Delete Hidden Partition

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  1. allen6

    allen6 Registered Member

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    Hello: trying to delete Dell's hidden partion and files. If I select the hidden partition, I do not see the delete option in the menue. The delete option only shows when selecting the primary partition. So, I figure I am doing something wrong. Any help would sure be appreciated:)
    thanks very much
    Allen
     
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    Allen:

    What happens if you right-click on the Dell hidden partition? Does "delete" appear in the menu?
     
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    Mark:
    The delete option does not show on the dell partition.
     
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    Can you post a screenshot of what DD (in Manual Mode) shows for the drive?

    Does Disk Management also have a problem showing that the partition can be deleted?
     
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    Is there a setting in your BIOS that protects the hidden partition?
     
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    Nothing in the BIOS protecting the partition. In DD when selecting the hideen partion, delete is not shown on the menu, also cannot be deleted in Windows Disk Management. 2 shots attached.
     

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    Are you referring to the Unallocated spaces on the drive? If so, that is usually a part of the drive that does not contain a partition and so you won't be able to delete it. If you delete all the partitions, the entire drive will show as Unallocated.

    Are you sure there's still a hidden Dell partition on the drive? Perhaps it was deleted already? Can you still boot into the Dell partition?
     
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    allen6:

    I agree with MudCrab; there does not appear to be any partition there -- only unallocated space. So there is nothing to delete, which is why you don't get the delete entry in the context menu.

    If you've confirmed that the Dell diagnostic partition is indeed gone then do the following:

    1. Right click on the C: partition and choose "Resize".
    2. Drag the left border of the slider to the left and the right border to the right until the partition fills the entire drive and there is no unallocated space before or after the partition.
    3. Click on the checkered flag to commit.

    Since this is the system partition, this operation is best done from the boot CD when Windows is shut down.

    P. S. -- You can do the same to your D: partition if you'd like. The small unallocated spaces are placeholders for Windows in case you ever decide to convert a drive to a dynamic disk. You can resize the main partition to eliminate them if you want.
     
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    yes, I'm talking about the larger 63.4 unallocated area, I know the smaller one's deal with the NT system. Tried resizing but had no effect. I know the file area is small, but PC is new and wanted to start setting it up my way:)
     
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    Allen:

    Did you resize from the boot CD? If you did it from the Windows version of the program and there was a problem when the PC rebooted then you would not have been notified of any problems. The program, in this case, will not perform the requested resize operation.

    Try it from the boot CD if you haven't already done so. If "full" mode does not see your disk then try "safe" mode.

    This is an illustration of what you should see when resizing, but your partition details will differ:

    Before: 3.png After: 4.png
     
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    Mark, went into safe mode and it worked pefectly. I want to thank everyone for thier help:)
    Allen
     
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