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Windows 7: Win7 & Vista

06 Jun 2011   #1
marciokoko

win7 32bit
 
 
Win7 & Vista

On my dell xps1330 i had vista that came with my pc.

I created a secondary partition when win7 came out and installed it on it. But the partition I had Vista on was very small, so now i cant even install office on it. So i want to erase the old, vista, original, primary partition and fuse it to my secondary, new, win7 partition. But from win7 I cannot format or erase the vista one. Disk Manager wont let me.

Hlp pls


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06 Jun 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Partiton or Volume Extend. Try this tutorial. There is a link in it for Partition Wizard home Ed which may be helpful.
The Vista partition can't be marked as active.
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06 Jun 2011   #3
marciokoko

win7 32bit
 
 
It won't let me delete the partition

Yes but when I go into disk management, and select the vista partition and right click, the Delete option is greyed out.

The vista partition reads System, Page File, primary, healthy.

The win7 partition reads boot, crash dump, healthy, primary.

A third partition is empty.
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07 Jun 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Post a snip of your disk management expanded.
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07 Jun 2011   #5
marciokoko

win7 32bit
 
 
disk management

here is the screenshot


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07 Jun 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Click Properties and see if you can format the volume. Then remove the drive letter, and try my first suggestion.
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08 Jun 2011   #7
marciokoko

win7 32bit
 
 
Format Option Greyed Out

If you can see in the picture, the Format & delete options are greyed out! I cant.
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08 Jun 2011   #8
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marciokoko View Post
If you can see in the picture, the Format & delete options are greyed out! I cant.
I'll let the experts give you a definite answer but I suspect it might be because it is at the beginning of the drive, I don't see a system reserved either so your MBR is probably in that partition since it was the original OS.
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08 Jun 2011   #9
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The vista partition is the system partition which means it contains the boot files, thats why disk management wont let you finger it. Use this tut to mark the win7 partition active.

Partition - Mark as Active

Reboot, windows wont boot because the win7 partition doesnt contain the required files. So now boot from the install dvd or a system repair disk and run startup repair upto 3 times with reboots.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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08 Jun 2011   #10
marciokoko

win7 32bit
 
 

Ok, lemme ask you this. As you can see I have up to 2 more partitions, or rather, another partition and an un-allocated space. Could I just add those 2 to my win7 partition to make it bigger and leave the vista(D partition untouched?
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