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Partitions without Drive Designations

Q: Partitions without Drive Designations

I am setting up a new PC this morning and see that the manufacturer has created 5 partitions on the HDD, but only the Windows partition has a drive letter - C: - assigned to it. The other partitions are without drive letters.

The DVD drive is designated as D: and if I attach an external drive Windows assigns E: to it.

I assume that there must be some benefit to the manufacturer to create partitions without drive letters, but after scratching my head for 5 minutes, it beats me as to why they do this. And 4 partitions assigned to Recovery..... seems a little "over-the-top"....



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Today I noticed that what WAS my E drive is now called F and what was my F drive is now called G. I don't know how it happened, but it's wreaking havoc with Adobe Premiere because on all old projects I have to relocate all files on what were F that are now on G. It's also messing up my shortcuts.

Is there any way I can change the drive designations to fix this?

A:How can I change drive designations?

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Help please.

yesterday I got a very nasty virus, the sopdikc.exe virus, and had to reinstall xp on my system.

I have 2 hard drives. 1, a 200 gig, that is partioned into 4 parts, C,D,E, and F, and a newer bigger 500gig drive that was drive G.

After the reinstall, xp has the old drive G, and drive d, and all the others moved down the list by one notch.. I.E. D became E, E became F, etc.

is there a way I can reset the now D drive, back to the G drive?

A:Re-assigning Drive designations?

Try this:


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I have a XP Media Center Edition PC. I resently upgraded the DVD drive. After installing the new drive, which was originally designated as drive h:, it now thinks it is in the d: drive. When I go to My Computer it still shows the d: drive as a microfalsh card drive and it still has the microflash icon. The h: drive use to say DVDCD RW, now just says removable storage device. I can play a DVD by manually starting the DVD using a mouse. The Media Center program still looks for a DVD in the h: drive, so I can't do it with the remote anymore. How do I redesignate the DVD drive to the h: location, and restore the d: location for the microflash card?

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This is not a problem on my computer but a friend of mine has an HP 64 bit Windows 7 tower that she says is always giving her messages about running out of disk space.

I was over at her house today, and her unit, which was not new when she bought it has a partitioned drive - one is C: and the other D:. The problem is that the C: drive is only 60 GB, while the D: drive is 570 GB, and while she has next to nothing on the D: drive, her C: drive is constantly in the red. Everything that she does on the computer is done on the C: drive

Are there any methods (short of reformatting and reinstalling) whereby we can get her programs (Windows as well as other applications), music, pictures, documents, et al, on drive D? We would, of course need all her Start Menu items and her All Programs to be pointing to the correct drive.

Seems like there should be some sort of utility.

I hope I've explained the problem clearly, and I thank anyone, in advance, for any knowledge they may wish to impart about this issue. I also hope I've posted to the correct sub-forum.

A:Is There Some Easy Method For Swapping Drive Designations?

If there is almost nothing on D, why not make it smaller and give that space to C?

Should be pretty easy, maybe with Windows Disk Management, maybe with a tool such as Partition Wizard.

Or eliminate D entirely. What is its purpose?

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My drive letters are all changed and my check backup file (on my zip100 internal drive) is unreadable.

My son replaced the hard drive and loaded Windows XP (we had Windows 2000) and now all my drive designations are changed and I can not open my check backup file on my zip drive.

configuration now is:
Windows XP

Hard drives:
Local disk (E, 74.52 GB NTF (System), connected to the Primary ATA100 slot

Local disk (f 28.62gb NTFS (active) , slave to primary ATA100 (this was the old disk I temporarily connected so that I can transfer files from the old disk.

Removable storage:
3 1/2 floppy (A, connected to the srcondary IDE

Zip 100 (c, disk 0, "unreadable", location 1 (1), connected to the primary IDE connector

DVD drive (D, connected to the primary IDE

ASUS A7V133 motherboard

Should he have connected the hard drives to the IDE instead of the ATA100 connectors?

