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Secondary HDD is Primary Partitioned and Cannot be Formatted

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January 10, 2014 7:09:33 PM

So, whenever I try to install a game to my E: drive from Steam, I get an error "not enough space to run this game" while I have 900 some gigabytes open. I looked under my Disk Management and saw that it was all Partitioned and I think this is the cause. When I check under Partition Wizard it shows that this HDD has "Boot" under it . My SSD boots OS but I have no idea why it's showing this and I'm afraid of deleting/reformatting my HDD.

Here are some pictures:

Disk Management: http://imgur.com/3T9uR0A
Partition Wizard: http://imgur.com/7PSXzBM
a c 801 G Storage
January 10, 2014 7:18:46 PM

From your Disk Management image, it appears that somehow the entire 1TB Disk 0 (E) is the System Reserved partition. And as such cannot be used for anything else.

It should only be 100MB, not 1TB.
How did this happen, I have NO idea.
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January 10, 2014 7:20:34 PM

USAFRet said:
From your Disk Management image, it appears that somehow the entire 1TB Disk 0 (E) is the System Reserved partition. And as such cannot be used for anything else.

It should only be 100MB, not 1TB.
How did this happen, I have NO idea.


I haven't the slightest clue either, but I think I can change it.
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a b G Storage
January 10, 2014 7:22:14 PM

So lets get this right you have an SSD drive with windows installed to it.

And before you got the SSD drive.

You were using the Mechanical 1Tb hard drive with windows installed on it.

Yes ?
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January 10, 2014 7:26:02 PM

Shaun o said:
So lets get this right you have an SSD drive with windows installed to it.

And before you got the SSD drive.

You were using the Mechanical 1Tb hard drive with windows installed on it.

Yes ?


I was not, just built this PC and used my SSD as boot and somehow this leaked onto my HDD.\

EDIT: So I shrinked the HDD but I don't think the E: drive should have something on it if my SSD has the OS. http://imgur.com/jZpZXod
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January 10, 2014 7:34:01 PM

Thought I would ask.

It is indeed odd because when you install windows it creates a system reserve partition as a temporary place to put the expanded windows files to for part of the windows install of a dvd or cd.

On the same drive. As USAFret said the partition should only be 100mb in size.
Never seen it happen, I was a bit shocked.
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January 10, 2014 7:34:15 PM

JuiciestMoose said:
Shaun o said:
So lets get this right you have an SSD drive with windows installed to it.

And before you got the SSD drive.

You were using the Mechanical 1Tb hard drive with windows installed on it.

Yes ?


I was not, just built this PC and used my SSD as boot and somehow this leaked onto my HDD.\

EDIT: So I shrinked the HDD but I don't think the E: drive should have something on it if my SSD has the OS. http://imgur.com/jZpZXod


If both drives were connected during the Windows install, the secondary drive will usually have a 100NB System Reserved partition.
Why it used the entire 1TB is the question.

This is why we always say only have the one target drive connected. That way, the System Reserved partition is forced to be on the same drive.
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January 10, 2014 7:36:29 PM

USAFRet said:
JuiciestMoose said:
Shaun o said:
So lets get this right you have an SSD drive with windows installed to it.

And before you got the SSD drive.

You were using the Mechanical 1Tb hard drive with windows installed on it.

Yes ?


Yeah, I had my friend assemble it since he's done it before. Is there anyway to hide the E: drive as it ruins my OCD.

I was not, just built this PC and used my SSD as boot and somehow this leaked onto my HDD.\

EDIT: So I shrinked the HDD but I don't think the E: drive should have something on it if my SSD has the OS. http://imgur.com/jZpZXod


If both drives were connected during the Windows install, the secondary drive will usually have a 100NB System Reserved partition.
Why it used the entire 1TB is the question.

This is why we always say only have the one target drive connected. That way, the System Reserved partition is forced to be on the same drive.


Alright, I didn't install the OS myself anyway. Is there a way to hide the E: drive?
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