Windows 7 and partition management

  bridge+ 12:37 PM 19 Oct 12
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I had to re-install W7 but the faulty version was left on the Hard Disk plus an unallocated space appeared. The HD reads: System 78MB, unallocated 22Mb and Local Volume (C) 596.1Mb . Since I intend to update to W8 ; I need to delete the system volume and unallocated space and move (C) back to the start, unfortunately I am having some trouble achieving this - any advice available ? I would appreciate it enormously !

  lotvic 15:06 PM 19 Oct 12

Can you recheck your figures please. I think you are mixing up your MB, Mb and GB.

For W7 you need 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) plus room for other programs and all your personal Documents. In addition a small System partition (approx 100MB) is created at the beginning of drive for the Boot Manager

What makes you think that the faulty version was left on the Hard Disk?

how big is your harddrive? 250GB, 500GB or what?

  bridge+ 17:52 PM 19 Oct 12

Thank you Lotvic, C: should read 595gb. The 'system ' is at the beginning of the disc and contains a non-working W7 (stops loading about halfway during installation. W7 will not load if this 'system ' partition is declared not active etc. I have given up, when W8 arrives a new HD will be obtained ! My HD is 500gb

  bridge+ 17:52 PM 19 Oct 12

Thank you Lotvic, C: should read 595gb. The 'system ' is at the beginning of the disc and contains a non-working W7 (stops loading about halfway during installation. W7 will not load if this 'system ' partition is declared not active etc. I have given up, when W8 arrives a new HD will be obtained ! My HD is 500gb

  rdave13 18:18 PM 19 Oct 12

Do a clean install again. This is a good guide, www.sevenforums.com/tutorials

  lotvic 19:45 PM 19 Oct 12

bridge+, still not adding up right for your hard drive size.

I hope you make time to read the guide on rdave13's link which also explains about the small 100MB System Reserved partition.

  lotvic 19:51 PM 19 Oct 12

Here is pic of what it should look like http://www.sevenforums.com/attachments/installation-setup/2915d1232059565-windows-7-partitions-partition.png (some older W7 installs created 200 MB, later W7's only 100 MB) You will notice that this very small partition does not have a drive letter assigned to it. It needs to be set as Active.

  rdave13 20:08 PM 19 Oct 12

lotvic , copied and pasted from the link how to make the hard drive to one partition again, during install and this blessed site farted around again. Getting rather umm pissed off for want of a better few words.

If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) and want to get rid of them to make that disk # one partition drive again, then select a partition with that disk # and click on the Delete option for each partition with the same disk # until there is only one "unallocated space" with that disk # left as in the screenshot below.

Once done during the installation you should be good to go....Huston... I mean bridge+ :)

  rdave13 20:11 PM 19 Oct 12

missed the "o" in HOUSTON. Will sharpen fingers to fit keyboard keys......

  bridge+ 09:10 AM 20 Oct 12

Many thanks rdave and lotvic. I now understand the system ; I used a partition manager to merge System amd unallocated partitions and know have a 100mb boot partion plus Local volume C: with W6. All is OK - many thanks again.

  lotvic 10:51 AM 20 Oct 12

rdave13, :) yeah agree, annoying when this site plays up. Especially so when it thinks an innocent link is spam. I'm having bother with pages loading this morning.

bridge+, glad you have got sorted now.

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