how to remove hidden os

June 2, 2012 at 22:04:10
Specs: Windows 7
how can i remove my hidden os from my d: drive

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#1
June 3, 2012 at 00:12:12
Wipe drive D or delete OS files. Some files will refuse to go, u will need to delete them with Linux live disc.

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#2
June 3, 2012 at 01:00:30
What exactly do you mean by "hidden os" ?
Are these the hidden operating system restore files ? IF so then deleting them or formatting the partition they are on will remove your ability to perform a factory restore of the system if you ever suffer a catastrophic system failure.

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#3
June 3, 2012 at 05:57:35
Agree with Richard59. You need to be certain that these files aren't needed for re-installation after a serious failure. If they aren't taking up that much space, leave them be...

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#4
June 3, 2012 at 07:53:17
banur

Do you have a set of disks to restore your computer to its factory state? The hidden D partition is there for that reason. If you have a working set of restore disks then you can safely remove those files.

If you never made that restore disks then I suggest you read your manual to learn how and then burn a set of restore disks.


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#5
June 3, 2012 at 08:55:47
As the others have said, the hidden partition is probably the recovery partition which means you are most likely asking about an OEM system (Dell, HP/Compaq, Gateway, etc).

I can tell you what I did when I bought an HP laptop in the fall. I created the full set of recovery discs (7 DVDs), then deleted both the Recovery & HP_Tools partitions. That left me with the hidden System partition & C: partition, plus unallocated space. I combined the unallocated space with C:, then divided C: into 2 partitions (one for Windows & programs, the other for storage). In the end, the 500GB HDD was partitioned as:

System (hidden) - 200MB
C: (OS) - 200GB
D: (Storage) - 265GB

I did all the above using EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition.


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#6
June 3, 2012 at 09:44:00
Personal i don't like restore partition because they are out of date(most don't come with latest SP & drivers, i hate SP update process) and they come with bloatware. I always wipe the whole hard drive and start from scratch(less than 15 minutes to install win 7 SP1).

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#7
June 3, 2012 at 12:04:17
kuwese

What are you going to use for an installation disk if you do that.

You can tweak the files on the C partition by removing the bloatware. Then update the drivers and image the C partition. Verify the image disk works then wipe the entire drive like riider mentioned.

95% of users never bother to make any restore disks. The original restore disks are good because you can fully restore to factory condition when it is time to dispose of the computer.

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#8
June 3, 2012 at 12:25:10
I have win 7 disc(4.7GB dvd) which i use for installation. Tweaking and updating OS SP takes time.

It takes less time if i use my dvd. All i have to do after installation is to install drivers and few necessary apps. Last time i restored samsung laptop and it took time to update to the latest service pack.

I also think many laptop owners don't know restore partition exist in their system.

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#9
June 3, 2012 at 12:39:33
Many users aren't capable of recognizing and remove these bloatware, some bloatware are hard to remove. I have seen people running two AV soft because the one that came with the system refuse to go. Also tweaking is hard job for a normal user.

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#10
June 3, 2012 at 18:46:04
kuwese

So your solution is to buy another copy of Windows to install on a computer that came with Windows?


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