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Last Q about drive partitions & formatting

Q: Last Q about drive partitions & formatting

Apologies for so many questions,
but I've been searching for answers
to these for some time. Sooner or
later I'll think of them all! Meantime,
thanks for your patience & help!

If I have a disk partitioned into 2 "drives"
and I want to remove the partition and
make it back into 1 "drive", do I have
to reformat the disk or can I keep the
info on one of the "drives"?

I.e. If I have C and D on 1 disk and
want to remove the partition to make
more room for C, and I remove the
data on D, can I then remove the
partition without losing the data
on C?

Thanks again!

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A: Last Q about drive partitions & formatting

Yes, but you need special partition management software to resize partitions.

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Hi, I'm formatting my hard drive and re-installing XP, and I'm wondering if I can delete the system partition without any adverse effects to the system. When I try to delete it from the XP Setup disk, it warns me not to do it, but I'm trying to create a larger partition for the system. Can I delete the system partition and create a new one?

A:Solved: Formatting hard drive: Question about deleting partitions

You can delete the system partition. However all data on it will be permanently lost.

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I need to do a clean install - my hard drive is partitioned C,D,E,F,G How do I go about it in easy steps ? I've never attempted anything like this before. A friend says that I only need to Format c, but I need to clear the other partitions aswell. Ideally, I would also like to make C partition larger aswell. Any help appreciated - I'm a newbie who can't even do a simple reformat !


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hi all
i have a computer that had xp on it ut kept crashing on bootup
i have tried to format the hard drive and my son changed it from fat 32 to nts format
now i cant get into it at all no comand prompt
can anyone help?
also can anyone tell me the correct procedure to reformat the hard drive fully when i have reformated in the past it has only formated about 2gig of a 20gig hard drive it cant find the other 18gig i think its partitioned
ho do i reformat the whole 20gig at once?

A:formatting partitions

If your goal is to reinstall XP, boot from the XP CD. You will have the option to delete partitions, create new ones, and format them.

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I've got a HDD currently using MBR that has 2 partitions.


Partition 1 - C:\ (System)
Partition 2 - D:\ (Data)

At the moment I'm using Win 8 on the MBR HDD and I would like to convert to GPT without losing data stored on partition 2. I'll be reinstalling Win 8 on partition 1 so I can take advantage of UEFI.

How do I do this?

A:Formatting HDD with 2 partitions to GPT

Welcome to EightForums.

Back up Partition D: than reinstall in UEFI mode.

How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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Hello all I have 2 partitions on a 100 GB hard drive, (50 GB each) I was looking for a tool or a procedure to combine the two partitions into one without formatting the drive. Any Suggestions?

A:Combinding Partitions without formatting

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Performing all this on a Dell studio 1555 Laptop, 500 gb hdd

Currently HDD has 4 partitions :-
C (100 GB- 30 gb free)(boot partition ntfs),
D(250 GB ntfs - 2 gb free),
E(100 GB ntfs - 26 gb free),
Unallocated 15 GB
(This unallocated has been there from the start, and even after many attempts/loss of data I'm not able to get it into use/merged so left thinking about it, if you know a way, im always open for it, ONLY if data on other partitions remains unaffected)
There's one more unnamed partition that says OEM of 196 MB and no options are available on it in the Disk management

I have Windows 7 currently on my lappy. (dive C).
Trying to install XP Pro SP2 on drive E and setup a dual boot menu.
I boot from a bootable XP SP2 CD
In the BLUE FORMAT screen, when it asks to select the drive on which i want to setup xp,
it shows only one partition That is drive C - this already has Win 7 installed.

Why are other partitions not being shown??

Same happened when i had Vista ultimate installed instead of Win 7, and all partition sizes remaining same.

Tried different XP CD's, no good.
Please help me if you can ...

I am aware of the mess after installng two OS in creating dual boot menu so thats not a problem.

A:Help !! no partitions being shown while formatting with XP

The "superior" OS must be installed after the "inferior" OS. XP before 7.

From MS Help - Dual Boot info -



Regards. . .



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Hi, if someone could get back to me pronto, as I wanna get this done tonight before 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Toronto Canada.
The time now is 6:48 pm est.

I have 2, 20 gig hard-drives.

#1. is drive C: NTFS (one partition).......(no problem formating).

#2. is drive D: and E: FAT32 (2 partitions).... (format FAT32 or NTFS?)

I am running only WinXP on drive C: NTFS, Programs for XP run off of partition E:, music and vids are on partition D:. Would everything run soother all being in NTFS format. Would Drive C: be able to see what's on the other partitions, second hard-drive if it's NTFS????? Or should second HDD remain FAT32??


A:Need Help Quick, Formatting partitions?

