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Windows 7: Wiping and Restoring Hard Drives to reclaim space and for Linux

13 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Wiping and Restoring Hard Drives to reclaim space and for Linux

Hello everybody,

I need to wipe and restore the hard drives for both my Desktop and Laptop.

Problem #1 Desktop: SSD

Initially I wanted to do a triple boot with Windows 7 and two Linux distros, however the second Linux distro wasn't compatible with my drivers and I had to abort that plan. I'm left with 22GB of unallocated space and would like to reclaim it and add those 22GB to the Windows 7 partition. I tried using Partition Wizard CD to add more space to Windows 7 by trying to move partitions but it would not let me.

I've made back ups images of all the partitions using Macrium.

I would like to wipe the drive, restore Windows 7, add the unallocated space to Windows 7 partition, and then restore the Linux partitions.

I found this thread, specifically post #4: PQSERVICE Partition...

Are these the steps I should take? If I do a clean wipe, and then restore Windows 7 do I have to activate it and enter the product key? Or will it be just like how it was before?

So, I plan to:

#1: Use diskpart to do a clean /all wipe.

#2: Optional - Should I consider optimizing the drive after wiping it? SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

#2: Restore Windows 7 and then boot into Windows 7 and with diskmngt add 20GB to the partition.

#3: With Macrium restore the remaining Linux partitions.

So hopefully that would do it, right?

Problem #2 Laptop: HDD

Almost the same problem, except this time the drive has 3 primary partitions (If I'm mistaken please correct me) preventing me from installing a Linux Distro on the machine.

Initially when I tried installing Linux I tried to create partitions using the Logical Volume Manager, however during installation I was only able to create the /boot partition - which would come next after the Windows 7 partition in the image above. For some reason I wasn't able to create the necessary partitions of; swap, /system, and /home. So I had to abort that plan.

Following directions in the prior referenced thread I plan to:

#1: Wipe the drive using diskpart and clean /all

#2: Restore Windows 7 - I would also prefer if I could somehow get rid of the System Reserved partition using EasyBCD. Should I do this before so that the backup Image has all the boot information on C drive?

#3: Once restored I will install Linux.

So in the end both Hard Drives should end up looking similar with the following partitions in order;

Windows 7 - C: system
Linux - /boot
- /swap
- /system
- /home

Desktop PC has SSD, laptop has a HDD. I also made an image backup of the Acer Recovery Partition, I'd prefer to have it on a backup drive instead of on the laptop drive.


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