07-30-2012 03:50 AM
Yeh, I remember you saying this.
When I get home from work today, I'll mess around with those partitions and see what I can come up with. I'll do a new backup and see what happens.
07-30-2012 09:21 AM
Thanks for the input.
Now, I have a C: drive and nothing else, all backed up and in the bag.
Please don't ask me how I accomplished this but it has been over 24 hours working on 30 years of instinct!!
07-30-2012 04:25 PM
Yeh, I know the feeling, sometimes instincts work pretty well.
Here's how I did it.
I used Parted Magic and deleted D: and the Lenovo partition. I left the 100mb partition alone. Windows wouldn't boot. It said to do a startup repair. I inserted the system repair disc that I made and that didn't fix it.
I didn't have a Windows Home Premium installation disc, so I used a Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade disc that I have. I inserted it and ran the startup repair and it worked. Windows boots and runs with everything on C: except for the 100mb partition. I then shrunk C: and made a 40Gb active partition and installed Android ICS on it. Android would boot but Windows wouldn't. So, I had to do another startup repair and now I have Windows on C: and ICS on D: and everything works.
So, the startup repair disc made from Windows won't work, but a Windows 7 installation disc will, and it doesn't have to be the same version of Windows.
I think I'll keep it like this for awhile, I like the way this works.
07-30-2012 04:52 PM - edited 07-30-2012 05:00 PM
Yep, that's right. It needs to have a startup repair done to it with a Windows 7 installation disc. I tried to get it to boot after just deleting D: and it still wouldn't boot. After that's done, you can do anything to it that you want.
And just for grins, I'm restoring it to factory settings to make sure that the restore discs rebuild the partitions. I have about an hour left to go, but so far, everything is working.
Edit: Windows still might boot if you just resize the partitions, I didn't try that. But deleting them definitely won't let Windows boot.
07-30-2012 04:59 PM
Well that's unfortunate. I got this laptop from a computer store. So, no install disk. Guess I won't be using Linux then...at least not dual-booting.
07-30-2012 05:03 PM
You can download a Windows 7 image legally from here and burn it to DVD and use that. It's the same thing.
07-30-2012 07:59 PM
Well, it took half the night, but the restore discs restored it back to factory settings and rebuilt the partitions. Then, I restored it from my backup and everything is back the way it was. So, the system works.
07-31-2012 12:24 AM
The basis of what I did finally was to use EasyBCD to try and move the boot and MBR to C: However, when I deleted the 100MB partition afterwards with PM I couldn't boot back in to complete it. I used Neologics Windows 7 Recovery disk and after much trial and error I was left with just the C: drive - the other partitions had simply vanished!!
I now have Acronis backups of before and after. I had it in mind to make a bare bones backup for anyone wanting to do the same thing but I am not sure whether windows licensing would raise it's ugly head.
08-05-2012 08:33 PM
I suppose the end result is what we're looking for and it seems like you found it.
Everything works and you have backups, I'd say you did well.