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Windows 7: Merge boot and system partitions

28 Oct 2012   #11
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You should be able to convert from logical to primary with Partition Wizard bootable disk, the bottom item listed at this link:

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Download it and burn it to a disc and boot from the disc.


Then look here to get the system files onto C:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD


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28 Oct 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

I wrote out exactly how to do this above in Post 4. All you need to do is first add the step to convert C to Primary from the booted Partition Wizard bootable CD: How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

As it explains in the post, we arrived at using Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times because it is the only method which preserves the Repair Console on F8 Advanced Boot Tools by rewriting the System Boot Files just as it's done during Install.
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28 Oct 2012   #13
ofird

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks.
done both actions
Here's how it looks now:



note the only change is that "C" partition is marked as "Primary" and not "Logical"

Now - can I can "wipe" or "format" the D parition? and use it for something else as "non-system"?

I am afraid to do so, since its still marked as "system" and "active" (which "C" isnt) and I also get this warning from partition wizard before I click Apply on Wiping "D"

Quote:
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Warning
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This partition is system partition, wiping system partition may cause your computer to be unbootable!
Are you sure that you want to wipe this partition?
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&Yes &No
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Perhaps I should "format" and not "wipe"....? not sure
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28 Oct 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

You haven't even begun on the Steps I wrote out in Post 4.

They sequence how to move the System flag to Active C, then only after you know it's going to start deleting D and Resizing C into the space.
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28 Oct 2012   #15
ofird

win 7 64 bit
 
 

@Greg


I didnt see your response (we probably posted together) therefore wasnt sure what you meant by "step 4", now its clear - I have my "C" as primary and will commence with your steps.


In regards to the Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - is this process necessary for me if I plan to upgrade my windows 7 to 8 tonight (i.e. dont mind the recovery options)
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28 Oct 2012   #16
ofird

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Ok guys - progress
I was able to do the required steps and have a much better configuration now - C is System and Boot (I didnt run the Recovery 3 times though, it just booted).

The only issue now is that I have this 8 MB partition at the begining of the disk which I couldnt get rid of during the process



What can be done to merge it with "C"? (it didnt work via PW when I tried it)
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28 Oct 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

PW should have been able to delete the partition to resize into the space. If not it's not worth bothering with.

Why are you downgrading to Win8? Does the system have touch screen to use the wall of buttons?
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29 Oct 2012   #18
ofird

win 7 64 bit
 
 

I will let it go then...how can I "hide" it?

Windows 8 new Metro UI is great (after you get used to it) even for non-touch. It also seemlesly integrates with all your online social networks and works much faster than W7

I also purchased it for the promotional price of 15$ - so what the heck.
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29 Oct 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

Remove the drive letter to hide the partition: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
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29 Oct 2012   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
It also seemlesly integrates with all your online social networks
If that is all you are using a your machine for - then win8 is alright for that - not for doing anything constructive/productive. It was designed to get the unsuspecting into the MS clouds - then they will introduce their subscription service.

Quote:
works much faster than Windows 7
Not that I can notice.

Perhaps you are comparing a fresh clean install of win8 - with an old install of win7 - with lots of programs , bloatware, etc. A new install will always appear snappier than one you have had for a while.


Quote:
I also purchased it for the promotional price of 15$
Yes, exactly - why do you think they are practically giving it away?

Because they are going to reap benefits from you further down the line.
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