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How much can I shrink drive that contains the OS ?

  1. #21


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    Download the CD .iso to your PC and use Rufus to make a Flash Drive version - dead simple.

    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
    I was looking at the tutorials and I believe I understand how to do this seems easy enough . However my computer does not have a CD drive, so I need USB flash version . There seems to be a new Bootable media Maker that can produce a bootable flash drive directly , but there is no link to download the bootable media builder. Is this embedded in one of their Pro products ?
    Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sardonicus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post
    I was looking at the tutorials and I believe I understand how to do this seems easy enough . However my computer does not have a CD drive, so I need USB flash version . There seems to be a new Bootable media Maker that can produce a bootable flash drive directly , but there is no link to download the bootable media builder. Is this embedded in one of their Pro products ?
    Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
    What was the purpose of this post ??
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    Good point Theog. But PW will suffice for what the OP is trying to do. I use AOMEI too and there is really very little difference to PW - except the SSD alignment funtion which is handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Good point Theog. But PW will suffice for what the OP is trying to do. I use AOMEI too and there is really very little difference to PW - except the SSD alignment funtion which is handy.
    I only use Paragon, but Paragon not happy playing with small partitions, than I use AOMEI.
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Download the CD .iso to your PC and use Rufus to make a Flash Drive version - dead simple.

    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

    I downloaded and ran Rufus, with the CD ISO from Minipartition wizard .

    Questions:
    a) Which MBR partition scheme to use ? the default which is for both bios and UEFI ?
    b) When I selected the ISO , it says "obsolete version of vesamenu , connect to internet to load latest version or menus wont show correctly " Should I do it ?

    Tks
    Last edited by sportflyer; 21 Jan 2014 at 14:24. Reason: New questions
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  8. #28


    I have the flash prepared but how do I Boot from the flash drive? There does not seem to be that option in boot menu . Do I have to enable booting from Legacy Devices but to do that I need to turn off secure boot. Safe to do?

    Alternatively I went to Recovery from windows a to choose device but there is no USB flash choice , just lots of USB CD , Floppy , HD etc

    Tks
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    If you are using 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.

    The CD/DVD/USB will boot from One Time Boot Menu in UEFI mode.

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  10. #30


    I don't get your screen at all. I prepared the flash using Rufus and choosing uefi/bios option. However the flash does boot when inserted in my win 7 machine. How do I get to the one time boot menu? When I hit esc , followed by f9 , I get the boot menu but I get the following options : Windows boot manager ( ipv4 and IPV6) and Legacy drives which is greyed out.

    New INPUTS

    I was informed by Partition Wizard Support Techs that there is no need to use a bootable usb .

    After installation of Minitool Partition Wizard in the OS , start it and proceed to perform the partition . Then when you click Apply, a screen will appear saying to reboot computer to complete the operation. It proceeds and everything is done as if you had used a USB.

    Thus I have successfully shrunk the partition.

    I then used Windows Disk Manager to create new partitions in the unallocated Space .
    Last edited by sportflyer; 22 Jan 2014 at 16:25.
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