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Windows 7: Extending volume

02 Aug 2010   #11
berkleysdad09

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Here, also, is a screenshot of my attempt to delete the Desktop Backup partition through Disk Part.




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02 Aug 2010   #12
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Currently your paging file is in the partition you desire to delete.

For the time being complete eliminate any paging. Shutdown your computer. Turn on your computer. Now with Disk Management you should be able to delete the partition.

Win + Pause/Break | in the left-hand pane, click on Advanced System Settings |

the ADVANCED tab will be selected automatically |
in the Performance Section, Click on Settings button |
choose the ADVANCED tab | in the Virtual Memory section, click on CHANGE button |
For each drive, Select the drive and click on the No Paging File radio button |
SET button | OK your way out

Go back again and make sure that you now have no paging file.

Now SHUTDOWN (nor restart)
PowerUp


Now you should be able to delete that partition/volume
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02 Aug 2010   #13
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Knew we had one.

Here's a fine tutorial on changing, etc the paging file.
Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums
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02 Aug 2010   #14
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The commands were entered incorrectly. Once you have Volume 1 selected simply type "clean" to see that removed. You will want to type help at the command line as well as refer to DiskPart

What most don't realize is that the commands entered for 7 differ slightly from those used for 2000, XP, Vista. Instead of select Disk 1 you would select Volume 1 and enter the clean command.

Regardless the main problem you face there however is later seeing the need to move the present C primary forward to the front of the drive. The images here will show how one drive was simply wiped clean using DiskPart to later see a brand new volume created on a secondary drive.

You can also opt to nuke the drive and create a new single primary faster but would then start off fresh with a clean install. Moving the C primary forward and then expanding it to fill the drive would be time consuming and if anything does go wrong you would end up nuking it just the same. A 3rd party drive tool will show where the recovery partition is while you are not able to see it in the Disk Management being hidden by design.


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02 Aug 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. This great new tutorial on it's use will show you how to delete the undesired partition, resize Win7 into its space: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Use Option One and just substitute your backup partition for the 100mb partition it is targeting. You can Resize on the right side too if you want to make room for a data partition.

Afterwards you'll likely need to repair the MBR: boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts.

Back up your files and a Win7 backup image externally before starting.

System Repair Disc - Create


Edit: I have typed the steps for doing exactly this operation over a hundred times but am now letting BarefootKid's tutorial take over. Let me know if you need any explication. I suddenly feel less useful.
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02 Aug 2010   #16
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Night Hawk,
The DiskPart Clean command is a disk level and not a volume level command.

DISKPART> help clean

Removes any and all partition or volume formatting from the disk with
focus.

Syntax: CLEAN [ALL]

ALL Specifies that each and every byte\sector on the disk is set to
zero, which completely deletes all data contained on the disk.

On master boot record (MBR) disks, only the MBR partitioning information
and hidden sector information are overwritten. On GUID partition table
(GPT) disks, the GPT partitioning information, including the Protective
MBR, is overwritten. If the ALL parameter is not used, the first 1MB
and the last 1MB of the disk are zeroed. This erases any disk formatting
that had been previously applied to the disk. The disk's state after
cleaning the disk is 'UNINITIALIZED'.

Example:

CLEAN
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02 Aug 2010   #17
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Night Hawk,
The DiskPart Clean command is a disk level and not a volume level command.

DISKPART> help clean

Removes any and all partition or volume formatting from the disk with
focus.

Syntax: CLEAN [ALL]

ALL Specifies that each and every byte\sector on the disk is set to
zero, which completely deletes all data contained on the disk.

On master boot record (MBR) disks, only the MBR partitioning information
and hidden sector information are overwritten. On GUID partition table
(GPT) disks, the GPT partitioning information, including the Protective
MBR, is overwritten. If the ALL parameter is not used, the first 1MB
and the last 1MB of the disk are zeroed. This erases any disk formatting
that had been previously applied to the disk. The disk's state after
cleaning the disk is 'UNINITIALIZED'.

Example:

CLEAN
If berkleysdad09 was simply prepping the drive for a fresh clean install to avoid contending with moving the C primary forward(time consuming) following the removal of the F storage partition presently in front of C the ideal world would say simply clean everything off to start over fresh if a 7 disk was onhand.

When you look at the 3rd image there you will notice where the cursor is pointing to as far as turning the drive made "raw" and offline back to being "online" there before proceeding any further. berkleysdad09 will still need a 3rd party program regardless to move C forward in order to expand it afterwards.
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04 Aug 2010   #18
berkleysdad09

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I was able to wipe the smaller partition into unallocated space, but am having trouble merging that space with the main partition. With Partition Magic, it won't let me merge those two partitions because I'm using the main partition by using the OS. I tried to create a bootable disk of PM, but for some reason I can't get it to boot before the OS starts. I've done everything in the BIOS that needs to be done. Any ideas?
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04 Aug 2010   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

berkeleysdad,

Do NOT use Partition Magic.

Use Partition Wizard.

PARTITION WIZARD (a favorite of many SevenForum contributors)
Free download partition magic, partition manager and partition wizard online.
Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software – Partition Wizard Online




Download the .ISO version and burn to a CD and then boot from the CD.


We've got a tutorial on Partition Wizard. Just don't know if it made it into the index yet.
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04 Aug 2010   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Be sure to go down that web page to you see the CD version. That's the one you want to be able to burn it to CD and boot from it.

I gave one to a friend just yesterday and he is well-pleased.
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