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Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Q: Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



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A: Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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I have an anternal media drive whith a number of hidden partitions which do not show up in windows. One of these partitions had become corrupted and unuseable and I would like to try re formatting it to fix the error.

In Partition Magic there are a number of drives listed. Some of the drives on the partition have assigned drive letters but the one I want to format has is greyed out and listed with a * infront of it. Partition Magic will let me enter the drive to view details and even gives me the option to format it BUT then wants to assign the drive the letter A:

If I do this then the media drive will be unable to work as it will have lost the file path it needs to record on to. I just wnat to re format this drive (with whatever freeware) and have the drive letter (wich is currently unassigned) untouched so that the media player never knows its been formatted.

File system is FAT32, partition size is 10gb, using Partition Magic, there are 2 partitions with assigned drive letters and 3 without on the 1gb HDD.

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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I have a z575 with a SSD divided into a c drive and d drive. I just formatted the c drive assuming I could leave the d drive intact with the data. when I try a fresh install on the c drive with a Windows 10 disc, I get     Recovery     Your PC Device needs to be repaired     A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.     Error Code: 0xc000000f      Press Enter to try again     Press F8 for startup settings Enter does nothing.F8 does nothing.Each time I reboot hoping to snag the dvd drive, I get immeditatly sent to the Blue screen above. Should I be able to install windows 10 to the c drive regardless of the d drive?I have been running Windows 10 with no problems other than a long lag on boot up, I think because of an old Windows 7 installation. Any insight would be appreciated!Thanks!

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Is there an easy way, or the best way to partition and format in NTFS an extra
hard drive. If I use the cd process, at what point do I turn off computer, how
much has to be on storage drive, 4.3 mb for it to be recognized/accepted by OS?


A:How best to format extra storage drive on XP

Use Disk Management - Right click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management
or Start | Run enter diskmgmt.msc

You'll see the new drive as unallocated space. Right click the graphic for the drive, choose create partition and follow the prompts. Don't remember off hand if it also lets you format at the same time; if not, when the partition is created, right click the drive again and choose format.



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New at XP and about to install. After installation, when I
add a 4.3 extra drive for storage, could or should I format
with 98 diskette or use NTFS format or will either work ?

If NTFS is the only way, will comuter with XP installed
know what to do with 'no partition' drive??


A:Proper Format for Extra Storage Drive

The Disk Management Utility in XP can create partitions and format for you. FAT32 or NTFS.

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My brand new laptop HP Pavilion dv9208 already has a storeage problem. The D drive has 6.59 GB of storeage space but ihas already used up 95% of it leaving me only 627MB of space left. Not even enough to do a backup. The space is being used up by the HP recovery. I did make a recovery disc. When I look at the D Drive properties I see that the "compress this drive to save disc space" box is not checked. My question; should I compress this drive? Will it really help save space and if not can I un-compress it? I've never messed with the D Drive before because I've always thought it was hallowed ground. Any suggestions/advice. Thanks in advance

A:D Drive Storage/backup Problem

Do Not, I repeat do not mess with the D drive on the HP this is your recovery partition, and contains the first back up of all your original software. the second back up is on the disks that you made. There should be an instruction phamplet that came with the laptop on how to use this partition.

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I have 3 drives in my system,
64gb boot Health System Active
640g Apps Health Primary 376gfree
500g storage Healthy Primary 496gfree

I'm trying to a backup with a system image,
It says for the storage drive when selected that it will not do a system image.
But when I select the 640, it doesnt say it wont, but will not let me choose any files from that drive.

Not sure what is going on,
thanks for any help.

A:Cant select storage drive for backup.

Please clarify:

Are those 3 separate drives, each with one partition?

Or is this all one drive containing 3 partitions?

Are you trying to make an image of just the 64 g partition?

An image file cannot be stored on the source partition.

What application are you using to make the image?

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Had a hundred GBs show up on my Local Disk (E:) drive. Unable to locate what or where they are. Can only account for less that 40 GBs on the drive. How do I find and get rid of the 100 + GBs? This photo illustrates my dilemma:

A:Unaccounted For Storage on Backup Drive

Try this program http://windirstat.info/ its a tool to find files that eat disk space.
Do you have any restore points (system restore on that drive)
Can you post a disk management? 

