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Windows 7: formatting half of partitioned C drive


01 Mar 2011   #1
mdamon

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
formatting half of partitioned C drive

quick question, maybe? ha

I have a partitioned C drive on a Dell Dimension 2400, so I have half C: and the other half Z:

on the Z part I have installed windows 7
on the C part is windows xp

question being, will it hurt anything if i just format the C drive?

btw, the C drive is primary and the Z is logical

so after i format it can i just combine them back so i have full disk space for my windows 7?


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01 Mar 2011   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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01 Mar 2011   #3
mdamon

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
already problem with step 1. haha

It wont even let me set the partitioned windows 7 as active...it shows it but not "system active"
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01 Mar 2011   #4
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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01 Mar 2011   #5
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
read the Note: at that link.
You can NOT mark a Logical drive active, only Primary drives can be active. You have to change it to a Primary first.

Jim
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01 Mar 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mdamon, welcome to Seven Forums!


You can use Option Four in this tutorial at the link below to convert the Windows 7 partition to a Primary first, then mark it Active and run the startup repairs discussed in the main body of this second tutorial and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Then the XP space can be recovered.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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01 Mar 2011   #7
mdamon

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

welllll I got rid of the xp part of it but forgot about the boot info i need for windows 7 to boot now...

i get ntldr is missing error

I can boot to the mini tools cd to edit the partitions and what not...
so i guess how would i get windows 7 boot info onto the partition?
I set it as primary and made it active..but need the boot infor
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01 Mar 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello mdamon, welcome to Seven Forums!


You can use Option Four in this tutorial at the link below to convert the Windows 7 partition to a Primary first, then mark it Active and run the startup repairs discussed in the main body of this second tutorial and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Then the XP space can be recovered.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Did you run the 3 separate startup repairs to the Windows 7 Primary partition after it was marked active?
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01 Mar 2011   #9
mdamon

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

I cant even get it to boot into windows 7

secondly, my computer only has CD drive, it has a DVD drive but it wont let me boot from that, bios doesnt recognize it so I cant boot from the Windows 7 DVD, I can boot from CD, but not DVD they're separate drives
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01 Mar 2011   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Then use this as a CD to boot and do the startup repairs.

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
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