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Windows 7: Partitioning problem

28 Mar 2010   #1
sane83

xp
 
 
Partitioning problem

I have 160 gb HD in which C drive i have installed XP. There are 6 partittions in total.

C:drive - 10gb
d: drive - 30gb
e: drive - 35 gb
f: drive - 20gb
G: drive - 10gb
h: drive - 47gb

Iam going to install WINDOWS 7 (fresh install) .. since my C drive is only 10gb , i thought of deleting my G drive partition and combining it with C.
Now my problem is , what will happen if i delete C and G partition.what would be the drive letter then. (i want drive letter as C.)


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28 Mar 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sane83 View Post
I have 160 gb HD in which C drive i have installed XP. There are 6 partittions in total.

C:drive - 10gb
d: drive - 30gb
e: drive - 35 gb
f: drive - 20gb
G: drive - 10gb
h: drive - 47gb

Iam going to install WINDOWS 7 (fresh install) .. since my C drive is only 10gb , i thought of deleting my G drive partition and combining it with C.
Now my problem is , what will happen if i delete C and G partition.what would be the drive letter then. (i want drive letter as C.)
To do what you want you are going to need a thrid party management tool like parigon disk suite. You want to delete c & G and move the free space so they can de combined. when you get ready to do it let us know


Ken
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28 Mar 2010   #3
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sane83 View Post
I have 160 gb HD in which C drive i have installed XP. There are 6 partittions in total.

C:drive - 10gb
d: drive - 30gb
e: drive - 35 gb
f: drive - 20gb
G: drive - 10gb
h: drive - 47gb

Iam going to install WINDOWS 7 (fresh install) .. since my C drive is only 10gb , i thought of deleting my G drive partition and combining it with C.
Now my problem is , what will happen if i delete C and G partition.what would be the drive letter then. (i want drive letter as C.)
To do what you want you are going to need a thrid party management tool like parigon disk suite. You want to delete c & G and move the free space so they can de combined. when you get ready to do it let us know


Ken
Hi ken, I have an alternative suggestion for him. If he has the XP CD, he may delete C and G using XP Cd, and create a partition in that empty space (20 Gb) . The drive letter will be C. The same thing also may be done using Free Download Partition Wizard bootable CD, and after that it is just to install 7 there.

But I am not sure whether it is possible using 7 dvd. In my case, it failed to combine primary and extended logical partitions. Dont know whether it is the practice there , or my bad luck. Though the PW bootable Cd is is just good to manage your partitions.
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28 Mar 2010   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.

We can best give you the steps if we see the actual setup.
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29 Mar 2010   #5
sane83

xp
 
 

Thanks everyone.
@Arc i have XP CD..so if i delete the partition in that way my drive letter would be C (20gb).that would be fine.

Here is the Screenshot of Disk mngmnt.


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29 Mar 2010   #6
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sane83 View Post
Thanks everyone.
@Arc i have XP CD..so if i delete the partition in that way my drive letter would be C (20gb).that would be fine.

Here is the Screenshot of Disk mngmnt.
Your screenshot is exactly what I have imagined , C is primary and the others are logical.

You insert the XP cd and boot from it. Delete the partitions C and G to get aprox. 10 GB free space, create a new partition in the empty space. As you have deleted C, the drive letter of the new partition will be C automatically . Now you are to exit the XP cd ( some setup error may be shown, but it need not to pay attention to them, as you are to install another OS there) .

No install windows 7 as per the tutorial Clean Install Windows 7 , and dont miss step 7 and step 8 . Otherwise there is a chance of some xp items remain there ( as you partitioned using xp cd)

But it would be better if you do the deleting and creating partition task using Partition wizard bootable cd ( link is in my previous post).
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29 Mar 2010   #7
sane83

xp
 
 

thanksss ..iam gonna do it now...will let you know after that..
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29 Mar 2010   #8
haxcid

Windows 7; Server 08; Window Home Server; Vista; XP
 
 

Just as a note. Windows 7 is flexible with drive letters. Windows 7 will always be the C drive when you are booted into it. MS started this in Vista. I have a dual boot set up. In vista Vista is C:\ and Win7 is D:\
In Windows 7 Win7 is C:\ and Vista is D:\ Then I have a storage drive which is E in both systems.
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29 Mar 2010   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Test what happens when you boot the Partition Wizard CD to attempt to delete the G: sub-partition of the extended partition. You can cue up these operations with PW without having to apply them yet, to see how they pan out.

If just the G: partition will delete, then see if you can rightclick>Resize the extended partition by sliding the left border to the right to take up the unallocated space left by deleted G:. This should put the unallocated space to the left of G: next to C: so you can merge it with deleted C:

Next, see if you can delete the C: partition and if it will add it's deleted Unallocated space to the space left by G:

If this works to your satisfaction and you have the unallocated space to make one large C: partition as you wanted, then go ahead and Apply the steps after checking it all over several times. If you have any questions, post back here for more help.
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29 Mar 2010   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Uh oh.


You can't do that with the XP cd - at least not without deleting the extended partition and getting into a serious data recovery situation.

Better use a 3rd party tool.

Paragon Pro/Server is by far the best - it's not free , though. ( They do a free edition - not all that many functions on the free edition - enough for what you want , so you could use that ).

Free Partition Manager Express - Leading partitioning software ...

The free edition with most functions is Partition Wizard - also capable of doing this job.

Free Download Partition Wizard
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