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Formatting RECOVERY drive

I accidentally installed Windows 7 on my d: (RECOVERY) drive and would like to format it so that I can use the space for something else.

I've tried formatting the drive using the Disk Management tool, but I receive this message: "Windows cannot format the system partition on this disk."

I have also tried formatting the drive through the cmd prompt using the commands "format d: /u" and "format d: /q", but I receive this message:

"WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK
DRIVE D: WILL BE LOST!
Proceed with Format (Y/N)? Y
Formatting 15000M
System Partition is not allowed to be formatted."

Does anyone have another suggestion that I can try?

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jesseburkhart
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DooDahCommented:

WHAT VERSION of  Disk Management tool
Are you using the Disk Management tool from Windows 7or some other version?

Lower versions OS mostly don't allow themselves to exceed their Version Level.

Let us know so we can proceed.
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jesseburkhartAuthor Commented:
I am using the Disk Management tool from Windows 7.
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MunndayCommented:
As you have installed Windows 7 on the D:, you will not be able to format this drive from within windows 7.....it won't delete itself!

You will need to get an offline/dos based partiting tool to completly delete the d drive partition and recreate it (or combine it with your c: if you wanted to).  PartitionMagic is one that comes to mind, as is GParted.
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DooDahCommented:

How to remove a second installation of a Windows operating system from a partition
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888023
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JeremySBrownCommented:
Have you tried using something like Darik's Boot and Nuke to wipe the drive?
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DooDahCommented:

Start the Windows operating system that you want to keep.
To determine the Windows folder that you want to keep, click Start, click Run, type %windir%, and then click OK. Remember the folder that is opened. For example, the folder may be C:\Windows.

Note This is your "working" Windows folder. Do not delete or remove this folder from the partition.
In Windows Explorer, find the Windows folder that you want to remove.

Important Make sure that this folder is not the folder that you identified as your "working" Windows folder in step 2.
Right-click the Windows folder that you want to remove, and then click Delete.
Click Yes to confirm the deletion of the folder.
Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings. The Startup and Recovery dialog box appears.
Under System startup, click Edit to modify the Boot.ini file.

The Boot.ini file opens in Notepad and looks similar to the following:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"
/fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0="Microsoft Windows XP Home"
/fastdetect

On the File menu in Notepad, click Save As, and then save a backup copy of the Boot.ini file that is named Boot.old.
On the File menu, click Exit to close the backup copy of the Boot.ini file.
In the Startup and Recovery dialog box, under System startup, click Edit to reopen the Boot.ini file.
In the [boot loader] section of the Boot.ini file, identify and then delete the line of text for the Windows operating system that you want to remove. For example, if the Windows folder that you removed in step 4 was for the Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system, remove the following line of text from the Boot.ini file:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0="Microsoft Windows XP Home"
/fastdetect

On the File menu, click Save to save your changes to the Boot.ini file.
On the File menu, click Exit to close the Boot.ini file.
Click OK to close the Startup and Recovery dialog box.
Restart your computer.
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jesseburkhartAuthor Commented:
I haven't, but I think I'm going to try PartitionMagic or GParted (per Munnday's suggestion) first.
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JeremySBrownCommented:
jesseburkhart,

You have closed the question by accepting Munnday's suggestion as the answer. If you would like to re-open this question you could select the request attention button and ask one of the mods to re-open this question for you.
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jesseburkhartAuthor Commented:
I will do that.  This is my first time on the site and I didn't know that I would be closing the question by accepting an answer.  Thanks, Jeremy.
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jazzIIIloveCommented:
Hi there;

I can also recommend Paragon Driver Backup, not only you can deal with partitions, you can also backup an existing partition which may be useful in future.

Best regards.
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jazzIIIloveCommented:
I really recommend Paragon solution to delete/create partitions, even you can create a recovery partition with that tool.

Please view my question:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_24858067.html

Best regards.
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senadCommented:
Partition magic does not work in Windows 7.
Are you sure you have resolved the issue ???
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senadCommented:
The tool you need is this :
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

Its free,easy,W7 compatible and does the job....

Please do not accept answer unless you actually accomplished
with it, what you needed to do.
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jazzIIIloveCommented:
I can assure you Paragon is working in 7 without any glitch as you examine my link, the screenshot is from my 7.

Best regards.
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