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Windows 7: Can I re-initialize Windows 7 with Upgade DVD?

11 Jun 2012   #21
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Some OEM's create a D partition for data so it is separated from the Windows 7 backup image from C. It is purely user preference and can be deleted to extend C:
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E is showing empty. Is there anything in it when you click on it? is there anything plugged into a USB port? Rightclick on the panel to its immediate left in Disk Mgmt and post up a screenshot of the Properties.

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11 Jun 2012   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1
 
 

I'll repeat what I wrote earlier in this thread. I am told that the E: partition is actually part of the C: drive. It is not a USB and nothing is plugged into it. It appeared about 4-5 months ago from who knows where. I was also told that this is unique to Dell computers. Attached are 3 screenshots re: its driver per your request.

I am very much relieved knowing that the D: partition is superfluous and I can go on with my existing system without starting over again. Thank you.

Richie


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11 Jun 2012   #23
Microsoft MVP

 

Go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View to unhide Hidden and System files.

Post back a screenshot of the contents of E and the Disk Mgmt>rightclick Properties>Volumes tab for the drive which I requested.


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11 Jun 2012   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1
 
 

I couldn't find a 'Volumes' tab but I think this is what you're asking for.


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11 Jun 2012   #25
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Until you unhide Hidden and System files there is no way to know for sure if anything is on the drive.

Once you do that, click on the partition in Computer to post back a screenshot of its content.

The Properties box is separate and from Disk management. Type Disk Management in Start search box, rightclick on the space I marked with an X next to the E partition, choose Properties, click on Volumes tab to post a screenshot.
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11 Jun 2012   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1
 
 

I don't understand what you're looking for. Everything is now unhidden. Here are 2 more screenshots.

How can you mark something with an 'X'? I don't understand and I still can't find a 'Volumes' tab anywhere. You need to be more specific.


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11 Jun 2012   #27
Microsoft MVP

 

If you unhid System and Hidden files in Control panel>Folder options then there is nothing on D or E. You can hide them again.

If you click to enlarge and look at the screenshot carefully, the area I marked with the handwritten X is where to rightclick next to your E partition and choose Properties. Then click on Volumes tab.

If you can't find it it really doesn't matter to know what kind of partition it is - since it's empty you can delete it.

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11 Jun 2012   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1
 
 

When I right click on the left side of the E: partition and select properties, it gives me driver information. Here is a screenshot when I did the exact same thing for Disk 0 > Properties > Volumes.


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11 Jun 2012   #29
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Is the drive Properties box that comes up for E the same as previous RAMdiskVE screenshot you posted earlier from Disk Mgmt?




If so I believe that is installed with Acronis. Are you using its installed program for scheduled backup or have a backup capsule of some sort?

Best method with Acronis is to use it's boot disk to save externally a backup image, and to restore it.
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11 Jun 2012   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1
 
 

Yes, that is what I see from the E: partition and yes, I use Acronis but only for manual backups. I don't schedule them. If I use Acronis to backup an image of the whole C: drive and then restore it, it comes back identically to what I have now. Are you suggesting that I backup an image of the C: drive, format it and then restore the C: partition only along with the MBR? If I do that, both D: and E: should be gone.
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