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Windows 7: More Than 1 Boot Folder - Which One to Format

09 May 2012   #1
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
More Than 1 Boot Folder - Which One to Format

Hi

I am unable to format partition D as it is holding BOOT folder. Also I see a 100mb partition holding identical BOOT folder. The OS is located on drive C.

I am using Windows7 Home premium and the same was fresh install.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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09 May 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Ideally, we need to see a screenshot of your fully-expanded disk management layout.

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The 100 Mb partition is the System Reserved partition that holds the boot files.

To format drive D you need to remove its Active flag first, after which you can format or delete the partition.

Please have a look at this tutorial, which explains how to carry out disk management using Partition Wizard.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Have you any idea how you finished up with duplicate boot files?
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20 May 2012   #3
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Ideally, we need to see a screenshot of your fully-expanded disk management layout.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

The 100 Mb partition is the System Reserved partition that holds the boot files.

To format drive D you need to remove its Active flag first, after which you can format or delete the partition.

Please have a look at this tutorial, which explains how to carry out disk management using Partition Wizard.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Have you any idea how you finished up with duplicate boot files?
Thanks seavixen32

Here is the screenshot. Please advise if it safe to format drive D where additional BOOT folder is residing.


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20 May 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You say you have carried out a clean install of Windows 7, which now resides on Disk 2.

Generally speaking, it is good practice to have your operating system on Disk 0.

For some reason, Disk 1 also holds an Active flag.

The choice is yours, but if it were me, I'd be inclined to carry out another clean install, but this time to Disk 0.

Providing your personal data is backed up you can wipe all your drives and repartition them to suit.

You can either boot into your Partition Wizard CD and repartition your drives from there, or you can use your Windows DVD when you boot into it and choose Custem Install.

Just remember that you can have up to four primary partitions on each drive. If you need more you would need to create logical partitions as part of an extended primary partition.

Clean Install Windows 7
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20 May 2012   #5
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
You say you have carried out a clean install of Windows 7, which now resides on Disk 2.

Generally speaking, it is good practice to have your operating system on Disk 0.

For some reason, Disk 1 also holds an Active flag.

The choice is yours, but if it were me, I'd be inclined to carry out another clean install, but this time to Disk 0.

Providing your personal data is backed up you can wipe all your drives and repartition them to suit.

You can either boot into your Partition Wizard CD and repartition your drives from there, or you can use your Windows DVD when you boot into it and choose Custem Install.

Just remember that you can have up to four primary partitions on each drive. If you need more you would need to create logical partitions as part of an extended primary partition.

Clean Install Windows 7
I agree that Disk 0 should have been my choice but at this stage seeing how many applications are loaded I am not motivated, nevertheless, thanks for the suggestion.

My question is it safe to format partition D.

Thanks
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20 May 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

At this stage I'm going to say yes, but it won't hurt to backup its contents as a precaution.

If you do experience problems after you have deleted it, you may want to run a Startup Repair.

Startup Repair

If you do have to use Startup Repair, you may need to run it three times with a reboot after each occurrence.
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20 May 2012   #7
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
At this stage I'm going to say yes, but it won't hurt to backup its contents as a precaution.

If you do experience problems after you have deleted it, you may want to run a Startup Repair.

Startup Repair

If you do have to use Startup Repair, you may need to run it three times with a reboot after each occurrence.
All data is backup, thanks so very much for your help.
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20 May 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Do post back if you need further help.
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20 May 2012   #9
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
You're very welcome.

Do post back if you need further help.

Seems I am stuck again.

I have a Partition Wizard CD, for unknow reasons when I try to boot with the CD I see a screen prompting me to go with Win 7. I don't see any other option. Yes I did set to BOOT from CD in bios.

I checked on the other PC it works fine.

Any suggestion ?
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20 May 2012   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

How are you using the PW disc?

You need to insert the disc, restart your computer then tap the one-time boot key repeatedly to bring up your boot options (typically F12, but you'd need to check your computer documentation for the correct key) and select the optical drive option.

Failing that, you could boot into your Windows DVD, choose Custom Install, and then delete the partition from there, after which you can close the Windows installer and start your system normally.
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