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Win 7 install says drive F doesn't have enough space... There IS no drive F:?

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Am trying to upgrade one windows 7 install to a new one. During the install I choose 'upgrade', but it stops after a while and says that "There is not enough free space on partition F:. A total of 15 MB blah blah blah".

But there is no Partition F?

C & D are local disk, E is DVD, but no F.

When i put in a USB drive it comes up as G, so clearly F is reserved somewhere.


Computer management -> Disk Management does not have an F partition or drive in it...
How do I find this drive/partition F?
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Hello somewhereinafrica, what if you type 'net use' a command prompt? Do you see a networkdrive F maybe?
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by:johnb6767
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Any chance you could post a screenshot/picture?
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noxcho earned 500 total points
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I think your 100MB reserved partition has F: drive letter assigned. Right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management. See what configuration you have there.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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@somewhereinafrica: from a command prompt, do: "dir f:\" and post the results please.

@noxcho: user mentioned already that disk management does not show an F partition or drive.
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by:lantchau
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Open a DOS box (command prompt) and type scandisk f: or chkdsk c: and see what size drive Windows reports F: as being.

Check Start Menu=>Programs or C:\Program Files.

You may be running software that is running a virtual disk (like RAMDisk in the old days) or Windows maybe mounting a folder as a drive.

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by:noxcho
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gerwinjansen: he could simply not notice it. Better to look twice.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Hello somewhereinafrica, can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window? Please set it to 'Full screen' so both upper and lower pane are clearly visible. Thanks.
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by:somewhereinafrica
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Sorry, have been out of the country, will get on this a.s.a.p
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by:somewhereinafrica
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Here are the requested images (for some reason, today it complaints about "G:")

Windows complaining

All the CMD things y'all wanted me to do

windows disk manager
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by:somewhereinafrica
ID: 36969786
ok, so it turns out it IS a systems reserved drive that is acting 'G:'.

I have manually told Windows to install on a different partition, but it still claims there is not enough space available.

how do I get it to ignore the hidden system partition?
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Your disc management console is showing a removable disk (Disk1) - can you remove your USB device (16Gb probably) and try again? Can you also remove the USB device and make another screenshot of disc management console?
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by:somewhereinafrica
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

I can't find any reason why this error has occurred, and don't have time to wait anymore. I am simply overwriting the whole partition and starting over.
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by:somewhereinafrica
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@gerwinjansen

It is the hidden system partition that some editions of windows 7 installs that i making the issue.

Why windows install was giving me a hard time about it I don't know, but i gave up and overwrote the whole darn thing.
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by:noxcho
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Question was
How do I find this drive/partition F?
And in ID: 36592050 I referred you to MSR partition. Wasn't your question answered?
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by:somewhereinafrica
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Found the problem
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by:noxcho
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BTW, Windows wants to go to this partition because system reserved partition is set active. Windows always installs into first active partition.
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by:somewhereinafrica
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But I am running the upgrade from within windows, and as you can see the 'G' is marked as system drive.

Just weird
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by:noxcho
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Right click on the partition - change drive letter and paths - remove. Does it let you release the drive letter this way?
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by:somewhereinafrica
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i overwrote the whole thing, don't worry about it.

thanks
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