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Windows 7: Partitioning question..


05 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM 64-bit
 
 
Partitioning question..

Cant remember how to this but here goes. Have Windows 7 RC installed with no problem. Went into msconfig and got rid of the dual boot with Vista. Again no problem, boots right into Windows 7. Problem is I still have the Vista partition ( Drive D: ). How do I get rid of that partition and move that space to Windows 7 ( Drive C. When I go into computer management all I can see to do is Shrink Volume... Any Ideas.

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05 May 2009   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

In Disk Management, is your Vista partition shown as "System" ?

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management, like this:

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05 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM 64-bit
 
 

Here you go.


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05 May 2009   #4

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi,

In Disk Management, is your Vista partition shown as "System" ?

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management, like this:

Attachment 9807
that poor harddrive never gets a breather does it? lol.... true workhorse there for sure... keep me posted on manufacturer and lifespan
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05 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 RTM 64-bit
 
 

True :

Western Digital Black
SATA II
640 MB
32 Buffer
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05 May 2009   #6

Dual boot WindowsXP/Windows 7
 
 

It is my understanding that the "System" drive cannot be deleted or you will loose your mounting point to Windows 7. I may be wrong on this and someone will let us know soon enough. Look at it like this, getting to Windows 7 the way you did it requires a "stepping stone" and it you delete that stepping stone, you will sink into a dark hole...

Since your Windows 7 install is fresh and you obviously want to do away with Windows Vista, why not use the Setup program to delete the 1st primary partition (and possibly the second primary on disk 0), reformat it and install Windows 7 onto the first partition and then if you didn't already do so, use that install to delete the second partition and reformat it for whatever...

I don't think you can "extend" the volume backwards and the fact that it is the "System" drive is why you can only "shrink" that 100mb volume (probably not by much either).

Try to keep in my that Windows 7 begins to die off in March 2010 and goes to sleep in June 2010 (RIP). You will have to be doing this all over again when the retail hits the markets.
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05 May 2009   #7

 

Eagle - look at his partitions again....

mark - your 'vista drive looks to be already formatted (the one showing up as a new volume).

Windows 7 has 2 partitions, a *small* boot partition and the main system partition - which is all your main drive is currently showing.

It sounds like you're good to go - just reboot and see what happens.

*also*, read How to use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums for tips on how to use the snipping tool effectively.
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05 May 2009   #8

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

For a proper clean install, use dban.
Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe

After 2-3 hours your Western Digital will never know it ever had anything on it.
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05 May 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

John is bang on as usual. Should be fine after a reboot.

Just to add to the confusion, the small boot partition contains the 7 boot files - M$ call this the "System" partition, because it is the partition thru which the operating system is booted.

The partition marked "Boot" contains the o/s files of the operating system you are booted into.
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05 May 2009   #10

 

Err...

In all my time using Windows 7 I have always been referring to them backwards....I always call the one labeled System as "boot" and the one labeled Boot, et al. as "System"....

No wonder ppl get confrused (sp on purpose) when I tell them that the small Boot partition is normal
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