When I try and open one of the zip files I get a message (after waiting about a minute to open the zip directory) that

@#$^&" refers to a location that is unavailable". That's why I think that the drive designations are causing the problem. I can not change the drive designation from C: to something else because it says it's a boot drive.

A:Drive designations and Quicken zip file unreadable

Give this a try.

Hard Drives
System hard drive connected to Primary IDE as Master
Old hard drive connected to Primary IDE as Slave
DVD drive connected to Secondary IDE as Master
Zip 100 to Secondary IDE as Slave
Floppy to ATA100


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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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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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Can anyone give me a description of AMD Processors Skt 949
San Diego Core
Venice Core
Winchester Core

What are the differences between them?


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basically they are different generations/models..... You'll have to really dig on the website to find it.

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For example, isn't PC2700 the same thing as DDR333?

Why are there two naming systems?

Thanks for any clarification on this. I've always been confused about it.

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is there a difference between an RC1 and a SP1? i dont seem to be able to find a code for msft, also if this is in the wrong place i apoligize as i ocassionaly do stupid things, Thanks for any answer.

A:question about designations by msft?

RC1 is release candidate #1 of a new product like Win 7. There may be many release candidates before the product is released in it's final version. SP1 is a service pak. XP had several service paks and Vista had 2 I think. Win7 hasn't had any yet. MSFT is the Nasdaq trading symbol for Microsoft. I hope this helps.

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I have a Dell currently running Windows XP. Of course, Windows AND Dell have decided that making the only serial port a designated printer port is a good idea, and now I can't connect an external floppy drive. I was wondering if changing the driver through hardware manager could make the printer port into an open serial port and if so where can I get that magical ellusive driver?

Incidentally, this is to get a network disc for a Windows/Linux direct network, so if anyone knows where I can get some more info on that as well, I would apreiciate it.


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This has probably been discussed before and a link to a good explaination would be good enough. I am wondering if RAM with the same designator ie DDR2 xxx 240 pin PC2 ##00 is interchangeable. My new motherboard will take PC2-5300...I see a killer deal on Ram that's DDR2 800 PC2 6400 will it work in my computer, but not as fast?
There's also DDR 667 PC2 5400 as well as others.
I'm so confused !!! ​

A:Solved: De-mystifying the RAM designations

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I have a Dell Studio XPS 9100 computer with Windows 7 Prof installed. The computer has two physical hard drives that came with the computer. The seccond physical hard drive was not partition or formatted when I received the computer. I divided the second physical HD into three partitions, Page File (D), Image Backup (E), and Data Backup (F). The first physical HD had the following volumes when it came from Dell: OEM partition (39 mb), Recovery partition (10.8 gb), and OS (C) (71 gb)
When using Disk Management, normally I would see the HD designation of Disk 0 for the OEM partition, Recovery partition and OS (C) partitions This morning after booting up the computer and looking at Disk Management, I am now seeing the volumes for Disk 0, Page File (D), Image Backup (E), and Data Backup (F). For Disk 1, I am now seeing OEM partition, Recovery partition, and OS (C) partitions.

Is it possible for physcial hard drive designations to change and still have the computer operate normally?? Any help in understanding this situation would be very much appreciated, Sam

A:Change of Physical HD Designations in Disk Managment

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OnWindows 7, Devices & Printers showsmy HP printer (Officejet 4500)
properly designated as my default printer. But File / Print (in Word,Excel, & other applications) offers a drop-down list of 8 other printers, 7of which are variations of my default printer.

Somedocuments, upon receiving a print command, will only print if one of the 7 variantsis selected why? How did the 7variants of HP Officejet 4500 get created? How can I get rid of them?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E3400 @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset, 782 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 465551 MB, Free - 384872 MB; D: Total - 11285 MB, Free - 1058 MB;
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2A8C
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Multiple unwanted printer designations

In "Devices and Printers" it groups all the related versions of a printer under one main icon. If you right click on "HP Officejet 4500" in "Device and Printers" and choose a task, such "Remove Device", you will be given an option to work with each version of the printer.

