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Can one disk drive have MBR partitions followed by GPT partitions ? Or of the reverse order?

Q: Can one disk drive have MBR partitions followed by GPT partitions ? Or of the reverse order?

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 ... GPT
8 M ...
9 N
17 X ... GPT ...
... so on

or its reverse:
Volume drive Partition Part. style Status
1 primary GPT system active
2 C primary GPT boot
3 D primary GPT none
4 E primary GPT none
5 F primary GPT none
6 G primary GPT none
7 J primary MBR none
8 K primary MBR
9 ..
10 M ... MBR

If yes how to make it such and by using which tool that'd perform best and easiest ?

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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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Until recently I had my hard drive setup in a Dual Boot arrangement which contained XP Pro and WIN 7. This was a temporary arrangement until such time as I became familiar with WIN 7 when I intended to remove the XP installation.

Under this setup, whenever I booted into WIN 7 this appeared as Partition C: of 20 Gbts and with XP hidden in a Partition E of 15 Gbts which showed up in Disk Management as Unspecified Space of some sort ? ( I forget now the exact description )
If I booted into XP , this appeared as Partition C but now of 15 Gbts with the partiton containing WIN 7 showing as Partition E of 20 Gbts this being similarly described in Disk Management.

I have now removed XP from this setup by deleting its partiton when I was booted into WIN 7 re-formatting it in NTFS thus ending up with a hard drive containing only Partitions C: of 175.27 Gbts which is where WIN 7 is installed and a "New Volume E" of 14.65 Gbts this latter being the former "home" of XP .
This result is shown in the Attachment to this post.
As you will note , New Volume E , appears before the C: Partition on HD0.

Now that I have finally arrived at a single OS (WIN 7) setup I would like to re-arrange HD0 to have Partition C appear first then extend this to include New Volume E so that HD0 wil be just a single unpartitioned drive .

Is this possible and , if so , how do I go about it ?

A:Re-Arranging Order of Partitions in Disk Management

Hello again mate.

Yes it is possible, have a look starting at Step Three of this first tutorial for an outline of the process and the second tutorial for some other ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I'm trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium on a UEFI system with a 3TB HDD and I am unable to get the partitions to format properly so I do not get an error in Windows preinstall environment saying the partitions are not in the recommended order. This is the third time I've scrapped the install and wiped the disk after I had everything incl all drivers and updates loaded and testing the system. Upon startup I noticed on the windows start up screen a steady white cursor in upper left of screen (DOS looking but not flashing) and it seemed to hang on that screen awhile so I knew something was not quite right and thought it had something with choosing to ignore the out of recommended order partition message I got in WinPE.

I'm using diskpart, starting with a clean disk, when I "convert gpt" it automatically creates a 128MB MSR partition (I believe this is the "protective MBR" for gpt disks but again when I'm in the windows preinstall environment it will say the partitions are not in the recommended order. Do I just ignore this message and continue to install the OS on the primary partition? Is this protective MBR causing the the steady white (DOS looking) cursor on the windows startup page?
Here are my commands in diskpart
C:\> Diskpart DISKPART> list disk DISKPART> select disk 0 DISKPART> clean DISKPART> convert gpt DISKPART> create partition efi size=100 DISKPART> assign letter=s DISKPART>format quick fs=FAT32 DISKPAR... Read more

A:3TB GPT disk NTFS-UEFI Partitions are not in the recommended order


Was the disk already partitoned before you attempted to create the GPT? GPT disk can only be created on RAW (unpartitioned) disks.

Using GPT Drives

Hope this helps.


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Windows 10 Pro
Biostar TZ77XE4

I have been able to "successfully" boot the CD Drive into UEFI mode to install Windows 10 onto my new 4TB SSHD, but I run into the error were it stats that the partitions are not in the recommended order, when the ONLY partitions on the disk are the primary and the "protective MBR" before it at slot 0.

Now, when I am in windows for the first time everything seems fine, but as soon as I restart after doing basic setup, I run into an issue where I cannot browse any partitions (I try to open "This PC", but it acts like it is indexing indefinitely and I never see the drive listing).

It looks like Windows 10 may not be appropriately setting the order for the partitions. I included a screenshot of the setup below.

Is this incorrect? How would I be able to correct the issue?

At the moment I left my original installation on my 1TB HHD intact, so that I can still have an operating PC, and find out some info on this.

I literally never heard of GPT (or at least remember it) before a couple days ago.

