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A Fat32 "local Disk(g:)" Recently Appeared As A Hard Drive


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#1 middy55

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 06:39 PM

To anyone is willing to help:

I am running a Dell Dimension 8300 for about 6 years with Windows-XP installed for the last 4-5 years. I have 3 "removable storage drives" D, E, and F and an external hard drive H ... and of course my home hard drive "local disk(C:)".

Recently, I'm not sure exactly when because I just happen to notice it - there is another "local disk" listed under my hard drives section of the "my computer" window. It's called "Local Disk(G:) ... it says it's FAT32 formatted (not the format of my main hard drive NTFS). It says it has about 40MB of space 6 of which is used (my main hard drive is about 80gigs). When I open it the first thing inside is a Dell folder followed by a whole lot of files with random strange names many of which are .MDM files, some others too like .UP .MLM .MIM, etc.

Can anyone tell me where this hard drive came from? ... what it has to do with Dell? ... and why it appeared now when I've had my computer for so long? And what I should do with it?

Thank you very much for any insight or help .... I really appreciate it.

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 08:12 PM

That could be either a recovery partition or a diagnostics partition don't mess with it, both should be hidden to the regular os
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:17 PM

Most likely its your Dell diagnostics partition. This is a factory installed partition for hardware diagnostics, in most cases they are right about 39MB of drive space formatted with the FAT file system. It is used in conjuction with the diagnostics CD-ROM for testing your hardware devices.

What's really strange is that your computer has assigned this partition a separate drive letter. In all my experience working with Dell machines, the 39MB FAT diagnostic partition appears without a volume label or drive letter in front of drive C: and you usually can't assign a drive letter or select this partition for formatting.
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