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I've just switched from 98 to XP. I find now that the window designations in the taskbar for my *browser windows only* are severely and unaccountably truncated. My browser is IE6. Even if there's only one window open, if it's a browser window, only one letter will display. Other windows will properly display the full name. I've turned taskbar grouping on and off with no change. I've also run the SFC utility, with no change. There is no such problem in my Win98 machine, and my security settings (and all other settings) are the same. I don't wish to upgrade to IE7. What can I do?

A:Solved: Truncated window designations in taskbar

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I recently had my computer worked on my a local computer store and it seems that my hard drives have been switched, i.e., "C" drive (4.00GB) is now the master drive, "F" drive (69.5GB) is now the slave drive and "G" drive (4.99) is now some other drive. The store tells me that they did not partition the drive and I know I didn't
partition it so I don't know what happened. What I would like to do is have the 69.5 GB drive as the Master Drive (C I guess) and the the 4.00GB drive as the Slave Drive (F drive?) and not have the 4.99 partition. Does anyone know how this could be done? There are two (2) physical drives in the computer. Do I switch cables? I know there are settings/switches that need to be changed. Is there someplace that I can find out what the settings are? I don't want to take it back to the store to do this because they want to charge me an additional $60 to do this. Also, I have a CD Rom drive and a DVD Drive on this computer. Much thanks for the help.

A:Change Slave Master designations for drives:

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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.

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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.

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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


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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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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.


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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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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 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 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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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?

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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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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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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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After removing an SSD (W from my rig I discovered that my system would no longer boot and gave the error:

NTDLL not found. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

I put the drive back and was able to boot. Attached is my disk management. I recently installed plugged in a new 4TB HDD, and I can see that it too, has had an EFI Partition now, presumably because I plugged it into Sata port 1(?)

To be safe, I've used Windows to create a system image on drive Q: and a repair disk. The wizard said it backed up the EFI partition to drive Q as well.

So my question is, what's the easiest solution here? Can I pull out all the drives and restore from the image onto a new SSD? Or is there an easier way using another method? I want to get all of the required boot stuff on to C:. Thanks!

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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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I have an older hard drive that I am installing in a I machine motherboard. My problem is that when I start the computer it takes about 10 minutes for the Win screen to disappear. It seems to take forever to see my desktop. Then for some reason someone at one time partitioned the hard drive into c,d & e. The hard drive is only a 2 gig, how can I make this just 1 letter and speed up the win98 screen? Help!!

A:Hard drive partitions

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My laptop has two drives - C and D. I want to divide C drive where the Windows XP is installed on two partitons. I never did something like that so far so i am not sure how to do it. Do i have to delete the whole C drive and divide it on two partitions using the Windows installation CD? And will my PC will become slower if i have more than two drives?

A:I need help dividing a drive on two partitions

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Hi I am back
my hard drive is set to 3 parttitions. was working good. but all of a sudden it decided to rename two drives with what i call gobbled de guop. it won't let me rename them back to what they were. and now they don't show up in my computer. can't even access them.
what makes it do this and how can i get the use of the sections back? please help if you can

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The attachment below shows a screen shot of my win 7 x64 home premium HP dm4-1160us laptop's hard drive partitions. I would like to divide the C: drive into 2 drives, one for OS and one for data. Is this possible using minitools partition wizard or another partitioning software?? On Gizmo's 3 part instructions on how to partition the drive to allow separation of OS and data, so that a drive image can be made of the OS partition for disaster recovery, he states that if the only hard drive already has been partitioned, "abandon any attempts to further partition the drive". Thanks

A:How to Add partitions to a drive that's already partitioned

here is a larger screen shot

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I have a 16GB flash drive that has 2 partitions on it (NTFS for my day-to-day files, and FAT32 for the Mac OSX computers at school since they can't write NTFS).

