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BDE drive removal

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  • Is there any way to remove the BDEdrive partition in Server 2008 R2 after the OS is installed?  (long story short: server deployed before we noticed the BDEdrive issue, now want to extend the C: drive but can't due to this BDEdrive nightmare.  Also, we can't just rebuild the server as it is in production....)

    Is it possible to use BCDboot utility to get around the BDEdrive problem?

    thanks in advance...

    Monday, October 04, 2010 5:30 PM

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  • Actually, it looks like I was able to solve it myself:

    At a command line: bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

    Then Right click the c: partition and set it as active.  One reboot later, I can delete the BDEdrive partition and extend the C: drive...

    Monday, October 04, 2010 8:27 PM

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  • Actually, it looks like I was able to solve it myself:

    At a command line: bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

    Then Right click the c: partition and set it as active.  One reboot later, I can delete the BDEdrive partition and extend the C: drive...

    Monday, October 04, 2010 8:27 PM
  • I had the same problem with a Windows 7 install and your fix worked for me also.

    Thanks very much for sharing it.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:49 AM
  • Jon - THANK YOU!!! Worked like a charm!
    Monday, March 14, 2011 4:42 PM
  • In my case I tried your solution and yes it worked like a charm.

    Except I needed an extra step. which was to use diskpart and make volume 1 active (c: drive) in order to boot again.

    Mario

    Monday, January 16, 2012 2:46 PM
  • This worked for me also after adding more space to a VM. When I changed the C drive to active and rebooted my machine could not boot so I loaded up the Windows DVD and let it repair the boot for me. Once that was done I deleted the BDE partition and extended the C drive. Thanks!
    Wednesday, September 05, 2012 8:12 PM
  • I ran the command using an elevated command prompt but I'm getting a , "Failure when attempting to copy boot files." error message. Does anyone know how to resolve this?
    Monday, November 26, 2012 5:03 PM
  • THANK YOU!

    This was driving me nuts for the past hour. 

    Worked like a charm, now I'm able to extend my root drive.

    Friday, February 22, 2013 8:41 PM
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    Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:36 PM