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


A:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD --> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...n-my-hard-disk

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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I have W7U on a Samsung 7 Series (S01UB) with a primary 120 GB Kingston SSD and then the factory 1 tb drive in the DVD drive slot. I use the tb as my storage, and still have old windows stuff on it, as I did a clean install to my SSD. You can see from the screenshot that it's broken into old and new. I shrunk the "old" area by the unallocated 122 GB as I moved crap off or deleted what I didn't want. I'm trying to reassign the unallocated to the "new" area, but I am failing miserably here. I've tried using both the windows disk manager as well as EaseUs Partition Master, to no avail. Can anyone point me down the right road? Thanks!

A:Unable to extend partition on storage drive

You can add/subtract space from/to any partition even if not adjacent using this free tool:
How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

Use the boot disk which will not fail, while all others except Disk Mgmt can fail with data loss.

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I have noticed that the last scheduled backup did not complete, so I started it manually. At some point, a window popped up and asked me to format (!) the target drive, which had been in use for over the year and several backups stored on it. There were about 80Gb of space left, which may not be enough for another backup, so I would have expected a warning message - but format seems drastic. How can I stop the format suggestion?

A:backup wants to format drive

Take a look at this: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
It looks like it'll automatically delete the older versions. Not sure why it wants to format though

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Hi really sorry if this is the wrong place but need help.

I was adding a new drive to my PC's storage spaces only due to it being from and old laptop it had the reserved OEM partition so windows refused to add it, I went and used a partition software to delete all partitions on the drive so I could add it only as it was the same size and make as one of the other drives already in my storage space i stupidly chose the wrong one.

As you would expect the Storage space Pool failed and the dis was marked as disconnected only its not its there but had it table deleted. I have been googleing all night and have yet to find a way to repair this yet I know its there cos using the software from ReclaiMe Storage Spaces Recovery Software it detects the pool and can see all the stuff on it bit dosn't have and option to repair just recover I don't want to do this as it the the lack of space that caursed this

I have gone through the powershell route and have managed to change the drive from "Retired" to "Auto-Select" but am still not able to get the pool to repair of work.

someone said use testdisk but this finds the partition but its listed as "unknown" to I cant retrive this what am I missing?!?!?!
Thanks so much for any help on this

A:Accidental partition deletion on storage space drive.

I've had success with this one: Free Partition Recovery Software, Deleted Partition Recovery, Hard Disk Recovery, Free Disk Partition Recovery, Active Partition Recovery Software, NTFS Partition Recovery, Recovery Partition, Drive Partition Recovery, Hard Drive Partition Recovery T

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Hello Everyone,

I just got a new laptop that has a 256GB SSD boot drive and a 1TB HDD Storage drive. Dell put 2 recovery partitions and and OEM partition on the SSD and I want to maximize my SSD space. I have already created a USB recovery media but I would like to be able to still reset or refresh my PC if I need to while on the go. Is there a way to move or copy these partitions over to the HDD and have the Windows Recovery Environment still be bootable and the reset and refresh functions still working?

Thanks for the help

A:Bootable Recovery Partition on Secondary HDD Storage Drive

from command prompt(admin)
type> diskpart
type> list disk
type> select disk # (# being the disk number for the ssd)
type> list partition
type> exit
type> reagentc /info

post a pic of cmd window

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How come i cant partition my D Drive. The option is grayed out!

Any ideas

A:Cant Partition Or Format D Drive! Why??

Try posting a screen shot with this method:


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Due too several problems on O/S which I cannot repair. I have decided to format my C: drive and start afresh.
I have two partitioned HDs with three partitions on each disk.
Is it possible to format the C: drive without touching the other two partitions on the same drive. If so, how?

A:Format C: drive partition

You will have the options to select only the partition you want to install Windows to (C: ) and to format that drive during the Windows installation from DVD/USB.

