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Windows 7: Why cant I shrink Drive C more than 16GB?

17 Jul 2012   #11
laungst

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay, I backed everything up and everything was moving nicely. I was about to "shrink" it. I just wanted to move one folder from the program files to my almost- filled external hard drive just to make sure it backed it up. When I did this, I noticed that my R: recovery drive (25GB~) was gone from the hard drive list.

Before this I had not done anything other than look through everything with the partition wizard. I didn't do any changes, I didn't have to wait for anything to be done, I didn't get any please wait message. I don't know what I could have done to make it disappear, but obviously it was because of messing with partitions. So I open up the Partition wizard, and right click on it and click make active or something along those lines. I then looked again and both drives were there with their correct letter.

I shut down my computer to go eat and do something with my family. I come back, press the power button and get the message: "Reboot and Select the proper Boot device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.

I restarted and open boot BIOS like anyone would do. My hard drive was the first boot device in the list and I restored the default settings to be sure, saved, and exited. I rebooted and got the same message. I would insert the windows disc, but I'm afraid that it wouldn't open the correct drive anyway.



And to think that this all came from what should have been a very easy install of Windows 8 -_-


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17 Jul 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

Why would you randomly mark a data drive Active "or something" as though these settings can be played around with without disastrous consequences? You have a thread open to those who would have told you with certainty that this is not an option. These actions are reckless.

Is the Win7 partition still marked Active? If not boot PW CD to mark it Active, then click on Disk # to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply.

If that fails to boot Win7 then boot the WIn7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Then post back a camera snap of your full Disk Management or PW CD drive map and listings. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums
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17 Jul 2012   #13
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

laungst,
How did you backup your system? that is, Win 7 backup and restore, Macrium, Paragon, Acronis or ????
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17 Jul 2012   #14
laungst

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Its working again. I used ASUS AI Recovery burner. I have most of my information backed up on my external harddrive, so I didn't lose too much. Right now, its at the stage where it brings me to my desktop, installs/does something, then restarts.

I guess this answers my original question too: Ill now be able to use windows partitioning software now that my HD is wiped clean.

And gregrocker: What I did wasn't random, Im not saying that it wasn't wreckless in any way, but it definitely was not random. A whole drive just disappeared and I wanted it back. And when I said "or something" it wasn't like I just clicked on anything, its just that I didn't remember what the EXACT words were. It was either Make Active, Activate Drive, or Make Drive Active. All implying the same thing.
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17 Jul 2012   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Post a shot of disk management b4 you go any further.
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17 Jul 2012   #16
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

laungst,
For the record: I agree with GregRocker.

I also agree with AddRAM. We need following:

HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN |
type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN |
type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
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17 Jul 2012   #17
laungst

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Here:


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17 Jul 2012   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So what`s up with that 25 GB partition ? Is that where you want to install W8 ?
Did you create it ? Why is it to the left of C: ?
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17 Jul 2012   #19
laungst

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
So what`s up with that 25 GB partition ? Is that where you want to install W8 ?
Did you create it ? Why is it to the left of C: ?
That was my recovery partition. It had Windows files and a few files I put on there. Thats what happened the first time, it wasnt under "computer" so I clicked make active... Then I couldnt reboot. Since the reinstall, I didnt do anything with partitions or drives. You see it as the reinstall put it after I messed it up.
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17 Jul 2012   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

#1 Did you create a Partition Wizard Bootable CD ?
#2 Did you read up on how to use it ? It`s very easy.
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