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Windows 7: Partition help Needed for Win 7 64b


25 Jul 2013   #1

Win 7 ultimate 64
 
 
Partition help Needed for Win 7 64b

Hi,
A friend of mine who is not well informed re PCs has a problem that he
has ask for help
The PC is an i3 Windows 7 64b PC with about 12 G of RAM. It was
bought from Dell,and in the state of its arrival it had C: with a 50G
partition.
When I looked at it using TeamViewer, I found that, CP, Administration
Tools showed this
Microsoft "Administration Tools" Photo by Oldbloke49 | Photobucket
For my understanding D: is on it own physical drive of 1.8T and C: is
on a partitioned of a total of approx 63G !, with C: allocated about
56G!. After maybe 2 years they have run out of space on C: I had
originally assumed that C: and D: would be partitions on one physical
disk and I thought it would be easily using something like Easeus
Partition Manager.
Easeus Partition Manager shows exactly the same as Microsoft, CP,
Admin Tools, etc. ie Disk 0 is 1.8T and disk 1 is 63G
The easy thing would be for the owners to open the PC and see what
physical disks are installed, but given their experience they are
reluctant to do this. I am too disabled to travel to them or even open
a PC theses days; getting old is a *******.
Using Teamviewer and Easeus was able to get a few Gs from the
"Recovery" partition, but not enough to really help.
So, Disk 0 shows as 1.8G and C: + shows 63G.
I really can't believe one of the disks is a mere 60G.When the PC was
delivered 1 - 2 years ago they noted this and complained to Dell. Just
what exactly was I don't know but they say Dell said that they had
ordered 2T of disk space and that is what they have, and they should
live with it.
Please, can anyone tell me what Dell has set up here? Can there be
two physical disks, one of 1.8 T and one of 63G??
I know how to incorporate C: into D: as a bootable drive, but I am
very reluctant to try this using Teamviewer.
Any help, please?

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25 Jul 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

What do mean
Quote:
Using Teamviewer and Easeus was able to get a few Gs from the
"Recovery" partition, but not enough to really help?
If you resized Recovery or Extended C to take some of it's space then it likely won't run any longer. If you've already made Recovery Disks then you can consider deleting it and resizing into the space. But you would first need to move the boot files to C which is done by marking C Active then running Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots and C holds the System Active flags.

The best option would be to use Partition Wizard bootable CD to Resize Partition to create a 100gb OS partition on the left side of the 2tb HD which has already proven it can run on the older system.Then do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with the licensed version for the PC to that partition. Keep all other HD's unplugged during install.

Then keep the old HD as a backup. You'll need to move the paging file back to C since it's landed on D somehow: Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums
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25 Jul 2013   #3

Win 7 ultimate 64
 
 

Many, many thank for your help. It is appreciated. Yes I have resized C: by the small amount that I could get which was about 4G. And I can assure you that it is working fine, and most apps have now been tested for stabilty. I have done this resizing about 12 times before usind Teamviewer and Easeup Partition Manager. Beause of past successes I was reasonably confident in what I did and the reults /tests vindicate this.

Your recommendations on what to do next are IMHO correct, but at the moment all this has to be done at a distance using Teamviewer. These next steps, I have never tried with Teamviewer, and I am sure with the knowledge you show, that you would also be reluctant.

Your advice is very much appreciated, but as a first step I am asking whether MS "Administrator Tools' and Easeus mapping that show these two physical disks is correct.

Any more feedback is appreciated.
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25 Jul 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

What I meant is the Recovery Partition likely won't run if you took space from it, not the OS. Recovery is created the size the OEM knows is needed to run Recovery so there's never any space there to spare.

The OEM partition is Dell Bootable diagnostics: Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the

Having a Primary partition D preceding the System partition (which is on Recovery to boot it in case its needed) could cause the System boot files to be derailed to D during any repair or reinstall - the reason I said to unplug D if you move the boot files to C.

I reinstall and do all types of repairs regularly via TeamViewer but don't recommend it for others unless you have an able partner on the other end for doing the booted part of the install, and to get online and install TeamViewer.
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