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Need to un-partition a hard drive - what happens to those files?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Jim1970, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Jim1970

    Jim1970 Learnin'

    Jan 2, 2005

    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?

    Thank you,

  2. HoldHard


    Nov 28, 2008
    Motor City 'burbs
    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.

    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012

  3. They be gone if you repartition or remove partition.
  4. youngdocglock


    Jun 28, 2012
    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 :)
  5. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    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.
  6. Even so, backing up the data is a good idea just in case the unforeseen happens.
  7. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

    Nov 18, 2003
    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...
  8. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008
    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.
  9. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    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.
  10. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    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!

  11. Glock20 10mm

    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

    You realize that multi-partition exists for a reason right?