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Windows 7: Format Unallocated partition with error popup

29 Oct 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Raj, if you don't have the Snipping Tool (type it in Start search box) then capture the maximized Disk mgmt windows with Print Screen button, open Paint and paste it in, Save as .png, attach using Paper Clip in Reply Box. Screenshot with Paint

Follow Slasher's advice to make your Recovery disks now however I would not delete the Recovery Partition which is the most stable way to run Recovery with the disks serving mainly as back up. You have the partition so I would keep it unless you badly need the disk space.

This has been hashed out over years here and the best course found has been to convert the OS partition to Logical so that additional data partitions can be added beside it as needed.

Dell's have very good Recovery and Diagnostics which rely on their partitions so they are worth keeping for the consumer, even though many of us who are tech enthusiasts would personally blow them all away to clean reinstall just the OS. I've learned the hard way over years that this is often not at all what the average Dell consumer wants.


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29 Oct 2011   #12
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

For anyone who isn't particularly bothered about a clean install, I'd be inclined to keep the Dell recovery partition in place, if only for the reason it's quicker to recover the computer with it than it is using recovery discs.

That's not to say a set of recovery discs shouldn't be produced, of course they should, they'll be especially useful when a recovery partition gets deleted or corrupted or a hard drive dies.
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29 Oct 2011   #13
raj4seven

Wndows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Yes, I am also in the opinion to keep my preinstalled recovery disk, though I will take a recovery cd. Now, how to split my cd if I don't want to delete the recovery partion as both of you suggested.

Thanks very much to all for reply.
And best regards!!!!!!!!!!

PS: gregrocker: attched word file is it still bot readable???
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29 Oct 2011   #14
raj4seven

Wndows 7 Home Basic
 
 

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29 Oct 2011   #15
gregrocker

 

If there's nothing in the 5gb partition then you can delete it, shrink C as much as you want, then create a Logical partition there.

To make absolutely sure nothing important is hidden in the 5gb partition, first rightclick on it in Disk Mgmt and choose Explore. Anything there?

Next go to Control Panel>Folder options>View tab to unhide Hidden and System files long enough to again Explore the partition in Disk Mgmt. Anything now?

If not you can delete the empty partition, Shrink C as you wish, then Create New partition which should offer Logical, give it a letter.

If Disk Mgmt will not Shrink C as much as you want, or offer a Logical partition as desired so you can later add as many sub-partitions as needed, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Resize C and Create New Logical NTFS, give it a letter.
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30 Oct 2011   #16
raj4seven

Wndows 7 Home Basic
 
 

only under 5.00 GB (Healthy Primary Partition) the delete volume, help is active, others are freezed. then how to check what 5 GB contains if any??
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30 Oct 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Go into Windows Explorer and double-click the 5GB partition to see if there's anything of importance in it.

If there isn't, go back to Disk Management and delete it then extend the OS partition.
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30 Oct 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

You will need to assign a drive letter first to access the 5gb partition in Explorer by rightclicking it in Disk Mgmt to assign letter.

If this fails, install Partition Wizard to rightclick>Explore the partition, assign drive letter if necessary to explore it using PW or using Explorer at Start>Computer.
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30 Oct 2011   #19
raj4seven

Wndows 7 Home Basic
 
 

my windows explorer does not show any other drive except OS: C and external removable drive. Even when selected with show hidden file option in folder menu, it shows one sibgle c drive.

How to assign a letter to this 5 gb drive that only to be seen in disk management window??

thanks
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30 Oct 2011   #20
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raj4seven View Post
my windows explorer does not show any other drive except OS: C and external removable drive. Even when selected with show hidden file option in folder menu, it shows one sibgle c drive.

How to assign a letter to this 5 gb drive that only to be seen in disk management window??

thanks
Have you specifically tried to assign a drive letter to the 5 GB partition in Disk Management?
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