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Removing secondary partition from Ubuntu experiment

Q: Removing secondary partition from Ubuntu experiment

Have two hard drives, both had windows, tried to install Ubuntu on both with
same exact 'error' problem. Fdisk will remove the main partition but not the
other minor/secondary 4% of disk one.

Is there a program that will erase this unwanted partition or should I leave it
alone and hope that windows XP or even ME will install on either of these Hard Drives ?

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I read in this forum that i should reinstall Windows 7 using the CD, but my netbook can't read CDs!
I can use another pc with Windows 7....can i use it to fix the problem?

A:Removing Ubuntu partition from Netbook, Windows 7 doesn't boot.

Welcome to Seven Forums.

You can create a w7 installer on a USB flash drive and reinstall with that. For how see here: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Download the iso file for your w7 version from here, Dell Community Sometime the iso will not work the first time and requires a re-download.

Here is a tutorial with all the above info. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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I insalled Ubuntu along side windows 7 , and then i removed it using the command prompt by typing the two commands ( i used windwos 7 DVD installtion disk)
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bootrec fixmbr
and now when my computer starts it boots to windows 7...but when i try to delete the partition that contains the Ubuntu , it does not work, i use the disk management tools from windows, I've tried many times but every time i get the same message ...
is there any way to delete this partition from w7 or do i need to have third part software..

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and what is the message ???
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Thank you...

A:Partition Manager. Primary Boot Partition as Secondary Drive.

Have you tried Disk Management? Right click computer and select manage, in the left column select disk management. In the lower portion of the window you will see each hard drive with drive letters. If you see one with no drive letter, right click it and select 'change drive letter or path, next screen select add, and pick whatever drive letter you would like from the drop down list. Once it gives it a drive letter, you will be able to see it in explorer. If you have data on the drive you would like to keep, Do Not format it, if Disk Management wants to.
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Could someone tell me how to do this?

A:I want to create a secondary partition, but I added all space on primary partition

You didn't mention what operating system you have.. that could make a difference... Vista has made it a little easier to do.
I'll assume you have XP.

1.) First defrag your drive.

2.) Then back up everything, because partition changes can easily wipe out your whole drive.

3.) Then, use a program such as Parted Magic, Partition Logic, or Partion Magic to change your partition sizes.
I'm not sure this will help you that much that it's worth doing, but good luck with it.
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A:Does reseting the Windows 8.1 partition affect my Ubuntu partition?

Hi fox Resetting your Windows 8 will affect your Ubuntu partition. Since it was probably not part of the original configuration the manufacturer of your laptop created for that laptop, it will most likely deleted and Windows 8.1 will be reinstalled on it. Resetting a computer under Windows 8.1 pretty much delete everything on it, re-format the hard drive correctly and reinstall Windows using the manufacturer system image on the DVD or partition included with the laptop/computer. If you want to read more about the Reset process, you can read the HowToGeek article below:
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how do I boot to it

I know on my mac with boot camp I just hit the alt button and I have the choice of which OS to run.


A:How to boot to a secondary partition?

Originally Posted by mike6623

I have a second partition that I would like to install windoiws 7 pro on, but am not sure how to go about it, and once I do install it, how do I boot to it?

So, my questions are-
How do I install Windows 7 on this second partition
how do I boot to it

I know on my mac with boot camp I just hit the alt button and I have the choice of which OS to run.


You can install the windows 7 to the second partition by booting from the DVD, then selecting Windows 7 on the boot menu after you have successfully installed windows 7 on dual boot.
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A:Secondary partition not mapped

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A:Install Win xp by removing Ubuntu.

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A:Windows 7 won't boot after removing secondary drive

Welcome Jwhite to the forums. One of your problems is that the install for windows 7 found your installed XP installation and made some changes in the boot record. Can we assume that you used to boot from the IDE drive with windows XP?

If So, then your probably out of luck as the system seems to think that your boot drive is really D as the boot record contains some information for the ntloader for windows 7.

I would bet that you won't be able to boot your XP installalation from your D drive if you remove your SATA drive from your machine.

I always recommend removing the cables from any other disk when doing an install.

Less aggrivation would be to remove the D drive and then boot your windows 7 dvd and do a format and install of windows 7.

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A:Partition for Ubuntu

Hello mate.

