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Windows 7: Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning

12 Dec 2010   #1
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit
Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning

I have a new laptop with win7 installed. The C drive has 600 gig and I would like to break it into two 300 gig partitions. I tried it with the built in partition tools and was able to do it. The problem is this bumps the recovery partition back one spot and the recovery utilities do not work unless I boot of the repair disc. I had to do a restore to get things back to normal and working.

There was a post several months ago with something similiar but the person was changing alot around and I got lost in the explanation.

I believe I need the recovery partition to end up between the two 300 gig partitions.

Can anyone explain how I might be able to do this?

Thank you in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2010   #2


If you were already able to restore to factory condition, then is that method alone sufficient as a backup?

I'm not sure why dividing the C partition would affect a separate Recovery partition but if you tried running it from boot and it wouldn't run then it may have only lost its link to run from Windows. Try booting it to see while you are still testing things. Back up your files.

The more modern method of recovery is saving externally a Win7 backup image to reimage the HD or replacement to exactly how your system is now: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If you decide that an image backup and your Recovery Disks are sufficient then you might want to not worry about your Recovery partition, or even recover its space.

Many tech enthusiasts find a Win7 installation DVD to get an install without bloatware which is actually better than getting a new computer nowadays. Heres how for your consideration: re-install windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2010   #3
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit

Thank you
I am able to do the backups. That is how I got the recovery working, by restoring from an image.

I wanted to divide the C drive so I can put all data on that partition and just back it up after the initial image of the whole drive is done. I would also like to keep the recovery partition working.

Perhaps windows keeps track of the partition position rather than drive letter. If so then when I add a partition in the middle windows would loose the recovery partition.

Is it possible to shrink c drive then expand d drive ( the recovery partition) then nab the extra off the end of d drive for the extra partition? That way the recovery partition will still be in the same position and hopefully keep working.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I have never heard of a recovery partition not working because there are extra partitions that were shrunk form C. Look where my recovery partition is (this system is currently not active - that's why there are the funny drive letters).

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2010   #5


Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

What specific functions of Recovery stopped working after you subdivided your C drive, and how did that physically affect your Recovery Drive? It shouldn't have moved it at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2010   #6
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit

I wil post later. In middle of something else.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2010   #7
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit

This is with everything working.

Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning-before.jpg

This is after the change when recovery stops.

Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning-after.jpg

On the backup recovery page if I try to creade a repair disk I get the message not a valid parameter.
If I select recover from a saved image when the computer restarts to load recovery environment I get a message unable to continue, missing device. Use repair disk.

If I pause the boot and select F11 (recovery) it doesn't work.

I have to boot off the repair disc to do a recovery.

When I reload from a saved image everything works again.

Thanks again

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

No wonder your system does not work. You have all "Dynamic" partitions. You cannot have more than 4 primaries - but normally you should have only 3 primaries and one exended which is a container for 24 additional logical drives (24 max. because then you ran out of letters).

What you need to do is get rid of 2 partitions (or at least one) and then reconvert the dynamics into primaries. You can do that with Partition Wizard - but for the free version you have to find Version 4.2. or 5.0. - their current version 5.2 does not have that function any more. Only 5.2 Pro has it.

Once you have done that, we need to convert one primary into an extended. But that we will see later.
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13 Dec 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello El Cobre, welcome to Seven Forums!

I've been fooling around with this for you and this is probably the reason the Recovery partition will not boot now; you had to have agreed to this to convert the HDD to Dynamic.

It says if this is done only the "current boot volume" will then be bootable.

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Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning-yes.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2010   #10
El Cobre

Windows Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for your replys.

Here is a snip of the drives set back to factory.

Keep recovery drive working while repartitioning-factory.jpg

Apparently I unknowing changed the drive to dynamic.

When I shrank C: drive and created the new partition it said it was making the partition dynamic but apparently it meant the whole drive.

So... starting from scratch how can I take half the remaining space in C: drive and make a new partition/drive for a data drive and keep everything working?

As you can tell I am new to win7.

Thanks again for any help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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