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Q: disc drive partitions

I think this might be easy to solve. A while back a friend partitioned my hard drive into three different partitions. the one I use is now almost full and I would like to merge the almost-full partition with the next partition, which is completely empty. Can anyone help me with the steps to do that? Thanks in advance. I have a windows xp system with the big service pak installed also. the pc is a dell dimension 4300 with a 1.6 ghz processor and 513 mb of RAM.

Preferred Solution: disc drive partitions

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Approx 6 months ago my system crashed due to a virus. I took it into a repair store where they were able to wipe
the virus but I lost much of my XP and HP software. They advised to contact HP for recovery discs for XP and HP.
I have spent 2 months with HP trying to get the system restore discs. After speaking with 7-8 customer service reps
(and buying the recovery discs for professional xp, not the Home Edition I have) I have been told by HP that
they stop sending the original discs with the purchase of the computer and that they did not start partitioning the
recovery until 7-8 months after my computer purchase. HP says they no longer have any XP recovery disc in inventory
and they recommended I check local computer stores for a generic recovery disc. I have not been able to able to
find any at the local computer software stores or computer repair stores. I do have use of some XP software.
such as windows tour and tourtatorial, control panel with some applications still in them, word pad and a few
other programs.
My system is a HP pavilion a1350y. and I have the key code for my XP.
-Any ideas?
-Any ideas where I could find a generic XP recovery disc?
-I have found a few Windows XP Home Addition install disc, but they are over $160. would just reinstalling a new
XP disc work?
-Could I buy windows 7 and just replace windows xp? (since they are nearly the same price. HP service said that
would not work, but i don't understand why?)
-any other options?
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A:No XP disc, recovery disc or partitions

A casual search of the Web for such...reveals various vendors.One is at http://www.restoredisks.com/findrestoredisk.aspx, stated price of $26.99 for your system.Louis

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Can one disk drive have MBR partitions followed by GPT partitions ? Or of the reverse order?
the illustration (kind of mini tool partition layout) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...                  &n... Read more

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Hi, I have just bought a tvix c2000u media player that will have a 120Gb hard drive inserted in it. Now it has to be formatted so it can be used. My problem is that some forums discuss the various partitions they set up when formatting a new disc but never get around to saying why you do this. What is the purpose of partitions, especially in the application this one will be used for.
pan2 (yes, a newbie to this forum)

A:Disc Partitions On Media Players

The main reasons I can think of to create partitions in media players is to use one for music and the other for additional file storage.

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Is the MBR always stored on the hard disc outside of partitions?

What about the Bootmanager? Is this software inside or outside of a partition?

And what if a computer is connected to TWO hard discs?

Does each hard have its own MBR and its own Bootmanager?
or is there ALWAYS excatly ONE MBR and ONE Bootmanager on one Computer?


A:Is the MBR always stored on the hard disc outside of partitions?

Is the MBR always stored on the hard disc outside of partitions?


What about the Bootmanager? Is this software inside or outside of a partition?

On the Active partition by default.

Does each hard have its own MBR


and its own Bootmanager?

Not necessarily

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I have a pc running on xp home and it has been running fine, however it is now locking up on me. Since it is only 6 months old I contacted the firm that I purchased it from and explained the problem. They have suggested that because I partitioned the hard drive into 3 drives when I installed xp this could be the problem and to reformat my drive. Can anyone tell me if this could be the cause? It has run fine like I said until now so I have my doubts. Also my sons pc which is not as powerful and has a smaller hard drive runs fine set up like this, ie 3 drives. Also his pc was set up like that when I purchased it. I am very loathe to do a reinstall of xp if I don`t need to. Any help appreciated, Dojo

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I am trying to clone a disc onto another hard drive that already has an operating system installed on it. I have two separate partitions created and the software that I am using (Acronis True Image Home) is trying erase both partitions. Is there any way I can clone a disc without erasing both partitions on the other hard drive? Thanks.

A:Can I Clone A Disc Without Erasing Both Partitions?

Welcome to TSG!

