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Windows 7: Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning

15 Dec 2010   #31
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The saga continues.

I set c drive to active then booted the partition wizard cd.

I deleted the 199 meg drive and expanded c drive to take up the free space.

When I booted the repair cd it started to load then flashed up the HP tools screen. There was no option to repair anything. I tried several boots but could never get the windows screen with the choices to repair or recover. I have a factory install so do not have an install disc.

I tried the recovery discs I made but they will only do the factory reinstall.

I seems like even with the repair disc it needs some files off the system partition.

I am in the process of rcovering from my image with one of the non windows programs. I cannot even get the windows recover image progam.

I was wondering if I made c drive active then did the startup repair before deleting the partition if it will work?
I will try that next.

Bye for now


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15 Dec 2010   #32
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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if I made c drive active
That is a prereq
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15 Dec 2010   #33
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by El Cobre View Post
The saga continues.

I set c drive to active then booted the partition wizard cd.

I was wondering if I made c drive active then did the startup repair before deleting the partition if it will work?
I will try that next.

Bye for now
You have to do the startup repairs after you set the Windows 7 partition as "Active" and before you wipe the partition, or Windows will not start; have another look at this Note from the tutorial below.
Note   Note

Be advised: doing this will delete the boot files used to boot Windows, if you do this you will need to run a startup repair up to three ( 3 ) separate times with a system re-start after each repair to complete the process of re-creating the boot files on the Windows partition, you must do every step of Option Two to complete this process successfully.
See these tutorials below for how to do the startup repairs.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times



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15 Dec 2010   #34
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Try restarting then tap F8 key repeatedly to get into Advanced Boot Tools menu, choose Repair My Computer to run Startup Repair x3. Startup Repair

If the Repair console is not on F8 (as it should be having a separate boot partition) then Use ImgBurn at 4x speed to burn a Repair CD as it sounds like you were using something else:
System Repair Disc - Create
System Recovery Options
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15 Dec 2010   #35
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I guess I am not a jedi yet

I think I may be out of the woods.

I made c drive active and did the startup repair three times.

Now it will boot and work with the system partition inactive

I am now waiting while partition wizard deletes the partition and expands c drive.

I am not sure how the insert links with just the title like the others but in the link below, option 2 if I am not mistaken it says to delete partition and expand before doing the startup repair. I could be wrong as I get mixed up easily.

Report back later.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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15 Dec 2010   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I am not sure how the insert links with just the title like the others
see this here:


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15 Dec 2010   #37
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks whs.

The system partition is gone and everything is working.

I am doing an image now before I split the partition so I can get back to this point if necessary.

I now have three primary partitions. When I split C drive can I make the new partition an extended partition?
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15 Dec 2010   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I now have three primary partitions. When I split C drive can I make the new partition an extended partition?
Absolutely. The wizard in Disk Management will guide you. I think the wizard calls it "simple" partition. A 4th primary would get you into trouble down the line - unless you want to live with a maximum of 4.
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16 Dec 2010   #39
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by El Cobre View Post
Thanks whs.

The system partition is gone and everything is working.

I am doing an image now before I split the partition so I can get back to this point if necessary.

I now have three primary partitions. When I split C drive can I make the new partition an extended partition?

If you use Windows disk management to shrink and create the new partition, it will default to an Extended partition.


How to Shrink a Partition or Volume in Windows 7

How to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7
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17 Dec 2010   #40
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay, I finally made it.

The system partition is gone and the startup repair (3 times) worked.

I split C drive and created an extended partition.
I now have three primary partitions and one extended.

Plus everything works!

I want to thank everyone who posted comments and suggestions. I learned alot from this experience.
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