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Windows 7: need to expand C partition.

22 Nov 2010   #1
op3studios

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
need to expand C partition.

I've Gparted a copy of the C partition and need to expand the size of the original.

before I resize, I want to back up a restorable MBR.

what's the best free program to use for this on W7-64?

thanks,

Jim


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22 Nov 2010   #2
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 



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22 Nov 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

I'd use free Partition Wizard bootable CD which has been used for hundreds of repartitioning/resizing operations here without a single failure. It has a data protection mode which will not fail during Resizing (unlike Easeus and others) but just start again until you bail out at restart.

Make sure Win7 is marked Active in case you need to repair the MBR by booting the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

I'd also back up a Win7 System Image so you can start over if necessary. Reinstall or resizing is also a good time to back up the latest set of files.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
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22 Nov 2010   #4
op3studios

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

easeus free only works for 32 bit.
you have to buy the 64bit capability and the trial doesn't execute.
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22 Nov 2010   #5
op3studios

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
resolved

Partition Wizard encountered what it called a known bug
and failed.
said partitions were going to overlap, (not) and wanted me to send in a bug report.

I've been chasing Windows solutions with results like this since Windows opened shop back in the day.
no more.
I'm still interested in helping my friends with their Windows installations here in my small town, but from now on I use W7 for production, and Linux (Ubuntu 10.10) for everything else....especially for diagnostic and utility use.

so I just used GParted to resize then repaired MBR with W7 install disk.
the world has taken on a rosy glow.

Hirens Boot Disk 12 is highly recommended to you Tech types.[URL="http://www.hirensbootcd.org/"]
it boots ISO and has powerful Linux and Windows interfaces.
sometimes I just use Hirens mini-Linux as my OS.

again, I like Windows7. it's a good OS and I recommend upgrading from XP/Vista all the time.
but for someone just starting out learning a new OS, Ubuntu is in the mix of options.

cheers,

Jim
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22 Nov 2010   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by op3studios View Post
I've Gparted a copy of the C partition and need to expand the size of the original.

before I resize, I want to back up a restorable MBR.

what's the best free program to use for this on W7-64?

thanks,

Jim
I use this for the MBR backup
MBR Backup
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23 Nov 2010   #7
op3studios

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

thanks,
MBR Backup is in my bag o tricks now.
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23 Nov 2010   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You might prefer just to use an imaging app to back it up - only takes a few secs.


Otherwise, I like plppart http://www.plop.at/en/windowstools.html
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23 Nov 2010   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2;1091601[B
]You might prefer just to use an imaging app to back it up - only takes a few secs.[/B]


Otherwise, I like plppart Plop - Windows Tools
If your specific purpose is to simply back up the mbr why use an imaging program? I know most backup the mbr as a matter of course along with partitions.
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23 Nov 2010   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The question was
Quote:
I want to back up a restorable MBR.
One valid answer is back it up with an imaging app. - easy to restore also - no need to type it all in manually.


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Not all imaging apps. allow backing it up alone or separately


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