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Removing second boot partition

Q: Removing second boot partition

I have 2 hard disks with Windows Xp installed on each. When I boot up I get the choice to load either operating system. I wish to remove the (not used) XP version on the second disk. Can I just delete it from windows when I have loaded the initial XP (C drive)? Or should I just leave it? Might it be useful one day? I am asking as I am about to copy the contents of both disks onto a new single hard drive. Thanks.

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A: Removing second boot partition

wat is exact problem
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A:Removing non-dual boot O/S from partition....

Hi and welcome.

Please post a screen shot of your Disk Management window so that we can better understand what you have.
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I should know the answer to this question but my mind isn't working. I have done this before but can't remember how *exactly* I did it.

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A:How will removing partition effect boot manager

Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd

I should know the answer to this question but my mind isn't working. I have done this before but can't remember how *exactly* I did it.

I took my sister's 150GB HD and set her up with a dual boot with Windows 7 and XP. She now wants me to take Windows 7 off and just use XP for a while. If I use a 3rd party partitioning tool to remove the Windows 7 partition FROM WITHIN XP, will this screw up the boot manager? I think it should be fine. Just take out the partition and extend the XP partition into the free space and it should just boot to XP. Is this correct?

Your message implies your sister's HDD:
1. Started with new HDD
2. Installed w7 first
3. Installed XP

Was this the case, or did the machine come with XP installed,
then w7 installed afterwards?

When you boot XP, with hidden/system files 'showing', does there exist
both 'ntldr' and '' and the w7 'bootmgr' on the C: drive?
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A:Removing dual-boot OS and partition to increase space

Not easily, and it depends somewhat on what was installed first, and what Service Packs were on those first two installs of Windows XP..
I assume that Windows XP Professional was the primary install, because it normally will not tolerate being second to XP Home.

If it were my machine, I would buy a new hard drive and install Windows XP Professional, then install this current drive as a slave, and remove what you want to the new drive.
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I am trying to delete the primary partition as I dont need the XP any longer --to claim some space on the drive.

What's the easiest way to accomplish this?

A:Removing the active partition in a dual boot setup

It appears you know the primary partition is active and the boot files are there. Since you cannot make a logical partition active, then it should follow you need to make another partition primary to be able to make it active.

You can use Partition Wizard to make a logical partition a primary partition. I will assume you will choose the Win 7 partition. You can then make it active and run the Win 7 Startup Repair 2 or 3 times to get Win 7 to boot from it.

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A:Windows 7 not Booting after removing XP partition from Dual Boot

Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

Without an install dvd or a system repair disc, you can`t do that. You can easily make a system repair disc on another Windows 7 PC, all you need is a blank cd and a cd burner. But it has to be the same bit version (32 or 64) and Service Pack version as the version you are trying to repair.

Others may have another method. They will post it.

Or call your Tech

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition
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A:Wiped my HDD's removing Win10, no boot sector or partition, ...

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A:Removing Windows 7 from the Primary partition of a Dual Boot system.

What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
Can you give us a snapshot of disk manager?
Do you have a external HDD to make a backup image of your Win 7 pro partition?
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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

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A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot but retaining progs on Vista partition

Hi Paul, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Your issue is a typical upgrade issue, Internet in general and our forums in particular are full of advice in how to do it. As there's no way you can transfer your installed programs to your new Windows 7 installation, you have exactly two options.

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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'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:-

SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition that holds G)
Hope that helps!

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

SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition you want to activate)
Exit (to exit Diskpart)
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A:Windows 7 won't boot - the partition table does not have a valid system partition

Hi did you read the rest of the thread Solved Invalid system partition - Page 2 - Windows 7 Forums
you could always try the info here Ntldr is missing error in windows 7 boot - Microsoft Answers
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A:create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD

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If you are including the 100mb System Reserved partition then all of these things should be done choosing it, so that it remains bootable and starts Win7. Otherwise the steps applied to C will cut out the 100mb System Reserved as boot partition.
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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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A:Multiboot, Accidentally deleted System Partition. Cannot boot other partition

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A:[SOLVED] partition magic partition inactive, cant boot


I am a bit confused mate... Windows XP was installed on what partition??? [C: or D:]
When you have created C: partition for Windows 2003, did you create it during system setup and did you deleted some partition during that action???

