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Windows 7: Accidently Installed Win7 to Recovery \:D

27 Dec 2009   #21


You can now delete the D: partition in Disk Management.

It will leave it unallocated space.

If you want to add it to your C: drive let us know as there are further steps involved.

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27 Dec 2009   #22

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Not this time , Greg.

Check out the screenie - post 9.
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27 Dec 2009   #23


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drjim View Post
Here you go. See attached.
It appears you have successfully removed the Dual Boot menu for your accidental double install of Win7.

However, you still have a duplicate Windows 7 installation occupying the D: drive.

The partition can now be deleted in Disk Management and then reformatted logical to store files, videos, backup etc.

Or if you want to include that space in C: windows, we can help you do that.

The OEM partition at the very first of the drive is also disabled along with Vista recovery partition when you install Win7. So it can be deleted at the same time and included in a new data partition, or recovered into Win7 partition, too.
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27 Dec 2009   #24
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You can delete the other boot menu entry in msconfig under the startup tab, and delete/reformat the D partition, if you like.

You will still have full use of 7 installed on C.

If you then want to include the space released from D into C - that is another question - not difficult .
Not the startup tab, the boot tab there. See the attached image.

Once you nuke the D partition the C will have to moved forward to the front of the drive not expanded. The entire primary is moved first followed by expanding it towards the back of the drive afterwards. With an installation and files already loaded onto C that will take some time with a 3rd party partitioning tool there.

The best option would require starting off all over fresh by simply backing everything you want to another drive external or burn a few data disks and nuke the entire drive to see one large primary unless you are interested in a second storage partition. Then you wouldn't worry about expanding C but simply moving it forward and then adding a new D later.

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27 Dec 2009   #25

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drjim View Post
I just followed SIW2's instructions and all worked great.

Many thanks to all for their time and expertise.

And Happy New Year!
Quite right NH - my typo - never mind, drjim got it and all was successful.

I don't think he wants to start changing partitions around - seems perfectly happy now.

Case closed.
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27 Dec 2009   #26
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

At least now he has some information to work with later at some point. I think when the next time come around he'll already have in mind the partitioning scheme he will be going with at least!
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