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Windows 7: Consolidation of System and Boot partitions

26 May 2013   #1
drneroli

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
 
 
Consolidation of System and Boot partitions

I recently came upon a 160GB SATA hard drive from a cousin. It had Windows 7 32 bit installed on it and I wanted to install 64 bit Windows 7 on to it, but I accidentally did so in a new partition. The problem is that now the original 32 bit windows 7 is the System Partition, and the new one (which I use) is the Boot partition. I simply tried deleting the contents of the original partition, but this ended up requiring me to re-install windows on the partition I use. How would I go about marking the partition I use (which is C: New Folder in the picture I've posted for reference) as the system without breaking everything or having to move everything over to the old one (F: 1) and re-reinstall Windows 7 64 bit there??

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26 May 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Try using the steps outlined here:
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Post a screen capture image using Windows Disk Management once you are done som we can judge if it worked correctly:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Regards,
Golden
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26 May 2013   #3
drneroli

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

The software you recommended would have been ideal if I needed to move the boot, but it's the system that needs to be moved. Furthermore for some reason, trying to access Computer Management isn't working.
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26 May 2013   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

The System are the boot files - its just the nomenclature that the issue, its been like that from the early days of Windows.

See first 2 bullet points here:
System partition and boot partition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Regards,
Golden
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26 May 2013   #5
drneroli

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

So, would I be able to delete the contents of the system partition and integrate it into the empty space into the boot partition with no ill effects?
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27 May 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

What you want is to move the System (boot files) to C, which is done by marking C Active and then running Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to write the boot files to C, run many tests to confirm it's bootable, write the Repair link to F8 Boot tools menu. EasyBCD does not do all of this.

Once the System Active flags are on C (Boot only means its the currently-booted partition) you can delete F after copying off any files you need, then recover its space into C if you want using Partition Wizard CD to Resize Partition - Video Help.

However if you have bugs with Win7 Disk Mgmt not working then I'd consider following the steps closely to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 especially deleting all partitions during install.
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