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Windows 7: Recover Second Partition

31 Oct 2009   #31
BigOnTech

Windows 7 x64 ULTIMATE
 
 

Im trying to understand all the post while I was gone. All good suggestions but so confusing. Good learning experience though


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31 Oct 2009   #32
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

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Okay...Im back. Still have the same problem. Did for some reason run into a problem where it said NTLDR was missing, but luckily an hour earlier I had made a repair disc from a video i watched on CNET and that brought me back to life (whew!)
Im standing by for your help gregrocker
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I have never relied on expanding a second Win7 partition into first's space to move the MBR into place, used Copy or Move instead.

But I would defer to you on this Dave if you know better.

Doesn't he need to convert to Primary from logical in order to mark it Active?

Hope OP didn't jump the gun. SIW2 is around here somewhere.
Trying to remember for sure, but I think I did it that way before.
The way I understand it, PW will copy the current partition, expand that partition to the left, then copy it back. SIW2 can tell us if this will work.

Your right "need to convert to Primary from logical in order to mark it Active".
He could move it to the left just by sliding the bar all the way over to the left after deleting the first (deleted XP) partition. Would that carry the OS over as well? Would make it a lot easier.
Greg, yes it will move the OS and it will be functional. The MBR will still need to be repaired. Let's see where BigOnTech is at now.

BigOnTech, Did you get the old XP partition deleted?
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31 Oct 2009   #33
gregrocker

 

Then just rightclick delete the First parition.

then on Win7 partition rightclick>modify>convert to primary, mark active, rightclick move/resize>use bar slider to expand it over onto the first partition's space so it takes the entire drive

These will be cued up and need to be Applied. First Back up files., moving can fail.

BOot win7 installer and run startup repair repeatedly until it boots.
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31 Oct 2009   #34
BigOnTech

Windows 7 x64 ULTIMATE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigOnTech View Post
Okay...Im back. Still have the same problem. Did for some reason run into a problem where it said NTLDR was missing, but luckily an hour earlier I had made a repair disc from a video i watched on CNET and that brought me back to life (whew!)
Im standing by for your help gregrocker

What did you do exactly?

Did you delete the first partition, Modify>convert to primary the Win7, mark it active then move it into the first partition's space? Then run startup repair 3 times?

What happened exactly? Where are you now?
Well I kinda got confused with everything so I marked the windows7 as primary and then marked the partition with no letter to get formatted and create a new partition which I named New.
Machine restarted and PW did its thing, but after it finished thats when NTLDR missing came up. Luckily I had that disc I had just made and after it repair 3 times my computer came back to life. Now I have the uncategorized partition with the label New, still not visible, and then the regular partition with windows7.
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31 Oct 2009   #35
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigOnTech View Post
Im trying to understand all the post while I was gone. All good suggestions but so confusing. Good learning experience though
This is SW12's post from my thread,very clear.

First you have to use the link to download the partition wizard boot disc
Free Download Partition Wizard
Bottom one,i.e Boot Disc

Mount it on a CD,if you dont have software use Download Active ISO Burner 2.0 - Freeware developed to help you burn ISO image to CD/DVD - Softpedia

Boot off the disc and then you can follow below.

Just give the lads a second to respond for any errors i might have made

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SW12
Boot the PW cd, it asks to select screen resolution. On your keyboard, make sure NUM LOCK is on. Type1, press Enter.

Rt click Vista partition - select Delete -click Apply ( at the bottom left of the screen ).

RT click 7 partition >Modify>Set as Primary, then Apply.

Rt click 7 partition again >Copy , in the scren that pops up click on the Unallocated space you made by deleting Vista. Click OK.

Leave the next screen as is, click Finish. Apply.

It will take a few minutes to copy.

Rt click the NEW 7 partition >Modify>Set as Active. Apply.

Then boot up 7 dvd - when you get to screen saying Install Now - at the bottom of that screen it says Repair My Computer - click that. Run Startup Repair 3 times.

