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Windows 7: Help - Doc wants to resize HD partitions

08 Jan 2014   #11
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Hey Doc,

Since you haven't had the answer yet.


Goto Control panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Right Click on the drive you want to shrink, then specify by how much.

Right click on the drive you wish to expand, and again by how much.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/azp0mowj7f...2012.13.44.png


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08 Jan 2014   #12
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Looking at OP Post #1
Why does screen print 1 show "Local Disk (Q)" and screen print 2 show "SYSTEM" with no drive letter ?
Is that normal/usual, or does that indicate some issue?

I have multi-boot PCs and I don't see it this way...
If I don't have a drive letter assigned to a partition, that partition isn't displayed in "Explorer/Computer".
The reason it only shows as Q is because the disk is not initialized by the machine.

The reason he has a a system drive is because of the install process, some manufacturers like to have a system file for all their little tidbits, such as HP and dell. This section is not supposed to be accessed by a normal user.
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08 Jan 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

Q is a special virtual drive Office 2010 sets up. System boot partition is not assigned a letter so that nothing can write there and clog the partition as it has apparently done to E which should only house the HP Diagnostics utility.

Doc's last screenshot shows Windows Recovery queued up to write there, so it may already have tried to do so and clogged the partition. Is it a scheduled backup? Make sure it is turned off in Windows Backup Center which should only direct backup to a storage drive: Backup User and System Files .

To clear out the unwanted files, unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, browse into E to post back a screenshot of its contents. If there is a Backup file delete it immediately which should resolve the problem, otherwise we can try to spot the culprit.

This should set it right. Resizing E to accomodate unwanted files is not the solution as was immediately recognized.

However System Protection should always be turned on for C, and any data partitions if you want Shadow copies kept to be able to restore previous versions. Use the Configure button to turn on System Protection, apportion as much disk space as you can afford to get more Restore points which last longer. System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

In addition, your friend should know that the HP factory preinstall is the worst possible install one can have, with the worst load of corrupting crapware in the industry. He/she would be much better off with a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Read the Special Note to HP Owners at the end about possibly doing a comparable Minimal Recovery which is nearly effortless once you back up your files and a System Image.
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08 Jan 2014   #14
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Looking at OP Post #1
Why does screen print 1 show "Local Disk (Q)" and screen print 2 show "SYSTEM" with no drive letter ?
Is that normal/usual, or does that indicate some issue?

I have multi-boot PCs and I don't see it this way...
If I don't have a drive letter assigned to a partition, that partition isn't displayed in "Explorer/Computer".

Q drive is for Office 2010 free. Its the virtual disk that Office 2010 uses to run.
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08 Jan 2014   #15
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Here are snips of everything I could come up with from all your suggestions. I can not find anywhere that that will let me change the location from E: to C: for the restore points. What I think is need is a Data Partition.


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08 Jan 2014   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You can't change the location of restore points, you can turn them on or off for that drive.

Going back to Greg's suggestion to see what is clogging up that E drive,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greg
To clear out the unwanted files, unhide System and Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, browse into E to post back a screenshot of its contents. If there is a Backup file delete it immediately which should resolve the problem, otherwise we can try to spot the culprit.
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08 Jan 2014   #17
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Ok, deleted the backup. Unhidden system files. Here are snips of Drives & E: drive


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08 Jan 2014   #18
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

There you go, you're out of the red now. I guess it was the pending backup that clogged it.
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08 Jan 2014   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Doc, as Derek has said, you don`t change where restore points are stored, you just turn it on or off. Restore points for C are stored on C etc.

If you turn it off for C, then no RP`s are made for C.

Right there in your picture it says Browse, right now you have E chosen for backups, there`s no room on E for backups, you don`t have anywhere on this pc to store backups, turn it off.

Either make another primary or logical partition next to C ( from C ) or backup your data externally unless you are already doing that.
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08 Jan 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

It looks like you turned off Scheduled backup which was writing to E which should prevent further problems. Did you also delete the Backup folder it created on E? It appears to have it's space back. Were there any other folders you deleted and what were their names?

Backup will continue to have E queued as the backup location until it is changed to a Storage HD or partition as shown in Backup User and System Files. You can plug in an External, set it as backup, and it will back up to it on a schedule or the next time after missing a schedule that its plugged in.

I would apportion more space for C Restore Points, at least 10% if it can be afforded: System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage. System Restore does not need to be turned on for the other drives.
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