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Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

Q: Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

I accidently deleted :

- Drive C partition
- System partition (100mb)
- MBR partition

when i was trying to install fresh windows 7.

now i only have :

- Disk 0 Unallocated Space
- Disk 0 Partition 1: Data (Drive D)

when i try to make new partition in Unallocated Space, it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

Please, can anyone help me to fix this?
And i need my Drive D untouchable. (not to be deleted)

Preferred Solution: Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

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A: Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

Try to define a primary active partition in the allocated space. Use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard - it is the last box on the website. Burn that .iso to CD and boot with the CD. Here are How To tutorials.

Technical Support of free partition magic, partition manager servre, partition software and partition magic server - Partition Wizard

Then you should be able to install into that partition.

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I essentially decided to use my hard-drive for two different forms of Windows XP 32 and 64-bit. This was some time ago, and it ended up with the 64-bit partition (C:\) as my system partition. The 32-bit partition (E:\) was considered a logical drive, and I used it almost entirely, due to the fact that my CD Key for 64-bit will no longer work, for whatever reason.

Eventually, I decided that I needed the space from the old, unused 64-bit partition, and since both partitions had Windows installed on them, I thought it'd be no problem to just delete 64-bit and merge the remaining space with my 32-bit partition.

Unfortunately, before I got that far, I found out that my 32-bit partition no longer will boot. After reading up on it, I found out about the system partition and all that stuff that I messed up by deleting the 64-bit partition.

I've tried to use the recovery console via boot CD, but when using BootCFG, the /SCAN function doesn't recognize the 32-bit partition. I've verified that the files are still there (installed another partition with windows and checked via explorer), but even with an edited boot.ini, the Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit partition won't boot beyond the blue screen, windows logo after "Welcome".

Is there anyway to salvage and fix the partition? I'd rather avoid losing all the driver installations and registry keys I have on the other partition, and would much rather just make that drive the system partition... Read more

A:Multiboot, Accidentally deleted System Partition. Cannot boot other partition

Oh. Also, when in Windows Setup, the 32-bit partition in question can be seen, and is stated as "in a format not suitable to Windows Installation" or similar. I can enter it in Recovery Console, but it does not recognize that Windows is installed on it. Partition table?

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


A:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD --> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...n-my-hard-disk

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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I've had two disks:
1- SSD drive with OS
2- HDD with 4 partitions + system reserved

Because i wanted to get rid of system reserved partition i've deleted and extended one of those 4..
After that i formated and installed windows 7 x64 on my SSD.
Right now the hdd partitions won't show up, and the only way i can see those partitions is running windows installation cd, but they are listed as Dynamic and cant do anything about them. The partition i resized appears multiple times, i don't know what to do. I'm desperate here.

Gregrocker if you are around, please help me out.

A:Deleted System reserved partition on secondary hard drive

While you're waiting you should post a screen shot of the HDD.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
If you have made 5 partitions you have probably made the HDD dynamic and should attempt to make it basic again. A basic drive can have a maximum of 4 primary partitions.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I was recently doing a fresh install on my SSD (primary). I saw a 100mb system reserved partition and deleted it thinking it was from the primary drive. But it was from my data drive/secondary hard drive. Now the data partition is there in secondary hard drive but I'm unable to access it. Windows says I have to format the drive to access it, rightfully so.

Is there any way to access my data now?

A:Deleted system reserved partition from my secondary hard drive

Didn`t you even pay attention to what the Disk # was when you deleted it ? Obviously not.

Why didn`t you unplug your data drive before you even attempted the new install ???????

If you format your data drive, bye bye data.

There is no reason you can`t access the data on that drive.

Partition Wizard, Linux etc, there are many ways.

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Ok. I tried everything to repair an XP install on my Qosmio GA35-650. The recovery disk was a joke and wouldn't work...I decided to skip all of the DMI junk I read about and clean install a copy of XP.

Put the Raid drivers on a floppy and proceeded with the install. Setup would not install on the boot partition and gave me a "page_fault" error. I went into the bios and changed disk 0 to JBOD from RAID, disk 1 was already set to JBOD. Reentered setup and at the point where you select the partition to install to only one partition was shown. This was not a good thing as I backed up all of my data from the C: drive (Disk 0) to the F: Drive (Disk 1). I went back to the BIOS and set Drive 0 back to Raid and started the Setup procedure over again. Two partitions were showing this time but Disk 1 was not showing an F: drive designator.

The question. Did I lose all of my data on the second 100gb drive in the system? Is my F: drive recoverable?


A:Two HDDs in System. Deleted partition on Drive 0 now cant access Drive 1?