Short answer, no. Cloning will make an exact copy of the original drive, allowing only changes in the size(s) of the partition(s). The destination drive will be wiped clean first.
What you need to do is backup, not clone, the drive partition(s) to an image file on the other hard drive. You can then restore that image file to another hard drive, or mount it to extract individual files.

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I do not understand the exact way to do this. Tryed couple years ago..I know how bussy you must be ..I have just installed this windows two days ago and my user privledge is degenerating..I found hidden partitions and vware..I try to register this windows says wrong key or invalade...I get localized resource name system root..I try to open things I get dont have authority..I used disk gienus tryed to copy files to usb got a few then tryed to get res and flash drive was empty..Please.I sent a note pad with a system root on it

A:Found hidden partitions.,Moubted disc.,REALLY need HELP

Back to the beginning...why did you install Windows 2 days ago?
Where did the media used for the install come from?
Can you boot into safe mode?  Can you boot into Windows normally?

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I have two partitions formed over two discs. After unplugging another hard drive I noticed that Windows would no longer recognized the drives.

I tried looking in the BIOS and discovered the motherboard didn't seem to be picking them up either. Thinking it may be a loose connection I unplugged and plugged them back in, seemingly fixing the problem.

However, after a few days, once again the drives disappeared from Windows, mid-boot. Unsure of what to do I tried a reboot, which seemed to fix the problem. This happened again after a couple of days and subsequently with increasing frequency until Windows would no longer pick up the drives at all.

After looking at disk manager I got the error messages attached. I tried 'reactivating' and then running chkdsk. As the drive I ran it on is large and contains my music (600gb, 10,000s of files), it took quite some time so I left it overnight. After checking on the PC chkdsk was gone and the drive was no longer detectable. I've repeated the process twice now. It's unclear if for some reason chkdsk is crashing and not finishing or actually completing its work in the time I leave it (around 12 hours).

Still, each time after I boot the PC the drives are viewable for a minute or two but files completely inaccessible.

There is a possibility that when I unplugged the drives that I mixed up the SATA cables and ports - is there a possibility that is what has caused this?

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A:Dynamic disc spanned partitions failing

It looks like one of the drives failed and your spanned set would loose all data, there is no redundancy in Spanned Volumes, unlike a RAID 1 or 5.
Hope you have a back up.
If not you can try to recover the files using the free TestDisk program. I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. You will need another drive of the same size or larger to restore your files to.

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Title should have been 'HARD DRIVE'. Sorry!

I'm asking this for my son who has this problem, I think I know all specifics so here we go:

For some strange reason the hard drive is divided in 7 partitions (didn't even know that that was possible).

Windows XP, 60Gb hard drive, 1.5 GB RAM.

It still can be turned on but no web page can be opened, it does run MSN messenger.
He has tried to rebuild with the cd's that came with the laptop but that doesn't seem to work. My guess is that that is because of those 7 partitions? I'm at a loss here so ANY help would be highly appreciated.


A:Solved: Hard disc divided in 7 partitions. How to rebuild?

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Hey, I'm trying to re-install windows 7. Right now I have 32bit, but I'm trying to install 64, however I cannot delete nor format partitions. By the way, I'm installing windows from USB, so how can I solve this problem ???
During installation it says:
""To make changes to partitions, restart Windows from installation disc.".

A:"To make changes to partitions, restart Windows from installation disc

Did you boot up with the USB, or did you start the install when you had Windows running ?

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Can one disk drive have mbr partitions followed by GPT partitions ?
for illustration (kind of using mini tool partition) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...
8            M     ...
9  ...
10 ... ... Read more

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Hi All,
I know this is 'against the rules' as I have posted this in another section as well but I got no replies so thought I would try this instead.

I have a toshiba satellite L750 running Windows 7 home premium, when trying to burn anything onto a blank disc I get as far as selecting my items and asking it to burn but it keeps telling me to insert a blank disc (which obviously I have). I have tried several different types of blank disc but it dosnt seem to recognise any of them.

Would be very greatful if someone could help.

Many thanks in advance!

A:Burning content - disc drive not recognising blank disc

Hmmm tricky are you sure they are blank? your drive also may need a firmware update.

