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Windows 7: Moving Win7 Partition to Another Drive


25 Jun 2010   #31

windows 7 (64-bit), xp professional
 
 

the answer to Traceys problem given by siw2 worked like a charm for me. I used rescue kit by Paragon software to revive my windows7. The whole scenario was quite different in my case, Initially, i had xp in C: (~20gb) and windows 7 in I: (~30gb) plus some unallocated space of 25gb(which i got by deleting linux). with the help of GParted(on live cd) i extended C: from 20 to 25gb & I: from 30 to 50gb. Meanwhile my drive letter got changed (i.e.I: got names as G: ). It took me hell(bootcfg) to get xp back running. I used EasyBCD to rewrite boot manager. i gave proper location of Windows 7 there. This time though i loaded from windows boot manager, windows7 gave error that it is not genuine and aero theme was also missing and worst of it that i was not allowed to even access my computer. Then i came to know about something called primary,extended & logical partition. unfortunately what now i was seeing is that my windows7 was on logical partition and even i read that you cannot put system on logical partition, it has to be on primary partition. Later only i figured out that boot manager allows to boot from logical partition. Yeppie, i was saved from whole task of reformatting my Windows 7 drive. So, then i went ahead with creating rescue disk and correcting the whole turmoil of drive letters which my asinine partitioning(they call it extending) of drives. when i looked into the drive letters which Windows 7 was seeing, i realized what chaos i created in there. I corrected it and with some ignorable warnings of counterfeiting of windows i managed to make Windows 7 stand on its feet. The whole credit goes to your team and prompt solution you came up with.


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25 Jun 2010   #32
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Be aware that you can also convert Logical to Primary quickly and easily using Partition Wizard bootable CD Modify>Convert to Primary. You can then Modify>Mark as Active and recover the MBR into Windows 7 by booting Windows 7 DVD Repair or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until 7 starts.

Paragon Rescue Disk is a must-have tool to rescue a partition, drive letter, or files you can copy off a partition which will not start after the regimen given above.

These are free new-generation tools which work best with Windows 7, proven hundreds of times here since it's release.
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03 Jun 2011   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit and 64 bit
 
 

Hello.... I'm a newbie to this forum, but have built numerous machines from the ground up. Never had a problem until now. My problem is very similar to the above; I know this thread is old, but hopefully there's still someone around that will see this post....

I recently built a new machine from the ground up. All new components. 1TB 6.0gb/sec new hard drive. I *HAD* the machine up and running for a week or so....then one time it went into "sleep mode" and refused to wake up. Don't think there was a power failure, but can't be sure. When I rebooted, it POST's fine, but all you get is a blinking cursor on a black screen and it won't boot into windows 7 (64 bit).

I've booted several times with the CD, but when you get to the System Recovery Options dialog box, it NEVER "sees" an installed OS. I've gone in and done the DISKPART thing and set the 998 GB partition to active, and run the startup repair 3 times, every time it reports that it "cannot repair this computer automatically...." with reboots in between. F***ing thing STILL won't boot and I'm finding very little comprehensible guidance other than yours on the issue. Can anyone help me??? Thanks!!!!
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03 Jun 2011   #34

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did you try this?

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Ignore the title - it may help in your situatiion.
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03 Jun 2011   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit and 64 bit
 
 

thanks.... but when I (skip to step 8....and ) get to the point where I log on to the system partition (d, it says:"the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable". When I did the diskpart earlier, it shows a 100Mb partition (which I *didnt* create...) and a 980 Gb partition. So I'm assuming d: is the OS partition; when I try to log onto c: it says " the volume does not contain a recognized file system". Can I pull this drive and stick it in a dock in another machine and repair the boot "system" with a software tool?
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03 Jun 2011   #36

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You are best trying a partition recovery app.

free one here Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.

Select partition recovery - do a quick scan of the Disk - tick ALL partitions you want to keep ( include the 100mb )

Click Apply.
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05 Jun 2011   #37

Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit and 64 bit
 
 

Hi again,
....and thanks for the help.

I pulled the disk and mounted it in a drive dock and with the Partition Wizard mini tool got to the point where I can "see" the drive and both partitions and "explore" the OS partition and the OS partition is marked as "active" and both are "primary". Yet, when I mount the disk back in the machine "solo", it still won't boot (after 3 Windows 7 "repair startup" sequences....). What am I missing here?? Does the OS partition need to be made a "logical" partition? Thanks!!
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05 Jun 2011   #38

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Do the partition recovery as per my previous post.

To make sure it updates system info - shrink your windows partition a little and Apply.
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05 Jun 2011   #39

Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit and 64 bit
 
 

when I try to resize/shrink the OS partition, then go in and do the Partition Recovery Wizard it gives me a message that "at least one of the existing partitions will be deleted. Are you sure....? Am I??
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05 Jun 2011   #40

Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit and 64 bit
 
 

If I *don't* do the resize/shrink and try to go thru the wizard, it does'nt do anything when you click "finish".
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