I think it depends on what Raid type you were using, some good info of different types here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=597010
Personally I don't like Raid all that much, as I don't think it's fantastic for data recovery or backup (which was its actual purpose, plus speed)

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i try to backup my laptop data using system image recovery.. In the process, the system told me that 'the backup could take up to 16 GB of disc space.' So, i just create another partition (17 GB) on my external hard disc as a backup location. The process went smoothly. But unfortunately, all my external hard disc partition has been deleted and there is only one partition (RECOVERY 31.9GB ) that include recovery data is created.. Is it any way that i can apply to get back my deleted partition?

A:System image recovery has deleted my external hard drive partition

Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

I've done that process so I think that I understand what happened. Is it an Acer laptop?

The most important thing at this point is that you DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO THE AFFECTED DRIVE. That means do not format it or do anything that may alter the data that is currently on it.


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I recently acquired a 60GB SSD and want to migrate my current system hard drive to the new drive. However, when I go to the Windows Backup manager to create a system image, it wants me to copy ALL of C partition and ALL of D, when it should only be C. D drive is full of a bunch of crap that I do not want included in the system image. If there even are system files on D, by no means is copying the entire partition necessary!

Therefore, is there any way to make partition D NOT a system partition? I never wanted it to be part of the system in the first place. Arggg!

Help much appreciated.

Windows 7 x64

A:Is there any way to make a partition NOT a system partition?

Yes. Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings using Snipping Tool in Start Menu and we will give you the steps.

Normally you would mark C active using Diskpart from Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to C.

However there may be complications unseen without the screenshot so wait til we see it to tell you for sure.

Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create

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Win XP home ed.:
What are the steps needed to access one of my partitions, delete it, then use 1/2 the space and apply to system drive and the other 1/2 to another partition?

A:remove partition & add space to system drive & a diff partition

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How do I make the second partition, which includes all files from another hard drive, pretend that it is the main partition? I want to simulate the second partition being my main one for a while.


How do I resize system partitions?

I am in deep trouble...

A while ago I made a hard drive image with Drive Snapshot (http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/). A few days ago my hard drive crashed and I certainly want to restore it. Although, I can't afford waiting for a new hard drive, and I want to restore it to another computer instead. My goal is to be able to boot into the old system with all programs and settings intact!

- A stationary computer where the hard-drive snapshot resides (300 gb)
- A crashed laptop computer (38,7 gb)
- A target stationary computer with two partitions: (system c: 38,8 gb, d: 38,6 gb)

The problem is I cannot restore the 38,7 gb image file to the d: partition as it is 0,1 gb too small!!

I cannot use the 300 gb computer, and I cannot afford to delete the system partition of the target computer! I see only two options:
1. Resizing the partitions on target computer
2. Mounting the snapshot-image as a virtual drive (done), and copy all files but the movie-files etc to D:

Problems encountered:
1. This is impossible as the C: is the system partition and they cannot be made smaller with programs like Acronis PartitionExpert...
2. Although all files but the movies are copyed, I cannot make it boot!
(method: I use a virtual pc that m... Read more

A:How to make second partition bootable / restore hd image when partition is too small?

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i have laptop sony vaio vgn cs 320j ...
i had installed windows 7 ultimaye 64 earlier...
but i have already formatted that one..now no os on pc..
i also deleted by mistakes syaytem partition..
i dont have driver cd..

what to do???

driver are there on sony website...but which one to download i dont know for booting my windows???

at present my pc on non-bootable mode..

Sony eSupport - VGN-CS320J/P - Support

please help....

A:deleted system partition...

Hello swap2511 and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you also delete the hidden recovery partition installed at the factory by Sony? If it's still on the hard drive you can restore your computer to factory specs. This recovery guide should be fairly close for your model Vaio computer.


You might also be able to recover the deleted partitions with a free utility called MiniTool Partition Wizard.

How to perform lost partition recovery and deleted partition recovery under Windows? Partition Recovery Help.

Or you might consider doing a clean reinstall of the operating system and removing all factory bloatware. If you need an installation DVD step 1 explains how to get a free, legal copy. You would download and save the ISO file for your version of Windows 7 (perhaps to the desktop) and then burn the ISO file to a blank DVD.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hey there, not sure where to put this but here goes:

I had a friend bring me a laptop to fix, it had a nasty collection of viruses. So I took the hard drive out and plugged it in to anoter machine running XP to do a virus scan using Symantec Endpoint Protection. I didn't have a USB adapter handy so I just opened the case and installed it as a secondary drive. Scan was going well and finding plenty, but after 3 hours I needed to take the drive home to continue working on it, so I canceled the scan, shut down the PC, took the drive out, and went home.

At home where I did have a USB adapter I plugged it in and discovered that the system was now reading the drives inocorrectly. In My Womputer the main partition shows up as the 100mb System Reserved partition, while in Computer Management it shows up as a 280gb partition. In My Computer I see all the files one expects to see on the System Reserved partition and none of the operating system or user files.

