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Merging volumes but what is my configuration to start with?


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#1 zzzz

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:03 AM

I have a dual boot XP/Win 7 and wish to merge an empty Disk E into the Win 7 partition D

 

Under Computer I have:

 

Disk C                                Disk D                                  Disc E

70.3GB free of 88.5GB      7.47GB free of 23.5GB        29.8GB free of 30.0GB 

Presumably for XP?           Presumably for Win 7

 

Under Computer Management  the list shows:

 

7.00GB(OEM Part.)   D 23.53GB System,Active,   C 88.52GB Boot,Page File  E 30.00GB Primary Part.

                                  Primary Partition                  Cr.Dump,Prim. Partition       

 

 

I don't understand what that 7GB OEM (presumably the original  pre loaded XP, yes?) is doing there before the D - separate to protect it?

 

To install Win 7 I divided C into two roughly equal parts and installed it into the empty part. Where this  separate E partition has come from I don't know. I thought C is containing my XP or has Win 7, made its position C when I'm in Win 7 mode? 

 

I could use E for storing data  I suppose but is it OK to delete E and do the needful, if necessary, to combine C and E?

 

Yes I'm confused - any clarification appreciated.

 

 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:47 AM

Digging out my old notes on the installation of Win 7 I see that the 23.53GB (14.85GB used) should be the XP partition and 88.52GB is the Win 7 partition.

 

So my previous assigning of the partitions was wrong, reversed in fact.

 

So my only query now, I think, is how that partition E came about?



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:05 AM

The old memory is coming back.

 

Some years ago when I first bought this netbook the setup asked to set aside some disk space. As the HDD was quite large I plumped for 30 GB just in case of I knew not what.

 

Problem solved I think,



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 12:09 PM

I would leave those partitions alone.

 

If this is a netbook...that means that it's an OEM system (made by HP,. Dell, Lenovo, etc.) and probably contains a partition which allows you to reset the system to factory defaults.  This is typically the only means of reinstalling Windows on an OEM system.

 

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:38 PM

Yes that is right. I think I'm OK now for what I want to do - thanks.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:51 PM

:thumbup2: .

 

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