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Windows 7: unerasable partition

18 Dec 2011   #1
chuckolino

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
unerasable partition

hello,
I have on my computer one hard drive with 3 partitions: C for windows, D for other stuff, and Q which i can't access, nor delete. it shows that Q is local hard drive, but with 0 capacity. I got my computer with this partition showing, btw. another weird thing is that sometimes it shows and sometimes it doesn't. i cannot access it as i said and when i try to format it, it said that i don't have the sufficiet right to do so.

how can I get read of this partition and why it's on my computer anyway??
thanks for your help.


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18 Dec 2011   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Please post a screenshot of disk mgmt window.
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18 Dec 2011   #3
chuckolino

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

the tricky thing is that the Q hard drive doesn't appear in the comp mgmt... here:


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18 Dec 2011   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I believe that is caused by MS Office 2010 - no idea what it is for - I am not using Office 2010.
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18 Dec 2011   #5
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I believe that is caused by MS Office 2010 - no idea what it is for - I am not using Office 2010.
Yep, Office 2010 click to run installs a Q drive,

An overview of Microsoft Office Click-to-Run for Office 2010
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18 Dec 2011   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

If you want to remove the Q drive, you may have to uninstall Office starter 2010 and MS Office One-Click.

Just google "Q drive" and you will get tons of info on it.
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18 Dec 2011   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If my math is correct, the Q partition is about 1MB in size and is shown in your snip, but it's truncated due to its small size. If you don't need/use the Office click to run stuff, uninstall it. It may leave the Q intact though. It is completely inconsequential and Windows can't modify partitions below a certain size.
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18 Dec 2011   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You may use the C2R removal tool that can be downloaded from here. Howto: Remove Microsoft Office 2010 Click 2 Run | ikkerus.net - Feel liberated to ingest OpenSource!
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18 Dec 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think SIW2 is right. It is a VHD that the Office Installer left behind. Should normally disappear with a reboot. Search for VHD on your C. Then you can unattach it.

PS: there are a couple of other installers that use VHDs too.
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18 Dec 2011   #10
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
If my math is correct, the Q partition is about 1MB in size and is shown in your snip, but it's truncated due to its small size. If you don't need/use the Office click to run stuff, uninstall it. It may leave the Q intact though. It is completely inconsequential and Windows can't modify partitions below a certain size.
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