So today I tried putting the drive back into the laptop and windows will not boot. Took it back out and tried it directly installed in a machine as a secondary drive, same as before, and get the same problem: can't access the main partition and can't see the little system reserved partition in the partition manager.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you in advance and I apolopgise if this turns out to be a dumb question.

A:Main drive partition reading as "System Reserved" partition

The partition on that drive in which the boot manager files live must be set as "active", in order for the BIOS of your machine to go there to start the boot process. And it also must be of type "primary" in order for it to be set "active". If the partition in which the boot manager files you've mentioned live is currently not set as "active", then that would explain why you can't boot to that drive.

And of course, that hard drive must be listed as the first hard drive in the boot sequence of the BIOS setup, so that the "active" partition on that drive (which is supposed to contain the boot manager files) can be used to kick off the boot process.

This "active" partition is typically that 100MB "system reserved", with the real Win7 system partition itself being a second and much larger partition.

But there's nothing to prevent both (a) boot manager and (b) Win7 system from residing in the same physical partition, as long as (a) it's a "primary" partition and not "logical", and (b) is set as "active", and (c) the hard drive on which it lives is the 1st hard drive listed in the boot sequence for the BIOS.

Anyway, what is the nature of the two partitions you're looking at... i.e. the one with the boot manager files and the other with the Win7 system files?

Screenshot possible? You can also use Partition Wizard to examine the hard drive and modify the "active" vs. ... Read more

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This is my basic spread
prime contains a win 7 installation(active)
halo contains a win 8 installation(boot) and is a logical partition
What I need to do is:
format prime and combine it with halo , this will be my boot and active
keep logic and halo as it is an my logical drives
I cannot lose data in halo or logic.
how do I go about doing this .. pls help

A:make a logical partition into a primary partition

just let me say this you would need to back up your data before you do anything ! because however you do end up achieving this, it's never safe to do it with out first backing up your data to another source

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Hi guys, i'm having the following annoying problem.
I wanted to format my notebook because it was kinda buggy and stuff, well, as my dvd from windows 7 ultimate x64 is broken, i tried to install using a bootable usb, everything went great but then when i had to format the partition, i deleted the system reserved, and then it won't let me install windows 7 cause it ask for a system reserved partition.

I tried formatting everything using gparted, but it didn't work. I have a 32 x version of win 7 ultimate too, a dvd, and when i run it, it installs whithout problems, but i want the 64 bit, and i only have it on a usb.

is there any way to install it then? It's been three days fighting with it and i can't make it work.
What's worse, I burned two dvds with this official Iso of win 7, but it seems my notebook dvd reader is not working right and it won't boot any of those two dvds... so i'm really out of my mind with this happening lol

Hope you can give me an answer to this problem!
Now i'm making a clean all, as i read that doing this and then going back to the installer would make the system reserved partition appear again, but i'm not sure...

Thanks in advance!

A:Deleted System Partition and cannot create another one.

Clear the disk (maybe with cmd) and define an active, primary partition on it. For the OS 50GB should be ample. Then install to that partition. If you want to use cmd (e.g. from the installation disk) those are the commands:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your disk in List disk)
Create partition primary size=50000 (parameter is is in MB; = 50GB)
Format fs=ntfs quick

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the issue starts when i was mistaken to delete the
system reserved partition (which was 400MB). foolish, of course.

next thing i tried is booting with Hirens BootCD 10.6 dos programs
and started "Active Partition Recovery 3.0"

In the program, i've noticed i got two unallocated spaces to scan -
one, the size of 0.96mb, and the 2nd is 297Gb (my whole HD size)

and one logical C:, size of 0.40gb, the actual size of the partition i deleted.

i started to freak out.
booted with Hirens once again, this time to mini windows xp,
to see if all my drives are okay - and noticed - i've don't got any drives !
like i deleted all the partition except the system reserved one,

i deleted the System Reserved partition, with Aomei Partition Assistant
then i wanted to merge the 400MB of free space to my C:\ drive.

I right clicked the C: partition -> Merge & Resize
and added the 400mb to that partition.

says it needed a reboot.

from then - of course the system won't boot.
and now i fear the most - 300GB of data is deleted as well.

Please, I beg you - help me!
i really don't know what to do from here.

Talking about Toshiba Satellite L500d Laptop
with Windows 7 x64 Enterprise installed on it.

Please help

A:System Reserved partition deleted - please HELP

Where did you buy your Windows 7 Enterprise from?

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:

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I recently bought a new Toshiba Portege R705-P41 which came loaded with a ton of crap so I attempted to do a clean install but somehow managed to deleted the "System" partition.
Now the laptop wont boot and I stupidly didn't create a system restore point so I'm freaking out a little bit.
Is there any way I can get whatever was in the System partition back so the computer will boot and I can reinstall Windows 7?

