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Windows 7: Drive showing in My Computer but not in Disk Managment

12 Dec 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
7. To Remove a Drive Letter
A) In the command prompt, type remove letter=letter and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


Little problem Shawn - there is no screenshot below - only above.


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12 Dec 2013   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Removed.
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13 Dec 2013   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Sooner or later you should convert disk 1 to BASIC.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
I'd go for option 1 but backup critical data from disk 1 first.
Alternatively backup your disk 1 data and use the other option of formatting disk 1.
A small pagefile on your OS partition (disk 0 partition 2) is all you need with an SSD as WHS has indicated.
Again see the tutorial for pagefile management
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/13...le-change.html
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13 Dec 2013   #14
holydevil

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I have figured out that the drive causing the problem is the System Reserved on Disk 0. If I set it to another drive letter such as "G", the "I" drive goes away, but when I remove the drive letter I set, the "I" drive comes back. I tried option 3 on Brink's tutorial. I got an error saying "Virtual Disk Service error: The path is not found."

If I delete the partition after backing it up, then recreate it and restore the files, will that mess up Windows' ability to use that should it ever need to?

Also as for the pagefile and the oddly formatted drive, I removed the pagefile completely, and am in progress backing up data off that drive to reformat it properly. I will add the pagefile in the future if I ever need to but I've never had a problem with 16 or 32GB of ram and no page file on other computers.

At the moment, the "I" drive is not showing in My Computer. Sometimes it goes away for an hour or two but it has always come back.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post
Have you tried this as a solution?

Hide physical drives in Windows Explorer

Really it's for XP but works on Vista and thusly it should work on 7.

Here is the link to demonstrate it on Vista Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7 or Vista

If it works it isn't as complete of a solution as removing the drive letter but hopefully it will hide it from explorer. It's a wildshot but could work.
I'd do that, but it would only be a band-aid that will come to bite me later if I try to set something as the "I" drive and forget I set that.
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13 Dec 2013   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No. You really don't want to delete or mess with the "System Reserved" partition like that. Doing so could make your Windows unbootable, and will be a real pain to sort out.

When using Option Three, does it show the I: letter after "list volume"? If not, then that would be why you got the error. If you haven't already, try Option Three when the I: letter is showing in your My Computer window to see if it may also show in the command prompt to hopefully be able to remove it.
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13 Dec 2013   #16
holydevil

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
No. You really don't want to delete or mess with the "System Reserved" partition like that. Doing so could make your Windows unbootable, and will be a real pain to sort out.

When using Option Three, does it show the I: letter after "list volume"? If not, then that would be why you got the error. If you haven't already, try Option Three when the I: letter is showing in your My Computer window to see if it may also show in the command prompt to hopefully be able to remove it.
I'm just gonna go ahead and delete the partition to have this problem over with because I've done it a few times in the past and no issues have shown up from doing that. I just wanted to see if I could get the I: drive thing fixed without having to delete the partition.

And pain to sort out doesn't apply to me :P
I reinstall windows every few months just because anyway, and horribly messing up my system would just give me a good reason to do it again.

No, it didn't show that drive when I used list volume.
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13 Dec 2013   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, good. Yeah, I'm usually having to reinstall every few months as well with all the tinkering I do.
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13 Dec 2013   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, aren't you guys using images. And for tinkering, a VMware virtual partition is preferable. The VMware folder is easy to copy for backup.
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13 Dec 2013   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Oh, yes. I use images, but it usually only takes me about 20 minutes for a full clean install of Windows 8.1 and getting it fully setup. I'm getting to where I can do it in my sleep now. LOL

I usually use VMs for most tinkering, but some things can only be tested on the main installation.
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13 Dec 2013   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

WOW, 20 minutes for an installation. It takes me a day to process the 360 updates - for Windows 7. But I guess in Windows 8.1 there are not so many yet.

Last summer I reinstalled a Vista system on my wife's laptop in Germany. That was really fun. The recovery partition was from March 2007 without SP1, SP2 and all the other updates. Then she had Office from about the same time. And she also uses AOL which is a major installation if you want to have the real thing - not the browser version.
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