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#1 bwrighttwo

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

I have 2 machines that both run Win 7 Home prem. 64bit. Both of the hard disk drives are letter C and both of the dvd/cd drives are letter D. When I boot from a new original Win 7 disk and use the repair computer option(bottom one on the list of options) it starts looking for disks with info or whatever. When they stop and list the options, one machine's only option is Local disk C and the other machine's only option is Local disk D. I will post screen caps if needed. Thanks for the help.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

Windows 7 may be set up in several ways - if during the paritioning portion of the install you create your own partitions windows will install all it's files to that partition. If you erase all the partitions and select the 'empty space' and press install windows will create a boot partition (that is hidden from the user) and a windows partition which is visible. When you boot from a windows disc / recovery environment it will make the windows partition show up as D: even though when you get into the operating system it shows as C:

Edited by AngryRaisin, 04 February 2013 - 11:41 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

Even if the DVD Rw drive is D?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

when you boot the windows disc and get into that recovery/install environment the DVD drive becomes e. If you want to 'see' that hidden partition then you can go to Computer Management - then storage - and disk management and on your drive you should see a 100mb partition named System Reserved. If you want to go even further you can assign a drive letter and look at the stuff in there (I Do Not Recommend This)... it is just the bootmgr and recovery.wim that may used to fix or test the computer.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

Thanks for the info. I guess what confused me was that I did the same thing to two different machines and one showed C and one showed D.




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