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I erased my D drive when I reset my computer

Dell Studio 1537 laptop (intel core 2 du...
January 22, 2010 at 08:19:36
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a studio 1537 Vista laptop computer, It's crashed on me over 8 times, and last time I got advice...apparantly not very good advice from a friend to delete my D drive partition. I re did the C drive with no problem but when the computer reinstalled itself I noticed my D drive wasn't there like he said it would be. I reinstalled my computer to factory settings by the reinstall CD that came with the laptop...please someone help, tell me step by step how to reconfigure my hard drive to get D back. This is driving me nuts. Thanks!

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January 22, 2010 at 08:55:15
Depending on how you have reinstalled your OS.

When you go through the Windows install it asks what harddisk to install the OS on and if you want to format it (advanced menu).

When you get here you need to partition the disk. Partition 1 will be your OS, so decide on the size you want for C drive. With the rest of the space you can just leave as unpartitioned space.

When the OS is installed goto start > My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. You will see unallocated space. Right click and format and assign drive letter D. This will be your D drive.

Hope this makes sense.

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January 22, 2010 at 12:43:29
The D partition would have been your restore partition, which you no longer have after deleting it.
The restore disks will return your computer to the way it was originally set up except for the restore partition, I don't believe that would be restored.
Check in disk managment for any unallocated space if available follow the previous posters instructions to reclaim it.
Usually this would be less then about 10GB.

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January 24, 2010 at 16:50:37
anmor is correct, the d drive is set up by the company that built your pc as a restore partition, if you have deleted it then it is gone.A new install will not restore this partition.I know this from experience. As long as you have a restore cd, which i believe you indicated you did, than there is no reason to worry unless you are worried about all the preinstalled software that your machine came with. Other than that you really dont need D partition. You get a cleaner install off your restore disk anyway. Hope that makes sense to you .

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January 25, 2010 at 13:53:26
"I reinstalled my computer to factory settings by the reinstall CD that came with the laptop"

Kind of difficult to tell. Many Dells have a hidden partition but some are visible. It could be that you are talking about a restore partition.

Most recovery disks can be of a few types. Some do make the cpu just as it was when you bought it. D drive would have been wiped out with little chance of return.

The best thing might be to tell us what the sizes were before and after. If the Cd was a total recovery disk. If you had a D drive when you bought the computer new.

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