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Windows 7: How to change system partition to logical?

07 Dec 2013   #1
toolman59

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1
 
 
How to change system partition to logical?

I have a system partition G: on disk 2 that I want to use as a simple backup partition.
At the the moment if I try to Image my Boot partition C: it is linked to G: and G: will also be imaged along with C:.
Previously G: had a Dual boot of Windows 8 preview which was formatted out of existance, G: now contains various VirtualBox VDIs.
How do I change G: from system partition without loosing the data? I have used Diskpart, I need to know the best way to go about this task without loosing data or messing up the Boot information.

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07 Dec 2013   #2
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

G has the bootmanger and bootmenu. You want to transfer that stuff (maybe 100MB) to C?
You can move it (actually copy) using Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD this will copy bootmanager, bootmenu and bootsector to C.
After that mark G "inactive" (maybe done automatically) Partition - Mark as Inactive and reboot.

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07 Dec 2013   #3
Kaktussoft

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Why is P disk marked "active"?
Why so much unallocated space?
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07 Dec 2013   #4
toolman59

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thank you Kaktusoft

I had previously used EasyBCD to move the boot data to C: but had not marked G: as inactive in case I dug a hole for myself. Followed your instructions and everything is fine.
I have marked P: as inactive, regarding the unallocated space, I have been changing and deleting partitions, when I have finally decided what I want where, this will be used up.

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