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Windows 7: Disk partition shrink & expand

07 Mar 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burnnoticefan View Post
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If you delete the Recovery Partition on a Win7 preinstalled rig you will lose the most stable way to recover to factory condition. You should have already made the Recovery Disks although they are not as reliable - but you can always order another set from manufacturer.

Most tech enthusiasts clean reinstall using a Win7 installer for their version to get rid of the factory bloatware programs and useless factory utilities which have better versions built into Win7. Then by saviing a Win7 backup image you have a better Recovery option and the Recov and OEM partitions can be deleted. re-install windows 7

You can also clean up your Win7 factory installation and save a backup image of it to use for Recovery: HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions

The best config for Dual Booting with Ubuntu is to use a second HD, unplug Win7 HD during install, then after install set preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, boot other HD using one-time BIOS boot menu key. This avoids having GRUB on the Win7 HD which can corrupt it.


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07 Mar 2011   #12
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Disk partition  shrink & expand-capture.png Hi, Thanks for your time & help. Yikes getting headache!! I have found a tool to burn Linux Mint to USB which I will do. I would like to just shrink D and then add this space to space to C if possible and if not to complicated. Hope this is possible and hope to put this problem to bed!! Again Thanks


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07 Mar 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

Recovery might not run if you shrink it using Disk mgmt, then use free Partition Wizard to Resize Win7 to the left to take up the space. I would be sure to make your Recovery Disks first, then after doing this cue up the Recovery to see if it is still able to offer up options for Factory Recovery. This still doesn't mean it will complete Recovery, though.
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07 Mar 2011   #14
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, Thanks for reply, guess best to leave things alone as certainly a non-teckkie. Too bad, 7gb of wasted space. oh well. Thanks for your time and expertise. Really appreciate your taking the time to try & help me. burnnoticefan
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07 Mar 2011   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


Here's a step-by-step of the process of recovering all the space to the left of the Windows 7 C: partition, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.
Skip Step One as The C: partition is already the Active partition.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS


Then you could create useable space to the right of the C: partition using Method One.

How to Shrink a Partition or Volume in Windows 7



Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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08 Mar 2011   #16
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi Bare Foot Kid(gotta love it): Thanks for your reply. I think this is over my head as far as doing. Will Win7 x64 Home Premium wipe clean the D partition in an easy way? I will put Linux Mint 10 in this space if possible. Can I wipe the Linux from D if I no longer want it? Will I have any problem booting machine in this config? I have plenty of storage with external drive and lots of USB sticks, so I guess gaining extra space is not a big deal. That is a first rate tutorial you put together. I am a complete non teckkie, push the button and it better work. Thanks again for a first rate response.
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09 Mar 2011   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you don't want to do this then don't and no one will think less of you but it is very easy to do.

It you want to do this, let's do it this way, download and install the Partition Wizard Home program from this link below to the big 283.40GB Windows 7 partition, open the program and right click the first small 39MB partition to highlight it then click Wipe then OK for the second dialog box that opens.

Partition Wizard Free Home Edition

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Then in the left pane Operations Pending column click Apply then Yes for the conformation dialog box, the wipe on this one will take about 3 seconds to complete.

Then close the PW program and restart Windows, if you are comfortable with that then do the same steps to the 14.65GB Recovery partition.

Once you have done that post back here with another snip of Windows 7 disk management and I'll give you the next steps.
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09 Mar 2011   #18
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, Thanks for your reply. This sounds easier, believe can handle this. Before I proceed, the small partition I am wiping, what is it?
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09 Mar 2011   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You can right click it in Windows disk management to view the contents, I'm not sure, something added by the PC manufacturer, the same with the "Recovery" partition that now has an OS on it, it was intended to be used to create the factory recovery disks, but that is not possible now.


After you wipe the small partition and you are back in the big Windows 7 partition ...

type msconfig in the Windows start menu search box and under the Boot tab, post a snip of that.
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09 Mar 2011   #20
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

https://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...1&d=1299681404 Here is what in OEM partition, anything I need for Win 7 & computer to run? Thanks
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