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Windows 8.1 defrag screen has extra item that won't defrag


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#1 jfruch1

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:06 PM

The attached picture shows the results of an analysis of my hard drive (whether it needs defragging).  Notice the last entry.  It shows it's 21% fragmented, it won't defrag, and does not have a drive letter.  What is it??  This machine originally came with Windows 8 and I upgraded it 8.1 (HP p2-1310).Attached File  Capture.JPG   71.47KB   0 downloads



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:15 PM

The address protocol gives the appearance of a networked drive...

\\?\

...which would normally look something like \\computername\foldername (as an example).

 

Do you have a networked drive attached to your computer?


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:20 PM

No.  This appeared after the Windows 8.1 upgrade was installed.



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:15 PM

Interestingly, I just checked defrag and I'm seeing the same thing, but on an SSD so it must be my boot drive.  I upgraded my system last week and did a clean install of Windows 8.1, and I noticed in Disk Management that the boot drive has new partitions that I didn't create; I assumed the OS did it.  Have you checked Disk Management lately?  If you see the same kind of partitioning it could be that defrag is looking at one of them, perhaps the new Recovery partition. 

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 07:24 AM

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Here's that same view on my computer.  What in the world are all these partitions?  This is a new computer (December 2013).  Only additions I did was to upgrade from 8 to 8.1 and create the DATA STORAGE (H) partition; so, I can understand the two Recovery partitions and the OS (C ).  What's with the last two?  They are identical with the same drive letter???  That doesn't seem right.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 08:13 AM

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Here's that same view on my computer.  What in the world are all these partitions?  This is a new computer (December 2013).  Only additions I did was to upgrade from 8 to 8.1 and create the DATA STORAGE (H) partition; so, I can understand the two Recovery partitions and the OS (C ).  What's with the last two?  They are identical with the same drive letter???  That doesn't seem right.

My guess is that one of the smaller of the two recovery images is the one created by Windows 8.1 whereas the largest one is the factory restore partition created by HP (that one would take your PC back to factory new condition).  I don't know why there's a third.

I became aware of the Windows recovery partition when I was upgrading my system and trying to get the old install to work.


Edited by compnovo, 28 March 2014 - 08:16 AM.

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