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Windows 7: Warning! when deleting Factory image drive


29 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 
Warning! when deleting Factory image drive

I have a factory image of Vista on my D; drive that I would like to delete, as I have recently installed Windows 7 on my C; drive.


The problem is when I tried to delete it, I got this message;


I also tried to delete it using cmd, same warning;

Does anyone know why I get these warnings, and how to delete this drive?

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29 Nov 2009   #2

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Im not too sure, but i think its because the D drive contains boot data needed to boot the laptop. You must first set drive C as active, then you can delete Vista. Again im not sure if im 100% right..
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29 Nov 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Is this a dell, if so that is the drive that can put your computer back to factory settings.
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29 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

As the c: drive is the active drive I think the warning may well be due to the use of a non standard format for the recovery partition - this is not unusual, and can cause confusion for disk utilities.

I assume you have the Windows 7 install DVD to hand - If so I would proceed with the deletion , as if boot files are on the recovery partition (very unlikely) you can perform a start-up repair quite simply by booting the DVD
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29 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I believe that DaRon is correct. You may or may not ruin your MBR "master boot record" by delating the Vista partition but you can usually repair the Widows 7 MBR by running a "start up repair" from the Windows 7 CD. You may need to run the repair a few times before it works.

You can delate the drive from the disk properties window but your Windows 7 may become unbootable until you run the START UP REPAIR from the Windows 7 CD.
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29 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaRonRon View Post
Im not too sure, but i think its because the D drive contains boot data needed to boot the laptop. You must first set drive C as active, then you can delete Vista. Again im not sure if im 100% right..
It's a HP Pavillion Desktop, and the C drive is active!
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29 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Is this a dell, if so that is the drive that can put your computer back to factory settings.
It's a HP, please read 1st post!
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29 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Retail
 
 

Moving/recreating the MBR to the Windows 7 partition in advance could be wise
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29 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnderBoac View Post
Moving/recreating the MBR to the Windows 7 partition in advance could be wise
As the windows 7 drive is the active and boot drive, (as shown in the screenshot of the disk manager), this should not be an issue in this case
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29 Nov 2009   #10
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Seven, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might consider creating a set of HP Vista Recovery Discs in case you ever decide to reinstall Vista on that computer again. Once you delete the recovery partition it's gone with no chance of creating them.

Using HP Backup and Recovery Manager in Vista - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You should be able to click on Yes to proceed to delete the recovery partition without any problems though.
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