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Windows 7: remove 1st partition dual boot

26 Jun 2011   #1

windows 7 64bit
 
 
remove 1st partition dual boot

I have first install shown as D:\ drive = Windows 7 32bit
second install (dual boot) as C:\ drive = Windows 7 64bit

I want to move the system files to the C:\ drive and change to active. then delete D:\ drive and expand C:\ back to full size

I tried to copy the system files to the C drive which fails to copy. maybe because of the different 32bit vs 64bit? so i am afraid to change the "active" to C drive as there are no system on it (shown in the manager).

any advice on doing this? i really dont want to reinstall programs (games, photoshop etc.)

I want to go to 1 partition of Windows 7 64bit because it is AWESOME!

Doug
screenshot http://www.lorddog.com/dualboot.jpg
*i dont see how to show an image here*

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello lorddog, welcome to Seven Forums!


If C: is a primary partition it will work; start by having a look at this tutorial at the link below and 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
26 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Mark Windows 7 64 bit Active, then boot the DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until 64 bit starts on its own. Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

If you want to recover the old Windows 7's disk space into the new Windows 7 at the same time, follow the link in the previous post.
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26 Jun 2011   #4

windows 7 64bit
 
 

ok after fiddling with that tutorial i got it threw the whole way.
partition magic left me 8M unallocated thou. 8M isnt that much but not sure why it didnt do the whole thing.

only issue i have left is this.
i had a 2nd drive that was a win xp install and the boot fix added its boot to the list. if i had know i could have gone into BIOS and disconnected that drive when i told windows repair to re-put the boot back on. (the initial dialog was blank with bootmgr missing and it asked me to add it back - all of them or nothing)

anyhow i would now like to remove the dual boot winxp showing (from my E:\ drive)

Doug
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Doug -

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings showing all columns, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu. We will give you the steps.

It wasn't clear in OP that you had two HD's nor was anything mentioned about an E drive. Do you still have XP on it? Do you want to delete XP as well as the XP listing from the Dual Boot?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2011   #6

windows 7 64bit
 
 

yes in my screenshot is the disk 1 (E drive)
i converted it to just a data drive but it had a winxp install on it from a few years ago.
I have copied all the data back to my c drive so i can now just format the E drive.
I just want to remove the not needed dual partition booter.

thx for the help

Doug
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

We still need to see the Disk Mgmt screenshot to see if it's configured correctly now. Screen Shots

Install EasyBCD 2.02 to Windows 7 64 bit, on Edit OS tab highlight and delete the XP listing. EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

I would wipe the old XP HD instead of just formatting it, to clean the boot sector: Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2011   #8

windows 7 64bit
 
 

ok that fixed it
remove 1st partition dual boot-dualboot_fix.jpg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Looks good.

If you don't wipe E drive, be sure to mark it Inactive so no boot files can be written to it during a repair or reinstall.
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