However, windows can only see the NTFS partition.

I'd love to have 1 partition, but since I have files bigger than 2GB I need NTFS.

Does anyone know how I can access my other partition? Linux and OSX do not have this problem with my drive.

Thanks for any help you can give me

A:USB Drive + Multiple Partitions

What operating system did you use to format the drive as FAT32?

Go into Disk Management and see if that partition was designated a drive letter.

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I was working on a user's PC for a separate issue when I noticed something odd. She has a single 1TB drive with two partitions (C: and D. Her user profile is on C: and that's where the windows install is but the computer would not let me delete the D: volume as it said it was active. can I simply right click the C:, mark it as active then delete the D: volume? Also, how come C: does not show "Systems"

Ideally I would like to remove D: then extend the C: drive fully

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A:Two active partitions on same drive?

D is marked as "system" because that's where the boot files are. Not what you want.

If you want to delete D, you'd have to copy the boot files to C and make sure C is shown as active. I think a tool called EasyBCD can do that and there is a tutorial on this site for it.

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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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My lap came with 15gb hdd parted in to two. The system drive is FAT32 the second partition is ntfs. How can I remove this partition so I have one 15gig hdd without losing all my data and reinstalling windows. Thanks. Also does anyone know where windows stores the emails you receive to Outlook Express?

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A while back, my cousin reinstalled Windows XP on my laptop, and partitoned my hard drive into drive C:/ (for my Program Files, etc.) and drive E:/ (for my music,pics, etc.)

Now I have this Smitfraud virus and need to reinstall Windows. How would I do this without affecting the E:/ drive partition?

A:Reinstalling XP with drive partitions

Hi and welcome to TSF.

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I installed win 98SE on a 2.5 g hard drive and there seems to be a problem.When trying to install software it comes back that I have only 230 mg left on c drive .I partitioned with onlyA primary partition and selected all for the size.Should i have also used a logical or extended partition as well ? If so what size for each ?

PS.- This hard drive was once before in use with win 98 SE with good sucess andlots of software installed.

A:hard drive partitions ?

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I had installed win7 on one partition and it went bad for some unknow reason so I created another clean partion and installed win 7 on it. I also added partion for music, pictures, etc. Now the question is how do I get rid of the first version since it was giving me the BSOD. It boots as though I have dual boot but the second one listed it the one I would like to get rid of leaving user files intact.

A:win 7 on two different partitions same hard drive

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I have win7 64 bit running on a PC with a 500gb hdd. The drive is partitioned roughly in two (except for a small recovery partition of around 17gb). One drive © has windows and software. the other purely for data (D). I originaly had all my data and software on the C drive, until i worked out how to use the D drive partition! Now most of my data is on the D with very little user data on the C (mostly my Google Drive folder). Consequently i have lots of free space on the C drive which i dont need. while the D drive is rapidly filling up. 
Rather than using the C drive for data again i looked into shrinking the C drive and expanding the D drive, however when i used Disk management in windows  ti will only allow me to shrink and expand the drives within the space they currently occupy so i can either have smaller drive partitions with lots of unallocated space (or 2 extra small partitions) or the status quo of 2 drives of circa 232GB!
The only way i ccan see around it is to move all my data back onto the C drive, delete the D drive and repartition. Or start from scratch with the whole drive. Neither option is desirable and i dont know if i would gain anythinng from it.
I also want to try to fit in a second copy of windows to upgrade to 10 when it arrives and still keep 7 going. Dont know if i can do this if i cant organise the partitions the way i want.
Any advice please?

A:Drive Partitions and Windows 7

The built in disk management is limited in it's ability to expand/shrink etc. partitions, unallocated space. The free MiniTools Partition Wizard (recommend highly) can easily accomplish what you're trying to do:
Download: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
Resize and Move Partition Guide - http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/resize-partition.html
Another good free partition manager is EaseUs: http://www.easeus.com/download/epmf-download.html

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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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