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Windows 7: Drive partition no longer has delete option available - it WAS there

17 Mar 2012   #11
CatchUp

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Pagefile.sys was sus

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
3) D: drive - page file, logical
approx 207GB and now has 172 GB free
How did that page file get there. My guess is that this is the impediment.
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Correct - the location pagefile prevented D: partition delete. Once I relocated it back to the C: drive (after I got some space back) - I could get to the D: drive "delete partition" option. I suspect W7 did the "right" thing and moved the pagefile when the C: drive partition ran out of space. "automatically manage paging file size for all drives" was orginally checked.


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17 Mar 2012   #12
CatchUp

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
No partition name

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wanchoo View Post
Just wondering why this partition is No Name because in all the computers that I have come across so far, Recovery Partitions have carried a drive letter and Windows is able to see how much the partition is occupied and the files contained therein. To me there seems to be more than meets the eye.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
This 16.6GB partition is the recovery partition. It can be deleted once the recovery DVDs have been burnt. But I would anyhow make images as backup.
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I'm not sure - it was some time ago now - but I wonder if the "No Name" partition was created way back when I first got the pc and had to create my own W7 recovery files. It's possible I was asked to name it and didn't ?
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17 Mar 2012   #13
CatchUp

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can't expand C

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Create a HDD image BEFORE proceeding.

Some tutorial links:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Imaging with free Macrium

If you have backed up everything, you should be able to:
  • Delete D:
  • Expand C:
  • Recreate D:
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Hmmm .... that is the problem I can't expand C - the option is greyed out.

I'll check the tutorials out when I get some time - thanks !
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17 Mar 2012   #14
CatchUp

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
third party software ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wanchoo View Post
Hello Catchup,

From the screenshot it is seen that the No Name Partition is totally empty. You should be able to delete it and then merge it with the C Drive. C Drive shall then become 74.52+16.60=91.12 gigabytes. This should tide you over the difficulty of having very little free space in C drive. Once you have done this we shall have a look at D Drive for more space.

But before you do this please use a third party partitioning tool like Partition Wizard (free) or Acronis Disk Director Suite (shareware) and get out of Windows Disk Management Tool. You can read all about the Partition Wizard in this Forums' Tutorials at Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD.

Best of luck,

Amarnath Wanchoo
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Thanks for the tips. Why are you suggesting I get out of Disk Mgmt Tool ? I thought this was what is was designed for ?

For the moment I am going to have to put everything back the way it was so I can work with the laptop for a bit longer. Hopefully I can find a few extra GB on the C: drive.

I'm not keen on trying to merge "no name" with the C: drive. Some of the reading I've been doing suggests this is not a good thing to do and I could lose my C: drive ?
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17 Mar 2012   #15
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
I think ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CatchUp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Create a HDD image BEFORE proceeding.

Some tutorial links:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Imaging with free Macrium

If you have backed up everything, you should be able to:
  • Delete D:
  • Expand C:
  • Recreate D:
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Hmmm .... that is the problem I can't expand C - the option is greyed out.

I'll check the tutorials out when I get some time - thanks !
I think that you have to delete D: first.
Windows Disk Manager is awful.

I use GParted (Linux Live CD) for my partitioning operations.
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17 Mar 2012   #16
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Please refer to the support page for ASUS K52F. ( I presume you got the replacement HDD from ASUS for that K52F.) ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Troubleshooting K52F

It shows the first 'No Name" Recovery partition, the C system Partition and D a logical partition.

The ASUS Recovery procedure enables you to create two partitions the C (25%) and D (75%)

If what I have stated above is correct,

1. Stop meddling with any of the partitions further. (In particular do not delete the first Recovery partition )

2. If you want to keep your ASUS K52F in its original state, contact ASUS support and confirm from them whether you can carryout the Recovery procedure to recreate the C and D partitions. Just tell them that you want to make sure the Recovery works and you are not left in the lurch on a later date trying Recovery. Let them walk you through and in case of any problems it will be their responsibilty. ( I think you have already meddled with those partitions but do not tell ASUS anything about it as such meddling may void warranty service and may not be taken kindly by ASUS. )

Get back to the original state and then come back if you want to modify the C and D partitions.
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17 Mar 2012   #17
CatchUp

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Please refer to the support page for ASUS K52F. ( I presume you got the replacement HDD from ASUS for that K52F.) ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Troubleshooting K52F

It shows the first 'No Name" Recovery partition, the C system Partition and D a logical partition.

The ASUS Recovery procedure enables you to create two partitions the C (25%) and D (75%)

If what I have stated above is correct,

1. Stop meddling with any of the partitions further. (In particular do not delete the first Recovery partition )


2. If you want to keep your ASUS K52F in its original state, contact ASUS support and confirm from them whether you can carryout the Recovery procedure to recreate the C and D partitions. Just tell them that you want to make sure the Recovery works and you are not left in the lurch on a later date trying Recovery. Let them walk you through and in case of any problems it will be their responsibilty. ( I think you have already meddled with those partitions but do not tell ASUS anything about it as such meddling may void warranty service and may not be taken kindly by ASUS. )

Get back to the original state and then come back if you want to modify the C and D partitions.

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The laptop was bought new - and there has been no "replacement HDD".
This IS the original state as far as I know. I certainly didn't create the 2/3 logical drives.

Not sure what you mean by "meddling" - why would there be disk managament Thanks for the comments though.
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17 Mar 2012   #18
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Partitions - WDM vs Macrium

This picture shows you that Windows "Disk Management" won't tell you any information about other file systems.
Drive partition no longer has delete option available - it WAS there-partitions-wdm-vs-macrium.png
As you can see, WDM claims that there is nothing on several partitions (i.e. 100% of capacity is available).
Macrium Reflect shows you that there are actually Linux file systems present (and most of the total capacity is used).

I don't know what file system Recovery partitions use.


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17 Mar 2012   #19
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, your first post read "My laptop hard drive arrived with it's disk partitioned left to right as per below :" Had it been "My laptop arrived with it's hard disk partitioned left to right as per below :" there would have been no misunderstanding.

If without knowing what is what you want to use Disk Management or any other feature just because it is there it is upto you.

whs rightly pointed out and queried how come the page file came on D drive/partition.

Wanchoo thought the first partition is empty and recommended that it be annexed.

If only you had stated that you received a brand new ASUS/HP/Dell /any other laptop with the model no. you would have perhaps put all others on the right track to help you better.

Atleast I gave you the possibilty that by using the recovery option you can get back to the original condition undoing all the ............ - sorry, all the right operations you did just because these are and were there.

Good luck.
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17 Mar 2012   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Your absolutely right, It read like you got a new hard drive for his laptop. But I`m sure everyone knew what you meant.

If you just make the Partition Wizard Bootable CD you can do whatever you want with your partitions. And I would never erase a recovery partition.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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