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Windows 7: Numerous (self-imposed) problems with Win7 install

31 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7[?]
 
 
Numerous (self-imposed) problems with Win7 install

Hello,

I just registered to get some help with installing Windows 7Pro 64-bit. I've tried several things and I think I severely messed up my computer. I'll try to remember as much as I can but feel free to ask for clarifications.

The situation:
I have a relatively new ( < 2months) Lenovo t400 laptop that had vista home basic on it. the laptop came with 3 partitions: the C: drive, a partition with lenovo software on it and a third one with Visa and some other software on it.

I bought the student download from digital river 2 days ago converted the file to an .iso using these instructions Make bootable iso from student d/l

Prior to installing Windows 7, I created a backup of the vista drive as they suggested and also created rescue and recovery disks. At this time I should have "recovered the drive space" of the vista drive but didn't.

I now put the .iso bootable disk in, and started a custom install. When I got the the bit about the partitions, I decided to delete the vista partition thinking it would merge with the C: drive This didn't happen and I ended up with some unallocated space. I completed the Windows 7 installation and went looking on the net for ways to merge the unallocated space into the C: drive. I came across disk management and like an idiot converted the C: drive and the lenovo partition to dynamic disks. Trying to convert them back, I followed the instructions here about deleting the volumes and so I wiped the lenovo partition clean too but because the C: drive is a bootable drive, I can't change it back from dynamic. I've now merged the C: drive with what used to be the lenovo partition and am now stuck with one unallocated partition and the C: drive which is still dynamic. I'd now like to merge the unallocated partition (which is on the left) with the C: drive and then convert the single partition back to a basic disk? Is that possible or am I stuck with the dynamic disks? Any help would be appreciated.

p.s. - When I try to try to merge the unallocated space and C: drive together using the elevated command prompt in these: Partition or Volume - Extend
instructions, I get an error after the "extend" command saying: Virtual Disk Service error: The volume requires contiguous disk extents"

p.p.s - I have absolutely no data on the computer that I value. Because the laptop, is so new whenever I worked on it with Vista, I always saved my work to USB, and the only programs I had installed were freeware (Avast! Anti-virus, Firefox, Chrome, VLC etc.) So re-doing the whole install won't cost me anything is terms of backing-up

p.p.p.s - I've re-done the Windows 7 install several times now (which is why I think I've really screwed up) because I thought you could format the partitions there but I wasn't able to. The last time I tried to install, it wouldn't accept the product key, so I finally left it blank.

Sorry about the length but I wanted to get everything as clear as possible.

Thanks once again

Patrick

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31 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums,

You can use Partition Wizard Free Download Partition Wizard

Can you post a screen shot of your disk manager so we can have a look?
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31 Oct 2009   #3

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As you found out, you can only extend a partition from left to right when viewed in Disk Management--your unallocated space has to be immediately to the right of whatever partition you are trying to expand.

There are ways to get around this, but they involve third party applications, moving partitions, etc.

What's wrong with starting from scratch and deleting all partitions, which would ensure that C would end up at the beginning of the drive, to the far left when viewed in Disk Management??

If you did this, you would have to choose "custom install" early in the process and then "drive options, advanced" shortly thereafter. Then delete partitions.
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31 Oct 2009   #4

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Sorry, I should have said that I'd tried the partition wizard.

The first attachment is the disk manager, the second is a screen shot of Partition Wizard. I can't seem to select anything to do in partition wizard.

I'd love to be able to start from scratch. Everytime I have though, I haven't been able to delete/format the partitions. At what stage am I supposed to do this? I thought it would be where they ask you to choose the partition to install Windows 7 to, but I'm not able to delete the partitions and if I click format when selecting the C: drive, the wheel/hourglass goes round for a bit and then nothing happens. What am I doing wrong


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31 Oct 2009   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

When you "start from scratch", choose custom install, and then come to what appears to be a display of your drives, do you see an option on the lower part of the window that says something like "drive options/advanced"??

If you do, poke it. The next screen should allow you to delete partitions.

You won't be asked to format anything. Formatting takes place automatically. You should be able to delete C and proceed, in which case you would end up with Windows 7 on a new C, this time located at the far left in Disk Management.

If not, then the dynamic disks thing may be part of the problem?
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31 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ekvsyhdrn View Post
Sorry, I should have said that I'd tried the partition wizard.

The first attachment is the disk manager, the second is a screen shot of Partition Wizard. I can't seem to select anything to do in partition wizard.