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I have a fujitsu sh531 notebook with win7.I have formatted win7 for the first time.At some point it asked me which drive to format.There were partitions 4 partitions:
1 WINRE 2GB system
2 system ~500gb logical
3 HDBR_DRIVER 5gb oem (reserved)
4 HDBR_OS 13gb oem (reserved)
I formatted only second one not to mess things up but if its ok i want to format all of them in case of malware.
My question is what are these partitions used for and is it ok if i format them?
edit: btw i have a dvd for drivers

A:Formatting all partitions in win7

Are you using a recovery disk that came with you computer or a Windows 7 disk? It appears the otehr partitions were created by the factory install. Partition 1 appears to be your boot files. 2 is for the operating system. If you use the recovery disk these should be recreated for you. If a fresh install, the HDD will be formatted with a seperate hidden partition for your boot files.

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I am new to using pc.
Can anyone tell me the detailed procedure as to how to format windows xp and make partitions .

A:formatting and making partitions

Are you installing a new hard drive? Or do you want to add a second operating system to dual boot with XP? Or do you just want to create a second drive partition to store personal files.

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So right now I want to format my computer and I am.
Right now I am at the part where you can create/delete partitions.

What I see right now is this.
Unpartitioned Space 7MB
D: Partition 2 [NTFS] 182001 MB (181831 MB free)
C: Partition 1 (PRESARIO_RP) [FAT32] 8771MB (598 MB free)
Ok so I have two exact computers In my house and one of the disks I used to format wasn't working and was scratched so it got messed up at the end and I quit the installation.
So now that up there happened.

I want to know : Where do I install? Can I delete the other ones after picking the one I need to install in? And do I need to download something else after I delete those, like Partition 1.


A:Deleting Partitions when Formatting! HELP NEEDED!~~~

Hiya Saonjeke.C: Partition 1 (PRESARIO_RP) [FAT32] 8771MB (598 MB free) IS THE RECOVERY PARTITION.
The recovery partition holds an image of the factory installation.Usually
the HP recovery process will give you a choice as to whether to do a
partial restore - just the operating system, retaining your data and
programs - or a full destructive restore which returns the computer to
factory condition.

With most HPs, pressing F10 when starting the computer will put you into
HP's recovery process. HP also gives you the opportunity to create one set
of physical recovery disks (DVDs are preferable because of the size) which
you should do immediately if you have not already done so. You want the
physical restore media in case your hard drive dies. A new hard drive will
be blank of course and not hold the recovery image.

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I need help.. due to some personal issues i need to completely reformat the whole HD.. and for some reason when i try to do it it only lets me format windows partition and i want EVERYTHING to be gone... how do i accomplish this???

A:formatting All partitions and reinstalling windows


If you want to completely wipe secure erase the entire Hard Disk Drive for security purposes, have a look through the information (Method Two) in this tutorial at the link below for some ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

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Hi everyone, I got a question about Disk Partitions & Formatting. My disc is partitioned into 2 parts (C: and D. If I format my computer by writing "format c:" on the command line, would files on D: disappear?

A:Questi on Disk Partitions & Formatting

not unless you type "format d:". so no.

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How do I (in XP) format an external 120GB HDD on fire wire.

It currently has 3 partitions and i wand to have just one in NTFS format to Capture Video to.



A:Solved: formatting an external HDD to remove partitions.

never mind. Got it sorted.

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I recently installed a fresh copy of Windows on my SSD. During setup I opted to delete all my old partitions on the drive, however I did not format the drive. Will this decision have an impact on the performance of the drive? Should I have reformatted the unallocated space on the drive to get better performance?

A:Deleting partitions VS. formatting during fresh install


Windows will not install on an unformatted partition. So you can be sure the C partition is formatted, even though you say "I did not format the drive". It takes place automatically.

The rest of the drive may or may not be formatted. We'd have to see a picture of Windows Disk Managment to tell.

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Hello, I'm totally new to this forum, and I got a couple of questions:

When I start shutting down my PC (btw. I have WinXP SP3, AMD X2 4400+, GeForce 9800GTX, 2 gigs of ram), the shut down process proceeds normally, but when it gets to the part where it says "Saving your data" (or something like that), it stays there for like 5 minutes and then proceeds.
I've read somewhere that I need to format my hard drive to make it shut down faster. The problem is, I don't know how to format my hard drive... I'm not even sure that I know what it is, I've read that formatting basically deletes everything on your hard drive, is that correct?

And after I format the hard disk, will I have to install Windows again? If so, should I install Windows 7 beta that's available?

And about the partitions, what exactly are they, I know they're the parts that you divide your HDD into, like Local Disk C:, Locak Disk D:, etc. but is there more to it? What are the benefits of having more partitions? How would I be able to create one? And my friend told me that if I install Windows 7 to a new partition that I make, it wouldn't be able to harm files on my other partitions... is that true?