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

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here's a pic:
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A:installing windows 7 on secondary partition


I would suggest you use the free Partition Wizard boot disk to create and format the partition you want to use for Windows 7 as a Primary partition and then use PW to mark that same partition as active, then start the install and just to be sure you have no file system errors use the Windows 7 installer to format the partition again, then finish the install.
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A:OEM Partition on secondary hard drive?

Sounds like you are a used HDD, which has not been cleaned.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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A:Removing Ubuntu 9.10 from Dual Boot

One way is to right click on my computer, click on the manage option. There you can delete the section of hard drive that was allocated to the Ubuntu installation and then expand the Windows 7 drive to take up the empty space left behind.

Also you can remove it from your boot options by following this simple tutorial.

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A:Triple Partition: XP Pro x86, W7 Pro x64, and Ubuntu 10.04

If you install XP in the IDE mode and you change to the AHCI mode, you'll get a blue screen when trying to boot from XP. That's because the AHCI driver needed for XP to boot wasn't installed.

You can slipstream the AHCI driver into a new XP user created installation disc. That way you can install XP and Windows 7 using the AHCI mode, I'm not sure about the procedure for Ubuntu. Someone else will weigh in on this, with some tutorials.
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HI Markaz
This should answer your questions
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A:Ubuntu partition problem

You might want to try partition wizard to do that.

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A:Deleting a Partition (Ubuntu)

Assuming you just have Vista on C: partition and the ubuntu partition is immediately after, you should be able to go into Control Panel => Administrative Tools => Disk Management. Delete the ubuntu partition so it shows as unallocated space. Expand C: to include all of it.

If you have an image backup program I would do that first if you are inexperienced with disk partitioning. If Disk Management gives you a hard time you can use Partition Wizard freeware boot CD instead. Disk Management should do it for you in a few minutes. It's not complicated.
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A:Deleting Ubuntu 9.04 Partition

You are going perfect. No issues in your method.
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A:Resizing partition for Ubuntu

This guide should help you.

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A:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

Hello and welcome to the forums MarkRocketman!

You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not currenly being used as a boot drive)

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1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'

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EDIT:- As a supplementary addition here's how change it back to active:-

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A:windows wont load after removing ubuntu

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A:Removing XP from Windows 7, Ubuntu triple boot

It says it is the system partition. Thus the Bootloader for windows 7 resides on it. You can delete the Windows folder, and many of the other folders on the XP drive, but not the Boot - Boot Configuration Data (BCD) folder or many of the files in the Root of that drive - if you do, you may need to repair or reinstall windows 7.
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A:removing Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows 7

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Wubi [Ubuntu Installer]:


What happens when I right click on the 30GB empty partition in Disk Management:

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The boot files for C are on E as shown by the System Active flags, however the status of the partition is RAW, or ruined. Will C still even boot?

You can try to move the System boot files to C using EasyBCD but they may be damaged. If so you can try the choice to Re-create/Repair them at the same time. EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)

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Hi Muralikrishna
Depending on the Ubuntu version it should work in 64 bits. But that woudl only make a difference if you are invoking the installation from your 64bits Win7, and I don't think that is the way you can install Ubuntu, you should boot from the install DVD
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A:will the partition of ubuntu get formatted or deleted?

Are you sure the pop-up is from your AV or the Win7 Firewall and not a fake AV trojan which you clicked on from a pop-up which has now infected your System. If so you'd want to run Combofix to repair infection. There are other steps in posts 9 and 11 here which can overcome this type of infection: Fake AV infection - files hidden?

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All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

Type in command line

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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Hide partitions in windows by removing the assigned drive letter in the Disk Management Console.

How do I hide specific drives/partitions in Windows 7? - Windows 7 Help Forums

It is similar in Windows 8 - the link in post #3 points to Shawn Brinks tutorial:

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Are you certain grub has been completely removed?
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from command prompt(admin)
type> diskpart
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type> exit
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A:Secondary partition created doesn't show under My Comp


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To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

If you have not made your Startup Repair
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Quote: Originally Posted by sholtob

i have Ubuntu dual booted with windows 7 32 bit, i am running out of space on my hard drive and am not using the 100 gigabytes i partitioned of for Ubuntu, i was hoping that someone might know how to change the partition size as i cant find out how to do it.
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While you're waiting you should post a screen shot of the HDD.
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Didn`t you even pay attention to what the Disk # was when you deleted it ? Obviously not.

