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Windows 7: Formatted HDD...Do I still need it formatted?

17 Nov 2011   #1
PaulyStones

Window 7 Pro Sp 1
 
 
Formatted HDD...Do I still need it formatted?

about 1 1/2 years ago, i was having BSOD issues...MS worked with me for a long time (KUDOS!!) Anyway...the cause of my problem was an overheated CPU due to the crappy stock fan INTEL sells you...

Very Long story short...MS formatted my HDD, I think it was just a "back up or dup installation"...and now I want my 90 gigs back and avail to me...how can i tell if W7 and everything is just duplicated on my disc or if I still need the formatting? It is called Drive D and I never seem to have to access it...

I hope this makes sense.


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17 Nov 2011   #2
PaulyStones

Window 7 Pro Sp 1
 
 

The main file is called WINDOWS IMAGE BACK UP ...it is 60 gigs w/ 17 files and 4 folders.
It is READ ONLY
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17 Nov 2011   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Doesn't make much sense to me.

You say you want 90 GB back and that you can't access the D drive.

Your second post implies you made an image file. Is it on the D drive? It's a way of restoring your PC to the way it was at the time the image was made. You don't need that image file to operate and you can delete it and reclaim the space--if that is what you want to do.

But I'm unclear on your situation.

More details or better explanation needed.

What is on the D drive? You may be able to delete it and add the space to C--if that is what you want to do.

A screen shot of your Disk Management window would probably help decipher the situation.
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17 Nov 2011   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, I'm very much confused as well.

On a side note, the Intel fans are rated and tested for the processors they ship with. If you had an overheating CPU, the HSF was either not installed properly, or the case itself was failing to properly cool the system.
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17 Nov 2011   #5
PaulyStones

Window 7 Pro Sp 1
 
 

OK...forget the fan issue...it was solved...the plastic clip was worn (cheap) and i bought a new fan and everything works fine now...

Back to D drive...Yes...I want the space back that is being called D drive...I want it back in my C drive...
Disc Management window? Unclear what that is exactly...

The Files on the D Drive are:

New Volume: (D)

WIndowsImageBackUp>

Stone-HOME>

Backup 2010-03-18 144458>
10 XML Docs 2 VHD files

Catalog>
Backup Global Catalog
Global Catalog

SPPMetadataCache>
File
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17 Nov 2011   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You can get to Disk Management by typing those 2 words in the start search box.

In all likelihood, you (or "MS") created a D partition and then stored an image of the C drive on that newly created D partition.

Are you positive you have no personal data on D?

If you don't, you can delete the D partition in Disk Management. That will generate "unoccupied space".

You should then be able to "expand" C so that it takes up that unoccupied space, through Disk Management.

But a screenshot of what you see in Disk Management would be much preferred to confirm your situation.
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17 Nov 2011   #7
PaulyStones

Window 7 Pro Sp 1
 
 

There is no personal data...it was created on mar 18 2010 and not touched since...all the "Date Midified" are the same.
Yes MS did it for me while truing to solve BSOD issues due to overheated PROC ( unknown at the time).

I tried to Prtsc...but nothing happened...

ALSO...Thank you for your time
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17 Nov 2011   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

A printscreen won't magically cause a picture to appear in this thread.

You'd have to paste that printscreen into your photo editor. save the file, and then attach that file to your next post in this thread using "manage attachments" function.

No need to do that to the extent you have no personal data on D. Just delete the partition in Disk Management. Highlight it and look for "delete volume".
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17 Nov 2011   #9
z3r010

 

For how to upload a screenshot or file, read here
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17 Nov 2011   #10
PaulyStones

Window 7 Pro Sp 1
 
 

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