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Windows 7: Partition Wizard

22 Sep 2009   #21
Night Hawk

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

Seeing that C is at the back of the drive instead of being the first primary on the drive which the Windows installer always look for I would already had nuked the drive and created all new partitions to the desired sizes with the C up front followed by the other two. You are trying to cramp the OS partition at the back end of the drive instead.


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23 Sep 2009   #22
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Night Hawk C drive is the first primary drive. If I look at My PC, Disk Management or Windows Explorer C drive is always listed first.

First I would like to thank everyone for their patience and indulgence.

I followed the instructions given by nssgnim and SIW2, which are are identical in nature.


I resized C and it now looked like this:

Partition Wizard-after-resize-c-drive.jpg

That looked like it was supposed to so I resized E and it looked this:

Partition Wizard-after-resize-e-drive.jpg

Again everything was as it should be so I click Apply and got this:

Partition Wizard-warning-about-resize-c.jpg

So I said to self, boot up from the Boot CD and C drive will NOT be running. So I booted from the Boot CD and all was fine except this got this warning (Sorry NO Pictures):

Warning:

DO NOT take the following operations, for these will cause your system to be unbootable.

1. Moving/Resizing system partition of Windows Vista/ Windows 2008/ Windows 7.

2. Creating/Deleting any partitions of Windows 2000/ Windows XP / Windows 2003.

Note the words used at the very first of the warning "will cause", not may cause or anything less.

That brought everything to a halt. Other than doing another clean install of Windows 7, I really don't know what to do. For now Win 7 is working fine, I just don't have access to all the space on the HDD. So I guess I will wait until the final version of Win 7 comes out in October and then clean install it.

Again thanks for all the help.


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23 Sep 2009   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That is normal.

If you move your windows partition to a different location - you won't automatically boot straight back into it.

That is because bootmgr ( he lives in the little 100mb patition ) will still be looking for the original location of your windows partition.

You did everything right.

After you click Apply - you would need to let bootmgr know the new location of the windows partition.

PW won't do that for you automatically.

Running startup repair from the 7 dvd will update the bcd store - that contains the info which lets bootmgr know where the windows partition is.

You can then boot in as usual.
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23 Sep 2009   #24
nssgnim

VISTA
 
 

huffman:
Do not use PW boot cd to resize your partition in this case. Use its Windows application and Simply click "Restart Now" after you perform all steps SIW2 posted before, and you can forget about this post forever

SIW2:
you surely an expert, my hats off
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23 Sep 2009   #25
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nssgnim View Post
huffman:
Do not use PW boot cd to resize your partition in this case. Use its Windows application and Simply click "Restart Now" after you perform all steps SIW2 posted before, and you can forget about this post forever

SIW2:
you surely an expert, my hats off
+1 on that. I Knew I would learn something by jumping in on this thread. I am anxious to see if OP resolved his problem.
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24 Sep 2009   #26
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Either nssgnim or SIW2

Let me make sure I have this straight:

Using the installed PW, I go through the size changes for C and then E then click Apply. I get this warning:

Partition Wizard-warning-about-resize-c.jpg

There I click "Restart Now"??


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24 Sep 2009   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What you did in post 23 looks right - you just need to Apply it.

You can perform exactly the same steps using the boot disc - but it seems the installed version will do the same thing. PW loads itself into Ram and does it from there on restart.

Once you have finished partitioning, you won't be able to boot straight into windows - you need to run startup repair from the 7 dvd. That will adjust the bcd entries for you.
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24 Sep 2009   #28
nssgnim

VISTA
 
 

Restart Now
Restart Now
Restart Now
Restart Now
Restart Now
Restart Now

and keep your finger crossed
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25 Sep 2009   #29
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Houston WE have BLASTOFF.

It took an extra step but now I have all the partitions at or near the size I wanted and as far as I can tell everything works.

When I got to the restart button, I clicked the Restart button. At restart, PW booted up before windows was loaded and went through what it said was both of the steps. This was NOT true in some respects, but it did allow me to do another resize. This is what PW looked like after it went through the restart procedures:

Partition Wizard-pm_after-_restart.jpg

From there I did another resize making Edrive the size I wanted and the unallocated space zero. This time Windows did not have to restart, it did the resize of E with windows running. After this, PW looked like this"

Partition Wizard-edrive_afterhadtoresizeagain.jpg

I certainly appreciate all the help. You guys are great.


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25 Sep 2009   #30
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That looks right to me. Don't worry about the little 1mb unallocated on the left - just leave that as it is.

You didn't mention using startup repair.

Glad it worked for you.
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