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I've spent hours and hours trying to fix it, and have found nothing really worthwhile online. I'm coming here in the outside chance someone else may have experienced something similar.

Basically, my Windows 7 laptop will no longer allow me to play dvd/cds (burned or store bought). The drive shows up in My Computer, is enabled, bios look good, etc, etc, but if I put a disc in it never autoruns or shows up with the disc name in My Computer,
and if I double click the disc drive I get a "please insert disc" dialogue box and the drive door pops open. I've tried absolutely everything I can think of, and (for what it's worth) I don't think its a hardware issue because after I sent my computer off
to Samsung for this same repair it came back completely reformatted the disc drive worked for a second. Then I started getting rid of some of the bloat ware in here (bought it at best buy... big mistake) again, and it shut down.

Here's what I've done or tried so far:
- Uninstall, reinstall the drive
- Updated the drivers
- Updated dvd/cd drive firmware
- Ran Microsoft's "Fix it" utility
- Cleaned the lenses/laser
- Remapped the drive to a different letter/path
- Checked registry to ensure filters weren't an issue (the upper and lower)
- Restored the laptop back to just after I received it back from the Samsung repair people (didn't work)
- Undid the restore
- Checked BIOS (I'm by no means BIOS-savvy, but it appeared that everything was in line with ... Read more

A:DVD/CD Disc Drive Installed, But Doesn't Recognize Disc In Tray

You could try a system recovery back to factory specs. Here is a link to show you how.

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Ok.. Well, I bought Final Fantasy IX (11) for my PC. The game disc reads only on PC-DVD-ROM Software. I don't know if I have the right kind, this is what disc drive I have


Is that the correct one?

A:Disc drive wont read my game disc.

Looks like the right kind... It might be worn out

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So I have an bit of an odd and I think unique problem (as many searches came up with no solutions). Simply put, my boot manager is missing, but only when my windows install disc is not in the disc drive. It started several months ago and I just left it be, let the disc it int he disc drive and it was not that big of a deal. But just did a clean install couple days ago I re-installed windows 7 ultimate 64-bit on my computer (using an upgrade disc if that makes a difference). I formatted the drive with what I guess is a quick format (the option the install disc gives you). I have tried doing a repair with the install disc but no problems are found every time I try.

Anyone got any ideas how to fix this problem? Or I guess another way to ask, how do I get the computer to look for the boot manager on the hard drive and not in the disc drive?

EDIT: Also sorry if this is in the wrong section, I didn't really see a section that fit this problem, but if there is a better section for it, could a moderator please move it.

A:Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

Hello Thamorian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if running a startup repair may be able to help.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix

Hope this helps,

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I have a HP laptop running Vista Home Premium. I have a DVD+/- R/RW with Lightscribe drive.

After I burn any type of CD or DVD, either in iTunes or using the default program that came with my computer, no CD or DVD will be recognized by my computer until I restart the computer.

If I go to My Computer after inserting a disc it will show an icon for "CD-Rom" (i put in a audio cd) and if I double click on it will prompt with "Insert a Disc" and eject my drive.

The fact that if I restart and it works is alright, but it's stupidly annoying if I'm trying to back-up my computer and I have to restart every time I want to burn another CD.

What can I try to do to fix this?

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I'm having an odd problem on two different PCs. Both are WinXP and clear of spyware. They share very few other details, making it odd that they have the same exact problem.

Once I insert a CD into the optical drive (a Pioneer 108 DVD+-RW on one machine and a LiteOn DVD ROM on the other), the computer reads it and then ANY OTHER disc I put in after the first one seems to go unrecognized. Not only that, but bringing up "My Computer" shows that the drive is saying the FIRST disc's directory.

The only program I have on both which I suspect is CopyToDVD. Any suggestions? (I've already tried uninstalling it and it didn't solve the issue).

A:CD/DVD Drive recognizes first disc then sees all others as the first disc

Sounds like you have auto run turned off. My pc does the same but i dont want cd's auto running so i just put up with it.

