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eQuacky

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[EN] Possible to delete Windowspartition System_Drv
« on: 2012/01/01, 20:00:10 »
Hi folks,

wanted to install siduction on my drive, yet no more partition free.

Allocation as follows:

sda1 - SYSTEM_DRV
sda2 - Windows7_OS
sda3 - Lenovo_Recovery
sda4 - Aptosid

Is it possible to delete system_drv without any harm?

Hardware Lenovo R500 and grub2. Sadly my wife needs win for just one app that ain't run in linux.

Thanks in advance

thomas

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RE: Possible to delete Windowspartition System_Drv
« Reply #1 on: 2012/01/01, 20:07:22 »
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Is it possible to delete system_drv without any harm?

No, then your windows is gone.
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RE: Possible to delete Windowspartition System_Drv
« Reply #2 on: 2012/01/01, 20:19:51 »
System_drv partition is the Lenovo factory recovery partition and is probably about 1.17gb in size, it contains the boot files required for windows 7 to boot. If you delete it, windows 7 will not be able to boot.

I had this in my notes and I think I got it from
www.sevenforums.com you can search the forums for more info or just use google

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1) Make a system repair disk (not the R&R disk). I think you can make it from the Backup restore console.

System Repair Disc - Create

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair-disc-create.html?ltr=S

Alternatively, you can download a copy from Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files.

http://systemdiscs.com/?utm_source=neosmart&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=Win7_Recovery

The above is no longer free (The NeoSmart Files)

2) In Disk Management, mark the Windows 7 partition active by right clicking on it. Reboot.

3) On reboot, you'll get an error. Insert your repair disk and do a startup repair.

Startup Repair

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html

You may need to run Startup repair upto 3 times.

That should fix the boot and make windows boot up properly.

After that, you should be able to delete the system_drv partition. When you go back to Disk managemrnt, system_drv partition would no longer be labelled SYSTEM or ACTIVE.
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Re: Possible to delete Windowspartition System_Drv
« Reply #3 on: 2012/01/01, 20:22:08 »
Just make the 4th partition "Extended" type, and then make your logical partitions inside that.  So you could have (for example):


sda1 - SYSTEM_DRV
sda2 - Windows7_OS
sda3 - Lenovo_Recovery
sda4 - {Extended}
       sda5  "/"  aptosid
       sda6  swap
       sda7  "/home"


BUT -- Use the Windows 7 "disk manager" utility to shrink the Win 7 partition first, NOT Gparted!  After you do that, then you can use GParted to make the 4th partition.

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eQuacky

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RE: Re: Possible to delete Windowspartition System_Drv
« Reply #4 on: 2012/01/02, 11:52:20 »
thanks to you guys,

that's what I've feared.

@piper
yesterday I googled as well sevenforums  and found two threads describing the defenitely nonbooting of windows.

@dibl
that was my configuration before on previous laptop. Your hint with disk manager hasn't worked for me when I installed sidux year ago, so I'd used gparted and second or third attempt did the job.

greetz

thomas