A:Installing Windows 10 on GPT disk, partitions not in correct order?

Are you trying to do a clean install of Windows 10 or an upgrade? If a clean install, then boot from the Windows 10 USB or DVD and select the Custom install option. Delete all the partitions on the drive, then select the unallocated space to install to.

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Hey everybody,

I am newly discovering drive partitioning and thought I would try it on my new HP 2570p Elitebook. I can't figure out why my computer is showing double drive partitions for D and E drives. Anybody know why this is?
Also can anyone explain what the 1000MB and 100MB "Healthy" drives are used for. Can I delete them and merge with my C: drive for more memory?
(On a side note disk management and computer management aren't even giving me an option to delete when right-clicking on the drives)

My ultimate plan is to install windows 7 on C: drive solely by itself to get rid of all the bloatware that came with my computer, and have a partitioned D: drive for all my pics/music etc. using partition wizard. I'm hoping to maximize hard drive space because I have a 128 GB SSD.
Please use simple terms because I am new to all this!
Thanks for all the advice/help in advance.

A:Disk Management showing double drive partitions?

Welcome to SevenForums!

Hopefully one of our experts will jump in to help you.

But meanwhile, my advice is to search on this forum and Google for what you want to do. Changing partitions is serious business for the uninformed!

Your PC has a UEFI bios and I would not want to give you misinformation. But I am sure deleting the 100Mb and 1000Mb partitions will not be a good thing! Besides you will only gain 1Gb.

Also check with HP to find if your notebook can use a second SSD, that would be your best option.

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

any help would be much appreciated.


A:partitions hidden partitions recovery partitions

i just found this

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

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

or would you advise against using this method.


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On my laptop there was originally just one HDD and I wanted all my "Media" to be in one partition and then Programme Files etc. in another (being C). This was just so that I could copy the entire 'Drive' I had created making moving videos and photos around easier.
So I used the built in disk partition manager and created some unallocated space, then called that space Drive (A) - But now that (A) drive is full and I want to add an additional 40Gb to it from the original C, but I the "Extend Volume" option is greyed out on the (A) drive even with the 40Gb as Unallocated.
I don't want to download a 3rd party software to do this as it seems so simple? I can do it for the (C) drive - why not the (A) I created?


A:Trouble re-resizing partitions on my hard drive using disk management.

Welcome to the forums Craiguccini. Rename your 'A:\' drive to a letter higher than C, but not same as your optical drive. Disk Management wants to extend to a drive on the right of the C:\ drive.

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I am unable to get a reimaged drive to boot. 

Not sure how to set the System Reserved Partition as System and not sure how to set the drive C Partition as Boot. 

In the attached Pic, Disk Drive 5 boots fine, Disk 7, the reimaged Disk, does not Boot. 

I have Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15, Windows fdisk and Ghost.

I am willing to use other utilities 



It can't be too easy to use

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When copying the image from OEM HDD over to the new SSD i struggled getting the same order for the partitions .
Disk 0 is the new SSD (windows 8.1)
Disk 1 is the OEM HDD (which I plan using for storage)

Does the order of the partitions matter ? and if so , what order to use and how to change order ?

A:Does the order of the partitions matter ?

The order of the partitions does not matter. What matters that the drive where your OS is stored boots up first. This you verify in the BIOS. Disk 0 must boot up first.

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I'm trying to dual boot Vista and XP (on my old computer ), but I need to make it so that XP automatically boots my default. (Right now Vista boots by default) I think I remember some dialog in Vista, but I don't remember where it was.

A:Solved: Change boot order (as in, partitions)

Unfortunately, Vista isn't as user friendly when it comes to editing the boot.ini file in order to allow which selection you want to be the default. You actually can go into the boot.ini file for Windows XP, which can be found by enabling Hidden Files and Folders and Protected OS Files under the Folder Options Menu, and then changing the option for like you would want it.

I've included an example one for reference purposes:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noexecute=optout
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista" /noexecute

You would change number for the partition that starts with default in the above example to the partition that you want it to default to on the boot screen. I would also recommend changing the timeout to something like 60 seconds in case you have concerns and want to change your mind.

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I have Windows 7 x64 and run Easy Image as my image backup. About once a week I do a manual backup of my C drive, then I copy that file to my two other backup hard drives.

