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Windows 7: Restore the shrink drive to it's original location


27 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 8 RTM Professional X64
 
 
Restore the shrink drive to it's original location

Hey guys,

Actually The question is kind of bad, i couldn't find a better title
okay here is my problem:
My windows was very bad and had a lot of problems so I decided to restore to default factory settings and I did it, and it was successful but before i did this I had shrink C Drive and now in my new windows the shrink drive is still there but in a green color and it's written "29.30 Free Space" actually I want to put this shrink volume in drive C and just make it one Drive not two and I don't know how to do it, it would be appreciated if anyone can help.

Thanks


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27 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Open Disk Management, maximize the window, adjust columns to show maximum info, and post us a screenshot.
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16 May 2012   #3

Windows 8 RTM Professional X64
 
 
Computer Management Screenshot

I want that 40.17GB partition to C Partition but i don't know how.

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16 May 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

In addition to the green Logical free space at the right end of the HD, you also have two partitions to the right of C which are empty and have no letters.

It's doubtful these are hidden OEM partitions or they would be so labeled like your Recovery partition at the left end of HD. Perhaps you created them yourself?

To check the content of those two partitions you can unhide Hidden and System files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab, rightclick on the partitions in Disk Mgmt to Explore to see if they have any hidden content. If not you can Delete each to extend C into the space.

To also extend C into the green Logical Free Space you must first rightclick it to Delete Volume to get rid of the Logical container and make it Unallocated Space.

Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend
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16 May 2012   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unknown01 View Post
I want that 40.17GB partition to C Partition but i don't know how.

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If there is nothing on the 40.17 GB partition, you can simply delete it from a right click or menu.

That will make "unallocated space".

You should then be able to extend C into that unallocated space by right clicking C and choosing extend.

You can probably do the same thing with that little 1.75 GB partition if there is nothing on it.
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17 May 2012   #6

Windows 8 RTM Professional X64
 
 

Thank you guys that's exactly what I meant and You guys helped a lot.
just another question,
Should I keep the recovery partition (12.00GB)?
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17 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Unless you have created any recovery discs, yes.

Without recovery discs or a recovery partition, you will will be unable to recover your computer to its factory state.

You also need to know that a system recovery is a lot quicker when using the recovery partition than using recovery discs.
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17 May 2012   #8

win 7
 
 

good answers and i think now you can do it.
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17 May 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Recovery partition is also more stable method than using the disks, so if you're going to rely on Factory Recovery I would have both and use the disks only as a backup.

However most tech enthusiasts will not run the bloated factory preinstall and choose to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get best performance from the OS.

In that case you may want to save only the disks in case you ever resell the computer and use in place of Recovery a stored Windows 7 backup image of your customized reinstalled Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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17 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 8 RTM Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Recovery partition is also more stable method than using the disks, so if you're going to rely on Factory Recovery I would have both and use the disks only as a backup.

However most tech enthusiasts will not run the bloated factory preinstall and choose to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get best performance from the OS.

In that case you may want to save only the disks in case you ever resell the computer and use in place of Recovery a stored Windows 7 backup image of your customized reinstalled Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Thanks man
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