Review and use this tutorial here:
Clean Install Windows 7

Notice at Step #7 that you have the option to use "Drive Options (Advanced)". That is where you will find the option to format C:.

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I purchased a used laptop with xp pro installed. No resource CD's. Wish to make a back up using XP backup wizard and store on my external hard drive. File transfer stopped and i received an error message stating that 4g was max allowed to Fat32. My external hard drive is 40g and approx 3-4 years old.
What are my lowest cost options to create backups?
Can I upload my data from ext hard drive to another pc, convert Fat32 to NTFS using XP Covert utility and xfr data back to ext HD? By doing this, will the XP wizard be successful in making a backup on the converted ext HD?

A:Error trying to backup xp on external Hard Drive storage device

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I have just repartioned an old ide hard drive which has a very small partition with XP on and i now have a large partition on the drive that i want to use as a back up drive. What format is the best for backup? I have heard that FAT32 is good and it also means it can be read by OSX if the need ever arose (could be useful because my flat mate is a mac user).

Any suggestions?

A:best format for a backup hard drive

NTFS is best for large drives. You can also assign user rights to it. FAT32 would use large sectors and not efficient.

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Hi. I have Windows Vista Premium. My E: Drive is/was used as my backup drive. Virus/Trojan scanners keeps finding trojans, etc. in my E: drive. I'd like to just wipe that drive clean. It says I can't format the drive however because it is already in use. This even happens in safe mode. I've already created an external backup with a DVD RW disc, and am planning to just keep using that as my backup. I feel it is safer that way. I will still create some backups on my E: drive though. Does anyone know of a way that I can format the drive successfully? Should I just go into the E: drive and manually delete everything?

Thanks, Brad

A:Can't format (erase) my backup E: drive

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Hi. My E: Drive is/was used as my backup drive. Virus/Trojan scanners keeps finding trojans, etc. in my E: drive. I'd like to just wipe that drive clean. It says I can't format the drive however because it is already in use. This even happens in safe mode. I've already created an external backup with a DVD RW disc, and am planning to just keep using that as my backup. I feel it is safer that way. I will still create some backups on my E: drive though. Does anyone know of a way that I can format the drive successfully? Should I just go into the E: drive and manually delete everything?

Thanks, Brad

A:Can't format (erase) my backup E: drive

it may be your mbr is on the drive
clear it with dban
if it is on the drive and you find you cannot boot into vista afterwards
boot from the vista dvd to the install screen and down the bottom left click on the repair

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I have a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB drive as my location to backup my Win 7 64 bit system. Purchased 3 months ago, and not knowing any better, I allowed it to setup and install the Windows and Mac software. I did the initial backup using the included Memeo software. I received a message this morning that my drive was getting full. I selected to delete previous backups but the only option given was entire the range from when I installed it to the last one on Dec 17.

Here's my question. Can I format the drive (NTSF) and start over? I am fine with using Win 7 to do the backup. I am thinking to just format the drive, go into Backup & Restore and start as if it had never been done. I have no critical information to lose, so having a backup starting today is ok. I don't plan on ever using the backup software that was included with the drive. I did make the necessary system image & repair disks when I bought the computer. So if Armageddon occurred while I was doing this, I still have a backup plan!

The long and short of my question is - can I format my backup drive using the NTSF format and start fresh or is there necessary software on the external drive I need for the Win 7 backup?


A:Format Backup Drive And Start Over?

Sounds like a plan. Go for it.

As long as you have the backup software ready to reinstall that is.

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I will be recieving a new Toshiba 80GB hard drive soon. I want to install it as a slave drive and partition it into 4 20GB partitions, but it has been so long I forgot how to do it. I am running Windows XP Home SP2. Can anyone help?

A:Format and partition new hard drive

Howdy dphartmn...

Since you are installing it as a slave set the jumpers as a Slave then go into Disk Management and set your partitions....

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My 16gb flash drive has stopped working. When opening it windows 7 prompts me to format. However this is not possible as it cannot be formatted. I had attempted to use disk manager as advised by others to format the drive. No luck there. As you can see the file system is reported as being RAW, so checkdisk is unable to offer me any information. Thank you.


