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Windows 7: Manage Partitions

07 Feb 2010   #1

win 7
 
 
Manage Partitions

Hi all,

I've just re-built win 7 onto a del laptop.

I have 3 paritions (stupidly didn't remove them on install). 1 @ 14.65 gb (old restore partition) 1@ 213gb (os) and 1@ 5 gb (empty)

I want to end up with the os as it is but merge the other 2 partitions.

I have tried extend the other 2 partions, but this option is always greyed out. I can' even extend the c drive to absorb them both and then creat a fresh new partition.

I have dried deleting volume, etc but don't seem to be able to get the result i want.

Any one any ideas?


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07 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaach file using paper clip in reply box.

Then we can give you the exact steps to do what you want.
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07 Feb 2010   #3

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Please post a screen shot of your disk management
It may be that you require a third party partition manager program as the in built windows one has limitations in merging/extending partitions
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07 Feb 2010   #4

win 7
 
 

Disk management screen cap attached.

appreciate your help :-)


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07 Feb 2010   #5

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

You should be able to extend your OS partition to consume the (green) free space leaving you with two partions (excluding the first 39MB one)
The windows disk utility will move partitions left to right but not vice versa so you cannot merge the first partition in the OS partition without using partitioning software
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07 Feb 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot into free Partition Wizard bootable CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick first 39mb partition>Delete, OK.

Next rightclick G>Delete, OK.

Now rightclick C:Windows7>Resize, slide left grey border all the way to the left over the deleted space from first two partitions. Now slide the right grey border to make room for any data partitions you want to the right of C. OK, Apply all steps,.

When computer restarts, Windows 7 should not boot. Boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to repair the MBR in Windows 7 which has been moved.

The only thing I'm not sure of is how the Free Space will react. It is normally created when you delete part of a logical partition, but I don't see any logical partitions. Try rightclicking on it in PW to see what your options are; you may need to convert it somehow, or perhaps it will act as unallocated space so you can include it in C resizing or use as an optional data partition to the right of C.
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07 Feb 2010   #7

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
You should be able to extend your OS partition to consume the (green) free space leaving you with two partions (excluding the first 39MB one)
The windows disk utility will move partitions left to right but not vice versa so you cannot merge the first partition in the OS partition without using partitioning software
When I right click on the OS partition it has the extend volume greyed out. How can I merge with the 5 gb if I can't extend?

What then do I do with the 14 gb? Do I need 3rd party software to merge it with c:??

why won't disk management move the G: across to the right?

Sorry bit of a noob on the old disk management side of things!


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07 Feb 2010   #8

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot into free Partition Wizard bootable CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick first 39mb partition>Delete, OK.

Next rightclick G>Delete, OK.

Now rightclick C:Windows7>Resize, slide left grey border all the way to the left over the deleted space from first two partitions. Now slide the right grey border to make room for any data partitions you want to the right of C. OK, Apply all steps,.

When computer restarts, Windows 7 should not boot. Boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to repair the MBR in Windows 7 which has been moved.

The only thing I'm not sure of is how the Free Space will react. It is normally created when you delete part of a logical partition, but I don't see any logical partitions. Try rightclicking on it to see what your options are; you may need to convert it somehow, or perhaps it act as unallocated space so you can include it in C or an optional data partition to the right of C.
Sorry you replied so quick, I'll just try out your suggestions and post back, please ignore my last :-)
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07 Feb 2010   #9

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot into free Partition Wizard bootable CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick first 39mb partition>Delete, OK.

Next rightclick G>Delete, OK.

Now rightclick C:Windows7>Resize, slide left grey border all the way to the left over the deleted space from first two partitions. Now slide the right grey border to make room for any data partitions you want to the right of C. OK, Apply all steps,.

When computer restarts, Windows 7 should not boot. Boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to repair the MBR in Windows 7 which has been moved.

The only thing I'm not sure of is how the Free Space will react. It is normally created when you delete part of a logical partition, but I don't see any logical partitions. Try rightclicking on it in PW to see what your options are; you may need to convert it somehow, or perhaps it will act as unallocated space so you can include it in C resizing or use as an optional data partition to the right of C.
Hi,

cant get the Windows 7 DVD Repair console to appear, with dvd inserted all i get is Windows 7 trying to re-install?
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07 Feb 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot Windows 7 DVD, on second screen select Repair My Computer, then click through to Recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

You do have a standard Windows 7 installer DVD, right?

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