Keep us posted...
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A:Move boot files from EFI partition to system partition?

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Please post a shot of disk management, fully expanded.
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A:after removing a partition...

I think you might need to right click on c drive and select "extend volume".
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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.

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has a nice tutorial
Note step 5. Choose an installation partition
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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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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.

Then delete D in Windows Disk Management. That will generate "unallocated space".

Then expand C to take up the unallocated space, also using Windows Disk Management.

Don't say yes to dynamic partitions, whatever you do.

You should end up with 3 partitions: recovery, C, and OEM.

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Take look at this tutorial:
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Hi there
I believe I posted this before so what I'd do is the following

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Follow this tutorial I wrote: http://cid-120d9bfa03f629fd.spaces.l...29FD!163.entry

Instead of clicking Resize, click Delete.

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Can you attach a screen shot of you disc management screen ??

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A:help removing separate swap partition

Having a separate partition for a swap file on the same physical drive as the system will slow it down a bit.
Having a separate partition for a swap file on a Different physical drive as the system will Increase performance a little. If the swap file is not being used, it won't make a difference.

Just move the swap file back to the C: drive and do what ever you want with the F: drive.

Right click My Computer, click Properties
Click the Advanced tab
In the Performance section, click the Settings button.
Click the Advanced tab
In the Virtual memory section, click the Change button
Highlight the C: drive and chose System managed size
(or Custom size and set your sizes as desired.)
Click the Set button
Highlight the F: drive and select No paging file
Click the Set button
OK back to the Desktop and reboot.
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to sum up the issue:
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what should I do?

A:problem removing system partition

Before you do anything else, do an image backup of BOTH partitions to a third partition or a second hard drive. Just in case!

1) Are both partitions on the same HDD?

2) If so, which one is the FIRST partition? The Win7 OS partition you want to keep or the empty, except for the bootloader, Vista partition that you want for delete?

Answer those two questions and someone will respond. I have not corrected this exact setup yet but am about to on one of my HDDs.....
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A:Removing files from Recovery (D:) partition

so if i understand this correctly he ripped those files to the c drive ?. then delete or exclude the files from the backup yes. and if there's nothing important on the d drive format it and make a new backup. ( maybe temporary copy 1 of the backup files to the c drive )
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A:Removing System Reserved Partition from HDD, and recreating on SSD?

The third drive is booting itself as signified by the System flag. Unplug the other drives to confirm this.

If there are still OS' on the hard drives then post back screenshots of each one booted so we can see if they are independently bootable too, or just try booting each while plugged in alone.

Are you booting your choice via the BIOS Boot Menu or a Windows boot menu?
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A:Disk management - removing the recovery partition

As to 1, I find having a recovery partition on the same drive as the OS is asking for trouble. If the drive fails, your recovery partition goes with it. I prefer having an image backup (using Macrium Reflect) on another local drive, so I can restore my setup in only a few minutes -- if needed. So, yeah, you could reformat all that space into a single partition and use Macrium Reflect (or built-in Windows functions) to store backups in it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by niranjannj

I have installed Win 7 eternity x64 in one of the non primary parttions. i installed it using my previous version of win 7 x64 RC which is on primary partition. but now i want to remove win 7 RC and Make win 7 Eternity as my primary OS can i do it?

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I hope someone here can help you!

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What's the model number and size of this "flash player"?
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Win 8 versus Win 7 is personal preference. I wouldn't get wound up in their differences. Use the one you can use most efficiently and are most familiar with.

I gather the laptop now has Win 7. Is there any over-riding reason why you would need to put 8 on it at all if satisfied with 7? You can dual boot and have both if you need both, but it's a complication.

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A:HDD partition help needed (by removing drive from laptop)

Question one, why are you doing this. are you downgrading to Windows 7? If so, see this tutorial:

How to Downgrade Windows 8 Preinstalled to Windows 7

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A:HDD partition help needed (by removing drive from laptop)

Here is some info:

UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

If you select Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (not marked UEFI in the boot menu).

- If your hard drive is blank, the Windows setup program creates the following partitions on your hard drive (see screenshot below).

Partition table:
- MBR (Master Boot Record)

Two partitions:
- System Reserved - The Boot Configuration Data (BCD).
- Primary - Where Windows is to be installed to.

