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Dual partition after reinstall

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#1 mrs_jtb


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Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:13 PM

I had a pretty bad virus Kaspersky didn't catch and had to reinstall Windows Vista on my laptop. Afterward, I had two partitions, RECOVERY C: and OS D:. I can't delete the D: and merge the two through disk management, it won't allow it. and C: is full. What am I doing wrong?

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 06:29 AM

Those i believe are normal, if you have an OEM computer then the recovery parttion is for automated reinstall and the OS is well just that it is the OS. Odd though that windows would letter them that way. You should be ok.
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:22 AM

It is awkward if that happens, but even more awkward to do anything about it after the event. You can't delete D: because it is your System partition, which Windows and everything else resides on. The entire Windows installation is set up to relate to the D: drive, so cannot, for example, be cloned to a drive as a C: partition. You need to direct all software installations and destinations such as document folders and downloads to D:

I believe this occurs on systems like Dells with recovery partitions, which are originally the D: drive, and are a primary partition. If you deal with a virus infection by deleting the original C: drive carrying the virus infested OS, under the DOS/Windows drive naming conventions it becomes C: since it is already the first Primary partition in existence when Setup begins as you re-install.
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