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Windows 7: Deleting unwanted partition

02 May 2015   #1

windows 7 Ultimate X 64
Deleting unwanted partition

I am at a bit of a stand still as I seem to have a couple of problems.
Firstly, I have been trying to get my HDD into a position where I can clone to a new SSD but without Win XP which is still on the hard drive, as 1 of 3 partitions.
I have Acronis software to clone with (SSD is Crucial BX100 500GB) but I have found if I use an optoion to not clone the win XP part of the drive it does not clone anything at all.
I tried to follow the steps using disc manager. No good, the "Format" and "Delete" options are greyed out. I have just rea an article on using diskpart as an option but I'm not sure if this will delete other data on the HDD as well???
So I'm stuck on this. I need to get rid of the Win XP partition while leaving my Win 7 partition and my data partition intact so I can then clone to the new SSD.
Can you help?
Now, as I have just joined this forum I'm not sure if the following is being posted in the correct place but if not can you please direct me to the correct section
The problem is 2 fold.
In filling in the details for this forum group I checked on my PC for the RAM Memory installed (as it asks for it on here). It says "Not Available"?? I have 3 banks of RAM in the slots and think there may be a problem if the PC can't tell me what's installed????
Second problem. Express gate.
If I try to start up the PC it comes up with a message that express gate is not installed. It ehn just goes to a black screen and does not boot into windows. BUT, If I unplug the SATA cable, start up the PC and, at the time the logo screen appears (ASUS) I re plug the SATA cable to the HDD it boots up into the start page where I can choose windows 7 or an older version (Win XP as I explained earlier)
I recently had to change the battery on the motherboard as the time/date settings were not being saved, but I have done this now and gone into the setup page to add in the time date etc and it seems to have worked in that respect.
Can anyone shed some light and offer assistance to help me get both problems above solved. I am not a techie as such so am a bit out of my depth.
J Morris

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02 May 2015   #2
Microsoft MVP


Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image?

Express Gate normally can be disabled in BIOS setup. It might also be installed in Control Panel where it can be uninstalled. Others have reported a Marvel IDE adapter needs to be disabled.

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03 May 2015   #3

windows 7 Ultimate X 64

Please find the screenshot of my Disk Management screen attached

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03 May 2015   #4
Microsoft MVP


These steps will recover the bootmgr and also the preferred left hand (faster) side of the HD into Win7:

First move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums.

Reboot and confirm in Disk Mgmt the System Active flags are now on Win7 partition. If so, download CD ISO image from Partition Wizard, burn to CD with Windows Image Burner, boot into disk, rightclick on XP partition, Select Delete, click OK.

Then rightclick on Win7 partition to Resize, drag left border all the way to left edge of hard drive as shown in Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help, click OK, then Apply steps.

Have Win7 boot disk ready as sometimes resizing on the boot sector requires Startup Repair after again confirming Win7 is Partition Marked Active.
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03 May 2015   #5

windows 7 Ultimate X 64
Deleting unwanted partition

Hi Gregrocker.
I just wanted to let you know I follwed your steps and instruction and it has worked.
May I thank you so much for helping me. I can go and clone my HDD to my new SSd now without any problems.
Your help has been much appreciated.
John Morris,:)
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03 May 2015   #6
Microsoft MVP


I recommend free Macrium Reflect to save an image to HD. From app or provided boot disk drag C to SSD making any size adjustments from link underneath. Imaging with free Macrium

Leave all settings at default.

Power down to unplug HD, reboot into SSD.

You can plug back in HD to use for storage but after testing I would delete C to clear the OS.
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