Quote: Originally Posted by kwack
Here is an explanation of my hard disks
Hard drive 1
d: 1.local disk (150gb) Healthy active, primary - thsi is my old Win XP
e: games: healthy primary partition
c: Windows 7 - healthy (boot, page file, crash dump, logical)
I want to keep C and E but remove d and ad back into e.
The dual boot option does nto seem to exist anymore so just want to make sure I can reclaim the space and not have to re-install/repair Win 7
Is this possible looking at this using partition manager or such like
Kwack, here's another option to consider which has worked for me and others here. Whichever option you choose, make an image of your HDD using Windows 7's Backup Imaging utility and save it externally. These operations can fail, but with the image you can restore your HDD in 15 minutes to try again.
If your Windows 7 partition C: is same/smaller size* as your D:XP then:
--use free Partition Wizard bootable disk to delete D:XP, mark C:Windows 7 active then copy it over to D: space. Cue up all of these steps before clicking Apply.
--boot into the Windows 7 installer's Repair console to run startup repair three times. It doesn't usually work in this case if it is offered up when you boot into the installer Repair console, but must be clicked from its link and sometimes more than once since there are multiple issues to fix.
--when booted into Windows 7, use Disk Management or PW to delete the original Windows 7 you copied from. This step was saved in case you needed to do the copy operation over.
*IF your Windows 7 partition is larger than the XP one, then you will need to shrink Windows 7 enough to fit in deleted XP space. Later you can move your data drive over to reclaim the copied/deleted Windows 7 space and expand your Windows 7 partition.