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop that runs Windows 7. Recently I've tried inserting various discs in the drive and they do not register in the computer file or anywhere else. I've investigated and it shows the disc driver intact with no reportable problems but still no discs make an appearance once inserted. Please help!

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Hello everyone,

I have a computer that acts as a home media server with 8 storage drives in it (ranging from 1-4TB). I have windows 8 x64 Pro installed. I wanted to simplify my system and use Dynamic Disc to span across several drives as I now use Drive Pool to do this.

In drive pool, if a drive crashes I don't loose all my files on the other drives with in the pool. Is this how dynamic discs work in Windows 8? What risks am I taking by using Dynamic Disc option instead of Drive Bender?



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The comp want reboot never got disc tryed the f10 but still will not reboot gave the drive to comp tec they said its fried bought new drive sata 1ter 7200 and tryed to use my windows 2000pro to bring it up want come up do I have to buy a new windows xp disc can some one give me a hand i used the comp in my shop for doing graphics in airbrushing,to make templets i lost a lot of data from it the old drive still spins $ are short right now but want the comp backup does anyone have disc for the master reboot of hp hp says they dont have the drive that was in was same as new one except for space I live back in the sticks so town is aways away and a city is hrs away thanks again
thank you

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Hello there fellow nerds,

It baffled me for a long time why does my primary drive have so many recovery and "others" partitions.
When im working with my partitions on the primary drive it is quite difficult to navigate trough as you can see.
My question is do I really need all of those partitions ( I doubt I have ever used most of them ), ofc I need EFI partition and the primary one but the rest, I just don't know.

With regards,


( what a mess )

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I have a Lenovo Yoga 3 14 laptop with a 256GB SSD. The system has seeveral partitions, including the Windows partition and Lenovo parition (which appears to just contain drivers), and the LENOVO_PART parition (which I assume to be the recovery partition. All the others are relatively small in size, but I cannot  find a description of what they are and if they are used. I would like to recover the space by the unused partitions if possible. I have attached a screen shot of the partion list. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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I am running a 2TB drive on my Lenovo desktop. As it happens, it's my office machine and therefore I use very little of the space - around 60GB. I decided to speed it up by adding a 128GB SSD drive for the system, while keeping the old drive as a backup location. I am trying to work out how to efficiently clone the drive. I currently have 5 partitions listed in Windows 10, in order:1. 1000MB Recovery Partition2. 260MB EFI System Partition3. 500MB OEM Partition4. 1.8TB Boot/Page File/Crash Dump/Primary Partition (my C: drive)5. 24.41GB Recovery Partition My intention was to shrink 4 (my C: drive) to 128GB and clone it onto the SSD. I am hoping that:a) I will be able to boot my Windows 10 from the SSD as my primaryb) I will use the remaining 1.676TB of 4. to create another partition, call it D: drive, that I will use as a backup destination for my SSD.c) If anything goes wrong with the SSD, I simply skip it in the boot sequence and boot from 4. on the old drive - and use the archive on D: to recover data.d) Should it happen that I need to access any of the recovery partitions, I boot from the old drive as they are still there. Will this work as intended, or am I missing something here? Thank you!

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i live in india.
i have celron 2.4 wih 256 ram
i m now learning graphic designing and the the virtual memory is too low for it.
i have installed adobe photoshop and illistrator (cs) in my pc with 256 ram and i also have other common programmes installed on my pc.
now i am installing a new 512mb ram for the heavy softwares to install.
tell me is it ok and will it work if i use 512mb ram in celron 2.4 and with the softrwares like adobe photoshop, illustrator, corel draw, indesign, flash etc.......
and i have very less memory in c drive, i want to add some space from d drive to c drive, how can i do it?
thanks in advance.

A:drive partitions

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I just wiped out my drive. I used Partition Magic and deleted all partitions. Then I created 3 partitions. One FAT32 and two NTFS. Then I installed Win98 and it was running fine. But:

1. I have another HDD installed on the PC and I couldnt access it. When installing it says the drive is unformatted or damaged but I havent touched the other drive.

2. After installing Win98, I could not find my other partitons to install Win2k and WinXP. I have started over again. I am now formatting the entire drive as NTFS. I just want to have the entire drive accessible and partitioned, formatted.