Boot into the NEW 7 - it should be the default anyway - type msconfig in start search - click it - under the Boot tab, highlight the old 7 entry and delete.

You can delete the OLD 7 partition in Disk Management or with PW .

May as well install PW program if you didn't already.

Have Fun.
Note: I didnt mention backing up the data becasue you said you had the disc,but incase anyone else reads this ,BACK UP YOUR FILES.

I did not and i created a bigger problem than there was.
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31 Oct 2009   #36
gregrocker

 

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Well I kinda got confused with everything so I marked the windows7 as primary and then marked the partition with no letter to get formatted and create a new partition which I named New.
Machine restarted and PW did its thing, but after it finished thats when NTLDR missing came up. Luckily I had that disc I had just made and after it repair 3 times my computer came back to life. Now I have the uncategorized partition with the label New, still not visible, and then the regular partition with windows7.
Does the first partition show up in PW?

Then just rightclick delete the First parition.

then on Windows 7 partition: rightclick>modify>convert to primary, mark active, rightclick> move/resize>use bar slider to expand it over onto the first partition's space so it takes the entire drive

These will be cued up and need to be Applied. First Back up files., moving can fail.

BOot Windows 7 installer and run startup repair repeatedly until it boots.
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31 Oct 2009   #37
BigOnTech

Windows 7 x64 ULTIMATE
 
 

Im at the point where Im about to just shrink the size of that partition. All it contains is some boot file, so might as well shrink it to say 2GB and then I get 147GB back which I can then merge with the windows7 partition. Im getting frustrated but I do appreciate all the help.
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31 Oct 2009   #38
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigOnTech View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigOnTech View Post
Okay...Im back. Still have the same problem. Did for some reason run into a problem where it said NTLDR was missing, but luckily an hour earlier I had made a repair disc from a video i watched on CNET and that brought me back to life (whew!)
Im standing by for your help gregrocker

What did you do exactly?

Did you delete the first partition, Modify>convert to primary the Win7, mark it active then move it into the first partition's space? Then run startup repair 3 times?

What happened exactly? Where are you now?
Well I kinda got confused with everything so I marked the windows7 as primary and then marked the partition with no letter to get formatted and create a new partition which I named New.
Machine restarted and PW did its thing, but after it finished thats when NTLDR missing came up. Luckily I had that disc I had just made and after it repair 3 times my computer came back to life. Now I have the uncategorized partition with the label New, still not visible, and then the regular partition with windows7.
Can you get us a new Disk Management shot?
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31 Oct 2009   #39
BigOnTech

Windows 7 x64 ULTIMATE
 
 

Okay guys, I resized and create new partition with the big chunk and now I will just merge it with the other. Like I said, I appreciate your help very much so, Minotar, Gregrocker, Dave76, you guys are freaking awesome, and I hope to become very much active in this community.
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31 Oct 2009   #40
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigOnTech View Post
Im at the point where Im about to just shrink the size of that partition. All it contains is some boot file, so might as well shrink it to say 2GB and then I get 147GB back which I can then merge with the windows7 partition. Im getting frustrated but I do appreciate all the help.
This is not that hard. We have helped many recently bail out of XP and move their WIn7 over into that space. This one isn't more complicated, just the decision whether to copy Win7 over onto deleted unallocated space where the first partition was, or move it so it takes up all of the disk space at the same time. I agree with Dave that moving it is best, but it is also risky and can fail so it would be best if you make a backup image of your disk to save on one of your other drives so you can quickly reimage if it fails.

Then if the other guys think these steps are sound, it should work:

Make an image backup to another drive using Win7 Backup imaging.

Use PW to delete the first partition.

Right click on Win7 partition>Modify>Convert to Primary, Mark Active, rightclick Move/resize>use slider to take up all space on disk. Apply all steps.

Boot into Win7 installer Repair MY Computer and run Startup Repair 3 times.
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