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Windows 7: How do I consolidate Partitions under Windows-7 Pro?

13 May 2019   #1
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How do I consolidate Partitions under Windows-7 Pro?

Please refer to the Attachment.
I would like to eliminate Partition D: and only have one Partition C:.
Is it possible?
If so, how can I accomplish this?




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13 May 2019   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Rt click C. Mark it Active.

Then open an elevated cmd and type :

bcdboot c:\windows

Restart the pc and you will be able to delete the D partition.
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13 May 2019   #3
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Why do I get this Message after turning the PC on.

Please refer to the Attachment.
I am the 'only' User.
I get this message after I power on my PC, even before touching the Keyboard.
What could it be?
Can you help me correct it?


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13 May 2019   #4
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

SIW2 ,

Do I need to be concerned about the MBR?
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13 May 2019   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You have 750MB on the D: partition.
Normally the fist partition (system) doesn't have a letter assigned to it. Who gave it the letter D: to it? What you have on it?
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13 May 2019   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Lynch View Post
SIW2 ,

Do I need to be concerned about the MBR?

The mbr is not in a partition, it is at the beginning of the disk. Why would you be concerned about it?
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13 May 2019   #7
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
I assigned the D: to it several years ago.

Previously, I had cloned the Disk to a faster one, 10,000rpms.

At that time I tried to delete the D: Drive but after I did, the System would not Boot.

I gave up and put the original Disk back in.

They are both 1TB.
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14 May 2019   #8
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I hope my reply's haven't confused anyone.
I will re-clone the drive and proceed with SIW2's recommendation on the newly cloned drive.
I should have the results about Noon tomorrow.
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14 May 2019   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

We know the results if the instructions are followed. After making your making your windows partition system and active, disk management will allow you to delete your 2gb partition.

However, windows disk management will not extend your windows partition into the new unallocated space. You need 3rd party software to do that.


3rd party partition managers will move the data on your windows partition 2gb to the left, and make any necessary adjustments to the volume identifier and the bcd store. If there is a lot of data on your windows partition , it might take a while to make the move.

Another way is to make your windows partition system and active. Then use a disk imaging program to create an image of your windows partition. Use boot media to delete the 2gb partition and the windows partition. Then restore the image to that unallocated space.

There are several free partition and disk image tools. Aomei is popular

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15 May 2019   #10
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Using your instructions, I have made good progress.
I have reached a point where I am stymied.
I am unable to delete / remove the 2GB Unallocated Space.
I am at the point in your instructions where I need to use the Third Party Software.
I downloaded and tried both but the 2GB's persist.
Please see the two Attachments.


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