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Windows 7: Merge boot and system partitions

01 Dec 2012   #21
adavydov7

W7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@gregrocker: I am in the same boat as this guy, except my system is a laptop with no CD drive. How do I go about reassigning my C: drive as active and primary before proceeding with copying the system files to it? Thanks!


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01 Dec 2012   #22
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition and exactly what you want to do with each.
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01 Dec 2012   #23
adavydov7

W7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If you look at those two screens they are just like the OPs. C drive is set as Boot/Logical while D partition is set as System/Primary. I would like to merge the D partition with C but don't have a CD drive in my laptop in order to run the Partition Wizard Bootable CD.


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01 Dec 2012   #24
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What I have to ask is, why is the system reserved partition 14.75 GBs ?
14.74 Gbs of wasted space.
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01 Dec 2012   #25
adavydov7

W7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I stared out with a 14gb Recovery Partition, 100mb System Partition, 215gb C Partition, and 8gb Hibernation Partition. I was able to merge the 215gb C and 8gb Hibernation partition (which is now C). I then merged the Recovery Partition and System Partition and assigned it a drive letter so that space could be usable (albeit as a different drive). Now I have two partitions with all usable space, but I just like the look and feel of a single partition so I was seeing what my options were. So, based on what I have read you think its best to just leave it as is and not worth the trouble since all the space is already usable? Thanks for your input!
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01 Dec 2012   #26
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

With 238 GBs that`s a tough call, you could split it in 2.

1 150 GB partition and a 88 GB partition to store data and a system image on. You would have to do what Greg said in order to acheive this. You could use Partition Wizard, installed on the pc, but I would ask Greg if this safe, as we always boot from the PW Boot cd to alter partitions.

C: has to be made PRIMARY 1st ( very important )

You do not have a disc drive to run the Windows 7 disc to run startup repair to get windows booting again. But as mentioned it can be run from a usb stick, but I have yet to test it with a stick, never had to.

I would just shrink the system reserved partition ( E: in this case ) to 100 MBs, get rid of it`s letter, and be done with it.

Also, do you have the recovery files still on the C: partition ? They are probably useless now and can be deleted. Check with Greg on this to be sure.
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01 Dec 2012   #27
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What I have to ask is, why is the system reserved partition 14.75 GBs ?
14.74 Gbs of wasted space.
Fort some reason he put the System back, OEM reserve, with the Win Sys reserve partition.

I'd start from scratch. But that's just me.
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01 Dec 2012   #28
gregrocker

 

If it were 100mb I'd say leave it alone but 15gb is more space than I'd want to waste under any circumstances.

First convert C to Primary using Easeus (if it has the option) or Partition Wizard: How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

Next mark C Active so the Repair function knows where to write the System boot files: How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

Now boot into the Win7 installer to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until C wears the System Active labels. The installer and tool to write to flash stick is in Step 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Once C is labeled System Active you can delete the SysReserved partition using PW boot CD which is safest to Resize C to the left into the deleted space. Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.
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02 Dec 2012   #29
adavydov7

W7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay EaseUS wouldn't let me convert to Primary so I DLed PW and converted C to Primary, however when I went on to the next step (mark C active) the Set Active command is grayed out. Is this because the System Reserved Partition (E) is also still marked as Primary? Also as a result of setting C as primary the status of both partitions changed. C is now showing as System and E is showing as Active & Boot. I've attached a screen grab for ease of reference.


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02 Dec 2012   #30
gregrocker

 

PW reverses the label meaning with System being the currently booted partition while Boot is where the System files reside.

Try applying the step to convert to Primary if you haven't. Then try setting C to Active using PW or in Disk Mgmt. Remember it will not start until you run up to 3 separate Startup Repairs from disk.

This is why we don't delete SysReserved until we know C will boot itself.
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