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Windows 7: D Recovery Drive full

05 Apr 2010   #21

Windows 7

[IMG]file:///D:/Users/David/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG][IMG]file:///D:/Users/David/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.png[/IMG]File attached with picture of C and D drives. Is this what you want to see?

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Apr 2010   #22
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This is not Disk Management but Computer. But anyhow, it is strange that your D is designated as the boot partition. Your MBR must have made it to D - who knows how. That is at least very unusual. Do you have an explanation for that??

PS: I will send a PM to Greg, he knows how to fix that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Apr 2010   #23

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Follow GregRocker's advice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 Apr 2010   #24


Type Disk Management in to Start search box and click on result. Post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and the listings above it without leaving anything out., Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in Reply Box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Apr 2010   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Suggest you follow Greg's advice and post a screenie of Disk Mgmt window.

It looks like you ran 7 setup from within Vista and pointed it at the the 10gb ( recovery) partition.

I would go to folder options and make sure Hidden files are showing - also untick "Hide extensions for known filetypes", Apply, OK.

Take a look in the DELL folder on C and search D also.

See if there is a large .iso or .wim file anywhere.

If so, post a screenie of it. You should be able to use that to make reinstall media for Vista - you may want it in the future - you paid for the license already.

Back up any data you may want to keep from C partition.

When you have done all that , the best way forward is to install 7 clean by booting the dvd , on the screen showing partitions during install, select Drive Options (Advanced).

Partition as you wish and point the 7 installer at the partition of your choice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Apr 2010   #26

Windows 7

Disk Management picture posted.

I did install from within Vista. I thought I was getting an "upgrade", but Win7 told me I couldn't do that, so had to do a "custom" complete installation. I didn't change any of the defaults, and this is what I got -- both Vista and Win7. It's a pain -- I moved Firefox over to C:, but now I can't download Adobe or get any .pdf files to open. At least I can print to my network printer from Win7, which Vista won't allow.

If this is the type of thing that's going to continue, I'll go back to Vista, as much as I dislike it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Apr 2010   #27

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Did you have an opportunity to send us a snapshot of the output of DISKMGMT.MSC
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Apr 2010   #28

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64


I don't need to see it , but just for Karl , post a screenie of Disk Mgmt window.

In the start search box, type:


when "create and format hard disk partitions" pops up, click it. Maximize the window, take a pic and post it up - looks a bit like this:

D Recovery Drive full-diskmgmt_2010-04-07_014933.jpg

That's not the same as this:

D Recovery Drive full-computer-window-2010-04-07_015404.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 D Recovery Drive full

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