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Windows 7: Having a separate Data Partition?

13 Mar 2011   #31
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Are you guys sure those are the only partitions. Is this what Disk Management shows. The 100MB active boot partition and the tools partition may be hidden and then you do not see it in Computer.
Yup, I'm sure. I have a screenshot of Disk Management in the beginning of the thread.


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13 Mar 2011   #32
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, in the first post is the Disk Management snip.

The first partition is labeled 'Active, Recovery Partition' 1.46GB with 100% free space, with no drive letter.

Though showing that it's empty, it's marked Active so should have the boot files in it.
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13 Mar 2011   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, but this 1.46MB partition is very strange. It is marked as "active" but contains nothing. I don't know how your system boots without a bootmgr.
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13 Mar 2011   #34
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yeah, but this 1.46MB partition is very strange. It is marked as "active" but contains nothing. I don't know how your system boots without a bootmgr.

MB? Do you mean GB? Also I believe there is stuff on that partition, earlier I booted up the PW CD to comfirm the burn was succesfull, and I think it said there was about 100mb of space being used. When I check tomorrow, I will know for sure.

A quick question, I can move the Desktop folder too right? It has a location tab too but I want to know its safe to do so.
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13 Mar 2011   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Of course GB. And yes, any folder with a location tab can easily be moved. But are you sure your Desktop folder has a location tab. Mine does not have one. And why would you want to move it anyhow. If it is because of the shortcuts, I would have a better suggestion which would keep your desktop clean.
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13 Mar 2011   #36
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yup it does, but your right, it really doesn't need to be moved

I figured out that System partition is the System Reserved, when I restarted the computer, I hit F8 and was able to select "Repair Your Computer" and it successfully booted

Don't know how it became a GB, oh well it doesn't matter to me
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13 Mar 2011   #37
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I must have a retarded system without a location tab for Desktop.

If you want to protect your icons/shortcuts. move them all into a folder that you store in Documents. Then right click on the taskbar > Toolbars > new Toolbar. Select that folder and the shortcuts will always be accessible from the taskbar. You can even create subfolders if you have a lot so that you have good order. Give the main folder a short name, then it takes less space in the taskbar - I always call it "All". Here is more: Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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13 Mar 2011   #38
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJ12 View Post
Yup it does, but your right, it really doesn't need to be moved

I figured out that System partition is the System Reserved, when I restarted the computer, I hit F8 and was able to select "Repair Your Computer" and it successfully booted

Don't know how it became a GB, oh well it doesn't matter to me

Did the "Repair Your Computer" change the 'Active' designation to the C drive?

Can you post another snip of your Disk Mangement?

Win7 will usually put the boot files in the first available Primary partition, I've seen this before.
Have you done startup repair or any other repairs before, the 'Boot' designation on the C drive indicates there are boot files in there also.
This is kind of strange. As long as they are both boot files for Win7 it should boot from either partition.

Edit:
Just noticed that you have previously installed Ubuntu, the Recovery partition might still have the Ubuntu boot files.
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13 Mar 2011   #39
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJ12 View Post
I figured out that System partition is the System Reserved, when I restarted the computer, I hit F8 and was able to select "Repair Your Computer" and it successfully booted

Don't know how it became a GB, oh well it doesn't matter to me
The fact that it lacks the System flag in screenshot is concerning. It's Active and likely contains the boot files as well as the link to WinRE in Win7 which it places on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu.

Can you rightclick>Explore it in PW to see exactly what is on the partition?

Did the System Flag return when you ran WinRE from F8? What did you run on it exactly?
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14 Mar 2011   #40
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I would clean up the 1.46GB partition first and make it a 200-300MB system reserved (active) partition. It appears to be the remnants of your original recovery partition.
If it just had the boot files it would contain ~30MB out of 1.5GB.
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