A:Can't format nor partition flash drive

Try this...a little bit of googling brought it to me.


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I can partition format and every thing looks fine,but when I go to format with fdisk I get error "invalid drive". And when I use my Windows 2000 setup disk it will tell me when I try to format that the drive is damaged or has been corrupted. This is a brand new WD 60GB hard drive. Any help will be appreciated!!!! My husband is driving me crazy because he doesn't have use of his puter!!

A:can partition but can't format hard drive

Didn't you receive a Data Lifeguard Disk with your New WD HD,
and the instructions for setting up the HD for use.If you don't have the Data Lifeguard files you can get them from westerndigital.com.....It has instructions for and the capability to move the contents of your old HD to the new one.

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When trying to format a partitioned drive I get the this error.
"The format failed to complete".
I have two PC's that I bought both same specs. One works like a dream the other when starting up, the hard drive is noisy & seems to work overtime to load.
When I checked the disk manager I discovered that the D drive was not formatted. Tried to format it & I get the the above error.
any ideas.
Windows 2000 O/S

A:when trying to format a partition drive I get the following error

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Ok .. I've got a lot of bugs on my hard drive and I want to format it. However, I've got gigs and gigs of data that I dont want gone forever - and its too much to burn to DVD.

Is it possible for me to segment my hard drive, make a drive for the stuff i want to save (a drive without an operating system, just data) and then purge and format my drive with the operating system??

A:I want to partition and format my hard drive - HELP! (please)

What Operating System are you running? You are in the wong forum for this question so I need to know to move this thread to the appropriate forum.

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Search gave me some results but that were from Installing a new Windows.

Currently I have a C: drive and another drive (Recovery).
I have to create partitions of the C: without installing the Windows over or formatting. Is there an easy way to do this? I don't mind using some software, if it gets the work done effectively.
I got some little info about something Shrink C: or something. If there's already a tutorial for what I am trying to do, kindly link me.

BTW, please give some information about this Recovery drive?


A:Partition Hard-Drive without format?

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

please give some information about this Recovery drive?

Make & model unknown.
For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

For partitions,
Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots
Screenshot with Paint
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
fscapture free download

Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

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I have a WD Essentials external drive with two ntfs partitions, one of the partitions have files but the other one is empty. I'd like to change the format of the empty partition to exfat, then transfer all the files on my exfat partition and do the same thing with the new empty partition then merge both in one. Is it possible and I want to be sure that none of my data will be deleted

Thanks for your help.


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How to format and partition a New Hard Drive in a new PC?? Without the Administrative tools.
and without the help of another PC.

Plz refer some links.

A:How to format and partition a New Hard Drive in a new PC

This is for an XP as you didn't specify what you were installing in the way of an operating system. The first steps in Bios are required for an OS your installing. If you have a different OS you're trying to install please be more specific about what you want to do here.

Go into Bios and make sure it's set on Default Settings. Find the Section in your Bios that has the Boot Sequence and make sure the CDrom is first, HD is second, and floppy if you have one post at number 3. Hit F10 and save and exit. Boot up put your CD OS in and reboot. The OS on the CD should start your setup. When you get to the partition section if the HD has never had one you will tell it to create one. Full size the HD should all ready be established by the OS and all you need to do and push the letter required to create it. Once it establishes the partition it will ask if you want the CD OS to format the disk for you and you will tell it agree keying whatever the letter or button that allows that to begin the process. Once formatted it will begin the set up and all you have to do is follow the screens requests at that point.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask as we're interested in your success...Jazz

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And THANKS for your time, help, and advise!!!!

I understand that W95/98 does not handle NTFS format.

Here is what I would like to do:
Current drive used by W95/98 system will remain the same (IDE/0/ as "C") and as FAT32.

Connect a drive (IDE, SCSI, USB) to the W95/98 system.

Format this drive as NTFS.

I have found drivers that can define the drive at boot time and an application that can find the drive and read(only) the drive if formatted as NTFS.

