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Windows 7: Need Help: D Drive missing, pre loaded OS:format & reinstall

12 Apr 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Yeah, that looks like your D got really wiped out. That happened to me once too when I made a false manipulation with Partition Wizard. The only way tp protect yourself in this case are images. A system restore from a restore point (shadow) does not help because it only restores system files.

Your 14GB partition also looks funny. It shows as empty - but that does not neccessarily mean that it is empty. Did you ever open it and look what's inside?

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12 Apr 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit.

I've noticed that your 14GB Partition didn't have the "Recovery" label, and that it Disk Management is showing that it has no data stored on it. I advise you to use a partition program (3rd Party) and open up to explore the partition. Something tells me that if there was data, such as needed files for a System Recovery, has been deleted.
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12 Apr 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP


In the future let us know what you want to do with a screenshot and we will give you the exact steps so that you don't have to risk making mistakes using Partition Wizard. We would also suggest you use the PW boot disk which will not fail since it doesn't rely on System Files.

If the 15 gb partition doesn't have anything in it after browsing using PW CD or Disk Mgmt>Explore (after unhiding Hidden files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View) then you can delete it and extend D into its space.

To reinstall or factory recover in the future you'll need to order Recovery Disks from Lenovo if you didnt' make them before, or find an installer for your version Win7 to clean reinstall with the Product key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7
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 Need Help: D Drive missing, pre loaded OS:format & reinstall

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