Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Don't laugh at me please!

06 Nov 2009   #1
hispandora

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Don't laugh at me please!

Okay I know this is probably a stupid question but I have one HD in my machine that came with three partitions on it.

The first partition is some little tiny space that doesn't show up when you boot up but shows up on when you do the OS install called Recovery-OEM

The second is aprox 40GB space partitioned off as D:

The third is the main partition about 555GB space partitioned off as C:

When I was having problems with the Windows 7 install the MS Tech had me try installing it on the D: Partition. Now that I have Windows 7 working on the C: Partition I want to know if I can format the D: Partition to get rid of those non working windows files off the drive.

If I right click on the D: Drive and go to Format I have an option to Format the D: Drive but it gives me a sort of scary and intimidating message about the ENTIRE drive being formatted and data lost. Formatting the D: Drive wont effect the C: Partition at all will it?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
06 Nov 2009   #2
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

No...as long as you make sure it is the D: partition that you are formatting, it won't effect the C: partition at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #3
pillainp

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

@hispandora:

That tiny partition (100mb?) is the system recovery partition that Win7 automatically creates on install.

You can safely format D:. providing all the data that you require is on C:.

If you are running Windows off C:, formatting D: will not harm Windows. That scary message is just a warning, an opportunity to rethink your decision to format and to ensure that all the essential data on the drive has been moved elsewhere.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

06 Nov 2009   #4
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hispandora View Post
Okay I know this is probably a stupid question but I have one HD in my machine that came with three partitions on it.

The first partition is some little tiny space that doesn't show up when you boot up but shows up on when you do the OS install called Recovery-OEM

The second is aprox 40GB space partitioned off as D:

The third is the main partition about 555GB space partitioned off as C:

When I was having problems with the Windows 7 install the MS Tech had me try installing it on the D: Partition. Now that I have Windows 7 working on the C: Partition I want to know if I can format the D: Partition to get rid of those non working windows files off the drive.

If I right click on the D: Drive and go to Format I have an option to Format the D: Drive but it gives me a sort of scary and intimidating message about the ENTIRE drive being formatted and data lost. Formatting the D: Drive wont effect the C: Partition at all will it?

Can you give us a screen shot of your HD in disk Management ?


Attached Thumbnails
Don't laugh at me please!-disk_management_oct_2009.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #5
hispandora

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Sure! Here is a SS of my Disk Managment

C: Is my main drive of course
D: Is that partition I want to reformat
L: Is my Ready Boost Drive
J: Is my External HD that I save most my data on


Attached Thumbnails
Don't laugh at me please!-diskmanagement.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #6
Arr0w000

Windows 7
 
 

This may be offtopic, but do you see a difference using ready boost?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #7
howiewho

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hispandora View Post
Okay I know this is probably a stupid question but I have one HD in my machine that came with three partitions on it.

The first partition is some little tiny space that doesn't show up when you boot up but shows up on when you do the OS install called Recovery-OEM

The second is aprox 40GB space partitioned off as D:

The third is the main partition about 555GB space partitioned off as C:

When I was having problems with the Windows 7 install the MS Tech had me try installing it on the D: Partition. Now that I have Windows 7 working on the C: Partition I want to know if I can format the D: Partition to get rid of those non working windows files off the drive.

If I right click on the D: Drive and go to Format I have an option to Format the D: Drive but it gives me a sort of scary and intimidating message about the ENTIRE drive being formatted and data lost. Formatting the D: Drive wont effect the C: Partition at all will it?
Many computers today has the recover software on drive d., the small partion to do the restore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #8
hispandora

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

To be honest I couldn't tell you. My last system had a ready boost drive on it from the first time I started using it because the guy that built it put one on there, so I just moved it from that system to this one. So it's just sort of been something that is always there
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #9
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hispandora View Post
Okay I know this is probably a stupid question but I have one HD in my machine that came with three partitions on it.

The first partition is some little tiny space that doesn't show up when you boot up but shows up on when you do the OS install called Recovery-OEM

The second is aprox 40GB space partitioned off as D:

The third is the main partition about 555GB space partitioned off as C:

When I was having problems with the Windows 7 install the MS Tech had me try installing it on the D: Partition. Now that I have Windows 7 working on the C: Partition I want to know if I can format the D: Partition to get rid of those non working windows files off the drive.

If I right click on the D: Drive and go to Format I have an option to Format the D: Drive but it gives me a sort of scary and intimidating message about the ENTIRE drive being formatted and data lost. Formatting the D: Drive wont effect the C: Partition at all will it?
When the MS Tech had you install win7 on "D" * Could the new running win7 be seeing itself as "C" ? Have you looked at properties with win7 running to see the drive letters & their corresponding sizes. What OS was on before you installed win7 ?

" Doc "
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Nov 2009   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

That's an odd looking disk management screen shot.

I would expect to see a display of C and D somewhere in the lower portion, not just the listing at the top.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Don't laugh at me please!




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How About A Laugh
You'll have to watch a commercial to get to the goodies. Watch Ballmer promote Windows 1.0 in 1985 - Video - Technology
Chillout Room
please don't laugh...
Ok, I don't really have an short explanation of how I got to where I am, but here is the gist. Windows prompted me to restart or postpone for an update -I clicked restart and all heck broke loose. Being as I'm a girl in my early 20s, my knowledge of computer leaves much to be desired. Anyways, I'm...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App