The question I have is the following:

Is there an application/utility that exists that can be loaded to a W95/98 disk that can be executed whose sole purpose is to format a drive as NTFS?​
That is, without using a NT/XP boot disc or delivery CDs for tools that will format the drive as NTFS.

Thanks for your time, advise, and help!!!!


A:Format/Partition a drive as NTFS on W95/98

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hey dere, my files in drive c: are infected by a virus and they have infected my windows files as well, i m using windows xp.the problem is when i try doing clean boot the files are not removed from the drive so how do i format my drive c: as it is a primary partition.plzzzzzzzzzzzz help.

A:how to format primary partition(drive C:)

Have you got no anti virus that you can do a scan with? I am assuming you are on xp have you an operating system disk or reload disk? What is the name of the virus?

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OK! Here is what's happening.... I installed a new WD 60 GB hard drive. I flashed BIOS with correct driver ..flash said ok. Still showing only 32GB. Ok... said fine...I'll replace motherboard later and then get full use of 60GB...I went to load Windows 2000...I get error that drive is damaged or has been corrupted. I can fdisk to partition this drive but when I try to format it gives error "invalid drive". And I did make "C" active during formatting. I don't know if I am doing wrong or using wrong, MS-Dos program, Fdisk or what.PLEAssssSE HELP!!! My husband is going nuts without his puter!!! Could a brand new drive be corrupted?
Any help appreciated!

A:can partition but can't format hard drive

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I'm looking to create a system image of Windows, but my external hard drive already has a bunch of files on the drive. There is plenty of space for the backup, but I'm worried if Windows will format the drive.

Has this happened to anyone before?

A:Does Windows Backup format the destination drive?

A safer option would be to us an image backup program like Macrium Reflect Free
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

If you do use it, don't forget to create a rescue disk.

In answer to your question, it would not format the drive.

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I hope someone can help me with this question.

I am acquiring a 1.5TB external drive. I will be basically have a single 1.5TB file on this drive. It will be a Truecrypt encrypted archive.

Given that the entire hard disk will be occuppied with one huge file, what is the best way to format it? Is NTFS still the way to go? Does it make sense to increase the cluster size above the 4KB default?

I am concerned about both performance and not wasting space, but the performance is the lesser concern.

Many thanks.

A:Best way to format external hard drive used for backup

Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent


I hope someone can help me with this question.

I am acquiring a 1.5TB external drive. I will be basically have a single 1.5TB file on this drive. It will be a Truecrypt encrypted archive.

Given that the entire hard disk will be occuppied with one huge file, what is the best way to format it? Is NTFS still the way to go? Does it make sense to increase the cluster size above the 4KB default?

I am concerned about both performance and not wasting space, but the performance is the lesser concern.

Many thanks.

Despite being advertised as a 1.5 TB hd, you don't actually have 100% disk space. If you have one 1.5 TB archive, then you will actually need a 2GB TB hd to store it.

I believe NTFS is the way to go. And once formatted, right click on the drive, properties, and look at the available space. Also, your performance on a drive decreases as its capacity is reached. You said performance wasn't your main issue, but there you go anyway.

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I've posted on the problem I'm having with my Storage Space (set to file 2-way duplication) before.  I know I'm going to lose some files.  I removed one drive to reformat it to a larger clustersize and, while the array was repairing itself, I lost
a 1TB drive that will no longer connect.

I've "Removed" the drive and gotten the error "Can't remove the drive from the pool" because "...not all the data could be reallocated.  Add an additional drive.."

I already can't re-add the old 4TB drive (even though I've done nothing to it) because Storage Spaces says it's now an "unrecognized configuration".  At least a disk recovery tool can find files on it (though they're all named nnnnnn.JPG or nnnnnn.AVI
or nnnnnn.DOC)

However, my 15TB array (X:\) can't be seen because it thinks it's lost two drives - fair enough - and even though I know I'm going to lose some files (the most important of which were backed up in File History) it refuses to allow me to remove the faulty 1TB
drive.  I added a new disk and it STILL won't let me.  

