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Windows 7: OEM Partition


02 Jun 2011   #1

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OEM Partition

Hi everyone,

couple days ago i have bought Lenovo G460E laptop and installed Windows 7. I want to make 3 HDD partitions but due that there is OEM partition created i cant so i want to delete it...but before deleting i want to sniff what is in there, and make a backup copy. I have installed provided backup utility by lenovo but seems i cannot open OEM partition. How to use that partition? how to open? i really want to make a backup before deleting it, but since its the first time im dealing with such thing i dont know how to open it (nor found answer while googling).

Anyone can help me ?

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02 Jun 2011   #2
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Hello ramonas, welcome to Seven Forums!



Perhaps you don't have to delete/remove the OEM partition right away to create additional storage space, have a look at Method Two of this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


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02 Jun 2011   #3

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02 Jun 2011   #4

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thanks, i will check it out! but still my main goal is to be able to check what there is in that partition
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02 Jun 2011   #5
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If you will please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.


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02 Jun 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
If you will please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.


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here it is


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02 Jun 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ramonas View Post
thanks, i will check it out! but still my main goal is to be able to check what there is in that partition
Theres no treasure there, it just has one or more .wim or .swm files- these are image files used to restore your computer to factory default when you choose that option. These same files are used to create the oem recovery disk set.

If you want to view them, you can boot from the install dvd or system repair disk or any windows pe, then navigate to that partition and copy off everything you find there to an external drive.
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02 Jun 2011   #8
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You should be able to view the contents if you give it a drive letter in disk management.



I see you already have an Extended partition so another can't be created but you could create as many Logical drives for storage, within that Extended as there are available drive letters.
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02 Jun 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
You should be able to view the contents if you give it a drive letter in disk management.



I see you already have an Extended partition so another can't be created but you could create as many Logical drives for storage, within that Extended as there are available drive letters.
I cant set the letter on OEM partition, i have tried already, only option i can select is "Help".

I cant create any more hard disk partition even if there is space, i if make lets say 200gb partition and 214 left, i cant use it, i get error, something like "there is not enought space..." or something.
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02 Jun 2011   #10
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
If you want to view them, you can boot from the install dvd or system repair disk or any windows pe, then navigate to that partition and copy off everything you find there to an external drive.
Use the method Bill2 posted to view the contents.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I see you already have an Extended partition so another can't be created but you could create as many Logical drives for storage, within that Extended as there are available drive letters.
Use this one to shrink the Extended D:, then additional Logical drives can be created inside the Extended, see Method One #2 of the first tutorial I posted above.

How to Shrink a Partition or Volume in Windows 7
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