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Windows 7: Merging System Partition With Main Partition

28 Jun 2015   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709

Where did you get your Windows 7 DVD from??

Did it come from Microsoft??

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28 Jun 2015   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's an OEM that came with my computer.
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28 Jun 2015   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Alright, I guess your 4TB is still in the system? Can you remove it please? Just unplug power cable. Only DVD and your OS drive.

You can read about it here:
This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the - Microsoft Community
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28 Jun 2015   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

No I removed it ages ago like I said.
I'm looking at a software called "Easy Recover Essentials" which was linkd on the EasyBCD website. Does anybody have any experience with it? Sadly it isn't free .
Thanks for the help,
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28 Jun 2015   #15


I don't know why you would remove the System Reserved partition which was working fine and only needed the unnecessary drive letter removed. This was asking for trouble and completely unnecessary.

There was nothing indicated that required moving the boot manager to C, and certainly not reclaiming the tiny 100mb space from deleted System Reserved into C because there is always a risk from resizing on the boot sector. Even if you used PW bootable disk which will not fail, it may require Startup Repairs to start, and if you used the Windows edition resizing may have failed and scrambled the install - all again a completely unnecessary risk for an apparently imaginary problem.

So try booting into the Win7 disk to confirm C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to see if it will boot again.

If not then from the booted Win7 DVD see if your files are intact and then rescue them to external HD by following Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Then do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 deleting all partitions and this time ignoring the perfectly harmless System Reserved partition which makes no difference whatsoever whether you have it or not.
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28 Jun 2015   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709

Greg is it possible the the Disc sevenben is referring to is a B/S disc from the computer manufacture and not a Windows 7 DVD and does that matter?
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28 Jun 2015   #17


They way I read it Jack this is his own retail Ultimate disk used to install the OS.

The first error he reports of wrong version of Recovery options often requires some reboots of the PC usually accomplished by trying and failing to run it.

The last error he reports means the disk is being bypassed and trying to boot the hard drive.

Check the condition of the disk for scratches and dirt requiring washing and drying it with a soft cloth.

Where did you get the disk? Did you burn it yourself and if so, how? What was the ISO source? Do you have access to another for that version, or can you burn a System Repair Disk on another 64 bit Windows 7 PC?
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28 Jun 2015   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

In future please can you read the whole thread before passing judgement gregrocker.
The system reserved partition wasn't there before I initialized my new hard dive - I made a point of making it that way when I installed Windows.
And anyway; I successfully moved everything onto C leaving just a 100mb empty partition (and ran startup repair 3 seperate times).
It was when I deleted that empty partition and extended C to again include that 100mb of space that I had problems. I knew it may require Startup Repairs after doing that and that's exactly what I attempted to do. The first time after deleting the 100mb I was able to load the System Recovery Console but it didn't detect my windows. Since then I've been unable to load it.
As stated, all my files are intact. A reformat is not an option and won't ever be an option. I don't have an external hard drive to back any files up onto anyway - that was why I bought this 4tb internal hard drive. I was going to move files from my full external hard drive onto it.
From what I read having the system reserved 100mb partition hurts system performance hence why I didn't want it there in the first place.
I do appreciated you taking the time to try and help me but if you read the whole thread you could have been a lot more helpful.

The disc is not a B/S disc. It is an OEM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 DVD. Admittedly it doesn't have Service Pack 1 on but that has never caused any problems before and the disc is certainly not the problem here.

I just ran the Partition Recovery Wizard with Partition Wizard Free and it found 4 lost/deleted partitions that are labelled "Boot". They are 3.01 MB each. Sadly they are dated 2005 :S. Didn't even have my computer then and the hard drive wasn't even released then so IDK what they are .

Does anybody have any suggestions on what to try next? Isn't there some software such as the one I mentioned above that fixes these sorts of problems?

Thanks for all the help,

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28 Jun 2015   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's bypassing booting from the disc because I changed the BIOS to just try and boot from my hard drive.
I can make a system recovery disk from this 7 x64 Home Premium PC. I'll do that now.

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28 Jun 2015   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709

Thanks Greg.

That was the reason for my post # 11

Then I don't understand post # 12.

I'm thinking it would be helpful to know exactly what disc is being used and where/how it was come by.
It might be a manufacture recovery disc or the such.

It would also be handy to know exactly what kind of computer we are working with.

@ sevenben please use this tutorial to fill in your (My System Specs)

System Info - See Your System Specs
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