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Windows 7: OEM Partition on secondary hard drive?


26 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
OEM Partition on secondary hard drive?

I am setting up a secondary slave drive for photo storage and want to know if it is normal to have it automatically create an area of 181mgs for the (Healthy (active, OEM partition). I wanted all the drive space dedicated to it. Its only 181 megs out of 1.3TB, but just wanted to know if that is normal.


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26 Jan 2013   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Sounds like you are a used HDD, which has not been cleaned.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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26 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Its a new HD

Its a new HD.. but I started to clone it with a WD app and I think that put it on. I need to find a way do get rid of the partition. Or find out if it's suppose to be there.


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26 Jan 2013   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If you have no data on the drive then you can delete both partitions using Windows Disk Management (type in search bar) then format as primary NTFS. Assign a drive letter eg, P.
If you have data the I would use free Partition Wizard. Delete the first partition and resize the 2nd to the left.
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26 Jan 2013   #5

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Your screenshot shows four old OEM partitions.
1) 181mb OEM partition
2) 63mb OEM partition
3) 15gb OEM Recovery partition
4) 450gb Old OS partition
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26 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
OEM partition con't

I am just referring to Disk 1, When I try and right click on the 181mb partition.. it just shows "help" No delete option.
Do i need to keep it there? Partition magic refers to it as a bootable drive. No I am wondering if I need to put a backup OS on there in a small partition. This drive is for just photo/video files.

FYI, The demo version of Partition Magic will let me delete it. I am now just wondering why it was put there and if I need to keep it.
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27 Jan 2013   #7

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

You can safely delete it. The boot and active flags are present on C:, so you won't have a problem.
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27 Jan 2013   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hardwhere View Post
I am just referring to Disk 1, When I try and right click on the 181mb partition.. it just shows "help" No delete option.
Do i need to keep it there? Partition magic refers to it as a bootable drive. No I am wondering if I need to put a backup OS on there in a small partition. This drive is for just photo/video files.

FYI, The demo version of Partition Magic will let me delete it. I am now just wondering why it was put there and if I need to keep it.
I suggest you use Partition Wizard (well regarded on this Forum).
FYI: When working on your OS partition using PW boot CD is recommended. When working on Disk 1 the installed Mini Tool is what I would use for convenience.
Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
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