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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Delete

13 Sep 2010   #90
w1ckhunt3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
It's an extra level of protection. It's like a backup to your backup image.

If you had done what I learn from WHS the creator of the tutorial: Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

Create an image, directly after installing the OS, before installing drivers, windows updates or even activation, then I would say go ahead and kill the recovery option/partition.

But since you will be imaging from a different point, post activation and application, possibly a virus- the image will carry all of this.

If you created an image with windows backup and created your system repair disc, then your fine. But won't have a "Clean" install image how I describe above.

If you lose the image then having a system repair disc won't let you re-install the OS.

Hope that helps,
Eldin
OK I got it. I will create a clean install image next time if I happen to format my Windows. For now, I'll just leave the partition and image / backup my OS and files regularly. Thanks!


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09 Oct 2010   #91
WinMikey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Love this thread! Has helped me with my new laptop purchase (with Windows 7 Home Premium!). Massive difference to the days of using Windows XP!

However, just with deleting the volume from one of my drives (I have an F and G drive that I wish to combine into just the one drive)... I click on "Yes" to delete volume from the G drive and it then comes up with a message saying:
"SDATA (G: ) Simple Volume is currently in use. To force the deletion click YES.
WARNING: Forcing a deletion might cause unexpected errors in the application that is using this partition. Do you want to continue?"

The same message appears when I try doing the same thing to the F drive.
I have nothing running in the background. I'm a bit cautious of proceeding so would like some help with whether it's ok to continue with deleting the volume or not.

Cheers!
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09 Oct 2010   #92
WinMikey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WinMikey View Post
Love this thread! Has helped me with my new laptop purchase (with Windows 7 Home Premium!). Massive difference to the days of using Windows XP!

However, just with deleting the volume from one of my drives (I have an F and G drive that I wish to combine into just the one drive)... I click on "Yes" to delete volume from the G drive and it then comes up with a message saying:
"SDATA (G: ) Simple Volume is currently in use. To force the deletion click YES.
WARNING: Forcing a deletion might cause unexpected errors in the application that is using this partition. Do you want to continue?"

The same message appears when I try doing the same thing to the F drive.
I have nothing running in the background. I'm a bit cautious of proceeding so would like some help with whether it's ok to continue with deleting the volume or not.

Cheers!
I bit the bullet and proceeded (deleted volume from Drive G).
Followed it up by extending the volume of Drive F... appears to have worked.

While I'm here, and so as not to seem completely useless in this thread, I have a "DATA (D: )" drive that is a logical drive. It has nothing in it (329GB free space) except for an 884KB file called "msdia80.dll". Suggestions?
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09 Oct 2010   #93
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mikey, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Here's some more information about the msdia.80.dll file at the link below.

The Msdia80.dll file is installed in the root folder of the boot drive when you install the Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package by using the Vcredist_x64.exe file or the Vcredist_ia64.exe file

Before doing anything with it, please post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing all of your drives layout. Due to the description at the link, I just wanted to make sure that this is not a boot drive before you delete it.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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09 Oct 2010   #94
WinMikey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

G'day Brink.
Here is the screenshot of my Disk Management (noting that I have since deleted a Drive G and subsequently extended the volume of Drive F).

Also I have NO PLANS on deleting Drive D at all. Just curious on its function as I made a Recovery DVD myself and nothing is stored on the D drive...
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09 Oct 2010   #95
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It appears to be safe to delete the msdia80.dll file if you like. To be safe, leave it in the Recycle Bin for a few days to make sure that deleting it did not cause a issue. This way it will be easy to restore if so.
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09 Oct 2010   #96
WinMikey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It appears to be safe to delete the msdia80.dll file if you like. To be safe, leave it in the Recycle Bin for a few days to make sure that deleting it did not cause a issue. This way it will be easy to restore if so.
Cheers! I will do that

Any idea what the D Drive is for?? Is it there as a Recovery Drive? If so, seeing as I have created a Recovery DVD ( discs worth!!!), am I able to safely combine this with my Drive F partition?
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09 Oct 2010   #97
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The D: partition looks like it was you OEM restore Drivers and Applications partition. The 19.53 GB partition looks like your OEM Windows 7 factory restore partition. I hope that you also created a "OEM Drivers and Applications Recovery" DVD as well since the D: partition looks like nothing is on it.


Since the D: partition is part of Disk 0, you will only be able to add it to C: if you wanted to delete the D: partition to unallocated space. However, it appears that you may need to use the free program Partition Wizard Home Edition instead of Disk Management to be able to add the unallocated space to the C: partition.
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09 Oct 2010   #98
WinMikey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
The D: partition looks like it was you OEM restore Drivers and Applications partition. The 19.53 GB partition looks like your OEM Windows 7 factory restore partition. I hope that you also created a "OEM Drivers and Applications Recovery" DVD as well since the D: partition looks like nothing is on it.


Since the D: partition is part of Disk 0, you will only be able to add it to C: if you wanted to delete the D: partition to unallocated space. However, it appears that you may need to use the free program Partition Wizard Home Edition instead of Disk Management to be able to add the unallocated space to the C: partition.
All I did was create a backup system restore DVD ( 5 discs worth) as was suggested by my laptop as soon as it started up for the first time!
I have no clue about a "OEM Drivers and Applications Recovery" DVD... :/

I will try the Freeware program and use that to combine my D Drive with the C Drive. Thanks.

Is it appropriate to rename the blank partition (supposedly with the Windows 7 Restore) "RESTORE"?

Appreciating your help! I'm new to the partitioning concept.
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09 Oct 2010   #99
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Unless you just really need the HDD space, I would recommend to leave the blank (no drive letter) 19.53 GB partition alone since this is your OEM recovery drive. Creating a set of recovery DVDs is great. However, DVD's are more likely to fail than a parition, so it's best to have both in case either one fails.
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