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Windows 7: Recover Second Partition

31 Oct 2009   #41
Dave76

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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 the above steps are sound, it should work.
100% agree with Greg, backup the current HD first.
Then follow Greg's steps.

Move the slider on the Win7 partition to take up the space of the old XP partition.

Greg, do you think he needs the NTLDR now? That's only for XP isn't it?

I think SIW2's suggestion to apply each step might be better. One action then apply, see what it looks like.


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31 Oct 2009   #42
gregrocker

 

Shrinking it down to leave some old XP boot sector remnants is not a good idea. Better to delete the first partition and move the WIn7 to take up the entire disk - sliders both directions <> Right?

You have the plan. It will work.
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31 Oct 2009   #43
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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.
Looks good.

I edited my last post. I think it will be better to Apply each step, one by one.

Yes, the XP boot files will not be needed. Everything should be run from Win7 now that it's the only OS.

If you make some space the slider will move in both directions.
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31 Oct 2009   #44
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post

Looks good.

I edited my last post. I think it will be better to Apply each step, one by one.

Yes, the XP boot files will not be needed. Everything should be run from Win7 now that it's the only OS.
Yes,apply each step one by one,i ran into problems becasue i didnt.

Looks good to me
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31 Oct 2009   #45
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Looks good.

I edited my last post. I think it will be better to Apply each step, one by one.

Yes, the XP boot files will not be needed. Everything should be run from Win7 now that it's the only OS.

I think we scared him off
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31 Oct 2009   #46
Dave76

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He's probably starting with PW.

The PW disk is the best way to go.

He could run repair from the Win7 installation if need be.

I think PW will move the active flag to the next OS partition when the previous active partition is deleted, So it might make the Win7 partition primary at the same time.
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31 Oct 2009   #47
BigOnTech

Windows 7 x64 ULTIMATE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Looks good.

I edited my last post. I think it will be better to Apply each step, one by one.

Yes, the XP boot files will not be needed. Everything should be run from Win7 now that it's the only OS.

I think we scared him off

Nope, didnt scare me off. I just went and did what I said I would. And if I delete the small space now 602MB the machine wont boot. I tried it but was able to recover even after I had done it the way I said I would but just to try what you were saying I went ahead and got it done. No good. Didnt work. So Ill leave it the way it is. At least I got 147GB recovered which now I can actually use. And then I didnt post back because it was late here so I needed some sleep after being up for 18hours. Like I said, Thanks to all of you for your input.
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31 Oct 2009   #48
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I know your reluctant,but try the way i posted (originally posted by sw12) if you ever try again.

Dan
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31 Oct 2009   #49
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Glad that you got the HD space back.

Take a break, when you want to get rid of that little partition just come back and we'll get it.
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