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Windows 7: Having a separate Data Partition?

14 Mar 2011   #41
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Greg, could the System flag be missing because the Ubuntu boot manager might not have been removed during the previous Ubuntu un-install/delete?


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14 Mar 2011   #42
gregrocker

 

Good catch, Dave. If GRUB was on the HD then all bets are off as it can also corrupt Win7 until wiped from the HD.

We need to know that and see a screenshot of the contents of the 1.46gb boot partition.

To view and capture screenshot with Snipping Tool, first unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View:
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Next give the 1.46gb partition a letter in Disk Management, which will light up the Explore rightclick menu choice:
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Then click Explore, use Snipping Tool in Start Menu to save contents of partition, attach using Paper Clip in Reply Box:
Having a separate Data Partition?-capture.png


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14 Mar 2011   #43
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, this is a very nice guidance. Would be worth a tutorial: "Explore content of hidden partitions".
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14 Mar 2011   #44
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your simplest solution would be to run a "Clean all" on the disk and perform a clean install. It will fully clean (zero) the MBR (first 512 bytes) to get rid of any Ubuntu remnants. A simple clean or format is not good enough.

When clean installing choose 200MB not 100MB for the system reserved partition. Simply create your new partition and your job's done!
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14 Mar 2011   #45
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Good catch, Dave. If GRUB was on the HD then all bets are off as it can also corrupt Win7 until wiped from the HD.

We need to know that and see a screenshot of the contents of the 1.46gb boot partition.

To view and capture screenshot with Snipping Tool, first unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View:
Attachment 143496

Next give the 1.46gb partition a letter in Disk Management, which will light up the Explore rightclick menu choice:
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Then click Explore, use Snipping Tool in Start Menu to save contents of partition, attach using Paper Clip in Reply Box:
Attachment 143493

Uh oh, Disk Management only gives me the options to click Help when I right click the 1 GB partition. Here is a new screenshot of Disk Management

Edit: Ubuntu (and GRUB) was installed (and erased) before I reinstalled Windows 7, I think GRUB is completley gone as Windows 7 takes it off when it reinstalls.

Edit2: Booted PW and explored the files, those are definatley the boot files on that partition



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14 Mar 2011   #46
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess you can go ahead and create your data partition (see post 27 for details). I think you can live with the "bloated" active boot partition. You have enough disk space. I would not bother to reduce the size because then you have anyhow problems adding the freespace to C (except with PW).
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14 Mar 2011   #47
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

1.5GB looks suspiciously like the size Vista creates it's BCD partition at - did this system run Vista at some point in the past? Win7 would have created a 300MB partition, but Vista would have created a 1.5GB one...
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14 Mar 2011   #48
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I guess you can go ahead and create your data partition (see post 27 for details). I think you can live with the "bloated" active boot partition. You have enough disk space. I would not bother to reduce the size because then you have anyhow problems adding the freespace to C (except with PW).
Thanks, Ill go ahead and get started on that

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
1.5GB looks suspiciously like the size Vista creates it's BCD partition at - did this system run Vista at some point in the past? Win7 would have created a 300MB partition, but Vista would have created a 1.5GB one...
Nope, only Windows 7 (and a few versions of Linux)
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14 Mar 2011   #49
RJ12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My laptop powered off in the middle of the operation... Just booted and it is still working fine. Should I be scared? Do I need to format the partition and restore from the backup?
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14 Mar 2011   #50
gregrocker

 

We need to see the contents of the Recovery folder on your 1.46 gb boot partition. Unfold all subpartitions and capture screenshots to post back.

Is that a Win7 Recovery partition? Have you deleted anything within it, made the REcovery disks off of it or ever tried to run it from boot? What happens now if you try to trigger it to run using the keys given on the Boot Screen or in your manual? Will it cue up to offer Recovery options?

If Recovery will not run then it has no value and can be deleted, then some of the space of that Boot partition recovered back into Win7 using free Partition Wizard bootable CD with the steps we provide. The entire partition could actually be recovered along with System boot files although you would lose the Repair console it places on F8 Advanced Boot Tools which I believe you've confirmed is functioning.

Be aware that if you had GRUB on the HD and haven't wiped it that Win7 could become corrupted by it and become irreparable, something we see regularly here. Having no System flag is already a concern.
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