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Windows 7: Disk partition shrink & expand

09 Mar 2011   #21
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

That link is dead but there should be nothing there to boot Windows, everything needed is contained in the big Windows 7 partition.


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09 Mar 2011   #22
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 



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09 Mar 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

Before you wipe the OEM partition or mess with the Recovery partition, answer these questions:

1) Do you use any of the factory utilities which the manufacturer put on the computer? Look in All Programs under then manufacturer's name to see what is likely on the OEM partition. For example, do you use an HP Wireless Connection manager instead of Win7 wireless?

If you don't use any of the manufacturer's named utilities then you can wipe the OEM partition.

2) Have you made your Recovery Disks? Does the Recovery Partition run when you attempt to run it from All Programs? Will it cue up and offer Recovery Options? Can you boot it using the key given to Run Recovery from boot?

If your Recovery Partition won't run and/or you've already made your Recovery disks, then you can risk shrinking or wipe the Recovery partition.

You can also wipe it if you want to instead save externally a Win7 backup image of your current installation and use that for Recovery: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If you have any further questions to help answer these then ask back.
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09 Mar 2011   #24
gregrocker

 

Hi Ted, I'm missing where it's discussed that he overwrote Recov with Win7. Was that in another thread?

It's also good to confirm he doesn't use factory utiltiies as he may lose something he's using if he deletes OEM partition.

To make a useable screenshot of your OEM partition contents, use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, then attach the file it creates using Paper Clip in Reply box.
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09 Mar 2011   #25
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi Ted, I'm missing where it's discussed that he overwrote Recov with Win7. Was that in another thread?

It's also good to confirm he doesn't use factory utiltiies as he may lose something he's using if he deletes OEM partition.

To make a useable screenshot of your OEM partition contents, use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, then attach the file it creates using Paper Clip in Reply box.

Hello Greg, my apologies mate, I think I'm confusing this thread and another, I have deleted my previous post.
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09 Mar 2011   #26
gregrocker

 

No prob. I know which thread you're talking about because I confused them myself yesterday.
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09 Mar 2011   #27
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, Sent another screen shot of OEM at my last post, which was posted. I do not use any Dell factory utilities. I have a complete disk back-up on external drive, done this morning. If after looking at screen shot you feel I don't need the small OEM to left of C, will proceed to follow instruction to wipe OEM and D recovery. Will then post back per instructions when this part completed. When I am totally finished, OEM partition will be gone as well the D partition, leaving just the whole disk as C, correct? Thanks for all your time and help. Hope things go as planned.
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09 Mar 2011   #28
gregrocker

 

Please click on your links so you can see that there is no screenshot of OEM partition contents.

Unhide hidden files in Control Panel>Folders Options>View.

Now in Disk Management rightclick OEM partition, see if you can Explore it. If not, assign it a letter then open it in Computer.

If you have Partition Wizard you should be able to rightclick Explore it without drive letter.

Use Snipping TOol in Start Menu to capture maximized window with all files shown. Attach using paper clip in Reply box.
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09 Mar 2011   #29
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

HI, I was able to show hidden files from control panel, but don't don't know how to open OEM partition folder. Thanks for trying to help me. Per your instructions, since not able to do this I will quit trying, as seems over my head. Thanks again, sorry to have wasted your time.
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09 Mar 2011   #30
gregrocker

 

It's not a waste of time, we are glad to help you. This is how you learn.

If you have Partiiton Wizard you can rightclick on OEM partition to Explore it.

In Disk Management you'll need to rightclick on OEM partition, see if you can Explore it on rightclick context menu. If not, assign it a letter long enough to open it from Computer.

Have you made your Recovery Disks yet?
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