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31 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Ubuntu partition problem

I've been using ubuntu sometimes on my computer, on dual book option with windows 7, but when I decided to delete the ubuntu partition some boot problems and partitions problems came. I've already solved the boot problem but the partition problems still.

I've deleted the ubuntu partition from the widndows 7 disk manager and now I can't merge it with the C: partition again! and I can't create an another disk parition because it says that I've reached the max allowed for my HDD.

Here is a little video of my problem..

before I installed ubuntu the option "extend" on the C: context menu was available and I could merge them.. but after the install of ubuntu, and after I delete the partition y can't use that option anymore.

Extra: when I deleted the partition it took no time (about 2 or 3 seconds) so obviously all the information inside that partition still there but, on the disk manager it shows as free space.

Maybe what I have to do is format it.. but the disk manager does not allow me to do that!

Thanks for your help!

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31 May 2010   #2

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31 May 2010   #3
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The problem is that you have Free space within the extended Logical Partition outlined in Green.

This is not the same as Unallocated Space resulting when you delete a Primary Partition, and cannot be merged with a Primary partition as a result.

There are two possible solutions:

1) Move the data off of the D partition, delete it, extend C drive as you wish, then if you want create a new partition to it's right for your data.

2) Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to rightclick>Modify>Convert to Primary the Extended D partition, which should make the Free Space into Unallocated Space. If not, Resize D to include Free Space, then Modify>Convert to Primary, then Resize D to make Unallocated Space to extend C.
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02 Jun 2010   #4
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You posted an SOS for this issue in another thread in General, so I didn't see it last night when I could have helped you in real time. I am copying/pasting this from the hijacked thread:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jkrlox View Post
Ok, now I completely messed up my computer. I've downloaded the free partition wizard home edition or something like that, and I tried to wipe the 10Gb partition with zeros (ex ubuntu.. the extrange thing is that with this program it shows up as unallocated, no free space like in windows disk manager).. and the program ask me to reboot the PC because there were programs using C:... so I accepted.. when it booted the program loaded before windows and it started to wipe the 10 gb partition.. when it finished it restarted the computer and.. vouala!, windows 7 couldnt start (there were some weird things missing)... it asked me for a restore start up and in the restore start up I had no choice but restore to a windows restore point.. after this windows 7 loaded normally but once inside.. there were no D: partition.. now in the disk manager it shows a 70 Gb (that is 10 Gb ex ubuntu + 60Gb D: partition) of FREE GREEN DISK SPACE!!! and I have no idea of how can I fix it up.. I had all my info from the past 3 years in the college there.. and tons of music and stuff..

HELP

Edited: I forgot to tell that there is no D: disk in my computer.. just 70 gb free in the windows disk manager and it takes like 2 minutes to the computer to figure out that D is missing (there is a message log that says.. D:users/personal/desktop doest exist and any of my icons shows up.. i cant use ms office becouse i guess there is info on the D (it was my default my docs, my music, my vids, my desktop etc.. and the only program im using now is google talk and internet explorer
I thought you copied your data off of D as suggested. It should still be where you copied it even if you System Restored:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jkrlox View Post
I have 30 Gb on my D but I guess there is no problem if I put all the data on C right?
Did you use Partition Wizard bootable CD as suggested? If so, it should not have had to restart to wipe the D: partition. It only restarts if it is using the installed PW program and you are wiping the OS partition.

If you are sure you wiped only D, then it may have been boot files or GRUB that prevented Windows 7 from starting at reboot, but that would have been fully reparable by marking Windows 7 active and running Startup Repair 3 times from the DVD or Repair CD.

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.

Once we look at the screenshot we can advise your best course. You may be able to back up all of your data externally as should have already been done, then undo the System Restore point, then recover Windows 7 by marking it Active using Partition Wizard, boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

However, undoing SysRestore to recover your D: data copied to C: should not be necessary as SysRestore saves your files.
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03 Jun 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You posted an SOS for this issue in another thread in General, so I didn't see it last night when I could have helped you in real time. I am copying/pasting this from the hijacked thread:

Did you use Partition Wizard bootable CD as suggested? If so, it should not have had to restart to wipe the D: partition. It only restarts if it is using the installed PW program and you are wiping the OS partition.

