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SOLVED: How to switch partitions - D: shows first in Disk Management

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December 22, 2012 1:04:26 AM

Windows 7 Desktop running great - new install. Somewhere in the process, the second partition was labeled as the boot drive, C: . In Disk Management, it shows D: as the first partition, which is just a data partition with little on it, then C: which is the boot partition. It runs fine, but I think somewhere down the road this might cause a problem; even if not, I'd like to correct this.
What's the easiest way to do this?
Could I just delete D: and then create a new partition, name it D: and then it will be second in order on the
December 22, 2012 1:23:52 AM

December 22, 2012 2:27:46 AM

I have a few questions. What do you mean by "first partition"? What does drive D contain? And do you need it?
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December 22, 2012 2:50:22 AM

In Disk Management it shows Disk 0 and there are two partitions, the first is D: which is basically an empty partition intended for data, the second is C: which is my Windows 7 installation. (Usually it's just the opposite, right? C is first, then the other partitions follow..D, E, etc.)
December 22, 2012 4:26:10 AM

If the partition is empty, I guess you can just delete D: and extend C:. Might be a good idea to use Disk Defragmenter afterwards.
December 22, 2012 4:52:39 AM

I thought that might be a decent solution, so I deleted D and now there's Unformatted Space and then C. When I right click on C it only says Shrink Volume, which I thought was odd..?? There's tons of room - why doesn't Extend Volume show?
December 22, 2012 5:12:07 AM

Hm that is odd. I suspect it might require you to delete C: to merge the two partitions because it can't extend the boot partition "forward". So if you really want your boot drive C: to be the first partition, you will have to format the hard drive and reinstall everything.
December 22, 2012 5:25:21 AM

Found the solution - Windows 7's Resizer only extends to the right - therefore if it's at the end of a partition, there's nothing left to the right :)  I downloaded Easeus Partition Manager Free Edition and it has options to move the C over to the beginning ( I deleted D:) , and then I can create the D partition to the right as the second partition. Cool tool
December 22, 2012 5:27:48 AM

That's great. Thanks for sharing that information.
December 22, 2012 6:26:15 AM

All done, worked great.