3. When installing Win98, shodl I choose support lareg disk? It says if I do I wont be able to install other OS.

4. If I format my entire drive at NTFS right now, can quite the win2k setup and then install Win98 and partition the disk aand format the amount of space I want to FAT32?

A:cant see partitions on drive

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I have 3 Partitions on Hard Drive in the Windows/Linux machine. # One is 76.77 GB, # two is 70.29 GB and #3 is 1.99 GB.  I would like to take, using Disk Management, and move #3 into #2, but is see no way to do that.  I can delete the Partition,
but then then 1.99 Gb is gone, unusable anymore.
Any Ideas on how I can do this?

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I have a 20 gg harddrive that is in 2 partitions, I would like to make it into one, butttttt, one of the partitions is fat and the other is fat 32. and not at all sure what to do with them. I bought the pc from a friend, along with it came a program called partition magic.

A:hd drive partitions

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Ok someone has made a mistake in installing windows in our department.

They have installed win xp, all works fine. The OS is installed on drive D but there is also a drive C.

Drive C is only 45MB in size, Drive D is 130GB.

Now the problem is that when we install certain software it wants to automatically default to C:\, which obviously wont work due to the limited disk space.

How do i go about swapping the drive letters around or the partitions? I tried disk management and it didnt let me do anything error "cannot change boot partition" this was on C.

I realy dont want to install windows xp again by deleting/formatting each partition. Any quick way around it? I know partition might have helped but i want to be sure before doing anything.


A:Drive Partitions

Drive Management won't let you do it because it sees the letter as being "in use". Have you tried changing the "C:" partition to another letter...say drive N: (just for an example ) and then changing your primary partition with your OS on it to "C:".

If that doesn't work, a program like Partition Magic might be able to fix it.

Good Luck

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have my C drive partitioned with a S & I drives as well as a external hard drive partitioned with two extra drives that i done need any more.

How do i get rid of these partitioned drives.

A:How to get rid of drive partitions

Right click My Computer, click Manage
Click on Disk Management
Right click the partition you want to delete in the lower right pane, Click Delete Partition

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I am not sure how or when this occurred but I somehow seem to have ended up with 2 Healthy (recovery partition) both of which are different sizes.

I assume I don't need both, but how do I determine which is being used?



A:Partitions on C Drive

From an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt run:

reagentc /info

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Hey. I am installing windows 10 pro right now. for two days actually. First time I was setting it up, I ran into the "language Select Loop". And because I did not create a user yet, I could do nothing. Not even acess safe mode(defaultuser0). I made a Win10 pro ISO and booted a flash. at first my pc couldnt see the flash. but after I booted it again with different settings, It worked.

But now I am in Windows setup and it asks me where do I want to install windows. I cannot instal it on none of the listed drives. It says:

How do I change the style if I cant even acess the windows itself?? this is different pc.
I would love if I could get a reply in less than 2 hours for that I have a lot of things to do with that pc.

Btw I dont have uefi. just bios. my pc is laptop asus A55A


A:Drive 0 Partitions

Nevermind I just found out the combination to open CMD during instalation. even without helping me, thank you. 10/10 will post here again.

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hi i have 2 partitions on my pc C: OS D: DATA
however it used to have a recovery partition (as far as im aware hidden on c)
for system restore (acer system restore)
which leads me to my query as i have recently performed a format and clean install of vista from retail media and have no need for acer system restore would it be ok to delete this partition/hidden partition and reclaim the HDD space.. and how best to proceed to safely do so..

any help would be much appreciated.


A:partitions hidden partitions recovery partitions

i just found this

Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista ? My Digital Life

does anyone have any experience with this method or can anyone reccomend this method

or would you advise against using this method.


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I use a CD RW disc for back up of my Quicken program. After the CD RW disk has been inactive in the drive for a while (I don't know how long it takes for this condition to occur) I cannot access the contents of my hard drive (the cursor becomes a hourglass) until I eject the CD or put an unused CD RW disk in the drive.

What causes this problem and how do I prevent it?

