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Windows 7: System partition questions

03 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
System partition questions

I have the following partitions in my Windows 7 installations.

C drive - Boot, Primary Partition.(100GB)
Z drive - System, Active Primary Partition. (27MB)
* drive - Primary Partition. (74MB)

Can I remove Z drive, and * drive safely without affecting my Windows 7 ?

i m planning to migrate my C drive partition to a new SSD drive.

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04 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

If you plan on moving it, don`t bother. Leave it alone.
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04 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

The snapshot shows C: as the Boot, Primary Partition. Therefore you make it active and Z: not active using a Partition Manager Boot Disk. Then try and boot. If you are able to boot successfully then then you can remove the other two drives without affecting Windows 7.

If however you are unable to boot then revert back to the configuration in the snapshot using the PM Boot Disk. It would also mean that you cannot tinker with Z: drive.
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04 Mar 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Why was the 100mb System Reserved partition split in half as shown in your screenshot?

To recover the boot files into C, mark it Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts on its own and holds the System Active Boot labels.

You can then save a backup image of only C using free Macrium
or the free premium cloning/imaging app which comes with any WD or Seagate HD.

If you want to use Windows 7 backup imaging, since it will keep the same partition offsets I would delete the two small partitions and Resize C to the left into the space using free Partition Wizard bootable CD.
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04 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

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