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Windows 7: Can't extend hard drive partition

10 Aug 2010   #11
madtownidiot

 

Sry.. didn't see that post..
Now it's time to call Microsoft and start yelling at people.. WAT killed your system and I don't know of any way to fix it other than to save your files to another HDD, wipe the HDD and start over.. but don't jump on that right away because there's probably someone else here who does know how to get it working again


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10 Aug 2010   #12
JJD

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

WAT? Please explain? Also, when I allocated the empty space to my hard drive, it chagned the drive letter from E to F and I didn't notice so I think that's probably a big issue. Anyone know how to change it back? I tried partition manager but it doesn't seem to be able to change the drive letters.

EDIT: found out what WAT was. I don't think that was an issue because I wasn't even connected to the internet and why would it happen specifically after I changed the partition?

I found a solution HERE:
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/e...9-7b24c03f834f
but I can't open regedit
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10 Aug 2010   #13
madtownidiot

 

can you get task manager to open? you should be able to open regedit by clicking the new task button on the applications tab
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10 Aug 2010   #14
JJD

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Nope. I can get explorer.exe and notepad to open but not regeit even though they're all in the same folder.
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10 Aug 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Rarely the drive letters will slip (change) during reimage or repartitioning.

Use free Paragon Rescue CD to change slipped drive letters: Moving Win7 Partition to Another Drive It can also attempt to rescue your partition and copy out your files.

Since you have a camera can you post back a snip of the drive map from free Partition Wizard bootable CD? It can also attempt to rescue the partition.

I would run Startup Repair repeatedly after making sure Win7 partition is marked Active, then copy out my files using Repair CD if it won't start: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

I will be online most all day Wednesday to help.
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11 Aug 2010   #16
JJD

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I tried the paragon disc, but it won't let me choose the E drive that I installed it to,only F, I, J, K, .... and so on.

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11 Aug 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Choose the other partition shown in screenshot to see if it is holding E and change or remove it's drive letter to free up E. Likewise any other HD's.

Diskpart can also reveal which HD/partition is holding E: Boot Win7 DVD or Repair CD, press Shift F10 to open command line, type:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (do each disk in order)
DETAIL DISK

One other thing to try is to insert Win7 DVD, attempt to boot Win7, press Cntrl Alt Delete to open Task Manager, on first tab hold Cntrl Shift (runs as Admin) then click New Task, then run D:sources (replace D with DVD drive letter) to start a repair install.

Need the Partition Wizard screenshot.

Do you have files needing retrieval if it's necessary to wipe the HD and clean reinstall?
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...tallation.html
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11 Aug 2010   #18
JJD

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

This?

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11 Aug 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Have you run Startup Repair from booted Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots, regardless of what messages it gives you?

Otherwise you'll need to find what is holding E: then release it so you can restore it to Win7 partition with Paragon Rescue, or run a Repair Install using steps given below.

Choose the other partition shown in screenshot using Paragon Rescue to see if it is holding E then change or remove it's drive letter to free up E. Likewise any other HD's.

Diskpart can also reveal which HD/partition is holding E: Boot Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD, press Shift F10 to open command line, type:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (do each disk in order)
DETAIL DISK

One other thing to try is to insert Windows 7 DVD, attempt to boot Windows 7, press Cntrl Alt Delete to open Task Manager, on first tab hold Cntrl Shift (runs as Admin) then click New Task, then run D:sources (replacing D with DVD drive letter) to start a Repair Install.

If all of these fail after full attempts are made and confirmed complete, then you'll need to copy out files, wipe the HD using tutorial linked, then clean reinstall. It's regrettable however drive letter slippage has only happened about 4-5 times out of 200+ of these repartitioning and reimaging operations we have helped with here.
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11 Aug 2010   #20
JJD

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks gregrocker and everyone else for all your help. I ran up paragon rescue again and found out that the E and C drives were locked even though they were both disconnected. I released E and set it to my Windows 7 partition and everything works (I'm typing from it now). Once again thanks!
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