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    Partitioning progarm that allows resizing existing partitioins w/ a UEFI BIOS

    Existing HDD with three partitions (one active) from a conventional BIOS to a UEFI based BIOS
    The 1st partition is only 10GB. I want to double it for Win7 (no games, non O/S files are stored outside the active partition. I don't need any more room). The 2nd & 3rd are storage that I want to keep. The extra 10GB would come from the 2nd partition.

    Switching from a conventional BIOS to UHCI, is that any problem for non active partitions as far as loosing data and having accessibility?

    I have been using EaseUS & Partition Manager, but neither will allow me to resize an existing HDD's partition without wiping the entire drive. I haven't tried GParted yet.

    I'm looking for a program that I can boot from. Input?

    (I hope that made sense, ask if it didn't)
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    Minitool is another one. Not sure if it will do what you want, but it says it supports UEFI disks. There is a bootable CD option.

    http://partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
    http://partitionwizard.com/partition...otable-cd.html

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    Interesting. Thanks.

    Based to their comparison table, the Free version doesn't allow merging;
    http://partitionwizard.com/comparison.html
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    I merged two partitions while preserving a third with data, but it was on a conventional bios, no UEFI. I think I used Gparted, probably from a live linux distro. It's been a while.

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    I just tried GPartedLive and there is no merge option, at least not visible unless it is some hidden process. It seems the 'merge' function is a pay only feature by design to get you to step up to the 'pay' version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by videobruce View Post
    I just tried GPartedLive and there is no merge option, at least not visible unless it is some hidden process. It seems the 'merge' function is a pay only feature by design to get you to step up to the 'pay' version.
    I didn't merge. I probably deleted the two partitions, then created one new one out of the unallocated space.

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    Almost any program will do that.
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    Can any program setup a HDD using GPT instead of MBR?
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    The boot partition still needs to be MBR for Win7. Minitool supports GPT.

    Why do you have to use GPT? You'd only need that for partitions larger than 2TB.

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    Isn't that the purpose of UEFI and Win7 etc, to get away from MBR??
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    No. It's not. GPT is one of the common problems when trying to install Win7 on a system that came with Win8.

    http://www.nextofwindows.com/what-to...n-styled-disk/

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    Ok, now I'm confused. I was under the impression this new & greatest UEFI BIOS with it's AHCI mode was all about not using MBR (except for that somewhat hidden extra partitions Win7 creates) and switching over to GPT.
    How outdated a conventional BIOS is, same goes for MBR with partition size, latly AHCI being more efficient.


    My situation;
    1. Existing 1 TB HDD; partitioned 10 GB XP, 600 GB media, 300GB program, photo & document storage.
    2. Increase the 1st partition to 20-25GB from the 2nd partiton (resize & merge),
    3. Load Win7 in the first,
    4. Retain the 2nd & 3rd partitions without loosing data (it is backed up elsewhere).
    5. Save a image of 'C' to install a mirror O/S on a SSD.

    Sounds like a new thread is is order.
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    If the partition is less than 2TB, you don't need to use GPT. You can still use AHCI with MBR.

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    I understand that, but a GPT is suppose to be effective and/or effective with Win7 and above isn't it?
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    No. The boot partition for Win7 must still be MBR. For Win8, you can use GPT.

    Try reverting a Win8 OEM system to Win7. You'll see. Did you look at the link I posted earlier?
    http://www.nextofwindows.com/what-to...n-styled-disk/

    Again, you don't need to use GPT unless you have partitions larger than 2TB. Your drive is only 1TB so it's a moot point.

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