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Windows 7: Hard Drive Patition created automatically. Help!


15 May 2012   #1

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Hard Drive Patition created automatically. Help!

I recently purchased an hp dv6 laptop running windows 7 home premium.
This is what i did with it till date:

1. Since it came with a big Windows patition (C drive) i used macrium reflect free edition to change C drive from primary to logical parition.
2. I then created 3 different partions for my data and other files.

Everything worked out fine untill few days ago i saw different partition formed all on its own. To my utter dismay it refuses to be accessed and does not show up in the disk management either! Although the partition does not take up any space. I thought of it first as a virus issue. So i scanned my computer with norton internet security (came with the laptop) but no viruses or malware was found.
I was frustrated so i did a factory reset from the recovery partition and found that the paritition was gone now. I then painfully installed the programs which were removed due to factory reset. Not to mention the time taking windows updates!

I thought that was it, but now its just been two days and the partition is showing up again.

I have uploaded the related screenshots. The partition formed on its own is th Q partion (last one).

I am really annoyed and dont know what else should i do. So i decided to seek help from this forum. I searched for a similar thread but could not find any.

Any help here would be really appreciated!




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15 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Did your computer have Microsoft Office Click-To-Run installed?

It's a new way of downloading and installing Microsoft Office 2010 products including the Starter edition.

It requires a virtual drive with the letter Q to run and will of course explain why you can't uninstall it as it's not a physical drive.

This Microsoft article has more detail.

An overview of Microsoft Office Click-to-Run for Office 2010
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15 May 2012   #3

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Did your computer have Microsoft Office Click-To-Run installed?

It's a new way of downloading and installing Microsoft Office 2010 products including the Starter edition.

It requires a virtual drive with the letter Q to run and will of course explain why you can't uninstall it as it's not a physical drive.

This Microsoft article has more detail.

An overview of Microsoft Office Click-to-Run for Office 2010
I didn't know about the office-click-to-run. Yes i do have the office starter pre-installed.
That solves it. Thanks
One question, if i uninstalled office starter will the virtual drive be gone too?
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15 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

If you uninstall Microsoft Office Starter and Microsoft Click-to-run then reboot your computer, you should find the virtual drive has disappeared.
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15 May 2012   #5

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks again..
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15 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

No problem, just pleased to know everything is OK now.
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