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Windows 7: performance details -quirky

30 Oct 2009   #1

performance details -quirky

Windows shows my harddrives correctly: two drives and several partitions, each with an appropriate drive letter. (D: is downloads, V: Video, P: Photos, etc.)
But the performance page doesn't display or count two (large) partitions.
I'm sure that this is because I've used letters A: and B: ( I don't have a floppy drive, but I do have Backups B: and some space Available A: )
The system properties and My Computer report these partitions perfectly. But the performance details don't. Weird that.

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30 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Why have so many partitions in the first place? Why not just folders in the 2 drives?
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31 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

Why have so many partitions in the first place? Why not just folders in the 2 drives?
I would guess because he likes it that way. There's nothing wrong with using multiple partitions to keep your files organized, and separate. With large drives, it makes it very convenient.

I suspect the problem is what you alluded to, your use of A and B for their drive designations. I note on mine, the first entry under storage is for total size of "hard" disk(s). My memory stick is not listed listed either. So I suspect, since A and B are typically reserved for floppy drives (that is, "removable" storage) they are ignored.

Why don't you try re-lettering them to something above D - perhaps change your backup B: partition to R: for Recovery or Restore, and your A to M: for Misc for a test, then reboot and rerun the assessment again and see if they show up.
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31 Oct 2009   #4


.... changed it for me.
When I logged in the next time my drive A: had been relettered!
Now I've made A: into U: unused.
And why do I have so may partitions?
Because, yes I like it that way, and also so that I can allocate an adequate amount of space for each function and user and see what I have "in stock".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

And so does everything show up as expected?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2009   #6


For some reason the built in SD card reader keeps hijacking the A: drive letter when a card is inserted, which Vista never did.
But otherwise, all is fine
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

Built in reader? Don't know about that. You may have to uninstall it, reboot, then install it again and choose a letter.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Dec 2009   #8


Since I don't have a floppy drive A: is really just a free letter.
Maybe Windows 7 sees the reader as a kind of floppy substitute.
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