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The difference between 650 megabyte "Recovery Partition" and 23.48 megabyte (D) "Recovery" (OEM) partition ?

Thanks ,,,

A:"Disc" Partitions

The 650MB recovery partition is the Recovery Tools (WinRE.wim) partition
the 23GB recovery partition is the factory recovery images (install.wim) partition

the recovery tools look for the recovery images to reset and refresh the PC

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Have XP. Drive split evenly between C and D. C has 35.4GB Total Size and 544MB Free Space. D has 39.0GM Total Space and 39.0GB Free Space. I would like to create one drive or at least transfer some of space from D drive to C drive. Would appreciate some help in "how to". Thanks

A:How to Merge Partitions to Extend C Partition merge partitions to extend C drive

Windows Vista and newer have built-in tools that can resize volumes. See our tutorial for that here.Windows XP and earlier don't have the tools built-in, so you have to use a third party partitioning tool. We have a tutorial for that, too. This tutorial covers shrinking an existing volume to make space for a new second volume, but resizing two existing volumes is substantially similar.

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Can someone explain why the storage capacity of my C drive is one tenth of the total storage capacity of the entire hard drive.  I bought this computer about 3 weeks ago with specs as follows: 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700 processor24GB DDR4 system memory2TB hard drive128GB SATA Solid State Drive Now when I go to "Settings", click on "Systems" and then on "Storage", it shows the following: This PC ( C: )61.3 GB used out of 119 DATADRIVE1 ( D: )306.7 MB used out of 1.81 TB I have downloaded less than 1 GB of programs. This seems rediculous to have the C drive with such little storage space. Is this right or is there something wrong. This is how it came out of the box. 

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I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 and unmounted a drive in the partition manager there and when i restarted my PC i am only able to access my recovery partition only on which my PC boots nd only cmd is available...

I used A few commands in cmd abit 'mountvol' nd it is displaying 3 of my volumes.

Any help please? I dont want to loose my data at any cost... =(

A:Remount Drive partitions

Hello Gravity14, welcome to Seven Forums!

The method outlined in this tutorial at the link below shows how to copy-out the data you need to save to external media.

How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

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I have a 2 gig flash drive, and I was wondering if it was possible to put four partitions on it (one for Feather Linux, one for Damn Small Linux, one for Ophcrack, and one for storage). I tried using Fedora's GParted on various formats (FAT16, 32, NTFS) and Windows only gives a drive letter to the first one created. Also, using one primary and a few logical under extended in FAT16 didn't do anything either. In all cases, under disk management in Windows the options to add letters to the other 3 all end in errors, and trying to make a partition in unallocated only works if the whole drive is unallocated, and the disk management only lets me make a partition maxxed out to the drive size ("adding partitions" to unallocated space while there's already a partition is grayed out). Any help is appreciated, even if it's just telling me it's impossible. Thanks for your help.

A:Is it possible to put partitions on a USB flash drive?

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I have three partitions on my hard drive. At boot up I used to be given a choice of partitions. This no longer happens for some reason. Is there any way switch partitions now?

A:switching partitions on one drive

So you had three seperate partitions, with three seperate OS's? You were given the option to choose which OS you wanted to load and now it doesnt allow you too? Sorry i just want to make sure im understanding your situation clearly.


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I'm new on this forum and this question has probably been asked before, but...

I am migrating from an old computer with Windows XP to a new computer with Windows 7. My old XP has 2 physical hard drives, each with a partition, essentially giving me 4 drives. My new computer with Windows 7 has a HUGE 1.5 Terabyte hard drive. My question is: should I partition my new hard drive to create (mostly) the old configuration?

On the old machine I used Norton Partition Magic to do the job, but my understanding is that Windows 7 has a utility to do that. Another questions is: what is the best way to go (if at all).

Jerry Hickman

A:Hard drive partitions

Hello Jerry and welcome.

If you have 2 Hds in your XP machine you have "2" partitions. 1 on each drive unless you created more. That seems unclear.

And I have always used multiple drives instead of multi partitions. Its safer. If the drive dies all your partitions go with it.

