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Windows 7: Location is not avalable F:\ refers to a location that is unavailable

19 Feb 2013   #11
RJsDad

Windows 7 Home Premium (32), SP1
 
 
I got rid of my ghost drive...and so can you!

EUREKA!! Annoyance banished!! And with a little encouragement, I'll tell you how I did it. O.K., I can't think with all the begging.....

I went on a utilities hunt that took up most of the night. After a bit of frustration, and going thru 2 different retail packages, I hit the jackpot with number 3....Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite. After slogging thru hours of trying to force a piece of software into doing what I wanted it to do, it only took about 10 minutes - including installation - for Paragon and I to wipe that little bugger off my system and out of my life; and all I had to do was point Paragon at the little sucker, click delete, confirm and ok. Nothing else was quicker or cleaner.

If you want to know more, just e-mail or IM me and I'll share the details. I am reluctant to mark this one solved, but it sure worked for me!




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19 Feb 2013   #12
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJsDad View Post
EUREKA!! Annoyance banished!! And with a little encouragement, I'll tell you how I did it. O.K., I can't think with all the begging.....

I went on a utilities hunt that took up most of the night. After a bit of frustration, and going thru 2 different retail packages, I hit the jackpot with number 3....Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite. After slogging thru hours of trying to force a piece of software into doing what I wanted it to do, it only took about 10 minutes - including installation - for Paragon and I to wipe that little bugger off my system and out of my life; and all I had to do was point Paragon at the little sucker, click delete, confirm and ok. Nothing else was quicker or cleaner.

If you want to know more, just e-mail or IM me and I'll share the details. I am reluctant to mark this one solved, but it sure worked for me!

Hum sounds pretty cool RJs Dad I know you bought this now but you could have done that for free with the trial download but hey a good tool now you have got it
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23 Jul 2013   #13
FallenAnjel

Vista 64 bit (Vista 32 bit exists?)
 
 

I joined this forum just so I could reply to this and maybe help others in the process. I found this thread because I had the same problem just a few minutes ago when I restarted my laptop. First thought was a virus. Thankfully it's not. Turns out I had hooked up a TomTom last week and it wasn't connected when I restarted so the laptop was looking for it. I shut down the icon in the task bar and !Voila! all fixed.
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23 Jul 2013   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FallenAnjel View Post
I joined this forum just so I could reply to this and maybe help others in the process. I found this thread because I had the same problem just a few minutes ago when I restarted my laptop. First thought was a virus. Thankfully it's not. Turns out I had hooked up a TomTom last week and it wasn't connected when I restarted so the laptop was looking for it. I shut down the icon in the task bar and !Voila! all fixed.
Hello and welcome FA all info is handy mate and if you want to get your machine on the move and don't mind losing a bit of the "bling" like transparency try this http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/11728-optimize-windows-7-a.html?filter[2]=Performance Maintenance

Plus I see you have some specs which makes a nice change for them in a bit more detail try running this Speccy - Download download from piriform its free and a good check for the temps OS code and a host of stuff handy when you are posting problems
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23 Jul 2013   #15
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Looking back on the OP experience in February... I know this is an old thread...


Well, I'm certainly surprised OP didn't have have a problem if you've tried to re-boot since "deleting" that SYSTEM partition. Since there was no further posting, I guess the "problem was solved". But I don't know how this could be.

As you can see from the Partition Wizard screenshot, "SYSTEM" is your small "system reserved" partition which is marked "active". That means it's where Windows' Boot Manager was placed, and that means it's where the BIOS of your machine will go whenever you re-boot. From there, the boot process checks its menu information to see if you have one or more OS's to present on the displayed boot menu (if you have more than one), and eventually continues on to your true "system" partition (i.e. C) which is where Windows was actually installed.

==> That small partition named "SYSTEM" is actually CRUCIAL TO YOUR BOOTABLE ENVIRONMENT. If you deleted it, I'm astonished Paragon would have let you actually do it... since being marked "active" without it you can no longer boot to Windows or anything. You MUST have one active partition on the first hard drive your BIOS knows about in its "boot sequence", in order to boot from a hard drive.

So if Paragon actually allowed this to be done, the entire bootable system integrity of your environment would have just been destroyed, at least not without doing more than just this.

The only real curiosity to me is how it got a letter of F assigned to it in the first place. This small "system reserved" partition is typically 100MB when created by the Win7 installer while installing Windows 7 on a brand new empty hard drive, Boot Manager is placed there, and then the rest of the brand new empty hard drive is typically allocated by default to become your C-partition which is where the operating system itself gets installed.

This 100MB "system reserved" partition normally is UN-LETTERED, and might have a label of "SYSTEM". But it is critical, and performs perfectly for what is is used for WITHOUT A LETTER. Did you perhaps notice it one day, and decide to assign a letter to it?? That's not appropriate. It should remain UN-LETTERED but this isn't a "fatal" issue.

However what IS truly FATAL is if you delete that partition, and don't actually re-establish the Windows Boot Manager into some other partition such as your current C partition, and also then mark that other partition where Boot Manager has now been placed as "active".

==> YOU MUST HAVE AN "ACTIVE" PARTITION ON YOUR FIRST HARD DRIVE FOR THE BIOS SETUP.


Can you please post a current screenshot from Partition Wizard, now that theoretically you've used Paragon to "delete" the absolutely most critical partition on your hard drive (no matter that it was only 90MB).

I'm quite puzzled.

Have you tried to re-boot? Is that partition really gone, or is it actually still there... and maybe just un-lettered now??
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23 Jul 2013   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

That is a rally neat post dsperber I didn't know that anything had been deleted plus I have always got the cannot do message if I have accidentally gone to delete that partition - way back when I didn't really know much at all I should add.
The lettering too is quite odd as i have had others ask if they can change the C: to something else why I have no idea but one cannot account for all individuals reasons eh?

I am thinking maybe there were two 100MB partitions because as you rightly say it wouldn't run even if it were deleted and the only way I know of doing that while keeping the large partition is to use another machine to carry out the instruction.

PS even a screen shot of the DISKPART readout would be good too
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