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Windows 7: Cannot format partition

01 Feb 2015   #1
Gerge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on desktop, Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on two laptops.
 
 
Cannot format partition

I recently acquired a computer, and attempted to re-image the hard drive. The imaging failed, miserably, and I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7. However, the partition (D which I re-imaged is taking up disk space and I can't format it. How do I reformat this partition?

The image was of Windows Vista, I still get an option to boot into Windows Vista when I turn the computer on. I shrunk this partition, and I can not extend my primary partition (C. Is it possible to fix those problems, too?


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01 Feb 2015   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Can you boot the computer and post a screen print of Disk Management ?
Here is a tutorial by Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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02 Feb 2015   #3
Gerge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on desktop, Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on two laptops.
 
 

This is the best I can do for an image, it's huge. The two removable disks are an SD card and a USB stick.


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02 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is what I would do:

1. Move the bootmgr to C. Then you can get rid of D also. Here is how.

2. I would get rid of D so that you have a contiguous unallocated space of 40GBs. For that you need the bootable CD of Partition Wizard. Download that .iso and burn it to CD and boot the PC with that CD. Then you can delete D. Here is how: (don't forget APPLY top left)

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Then whilst you are booted into Partition Wizard, you extend C with the 40GB free space. Here is how:

Extend Partition can be quite easy even if there is no unallocated space.

Make sure you always click on APPLY in the top left corner. Else your operation will not be executed.


Regarding the Vista showing up at boot - for that you have to remove the Vista BCD from the bootmgr. Do steps 3, 4 and 5 of my tutorial ==> Dual Boot - Delete a OS


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02 Feb 2015   #5
howtohelp

Windows 7 Enterprise x32
 
 

Yes, just do as what WHS say. Besides, you can also use "Merge Partition" feature of partition wizard to extend your c partition.
Still, I want to tell you why you cannot extend your primary partition with the unallocated space. The point is on the location of the unallocated space. If it's very behind the partition you want to extend, you can extend it in Disk Management; otherwise, the "Extend Volume" button will greyed out of usage.
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02 Feb 2015   #6
howtohelp

Windows 7 Enterprise x32
 
 

Since it involves in system partition, so do it in care
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02 Feb 2015   #7
Gerge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on desktop, Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on two laptops.
 
 

My partition wizard LiveDVD won't boot (I don't have a CD handy) and I don't know if, or how, it would function from a USB. Is there any alternative? Or a method to use partition wizard from a USB?
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02 Feb 2015   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem. I assume you still have the PW .iso. Put it on a USB stick with Rufus.

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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02 Feb 2015   #9
Gerge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on desktop, Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on two laptops.
 
 

Everything worked fine until it came to removing the Vista entry in the bootmenu. I followed the tutorial you linked me to, and it caused a... unique problem. The laptop now does nothing but emit a high pitched screaming noise when I boot it. I'm going to try repairs with the Windows 7 install disc now. Maybe I made some stupid mistake, maybe the laptop is uncooperative. Who knows?
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02 Feb 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, sorry to hear that. You must have missed a bend somewhere. This tutorial was used by many people without problems.
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