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Windows 7: Windows7: Disc Management (pic)

01 Nov 2009   #1

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Windows7: Disc Management (pic)

My computer had 3 partitions (2 of them were recovery/files that came with the system)
During the clean install of windows 7, I deleted these partitions in order to have one large C drive. (i've made backup discs and system image on external drive).
The hard drive has a 160 GB capacity .
I went into Disc management and those two original partitions are still there but now unallocated. Is there any way to remove those partitions and increase the size of my C drive? They are both greyed out so I can't decrease volume.
Thanks for the help.


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01 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Steve,

It looks like you didn't delete all of the partitions for Disk 0 in "Drive options (advanced)" during the installation of Windows 7, then select the one Disk 0 unallocated space to install on.

You should be able to use the free program GParted to extend C: into these unallocated spaces though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Nov 2009   #3

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In drive options, i pressed the delete button on the 2 partitions i didn't want but left the C drive alone.

I'm downloading Gparted right now and see how it goes. thank you for the program
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01 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, not deleting the C: partition as well on Disk 0 left you with this. It's not a problem though. Gparted should allow you to merge them all together. Please let us know how it went for you.
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01 Nov 2009   #5

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Thanks for your help Brink, I thought I was supposed to leave alone the drive I want windows 7 to install on. Does this mean I did not do a clean install by not deleting it? Or are their vista files lurking somewhere in my system?

Gparted looks like what i need but I have no idea how to use it. I downloaded the zip file installed it but theirs no program to open (or I can't find it).

What if I wanted to use these partitions to store music or videos on, how would I go about storing on them? "My Computer" shows only the C Drive.

I really would prefer to use gparted or similar software to combine all the partitions to together.
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01 Nov 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Steve,

If you didn't format the C: drive, then you may have a C:\Windows.old folder with all of the files from Vista in it. You can delete it by using Disk Cleanup.

You should have a ISO file that you extracted form the Gparted ZIP file. You would need to burn the ISO to a CD/DVD, then boot from it to run Gparted. You can read these help files about Gparted at the link below to help show you how to use more of the features of Gparted.

GParted -- Documentation
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01 Nov 2009   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Steve,

If you didn't format the C: drive, then you may have a C:\Windows.old folder with all of the files from Vista in it. You can delete it by using Disk Cleanup.

You should have a ISO file that you extracted form the Gparted ZIP file. You would need to burn the ISO to a CD/DVD, then boot from it to run Gparted. You can read these help files about Gparted at the link below to help show you how to use more of the features of Gparted.

GParted -- Documentation
I see lol, thats how gparted works. thank you again.

regarding my C drive. I don't have that C:\Windows.old folder. I only have these.


and I followed your tutorial and in the Disk cleanup I don't have the previous windows installation box.
However there are files taking up 424 MB. mainly system queued windows error reporting. Is it safe to delete all this? Are these all errors I've had using windows 7?


since I don't have the windows.old folder, does that mean there are no vista files remaining and its like a fresh install of windows7?
thanks
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01 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, with no Windows.old folder, you have no Vista Files. It is safe to delete those in Disk Cleanup.

I'm happy to hear that you got Gparted up and going now.
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