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Windows 7: Reserved partition - moved

22 Jun 2011   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jamrash View Post
Thanks everyone for the replies. I am back up and running in dual boot. Gregrocker, deleting the reserved partition and rebuilding it worked perfectly. I did not need to delve into Grub. I used Windows repair disk Diskpart to delete the partition from the command line and then rebooted with the Windows repair disk which detected the problem and fixed the boot sequence. Windows repair disk should be shipped with every Windows 7 computer!
It is.
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22 Jun 2011   #12


If you didn't create a new SysReserved partition marked Active then it's unsure where your System Active boot files were placed.

Let us see a screenshot of your full maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu to check it over to avoid potential problems.
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23 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Reserved Partition - system back to normal

Attached is a picture of my partitions:
F: backup partition with FSArchiver
linux swap disk
E: shared data partition
free space
Windows 7

Originally, I had hoped to increase windows partition by taking 50 gig from the shared data partition. Now, I am not sure I can actually do that.
Thanks for reviewing.

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23 Jun 2011   #14


If you're booting via GRUB then you'll have to check your settings there. Disk Mgmt doesn't show any Linux.

Since the listings are cut off of the in the Status column, we can't see how the normal 100mb Win7 System Reserved partition is marked, but it appears C contains the boot files for Win7 if it is being used to boot Win7 and not GRUB. I doubt the 100mb is even used. But again if Linux is in the mix all it means to us here is potential corruption of Win7.

Can't see why you couldn't use Disk Mgmt to extend E into the Free space at it's right. Free Space is made to use for Logical partitions, whereas Unallocatd is for Primaries. Partition or Volume - Extend
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23 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Reserved partition - moved

Thanks for the analysis. Here is another pic of my partition with all details showing. Easy BCD controls the boot process; I choose either Win7 or Ubuntu. If I choose Ubuntu, Grub loads next.

As for the free space, I created it by taking away from E:. My intention was to double the size of the Windows partition. When I planned out my partitions, I thought that 50 GB for Windows would be more than enough as that number was recommended by some of the dual boot how-to sites. As it turns out, Windows 7, with all the programs I am using, seems to want far more than 50 GB - certainly a lot more than ubuntu.

I don't know if I can fix the problem at this point. I may have to live within the constraints I have created.

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24 Jun 2011   #16


In order to extend C to the left you'll need to boot free Partition Wizard version 5.2 which treats Free Space and Unallocated space the same for resizing purposes and can Resize to the left.

Boot PW CD, rightclick C to Resize, slide left grey border to the left to take up the Free Space, OK, Apply.

All of the System boot files are in C so the 100mb System Reserved partition is not booting Win7. The 19.53 partition shows empty so unless it is the Linux both of those could be deleted to resize the Logical to the left or create another Primary partition there. In the future this is where I would reinstall Win7. Reinstalling Windows 7
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