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Windows 7: Disk partitioning help!

08 Jun 2013   #1
marylushman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Disk partitioning help!

Hello,

My current partitioning looks like this :Imagebin - A place to slap up your images.
If I erase D then instead of D it will show unallocated space, but I cannot merge with the other unallocated space chunk. Why?
The only thing I could guess is that the order matters(i can merge only two adjacent chunks), but a while back ago when I used to partition my hard disk with a bootable windows xp drive nothing like this has happened.
I would like to mention that the two partitions between D and the unallocated space chunk are ext4 and linux swap, and one of them contains linux. Here again, I would like to know which one are what?
Now, what I would like to do is have a partition where I could hold files that I could use from every OS and have an extra partition for each OS I have on my hard disk.
Also, googling about hard disk management does not help me much, I would like to know more precise what's happening there. Could someone recommend me a book?


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08 Jun 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

Here is the correct way to post up readable screenshots here: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Forums

Since you cut off the sizes used columns we don't know how much is used on each partition, but if the two middle partitions are Linux you want to keep then I'd Extend D partition easily with Partition Wizard CD - video help. This allows you to Extend a partition into any Unallocated or unused partition space even if its not adjacent.
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08 Jun 2013   #3
marylushman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Sorry for not posting a correct screenshot of the disk management.
No, I was looking for a clarification of my questions.


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08 Jun 2013   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Delete the Logical Free Space.
How to & screenshots in this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot
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08 Jun 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would delete D and the free space, then make 1 partition out of all the unallocated space. Either Primary or Logical.

Use Partition Wizard if you want to make it a Primary Partition.
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08 Jun 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

I see you deleted the Linux partitions. If all you want to do is extend D to the right then as Theog suggested delete the Logical Free Space in Disk Mgmt by right clicking on it to Delete Volume. Then extend D to the right by as much space as you'd like. To create a new partition in the space use Partition or Volume - Create New

But if you want to create more than a total of four Primary partitions, make the fourth one Logical so you can add as many adjacent Logical as you wish. Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help You're limited to four Primary.
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08 Jun 2013   #7
marylushman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks to all for your replies.
Since you've seen that I've deleted my Ubuntu partitions now I cannot boot windows 7.
Any ideas?
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08 Jun 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

As long as the 200mb boot partition is still marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times

If Win7 won't start after running Repairs three separate times with reboots in between, then Mark C Partition Active and try again x3.
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08 Jun 2013   #9
marylushman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yeah, did everything as the article says, but it did not work.
I have three partitions : the 200 mb one, the one with windows and an empty one. I set all of them except the one with the windows as inactive and the one with the windows as active. Did it 3 times in a row, the third time it told me that it could not find any problem with the startup and that i should disconect something and try restarting again.(i think it refers to a situation when one would have something as a camera connected to a laptop).
Still the grub rescue stuff!
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08 Jun 2013   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

The Windows MBR has been rendered useless when you deleted the Linux partitions. Use this tutorial to restore the Windows MBR:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Regards,
Golden
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