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Does anyone know if installed raid drivers are included when I tell win7 to create a new repair disc?

I have recently cloned my disk and noticed that the cloning software redistributed the partitions (went from smaller to larger disk) from the basic 200mb+large os partition to a 160g mbr partition and a 309g primary. I resized the mbr partition down to 280mb but now I have a HUGE chunk of space between the partitions that windows will not let me extend the primary partition into.

I figure I need to load up gparted or something similar, extend the partition, then use a repair disc to fix the installations partition info. However, this is a raid1 setup and for some reason, windows will not load the raid drivers off of a usb stick.

For visual purposes, my layout now looks like this:

<200m partition>[169g unallocated space]<309g partition>
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usually windows requires you to load the drivers manually. if it required you to do it before install than it will require you to load the drivers using the repair disc/install disc.

can you not just use windows disk manager to move the right partition as far left as possible? Or just make it a new partition and use it for storage
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usually windows requires you to load the drivers manually. if it required you to do it before install than it will require you to load the drivers using the repair disc/install disc.

can you not just use windows disk manager to move the right partition as far left as possible? Or just make it a new partition and use it for storage
Sadly no, disk manager only allows right movement. I found that easeus backup 2.0 allows you to clone and move the partition if you have another disk, but its not bootable after and a repair didn't help it.

I found some commands to try tonight when I get home:

bcdedit /fixmbr
bcdedit /fixboot

Hopefully they will help.
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Sadly no, disk manager only allows right movement. I found that easeus backup 2.0 allows you to clone and move the partition if you have another disk, but its not bootable after and a repair didn't help it.

I found some commands to try tonight when I get home:

bcdedit /fixmbr
bcdedit /fixboot

Hopefully they will help.
what kind of drive is it? acronis will let you clone a drive and move the partitions while still keeping it bootable. Western digitial and seagate have a free acronis cloning utility for just such processes.
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The two raid1 disks are WDs, the standalone I have been practicing the cloning on is a Hitachi. I might have to look into that cloning util from WD. I'm looking at Acronis right now, not sure if it will land me right back where I am now though.
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acronis cloner should indeed work.

are you trying to clone from a raid array or to it?
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post #7 of 11
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Actually... both.

The WD version of Acronis wouldn't work since my WD disks are on an Intel raid controller and it couldn't read the firmware off the disks to get the manufacturer.

I finally got everything straightened out though. I ended up cloning the data to the standalone disk using Easeus backup. Then I used Easeus partition manager to move the partitions (which it would only do during a reboot) to the correct spots. After that, the OS wouldn't boot with a 0x0000000E message (which is a better message than I was getting). So I ran a repair from the win7 dvd. It did its thing in seconds and then that disk was bootable. I installed EasyBCD and cleaned up the boot records.

After verifying that the new cloned disk was still bootable and that windows wasn't hosed, I cloned the disk back to the array and now everything is good.

For anyone else who might stumble on this thread with the same problem, here is a summary of what I had to do:

1. Install Easeus to-do backup v2.0 or higher
2. Install Easeus partition manager
3. Install EasyBCD
4. Clone raid disk to standalone disk
5. Boot from standalone disk
6. Use Easeus partition manager to move the partition to where you want it to go
7. Reboot to the standalone disk to let Easeus PM do its thing.
8. Insert your win7 dvd and boot from it. Run a repair.
9 Run EasyBCD to clean up the boot list and to check the MBR
10. Reboot to make sure everything still works
11. Clone the standalone disk back to the raid disk
12. Enjoy your newly condensed disk!

My disk layout went from this: <sys/mbr>[empty space]<C: drive>
To this: <sys/mbr><C: drive>[empty space]
I eventually expanded the C drive over the empty space as well.
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so how much space did you actually get back? And I am glad you were able to fix it. I wont use easus cuz I tried to clone a partition and it broke my install. Had to remove some files with a linux live disc
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I got back about 140G. Now I have a 3G boot partition (I couldn't get the slider down any further), and ~480G for my main partition.
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sounds like u got fragments blocking ur partitions from sizing down. u ran a fragmenter on all the partitions?
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