A:Accidentally deleted the System partition...help!!

Do a Startup Repair.
Startup Repair

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Hey guys.
I made a bit of a mistake. I was deleting my XP partition on my HDD (Via the windows 7 setup) and accidentally deleted a system partition. This in turn, as you can imagine, left my computer unable to process that my windows 7 partition was a bootable partition. I installed a fresh copy of W7 on another partition, and all my data from the previous W7 installation is still there. Now my question is this (and I think I know the horrible answer, but no harm in asking); is there any way to restore the original partition to a bootable state? I tried using the W7 DVD to perform a repair, but that doesn't work since it doesn't recognise the partition as a bootable partition, only a data partition.

A:Accidentally deleted system partition.

Quote: Originally Posted by ChrisWinks

Hey guys.
I made a bit of a mistake. I was deleting my XP partition on my HDD (Via the windows 7 setup) and accidentally deleted a system partition. This in turn, as you can imagine, left my computer unable to process that my windows 7 partition was a bootable partition. I installed a fresh copy of W7 on another partition, and all my data from the previous W7 installation is still there. Now my question is this (and I think I know the horrible answer, but no harm in asking); is there any way to restore the original partition to a bootable state? I tried using the W7 DVD to perform a repair, but that doesn't work since it doesn't recognise the partition as a bootable partition, only a data partition.

Do you want to restore the old partition or import the data and settings to the new one so you dont have to re-install?

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now i cant boot my win 8
i have dual boot with ubuntu
so when i try to boot win 8 i get error massage that there is no such partition (because he try go find sda0 but cant)
i try to insert usb with win 8
but i get that i need to insert repair disk
how i can boot win 8 without reserved partition? (i don't want to spend one of my 4 partition for this)
or if i cant
how i can restore my system reserved partition? (i don't have cd tray)

thank you

A:I deleted the system reserved partition...

The system reserved partition contains your win8 bootmgr. If you delete it, win8 is dead. Given that you have no CD reader, it is probably the least effort if you reinstall win8 form USB.

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I have hp 1000 laptop.operation system is windows 7 ultimate.
500gb hard drive with 100gb (C),185bg (E),180gb (F) partitions,Fist I had accidentily deleted E and F with partition magic soft ware.after that those partitions were invisible. so then i try to activated in devise manager.then i restart and now i can't log in.(boot failure)
is there any way to recover all my partitions.......

A:How to recover my deleted system partition

Download Partition Wizard and burn to CD with Windows Image Burner.

Boot and run the Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

Once all partitions are recovered, post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Forums. Tell us exactly what you want to do and we will give you the steps.

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Hey guys, I accidently deleted my system reserved partition

I only have one system installed on my pc, so no dual boot is needed or anything, I think it created a seperate system partition because of a windows.old folder, which has already been deleted now, because it took too much space.

So now when I start up my pc i get the error that my bootmgr is missing.

I tried repairing it by inserting the windows 7 dvd and using the repair, but when I click on windows 7 and i try to repair it it says it's the wrong version of windows. My language settings are set correctly so that's not the problem.

I then tried to do it by pressing shift + f10 to get into the command line and using the following commands:
Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
Bootrec.exe /ScanOs
Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
however the scanos and rebuildbcd can't find any windows installation..

If i put in my windows 7 dvd and i startup my pc, it works fine, because it then uses the bootmgr from the win7 dvd. So I thought, let's just copy the bootmgr.exe to my windows. But this didn't work either.

So how do I fix my problem? Is there a way to create a new system reserved partition with the correct bootconfiguration?

I've been surfing through the web but couldn't find any other solutions


A:Deleted System Reserved Partition

Check this tutorial on how to run a Startup Repair.

Startup Repair

You may need to run it three times with a reboot between each one.

You can also use this tutorial to create a system reserved partition if you prefer this method.

System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

The Windows.old folder will have been created when you upgraded to Windows 7.

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I've seen threads like this here before none of them solved my problem.

I was installing and when I did a clean install and it wouldn't work when I got to


xcopy F= D= /h/i/s

^ it would say invalid file.

I tried to install anyways after doing some research finding nobody having that problem, when it got to 'Expanding windows files' or something like that, it would stay ay 0%.

I read somewhere that the 100mb system reserved file is useless, and I deleted it because it was not present on the installation tutorial... but apparently I read the wrong advice...

Now when I cut it on I have no options and it won't boot, can't access BIOS.. How screwed am I? because this is not my laptop it's a friends I thought I could fix.

A:Deleted System Reserved Partition

Hi, Welcome to forums.

System reserved partition contains

Use your windows system disk to run a windows repair, if not then you just have to reinstall windows. Here's how you do it.

