Re: Two Partitions, Two Vista Installs...
"Carnage" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Ok, I have a question that I hope can be answered but I best give some
> I had a Vista Install with A "System" partition and a "Data"
> partition. Installing a VPN Package by Sonicwall completely destroyed
> networking. Under the properties of any network card the only
> Service, Client, or Protocol was "Client For Microsoft Networks" and
> clicking "Install" to get IPV4 and the like put on gave an error.
> DHCP was also broken. Time to start over.
> Unfortunately, I am going to need a new laptop soon because my laptop
> turns itself off when in the BIOS Screen, When trying to boot from CD,
> or any time before Windows starts to load. It is stable once it gets
> up and running. Because of this, I could not boot from a CD to
> install Vista...I had to boot to my damaged installation and install
> it to my old Data Drive (After backing everything up).
> Now, it boots to a clean install of Vista. This install is on the "F"
> drive. The old install resides on the "C" drive. By default, it boots
> to the proper installation (without me having modified any boot
> I would like to recover the space taken up by the old "C Drive"
> installation but I am not sure if the bootloader actually resides on
> that partition yet. I would be rather unhappy if I blew away that
> partition and ended up unable to boot.
> So....am I safe to blow away the C partition? Is there any way I can
> check to make sure that the installation on the F drive is handling
> the boot loading?
You need to check in Disk Management, but the C partition is quite possibly
still the boot or a system partition, and if you can't boot from the optical
drive, deleting it will render the system completely unbootable.
In that case, you could safely detete non-boot files to get the space, but
deleting or formatting the partition wouldn't be a good idea.
I'd agree that you need to get a new laptop.