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MDT 2012 – What is BDEDrive?

I started to notice after doing a deployment of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 via MDT 2012 an NTFS partition of 300MB called BDEDrive was created. 12-3-2013 11-28-25 AM

I searched online and it seems that this is the Bitlocker partition that is allocated during a ‘New Deployment’, so in order to disable the creation of the partition I needed to add the following to the CustomSettings.ini:


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The location of the CustomSettings.ini can be found in the location where you stored you deployment: %DeploymentShare%\Control\CustomSettings.ini or can be editted using the MDT 2012 tool by: Right clicking on the deployment share >> Properties >> Rules

If you forgot to add the DoNotCreateExtraPartition within your CustomSettings.ini file and you want to delete the partition and extend your primary partition following these steps:

Open your command prompt and type in the following: bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

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Once that has successfully completed you will need to make your primary partition Active. So right-click on your C drive partition and set it as Active. Reboot the machine and go back into the Computer Management console and right-click on the BDEdrive and delete it. Now, right-click on the C: drive partition – you should be able to extend the partition now.

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