Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Deleting space BEFORE Windows 7 Drive?

17 Nov 2010   #1
Govindp

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Deleting space BEFORE Windows 7 Drive?

Okay, my hard drive is set up as follows:

[OEM Reserved-------][2GB FAT Partition][Win7 System Reserved][Win7 Actual OS]

Can I delete the first two without it rendering my Windows 7 installation unbootable?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

17 Nov 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Govindp, welcome to Seven Forums!



Yes there may be a way but before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2010   #3
Govindp

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 



As I have purchased a retail copy of Windows DVD I feel I do not need a recovery partition and instead would like to use that space for storage and whatnot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


17 Nov 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below; you can mark C: as "Active" and do the 3 separate startup repairs with the restarts to make Windows 7 the "System" partition and recover all three into C: if you choose; then use Windows disk management to create partitions to the right of the C: partition for storage.

It may be a good idea to delete that FAT after you wipe it just to be sure there are no issues.

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2010   #5
Govindp

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, thanks for your help, that looks like it may work!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad I could help, be sure to post back to keep me informed.



After you have a single partition, have a look at this one and the "Related Tutorials" links at the bottom of the tutorial to create new partitions if you choose.

How to Shrink a Partition or Volume in Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2010   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I would not get rid of the System Reserved partition, as it places the Repair Console normally only available on the DVD or CD on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools Menu.

Instead I would use free Partition Wizard to delete the first partitions as you wished, then rightclick>Resize the System Reserved partition, grab it by holding mouse left-click and slide it all the way over to the left, OK.

Next rightclick Resize Win7 partition, grab its left grey border and slide it all the way to the left to take up the empty space, OK, Apply all steps.

Now boot the Win7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Deleting space BEFORE Windows 7 Drive?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Hard drive space decreasing and showing less space available
Hey guys, I'm having a big problem with my hard drive space. First of all it keeps decreasing for no apparent reason when i am connected to the internet even though i'm not downloading anything. And i'm not talking about mb but GB!! My first guess was a vius so i ran my antivirus (avast) and...
General Discussion
Deleting Photos from Hard Drive to Free Up Space.
I need more space on my hard disk drive. I bought an external drive to store photographs to free up space. I transferred many photos from my laptop to the external drive. Now I'm having trouble deleting the photos from the laptop. Please advise.
Music, Pictures & Video
Will windows ever need 1tb or more drive space
If i remember from my early norton days, the win98 OS was about 32,000 files. And now win7 is what about 90,000 and eats up most of a 132 GB drive. I just ran ccleaner and it cleaned 133mb of stuff, which is more storage than my internal hard drive back with win98 and thats just cache stuff now....
General Discussion
Free disk space does not increase after deleting files
Recently I made a few videos with fraps that took up around 110 gigs of space, so I decided to compress all that and upload to youtube, the amount of space the videos are taking up are now down to 70, but my free disk space hasn't increased, in fact it's decreasing as if I never deleted the videos,...
Hardware & Devices
running out of hard drive space. 67.5GB unknown CAB file wasted space
My solid state drive is half full of with and unknown CAB file (see attached WinDirStat report. I'm running out of space. I've disabled imaging and everything else that I can find to disable and have all data on my D drive which is setup with 2 drives 1 TB each for a total storage space of 1 TB....
Performance & Maintenance
Can I Take Space From Recovery Partition for More Space in (C:) Drive?
Hello, was wondering if anyone could tell me with this, it seems almost 85gb of my hard drive space is being used up by recovery and I am starting to need the extra space in my C drive, is this possible? Thanks in advance :) http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q580/liamjwilliams96/help1.png
Performance & Maintenance

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:58.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App