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Windows 7: Change system partition?

04 Mar 2011   #1
danime91

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 
Change system partition?

I had installed Windows 7 to dual-boot along with my old installation of Windows XP so that I could finish backing up the old files before deleting it. Well now I've pretty much got everything off the XP partition so I don't need it anymore. So I set 7 as the active partition, and it was already set as C:. The 7 partition comes after the XP partition, and though it is marked as (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition), the XP partition is marked as (System, Primary Partition). Is it safe to delete it? Or if not, how do I make the Windows 7 Partition the System partition?


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04 Mar 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello danime91, welcome to Seven Forums!


Are XP and Windows 7 on separate Hard Disk Drives?


Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


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04 Mar 2011   #3
danime91

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

I have both partitions on one HDD. C: is the drive that Windows 7 is installed on. D: is the unneeded Windows XP drive.


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04 Mar 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, have a look at this tutorial at the link below to recover all the space to the left of Windows 7 into the C: partition and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


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04 Mar 2011   #5
danime91

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

So now apparently I need to load the drivers for my hard drive. Been looking on google, but no luck. Does anybody know where to download drivers for a WD5000AAKS-75A7B2 HDD?
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04 Mar 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

What makes you think you need your SATA controller drivers? You'd really only need them if you were installing XP, not removing it.

What is the exact error code you are getting and when is it encountered?
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04 Mar 2011   #7
danime91

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

It is not so much an error code. Before I get to the system recovery options screen, it tells me to select the operating system I would like to repair, but the field is blank. At first I tried just going ahead with this, but it doesn't work. So now I'm trying to go with the option of load drivers.
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04 Mar 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

At the first screen after booting DVD/Repair CD, press Shift + F10 to open a Command Line, type:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

Now enter Repair console to see if it finds an installation to repair.
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04 Mar 2011   #9
danime91

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

For the /fixboot it returns the message "Element not found" but for the /fixmbr it returns "The operation completed successfully". And it still doesn't find an operating system to repair.

EDIT: I don't know whether this is significant or not, but when I open the command line the address is X:\Sources
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04 Mar 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick Win7 partition to Modify>Set to Active, click OK.

Then from Disk tab choose Rebuild MBR, Apply all steps.

If this fails, click through to Recovery Options to run Startup Repair anyway.
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