How can I get my X: drive back? All of the disks in the array are 40-60% full - there's PLENTY of space to duplicate the files that ARE down to one copy!  What can I do?

(As per a suggestion in my other thread, I tried a System Restore to before the point where I'd Removed the 4TB drive and that didn't help since I couldn't select the X: drive to restore!)

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I recently had a computer custom built at a repair store. A couple of weeks back my start menu stopped working because of a Windows 10 update. I decided to wipe everything and reinstall Windows. I have done this many times in the past on other computers with no problem. This time it was quite a headache. I have 2 hard drives. I first removed the data from both drives, then assumed Windows should be installed on the smaller drive. After installing there I realized I had no access to the larger drive anymore. So I started over and installed instead on the larger drive. After doing this I finally admitted that I had no idea what I was doing. I brought it back to the repair store and asked them to make it the way it was when I bought it. They did so with no questions asked, but I'm worried about it happening again. The main issue is I have no idea how the two drives are configured. If I need to reinstall Windows again, how can I set this up correctly?

These are the two drives I have:

Boot Drive: Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD
Storage Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

Thank you!

A:Custom Built Computer Boot Drive vs Storage Drive

Is disk 2 an external 2TB hard drive ?

Going by your pic you seem to have Disk 0 of about 50GB that isn't being used and Disk 1 of 1TB which has everything on it !

If Disk 2 is an external drive disconnect it and see if the PC still boot into Windows ok.

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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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hello and good day experts,

i'll go to my question:

i have a primary hard drive working fine and added another hard drive 80gig maxtor as a slave and i'm using win xp pro.

i know there's computer management menu here in winxp, my question is:
on how to format then partition my second hd,into 2(40 gig and 40 gig).
basically i need the correct steps or commands.


A:format and partition second hard drive in winxp

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I got an old HD from a friend for my laptop. I installed XP on it but on a new drive (d:)

I've used this for a year or so but now I need the extra space on the other drive.

Is there a way to format the other drive (c:) and have it added to d: ? without reinstalling XP all over again and losing my data?

I have nothing to back up my data on and have also lost my XP CD!

EDIT: I have my installation CD but it doesn't work for some reason. It might be damaged?

A:Need to format partition to make drive bigger.

C: and D: are on different Hard drives?

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I decided to scratch the hd and redo everything after I just got a virus - even after the virus was gone everything was affected.

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format it...it went through the usual gyrations and thermometer countdown but at the end it said "Windows was unable to complete the format". Am I doing something wrong? I tried FAT, FAT32 and NTFS.

I can think of two options - 1. there is something wrong with the hard drive 2. I should have worked with C: first (installed 98) and then proceeded to install XP

Help anyone!!!!

A:[SOLVED] Can't format a hard drive partition


You have to install Windows 98 first.
Boot the computer with a Parted Magic CD.
Delete the partitions - then create a FAT32 partition for Windows 98 - leave the rest of the HDD unformatted.

Install Windows 98.
When running Win 98 >> insert the XP disc.
XP installation will start >> choose New install (not upgrade).
After a little while the computer will restart and boot from the XP disc.
Create an NTFS partition where you install XP.
A dual boot will be created automatically.

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I installed Windows7 Home Premium on my SSD drive without reformatting the other drive that originally had it installed. I am now trying to format that drive (D) and keep being denied since it still shows to be, Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) in Computer Management. I've tried CMD (as administrator), safe mode with cmd prompt and always get the message "System Partition is not allowed to be formatted".
Can anyone clue me in on getting this drive formatted? Appreciate any help

A:How can I format a slave drive that has a primary partition?

Always unplug all other HD's when installing an OS. Now you must recover the System boot files into Win7 on the SSD.

Unplug all other HD's, Mark Partition Active. then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

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Hi all,

I’ve recently built a system from scratch and I’m having trouble formatting my new hard drive. The drive is a western Digital Raptor (740GD) and I initially went to set it up with a boot disk utility I have (with Windows not yet installed.)

