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Windows 7: Merging Partitions

04 May 2012   #21
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I'd do two things: Run WinDirStat to see an illustrated map of your disk usage.

Next I'd run a full Disk Check with both boxes checked on the drive in question.

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04 May 2012   #22
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

I noticed that as soon as I saw the second screen you posted and had to wonder if the D volume information was still being maintained while the partition was already removed suggesting a corrupted Partition Table. That would what the DM is actually seeing not any actual partition showing how vulnerable resizing OS partitions can be at times.

In the past I have run into some mishaps when deleting the the temp 7 RC install back then for a second resize of the XP primary in one example where the XP install disappeared! That's when Dr. "data rescue" had to be called in fast!

Somehow the D volume saw a change to extended if not an extended type partition already rather then total removal if the PT is found to be intact where it seems to have been mounted as a virtual drive explaining why it is still being seen. Or the DM has a registry error is cloning C as a D volume as far as what the DM is seeing while no actual partition is present.
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04 May 2012   #23

Win 7 utimatex64

How do I disconnect disk 1 and 2?
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04 May 2012   #24
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

For simply unplugging any drive you first turn the system off completely and open the case up. On many cases that would be unfastening the side cover if a custom build. For an OEM premade system that will vary upon make and model as to how it was put together.

As for Disk 1 that would be D which wouldn't be a physical drive to start with since it was on the same drive as C your OS primary. The FreeAgent would be the external Seagate drive you have there which you would simply unplug from the usb port after a right click on the Safety Remove icon in the System notification area. From there you simply restart the system and go back into the Disk Management for another look.
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04 May 2012   #25

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by powerpca View Post
How do I disconnect disk 1 and 2?
Disconnect your FreeAgent drive.

Go back into Disk Management

Choose Action | Refresh
Choose Action | Rescan
Select Disk 1
then Action | Detach VHD
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04 May 2012   #26
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Was there actually any VHD created or simply a need to reboot and rescan? once the external drive is unplugged that is. Is there was an actual clone in VHD form simply locating and deleting the "D.vhd" file will see it gone.

Not finding any vhd file on the other hand would mean a totally different problem like the System Volume?PT information being corrupted somehow fooling the DM into listing a non existent drive.

If you haven't restarted the system at all since and if you went through the DM to delete the D partition and resize of C that may explain why D is still being seen where the restart would seem to be the option to refresh everything. Without the external drive plugged in Windows would then be forced to freshly detect the main internal drive by itself.

If you still end up seeing a phantom D drive afterwards then it might be time to consider a new approach following a total wipe which would be the last resort option to work with a totally new primary and Partition Table in order to clean this up for you.
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04 May 2012   #27

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I should have better said:
For Disk 1, on the left-hand side where it shows Disk 1 | right-click | choose the option Detach VHD | OK button
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04 May 2012   #28
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Give that a try! powerpca If the D disappears right away you will know there's a vhd on the drive somewhere you can simply delete after and be all set if no other problems appear.

Another option if that fails to work would be booting up from the 7 dvd to the Repair tools opting for the command prompt option thus removing Windows from the equation to boot live. With the external left unplugged you can run the Disk Part tool there free of anything interfering. Here's how the commands would go.

list disk (lists all hard drives, external as well as internal, any usb flash drives or memory cards if present)
select disk 0 (would be the only physical hard drive present)
list volume (will reveal all partitions present on the drive)
select volume #1 (C would be #0)
delete volume #1
exit (exit Disk Part to reboot)

If for some reason a clone of C was seen and listed as D without any substance you wouldn't see anything more then the one main volume while booting live. If you are reaching the point where a drive wipe is the only option left for a brand new primary we can take you through the wipe and new primary rather fast here.

Once you have selected the drive Disk #0 rather then using the commands to delete one volume at a time you would simply use the Clean or Clean All command as long as no other drive(the external HD) was present to wipe everything. Then you can opt to create the new primary there or watch as the 7 installer creates the 100mb System Reserved partition use for the BCD store and boot files only at the front of the drive.

Some people would rather lay claim on that small amount of drive space and simply prefer to create a new primary first before running the Windows installer. The commands would go as:

List Disk
Select Disk 0
clean all (insures a total wipe)
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs

Once that is all set you restart to again boot from the 7 dvd still in the drive to run the 7 install. As long as all of your files have already been backed up you will be installing updates and device drivers some 20 minutes later on a clean install as well as brand new primary without errors.

This is of course still the last resort but insures the best results if no other solution is found to work like finding no vhd and still being plagued by a phantom D drive.
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