Two active partitions on same drive?


  1. Posts : 2
    NY - New York
       #1

    Two active partitions on same drive?


    I was working on a user's PC for a separate issue when I noticed something odd. She has a single 1TB drive with two partitions (C: and D:). Her user profile is on C: and that's where the windows install is but the computer would not let me delete the D: volume as it said it was active. can I simply right click the C:, mark it as active then delete the D: volume? Also, how come C: does not show "Systems"

    Ideally I would like to remove D: then extend the C: drive fully

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  2. Posts : 12,012
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
       #2

    D is marked as "system" because that's where the boot files are. Not what you want.

    If you want to delete D, you'd have to copy the boot files to C and make sure C is shown as active. I think a tool called EasyBCD can do that and there is a tutorial on this site for it.
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  3. Posts : 2
    NY - New York
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks. I mean the system is up and running fine so I don't want to purchase any software if we don't need to. Maybe a good time to upgrade her to an SSD and do a clean install
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  4. Posts : 2,499
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
       #4

    Microsoft terminology can be a little strange at times. There is a boot partition that contains the system or Windows files and the system partition that contains the boot files. They can be on the same partition. I don't know why it is that way.
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  5. Posts : 12,012
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
       #5

    pablo83 said:
    Thanks. I mean the system is up and running fine so I don't want to purchase any software if we don't need to. Maybe a good time to upgrade her to an SSD and do a clean install
    EasyBCD is free.

    But if you want to do a clean install and an SSD, that's probably a good idea.
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  6. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
       #6

    Hi,
    Yep free and here's the tutorial
    Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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  7. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #7

    Post a shot of Disk Management for us.
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