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Windows 7: Windows repair can only find 1 partition with 3gb?

30 Mar 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

See if this will get you to the data.

How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista


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30 Mar 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm going to put this here in case it's needed after you get the data out, the wipe can be run to create unallocated space that can then be formatted for an install and it will be converted to a Basic disk in the process.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the first link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If you don't want to wipe the entire HDD, you can do a partition-specific wipe of the Windows partition using the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) have a look at Option Three in the tutorial at this link below.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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30 Mar 2011   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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30 Mar 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

Thanks SIW, I have replaced the 'other' link with this one.
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30 Mar 2011   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Have you done it yet Dabrenn?
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30 Mar 2011   #16
Dabrenn

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I haven't attempted it yet, i will tomorrow but thank you so much for all the help. I'll definitely let you guys know how it works out =)
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31 Mar 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

After the operation the drive letters may need changing
Read the final paragraph here:
How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

Normally the installed (Home, mini tool) is preferred for this conversion when you can still boot into Windows. Unfortunately you cannot boot into Windows so you need to be aware of the partition letter issue.
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31 Mar 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

Thanks for the link Michael.

When the OS drive letter slips during reimaging or repairs, the tool to use to change it back to the correct letter is FREE Rescue Kit Express | PARAGON Software Group

Boot the Paragon CD, select Normal Mode, then Boot Corrector.

Correct drive letters in the system registry.
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31 Mar 2011   #19
Dabrenn

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ok, soooo whenever i try to convert the dynamic disk to it says that "Failed to convert the specified dynamic disk to basic"

and the rescue kit free edition won't boot all the way

i am confused
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31 Mar 2011   #20
gregrocker

 

Are you trying to copy out your files using the Rescue Kit CD? You'd only need to change drive letter back if it slips during the conversion operation as suggested by Michael earlier.

Try copying out your files if needed this way: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console - Windows 7 Forums

I'd wait for SIW2 to advise you on any other options or workarounds.
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