I'd love to be able to start from scratch. Everytime I have though, I haven't been able to delete/format the partitions. At what stage am I supposed to do this? I thought it would be where they ask you to choose the partition to install Windows 7 to, but I'm not able to delete the partitions and if I click format when selecting the C: drive, the wheel/hourglass goes round for a bit and then nothing happens. What am I doing wrong
Did you burn the boot disc (bottom of the page in the link i gave you) and mount it to a CD with the like of PowerIso ?
If you did then do this..
Put the PW Boot Disc into the cd drive > Reboot Pc > When it promts to boot from CD hit a key on the keyboard> Boot with PW.

Pick the first resouloution,disregard the warning.

Pick the partition>delete>Click again and Format as NTFS and make primary>set as active. Note: After EACH step click apply located at the bottom left of the screen.

Exit and reboot with the windows 7 install disc and do a full clean install.

Dan
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31 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7[?]
 
 

Just started for scratch again so I'm waiting for it to re-install (I'm typing this on the family computer which has WinXP).

I tried the custom install, and clicked on drive options but it didn't let me delete either of the partitions (the delete button was greyed out). It allowed me to click on the format button for the C: drive which I tried. I then got a warning saying I'd lose any data and I clicked ok but nothing happened to allow me to delete any partitions.

When I downloaded Partition Wizard all I did was use the free download from download.com and then install it. Once Windows 7 finishes installing I'll try the "Free Download Bootable CD Now!" which is what I suppose you're referring to Dan.

Concerning the burning bit, I've just downloaded the file to this computer: "pwe41.iso". I'm going to move it to the laptop where I'll download PowerISO so that I can burn it. Could you please give me some quick instructions on how to create a bootable disk? I haven't looked at the program PowerISO yet so I don't know anything about it.

I'll update on how the mounted restart turns out in a bit

Thanks a lot for the quick responses

Patrick
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31 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ekvsyhdrn View Post
Just started for scratch again so I'm waiting for it to re-install (I'm typing this on the family computer which has WinXP).

I tried the custom install, and clicked on drive options but it didn't let me delete either of the partitions (the delete button was greyed out). It allowed me to click on the format button for the C: drive which I tried. I then got a warning saying I'd lose any data and I clicked ok but nothing happened to allow me to delete any partitions.

When I downloaded Partition Wizard all I did was use the free download from download.com and then install it. Once Windows 7 finishes installing I'll try the "Free Download Bootable CD Now!" which is what I suppose you're referring to Dan.

Concerning the burning bit, I've just downloaded the file to this computer: "pwe41.iso". I'm going to move it to the laptop where I'll download PowerISO so that I can burn it. Could you please give me some quick instructions on how to create a bootable disk? I haven't looked at the program PowerISO yet so I don't know anything about it.

I'll update on how the mounted restart turns out in a bit

Thanks a lot for the quick responses

Patrick
I do the same with the family pc at times lol

Thats what i thought would happen.

Yep,thats the one,it basically allows you to modify your partitions outside of the OS (whic was probably the reason it wouldnt delete for you).

I purchased poweriso on,its not free,at the time i was aftraid of using freeware lol

IMGBurn should do the same job and it is free
Download ImgBurn 2.5.0.0 - Can write most types of CD / DVD images and it supports all the latest writers - Softpedia

You simply grab the file and "Mount file to Cd" then burn,tada,bootable disc ...or similar as ive never used imgburn


Dan
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31 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7[?]
 
 

Ok, I'm just in the process of booting with PW. I selected the first resolution and hit enter and I got this warning message:

DO NOT take the following operations for these operations will cause your system to be unbootable.
1. Moving/resizing system partition of Windows Vista/Windows 2008/Windows 7
2. Creating/Deleting any partitions before the system partition of Windows 2000/WinXP/Win2003

I'm planning on trying to merge the unallocated partition with the C: drive and then change them to basic disks from dynamic disks. Is it safe to do this and do these warnings matter for me since I'm re-installing Windows 7 afterwards anyway?
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31 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ekvsyhdrn View Post
Ok, I'm just in the process of booting with PW. I selected the first resolution and hit enter and I got this warning message:

DO NOT take the following operations for these operations will cause your system to be unbootable.
1. Moving/resizing system partition of Windows Vista/Windows 2008/Windows 7
2. Creating/Deleting any partitions before the system partition of Windows 2000/WinXP/Win2003

I'm planning on trying to merge the unallocated partition with the C: drive and then change them to basic disks from dynamic disks. Is it safe to do this and do these warnings matter for me since I'm re-installing Windows 7 afterwards anyway?
Ignore the warning.

When your in,delete vista partition>click apply>delete Windows 7>click apply>Format unallocated space as NTFS>click apply>Make Primary>Click apply>Marks as active>click apply

Re-run Windows 7

Edit: When your in PW,delete C partition>click apply>Format unallocated space as NTFS>click apply>Make Primary>Click apply>Marks as active>click apply

**Always click apply after EACH step.
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