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Can't Delete Partition

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April 10, 2011 3:42:36 AM

Hello everyone, I just have one question. I tried out Ubuntu not that long ago and couldn't get my network adapter working with it. So, I removed Linux and now I can't delete the partition it was on (I want to extend my W7 partition back to the size it was before Linux). When I try to delete the free space partition (previosly Linux partition) so I can extend my 7 partition I get "There is not enough space on the disk to complete this operation". TIA, I appreciate any help you can offer.

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a b $ Windows 7
April 10, 2011 1:35:31 PM

Have you try using cmd>diskpart?
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April 10, 2011 8:17:57 PM

I did try it, what are the steps for deleting a partition?
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April 11, 2011 12:19:23 PM

So I tried that and when I try to delete the partition with diskpart it says the extended partition is not empty, which I don't understand because I thought I deleted it.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 11, 2011 12:47:16 PM

Ok. How about create a drive image. Then use window 7 disc to repartition the disk and when you have one whole disk, recover the system. I really don't like the idea of playing with the HDD partiton before backup. It's like operating on someone without anesthetic.
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April 11, 2011 12:51:55 PM

Speaking of the Windows 7 disc, can I just delete the partition from that and then exit and re-boot?
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a b $ Windows 7
April 11, 2011 12:56:18 PM

Not sure. I never tried. I think we need a specialist.
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April 11, 2011 5:55:21 PM

Well, thanks. I really appreciate your help!
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a b $ Windows 7
April 11, 2011 8:49:50 PM

"Extended partition," which it said is not empty, is one that contains one or more logical partitions. So it sounds like you may have created an extended partition and then a logical partition within it.

Is it possible to post a link to an image of what Disk Management shows in the lower, graphical section for this drive? If not, can you look for a logical partition inside an extended partition, delete the logical, and then delete the extended?

WARNING ONE: Back up an image of your Win7 first, so that if any of this breaks Win7 you can restore it.

WARNING TWO: There may be a Ubuntu boot manager now. The symptom would be if you finally delete that pesky partition and now the OS can't find anything to boot. If that happens, first boot off the Win7 DVD and try a repair installation and, if that fails, run around in circles screaming.

Edit: I am not a specialist. On the other hand, I have never rendered my PC unbootable. This is because I store image backups of my system drive. If I screw anything up, I pop in the backup volume, boot to DOS, restore the image, and I am no worse off than when I started. I highly recommend this approach to everyone.
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April 12, 2011 2:10:53 AM

Actually I already ran into that problem, luckily I booted off the W7 disk and repaired the mbr. As for the logical partitions, I wouldn't think there would be any because it's a free space partition. Thanks for your help!
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