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Windows 7: Need help with identifying hard drives


23 Jul 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Need help with identifying hard drives

can someone please explain what drives 1 and 2 are?? i believe drive 1 is for boot/recovery..but im not entirely sure...drive 2 is to the right of my C drive which is unusual....also, in my computer, neither of these drives are visible...can someone please explain..thanks



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23 Jul 2013   #2

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

sorry...drive 1 is my recovery partition..boot is on C drive...what is dive 2 heh
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23 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not sure where it came from but we can investigate. First you need to make it accesible.
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23 Jul 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello BoDikens,

Those would be your factory recovery partitions. You DO NOT want to mess with them. These are what allows you to be able to restore Windows 7 back to factory conditions with.

They do not show up in your Computer window since they do not have a drive letter assigned to them. You do not want to assign a drive letter to them to avoid doing anything to them by mistake as per the reasons above.
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23 Jul 2013   #5

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

What about the 13 gigs of space that is to the right of my C drive?? wouldnt this space come before the C drive?? let me know ... appreciate the help !
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23 Jul 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If your computer is store bought that came with Windows 7 preinstalled, then the 13.55 GB partition would be the main recovery partition that contains all of the installation files.
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23 Jul 2013   #7

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

No it's at the end of C so it can be expanded or reduced easily.
But then again refer to Shawn's explanation
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23 Jul 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually, 1.46 is a little small to have a full image on!
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23 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I noticed that ?1 and ?2 not only don't have a drive letter but they are empty. (100% free space) Therefor no file system.
I'm not sure what to make of this.
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23 Jul 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm not sure either LB.

We need to hear from BoDilkens if anything may have done to them prior.
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