1.    27 Jul 2017 #1

    Reflect Free incorrect screen


    Machine--Lenovo T61
    Windows 10
    Source: SSD
    Destination: Mechanical drive removed from wife's Dell, now used as an external backup storage device.

    For the initial T61 image I used the external drive as it was configured when in the Delll as the single drive--note partitions.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    After the initial image I realized how chopped up her drive was with partitions.
    I ran a complete NTFS format on the drive.
    I then did a second image of the drive (now first since I formatted the first)
    Here's the view upon completion
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Reflect now properly shows the destination as a single partition.

    However, when you open the xml file to edit or start another image, the drive's partitions are the same as my first inline image and still shows all the partitions that were removed by formatting.

    Is this a bug or is the destination image static with the initial definition?

    Mark
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  2.    27 Jul 2017 #2
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts : 243
    Windows 10 Pro 1709 16299.19

    Before you formatted the target drive, did you delete the partitions ie: all of them ?
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  3.    27 Jul 2017 #3
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    Posts : 5,994
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    Quote Originally Posted by markg2 View Post
    Machine--Lenovo T61
    Windows 10
    Source: SSD
    Destination: Mechanical drive removed from wife's Dell, now used as an external backup storage device.

    For the initial T61 image I used the external drive as it was configured when in the Delll as the single drive--note partitions.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Reflect drive space allocation.png 
Views:	5 
Size:	23.5 KB 
ID:	145846

    After the initial image I realized how chopped up her drive was with partitions.
    I ran a complete NTFS format on the drive.
    I then did a second image of the drive (now first since I formatted the first)
    Here's the view upon completion
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Another Reflect view of D.PNG 
Views:	3 
Size:	25.1 KB 
ID:	145847
    Reflect now properly shows the destination as a single partition.

    However, when you open the xml file to edit or start another image, the drive's partitions are the same as my first inline image and still shows all the partitions that were removed by formatting.

    Is this a bug or is the destination image static with the initial definition?

    Mark
    NTFS format only formats logged in drive - it does not remove hidden partitions. You should use diskpart clean command to wipe drive.
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  4.    27 Jul 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Covington, Louisiana
    Posts : 730
    Windows 10 1703 Pro 64

    I believe the xml file is a record of the previous image process and is used as a shortcut and is showing the previous information. Set up a new image process and save that to a new xml file.

    Jim
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    28 Jul 2017 #5

    I didn't realize the limitation of format.

    I've read the command line parameters but I'm not sure I've got it right. Intention--clear all, end up with one large space.

    From an elevated command line:

    Run from active drive C: on target drive D:

    syntax:

    c: dispart D: clean [all]

    ?

    Alternatively, could I use the following Crap Cleaner screen?
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    Last edited by markg2; 28 Jul 2017 at 07:09. Reason: More infor
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  6.    04 Aug 2017 #6

    To change disk partitions you need to use a tool like diskpart at the command line or the free and excellent third party program MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. Then you need to delete all the partitions you don't want, and expand the ones you do want to suck up the newly-freed-up space. Alternatively, you can use diskpart clean to remove all drive partitions, then use diskmgmt.msc to create a new, single, volume with all available disk space in a single partition.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  7.    05 Aug 2017 #7

    Thanks, I did end up using the MiniTool Partition Wizard but appreciate the information on the other method.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    05 Aug 2017 #8

    Glad it helped. MTPW is a great tool: I use it all the time on my many and various PCs.
    --Ed--
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 


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