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Windows 7: OEM partition drive

25 Apr 2011   #1
shashank646

Widows 7 64 bit
 
 
OEM partition drive

Hi,

Can someone explain in simple terms what is the need for OEM drive? When it will be used. It will be great if someone can show me with pictures. What happens if I delete it? Will there be no computers without this drive?

I read from internet source and understood that it is small bootable drive(which I didn't understood). If its a bootable drive can I have it moved to computer RAM memory instead wasting my hard disk space. Can someone guide me through a process where I can move the bootable drive to RAM memory.


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26 Apr 2011   #2
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shashank646 View Post
Hi,

Can someone explain in simple terms what is the need for OEM drive? When it will be used. It will be great if someone can show me with pictures. What happens if I delete it? Will there be no computers without this drive?

I read from internet source and understood that it is small bootable drive(which I didn't understood). If its a bootable drive can I have it moved to computer RAM memory instead wasting my hard disk space. Can someone guide me through a process where I can move the bootable drive to RAM memory.

From what you have wrote here I guess youre simple PC user without deeper knowledge..
But i will try to answer some of your concerns.
OEM drive is usually a bootable drive to repair your OEM OS.
it means that with OEM drive you can restore your pc to the state you have bought it.
I would not suggest to remove it.
RAM memory does not keep data after electricity has been lost and is far more expensive than HDD so i dont understand why would you want to move that partition to ram.

More experienced users. sometimes reinstal OEM OS (from DVD media retail etc. but use OEM key) cleaning their drive from all the OEM add ons but that requeres at least some skill because you may need to do some tweaking and driver search.
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26 Apr 2011   #3
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Agreed. Don't move it to RAM. How big is it? If it's small enough to move to RAM it must be quite small so I'd leave it as it is and find out what you need to do to restore from it.
As vaidas3 says, RAM is temporary and expensive. An extra hard drive is cheap and easy to fit if you are concerned about space for data. Cheers, John
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26 Apr 2011   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The only time I would suggest deleting it, assuming you mean the recovery partition, is if the computer came with tools to make bootable recovery DVDs. You're only method of recovery shouldn't be the same drive that's in use all the time. For example, my wife's HP laptop has only one hard drive. If that died, so did her recovery options. I created the recovery discs using the HP utility, then deleted her recovery partition. The discs got locked away some place safe.
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26 Apr 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Attach file using paper clip in Reply box.

Please also tell us your make and model of computer.
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