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Can I eliminate HDD Clone partition?

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#1 bigalexe


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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:26 PM

I have an HP Pavilion dv6 with a 1TB HDD running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Please ignore my sig, that's the desktop and probably outdated. Anyway the hard drive is split into 3 partitions and I do not like it. I like Green eggs and ham better than my hard drive setup. I have the main (C:\) sized at 578 GB and I have a recovery (D:\) sized at 21.6 GB and then I have the problem partition being (P:\) sized at another 578 GB. It looks to me like the P:\ drive is just an exact mirror of C:\ and this I don't like. I don't like it because now I'm looking at "45 GB" of free space when in fact I should have over 500 left. If I want to mirror my drive I have an external 1GB I can use. I don't need a backup system on the PC.


So what might be causing it? How can I stop it copying? Can I expand the C:\ partition wiping the P:\ without impairing the functionality of the existing software installed on C:\ partition?

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#2 AngryRaisin


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:41 AM

Well nowaday's some programs are doing interesting things with the 'P' partition... the largest of such programs is the office 2010 starter edition... If you/or someone on your computer opted into the program it created a 'P" partition that allowed it to run.  If you don't need that program then by all mean delete it ... but take care it someone is using that MS Word Starter 2010 or Excel starter 2010.... if you delete that partition I don't think those programs are gonna work so well.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:39 AM

If HP partitioned the hard drive in said manner...I would leave it as is.



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