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  • Question

  • Hello, All!

    I've posted this question to Microsoft Answers but nothing came. Now I'm trying this here.

    I've a hard drive with 4 drives. C:, D:, E: and F:. Windows 7 is on Drive C:. I actually want to merge drive D: with drive C:.

    I'm facing a problem with my D: drive. I had two Windows Actually in one PC. I had done Windows 7 in Drive C: and Windows XP in Drive D:. Then I deleted Windows XP from D: using Windows 7 but some XP files are still here in Drive D: and it's not formatting. Now I've finished Windows XP and using only 7. So in 7, Drive D: is still not formatting and still not converting to Logical Drive. Means Drive D: is still a primary partition despite of not having any Windows in it. You can see in Picture one:

    Picture 1:

    http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/9602/ms1m.png

    You can see another picture of Drive D: that when I click Drive D: then we can see some of Windows XP's files are still in this drive. For example Windows folder, Boot folder and Recycle Bin Folder as well. So this drive is not formatting and not converting into a Logical drive. You can see in Picture 2.

    Picture 2:

    http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9747/ms2f.png

    So what can do to format D: and making it a logical drive so that it merge with C:.

    Regards,

     

    Sunday, December 19, 2010 2:28 PM

Answers

  • If XP was installed before win 7 d:\ will be the active partition and cannot be merged with c:\  nor can d:\ be formatted. You will need to transfer criticall system files from d:\ to c:\ before you can format d:\! Even so you may not be able to merge d;\ with c:\ sicne c:\ is a system partition. "Boot" folder is main concern and needs to be moved to c:\ win 7 partiotion.
    • Proposed as answer by ONE ZERO Monday, December 27, 2010 2:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Friday, January 7, 2011 3:01 AM
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 8:27 PM
  • ZERO Tolerance has some good points I missed.  It looks like you have the Users folder and the WINDOWS folder on C: as well as the Boot folder.  Plus the registry has critical paths listed as D: drive.  So, I think the only way to combine C: & D: is to back everything up and reinstall Windows 7.  I personally would not partition the drive as partitioning actually wastes space and does nothing to improve performance.  Just put all your Songs in a folder.  There's already a My Music folder created by Win 7.


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    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, December 27, 2010 1:47 AM
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 9:03 PM
  • For help with EasyBCD you need to go to the NeoSmart Forums and post your questions there: http://neosmart.net/forums/?getforum=5

    The EasyBCD Support is @ http://neosmart.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7


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    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, December 27, 2010 1:47 AM
    Monday, December 20, 2010 5:50 PM

All replies

  • I do not know of any capability in Windows 7 to do what you want to do.  You can search the internet for a partition utility and find one with the capability to do as you describe or you can reinstall your Windows 7.

    I will not give you any recommendations for a specific utility because I don't want to be blamed if something goes wrong and you lose your Win 7 system.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 2:44 PM
  • If XP was installed before win 7 d:\ will be the active partition and cannot be merged with c:\  nor can d:\ be formatted. You will need to transfer criticall system files from d:\ to c:\ before you can format d:\! Even so you may not be able to merge d;\ with c:\ sicne c:\ is a system partition. "Boot" folder is main concern and needs to be moved to c:\ win 7 partiotion.
    • Proposed as answer by ONE ZERO Monday, December 27, 2010 2:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Friday, January 7, 2011 3:01 AM
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 8:27 PM
  • ZERO Tolerance has some good points I missed.  It looks like you have the Users folder and the WINDOWS folder on C: as well as the Boot folder.  Plus the registry has critical paths listed as D: drive.  So, I think the only way to combine C: & D: is to back everything up and reinstall Windows 7.  I personally would not partition the drive as partitioning actually wastes space and does nothing to improve performance.  Just put all your Songs in a folder.  There's already a My Music folder created by Win 7.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, December 27, 2010 1:47 AM
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 9:03 PM
  • Just move the bootmgr and the boot folder to c:\. Boot store . Use bcdedit. Great tool.
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 9:17 PM
  • Just move the bootmgr and the boot folder to c:\. Boot store . Use bcdedit. Great tool.

    I think you have understand my problem. I've downloaded Easy BCD software to change my boot folder and bootmgr. I don't know how to use bcdedit tool in Windows 7.

    So in this picture, you can see what actaully Easy BCD Tool is saying and how can I change my boot folder using Easy BCD?

    http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/3882/capturems.png

    In this Image you can see the problem and tell me how to resolve it using Easy BCD? Tell me secure method actually.

    Monday, December 20, 2010 5:42 PM
  • For help with EasyBCD you need to go to the NeoSmart Forums and post your questions there: http://neosmart.net/forums/?getforum=5

    The EasyBCD Support is @ http://neosmart.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Monday, December 27, 2010 1:47 AM
    Monday, December 20, 2010 5:50 PM
  • Just explore the help file for EasyBCD. You will create a new store and assign an os entry.

    Monday, December 20, 2010 6:20 PM