Thanks in advance :)

A:Couple of questions about partitions, formatting and Windows 7

Hello bgavran,

If you format Windows it will erase all data on the drive. You will need to install Windows

again on the formatted drive. Some system ship with a recovery partition that will

restore the system back to factory settings (Usually one of the F keys at boot screen).

As for installing Windows 7 this is still Beta software and I don't recommend installing

beta software on your main system unless just for testing purpose. The Beta test will

end around the 1st of August then you will be left without an OS.

Partitions are basically dividing of the hard drive. Some of the benefits are having your

system files and user files in different partitions.

Hope I have been able to answer some of your questions and that the info is helpful

Below is a goos guide that may help you with the shutdown problem that you are having.


MAybe some of the info there will be helpful.

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Is it possible for me to use the system repair tool (the one that comes up when you boot from the Windows XP CD and press R at the menu) to format only a specific partition on a hard drive, or do you always have to erase the whole drive?

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I have 3 identical PCs with 2 partitions: C and D.
I created a system image for one PC, C only.
But when I restore that system image into the other 2 PCs (using Wind7 DVD), it formats both C and D and restore.

The problem is that I have data on D and I don't want it to be formatted. I only want to restore the C image.

Please advise.

Thank you

A:Windows 7 / Creating a system image: formatting all partitions!!

Hello jsmlb and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not an expert at anything. So maybe some other Forum experts will jump in with their opinions. But I think I see a problem with what you're trying to do.

You say you have 3 identical computers. I don't think they are identical. They each have a motherboard with a unique serial number. The hard drives have unique serial numbers. So do the RAM modules. The C: partition most likely contains the operating system and it is tied to the first computer you installed it in through those unique serial numbers of the motherboard, etc. I don't think it would be that easy to copy a C: partition from one computer and be able to install it on another computer because of the possibility of piracy issues.

I also think there's another consideration as to where on the hard drive the copied C: partition would start and end. For example, when I use Macrium to make an image of my C: partition, it shows me a starting sector and an ending sector on the hard drive. Just as an example, perhaps my Reserved Partition starts at Sector 100 and ends at Sector 2500 (these are not the actual sector numbers.) My C: partition would start at Sector 2501 and end at Sector 346,213. My D: partition would start at Sector 346,214 and end at whatever. The point being, if I'm reinstalling just my C: partition, it would HAVE to "fit" exactly and not overlap onto any other sectors. Do all 3 of your "identical" computers have the exact same starting a... Read more

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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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Last night, I tried to transfer a video file as I've done dozens of times. It didn't work. I tried a second time and realized it was because the file was more than 4GB which FAT32 USB drives will not accept.

I successfully formatted the new USB drive to NTFS.

My question is can I convert it back to FAT32? Can I do this using the same method (right-click drive checked off and optimized performance then right-click and select NTFS) I did from FAT32 to NTFS or is something else required?

Is it dangerous to due this? I will only be using this USB stick on my Windows laptops, dvd player and not on my iMac.

A:USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

You are correct, you can just format the drive back to FAT32 and no it shouldn't cause any issues doing this.
I have swapped between file system types many times and never had an issue.


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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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I recorded some saved programs on my Dish Network DVR 622 to an external hard drive that formatted it for that purpose according to their instructions. Can the external hard drive now be reused by being hooked up to my standalone computer and reformatted or have I lost it because of that use? If so, how do I do it? I do not want to save anything on the drive--just format it and use it for a different purpose. I no longer have the Dish DVR. When I connect the external drive to my desktop I do not even see an icon for it in My Computer.
Thanks for any help.

A:Formatting external drive after dvr formatting


its possible it has been formatted using a non standard file system, use disk manager to view the drive and remove any partitions on it, then use disk manager to recreate parttions on the drive

Start >settings> control panel> admin tools >computer management >disk manager.

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Hello there,
I was trying to format windows due to some registrry errors. while formatting c drive power went down system restarted.when i tried installing back there were no partitions available.

I was just formatting c drive, not the whole HDD.

HDD id WD 1tb sata drive.
when i installed OS on second and connected this WD 1tb as secondary drive, the whole data is showing unallocated. I had 7 partitions on this drive and I want those back.

Any reply will be much appreciated.

A:Partitions gone to unallocated space while formatting "C"

Hey rusty7,
It's very sad to hear about you HDD. It seems that your partitions were lost after the electricity stopped while you were for mating your Drive. Actually can you see it in Disk Management, if you can you could try to assign a letter, but this could cause some data lost.
And actually do you have an important info there?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Hope this helps,

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So I've got one 80GB drive that I use to store my Windows XP operating systems, all my programs, games, etc.

