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Windows 7: Partition problem

11 Mar 2017   #11
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
As long as you only had the 100mb and C partition selected to make a system image out of the first would of been excluded
Then just create the recovery media cd/ flash drive and boot to it after cleaning the disk of all partitions
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Refect also has a add recovery to your boot menu options but with the recovery media created you can simply boot to it
Partition problem-reflect-selected-partitions.png




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11 Mar 2017   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Also the first partition you would want to select it and select delete so it would be unallocated space.
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11 Mar 2017   #13
buytick

win 7 32bit
 
 

Geez, isn't there an easier way to wipe the drive? Clonezilla? Gparted?
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11 Mar 2017   #14
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yes you can also create a mini cd and boot to it and clean it
Which adding a letter to the first partition was a mistake and never use A-B-C-D but mostly that partition needs to be deleted down to Unallocated space to be able to use it for C.
I'm still on version 9
Partition problem-minitool-bootable-cd.jpg


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11 Mar 2017   #15
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Here probably why you could not expand C to it as I said it needs to be Unallocated first

Partition problem-mini-tool-select-delete.png


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11 Mar 2017   #16
buytick

win 7 32bit
 
 

Will this work? If I do below, then reboot with the rescue disc and choose Macrium and use the image?
Windows 7 and Vista
  1. Insert the Windows 7/Vista installation CD in the CD-ROM drive and restart the computer.
  2. When you see the message "Press any key to boot from CD," press a key on the keyboard.
  3. Press the Enter key at the Windows Setup welcome screen.
  4. When prompted, press any key on your keyboard.
  5. On the "Install Windows" page, select your preferred language and other preferences, then click Next.
  6. On the License Agreement page, accept the terms and agreements and click Next.
  7. On the Installation Type screen, choose the Custom option.
  8. Select the Drive Options (advanced) option.
  9. For Disk 0, delete all partitions. When all partitions have been deleted, you should see a single entry named "Unallocated space."
  10. Click on Disk 0 and select Next.
The Windows installation process will start by creating a new partition, formatting the partition, and installing Windows on the hard drive. The formatting process will erase the hard drive before installing Windows.
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11 Mar 2017   #17
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yes that should work too

As I said as long as the only 2 partitions that you created a system image of is the 100mb & C partition than it's all good the first partition you called A would of been excluded from the system image
If not you'd be back to square 1.


Remove the drive with the system image BEFORE cleaning the disk.
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11 Mar 2017   #18
buytick

win 7 32bit
 
 
Success!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for your help. It's wonderful to learn a new skill

A summary of what I did:

1. Downloaded Marcium Reflect Free and made a rescue disc DVD and then did an system image to a USB Passport Drive.
2. Put Windows 7 reinstallation disc from Dell and rebooted into Win 7 installation
3. I followed these instructions
  1. Insert the Windows 7/Vista installation CD in the CD-ROM drive and restart the computer.
  2. When you see the message "Press any key to boot from CD," press a key on the keyboard.
  3. Press the Enter key at the Windows Setup welcome screen.
  4. When prompted, press any key on your keyboard.
  5. On the "Install Windows" page, select your preferred language and other preferences, then click Next.
  6. On the License Agreement page, accept the terms and agreements and click Next.
  7. On the Installation Type screen, choose the Custom option.
  8. Select the Drive Options (advanced) option.
  9. For Disk 0, delete all partitions. When all partitions have been deleted, you should see a single entry named "Unallocated space."
  10. Click on Disk 0 and select Next
4. This reinstalled Win 7
5. I put the Macrium Rescue disc in the drive and rebooted to it
6. I chose the Macrium image file restore option
7. I restored my image
8. When I rebooted, a reboot message came up, so I put the Win 7 Installation disc in and chose repair this computer which repaired the boot
9. Booted into the restored Win7

10. Went to my computer and saw the unallocated space still there
11. Went into mini-tool and expanded the correct partition to include the unallocated space

IT WORKED THANKS TO TRASHZONE's INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE
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11 Mar 2017   #19
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You're very welcome
There are many ways to skin a cat all could of been done with minitool bootable cd and reflect free system image
Cheers.
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11 Mar 2017   #20
buytick

win 7 32bit
 
 

One last question. I have 3 computers running Win 7 - 2 pro 1 home. Do I have to make 3 different rescue discs on Macrium?
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