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Windows 7: Bootable partition confusion

15 Jan 2010   #1
RogerR

 
 
Bootable partition confusion

Windows says C:/ is the boot partition, but partition Wizard says D:/ is.

D: is formatted, but "system volume" info remains. How can I get rid of that?




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15 Jan 2010   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Delete the D partition?

Or do you have something on it?
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15 Jan 2010   #3
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Too bad you missed the giveaway on Paragon Partition Manager 10 ealier this week. While I don't have any drives split up here that looks like a software glitch with the PW program there.
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15 Jan 2010   #4
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Your attachment seems to be having problems, please redo it.

The drive priority is set in the bios. If a partition says "System", that is your primary hard drive.

You can boot into a partition that is not the system partition, which is probably your current situation.
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15 Jan 2010   #5
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I notice that D is slightly gray in the pic and also has a slight blue border inside the pink.

The other partitions don't.

Why? Is that only because you had highlighted D?
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15 Jan 2010   #6
RogerR

 
 

I guess I'm wondering which one to believe. The Bios setup doesn't distinguish between partitions, only physical drives.

Windows disk management Disk 0 = Disk 1 in PW
Disk 1 = Disk 2



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15 Jan 2010   #7
RogerR

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I notice that D is slightly gray in the pic and also has a slight blue border inside the pink.

The other partitions don't.

Why? Is that only because you had highlighted D?
Correct.
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15 Jan 2010   #8
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It appears your boot files are on the second partition of the primary (disk 0) drive.

Maybe it would be easier if I said you booted into whatever OS in on the first partition, but the second partition contains all your boot files.

It would be less confusing had you put a volume title on the partitions, but do your want to delete the D: partition and whatever OS is on it?

If so, since the boot files are on D:, you will have to make C: active and then run a startup repair several times (2 or 3) to make C: your system partition. You can use a third party software like gparted or boot to the Win 7 install DVD and run diskpart to make C: active.

There is also one gregrocker recommends called Partition Wizard and use the bootable download.
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15 Jan 2010   #9
RogerR

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
It appears your boot files are on the second partition of the primary (disk 0) drive.

Maybe it would be easier if I said you booted into whatever OS in on the first partition, but the second partition contains all your boot files.

It would be less confusing had you put a volume title on the partitions, but do your want to delete the D: partition and whatever OS is on it?

If so, since the boot files are on D:, you will have to make C: active and then run a startup repair several times (2 or 3) to make C: your system partition. You can use a third party software like gparted or boot to the Win 7 install DVD and run diskpart to make C: active.

There is also one gregrocker recommends called Partition Wizard and use the bootable download.
The lower window in my snip IS Partition Wizard.

If I delete D:\ (rendering the drive unbootable) when the system restarts my only choice will be a repair install and reinstall the system that I am trying to delete, before PW can make the changes. BTDT.

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15 Jan 2010   #10
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You do not have to install the system, the files are already there. What you have to do is make the C: partition active, so it is bootable, then run a startup repair from the Install DVD to fix the boot.

If you don't know how to do a startup repair, boot to the Win 7 Install DVD and select language, then on the next page, select repair from the lower left of the window.

Unless of course, I am misunderstanding your original question.

Any questions about procedures or command line options, post back. We are here to help.
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