I run two SATA internal hard drives, each with three partitions, and one SATA external with three partitions. On my first internal, the partition letters are C, D and E, and on the second hard drive the letters are F, G and H. That's also the way they are listed under Windows Disk Management and Acronis Disk Director, a partitioning tool.

When I recently had to restore Windows using the Easy Image backup, I just booted into the rescue media, and an explorer-type interface easily guided me to one of the backup files I had previously made and was storing on my hard drives.

The funny thing is, the Easy Image Rescue Media recognizes my drives with different letters when it's in DOS. It lists the first drive as C, F and E and the second drive as E, G and H. Also it looks like everything was just pushed up one partition. For example my D drive, which I use to store executable' s, doesn't even open on the rescue media. Instead the files that were on D all now show on E drive, and so on.

It's no big deal really, as I am able to easily find my backup image file, just not in where I placed it. But it's just weird. I thought it might just be the Easy Image software , but I tried out an old Acronis Rescue Media and it showed the same thing. I don't know if it would show that if Ea... Read more

A:Backup rescue media detects partitions out of order!

I'm running dual internal drives and Acronis does that with mine also.
I name the partitions to avoid confusion.

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One of my friends has a windows 7 computer with an account for himself, his mother and his 2 sisters.
All the home directorys are stored in drive C.
Partition D is shared.
The question is, how to get a partition layout like this?
Partition 1: OS + programs
Partition 2: home partition for himself
Partition 3: home partition for his mother
Partition 4: home partition for his sister
Partition 5: home partition for his other sister
Partition 6: shared partition for some photos.
Has someone an idea how to do this?
Kind Regards,

A:How to create home partitions and partitions for the OS with programs?

This would be a long drawn out affair and there really is no need for it. All users have their own User Space on the C drive in the User folder.

Whether the Users folders and files are stored in the User folder or on some other partition doesn't really matter. As long as all the Users have Admin accounts all files will be accessible to all of them.

The real question is Why do you want to do it? If there is only one physical hard drive in the system all folders and files would still be on that one physical drive even if you have 100 partitions.

As to having a Shared space for photos just make a folder called Shared Photos in the ROOT of the C drive. All users will be able to access it.

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Hello, I was redirected to start a new thread in this section of the forum.

Basically, I have 2 hard drives. One SSD for the primary and one 2TB drive for the secondary.

My secondary drive was partitioned into 4 parts.

In the last month the secondary had been disappearing.
I could see it in safe mode. And when I scanned for hardware via rapid storage technology, it would pop up in Windows Explorer during normal mode.

The only problem besides disappearing after shutting down/restarting was that it would freeze the computer if kept on.
Today I tried to do the old Rapid Storage trick. Everything was visible again, except one drive. It was saying access is denied when i tried to open it in windows explorer.

I tried swapping SATA cables for the current one. I also tried connecting it to other ports.

I read somewhere that flashing the BIOS would solve the problem. I flashed my BIOS with Gigabyte's @BIOS with the latest BIOS. The latest BIOS was for "Better SATA compatibility."
It didn't do much, all it did was cause Rapid Storage Technology to see less ports which I believe were the would be partitions on the secondary drive.
So I disconnected the secondary drive and tried connecting it to the PC with a SATA to USB adapter.
It saw the HDD, except 3/4 partitions were empty. And even in the 1 partition the folders housing the bigger files that took up most of the drive is empty.
Sorry for typing up so much, I just wanted to get everything out there.
If anyone c... Read more

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Looking at Windows disk management I see there are two partitions labelled recovery partitions.One in the first box and one in the last box.In the first box is 1000MB and the last box 14BG; both labelled only as recovery partition What is the difference? Why two of them?

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hi this is my fist post so um go easy on me '

well i recently upgraded my hard drive to an 80 gig but the original was only 60 when i did a fresh install of the os it only alloted around 40 gigs and left the other 40 un used i want to allocate the 40 with the main 40 ive been using but i dont want to risk losing any of my data ive gathered since then so how do i do so i have never had to use disk management before so im a lil gunshy about doing so with out a lil advice so please let me know your 2 cents im not new fixing comps on my own but never ran into this problem before ty in advance


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ok, so my unexperienced friend reinstalled windows xp pro onto her system and a few days later, it goes dead so she ships it to me (turns out one of the power supply plugs melted) and i remember her saying a while back that the sata hard drive was supposed to be 200 gig but it only comes up as 130. i went into the disk management and noticed that she had 70 gigs of unallocated drive space, can i make it so that i can use that space and make it a part of the only partition rather than making a new partition and her thinking that she has 2 drives? help would be greatly appreciated

A:disk partitions

Yes I would think so....but you should be asking why the plug melted in the first place.

