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Windows 7: Deleting Partitions.

02 Aug 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Even if the Dell CDs do not work, you can protect yourself with images. This way you can avoid reinstallations - it is a lot easier. ( see my post #5 point C above).


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02 Aug 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK, here's the link to the bootable Partition Wizard CD that can be used to finish what you want to do, just be sure to have back-ups of anything you don't want to lose just in case.


Partition Wizard Bootable CD





This doesn't really cover all of what you want to do but it'll give you some ideas.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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02 Aug 2010   #13
supermati

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
OK, here's the link to the bootable Partition Wizard CD that can be used to finish what you want to do, just be sure to have back-ups of anything you don't want to lose just in case.


Partition Wizard Bootable CD





This doesn't really cover all of what you want to do but it'll give you some ideas.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
Thanks Bare Foot, thanks whs. Thanks everybody. I'll try this out later in the day or maybe tommorrow.

Just one more little thing, it is completely ok for me to format the D drive right now?
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02 Aug 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote:
Just one more little thing, it is completely ok for me to format the D drive right now?




As long as you're sure you have no further need of that data.
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02 Aug 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

You can wipe the Recov Partition since you have the disks to restore Vista in case you want to sell the computer since you must keep your MSDN Win7.

Do any of the Dell utilities work now? If not, you can delete the OEM partition at the same time since you will most likely need to repair the MBR anyway when you recover the Recovery Partition space into Win7.

Keep in mind that the best way to do all of this is when reinstalling Win7, by zeroing the HD first. However with our favorite tool here, free Partition Wizard bootable CD, you can zero partitions piecemeal following these steps:

Back up files and a Win7 backup image externally. Boot PW CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick OEM>Wipe Partition, OK. Rightclick Recov Partition>Wipe Partition, OK.

Now right click Win7 partition>Resize, grab left grey border to slide it all the way to the left side of HD, over the OEM and Recov deleted space, OK. Apply all steps.

Win7 will likely not boot now. Boot 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.

I always run chkdsk after doing this to check the file system, but there is almost never any problem.
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02 Aug 2010   #16
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Supermati,

Use Partition Wizard.
Delete any partitions you do not want.
Locate remaining partition(s) as you want them.

Before you do all of this,
1) make a system repair disk (VERY IMPORTANT)
2) Use Windows Backup & Restore to backup to an EXTERNAL USB drive. This way you will always be able to recover from a disaster.

That said I will also give some links to other backup/restore software.


CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums


DISK COPY/CLONE/PARTITION/BACKUP/RESTORE SOFTWARE


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


MACRIUM REFLECT
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

Macrium Reflect. A complete hard disk image and backup software solution for your PC. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file

PARAGON BACKUP AND RECOVERY SOFTWARE
Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview
Backup & Recovery Free Edition
Total PC Protection for Serious Users! Take complete control of your PCs safety. Based on solid commercial backup and recovery software from Paragon, the new Backup & Recovery Free Edition will give you a rich set of features that you can trust. Smart people backup; Backup & Recovery is smart backup.

EASEUS
EASEUS Disk Copy is a FREE reliable disaster recovery, hard disk copy, disk clone, partition copy, backup freeware. Support for all Hard Drive and removable drive.
EASEUS Disk Copy: Free Disk Copy, Disk Clone, Partition Copy Software. Sector by Sector for hard drive backup freeware.


WINDOWS 7
Backup & Restore (WIN | type back | Enter)
Disk Management (DiskMgmt.msc)
Disk Partitioning (DiskPart)
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03 Aug 2010   #17
supermati

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the big help guys.

I'm delaying my partition for today as I'm now having problems with my iPod touch (battery depleting on standby), so I have to backup a couple of files.

When I'm done with that, I'll burn the partition application and try it out.
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03 Aug 2010   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

All right mate, be sure to post back with an update.
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