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How will removing partition effect boot manager

Q: How will removing partition effect boot manager

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?

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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: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: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

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Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition
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Not easily, and it depends somewhat on what was installed first, and what Service Packs were on those first two installs of Windows XP..
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A:Boot Manager effected by OS partition being moved?

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk management drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool found in Start Menu: Screen Shots

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Originally posted by 40 oz.
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OS: win2k pro Click to expand...

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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
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1. Click Start Orb
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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:[SOLVED] partition magic partition inactive, cant boot


I am a bit confused mate... Windows XP was installed on what partition??? [C: or D:]
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Please post a shot of disk management, fully expanded.
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A:Removing a Partition?

Go to start/ run and type
hit enter

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Does it have a big space to the right labled unallocated space?
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has a nice tutorial
Note step 5. Choose an installation partition
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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.
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Hi there
I believe I posted this before so what I'd do is the following

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A:Removing recovery-partition

You are right. You are able to delete that partition if you have made discs. And if you do decide to leave, installing windows 7 will not interfere at all with that partition.
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A:removing a partition in Vista

it may be its made a restore point (norm goes at the end of drive space ),so turn it off and try again
right click my computer,manage,d/c disk management,right click system disk C and see if it is now working
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A:Removing XP and resizing Win 7 partition

Hi there
If you want to get rid of XP just boot into W7 and do clean install.
Delete ALL the OS partitions and create new one's from the install prompt.

If you want a separate partition manager download the BOOTABLE FREE GPARTED application. Just google for it.

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What kind of drive is it, and can you get an external enclosure?
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A:Removing a windows partition

If you are logged into the first XP partition, it is easy enough to do. I would recommend making a backup of your important files before doing this, though.

Right-click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. Right-click on the 10GB partition, and select 'Delete Partition'. It will ask to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

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A:Problem Removing XP Partition

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

Instead of clicking Resize, click Delete.

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A:Solved: Removing partition.

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Are you sure the D: drive isn't a recovery Partition ??
Can you attach a screen shot of you disc management screen ??

No way to do this in XP that I know of.
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Partition Wizard Home is free and works great.
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A:help removing separate swap partition

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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 )