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Windows 7: partitioning problem

11 Feb 2011   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could make a system recovery usb - that would contain just the windows 7 system recovery ( repair) options - quite easily.

However , you cannot use that to install ( or reinstall ) windows.

It should also be possible to make a usb that can reinstall windows from the files you already have on your recovery partition.

1. What is the make and model of your machine?

2. Please post a screenshot of the contents of the recovery partition.

If it's an HP machine there is probably already a program on there which will do it for you.


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11 Feb 2011   #12
dumborambo

windows 7 starter 32 bit
 
 

its Hp mini 110 series.......
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11 Feb 2011   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

HP Mini 110-3000 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk - c01890478 - HP Business Support Center

You will need quite a big flash drive - 16gb.




[Anybody seen any suggestions from oem's to put the recovery media on an external hd ?

It should be doable.]
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11 Feb 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

If Starter has Win7 backup imaging then save a backup image along with your files to an external drive or another computer on your network.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Then follow Barefoot's steps to convert your partition using PW Home Edition.

We've never had PW fail in hundreds of tricky operations we've helped with here.

But if it should, just reimage your HD to start over. System Image Recovery
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11 Feb 2011   #15
dumborambo

windows 7 starter 32 bit
 
 

i have done exactly as you told me and i have been able to make a drive out of my LOGICAL C drove......but i can not change my unallocated part to logical drive OR to a simple volume.....when i click on simple volume it gives me the error disk already contains maximum number of partitions.....WHAT DO I DO NOW? heres a screenshot from my partition wizard


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11 Feb 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Use the Create choice showing available on the rightclick Context menu in your screenshot. Create and label as many logical partition(s) of any size as you want.
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11 Feb 2011   #17
dumborambo

windows 7 starter 32 bit
 
 

well gregrocker i did not do as you said rather i first changed back the c logical drive to primary drive....then extended my c drive back to its original size....then again converted to logical and then made partitions from the free space i got out of my logical drive....is that right way? heres a screen shot of what i got in the end


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11 Feb 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

Well it worked!

No reason to convert Logical back to Primary once you had Logical C: and Unallocated Space as shown in your previous screenshot. You should be able to Create as many Logical Partiitions in the space as you please, Resize C forward or back, etc.

Here are some tips for cleaning up the HP bloatware and useless factory utiltiies which have much better versions built into Win7: HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions

Now that you're a partitioning ace, you may want to consider finding a Win7 Installation DVD for your version to clean reinstall with the Product Key on your COA sticker. This lets Win7 run free and unhindered by the HP lard. re-install windows 7
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12 Feb 2011   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Well, we now know the free home version of Partition Wizard installed to Windows 7 will convert an Extended/Logical drive to a Primary partition without having to boot the CD.

In the further experimenting I did with this scenario, it was necessary to use PW to create the additional Logical drive(s) once the original Extended partition was created, Windows 7 disk management would not do it.



Hello again dumborambo.

You did an excellent job of it, well done; I'm glad we could help you get what you needed.
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12 Feb 2011   #20
dumborambo

windows 7 starter 32 bit
 
 

I am very grateful to you BAREFOOT KID and GREGROCKER for helping me out through this forum.my best wished and prayers with you people. May you enjoy all the blessings of your god
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