Startup Repair

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So I have been browsing alot and I have seen many threads where this has happened to people. I have seen where there is a solution however unfortunately I cant do them. My problem is I only have this one laptop and have no access to another computer. Right now I'm running a copy of Ubuntu off a USB stick. I've seen where people have stated that the problem can be solved with a bootable version of Partition Wizard. However I have no idea how to do this in Ubuntu been scouring the net to no avail, Is there some work around to using Partition Wizard if not are there any bootable usb creators you guys know of that is Ubuntu friendly. Thank you.

A:I need help restoring a deleted System partition

The partition wizard download is a bootable .iso file.

You should be able to d/l that onto your Hard drive from within Ubuntu.

You can then burn the pwfree.iso to cd/dvd from within ubuntu.

Can't remember what the dvd burner is called in Ubuntu, but will probably pop up if you rt click the pwfree.iso file after you have downloaded it.


GPARTED is in Ubuntu, that should be able to recover/undelete partitions for you.

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I tried to format my computer and by accident I deleted the system reserved partition... now when i turn on my computer it shows me "BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart"
Help me Please...

A:Deleted System Reserved Partition...

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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Hello everyone,

i have a netbook with 160gb.
Xp is pre installed on this machine.

I made a new partition of 25gb to install Windows 7 on (from a usb-stick).

The installation screen starts up oke, but when i start the install and select the 25gb partition i get the message that it's not a system partition.

So now my question, how do i make it a system partition?

Thnx in advance

A:How to make a system partition, which is needed for Win

Did you format the partition?

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I have two hard drives and have each of them partitioned.

I have Vista on C: and did a custom install of Win 7 on the first partition of my second hard drive, which is F.

I wanted to create a backup image of Win 7 on the first hard drive's other partition but kept being told there was no room, because it was imaging C and F.

I found this from technet.microsoft.com's library

I made the 200 mg partition at the end of my second partition on my second hard drive with Windows 7 on the first partition. However, I can't mark the 200 mg partition as active, evidently because I already have one active partion.

Any advice as to how I can achieve my goal without messing everything up? I thought Win 7 automatically made this partition, but it didn't. I have programs installed on Win 7 so hate to re-install it, if there is some way to do so and get the 200 mg partition. Would a repair installation fix it?

A:Want to make Win 7 System Partition DualBoot

Let me try to understand

1. on disk drive #1 you have Vista
2. on disk drive # 2 you have Win7
3. on disk drive #2 you also have another partition of 200MB to which you want to image Win7

Well, you need a much bigger partition to image Win7. To be safe, I suggest you create a 20GB partition. That should be enough for 1 image or use an external disk which is usually the preferred solution. This can be any partition type and need not (must not) be active. Since you are double booting, you have a little complication though. The MBR is most likely on your Vista partition. So whenever you are in a need to restore the Win7 partition, you have to hope that this MBR still functions - and during the restore you must NOT replace the MBR (that would be different if you were imaging the Vista partition).

Here are 2 tutorials:

1. How to create a partition: Data Partition
2. Imaging with free Macrium: Imaging with free Macrium

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It's a brand new unused hard drive, and I just want to know once and for all: is there an optimal size to make the system partition when setting up a hard drive? And this one may sound stupid, but I figure it's better to ask and know and be embarrassed than to never know anything for sure at all and inevitably make yourself look stupid at some point, so - so once I've installed Windows, in order to make best use of having made two partitions, do I then just move the whole Users folder over to the other partition?

A:How big should I make the system partition on a 250GB HDD?

if youre going to run windows 7 the OS alone is going to take upwards of 20 Gigs, I cant speak for Windows 8 but I would say somewhere around 20-30 Gigs (there are a lot of laptops sold with a small SSD for the OS and typically they are either 24 or 32 Gigs) should be more than enough space with updates and system restore information.
Just make sure that you install programs on the other partition.

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Hey everyone,

I have a question about partitioning the C: drive. The C: drive on my computer is the only one on my hard drive. What I want to know is how to make an E: drive with the C: drive, or how to split it? Ive tried following directions from different places and I cant get the MAKE NEW PARTITION to come up when I right click in disk management. Can you make an E: drive from the C: drive with windows already on the machine? Please any help is much appreciated.


A:How to partition and make a new drive from C:?

When you first installed XP you used all the space for OS you didn't specify amount....to leave "blank"
Now its a start over or leave alone...

Although there is another way

Both of these products are licenced and pay for, products
They will allow for creation of new partition etc

System Commander
Partition Magic

If anyone knows of a free option please post back with its name

Here is MS guide, that you are not able to use:
I am posting it for the ones that view this thread, that can.

