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Windows 7: Having trouble with a dual boot partition

21 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Having trouble with a dual boot partition

A while back I had installed Windows 7 ultimate as an upgrade from Windows Vista. I had a second partitioned drive only about 80gbs in space I had used earlier during the Windows 7 beta and I figured I'd install a second copy of Windows 7 on it encase anything should happen to my Primary partition of about 600gbs.

Well instead of doing a hard reset of Windows 7 on my primary drive I decided to just move my backed up items onto this secondary Partition in using and wipe the 600gb partition however, I am having a bit of trouble. It's been a while since I've had to do anything like this and I am not entirely sure how I would get rid of windows 7 on the bigger partition so I can use it as free space or to recombine the hard-drive space with the partition I'm using now.

It's a really noob question but I'm having a hard time with it nonetheless :/ Any help is greatly appreciated!


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21 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

So you wish to use your backup Windows version as your primary Windows and your other 600GB partition to join the primary '60GB' version?

If this is correct follow this.

Go onto 'Computer' and find the drive letter of the secondary drive. (Default should be 'D:/')

Click start > right click 'Computer' > Manage > Disk management on the tab to the left.

Right click the secondary drive and click 'Delete Volume' (assuming you have backed everything up)

Then select your primary installation drive and click extend, the set amount should be OK.

(I hope this helpful) please tell me if this is hard to understand.

Backup EVERYTHING on the drive volume your going to delete.
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21 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I tried doing the above the problem I noticed was that I don't have the option to "delete volume"
The solution you stated is exactly what I am trying to achieve but I don't know how to get around this.
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21 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

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21 Feb 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Toastums View Post
I tried doing the above the problem I noticed was that I don't have the option to "delete volume"
The solution you stated is exactly what I am trying to achieve but I don't know how to get around this.
You cannot touch the volume as long as it is active. Either try with the program that Kerfuffle suggested or inactivate the partition you want to manipulate.
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21 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hmm, is there anyway I can run the 32-bit program on my machine? I'm running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 and on the 64bit demo the deletion option isn't available :/
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21 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

try the 32-bit and tell me if it works?
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21 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I couldn't install the 32-bit program, it keeps telling me it can't be installed on a 64-bit machine. I am going to try installing the trial version Hard Drive Manager suite though from there and get back to you.
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21 Feb 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Get the bootable CD of this program. That will be the easiest to manipulate the partitions because if you boot from the CD, every partition is inactive. It is a top program which we all have in our kit.
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21 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Get the bootable CD of this program. That will be the easiest to manipulate the partitions because if you boot from the CD, every partition is inactive.
I think you have to pay for that but that is the best way
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