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Windows 7: Restore 2 partition system to one drive

20 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Restore 2 partition system to one drive

Hi all, I have a dual boot laptop with 2 partitions. First one is another OS, whilst the second one is Windows 7 x64. I don't really use the other OS and would like to get all the space back and move the OS over to that one (as I believe it's more towards the outside edge of the disc - but feel free to correct me on that). I would also like just the one partition.

Anyway, the partitions are set up as follows.

I thought I'd be able to do a Windows 7 backup of the Windows partition, erase all partitions, make one large one and then restore to that (or at the very least have the Windows partition as the first one, so I could erase the second and resize the first). However, once the restore was done, all partitions were back the way they were beforehand.
I'd rather not have to do a clean install as I have many settings and custom things that would take forever to put back in but it's there as a last resort.

So how can I go about this?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Presto, welcome to Seven Forums!

You can use the outline presented in this tutorial at the link below to recover all the space to the left of the Windows 7 C: partition.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Start at Step Two and completely skip Step One as that step is not needed because the C: partition is already the "System" partition. Be sure to do the wipes (secure erase) to the 2 partitions first to have a good space to resize the C: partition into.

Be sure to use the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) and not the installed version; download the PWBD ISO file from this link and burn the ISO to CD then boot the CD to make the changes.

Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Brilliant. That has worked like an absolute charm. Thank you for taking the time to reply, saved me hours of work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Good to see you were successful and thanks for the update.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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