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Windows 7: Odd things going on with partitioned HDD

15 Feb 2017   #1
Western Star

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Odd things going on with partitioned HDD

I have to recently had to a complete new install on my “HP Pavilion dv6” due to a virus completely wiped the HDD.

But ever since the install the HDD has 3 partitions on it which is correct.
· Local Disk (C:) 793GB Free of 906GB
· System Reserved (D:0 14.1 MB Free of 99.9MB
· Recovery (H:) 23.9GB Free of 24.4GB

The segment that has me worried is the “System Reserved (D:) ” as when I open to see what is on that part of the drive the result I get is “This folder is empty”.
What I do not understand is why the drive is showing that there are items on this part of the drive but when I open it is empty.

Can anyone enlighten me as way this is happen and suggest any remedies that can rectify this hic up clinch!

I would like to shrink the local disk but I am confused as to what size to make the partition.
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15 Feb 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

It's normal to not see files on that partition there are only boot files anyway so don't take up much room. How much do you want to shrink c by?
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15 Feb 2017   #3
Western Star

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I would like to shrink that volume down to about 250 so the spare can be add part on (D:) and part on (H:)

I hope that helps
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15 Feb 2017   #4

Windows XP

If you don't have a re-install CD / DVD , you might consider 'cloning' the recovery partition 'H' to an EXTERNAL drive, BEFORE changing it's size...

edit: the respective sizes of System Reserved, and Recovery partitions might be default partitions, if new drive reinstallation was done with the 3-disc set that HP DV-Series laptops often create when new... ?
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19 Feb 2017   #5

Windows 10 32bit

since you have reinstalled Windows, I suppose you have formatted the C: drive and you selected the C: drive to install Windows. in that case, the original system reserved partition is useless because the new boot files are saved in C: drive.

In Disk Management, you can shrink C: drive to 250GB, but when you right click on D: drive or H: drive, you will find Extend Volume option grayed out because DM can only add unallocated space to a partition before it. You can press Windows + R and type "diskmgmt.msc" to open Disk Management.
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