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Windows 7: Windows 7 Partition Question

08 Jul 2009   #1
FrapsChannel

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 Partition Question

Hi there,

so I have Windows 7 RC. I love it, and I want to delete my Vista partition so I can have the space from that partition.
Now the vista partition is the system partition, and windows 7 is a boot partition. If I delete the vista partition, will Windows 7 work?

And, if not. I have an image of my Windows 7 partition (backup) on a hard drive. Can I reformat my hard drive and then restore the image? Will that work? So only Windows 7 is on my hard drive?

By the way, Nice forum!

Thanks!


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08 Jul 2009   #2
DJG

 

You should be able to delete the Vista partition without affecting Win 7. In fact, do it from Win 7 - it will tell you if it doesn't like you deleting it.

I've restored my Win 7 image backups to different partitions and even different controllers. You may have to run the Win 7 installation DVD and do a startup repair, so make sure you have it available.
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08 Jul 2009   #3
FrapsChannel

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Thanks for reply, but how do I delete the partition?
'Delete volume' and 'format' is not highlighted on the vista partition and I cannot click on it.
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08 Jul 2009   #4
DJG

 

Ahh! I realize now you mentioned the Vista partition is the system partition, which means that's where the boot manager is, and why it isn't allowing you to delete it.

I would then boot from the Win 7 install DVD, tell it you want to install, go through the motions of a new clean install until you get to the part where you choose where to install it. Use the advanced features to delete the Vista partition. Then just cancel the install, boot again from the DVD since there will be no boot mgr on disk, and go to startup repair instead of install now. It should install a new boot manager on the current Win 7 partition.
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08 Jul 2009   #5
FrapsChannel

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Excellent, will that delete ANY data on my Windows 7 partition, or is it safe? Thanks.
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08 Jul 2009   #6
FrapsChannel

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Oh, and because the image of my Windows 7 partition is not a boot partition, will that image not restore itself correctly if any disaster happened?
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08 Jul 2009   #7
DJG

 

Image won't be a problem. Again worst case scenario is you run the startup repair from the dvd. I would create a new Win 7 backup image once you have gone through the cycle above and get the boot mgr installed in the Win 7 partition, and that will save having to go through the startup repair if you do restore again.

And no, deleting the Vista partition won't affect the Win 7 partition.
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08 Jul 2009   #8
FrapsChannel

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Ok, so I have to put my install DVD in at boot, then install, go to advanced, delete vista partition, then restart, then boot from DVD again, go to repair disc, then restart after that and all should be fine.
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08 Jul 2009   #9
DJG

 

That's about it! Make sure you chose Startup Repair from the DVD, and let it do its thing.

Edit: Check your BIOS boot options to make sure the Win 7 drive is the choice.
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08 Jul 2009   #10
FrapsChannel

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Thank you, it worked!!

BUT one problem.. I wanted the unused space from the Vista partition to go onto my Windows 7 partition, but all it has done is made a new partition.

Can I somehow merge that partition with my Windows 7 one so it has more space? Windows 7 partition is running out of GB.
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