Using FDISK I went to create a partition…and promptly forgot how to do it!So, here is the problem; I want to format the drive as FAT32 however after creating my partition, DOS would only allow me to use NTFS. Furthermore, it only saw the drive as having 5gb or so (creating a partition of about 5546mb…saying this was 100%) But it is a 74gb drive! I tried various other approaches, such as turning “hard disk support” off and re-partitioning which allowed me to format as FAT32…but would only see it as 1.99gb!

So, I’ve installed windows on another HDD I had lying around, which has allowed me to access the Raptor as a separate drive. This has finally helped me format it as FAT32, yet windows still only reads it as having 69.2gb. I know that you always lose a few gb here or there and that windows won’t see the whole 74gb…but missing almost 5bg seems quite a difference to me.

What have I been doing wrong with this process? Does anyone know how to properly partition and format a disk so that you get as much free space as possible? (access to 74gb of a supposed 74gb disk would be nice.) Or can anyone recommend a good partitioning/formatting app or disk management utility…even a decent boot disk utility recommendation would be... Read more

A:How do you correctly partition and format a brand new drive?

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I have a 3TB Western Digital USB drive that I formatted on a Linux system. The first partition is an ext4 system partition. The second is a large NTFS data partition. It works fine on the Linux system.  When I connect it to my Windows PC, the partitions
don't appear in Explorer.  In Disk Management I see:
As you can see, the partition with the red box has no format. It should be shown as NTFS.
So I thought a fix would be to format the partition using WIndows.  But if I right click on the partition 'Format' is greyed out. So I can't format it that way.
So I thought I would try DISKPART. I select the disk and the partition and execute:

DISKPART> format fs=NTFS Label="Data" QUICKThere is no volume selected.Please select a volume and try again.
I also tried:

The specified type is not in the correct format.
For more information on the command type: HELP SETS

It seems that WIndows doesn't recognise a volume on the disk so I am stuck. I can't format it.
How can I fix this please?

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I recently deleted (2) partitions that was suppose to be Win 10 partitions from a "roll back" left on the PC, by using a partition mini tool. It turned out to be the Win 8.1 PBR Image drive & WINRETOOLS drive for system recovery environment
to reset the PC.
The partition mini tool is capable of data recovery and even if recover the lost partitions files, will the PC be able to register the system recovery environment properly for reset the PC?
The following (screenshot attachments) are to advise a attempt to rebuild the (2) partitions files after recovery, in a (New simple volume disk) from disk management, since both partitions are now "unallocated". Or just reinstall the OS with PC

Lee Payne

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Hi, I have a 1TB external hard drive that I will use to make a Backup Image. I'm going to Use Symantec Ghost to make a backup Image.

Should I partition the External hard drive first? I would also like to use it to store other files and folders. If so, how big should the partition with the backup Images be?

How large is a typical Image backup file? I also plan on backing up 2 other linux machines.

A:Should I partition the drive with the Backup Image?

A separate partition isn't needed unless you will be booting a Linux distro from the external drive. I've imaged my system and it was 28GB in size. Yours will be different depending on how much data you have.

If you have video or music or other real large collections, I would suggest not including those in the image. Save them to the external drive and the just copy back when needed.

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I recently purchased a new motherboard. After reinstalling windows, I noticed that my primary partition is also on my Storage Drive. Is there a way to change it back to only the SSD?

A:Changing Primary Partion from Storage Drive to OS Drive

I'm not sure what you mean by that - are you saying there's a copy of your system on the storage drive?

Everything in your screenshot looks perfect and absolutely the way it should be. There's no problem.

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I have a Thinkpad Yoga 15, purchased with a factory installed 1tb HDD and an m.2 16gb SSD cache.I have purchased a compatible 120gb SSD drive and replaced the 16gb SSD cache drive with this one (opening up was thankfully straight-forward). I've been looking for instructions on how to designate this m.2 ssd drive as a 2nd drive and have not found anything online. I think I need to do this first before I can clone the Windows 10 OS from the 1tb HDD to the new 120gb m.2 SSD and then designate it as the boot drive, leaving the 1tb as a data drive. Many thanks!

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