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Format Partition instead of Formatting the Disk? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'd like to install the OS on the 1st partition (C:) and leave my other partition alone (D:)

    But it doesn't seem like the Format and Partition Disk step allows this. Is there anyway to do this in MDT?

    Monday, July 8, 2013 6:16 AM

Answers

  • I normally deal with this situation with two steps:

    - Disable the "Format and Partition Disk" step and replace it with a custom Diskpart script that will format just the partition that you want formatted.

    - Change the "Install Operating System" step to "Specific disk and partition" and provide Disk 0 and Partition 1 as the answers. 

    Note that this is for NEWCOMPUTER DeploymentType scenarios only, where you booted from WinPE.  If you run LiteTouch.vbs from within the current Full OS, it won't run the Format steps since it will be considered a REFRESH (unless you are forcibly overriding the setting).


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by Jack_Tan Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:10 AM
    Monday, July 8, 2013 4:30 PM
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  • Needs to be in all upper case:

    DeploymentType=REFRESH


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by Jack_Tan Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:02 AM
    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 5:01 AM
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All replies

  • Avoid the option “Make this a boot partition” in Format Partition

    Create the hard disk partition like EX: below 

    Windows –C:

    Data – D:

    Recovery – E:

    In Appling operating system image TS step under “select the location where you want to apply this operating system”

    Destination: specific logical drive letter

    Drive letter: C:

    If you want to install the OS in D drive means

    Data – C:

    Windows –D:

    Recovery – E:

    Destination: specific logical drive letter

    Drive letter: D:

    Monday, July 8, 2013 10:09 AM
  • Say i currently have C drive and D drive where D drive is where the data stored.

    So i would create Partition C and Partition D with both unmarked for the "Make this a boot partition".

    Then i chose which partition to install for the OS.

    Am i right so far?

    Because it seems for me the description says "Select the physical disk to format and partition" means it will format the disk first. I'd like to just format the C Drive only for the OS installation.

    Hope you could give me a further clarification. Thanks.
    Monday, July 8, 2013 10:32 AM
  • I normally deal with this situation with two steps:

    - Disable the "Format and Partition Disk" step and replace it with a custom Diskpart script that will format just the partition that you want formatted.

    - Change the "Install Operating System" step to "Specific disk and partition" and provide Disk 0 and Partition 1 as the answers. 

    Note that this is for NEWCOMPUTER DeploymentType scenarios only, where you booted from WinPE.  If you run LiteTouch.vbs from within the current Full OS, it won't run the Format steps since it will be considered a REFRESH (unless you are forcibly overriding the setting).


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by Jack_Tan Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:10 AM
    Monday, July 8, 2013 4:30 PM
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  • Seems like running the LiteTouch.vbs from Windows does skip the format step,

    though booting from WinPE will definitely format the hard drive, even after setting

    the DeploymentType to Refresh in cs.ini.

    Any ideas?

    • Edited by Jack_Tan Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:45 AM
    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:18 AM
  • Yes, you can override it in CustomSettings.ini.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:41 AM
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  • Applied DeploymentType=Refresh in the cs.ini , and still the Format and Partition step still goes through when i do a WinPE boot.

    Running the LiteTouch.vbs from OS does work though, skipping the Format and Partition step. Any ideas?

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:15 AM
  • Needs to be in all upper case:

    DeploymentType=REFRESH


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by Jack_Tan Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:02 AM
    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 5:01 AM
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  • Ok now that's a embarrassing question to ask. What a silly mistake on my side.

    Thanks for your patient and time!

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:02 AM