Since you have 3 drives there just use them all and use a single partition on each.

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Hi! Thanks for these forums, lots of nice info. My first post here 'cause I also need some help. Just built my second computer (2.4C/Abit AI7/XP Pro), and I'm having trouble with my 160GB HD partitions. During the install process, the HD was only recognized as ~132 GB. I created several partitions and after updating to SP1, the extra ~21 GB was recognized as unallocated space under 'disk management'. I would like to combine it with a neighboring partition of 50GB which is currently unformatted. I've deleted the 'logical drive (the 50GB)' in hopes that I can just combine the 50+21 when I create a new partition, but it doesn't seem to be working. If I create a new partition with the 50 GB, it says that I can create a new logical drive within the extended partition which doesn't include the unallocated space. If I partition the unallocated space, it says I have to do it as a primary drive (not part of the extended partition of the MBD?). Is there any way to get around that and combine the 2 spaces into one? Thanks!

Also, why does my C drive (FAT32 only), no loaded programs except VirtPart DAT (ghost related?), have (system) next to it while the D drive (XP), have (boot) next to it? Does that mean that my C drive is now essential and cannot be reformatted?

A:New Hard Drive Partitions

If you don't have SP1 for XP installed, large disk support isn't there, and 137gigs is the max size recognized.

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Ok, so I'm helping out a friend on this one. Isn't that always the case? He bought an 80GB harddrive and installed it. But he was getting messages saying his harddrive was full. Thinking that his HD wasn't partitioned right, as the good techie I am checked in Disk Manager and it only shows one 16GB drive. There isn't even an unpartitioned 60+ drive there. That's the first time I have ever seen that. He's running XP home on a Dell. I know that the standard first reply will be to reformat it, but we don't have another HD to use as a back up. Any thoughts? Plus, I don't have access to Partition Magic (but if you do that'd be G-R-E-A-T).

A:Hard Drive Partitions

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I recently purchased a used Dell Inspiron 6000 with a Pentium M 1.5 Ghz processor, a Toshiba IDE model MK8026GAX 75 (?) GB hard drive and running Win XP/Pro SP 2.

I just installed the Acronis True Image 10/Home image backup software package. While creating the first backup, I discovered that the computer has three partitions (from the Computer Management/Disk Management window):

Basic/FAT/Healthy (EISA Configutation) - No drive letter - 55 MB
Basic/FAT32/Healthy (Unknown Partition) - No drive letter - 3.93 GB
Basic/NTFS/Healthy (System) - Drive letter = C - 70.54 GB

I don't necessarily want to makes any changes to those partitions, but I do want to know what is in those partitions without drive letters - primarily so that I can determine if those partitions need to backed up (assuming they can be, since they don't have drive letters). The original owner of the computer didn't even know the hard drive had been partitioned.

I first tried to find freeware disk partition software. I found 2 choices, Super Fdisk and Cute partition Manager, but from what I can tell from their respective websites, these packages do not provide info on the files contained in the partitions.

I then searched this forum and found two possibly relevant references:

From Winbob on 4-21-07, a statement that a partition without a drive letter may be a "System Recovery" partition installed by the manufacturer.

Another posting on 1-3-06 talked about problems with EISA disks and ... Read more

A:Partitions without drive letters

I would assume the small one is the master boot record and the larger Fat32 is the restore partition they all have so I would not do anything to them.

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Here is a list of the partitions I was planning to put on my 2nd drive, a 1TB Seagate. Am I micro managing the partitions and should stay with Directories? What do you think?

Drive: K - Windows 7 OS 100GB
L - Page Files 15GB
M - Temp Files
Temp Internet Files
Downloads 100GB
N - Programs 200GB
O - Documents & Data 200GB
P - Utility Programs 100GB - I'm a Utility junky, like to try out new Utils so I
was thinking of keeping them together
R - Pics - Videos - Music 285GB - the balance

A:My planned partitions for 1TB Drive

I would go with directories. What is the desire to create so many partitions?

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how can i divide my hard drive into two partitions?

A:partitions in hard drive

Try this tutorial...Partition or Volume - Shrink

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