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  • I have recently purchased Windows 7   64bit.

    My new computer is 64bit.

    Can I partition a hard drive, even an external hard drive, to accept my old Windows Vista   32bit.

    Thanking You

    Tony

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:10 PM

Answers

  • There is no difference in storage between 64bit and 32bit.  Partitions made under Windows 7 64bit will be functionally identical to partitions made by Vista 32bit.

    I think that's probably what you are after.


    Robert Mitchell Senior Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Corp.

    • Marked as answer by omega3i Monday, January 14, 2013 10:10 PM
    Monday, January 14, 2013 5:54 PM

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  • You need to explain what exactly you would want to do with Vista on the external disk.
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:35 PM
  • Yes, if you go to Computer management (right click Computer and go to Manage) and then click on Disk Management.  From here you can right click on your C drive and select Shrink Volume to the size you would prefer (anywhere from 20 to 40gb depending on the version of vista you use and what your installing on it).

    Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:56 PM
    1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    2. In the Navigation pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

    3. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.

    4. In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next.

    5. Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then click Next.

    6. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click Next.

    7. In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:

      • If you don't want to format the volume right now, click Do not format this volume, and then click Next.

      • To format the volume with the default settings, click Next.

    8. Review your choices, and then click Finish.

    for more:

    http://www.adrc.com/sm/how_to_partition.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4x6Ob2k9s0

    http://diligent.tripod.com/hd-partn.htm


    love is rock!!!


    • Edited by TK MAHATO Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:32 PM
    • Proposed as answer by TK MAHATO Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:32 PM
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:31 PM
  • Hi Tony,


    To create a new partition, please try the following:


    1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management.
      If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    2. In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

    3. Right-click the volume you want to shrink, and then click Shrink Volume.

    4. Follow the instructions.


    To install Vista and Windows 7, please check this article:


    Can I have more than one operating system on my computer (multiboot)?

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Can-I-have-more-than-one-operating-system-on-my-computer-multiboot


    More information:


    Can I repartition my hard disk?

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Can-I-repartition-my-hard-disk


    Install more than one operating system (multiboot)

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Install-more-than-one-operating-system-multiboot


    Hope this helps.


    Vincent Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, January 11, 2013 3:33 AM
  • There is no difference in storage between 64bit and 32bit.  Partitions made under Windows 7 64bit will be functionally identical to partitions made by Vista 32bit.

    I think that's probably what you are after.


    Robert Mitchell Senior Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Corp.

    • Marked as answer by omega3i Monday, January 14, 2013 10:10 PM
    Monday, January 14, 2013 5:54 PM
  • Hi Robert,

    Thanks very much for your answer.

    That was exactly the answer I was looking for.

    Can I ask you another question.

    I have Widows 7 on the C drive. I also have a spare SSD drive, which is empty at the moment.

    Can I put Windows Vista on this drive?

    If so, Will it then give me the choice of OS on startup?

    Thanking you again

    Tony Whitman


    omega3i

    Monday, January 14, 2013 10:15 PM