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  1. #11


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    As long as the 100MB partition is the 'active' partition, it contains the bootmgr and you cannot live without it. In Windows 7, I always copy the bootmgr to the C partition. That is a lot more convenient - e.g. for imaging. But un less you copy the bootmgr to C and make C the active partition, you will boot from the 100MB partition. The boot sequence is BIOS > MBR > active partition > OS partition - where active partition and OS partition can be the same (C:\).

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  2. #12


    Is there a way to copy the boot manager from the 100mb partition to the C drive partition or maybe to just copy all the files from the 100mb partition to the C drive partition or should that be done during the install of the os.
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  3. #13


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    You can try this, but I am not sure whether it works in Windows 8, so be careful: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  4. #14


    Thanks I'll make a backup of my pc and try this out I'll post a response when I've finished
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by melabones36000 View Post
    Thanks I'll make a backup of my pc and try this out I'll post a response when I've finished
    Good, I would be interested to know whether that works in /8 - I never tried that because I really don't use /8.
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  6. #16

    EasyBCD worked problem with unallocated partition!


    So I ran the EasyBCD process to transfer Boot Manager to the C:/ drive partition that has the OS on it all that worked out fine, rebooted to see if it worked and everything was good. But now after deleting the 100mb partition I've got the unallocated partition but can't add it to the C:/ drive partiton, the option on the C:/ drive partition to expand is greyed out and I have no idea what to do cause I pretty much now have 100mb that I can't use. I mean I could format it and use it as storage but that would defeat the purpose of all the work I just did when I could have just left it as was at least the 100mb partiton was being used. Any clue as to how I can merge the too together. I've provided a image of disk management.
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    Something like Acronis Disk Director, Norton Partition Magic, or Paragon Hard Disk Manager may get the job done for you. Paragon seems to have "come into its own."
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by melabones36000 View Post
    So I ran the EasyBCD process to transfer Boot Manager to the C:/ drive partition that has the OS on it all that worked out fine, rebooted to see if it worked and everything was good. But now after deleting the 100mb partition I've got the unallocated partition but can't add it to the C:/ drive partiton, the option on the C:/ drive partition to expand is greyed out and I have no idea what to do cause I pretty much now have 100mb that I can't use. I mean I could format it and use it as storage but that would defeat the purpose of all the work I just did when I could have just left it as was at least the 100mb partiton was being used. Any clue as to how I can merge the too together. I've provided a image of disk management.
    This is normal because with Disk Management you can only extend a partition if the unallocated space is to the right of the partition that you want to extend. With the bootable CD of Partition Wizard you could do it. But I warn you - it will take a looong time because PW has to shift all the data in C to the left. And there is a big risk that some of the data may get corrupted. I don't think it is worth the 100MBs which are a nit. Just let them sit there.
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  9. #19


    Ok so I used a partition program to extend the C drive partition everything went ok and now I have one partition instead of two. Everything seems to be working as it should. Also in the future if I were to decide to do a fresh install of windows 8 will it end up creating an additional partition the way it would normally do or will it just install everything to the single partition I have now.
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    Glad the partition program worked. What did you use?

    If you do a clean reinstall of Win8 and start with no partition on a drive with only unallocated space, then you should end up with the 350 MB system-reserved partition. You may have to activate using the refresh procedure described here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.
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