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Computer Management-Upgraded Internal Secondary Hard Drive

May 8, 2018 5:10PM PDT

I have a Dell XPS-17 L702X laptop running Windows 10 Pro x64. I upgraded my 500GB internal secondary drive to a 1TB drive. I did not do a quick format of this new 1TB but rather did the full, longer format. The new, upgraded 1TB secondary drive was made active and assigned the drive letter D, which is the same drive letter as the original 500GB internal secondary drive. I don't have any problems accessing this new 1TB Drive D but I notice a problem with the drive listings in Computer Management.

I know that Drive C is the OS drive and is marked Disk 0 and that my internal secondary Drive D should be marked as Disk 1. However, the internal secondary drive is listed twice, once as Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting) and also as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition). I think I made a mistake during the initial formatting when I chose quick format and then cancelled the operation, instead selecting the full format.

I believe that my new, internal secondary drive should be marked in Computer Management as Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition). How do I remove the extra listing "Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting), which is the third listing down from the top? I don't know why is still shows as "Formatting" because when I attempt to cancel this listing it tells me that it is already formatted.

I have attached a screenshot of my Computer Management window. You can disregard "New Volume F" as this is an external 1TB drive that I use as a backup for my Drive D and also to store a redundant copy of an Acronis full backup of Drive C. I am currently transferring the information from my old 500 GB Secondary Drive D which I had previously copied to New Volume F, from the New Volume F drive to my new 1TBSecondary Drive D, the one listed as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition).

How do I remove the extra listing "Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting) and if I remove it will the listing now shown as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition) be relisted as Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition) or will it still be listed as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition)? I can't find any way to delete "Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting)" and I don't know if I will cause problems by deleting it. In any event, I have an extra drive listing in Computer Management that should not be there.

I have also attached a screenshot of how these drives are listed on my computer under "This PC" in the Start Menu. I could be wrong, but I believe that my internal secondary drive should be listed as Local Disk D.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

Edit: I have no way to post the screenshots. Sorry.

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I usually just do it again.
May 8, 2018 5:41PM PDT

I remove all the partitions on that drive, make one big partition NTFS and quick format it. This is about a 30 second job here. I haven't used the long format in years.

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I Understand
May 8, 2018 8:23PM PDT

That's the way I format the OS drive since I keep multiple backups available. However, this is a new, empty secondary drive, which I formatted into a single partition. It's working properly. My concern is the additional drive listed in Computer Management. It may disappear once I reboot, which I haven't yet done. Even if it doesn't disappear, as long as it causes no harm I'll just leave it as I intend to replace the 500GB OS drive with a new 1TB drive, identical to the one I just installed as the internal secondary drive, within the next couple of months.

Thank you for your reply, Mr. Proffitt. I appreciate it. You have helped me in the past and your advice is always pertinent and welcome.

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This is a visual anomaly in My Computer
May 9, 2018 8:07AM PDT

Or Windows File Explorer. I recall that Microsoft is aware of it but I can't see what you are seeing so I don't know if that's it. Microsoft apparently is OK with this anomaly.

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Thank you again
May 9, 2018 12:58PM PDT

Thanks again, R. Proffitt. It is just as you say. I rebooted late last night before your second reply and the extra drive listing had disappeared. Everything is now as it should be.

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