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Windows 7: 10 gig recovery partiton

06 Dec 2009   #1
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 
10 gig recovery partiton

Hello ppl, i have a small issue, i installed Windows 7 on a dell 1520 laptop. everything is workin great, i formatted the 10gig vista restore partition, and lookin at my disk management i now have 10gigs (un allocated ) 102gig healthy primary partition (windows 7 sys files) and 140 gigs healthy system partition.. in that order. first of all i would like to have the Win 7 system files in the begining of the HD, second i would like to add the 10 gigs to the 140 gig partition ... only option for the 10 gig partition is " create a new volume. any ideas are welcomed

thanks


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06 Dec 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
Hello ppl, i have a small issue, i installed Windows 7 on a dell 1520 laptop. everything is workin great, i formatted the 10gig vista restore partition, and lookin at my disk management i now have 10gigs (un allocated ) 102gig healthy primary partition (windows 7 sys files) and 140 gigs healthy system partition.. in that order. first of all i would like to have the Win 7 system files in the begining of the HD, second i would like to add the 10 gigs to the 140 gig partition ... only option for the 10 gig partition is " create a new volume. any ideas are welcomed

thanks
Hi Pantz and welcome

You can do it but need to get a 3rd party app like parigon disk suite. Its tiral is free. All you need to do is use it to expand the second partition(win 7).

Piec of cake but may take a while.

Let us know when you need help with it


Ken J+
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06 Dec 2009   #3
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

ok i have partiton wizard home edition installed on my dell 1520, i also made the 10 gig partition a new primary partiton see attached file for current config od HD, what i would like to do is have it as window7 system files first and the 10 gig added to the 140gig ...


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06 Dec 2009   #4
MLJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hi Pantz,

Let's review your partitions:

1. You have a new 10GB empty partition - delete this.

2. You have a small 102MB (not GB) FAT partition -- likely the Dell Utility Partition. If you are sure you don't need this, then delete this partition also. It is not needed for Windows 7. If you do want this partition, you can move this partition to the empty space created from #1 above.

3. Expand your Windows 7 partition to take up all the remaining free space.

Hope this helps.

MLJ

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06 Dec 2009   #5
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

no i already have windows 7 installed , i deleted the 10 gigs, it as now become 10gigs of unallocated space, the 102mb is the windows 7 system files for recovery,
since the windows system file partiton is sandwiched between the 10 gig unallocated space and windows 7 OS ...when i go to extend the windows 7 partition it does not see the 10gigs unallocated space, maybe i can delete the windows 7 system files, then add it to the 10 gigs, then extend the windows 7 partition , and then create a partition for the windows 7 system restore files ?

thanks in advance
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06 Dec 2009   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

two suggestios:

1. Leave the 102MB Dell utility partition alone. These are useful utilities you can run from the BIOS. You may need them one day.
2. Why not use the 10GB as a data partiton. Move your data files (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos) or some of them there. Then at least your data is safer the day your system crashes or when you reinstall. They are easy to move in Properties > Location tab > Move.
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06 Dec 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

Have never heard of the 100mb Win7 boot/repair partition installed with Win7 being formatted FAT32. It is also normally boot partitiion with around 25g used, not 7g. Do you know for sure what it is and when it arrived?

If you assign it a letter and unhide protected OS and system files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, it should look something like this:

10 gig recovery partiton-capture.png

If you want to recover that space into Win7 system partition you can recover the MBR into Win7 anyway, using the following steps:

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD which is an important tool to have around anyway.

Delete the first two partitions by rightclick Delete.

Right click on the Win7 partition and Resize/Move into the unallocated space by sliding left border. OK.

Win7 is already Set Active, so Apply all steps, reboot into WIn7 DVD Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to repair the MBR which will now be in the drive's boot sector.


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06 Dec 2009   #8
Pantz

Genuine windows 7X64
 
 

the 102 partition IS NOT THE DELL utility partition ...period its the partition windows 7 made during the install

i think greg understands my issue ....

so delete both the 10gigs and the 102mb partition greg ?
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06 Dec 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
the 102mb is the windows 7 system files for recovery,
Don't worry, that partition is nothing to do with 7.

If it was the 7 system partition , it would be 100mb, it would be ntfs, it would contain the boot critical files, it would have around 34 mb used space, and PW would label it as Boot.

None of those apply.

If you wish to delete it and use PW to extend the C partition to the left, you will need to run startup repair afterwards to be able to boot into 7.
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06 Dec 2009   #10
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pantz View Post
the 102 partition IS NOT THE DELL utility partition ...period its the partition windows 7 made during the install

i think greg understands my issue ....

so delete both the 10gigs and the 102mb partition greg ?
Yes, especially after SIW2 (my teacher) confirms
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