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Windows 7: Remove hard drive partition

29 May 2011   #11


First I'd try deleting the Linux partition in Disk Mgmt to see what happens.

if Win7 won't start boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair
up to 3 separate times with reboots to see if Win7 will start.

If not do the partition-specific wipe BFK suggest to be fully rid of GRUB, then try the Repairs again.

If Win7 won't Repair, then you'll have to wipe the HD to clean reinstall.

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30 May 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Before you start wiping everything. Do you have clean install Windows 7 installation disks or did the OS come preinstalled.
In any event you may be able to try an alternative before the absolute start from scratch approach.
To elaborate- you appear to have a Recovery partition which you may not want to delete! If it is then make Factory restore DVDs if possible.

A factory restore could be an option

You have a 101MB unallocated partition which probably used to be the system reserved partition. It looks like it was deleted to allow another primary - your linux partition.
(You can only have a max of 4 primaries.)

1) delete the linux partition
2) extend C: using Partition Wizard to take up this space again.
3) To get back the original system reserved create a primary 101MB primary partition marking it active.
4) Set all other 3 partitions inactive.
5) Run the startup repair from the system repair disk 3 times.
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30 May 2011   #13
Al Fairclough

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Having used Linux for years and run many dual boot systems, I have found the best result is obtained by doing a fresh install of Windows. Failing that, before you delete any partitions, use your install DVD to run a repair, go to a command prompt and enter bootrec.exe /fixmbr which should allow you to boot with the Win 7 boot device. Assuming success, you can use the partition manager of your choice to delete the Ubuntu partitions (3) and either expand C: or create a new NTFS partition, leaving C: alone.
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