Laptop Partitioning problem

December 21, 2011 at 23:13:46
Specs: Windows 7, Dual Core Celeron / 2GB RAM
I asked my brother to partition my laptop with 250 GB hard drive. I wanted it to dual boot. One for Windows and the other for Linux. When he finished partitioning, my hard drive split into three. Drive C has 63.7 GB, Drive D has 51.1 GB and Drive E has 4.54 GB. I asked him to merge drive D and E. The problem is that he doesn't know how. He already reformatted the hard drive. Removed Linux and reinstalled Windows. He also used various partition managers (software program) but it did not solve the problem. Can anyone help?

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#1
December 21, 2011 at 23:33:25
-Poor partition
-I guess u don't want linux right?
-For that task use easeus partition master.

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#2
December 22, 2011 at 00:21:53
So your 250 gig drive has partitions totaling about 120 gig and your only concern is merging two of them? You're not wondering about the missing 130 gig?

You need to partition it with a utility that is 48-bit LBA compliant. The windows 7 disk should be able to do that. Install windows 7 on whatever size partition you want to run it on and then after installation use its disk management to partition the rest of the space. Or maybe you'd install 7 and then boot up with the linux disk and let it partition the rest of the space. (I'm not sure of the best way to set up a dual boot with linux and windows 7.)

Also, the specs you list should give you a bios that is also compliant. But if those specs are not the PC in question you need to provide the correct info.


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#3
December 22, 2011 at 04:03:33
One thing not mentioned above is that you probably have a restore partition. You should either keep that partition or create and verify a set of restore disks before merging or deleting the restore partition.

Even if you are no longer using the original version of Windows that shipped with your laptop you should still do the above so that you can restore the laptop back to the factory state when it is time to sell or give away the laptop.

Older computers without a version of Windows included are not worth much.


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#4
December 22, 2011 at 04:50:18
Assuming the recovery partition is already missing or messed up, I would recommend starting from scratch and do the following:
Use Windows 7 install disk, Go to Custom>Partition/Format, delete all current partitions and create one partition to install Windows 7 on (I would recommend 150GB), format it and install it (leave the rest as unallocated space).
Use the Linux install disk to allocate Linux partition(s) before installing. It is recommended to use a minimum of 2 partitions for Linux, 3 being the preferred, one for the operating system and programs, one for a paging file, and one for data/files. Read up on the general scenarios online for more advice on Linux partitions with the remaining 100GB's. The Linux boot manager (usually Grub) will manage your dual boot if set up right.

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#5
December 22, 2011 at 07:45:44
I've encountered this a couple of times with HP laptops. The problem is that the max number of primary partitions allowed is 4. Win7 automatically creates 2 primary partitions, then HP creates a Recovery partition & a Tools partition, both of them primary. That means you can't do a thing until at least one of them is eliminated.

So what I did was create the Recovery DVDs (I believe it takes 7 disks?) , then I deleted both the Recovery partition & the useless Tools partition. This leaves 2 Primary partitions & unallocated space. I then created an extended partition out of the unallocated space & formatted it as NTFS, but it's not very large. So I took a large portion of the huge Windows partition & combined it with the new extended partition. So in the end, I had the small Win7 boot partion, a managable Win7 partition, & a large extended partition for storage. I did it all with EASEUS Partition Master, which is available for free at the EASEUS website.


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