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Hi all, I have somehow partitioned my drive when loading XP, now i have XP and 98. How do i delete 98 from my c: and unpartition it so it becomes one with Xp on F: drive (dont say use yoga).

Next conundrum: if i have a new hard drive how can i install the Xp Os without any boot disk for Xp, do i have to load 98 first---this really is a paine in the window.

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I just installed a new 2nd SATA HD...no issues with it but a few questions: I am using XP MCE in a Dell Dimension 8400.

It is a 250gb SATA Seagate drive. I am setting it up as a Dynamic disk and one partition. Any reasons I should setup as multiple partitions or other options?

2nd, in XP disk manager, I saw that my main drive is in three partitions. 1st is a 55mb FAT partition identified as EISA configuration...I assume this is for booting purposes. 2nd is a 144gb NTFS partition that is my actual C: drive. 3rd is a 4.6gb FAT32 that is listed as unknown healthy partition. What is the 3rd for? It does not have a drive letter set to it. Should/Can I delete it and add the 4.6gb to my NTFS C: partition?


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My disk C has a free space of 4.6 gb while my disk D has 14 gb.
Would my pc crash if my disk C get overloaded? XP has no task manager.
Can I start using my disk D instead?

A:disk partitions

C is probably your Operating System.

D is not a start up drive.

It should be okay, but I would highly recommend that you update your disk drive to at least 40 GB.

You can always backup your data on to a backup drive online...then buy the new drive--do the install--and install the operating system and transfer the backup data on to your new drive!

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so here's my problem, i used to have a Disk 0(this is where C: was) and a Disk 1(my Drive D but since i installed win7 my two drives (C and D) were merged into just Disk 0.

what i want to do is get the Disk 1 label or volume (i dunno what that is called) back.

heres a screenie of what my new HD looks like

please help

A:Disk Partitions Help

This is the screen shot from your previous thread about a similar problem,

The problem is that according to that you only have one hard drive with four partitions, there is no second drive showing.

Start with going into the bios and making sure that the second drive is being detected there, and also make sure that both the power and data cable (either IDE or SATA) are connected firmly to the drive.

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here is what I have setup (SEE ATTACHMENT) from an Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional:

What is the blank OEM partition and should the D: partition be FAT32 OR CAN IT BE ntfs?


A:disk partitions

Quote: Originally Posted by Sagegrp

here is what I have setup (SEE ATTACHMENT) from an Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional:

What is the blank OEM partition and should the D: partition be FAT32 OR CAN IT BE ntfs?

Attachment 42628


When you bought your computer it had an OS installed. If you read your manual, in the case of problem there is an f key, that can be pressed which enalbles you to return to factory condition,like the day that you received the computer. That OEM partition probably contains the original settings. Why is it empty? Probably when you did the upgrade the settings were erased.

Many may disagree, but I would do the install again, this time as a clean install. And delete the extra partitions, unless desired. When done you only need C: and one other for the backups, you actually can pick the letter.

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Hey guys,

I recently purchased a laptop with Windows 7. Gotta say, a huge improvement over Vista.

But anyway, my disk came partitioned into 4 parts. I know 2 of them are for recovery purposes. And then there is the good old C drive with the OS installation on it. And then there is the D drive, labeled Data. This partition has a folder labeled Utilities, which contains the Adobe Reader, Works, and Windows Live installation.

Now, Both C and D are equal in size, about 160 GB each. So I was wondering what is the D drive meant for? Should I be installing applications there or in the Program Files? I think having it in Program Files would make it more logical, but I dunno.

Yeah, I was just wondering what the D partition was meant to be used for.

A:Disk Partitions

Quote: Originally Posted by talhaguy

Hey guys,

I recently purchased a laptop with Windows 7. Gotta say, a huge improvement over Vista.

But anyway, my disk came partitioned into 4 parts. I know 2 of them are for recovery purposes. And then there is the good old C drive with the OS installation on it. And then there is the D drive, labeled Data. This partition has a folder labeled Utilities, which contains the Adobe Reader, Works, and Windows Live installation.

Now, Both C and D are equal in size, about 160 GB each. So I was wondering what is the D drive meant for? Should I be installing applications there or in the Program Files? I think having it in Program Files would make it more logical, but I dunno.