I also have an 180GB drive that I want to partition into possibly 3 drives, one for music, another for movies, and another for game installation files.

My question is, what exactly do I format the 3 partitions as? Extended, logical, primary, I have no idea which will make the drives stay "available." The problem is that once I finished partitioning the drives the first time, the next day the last 2 partitions became unavilable.

Anyone got any ideas?

A:Question about formatting a second hard drive to serve as a storage drive...

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I've just finished building my new computer and I'm getting BSOD errors when first formatting a hard drive and secondly (after a successful format) installing a game on it.

My boot up SSD drive seems to be fine, it's just my other hard drive.

64bit Windows 7 Home premium. Full version I bought a a few days ago. The whole computer is new. If you need any further information, let me no.

8GB RAM. Intel Core i5 2500k CPU. Radeon 7850 graphics. 120ish SSD. 1Tb hard drive. Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen3 motherboard.

Edit: having just seen a notice, I've updated the post to contain two attachments. Or atleast I think I have :\

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A:BSOD when formatting or installing on drive drive, error 0x0000003d

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

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I recently had to reset my laptop to factory defaults, before I begun the process I created the recovery disk, only i used a USB drive instead of CD's. This option reformatted the USB drive into a removable DISK DRIVE. After the reset I formatted the USB drive through the properties and reset it to default (which wiped the USB clean of all files). It still was a Disk drive so I gave up on that front, removed the USB and closed the laptop lid and left.
Upon turning on my laptop it froze on the sign in screen so I did a hard reset which then stopped during boot up and displayed this message:

status: 0cx00000e9
info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred

I am running Windows 7 home. I believe the problem is that since i manually removed the USB drive it Un-linked the drive, then i closed the laptop which puts it into sleep/hibernate/standby mode then when i re-opened the laptop it could not find the USB disk drive.

I have tried booting up with the USB inserted and not inserted but still no luck. Also i should mention that I can not access safe mode by pressing F8. pressing F2 for the boot manager only gives me one option which is windows.

A:Boot up error 0xc00000e9 after formatting a usb drive (disk drive)

Hello and welcome betodc mate what is the machine make and model? Because usually to do a factory default you only need to power up and at the same time tapping the default key which is different for different brands, For example for Toshiba it is 0'

That takes it into a recovery partition - I personally have never used a disk or drive when defaulting.

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Dear All,
I want to ask if any Microsoft forum or technet mentioned that
Step 1: reinstall the OS drive without formatting the D data drive which is bitlocker encrypted.

Step 2: After encypted OS drive again, the D data drive can be automatically unlocked by reset the password.

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On my pc, I had one drive with Windows 98 on it, and one drive with Windows XP on it
Windows 98 was on drive C:
XP was on D:

They were set up so I could choose which one to boot to at start up

I wanted to get rid of the 98 entirely, so I edited the boot ini, just removing the entry for windows 98

after restarting the computer, everything was fine....going directly to XP

so I wanted to format the 98 drive so I could use it as additional storage,

which I did using norton partition magic,

I then shut down my computer......turned it back on.....and I get an error saying:
NTLDR is missing
what should I do?
the now formatted/blank drive is still as C:\

must the c:\ drive always have the OS in it? am I going to have to convert everything on my D: (XP) drive so that it is C: (if so how)

or what do I do to get back to using my XP again, on drive D:

A:NTLDR is Missing, after formatting win 98 drive and leaving XP drive

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This version of Lenovo IdeaCenter K430 has a Hot-Swappable HDD. I do not use it so I decided to use the sata cable for an SSD.

I installed an SSD = (SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SATA III 2.5-Inch). I also changed the BIOS to look for ACHII so it would see the SSD.

At Bootup it saw the SSD and I installed a new OS =(windows 7 Professional).

I rebooted again and saw the SSD C: and one of my previous 3.5" drives but the 2nd 3.5" was recognized as F: and was unknown.

I looked in "Manage" and it indicates that F: is RAW. However there are 6 other partitions on the drive.

I will add a pic of how the drive looks in "Manage".
A pic of the Hot-swapplabe drive bay.
A pic of the machine spec's.

Hope to hear from you, Thank you in advance,

A:Installed 3rd internal drive, now 2nd drive say's needs formatting

Welcome to Seven Forums

Post a shot of Disk Management correctly

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Pic #1 is not Disk Management

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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 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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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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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 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?

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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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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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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.


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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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I just installed a new hard drive to be used to store digital photos. My wife takes a lot and this way we will have a lot of space.I have a Dell 8200 wiht XP Home Edition. While setting it up in disk management it asked if I wanted it as a primary partition of extended partition. I said primary. Was that correct based on how the drive will be used?

A:Hard drive partitions

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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).

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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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