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Try TestDisk Download - CGSecurity (free) and see if it can find and recover your lost partition.
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i attaching screenshot of this pls help

Thanks in advance ...pls help

A:Recover partition disk accesesibility after uninstallation of ubuntu

Quote: Originally Posted by kishanlald

I have previously installed windows 7
then for trial purpose installed ubuntu on pimary drve C:

However it doesnot installed properly and now again i have installed windows7 is perfect but others partition drives are not accesible.
i attaching screenshot of this pls help

Thanks in advance ...pls help

Hello and Welcome to Seven Forums.

Since the inaccessible partitions do not contain anything, are you able to delete both inaccessible volumes and extend the C: volume?
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A:Encrypted Windows 7 partition will not boot after installing Ubuntu.

What encryption did you use? It sounds like GRUB overwrote the encrypted Windows MBR??? Im not sure it can be recovered......I would normally suggest this:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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Did you format your 1TB WD drive to GPT? If so it will create a 128MB reserved partition called MSR MicroSoft Reserved. See my post External HDD suddenly requires formatting, read as RAW instead of ntfs

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A:Gateway recovery windows 7 DVD not recognizing Ubuntu Linux partition

Get the win7 install iso.

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Be careful with Fedora 14. You have separate partitions and one thing Fedora does is merge all partitions into one logical volume group. You have a backup
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Is there some reason you prefer Fedora over Ubuntu? Both use Gnome 2.32 as the desktop, with the addition that Ubuntu 11.04 will install Unity desktop as well.

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Post on the linux forum if youre happy with your windows setup, Wmorri is Fedora Ambassador, but when you do please provide the following information.
Boot with the Ubuntu CD in Live mode (or try before installing). It will pick up your network, open a terminal and post output of:

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A:delete dual boot Ubuntu partition and convert to primary hard drive c:

So you wanna get rid of ubuntu totally?
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A:se.dll experiment

This is the Hijack this log before I start:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:02:22 PM, on 2/27/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\ltmoh\Ltmoh.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchPad\TPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apntex.exe
C:\spyware stuff\hijack this\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext =
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initialize
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
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O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LtMoh] C:\Program Files\ltmoh\Ltmoh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CPLBTS88] C:\PROGRA~1\EzButton\CPLBTS88.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CeEKEY] C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TPNF] C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchPad\TPTray.exe
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O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Symantec Fax Starter Edition Port.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033\OLFSNT40.EXE
O9 - Extra button: - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shdocvw.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) -
O16 - DPF: {AB86CE53-AC9F-449F-9399-D8ABCA09EC09} (Get_ActiveX Control) -
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe

(I also have a startdrek log saved)

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Look here for one un-install option: -

How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC
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A:strange experiment

surferboi123 said:

like tottly...lst nite i waz playin wit my PS2 adn it like exploded.!/'"Ioo!! omg wtf n00b lolo? i mean what kind of n00b make a P2S that explodeeed!/! i trired to unpolug teh pS2 but now i cant playy it anymor.!!?! Click to expand...
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Who owns the Hot Spot!
This really falls into a gray area of legality.
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Sorry but we don't play with our food here, we just eat it.

Given your experience level, you should not be playing with trojans.

Closing thread.
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Hey Mate!

Thanks for sharing that time line of all the work you did.

It will definitely help me with some things I'm doing currently,
though there are a lot of items there that I'd not choose to have
on my system, nor would I suggest that others "play with".
I'm helping some "seniors" with home systems.
We try to keep it all "simple".

Just out of my own curiosity - have you ever experienced "Frozen Fog"?

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Hi this may be of help
download here
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A:Need help removing partition.

NO. You cannot "remove" a partition without deleting all contents. However, you can use Disk Management to "shrink" or "expand" the partition. I suggest you backup any critical data before changing the size of a partition or performing any disk level function.
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A:Need help in removing partition on HDD.....

Yes, you can do that.

I have no idea what those mre files are. If you want to keep them, move them to C temporarily.

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A:removing partition

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A:Removing a Partition?

Go to start/ run and type
hit enter

You should see an entry for disk 0 ,with your primary C: partition there on the left
Does it have a big space to the right labled unallocated space?
If so , you can just right click on that space and choose format and it will make that into a D: drive for storage.