Yeah, I was just wondering what the D partition was meant to be used for.

A lot of us like to use D for our date so that if the OS dies the data stays intact. Things like documents, media, etc. Apps usually are on the same partition as the Os because if you lose the OS you are going to have to reinstall the apps anywhere.


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When the 1st partition is created is it placed on the outer or inner edge of the platters for NTFS?

A:disk partitions - physical location of 1st partition on disk

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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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Trying to help a friend resize the partitions on the hard disk drive on his laptop running Windows Vista.When I did the same on my laptop I used "Easus" which performed great but when we tried to download the same program again for his computer we received the message that it was unavailable.Anybody can help?.

A:Resizing Disk Partitions

You might like to try this free software:

MiniTool Partition Wizard

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Hi,I am seeing so many recovery partitions like shown in the photo.I dont know how they were created. I reseted my laptop but it didnt effect the partitions.I want to delete these partitions. Can anyone suggest how to do that.And If I delete those, will I get any trouble if I want to factory reset my laptop.Please help.Lenovo Ideapad Z500 

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In the attached picture, Disk 0 is divided into "Primary partition" (19GB), C (116GB), D (329GB). D has all of my data, C contains the Windows OS.
(1) I do not understand the 19GB Primary partition. Could someone give me an explanation of that partition?
(2) When I execute a clean install Windows 7, I will be asked if I want to delete partitions. I will choose to explicitly delete both C & D. Do I also explicitly delete the 19Gb Primary partition or will that be done automatically when I delete C and execute a clean install of the OS?
Thank you.

A:Explanation of disk partitions

What is the make and model of this computer?
If this is a OEM computer this could be the System Recovery partition.

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Admin, please delete this inadvertent double post, sorry and thanks!

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I have had this problem for a while, which I have not been able to resolve with just googling around...

I have a 1TB HDD installed, with two partitions D:// with 200GB of space for Win7 system requirements and the rest was C:// where i store all my files. When Win8 came out, I installed it on the free space (C://) just to see how it works. So basically i had a dual boot system on two partitions of the same HDD.
One time the boot file for Win7 on the D:// partition crashed, so from that point onward, I was not able to boot to the Win7 OS.

However that would not be the problem. The thing is, that now I want to get rid of the D:// partition, and merge it with the C:// partition. This is where the problem occurs - it seems that partition D:// is still set as "System, Active, Primary partition", so I cannot format it. However, C:// is set as "Boot, Page file, Crash dump, Primary partition". As far as I understand, the system boots through D://, but as it has no system config. file, it forwards on to C:// and loads the system.

How can I fix this without performing a complete system fresh install?

A:Win 8 problems with disk partitions

Don't understand why you want to format the 200 GB partition if you want to delete it. But, to do either you'll need to make the other partition active. You'll then also probably have to repair the boot in order to boot to that other partition. You may be able to accomplish the entire job with the free EasyBCD.

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I'm attaching a screen shot of my disk management. I want to remove this 450 mb, 100mb and unallocated space and want to divide this 781GB + above removed partitions into three drives D, E, F ( Equal size)

Thank you!

A:How can I Manage Disk Partitions?

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I just finished building my new computer
MSI P67A motherboard
Intel core i5 CPU
2 OCZ 120G SSD
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Video
Corsair High Performance Vengance 8 GB DDR3 Memory
Lite-On DVD Writer
500 W Power supply

I've successfully installed Windows7 on drive 0.

Each of my Solid State Drives has a 100 mb partitions that must have been put there by the Windows7 installation program. Note: I installed W7 on one of the drives and used the W7 disk for troubleshooting on the other. What I am concerned about is if I eliminate these partitions, am I going to be creating some kind of problem where I can't get Windows to run. Note that on disk 0, the 100 mb "reserved" partition doesn't have a drive letter but is labeled as a "system primary active partition", while "reserved" disk 1 has a different label of "active primary partition" and a disk drive letter of "E". This partition has a folder titled "boot" and another titled "temp".

A:New disk - unwanted partitions

Windows uses small partitions for housekeeping during installation. Just leave them alone. They are too small to be a problem.

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Small problem, HA that's a good one.
Probably a basic question but I can't find the answer.

My hard drive is partitioned into C,E,& F.
Turns out I need more space on C than anticipated even though I load all programs elsewere. Is there a way in windows (2000 PRO) to slide the partitions like "PARTION MAGIC" allows ???

