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SSD drive on top of the HDD - what about the partitions?

Q: SSD drive on top of the HDD - what about the partitions?

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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Preferred Solution: SSD drive on top of the HDD - what about the partitions?

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

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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
             letter 
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
             letter 
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 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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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:

"WINDOWS CANNOT BE INSTALLED ON THIS DISK. THE SELECTED DISK IS OF THE GPT PARTITION STYLE."
How do I change the style if I cant even acess the windows itself?? this is different pc.
I would love if I could get a reply in less than 2 hours for that I have a lot of things to do with that pc.

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


 

A:Drive 0 Partitions

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

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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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Hi,

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.

Cheers

A:Drive Partitions

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

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

Good Luck

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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?

Anyone??

TIA

A:Partitions on C Drive

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

reagentc /info

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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,

NinjaSkill13


( 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 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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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 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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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.

thanks

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.

thanks

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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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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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I suppose this question belongs here...
Ok, so i got an 80gig harddrive and partitioned it to have:
6gig - windows xp
58gig - programs and docs n stuff
10gig - downloads
i dunno wot happend to the remainder
well, thats wot i intend on doing
my question is how do i make the 58gig partition contain the documents and settings and all that other stuff so that the 6 gig partition contains just xp (so i wont get it all messy). also, was this partitioning a good idea?
 

A:Hard Drive Partitions help?

What I would do is setup folders for the various things you need on D drive like mp3, word documents, video's, pictures etc.Also other folders like programs in thier own folder as well.
 

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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
 
HTH
 
 

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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.
 

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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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On another forum I saw this disk management picture showing 7 primaries on one drive. Is that not a bit odd? The man double boots with Linux - maybe that did it.

A:7 primary partitions on one drive

That's strange...I have also dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 but I got only 2 primary partitions.

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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:

"WINDOWS CANNOT BE INSTALLED ON THIS DISK. THE SELECTED DISK IS OF THE GPT PARTITION STYLE."
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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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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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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When I recently installed xp it asked if I wanted to partition the drive - I did and selected a 10GB partition to create to sit XP on. How do I now access remainder of the 80GB drive ? Thanks.
 

A:xp hard drive partitions

Howdy steveneedshelp...

Right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management - right click in the unpartitioned space choose Partition, create it what ever size you like, then right click and Format...
 

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I have a Tyan Titan III MB with hard drive capacity limit of 8.4 gb. Would it work to partition a 30 gb HD into 4 all under the 8.4 gb limit instead of using the overlay software. Also if it would work in that configuration is there any reasons that it should not be done.

Thanks much,
 

A:Hard Drive Partitions

It would work fine.
 

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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.

Let's try and avoid re-installing if we can - follow Microbell’s 5 step process here and then post your log in the HijackThis Forum.
We can clean your system without affecting your files.

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Thanks in advance.

I have a USB jump drive that has two partitions. One partition has a small program that is used to create a password needed to access what ever data is placed there. I don't need it, the program or the extra partition, they only take up room. When inserted into the USB port is shows up as two different removable drives. Is it possible to get rid of that program and make just one large partition? If so how would one go about doing that?
 

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XP home edition re-installed, it gave the hard drive three partitions, C, D, and E. C drive has 9.75GB the other two have over 60 GB. I need to put more back to C drive. HELP!!!
 

A:Three partitions, one hard drive

This free tool should allow you to extend your c partician

http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm?gclid=CNS9iZuLxKQCFVBc4wodWHSTUQ
 

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Hello, i need help with hard drive partitions. So now i want make them both same. I mean now i got in one partition 320GB in other 50GB, but now i want that they both be same, 370GB. But i cant to do this, i cant delete other partition. Some screen shots http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9470/42974220.png, and i cant delete my first hard drive http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/8654/50316221.png. And look i have 50GB hard drive partition but they dont show them in computer http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/6524/84679007.png, only local disk

Omg my english is very bad, sorry, i think you guys understand what problem i have/

A:hard drive partitions.

If you want to make them both into one, you would delete the 50GB one (make sure you have any data backed up)
Partition or Volume - Delete

Then extend the first one (to the left) into the free space. (to the right)

Partition or Volume - Extend

The reason "my computer" shows only the 320GB is the other has no letter assigned.

I hope this helps.

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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

Welcome to Seven Forums.
I know that you can copy and save user files with this. Good luck to you.
Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

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Hello, (excuse the misspelled "HARD DRIVE" in the thread name!)