Assuming your drive is actually larger than 3.95 GB and you have unallocated space you can do as above; or you can clean install windows to use more of the space. This is probably one of the more complex things to do, since you must be careful or you will wind up with it trying to install two copies of windows on the 3.95GB or installing a second copy on the unallocated space.
has a nice tutorial
Note step 5. Choose an installation partition
At this point instead of clicking NEXT you select the listed partition and press the D key on your keyboard to Delete it. Then when no partitions are shown and it just says Hard disk 0 xxxxxMB unallocated space; you select that and press the C key to Create new partitions. Specify the size you want in MB (1000MB=1GB so you want 20,000 or 40,000 MB ; I suspect someone got it wrong and thought they were making a 39.5GB partition and typed in 3950MB and wound up with 3.95GB) You repeat this until you finish. The first one you make will be the C: partition , so remember and select it then click next to format it and install windows. You use disk management when finished to format other partitions. Note that if you clean install windows you will loose all your data and only have generic drivers. SO it is adviseable that first off you burn a copy of all your data to cdr disks and that you download any drivers for motherboard chipsets, video card, network card, modem etc you will need and burn them to cdr.

If you discover as above that you have unallocated space and just want to expand the existing partition to make it bigger the best solution is one of two programs which cost a bit Partition Commander is cheaper, Partition Magic better known. These are the two most stable non destructive reparitioning tools. The built in XP partitioning tool is destructive meaning you must destroy a partition and lose all data on it to resize it. These two are non destructive meaning they can take unused space on the drive next to the existing partition and add it on without messing up windows or your drive.
Both of them have very easy to use and understand interfaces and you can just boot to the install cd and use it to resize your windows partition or you can install it and then when launched it will load to ram and reboot the system and you run it from there.
Is a free tool if you are adventureous.


Partition Logic is a free hard disk partitioning and data management tool. It can create, delete, format, defragment, resize, and move partitions and modify their attributes. It can copy entire hard disks from one to another.



Partition logic does not currently support the following:

* Partitioning of SCSI hard disks, and some SATA hard disks
* Non MS-DOS/MBR-style partition tables (i.e. Sun, BSD, EFI/GPT)
* Formatting filesystems other than FAT and EXT2
* Resizing filesystems other than NTFS (Windows XP filesystems)
* Serial mice
* USB keyboards and mice
* Keyboard layouts other than UK English, US English, Italian, or German

*Note that some of these limitations will be addressed in the upcoming releases.

This means that it can be used to resize your windows XP partition if that drive is formatted NTFS ( just right click on it and choose properties and it will list file system to see if it is). If not you can convert it to NTFS, just ask how.
Note that while it can resize NTFS partitions by merging them with unallocated space on the drive, it... Read more
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good day folks, in a nutshell. my roommate did a thorough wipe of his c drive, then installed 7 then 8.1.1. for some reason he cannot boot in to the win 7 partition. after building up and getting 8.1.1 setup just the way he wants it he doesn't care about the 7 partition any more. i know i can go in delete the 7 partition, stretch 8.1.1 to fill the entire drive, but what i'm not sure of is if the boot info is on 7 or 8.1.1. i do know that once 8.1.1 is the only os i can go into msconfig and delete the win 7 entry. note since both partitions were created using partition wizard there is not 100mb reserved partition, so the boot information is either on 7 or 8.1.1. i also have a copy of Acronis True Image 2014 Premium. any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Removing Old OS Partition

Hi there
I believe I posted this before so what I'd do is the following

1) Backup your current system with Acronis (don't backup the W7 system) and ensure you have a Bootable Acronis system -- you can create it from within running windows using Acronis.

2) get into command in administrator mode

3) type the following commands in

b) LIST DISK -- you'll see a list of disks - select the one you want to use -- probably in this case Disk 0 or Disk 1

c) SELCT DISK 0 (assuming it's HDD nr 0)
f)ACTIVE ===> do this or HDD won't boot
g) format fs=ntfs quick
h) Assign

Now boot your Acronis system and restore the W8.1 backup

Boot it -- it might fail in which case simply use Windows recovery to Repair system - but it probably will be OK. (You don't need to create a Windows recovery disk if you've got a Windows install disk - that will work just fine.

Job done.

To re-size partitions download GPARTED or any Linux live CD which will have GPARTED in it -- now simply re-size your partition(s) at will.