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Windows 7: Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS


07 Sep 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 
Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

How to Recover the First Partition on a HDD Used by an Older Operating System into the New OS in a Dual Boot Configuration

Most dual or multi boot setups have an older Operating System (OS) like Windows XP in the first position on the...

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10 Sep 2010   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ok Joan. Please let us know how it goes, or if you have any other questions.

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11 Sep 2010   #11
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

OK better put an answer here, I already put a post in the Chillout room praising Ted but I should have answered here first I think

Everything went very well and Ted's tutorial was very easy to follow and made the whole experience a dream from start to finish, thank you Ted.

I downloaded a new copy of the ISO for Partition Wizard, thank you Shawn, burnt that to CD then just followed Ted's very detailed instructions.
Working with Partition Wizard was faultless, the longest time taken was the stage wiping the Vista partition, that took just over an hour, but it was wiping and writing zeros to a 158.75 GB partition, so I think that was OK.

I thought I was going to get peace and quiet to do this operation but the family came round this morning then while things were happening I was backwards and forwards watching the F1 qualifying session then had to stop for lunch but I got there and I now have a system where the OS is at the beginning of the drive and I don't have a dual boot machine, I'm very happy.

Thanks again Ted for all your work on making this tutorial so easy to understand and follow.
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11 Sep 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Joan.



I'm very pleased to have been a help to you and I'm glad you had no issues, thank you again for the kind words and for the update on the situation.
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11 Sep 2010   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Joan. Great tutorial Ted.
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11 Sep 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thank you Shawn!
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12 Sep 2010   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Nice one, BFK.
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12 Sep 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thank you Ray!
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29 Sep 2010   #17
lisior

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Hope you can help me...

I got very excited when I saw this tutorial, but now am at a dead end. In your example your Windows 7 partition is "Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition". In my case it says "Boot, Page File, Logical Drive" and upon right clicking on it I don't have an option to "Mark Partition as Active". What do you think is happening here and is my only option to format the HDD to get rid of Windows XP partition and reinstall Window 7? Help!
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30 Sep 2010   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello lisior.








It is because the Windows 7 partition is a "Logical" and no Windows can boot independently from a logical partition; have a look at Option Four in this tutorial at the link below to see if you can mark the partition as "Primary" and then finish recovering the space.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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01 Oct 2010   #19
lisior

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thank you. This part worked. The part that did not worked is that after resizing Windows 7 partition to include spare formerly occupied by Windows 7 partition to the left and 8MB of unallocated space to the right (as per instructions in your tutorial), after booting all I got wasa blue desktop indicating that this copy of Windows 7 is not genuine... suffice to say I do have an original OEM version of the installaton disk and am in the process of installing Windows 7 from the scrach as we speak... so I'll recover the space I wanted just not looking forward to reinstalling every piece of software I had... in other words, results are less than satisfactory in my case... glad it worked for the others
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