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Windows 7: Disk partition shrink & expand

09 Mar 2011   #31
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi gregrocker!!!! I will download Partition Wizard now, as will need to do tis task if you feel I can do it. It just came to me that we may going through hoops on this part for nothing. This is a 1 1/2 yr. old Dell laptop that came with Vista x64 installed. I did a clean install and put Win7 x64 on it. Since the OEM and D recovery came when Vista was installed at Dell is it possible these are not needed anyway, given that I now have Win7.


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09 Mar 2011   #32
gregrocker

 

You need to ask yourself how likely it is you might want to sell or give away the computer with its native Vista restored, so that you can keep your retail Win7 to use on another machine (unless you bought retail OEM which becomes locked to the motherboard first installed upon).

You cannot make your Vista Recovery disks off the partition now anyway since Win7 has replaced Vista, and its possible the Recovery Partition will not run. You can cue it up now from boot to see if it will respond, but don't actually run Recovery: http://support.dell.com/support/topi...&isLegacy=true

If you don't have the Recovery Disks your options later if you want to restore Vista are to order the Recovery Disks from Dell, or find or borrow a Vista installer to reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker.

So weigh this all out and decide whether you want to keep the Recovery Partition on the chance that it might run if later needed. The OEM partition is no longer used with the Win7 install. If you decide you want to recover the space from those two partitions into Win7, then follow the steps given by BareFootKid and we wll be here to help you along the way.
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09 Mar 2011   #33
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, Thanks for concise reply. Don't care about reinstall of Vista. If I give it to my daughters I would totally erase the drive anyway. Since OEM and D are useless to me, will proceed to wipe OEM and D. Will post back per BareFootKid"s informative post. Thanks will get back when ready to delete partitions.
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09 Mar 2011   #34
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Remember to post back here to keep us informed.
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09 Mar 2011   #35
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, Hi so far so good!!!! Here is screen capture after wiping OEM & D Recovery. Guess next step to get rid of these 2 partitions.Disk partition  shrink & expand-capture.png


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09 Mar 2011   #36
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

In Windows disk management, right click each in turn and click delete to create unallocated space;
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09 Mar 2011   #37
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, I did as directed. D recovery shows as unallocated, when I try to do it to OEM partition won't let me do it, only litle help box comes up. so far C has not moved into unallocated space. I restarted the computer but no change. The OEM is only 39MB so not that big a deal, although don't know it didn't work, maybe locked some how. Now need to move C to unallocated space. See screen shot. Thanks for helping me.Disk partition  shrink & expand-capture.png


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09 Mar 2011   #38
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Use Partition Wizard to wipe the OEM first, then use PW to delete it
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09 Mar 2011   #39
burnnoticefan

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, That worked perfect, OEM gone. Can't delete D recovery as this feature is not highlighted Partition Wizard. Cpuld not find if this can be done in Disk Management. I just have to delete this D partition and should be done. See screen capture.Disk partition  shrink & expand-capture.png


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09 Mar 2011   #40
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Before this next step restart Windows 7 to make sure all programs are closed before you continue.

Now in PW right click the Windows 7 partition and click Resize in the dialog box that opens click to drag the slider all the way to the left, then Apply and Yes, if you are using the installed version of PW it may need to restart, just let it do as it needs.

It may take a while to complete, just relax and let it work.
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