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Windows 7: Partitioning problem

29 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
Partitioning problem

I want to partition my 250 GB SATA internal drive into another partition of 20 GB.
I so far have a few partitions on there.

*: Toshiba System Volume (Primary, NTFS)
C: Windows 7 Partition (Primary, NTFS)
N: Movies partition (Primary, NTFS)
W: Second Windows 7 Partition (Primary, NTFS)

I want to shrink my C: from 130 GB to 110, and 20 GB. After i shrink it, its unallocated, so i tell it to create a simple volume, but when i reach the end of the wizard, it says something like if you do this OS will not load.

It had never given that message to me before when making any of the other partitions, so why is it doing that now, and is it safe to do that?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Are you using Disk Management to shrink C?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.
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29 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64


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30 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Have you tried booting the XP CD to see if it will allow you to create a partition in the 20gb space to format NTFS before install?

That empty Recovery Partition may need to be deleted if it is Primary since you can only have 4 total Primary Partitions.

But try creating/formatting with the XP installer first.

If at any time you lose the ability to boot Windows 7, boot into the DVD repair console, click through to recovery tools to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair MBR.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64

1. I dont have an XP install DVD. I have an ISO that I could burn, but i would probobly use my windows 7 one.

2. Will deleting the recovery volume do any harm? I dont even use Windows Backup. I use Norton Ghost which is pretty much like time machine. I just boot into the CD, and it restoes my computer to the EXACT way it was before i had the problem.
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