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Windows 7: Reformatting a drive

26 Jan 2013   #11

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ESL View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gumption View Post
Sure thing. Here you go.
That's not disk management. That's My Computer.
it sure is but it shows enough ,and it looks like DocBrown is correct ,it looks like the recovery partition , open D;\ and post a picture of it open ,looks like it would be better to delete the files from the bad back up than format the d:\, if you format it you will not be able to run factory recovery when something goes wrong with windows

and i will be more careful when telling someone its ok to format a drive with out checking first ,i should have known better i have been doing this for years now ,sorry

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26 Jan 2013   #12

WinXP 32bit

Dense, I tell you. Hahaha. Take 2.

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26 Jan 2013   #13

WinXP 32bit

@DocBrown Did exactly that. Stored my back up in D
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26 Jan 2013   #14


Looks like you've ruined your Recovery Partition. If you haven't already made your Recovery disks then try now making them from whatever Recovery link you have in Start>All Programs. If you'll tell us the brand PC we can help you with that. You might also be able to restore it by moving all of your personal files out of it so it has enough empty space to run from boot or when triggered from All Programs, or to make your Recov disk.

If not then if you have made your disks or you don't want Recovery anyway you might as well delete both the D and OEM partition - unless it's Dell or HP and the bootable Diagnostics will still run via the ESC (HP) or F12 (Dell) key at boot. Try them now.

You can delete D in Disk Mgmt Partition or Volume - Delete,

but will need to delete OEM using Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista My Digital Life.

Then you can create a storage partition in the joint space using Partition or Volume - Create New. But remember that its safest to back up your files and a Win7 backup image externally in case of HD failure, or to the cloud like this:

Also be aware that the factory preinstall of Win7 is corrupted by the bloatware and duplicate utilties so I would strongly suggest you do what other tech enthusiasts do to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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26 Jan 2013   #15

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Open & Explore D:

See if you can give us a screen snip of the Folders & Files that show up. Use the details listing that shows date & time of each folder & file
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26 Jan 2013   #16

WinXP 32bit

I think I'll try deleting only 'cause it's the simplest. The rest is a bit confusing...Doing it now
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26 Jan 2013   #17


So you don't know your PC brand?

Have you made your Recovery Disks? If not your options if you delete will be to order them from Tech Support if you want to ever run Factory Recovery, or do the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If your PC isnt' Dell or HP which still have bootable diagnostics, then the OEM partition is wasted space you could be using.

Got gumption to work with us to sort this out?
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26 Jan 2013   #18

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I was thinking you might only have to delete the latest & largest Backup files
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26 Jan 2013   #19

WinXP 32bit

@Gregrocker Well if you put it that way. Sure, I'll wade through the tech jargon. So I need to create a back-up, right? Btw, I have a Lenovo

@DocBrown I think the deletion worked. But not sure.
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26 Jan 2013   #20

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I would delete any and all backups you put on D the Lenovo partition and leave it alone. You should not be storing windows backups on this partition if it is a recovery partition. It`s hard to tell what it is exactly as you have a 14.75 GB oem partition right next to it. Did you create D or was it there when you bought the pc ?
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