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Windows 7: How to delete/extend partition

25 Oct 2009   #1
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 
How to delete/extend partition

I have 4 partitions on my notebook.
C: is Win7 32-bit
D: is Vista 32-bit
E: is Win7 64-bit
F: is Data.

I now want to get rid of the Vista partition and give its sectors to the Win7 64-bit.

I tried shrinking the Vista partiton, but the extend option is greyed out for WIn7 64-bit.

How do I remove Vista and have it deleted from the boot manager setup?
Then how do I extend the Win7 64-bit into the, now empty, Vista partition?


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25 Oct 2009   #2
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Hi dougham, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Go to the Tutorials section of the forum; there might be sometime there that can help you with your problem. Also you might take a look at programs like Partition Magic, or some other partitioning program to help you with your situation. Also be careful not to erase you MBR. Good Luck.
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25 Oct 2009   #3
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

I can help you if you post a screenshot of disk management. It's quite easy to do but I need to know which is your system partition with boot files. If D: is system, we need to move the boot files to another location first. Simple also.

Also, are you booting to the different operating systems with a boot choice screen or by changing bios default boot device?
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25 Oct 2009   #4
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

What backup strategy do you have in place ? ?
Re-sizing partitions does not always go as planned...
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25 Oct 2009   #5
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Brink has an excellent tutorial on this -=> here
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25 Oct 2009   #6
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

As Lee and Tews said, there are some good tutorilas on this:

Partition or Volume - Extend

and

Partition or Volume - Create New

And, as Patio said, make SURE you have backed up any data you want on ALL the partitons. I did a "simple" resize on an XP machine and lost the XP partition. Of course, since it was such a simple operation, I hadn't backed up the XP stuff. Not a fun day.
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25 Oct 2009   #7
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
I can help you if you post a screenshot of disk management. It's quite easy to do but I need to know which is your system partition with boot files. If D: is system, we need to move the boot files to another location first. Simple also.

Also, are you booting to the different operating systems with a boot choice screen or by changing bios default boot device?
I agree - if the original poster can give us a screenshot of the disk layout now we can help move the boot records. If the boot record is on the Vista partition, Disk Management won't allow it to be deleted, or much of anything.
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26 Oct 2009   #8
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 

Layout is as I wrote in initial post. C then D then E then F.

I shrank D then used partition wizard, as suggested by responder, to extend E back into the space released.
I now want to delete the Vista partition, D:.
I don't know how to tell bootmgr that D: has gone. Obviously the drive letters may change too.

VistaBootPro shows Entry 1 - Win 7 on C, Entry 2 - Win 7 64-bit on E:, Entry 3
- Vista on D:.
Is there a way to boot into Vista and tell it to remove itself, so that it edits bcd correctly?

As for backup ALL my data is on F:, is backed up manually every day, but also has a scheduled task that backs up at 2am. Backup is to an external disk. I have tested backup completely by doing a full restore when I changed 250GB drive to 500GB.
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26 Oct 2009   #9
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Please post the screenshot so we are sure of your setup. As I said, if Vista partition contains boot files, we will have to throw some commands at Windows. And you will have to set a different partition as active.
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01 Nov 2009   #10
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 
Scrren shot

Sorry for the delay.
Here is the Disk Managment screen shot.
C = Win 7
D = Vista
E = Win7 64-bit
F = Data.

I'd like to delete the Vista partition (D:) and remove it from the startup boot.
I would also like to keep the drives as C, E and F, as all my links to my data on F: are built into C: and E:. However I can fix that manually myself.

Regards

Doug


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