If you select UEFI Boot Mode (marked UEFI in the boot menu).

- If your hard drive is blank, the Windows setup program creates the following partitions on your hard drive (see screenshot below).

Partition table:
- GPT (GUID Partition Table)

Four partitions:
- Recovery - The Windows Recovery Environment tools. This partition does not exist in Windows 7.
- System (EFI system) - The Boot Configuration Data (BCD).
- MSR (Reserved) - Microsoft Reserved.
- Primary - Where Windows is to be installed to.

Note: The MSR (Reserved) partition is not visible within Disk Management utility, but it is listed with command line utility (diskpart).

Quote from this post:

Once you have deleted all of the partitions, you only see Drive 0 Unallocated Space (see screenshot below).

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See screenshot

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A:Removing 100MB system partition - no re-install needed

or you could simply use the bcdboot command to create the boot manager to the Windows drive and set it "active" using the diskpart command. Although that one only works if Windows is on a primary partition.

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Welcome to TSG....

I would suggest first thing is to backup all of your important data if you have not already done this to another media like CD-R's, DVD, Thumb drive(s) or the such and then install the new larger drive and do a partitioning of the drives and then make plans on the dual boot and what operating systems you have or want to use and install OS's and programs and restore all data and then install for dual boot. This may seem like the long way around but it actually is the shortest way to go.
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A:How to setup boot partition-->win 7 partition?

It is the same as dual boot Windows 7 & Windows 8.
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
Setup "B"

When install second Windows 7, this install will make BootManager menu.
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Hello everyone So to Partition Boot Partition FAT for NTFS results that after weeks working fine my PC gave me only BSoD for all OS's load even with every F loading options of Vista x This was I think due to some difficult and unworkable installation of ATI Catalyst Software So FAT Partition to NTFS for Boot Partition I decide to do a clean re-install of both of my OSs After having a pain to eliminate Partition on the DISC where Boot files were installed since XP installation program was saying it could not access this FAT Partition to NTFS for Boot Partition HD partition I succeed to do it by switching in Bios my Priority of HDD FAT Partition to NTFS for Boot Partition But my problem is not that Here it is after eliminate all partition on Both HDD I partition again leaving on each Disc GB first partition for Boot Files So When I install XP Pro SP automaticly when I indicate to install on third partition of on of my DISC the program indicate that it has to format DRIVE C First Partition of DISC for some OS files suppose BOOT Files and automaticly format it as FAT after that give me the option to quick format the Third Partition as NTFS where XP will be installed So now I have a FAT partition C which indicate in administrative Tools gt Disc Management is SYSTEM eventhough in Explorer with View all Hide File active nothing it's showed in this drive C I want to Install now Vista Home Premium x and I think I read once that VISTA is the first OS not compatible with FAT partition Do I have to change this C partition from FAT to NTFS How can I do that and make sure to keep XP Boot File in good shape Also I'd like to activate PAE for my XP sonce I have gb RAM disponible but I installed EasyBCD but when I start it it show error saying that I do not have Vista Installed Before when my PC was working I try through EasyBCD in Vista to activate PAE but it did not show that I had XP installed How does it work Thks in advance for your answers

A:FAT Partition to NTFS for Boot Partition

Install windows vista on another partition than windows XP partition, and you will have a dual boot " Windows XP & windows Vista".

To convert c: partition to NTFS open "run" in windows XP and write the following:

convert c: /fs:ntfs

then restart your PC to complete the conversion process.
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I've been re-installing XP about every 2-3 months because I'm very hard on the OS by trying new programs and then deleting them. Last time, for the first time, the Windows partition is different than the boot partition. There are a total of 4 partitions on a single physical drive. Boot.ini is as follows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="MS XP Pro" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

The default= parameter used to specify "partition(1)". I have no idea how the change happened. How can I put the boot partion back onto the Windows partition, specifically partition(1) ? I can restore the 3 data partitions, if necessary, but don't know how to identify partition(1) and make sure it is made the boot and Windows partition. BTW, I've been using Partition Majic and the Windows install disc to create and manage the partitions.


A:Boot Partition Is Not The Windows Partition

Reformat your hard drive, make it three partitions:

1 for the op system
2 for all programs not part of the op system
3 for all data.

Then do a fresh installation of Windows.