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I have a USB 1 TB disk that I want to use for backups. It has a Recovery partition, but the rest of the space is unallocated. I had a similar situation some years ago and a guy in the shop where had taken the computer and USB drive simply made a partition. I didn't note how he did it and I don't see anything in Computer/Manage/Disk Management that says "Partition". I did see "New Simple Volume" but it comes up with a default volume size that is a larger than the Unallocated Space (see attached screen capture). I'm guessing that it somehow would be OK, but need the last word before proceeding.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2650e, AMD64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3838 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 694104 MB, Free - 548166 MB; E: Total - 21257 MB, Free - 15124 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 03D1TV
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:How to make partition in USB drive

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For some reason i have to change my partition table from MBR to GPT. So i made a backup of my c drive using Acronis. But when i tried to restore my Windows, I got a message BOOTMGR missing press cntrl+alt+del to restart. Then i came to know that ultimate edition has a hidden partition called system reserved. Is there any way to restore my windows with same programs and drivers. Something like reinstalling windows 7 x64 ultimate and replacing everything by backup except boot files? Help Please. Thanks in advance.

A:System reserved partition deleted, Restore help

Can you fill out your system specs so we know what type of hardware you have.

If you have a recovery partition or recovery disks, you should be able to restore to a factory state.

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I know, what a stupid thing to do. I was trying to reinstall windows on my computer and I accidently deleted the system tools partition (the one without a letter).

Can anybody tell me how to create this partition on my Dell E1505 again so I have something to place the system tools onto? I can create lettered partitions (you know, C and D partitions and such), but I can't get it to create that little subpartition on the C drive. Any help I can get with this would be greatly appreciated.

I'm sure this is unnecessary, since I'm in the XP forum, but I am talking about windows xp here...

A:Accidently deleted system tools partition

Hi JohanTheMighty !

Afaik the only way to get that preinstalled partition back is to use recovery disks to restore the computer to the factory defaults.

See if this applies to your problem :
Reinstall Operating System Manually If PC Restore Fails

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Hi, guys. This is my first post. I'm getting ready to encrypt my hard disk with DiskCryptor. Before I do, I want to make sure my system is stable. I removed the 100MB Windows 7 System Reserved Partition, following the directions in the two tutorials below ...

System Reserved Partition - Delete
Startup Repair

I had no problems. Everything went as expected. The final result was that I had 100MB of unallocated space, and since you can't extend (expand?) the system partition to the left, I used Partition Wizard Home Edition, Free, to do so. Again, everything went as expected.

I had a few "quirky" things happen, so I rebooted off a bootable USB drive I had and ran Startup Repair three times. Each time I was told ?Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.? Here?s what was reported under Problem Details ... Please note what was reported in Problem Signature 07.

Problem Signature
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 4
Problem Signature 05: ExternalMedia
Problem Signature 06: 1
Problem Signature 07: CorruptPartitionTable
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033.

Partition Wizard Tech Support told me to do a Partition Wizard "Ch... Read more

A:Deleted System Partition - Stable, Unstable?

Here is what I would do if it were me:
(This is a lot of work, and be sure you know how you are going to do all the steps before starting the project)
I would make an image of the current C drive.
If needed, create a bootable CD or USB stick of the Imaging program that can be run from outside of the OS.
Then - booting from a W7 installation disk or repair disk, use DISKPART ( DISKPART : At PC Startup ) to delete the C: partition, creating unallocated space ( Partition or Volume - Delete - option 2).
If ALL of the data on the hard drive was backed up, I would go one step further and wipe the entire drive using DISKPART - Clean All command. (This clears all file tables). Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Then using DISKPART - I would create a new C: drive and format it NTFS ( Partition or Volume - Create New ), make it Active ( Partition - Mark as Active - method 2 ).
Then, booting from the Imaging program CD, I would restore my C: image onto the new C: drive.
This should repair any funky drive geometry errors that may be the cause of your error messages.
You could then be confident that there are no issues before encryption.

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Hi everyone,
I was trying to install a new copy of windows for multiboot. I turned on the pc with new OS in the usb stick, I created new volume with CMD using DISKPART, after selecting the new created volume I runned the command CLEAN, I thought this command is going to erase the volume, not the entire disk . Now I cannot boot anymore !!!
To prevent overwiting I didn't perform any further operation on the disk.
Is there any chance to get my files and everything back ?

A:Accidentally deleted operating system partition !!!!

Im no expert in data recovery but I think as long as you haven't used Clean All, I think you should be able to recover. Its good that you didn't try to do anything else afterwards, even seasoned professionals can make mistakes and/or cannot get your data during recovery. I will try to get someone who is more of an expert on partition/data recovery. Hang tight and don't do anything else.