You may reply direct to; [email protected] if you prefer

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I have just clean installed Windows 8.1 on an old Desktop Tower (Dell Dimension E521). I like to consolidate the disk partitions shown below.

How do I merge the 'Unallocated' and 'Free space' partitions into C: ?

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I'm attaching a screen shot of my disk management. I want to remove this 450 mb, 100mb and unallocated space and want to divide this 781GB + above removed partitions into three drives D, E, F ( Equal size)

Thank you!

A:How can I Manage Disk Partitions?

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I was looking at the Disk Management on my PC (Vista Home Premium 32 SP2), and I was worrying about something I discovered.

I have 6 physical disks, all NTFS. One, disk Disk 4 is split into 2 logical disks, the first of which is my Boot C Drive.

The C drive shows a Status of "Healthy, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition"

All other physical and the one logical drive show Status as "Primary Partition". In addition, Disk0 Named as Drive "E" is also shown as "Active."

I know the basics, but little more, but I have been reading that I should only have one "Active" partition (I have no multi-boots set-up).

I have also read that there should only be one "Primary partition" although this does seem to relate to older FAT systems. I haven't been able to find more recent info.

So two questions

a) Is it OK to have more than one Active partition

b) Is it OK to have Multiple Primary Partiitions.


A:Disk & Partitions question

Hello bonalymac.

You can have as many primarys as needed, they're the best to have anyway; it's best to only have one marked as active, you can use the program in the tutorial at the link below to boot and mark E: as non-active, if you have more than one 'active' and you ever have to do a startup repair it'll confuse things.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hi all,

Having a lot of problems with a new Dell XPS 15 (L521X) which I finally got to boot after upgrading the RAM and it hanging on boot up.

Once I got that fixed I decided I wanted to create an extra partition for dropbox to sit on. I used EASEUS Partition Master to split the 750GB main HDD into a 350GB & 400GB partition. Something went wrong when performing the partition and the machine will no longer boot. Here's as much info as I can give:

When the machine powers up I get presented with a screen saying:Recovery. Your PC needs to be repaired. A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed. Error code: 0xc0000225.
Press Enter to try again
Press F8 for Startup Settings
Press Esc for UEFI Firmware SettingsI've tried to perform an automatic repair which doesn't work and thought that I'd just try and reinstall windows.

The problem is that when I go through the install options I cannot see any partitions or drives. If I go into DISKPART and list disks it only shows the USB drive I am booting from.

I just want to try and reformat the HDD and start a fresh install but I'm not exactly sure what the process is and the specific steps involved.

Any help trying to fix this would be much appreciated.


A:No disk partitions showing

Does Partition Master have a recovery disk you can create (most partition software does) to use to correct the partitioning problem?

If so, you'll have to create it with another pc, then use the recovery disk on yours to (hopefully) correct the problem.

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My lap has the disk partitions as shown in the screenshot below.Is it ok to have partitions like this?I'm running win7 professional 32-bit.

A:Disk partitions Query

It's fine, as in, it won't break anything. My observations are:
30GB for W7 and installed programs is pretty tight. It will work fine as long as you do not exceed about 85% capacity. Windows needs room to breath in normal usage.
The dark blue partitions are Primary Partitions. You can have a maximum of 4 of these. That light blue partition with the green box around it is an Extended Partition and S: is a Logical Drive. This is good. You do not want to create dynamic disks! (unless you mean to) You can have many more than 4 partitions inside an Extended Partition as Logical Drives. For that matter it may make more sense to use the 99GB space as the Extended Partition.
Finally, it is a PC convention to use Drive letters A and B for floppy disk drives. Now I know that floppy disks are a fading memory and in most cases you will have no issues with naming a Hard Disk partition A or B, but it can cause a problem with older programs that assume that A or B must be a floppy. If you have no older programs and will never use one then you don't need to worry about this.

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I have some problems with one of my partitions,
I have a 930 gb hard drive and its divided into one 75 gb and one 855 GB but I can't have access to my 855 gb, I tried some software such as partition recovery, data recovery till now none helped.

Diskpart is not showing that missing 855 GB drive but disk management can show that missing 855 GB, but I can't assign a letter to it, and the only option is to delete that p
volume and I have around 500 GB data on it and I can't afford to lose it. How can I fix it or at least retrieve my data from that drive ?
I searched on internet about it and there were a lot of topics but actually none was helpful.

