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Windows 7: Need help with disk partition (OEM Windows 7 Home Premium)

06 Jul 2011   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

As Bare Foot suggested,
try using the Shrink option in Disk Management and let us know how much you "shrunk".

If you have questions, be sure to ask because safe is better than sorry when changing partitions.

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06 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I did not get the recovery disk or the Windows 7 dvd with the notebook. The HP support team explained to me that the OEM version restricts the user to lower the C partition below 250 GB.
Although, I am in a hurry but considering the fact that by deleting the HP recovery tools my notebook can't be restored to its initial settings, I don't want to take any further risk.
What I don't understand is why HP doesn't provide Windows 7 dvds to its buyers since they pay for the notebook and the original OS?
I am also thinking of buying a retail copy of Windows 7 in case this issue is not resolved.

@everyone: I don't know if this is of any help but the HP manual says that one can create a recovery disk onto a pen drive. For that one must press f11 while booting. This doesn't happen with my notebook. I was told by the Hp support person that since the recovery tools were accidently deleted the only way is to order a recovery disk.

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06 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Partition should let you shrink C: unless you have unmovable files. I think the Master File Table should be towards the start of the partition and not cause a problem.

You or someone else deleted the HP tools partition (unallocated at end) to give you your existing extended partition.
I would still keep the Recovery partition unless you decide to do a total clean install.
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06 Jul 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Did you try the shrink? Have a look at this information below.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media.

If you can find an exact Windows version installation media that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone

If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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06 Jul 2011   #15


HP's have the worst load of bloatware of any makes. This weighs down and can corrupt the Win7 OS from being the featherlight, instantaneous OS it is natively.

This is deliberate because the bloatware sponsors rake in billions which make up almost all the profit on today's low-margin consumer rigs. Most makers not only won't provide a disk today, but try to enforce the bloatware by refusing to support a clean reinstall even though MS EULA agreement requires maker's to provide a clean installation method and allows consumers to reinstall their OS property any way they want.

In addition the useless factory utilities are unneeded since Win7 has better versions built into it.

The best approach is to work progressively toward a clean reinstall of just the OS, starting with cleaning up the factory bloatware following these tips based on hundreds of reinstalls of factory OEM I've done: HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions

Once you see how much Disk Mgmt will shrink C, you can burn to CD free Partition Wizard to shrink it as much as you want since System Files will not be running.
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06 Jul 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

@bare foot

I did a check. It's 139479 MB volume that is shrinkable.
You would advise me to create a new volume by shrinking the space from C but can I split this space between D and E (existing drives)?
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06 Jul 2011   #17


Use Disk Mgmt to safely shrink C - it offered you more than expected.

Then I'd Create a new logical sub-partition in Disk Mgmt, or you can use Partition Wizard CD to Resize D to the left and adjust the size of E.
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06 Jul 2011   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mate, I'm finished for the day, I'm sure my mate gregrocker will help you out!
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06 Jul 2011   #19


I didn't see you in the thread so went ahead and answered, Ted.

Do you concur on Disk Mgmt?
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06 Jul 2011   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I didn't see you in the thread so went ahead and answered, Ted. Do you concur?

It seems he can shrink what he needs, if he can use a third Logical it would be a whole lot easier than Resizing the existing Extended into the unallocated space.

I just realized ...

Won't he still need to Resize the Extended partition into the unallocated space using PW so he can create another Logical?
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