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Windows 7: Hard drive memory is disappearing

22 Aug 2012   #11
tightlynes

Windows 7
 
 

Bah. I was running the installed version. So now I've got the bootable version burned to a CD and when I try to boot from the disc, there's nothing that will open. The disc has a folder called "BOOT." Inside BOOT is a folder called "ISOLINUX" and 3 other files, two specified as "files" and the third a GZ file.

ISOLINUX has a security catalog, a VLC file, a CFG file, a JPEG, and a C32 file. None of which will open (other than the JPEG, but that doesn't help me much).

So now I can't seem to get the bootable version to do anything other than make the disk spin in the drive. Also not helpful. I'll download it again to see if that was just a hiccup somehow...?


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22 Aug 2012   #12
tightlynes

Windows 7
 
 

*Edit* Double post. Oops.
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22 Aug 2012   #13
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How did you go about burning the iso to the disk?

Did you check the BIOS to ensure the machine would boot from the optical drive before trying the hard drive?
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22 Aug 2012   #14
tightlynes

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
How did you go about burning the iso to the disk?

Did you check the BIOS to ensure the machine would boot from the optical drive before trying the hard drive?
1: I went to the site and downloaded the bootable version (http://www.partitionwizard.com/download/pwhe7.iso). The download took care of everything from there.

2: I have no idea what you're asking me. You're going to have to dumb it down because I don't understand computers that well.
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22 Aug 2012   #15
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tightlynes View Post
1: I went to the site and downloaded the bootable version (http://www.partitionwizard.com/download/pwhe7.iso). The download took care of everything from there.
After downloading it you've go to do something with it. Double click on the downloaded iso file in Explorer. Your preferred (or default) burning app should launch, allowing you to burn the iso to a blank CD/DVD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tightlynes View Post
2: I have no idea what you're asking me. You're going to have to dumb it down because I don't understand computers that well.
Place the burned disc into the optical drive. Reboot, and as soon as you see the machine restart, quickly tap F12 a few times. A Boot Options menu should appear where you can select to boot from your optical drive. (If you don't succeed in pressing F12 at the right time it'll continue to load Windows -- let it finish loading and then try rebooting again. It may be easier to time it correctly if the machine is powered down -- about a half second after powering it up start tapping the F12 key.)
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22 Aug 2012   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tightlynes View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
How did you go about burning the iso to the disk?

Did you check the BIOS to ensure the machine would boot from the optical drive before trying the hard drive?
1: I went to the site and downloaded the bootable version (http://www.partitionwizard.com/download/pwhe7.iso). The download took care of everything from there.

2: I have no idea what you're asking me. You're going to have to dumb it down because I don't understand computers that well.
The ISO by itself is useless.

It must be "burned" to a blank CD or DVD. You do that with a burning application. Windows has one built-in, or you can download such an app.

Have you ever burned a disc?

Follow F5's instructions after you get it burned. You must boot FROM the burned disc in order to run Partition Wizard.
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23 Aug 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

This looks much simpler than you're making it here.

In Disk Mgmt delete D after moving any files off, although it appears to be empty. You will need to delete it twice: once for the partition, then for the Logical volume. Partition or Volume - Delete

Then extend C into its Unallocated space: Partition or Volume - Extend

The best way to organize your data is to sort it into the provided User folders, then cull those regularly to delete any not needed. Just do it.
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23 Aug 2012   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This looks much simpler than you're making it here.

In Disk Mgmt delete D after moving any files off, although it appears to be empty. You will need to delete it twice: once for the partition, then for the Logical volume. Partition or Volume - Delete
Greg:

He does not want to delete D.

It is not empty. Just nearly empty. It has a few files and an app on it that he is unsure of---doesn't know their purpose. File/folder names in D are cryptic.

See OP post 7.

It's a business laptop he inherited from another employee; set up presumably by that other employee.

The OP is fearful of messing with D other than to shrink it and give the space to C. D is a logical in an extended.
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23 Aug 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

Those files on D are not needed, so put them on a CD or stick or move temporarily to C so you can delete D and extend C which is what you need - more space.

If you insist on going to the unnecessary trouble of resizing C to preserve a Logical partition you don't intend to use, then rightclick D to Resize, drag left border to the right as much as possible, click OK. Then rightclick C to Resize, drag right border to the right up to D, OK, Apply both steps.

Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.
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23 Aug 2012   #20
tightlynes

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This looks much simpler than you're making it here.

In Disk Mgmt delete D after moving any files off, although it appears to be empty. You will need to delete it twice: once for the partition, then for the Logical volume. Partition or Volume - Delete

Then extend C into its Unallocated space: Partition or Volume - Extend

The best way to organize your data is to sort it into the provided User folders, then cull those regularly to delete any not needed. Just do it.
Aaaand boom goes the dynamite.

That's exactly what I was looking for. Problem solved. Thanks a ton guys!
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