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Windows 7: Are my partitions ok?

10 May 2014   #1
kanji32

 
 
Are my partitions ok?

http://i.imgur.com/VNGsQNL.png

Above is a pic of my partitions.
The two partitions in the middle are Ubuntu. [Ones without a label]
I just installed Windows 8.1 instead of Windows 7.

I have a few issues/questions:

1.Does the order of the partitions matter ? When I try to think about it wouldn't it be better if C and D were next to eachother ?
32. Is it ok to have two primary partitions [on this one hard drive] ? If someone can explain what's the difference?
3. I wish to extend one of the Windows partitions [C or D] with the 100MB unallocated space, but when I right click the 'Extend' is greyed out, cant click it. How can I get it done?


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10 May 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can`t combine the 101 MB with C, they are on opposite sides of the hard drive.

You can`t use Disk Management to extend a partition (D) to the left. You`ll have to use Partition Wizard.

Honestly, your drive is all wrong, C should be all the way on the left, then D.

There`s nothing wrong with having 4 Primaries, just don`t try to make any more.
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10 May 2014   #3
kanji32

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You can`t combine the 101 MB with C, they are on opposite sides of the hard drive.

You can`t use Disk Management to extend a partition (D) to the left. You`ll have to use Partition Wizard.

Honestly, your drive is all wrong, C should be all the way on the left, then D.

There`s nothing wrong with having 4 Primaries, just don`t try to make any more.
How can I fix my drive ? are there any tools that can 'move' partitions or I will have to format ?
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10 May 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Partition Wizard bootable disk is an excellent tool. Download it and burn it to a disk, then boot from it.

https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=b0a22...89320E3247!215

It's "pw422" at the above link.

You can certainly add that 101 mb to D with Partition Wizard.

I'm not sure how alarmed I would be with the C drive showing to the far right and frankly don't know if Partition Wizard can do anything about that. Windows Disk Management is just a visual representation of your hard drive and can't be taken too literally.
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10 May 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

You can also add the 101mb to C as shown in How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

We could also show you how to resize D from the left to make enough space to copy C in front of D, then delete the old C and slide all the other partitions over to the right. But this would likely require repairs to start C again.

So I'd wait to reinstall in order to put C in the more desirable space on the left hand side of the drive closer to the disk reader.

When you're ready to do that let us know and we will give you the steps.
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10 May 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I cannot see how partition wizard would allow you to add the 101MB partition to C. It's easy to extend D to incorporate the 101MB partition.
A problem with the OS being at the end is that it is probably on the inner tracks of the HDD which are the slower tracks. I'd move it to the left. The most straightforward way is to do a clean install. Alternatively, you could use Macrium Reflect to image your partitions, then reimage C to the left. This could be a bit involved if you aren't comfortable with Macrium Reflect.
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10 May 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

The new Partition Wizard Extend function allows you to borrow or extend into any unused space on the same disk whether it is adjacent or not, Logical or Primary. A very cool tool.

If you wish to apply a Macrium image to the front of the drive, PW can also resize D from the left to make space for it: Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.

Mark the old Win7 inactive and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times if necessary to boot the new image, then you can delete the old OS and use PW Resize function to grab and slide each Linux partition and D intact over to the right into the old Win7 space, extend new C to the right using PW Extend or Disk Mgmt Extend.

To do this you'd want the latest version of the Partition Wizard CD ISO burned to CD with Windows Image Burner, not the older version 4.2 which was linked earlier and is only needed to still convert Dynamic to Basic for free since that is now a paid feature.
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10 May 2014   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The new Partition Wizard Extend function allows you to borrow or extend into any unused space on the same disk whether it is adjacent or not, Logical or Primary. A very cool tool.
Thanks for pointing that out. Very nice capability.
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11 May 2014   #9
kanji32

 
 

Oh well, I decided to start clean and just save all my data to an external hdd and repartition my harddisk completely.
I'm sure your advice will come in handy sometime though. thanks ;]
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11 May 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

Look over the steps, tips, tools and methods which work best to get and keep perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are the same for retail.
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