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So a few weeks ago I was screwing around with partitioning my HDD trying to get around some bad sectors that I had picked up in a chkdsk. In the process I accidentally deleted the System Reserve partition, so naturally now my windows wont boot. I've tried downloading a recovery disk but this didnt help, I tried using a bootable version of partition wizard to fix the problem to no avail. I'm currently running a bootable version of ubuntu so that I can do general browsing and access the HDD, but I really need my windows back up and running I havent been able to get any work done in these past two weeks as this Laptop is my only available. Others have suggested doing a format and clean install but this is almost impossible for me as I have too much things on my legit windows installation I cant do without. Please help me if possible any advice would be highly appreciated.

A:Accidentally Deleted System Reserve partition

You have to re-install Windows to restore the boot partition properly.
There are some other solutions, but none of them could give a 100% result.

Back-up all of your important stuff.

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I deleted my system partition and boot manager is not there and my laptop is not starting. What to do now. I want to get back my windows

A:Using Windows 7 wizard i deleted system partition C

Hello MHashir and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may be able to recover your partitions with the free MiniTool Partition Wizard. See the link for Partition Recovery.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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Hello friends. Let me tell you what happened. In my laptop currently I have two discs. One HDD 1TB and a SSD 256GB. Before having my SSD drive my laptop used windows 8.1 in the HDD drive, where I initially had two partitions one for windows and another one for documents and data. When I bought my SSD drive I installed windows 8.1 on it to test it and I was using my computer with both of these operating systems normally. I had always planned for cleaning my HDD drive and just leave it as a drive for Data and run windows 8.1 installed in the SSD.
To complete one school assigment I installed Linux Ubuntu 14.04. However, to do so I created a new partition of 105 GB from the free space I had in the HDD drive and installed it there. It worked fine with no problems, but at that time I had three Operating Systems in my laptop which was a waste of space. My HDD drive had a lot of partitions, so I deleted all the partitions that didnt have my data including the original Windows 8.1 and the EFI partition, which I know now it is used for botting everything. Hence, in that disc the only thing left was two partitions Ubuntu and my data.

Now nothing works, none of my OS boots. My SSD drive has Windows installed but it does not have anyh bootloader. My HDD drive has linux installed but the grub doesnt work either. I tried to fix using some softwares I checked on the internet called Supergrubdisk and Rescatux but nothing has worked. Please help me with this problem I want to get the EFI pa... Read more

A:No Operative System boots. I deleted EFI Partition

How to create the missing EFI System partition. -> link

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Hey,I accidently formatted the recovery drive partition in my laptop. Is there any way that i can recover it back.I just bought the laptop 2 days back

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I have a Dell 800 mhz pentium 3 processer with windows ME.A 7 gigabyte hard drive,upgraded with a Seagate 200 gigabyte hard drive ,which only used 127 gigs,till i upgraded my Operating system to Windows Xp.So i made my 200 gig hard drive,Drive C,and my 7 gig hard drive Drive D.Tried to Expand my hard drive from 127 to full 200 gigs,But created drive F.Which was around 62 gigs.Later tried to merge the 2,drive C and F and created drive H. So I had drive C,D,E(CD-Rom),F(from C),G(DVD burner),and H.For 6 months not a problem but my computer was slow,and couldn't Defragment.So I downloaded a program called Partition Manager8.0. Drive H was of no use so I deleted it. After that My computer started asking for boot disk,and i tried a boot disk,and a message saying Error Loading OS appeared. so I switched my hard drive to Drive D,Windows ME started up But never read the other Hard drive.I switched them back and now It starts to load,and when it looks done loading,It freezes and cant get either hard drive to work.

A:deleted partition drive,OS won't start now

XP creates a separate partition for master boot record and it sounds like it was that you deleted. You can boot to the cd and choose "R" for recovery console and type in "fixboot' then fix mbr and it should rebuild that, but with the partition delete maybe not.

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Im not sure what i deleted but i deleted a partition or a logical drive while reinstalling windows XP now my second HDD or Partition or Logical Drive is not showing. & when i go to DIsk mangment it does not diplay an unallocated space, RAW drive or unformatted drive its just the C: drive laying there.Is there any chance of recovering the drive but not the files the D drive only.
Please help .

Thank you
Newbie @ techguy forums

A:Deleted a partition or logical drive.

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I recently deleted my recovery partition that is included with HP pcs. I'm now left with 5gb of unused harddrive space, which isn't formatted (I think). I used it to store some random files but didn't like how it worked, and it's now empty again.My question is, will it pose a security threat, and is there anyway I can combine that partition with my main one?Here's a screenshot of it:http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/8308/driveview7ta.pngThanks .

A:Deleted My Hp Recovery Drive Partition

An spare partition is in now way any kind of threat. Since you working partition is 106GB then adding another 5GB won't add that much capacity percentage-wise. You would be much better off resizing the partitions so that the OS partition, volume C:, is 20GB in size and the rest of the drive is devoted to a partition used just for storing data files. This way when (not if) you need to reinstall the OS your data files in the other partition will be unaffected and waiting for you there.

