Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:53 PM
I am running windows 7 32 bit, my original intention was to dual boot 64 bit, since I have a 64 bit CPU, and just bought 8GB RAM that isn't being utilized. I just got this laptop, used, about a month ago. I just got done uninstalling unwanted software, and installing the stuff I wanted, etc. So I was in no mood to do a fresh install with 64 bit.
I tried to create a partition to install W7 64bit using disk management. I did "shrink partition" hoping to create a 20GB partition for the OS. At the very last box, I get a message saying, If I create a simple volume....blah, blah, blah, something about booting an OS... now this would scare most people off, and it did scare me off, at first.... I downloaded a partition manager program, and tried a few things that way, with no luck. I kept going back to disk management (windows) and finally clicked yes, thinking that the worst thing that would happen is that I would render 20GB of a 500GB drive unusable. However, it turned all of the partitions - now 5 of them, into simple volumes.
So, back to my original query, how bad did I screw things up? Is this "reversible?" I'm sure there is no one easy answer to this, as the "research" I have been doing on partitions shows - it is a pretty complex thing.