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Windows 7: Deleting Files on Recvery Drive E

04 Sep 2011   #1
Moghth

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 
Deleting Files on Recvery Drive E

Hello,

I managed to reinstall windows to my recovery drive instead of my OS drive.

I have since reinstalled windows to the OS drive and recovery and would now like to remove the additional copy of windows from the recovery drive.

I cannot format the drive.

I have changed the ownership of the drive from trusted installer to me.

I have changed the file permissions so that I have full control.

Now when I try to delete these files instead of telling me that I need permission from trusted installer, it tells me I need permission from me, which is somewhat annoying.

Any help is much appreciated.


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04 Sep 2011   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

It'll help if you post a snipshot of the disk management window.
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04 Sep 2011   #3
Moghth

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Is this what you mean?


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04 Sep 2011   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No. Click Start button, type diskmgmt.msc, hit Enter. The window that you see with all the partitions and their labels, thats the one. How to upload- see below.

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04 Sep 2011   #5
Moghth

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

There you go.


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04 Sep 2011   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Yes. The recovery partition E: is marked "System", that means the files windows needs to boot are located on that partition. Thats why you are unable to finger it.

There are different ways to go about this. Simplest would be first mark the windows partition active- right click on C: drive in that window and click Mark partition Active.

Then open a command prompt as admin (click start button, type cmd, in the results right click CMD and select Run as admin), then type the following and hit Enter:

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

Reboot and let us know.
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04 Sep 2011   #7
Moghth

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Ok I may have just screwed this up royally....

Marked the partition as active...

Didn't run the command prompt, read it too quickly thought that was the second option... rebooted...

got a message BOOTMGR missing

Am booting from windows CD now,
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04 Sep 2011   #8
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No problem. From the windows DVD, run startup repair. You may need to run this upto 3 times, in case it doesnt work the first time.
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04 Sep 2011   #9
Moghth

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Ok am doing that now, will keep you posted...

Thanks for your assistance, I would have been stuffed and considerably poorer otherwise
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04 Sep 2011   #10
Moghth

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Hi Bill2
I have managed to get the laptop working again, after reinstalling windows from the CD, I have removed the additional copy from the boot menu.

I have formatted the recovery partition to delete the previous version of windows installed there.

I guess I'll now create a system image on a separate hard drive so that I can get back here again if necessray.

Thanks for all of your help today you have been a superstar.

PS it didn't take me this long to sort things out, I had to put up a fence in the middle!

Thanks again.
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