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How can I remove a partition


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#1 richierein

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:59 AM

When Microsoft first allowed a peek at Windows 8, I created a 50gb partition on my C: drive so I could take a look at it. Now, after reading about some horror stories about Microsoft's removal of support for several functions I find quite useful in Windows 7 especially its downgrading of support for DVDs, I would like to remove the partition I allocated to Windows 8 and reclaim the space on my C: drive for Windows 7. Can this be done easily without reformatting? If so, how is this done? I think I'll hang around with Windows 7 until I know more about Microsoft's intentions.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:07 AM

Did you use the option to shrink the root partition that Win 7 is installed on? If so, right click the drive and you should get an option to remove it.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:41 AM

What is the option called? There is one called "Restore previous versions" and another called "Share with". It is not apparent which option to select. I would take a screenshot but it clears as soon as I click something else.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:01 AM

You first of all have to delete the volume that Windows 8 is installed on which gives you back your 50GB, but as "Unallocated Space" and then extend the partition on the left of that into that space. There are illustrated instructions here:



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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:13 AM

Thanks

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:29 AM

You're welcome.

By the way, thanks for the tip about lack of DVD support in Windows 8. I've just been reading up on it. Apparently it is supported, but only in the Pro edition which costs about $100 more than the 'Consumer' version.

I wonder how Microsoft is going to break the news to the general public that they can't playback DVDs unless they upgrade to the higher priced version? Should be amusing.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:24 PM

You're welcome.

By the way, thanks for the tip about lack of DVD support in Windows 8. I've just been reading up on it. Apparently it is supported, but only in the Pro edition which costs about $100 more than the 'Consumer' version.

I wonder how Microsoft is going to break the news to the general public that they can't playback DVDs unless they upgrade to the higher priced version? Should be amusing.



That is going to be creepy as amusing WIndows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home have DVD playback why the change

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:19 AM


You're welcome.

By the way, thanks for the tip about lack of DVD support in Windows 8. I've just been reading up on it. Apparently it is supported, but only in the Pro edition which costs about $100 more than the 'Consumer' version.

I wonder how Microsoft is going to break the news to the general public that they can't playback DVDs unless they upgrade to the higher priced version? Should be amusing.



That is going to be creepy as amusing WIndows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home have DVD playback why the change

Yes, I don't understand the thinking behind that either.

It's like buying a new car, having it delivered to your door and after you jump in all excited wanting to take it for a test drive, you suddenly discover that it hasn't got an engine and you have to buy that separately. :blink:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:14 PM

To Xircal:

When I right-clicked to delete the partition,'delete volume' was shadowed out and therefore unavailable.

Richie

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:35 AM

To Xircal:

When I right-clicked to delete the partition,'delete volume' was shadowed out and therefore unavailable.

Richie

Did you build the machine yourself, or is an off the shelf flavour? If it's the latter, does the system have a so called Recovery Disc which you can use to reformat and restore the operating system? If so, what you may be looking at is a special boot partition which is usually about 100MB. You cannot extend that.

Can you post a screenshot of the menu where you're trying to perform this operation?

EDIT: Is there an option to mark the partition as "Inactive"?

Edited by Xircal, 18 May 2012 - 01:44 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:17 AM

This machine was bought new from Dell with Windows Vista installed. I upgraded to Windows 7 with Microsoft's special 3 CPUs for $150. The CDs used to upgrade seem to have disappeared. Reinstalling Windows is not an option. Attached is a screenshot.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:27 AM

This machine was bought new from Dell with Windows Vista installed. I upgraded to Windows 7 with Microsoft's special 3 CPUs for $150. The CDs used to upgrade seem to have disappeared. Reinstalling Windows is not an option. Attached is a screenshot.

I can't see the screenshot anywhere?

You could upload to http://imageshack.us/ if you can't upload it here.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:04 AM

I went to your website
It would not accept my address/password
Where do I go from here?
Whenever I attempt to upload a screenshot to bleeping computer, it says waiting...(forever).

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:15 AM

I went to your website
It would not accept my address/password
Where do I go from here?
Whenever I attempt to upload a screenshot to bleeping computer, it says waiting...(forever).

Imageshack is a free site, you don't need to register.

When you go there, you see a big blue button called "Upload Now". To the right of that, click the link which says "Can't Upload? Try This". Then click the "Browse" button, navigate to the file on your PC and then click the blue "Upload Now" button.

Don't forget to save your file in either .JPG or .PNG format. If you saved it with .BMP, then it will be too big i.e. at least 2MB. To reduce it in size (but not dimensions), do the following.

  • Right click the image and go to "Open With" and then choose "Paint".
  • In Paint, click "File" and then "Save As".
  • In the dropdown box at the bottom where it says "Save As Type", change it to "PNG" and then click "Save".
This will reduce the size to about 50K.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:31 AM

I need some more time. The Wi-Fi in my building is heavily censored. I have a way to bypass the censorship but it gives me some problems with certain websites. Eventually I'll get this screenshot to you.

Richie




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