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Old 09-04-2012, 09:07   #1
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Need to un-partition a hard drive - what happens to those files?

Hello,

Work computer, windows 7. Getting an message saying drive is about full. Appears that machine has a C and a D, and that D is almost full. Machine given to us by owners, believe they partitioned the hard drive to create D. I can remove the partition and add the size of the drive back to C, but I am curious: what happens to the files on D once I delete the volume?

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:22   #2
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Check this link (<-- click). You will need the administrator password. If it's a small partition, some distributors such as Dell put the operating system recovery in that partition. It's used to create bootable DVD disks if the system was purchased without the Windows 7 distribution media.

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- You must be logged on in an administrator account to be able to do this tutorial.
- When you delete a partition, all data on the partition is erased.
- If you disable the Disk Defragmenter service, then you will get the error below when you try to do anything in Disk Management. If you get this error, then make sure that the Disk Defragmenter service is set to only Manual
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:32   #3
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They be gone if you repartition or remove partition.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:35   #4
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Get a external harddrive.

Back up your entire system including the system image stored on Drive D.

Look at how many GB are used in your D drive

Reformat the entire drive through your OS disk.

Allocate a few more GB 1-20 to the new D partition.

Then use the exgernal to restore your computer back.

That way you dont loose anything, and you get a larger recovery partition :-)
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:57   #5
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You don't necessarily have to delete the partition and lose the files. I don't know in Windblowz, but in Linux there are plenty of apps to simply resize the partitions without losing data. There should be something similar for you.
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Old 09-04-2012, 14:46   #6
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You don't necessarily have to delete the partition and lose the files. I don't know in Windblowz, but in Linux there are plenty of apps to simply resize the partitions without losing data. There should be something similar for you.
Even so, backing up the data is a good idea just in case the unforeseen happens.
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Old 09-04-2012, 19:03   #7
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Our IT people think it is safer to have a small C: with just the operating system, and then a huge D: and E: for us users to put garbage on.

If you're going to repartition anyway, you might consider configuring it that way.

Or is it already configured that way? I didn't know mine was until I asked...
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Old 09-04-2012, 19:48   #8
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You don't necessarily have to delete the partition and lose the files. I don't know in Windblowz, but in Linux there are plenty of apps to simply resize the partitions without losing data. There should be something similar for you.
But Linux uses modern file systems and Windows..... Well, it's Windows.
What can you expect from an O.S. that gets viruses and malware and such.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:00   #9
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Partition Magic will let you resize or combine the partitions. If it's a factory built PC like an HP or Dell, it probably has the system restore files on it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 20:10   #10
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Regardless of how you elect to re-partition your drive...

Just Back It Up First!

If there is a hiccup in power, strong solar flare, or act of God while you are working on this you most likely will lose data.... or begin to jump through flaming hoops to recover the data.

GParted works pretty well in my experience... and it's open source so it's free!

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:55   #11
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You realize that multi-partition exists for a reason right?
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