If you are sure you wiped only D, then it may have been boot files or GRUB that prevented Windows 7 from starting at reboot, but that would have been fully reparable by marking Windows 7 active and running Startup Repair 3 times from the DVD or Repair CD.

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.

Once we look at the screenshot we can advise your best course. You may be able to back up all of your data externally as should have already been done, then undo the System Restore point, then recover Windows 7 by marking it Active using Partition Wizard, boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

However, undoing SysRestore to recover your D: data copied to C: should not be necessary as SysRestore saves your files.
I didn't used partition wizard bootable CD, I used partition wizard home edition and I didn't try to wipe D: ... I did a wipe of the 10 Gb free space (showed as free space in windows disk manager and as unallocated in partition wizard) I dind't backup my files because it looked pretty safe to do (what i wanted to do was: once the remaining of the ubuntu and GRUB were wiped, now I can safetly merge that partition with any other partition), I mean: do you want to wipe your C? D? or unallocated partition?.. what else could it happen?! .. but once the program wiped the 10gb free space, the D: automatically merged with the recentrly wiped "free space" and then I got a 70 Gb free space (10 Gb free + 60 Gb D:.. note that this is not D: anymore.. just free disk space).

Because I had too much troubles loading my windows 7 without the usual D: partition I decided to make a new D: from the 70Gb resulting space with no formatting so the information could be recovered.. And what I had to do was delete the "70 Gb free partition" to convert it to unallocated, and then procede as usual to create a new D: disk partition...

My disk manager looks like this now (check attachment)

Of course I did everything I did by my own risk and I don't blame nobody to try to help me.. Anyway after all this process, I tried to use recuva to check the files that I've lost but it was so messed up (locations, titles and content of files all mixed) that I've decided that I don't want to recover them (at least no this way).


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03 Jun 2010   #6
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You need Partition Wizard bootable CD so you have a rescue disk if operation fails.

Failure to back up files in any operation like this is reckless. If you have files you cannot afford to lose, they should be backed up externally at all times. If you cannot afford to lose Windows 7, a backup image of it should be saved externally at all times.

Free space cannot be deleted - it is already deleted.. As I stated in first post, you needed to convert the entire Extended Logical partition to Primary using PW so that the Free Space would become Unallocated Space and you could then extend C into it.

You deleted the entire D partition, not just it's free space, because it is one extended partition. I offered this as an option since you had Ubuntu on there and it likely needed deep cleaning, but stated you needed to move your files off of there before wiping the partition.

You stated earlier that you were moving your files into C partition. If you had done this, they would still be there even after using System Restore to get Windows 7 started. I do not know why Windows 7 wouldn't start since there were no boot-critical files on D at all. However we could have easily helped you get it started.

I was watching this thread for progress right up until the time I went to bed that night, but you posted your SOS in someone else's thread in General forum so I didn't see it. I'm sorry I wasn't able to help you more.
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03 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Yes I know it was my fault, I'm new on this kind of forums and I'm just wanted a fast answer.. anyway, I didn't copied my D to C.. yes, I know I said that but when I installed the PW it looked pretty secure to just wipe the 10Gb partition.. I mean, there were no warning about D will merge with the 10Gb partition..

When I say that I "deleted" the free space it's because I couldn't make a partition directly from the free space and the only available option was "delete" but that option converted it to unallocated space, after that I could make my D: partition.

As you can see now, I have an empty 70Gb D: and my computer is perfect.. except that I don't have my files anymore but if there is no other way to recover the files than a recovery software.. I guess I will leave it that way.. I will survive without my info..

Thanks for your help, I think your forum is a very usefull source of support and information and I think you guys are doing a very good job.
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