system crash and mass data corruption.
Choosing the partition
The system partition can be created only while installing an operating system and cannot be changed or deleted after the installation as it will delete the OS files which will lead to system cash. The users will be prompted to choose the partition where the Windows 7 should be installed at the time of the OS installation. The users can choose between the available partitions and the one that is selected by the users for installing the Windows 7 set-up files will form as the primary partition or system partition. The users should make sure that the partition which has been selected to install the Windows 7 is having enough free space to accommodate all the system files and drivers that are needed for the working of the OS. Choosing a partition with space restrictions and other issues like read/write errors will lead to a corrupt OS installation.
After choosing the partition onto which the Windows 7 system files are to be installed, the users will either be prompted to format it or can do so manually by making use of the available options. This is to be done so as to wipe off all traces of the previously installed OS from the system hard disk to prevent later issues. The users can choose between the available types of files systems with which the disk partition should be formatted and NTFS, FAT, FAT32 etc. are the commonly used formats. After formatting the partition with the desired file system, the install set-up of Windows 7 will start the installation and that partition will form as the system partition for the installed OS.
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