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Windows 7: PQSYSTEM Removal

10 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I recently upgraded my Acer Aspire 5516 notebook from Vista Home Basic to Windows 7 Home Premium.
Windows 7 defragmenter shows a partition called PQSERVICE. (Defraggler doesn't show it as a separate partition, but it doesn't do anything to it if I defrag C:.)
I want to have all of C: available, so I want to get rid of PQSERVICE. How?
(Catalyst Control Center is the only driver Windows 7 doesn't supply and it is available from Acer (109 MB).)

Under Vista would this 'partition' have been formatted as NTFS? Is it actually a separate partition or is it just placed on the C: partition in a normally none accessible area?
I'm posting this before running Easeus partition manager--don't know if it will do the job properly or not.

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10 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

PQSERVICE is a hidden restore partition used by Acer. If you ever want to restore your Acer to the original shipping config, you'd use this partition to do it. If you want to delete it, click on the orb and type "create and format". Click on the application that pops up to the top. Select the hidden partition and delete it.

I doubt you'll be able to merge it to the C drive using the disk management tool. You'll probably have to use something like Partition Magic to do that.

If you don't know how to manipulate partitions, I suggest you just leave it alone. You can't undo a partition edit, so tread carefully.
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