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Windows 7: Converting Parimary partition to Logical drive


14 Aug 2012   #1
burf

Win 7 home 64bit
 
 
Converting Parimary partition to Logical drive

There are many threads and numerous posts on this but I would still like to believe that the issue I am facing is unique

I have the following:-

System - 100 MB
C: - 400 GB - Primary
E: - 50 GB - Primary
D: - 50 GB - Logical

The option to "convert Primary to Logical" in PW Free edition is Greyed out hence unavailable. This I presume is because it is the extended boot partition.

Currently all I want is to create:-

System - 100 MB
C: - 50 GB - Primary
D: - 450 GB - Logical

Thank you


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14 Aug 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can better visualize this.

What is the purpose of the current E and D partitions and what is now on them?
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14 Aug 2012   #3
burf

Win 7 home 64bit
 
 

I wanted to have a 450 GB logical drive where I could store all my data. Coming straight from XP, I wanted to have a C: drive where I could install/re-install OS and still rest assured about my data which is on another logical drive.

Currently all my data is backed up...
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14 Aug 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition. We will tell you how to delete E, resize C smaller, then add the extra space into D using Partition Wizard boot disk to Move/Resize Partition - Video Help.
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14 Aug 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burf View Post
I wanted to have a 450 GB logical drive where I could store all my data. Coming straight from XP, I wanted to have a C: drive where I could install/re-install OS and still rest assured about my data which is on another logical drive.

Currently all my data is backed up...
That's all well and good, but......................

Post a screen shot of Disk Management.

If you have only 3 partitions total, there is no over-riding reason for any of them to be logical. No harm if they are, but primary would be OK as well.
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14 Aug 2012   #6
burf

Win 7 home 64bit
 
 

thanks greg and ignaz and sorry about not posting the screen-shot; i do not have that machine currently with me. will have it later in the day

ignatzatsonic, as far as what I understand from your post is, extended primary disks are as safe as logical drives as far as data security is concerned.

i need to read some literature about differences between extended primary partitions, logical drives, their pros and cons. if possible, please provide a link of any related article(s) that you may have.

Thanks so much
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14 Aug 2012   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Either one is fine for your use IMO.

Since Logical is meant for data while Primary is meant for OS or boot partition, I'd leave it the same and just resize the partitions using the coolest tool we get to use here, Partition Wizard bootable CD: Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

We can give you exact steps once we see the Disk Mgmt screenshot.
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14 Aug 2012   #8
burf

Win 7 home 64bit
 
 

i watched both the videos

using PW, will perform the following steps:-

1. decrease size of C: to 50 GB
2. create the resulting free space (350 GB) to form a new drive say F:
3. try to extend F: to take up space of D: & E: to make it a 450 GB drive

Will post the results along with the screen-shot

Thank you
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14 Aug 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Why would you post the screenshot after you've already done this? There may be unknowns that must be addressed first.
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14 Aug 2012   #10
burf

Win 7 home 64bit
 
 

when you gave the video links above, i thought you want me to try it myself first...

anyways will post the screenshots before these steps
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