Volume Fs is not NTFS or Fat32 or any other, instead it says OTHER,
and some of partition recovery software can show that volume name, Is there a way to extract some of my data ? I know the folder names and locations. this will help a lot if only i could extract them..
Only option in disk management is to delete it, but I need my data so it's not my option.

How this happened, If that's important, I was trying to install a Linux and by mistake I messed with Boot loader and have "grub" installed on that drive, after that I lost access to that volume / drive. also I lost the OS that was on that drive, I
tried to fix the boot loader, but it wasn't successful, so I removed Linux and installed windows on my 75 GB volume / drive.

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After the latest Win10 upgrade, there were 4 disk partitions on my C drive.  How do I remove all these partitions?  I just removed all the partitions on the drive by reinstalling the OS, there must be an easier way.  The Disk Manager isn't
effective because the expand partition is disabled for the new partitions.  I tried deleting them with the command prompt, so now they are all just useless space doing nothing. 

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I want to create a dual boot system with another OS. When I look at my partitions, I see that I have two problems:
I am not able to use the Extend Volume option on my C: partition because of where it's placed on the disk.
Apparently there are already 4 partitions on the disk, and I can't have another?

I'm including a screenshot of what I see in Disk Management. Most certainly I am misunderstanding something somewhere, so any help would be much appreciated!


A:Not sure how to deal with disk partitions

Hi Cbiweb

You maybe able to install another OS on the unallocated space . Format that space

Partition or Volume - Delete

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NEED Help! My english is weak.
Recently, i installed Win8 x64 but had repeat the whole process again, because IDE/AHCI drive setting!!
My question is: Can I have my OS without some partitions? I mean, can I divide my drive(HDD) like in good old days: System reserved 350MB, Drive C:....etc. My point is, I want Windows logo and those circling dots, but not System manufacturer logo when booting system. Can I delete MSR partition??

Thanks in advance! I'll appreciate to reply in my e-mail.

A:Win8 disk partitions

Welcome to EightForums.

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI Firmware
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart

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I will be upgrading form windows xp to windows 7 soon. I know there is no direct upgrade option from xp and that I will have to perform a clean install. I have created a couple of True Crypt disk partitions to store private data. Will those partitions be erased after the install or will they remain? Also, can I create another new disk partition to store the data I want to transfer over to windows 7 or will that be erased durring the install as well? I want to know if I need to go and get an external HD.


A:Win 7 upgrade and disk partitions

Having another drive is always a good idea, for backing up your files and system image for example, in case of HDD failure.

But your partitions will not be deleted during the installation unless you do it yourself. Just boot into the Installer, choose Custom install and keep the partitions you want, wipe and format any others.

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My new computer came with one c: partition. I want to shrink it and use the avaialble space to set up a second partition which I want to format as vfat.

I've done this before with a machine running vista. By going to help I found something under partitioning a disk, which had me link to computer management. I think I see what to do, but I can't find computer management anywhere else. Is it one of several hidden programs available through the control panel? Is there some other way to bring it up?

Can anyone explain what is going on?

A:Want to divide disk into c: and d: partitions.

You need "disk management".

Type that phrase in the start button search box. Locate your C drive. Right click it for the shrink option.

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This is my first post in this Tech Support Forum,
When i go to Disk Management i am unable to see any disk partitions in that area only i can see the dvd Rom drive no hard disk and its partitions.
I can access the hard disk from explorer, go to any drive it dosent seams any problem there i can able to do whatever i like to there is no issue.
The only problem is that i am unable to locate my hard drive from Disk Management.
Hope I can able to do justice to the question, as i not a very good at computers so bear with me
thanks for any help regarding this issue
thank you for urs help and suggestions

A:Not able to see hard disk partitions in Disk Management

Please attach a screen shot of Disk Management so we can see what your seeing.

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When attempting to reinstall Widows xp Home to "C" the installation fouled-up and I was really stuck and couldn't even boot into Safe mode.
I got started with the Windows disc from the CD drive.
Found an 8 gig. unused partition, formated and installed Windows on it - disk "F". It is now busting at the seams and I wish to merge it with my original "C".
However "C" still has a lot of the original Windows files on it, though not being used as my boot up disc. However "C" still has a lot of active programs on it.
Question: Can I clear out the windows files from the "C" partition?
Question: Can I, with Partition Magic, merge the "F" boot disc with "C", without reformating the "C" disc?
Does anybody have a comment or better still a good suggestion?

A:Merging Hard disk partitions

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