I can reccommend Partition Magic as a great tool for creating and resizing partition in Windows without losing any data.

You will need to beg, borrow, buy or steal an XP installation CD in order to reinstall the OS when (not if) the time comes.

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Hello, so... the question is this:

Can I make a partition of my laptops' HDD work as an external drive.
So that when I connect a USB cable to my laptop, then connect the other end of the USB cable to another PC/laptop this other PC/laptop than thinks that an external HDD is connected to it...

I'm assuming I would need some sort of software to specify which partition I want to be recognized as the external HDD and then possibly specify which USB port to use...?

Or not necessarily a partition, just any specific folder would work as well...

So... help... please... So far I haven't found any answers googling.

A:Make HDD partition as a USB external drive

Not clear on your problem;

When I connect a USB tumbdrive to my Laptop it shows up as a regular Mapped Drive.

In fact, when I take it elsewhere, that happens also.

It is not related to the HDD on the laptop at all (is that what you're after; making the USB actually mirror datafrom your HDD?)

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I bought my hard drive OEM and now I have no idea how to make a partition so that I can install my Windows vista ultimate on it.

I boot it then I follow onscreen instructions, enter the code and agree to software license ect. Then it reaches a point and says choose driver. In that list there is no driver. So I select drive options but nothing is clickable. So then I click "load driver", but then it prompts me to enter a cd with the software for my hard drive...

How do I make this partition!

A:how to make partition on hard drive!

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I bought my hard drive OEM and now I have no idea how to make a partition so that I can install my Windows vista ultimate on it.

I boot it then I follow onscreen instructions, enter the code and agree to software license ect. Then it reaches a point and says choose driver. In that list there is no driver. So I select drive options but nothing is clickable. So then I click "load driver", but then it prompts me to enter a cd with the software for my hard drive...

How do I make this partition!

A:how to make partition on hard drive!

I am referring to step 9 of this guide


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I basically have a partition thats is now unallocated space due to me deleting the volume and I would like to make it part of my c drive again how do i go about doing this?

A:how do i make a partition part of my c drive again

Hello Bigboi,

It depends on where the unallocated space is to the right of the C: drive in Disk Management. You may be able to use Disk Management to extend the C: drive into the unallocated space.

Partition or Volume - Extend

If it will not let you do it in Disk Management, then you may need to use a 3rd party program like the free Partition Wizard to extend C: into the unallocated space instead.

Hope this helps,

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I have made serious mistake. I have deleted system reserved partition and all files with it. Worst thing is that it is my company laptop, and i have a lot of stuff on it. Which means, that i can't start system now. Hard drive is encrypted so i can't restore anything. Only solution is to make Windows somehow to start. At least to go to DOS to copy the files. Going to the company is not an option, since i will not be there for 2 months.

Can anybody tell me how can i do it? Where can i find all of these files? Are they dependent from computer configuration, or they are general files valid for everything?

Thanks in advance!

Best Regards.

A:Windows 7 system reserved partition files deleted


Please download "Partition Wizard" bootable CD from the below link and boot from it.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Then use a digital cam or smart phone to take closeup shot of the screen and post it with next reply.

Hard drive is encrypted so i can't restore anything.

This will make everything difficult. If full disk encryption is used, recreating boot files won't work. Most of the full disk encryption like "Symantec Endpoint Encryption" write custom code to the MBR. Overwriting this with a standard MBR code will make things worse. partition need to be recovered without modifying the MBR code.

Do you know which encryption software is used ?. What was the reason for deleting the partition ?.

Do you required to input a password before beginning the boot process ? (Preboot Authentication ).

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So.. I was trying to get a dual boot setup of Win7 and Ubuntu where I had 1 partition for Win7, another for Ubuntu, and a third neutral partition accessible from either OS where I would house all of my data. The problem is, my computer already had 3 partitions set up: Win7, the system boot partition, and one called PQService. Because I could not find a tutorial to delete pqservice, I decided to delete my system partition, even though this seemed a little more risky (apparently it was lol.) I used this tutorial: TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base to copy the boot files to the windows partition and delete it. I then booted into a Live CD of Ubuntu, and used Gparted to move my win7 partition in order to get rid of the 100MB of unallocated hard drive space. I then attempted to restart my computer into Windows and i got an error saying that windows could not boot because of some recent hardware changes.
Is there anyway I could get back into windows without reinstalling it? Do I need to figure out some way to restore my System partition? Is there someway I could get windows to boot without doing either of those?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:Deleted System Partition Win7 Now It Wont Boot. Please Help.

Try doing a repair using the installation disk.

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i have formatted my pro C650 satellite computer and by mistake i erased the system partition ...... thanks for helping me.

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