I have Windows 7 Ultimate OS on my system, it is on the logical drive "C:". C: is a partition off of the physical drive, at 115 GB, "D:". The C: partition has only 32.2 GB of space, and it is half full. I have Windows XP prof. on my D: drive, but I have it backed up and all the important data is removed. Both of the partitions are set to NTFS. I wish to format the D: drive, but I have two questions:

1. If I format the drive, will it leave me a nice big hole to use when my C: drive is full, or will my system crash and burn, and what will my system do when C: is full?
2. How would I go about this?, as in, I have tried my partition manager, it will not let me format it. I can go into "my computer" and select format for the D: drive, and I had not tried out the ok button as of yet.

I am truly confused and do not have the actual program for Windows 7, as I have had a professional install it, and forgot to ask him about this, and do not wish to pay for a possible easy solution. I have added a screen shot of my partition manager if it would be of any use. Any help at all would be appreciated, and thanks.
Dark blue is primary partition, light blue is partition, and the highlighted WIN7 partition is an extended partition.

 

A:Hsrd drive and partitions

Anyone?
 

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

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

A:New Hard Drive Partitions

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

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I have a laptop that's running slow. Ran antivirus scans and that's fine. Discovered hd drive was very fragmented so a defrag help. It was still running slow so I noticed there are 2 partitions: C and D, both have 62.5 GB space. C drive is almost full which is probably reason why it's slow.

What to do? Is there a way to drag some of the stuff over to one drive? Or is it better to just go ahead and reformat and make 1 partition for everything? Help! Thanks
 

A:2 partitions on hd drive, C is full, help...

You haven't given us a lot of information there. What is the manufacturer and specs of the computer? what's on the D partition at present? What Operating System to do you have?

One possibility for you is to delete the second partition and expand the C partition into the free space. I've done it easily with Vista, but if you had XP it might be a bit harder.
A second possibility is indeed to move some of your files (music and videos are a good choice). If you simply drag and drop them, they will unfortunately copy rather than move. However if you Cut the folder and paste it in the destination or hold shift while dragging from one folder to another, they will move. Anticipate such an exercise taking a while.

It is possible that the second partition is a recovery partition, which allows your computer to be restored to factory settings if something goes horribly wrong. It is generally considered unwise to mess with such a partition as any change can prevent it from working. If it is the recovery partition then make sure you have some sort of recovery system in place; ideally make the CD or DVD copies of that recovery partition with the software on your machine.
 

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I have a second computer where the hard drive was apparently partitioned into (don't laugh) three 2 GB hard drives. I would like to remove the partition and then reinstall the operating system (WIN98) so I have clean system to work with. I am not sure where to start with removing the partitions. Each drive is a FAT drive.

Thanks for any help.
 

A:Remove Drive Partitions

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

A:switching partitions on one drive

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

-alias

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My boot drive is a 512 GB SSD and it has MBR partitions. I'm currently running Win 7 Pro 64 on an ASUS motherboard system with a UEFI BIOS.

I'm about to upgrade to Win 10. Is there any benefit to redoing the boot drive with GPT partitions as part of that process?

x509

A:Why GPT instead of MBR partitions for boot drive?

Secure Boot works better with GPT formatting.

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What is the benefit of having partitions on a single hard drive? People keep telling me I ought to do it, but cannot really work out any real benefit of it?
Cheers
 

A:Hard Drive Partitions

If you keep your data, such as My Documents and other important stuff such as emails, music etc. on a seperate partition, when your OS goes belly-up and needs to be reinstalled, at least your data are save.
Of course if the HD fails, then all is gone..., so install a second HD for your data and backups.
 

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

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

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

A:Remount Drive partitions

Hello Gravity14, welcome to Seven Forums!


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


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

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I have a 64GB flash drive I just bought to make a recovery for my laptop. I made the recovery partition just fine but its taking up 32gb when only using 21.5GB of space leaving over 10gb not usable. I am trying to shrink the partition to 24GB but it wont let me. Look at the attached screenshot.

Another question is my primary 1tb drive has a few extra 450MB partitions. What are they for?

Thanks,

A:Partitions on Flash drive help

Personally I would not partition the 64GB drive. If you are just doing normal backups. Let it use the whole partition. If it is an image backup of a certain partition to move to a different drive. I would use something like EaseUS Todo workstation for partition backup.

You will find that how you are doing it. That you are going to end up running into problems. Especially with using such a small drive for image backups.

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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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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'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).

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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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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?
 

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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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