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Windows 7: Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space problem

12 May 2013   #1
ComputerNoob407

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Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space problem

I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.




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13 May 2013   #2
cipley

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I assume you were upgrading your hard drive?
that can happen when the your image has less hard drive space than the current

if you cannot extend your partition, you can simply create new volume, or using a partition software to try to extend.
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13 May 2013   #3
ComputerNoob407

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Yes, I did upgrade my hard drive. Can you recommend some reliable free software that won't mess up my laptop or turn it into a brick? I've never had this happen or done this before so can you give a good explanation on how to do it? I have made recovery cd. Is it possible to move the recovery partition after the allocated space, or if it's not possible can I delete the recovery partition and created it again using the cd? I'm not to intelligent with computers.
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13 May 2013   #4
cipley

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Safest way is simply create new volume. that way you can use the whole space on your drive, only in more partition

If you want to use third party software though, you can try Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition
it's easy enough to use, however if you encounter any difficulties feel free to ask

As long as you don't mess up the MBR, you'll be fine.

by default, I think the recovery partition is located in the least sector, so best to leave it that way.
But I see that your recovery partition is missing?
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13 May 2013   #5
ComputerNoob407

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I think I'll use the paragon partition manager. My recovery partition is after the c: drive (436.66gb). Is the mbr the first 200mb partition? First I'm gonna try and move the 465 gb unallocated partition right next to the c: drive, then try extending the c: drive, through the unallocated 465 gb. Should I leave the first 200 mb alone?
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13 May 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

I'd use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to resize: Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help. This has never failed in thousands of times we've used it here, while all others except Disk Mgmt can fail.

Boot CD. Right click Recovery partition, select Resize, slide all the way to the right, click OK

Rightclick C, select Resize, drag right border to the right, click OK. Apply both steps.

Be aware that the HP preinstall is the worst possible install of WIn7 you can have. It would be much better to run HP Minimal Recovery from HP System Recovery, or get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the bloatware and duplicate utililties that have better versions built into WIn7 and which smother the best OS ever.
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13 May 2013   #7
ComputerNoob407

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'd use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to resize: Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help. This has never failed in thousands of times we've used it here, while all others except Disk Mgmt can fail.

Boot CD. Right click Recovery partition, select Resize, slide all the way to the right, click OK

Rightclick C, select Resize, drag right border to the right, click OK. Apply both steps.

Be aware that the HP preinstall is the worst possible install of WIn7 you can have. It would be much better to run HP Minimal Recovery from HP System Recovery, or get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the bloatware and duplicate utililties that have better versions built into WIn7 and which smother the best OS ever.
I think I'll use this method, is it a graphic interface or a command line like interface when booting off the cd? When right clicking the recovery partition, resizing and slide all the way to the right, does that move or decrease the size to zero, confused here. My goal is to move the recovery partition while keeping it the same size to the end so the 465 gb unallocated partition is next to the c: drive.
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13 May 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

It's graphical, with sliders that make the work fun.

Watch the video, it's shows how to grab the intact partition and slide it to the right. You don't want to touch its borders as it needs its preset size kept intact.

But in your case unless you're wanting a crappy install I'd run HP Minimal Recovery (close to a Clean Reinstall) or do the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The HP install is the worst possible install of Win7 since HP pushes the worst load of bloatware in the industry. You're not experiencing WIn7's full native performance as a result.

If you want to try the reinstall to the empty space and judge between the Dual Boot menu it will configure for you, we'll show you later how to remove the other partitions and resize the new reinstall into the left hand space. It takes a few extra steps to move the boot files first.
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13 May 2013   #9
ComputerNoob407

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I can see all the space now, it was easy, I just made it more difficult than it was. Thank you gregrocker! How do I give you a rep?
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14 May 2013   #10
kado897

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Click the middle icon at the top right of his post.
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