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

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

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

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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 Win95 SR-2,and am installing a new Samsung 13.6GB UDMA hard drive. When I partition it, it lists only 8,024.6 MB of disk space, using fdisk. The sys config lists it as 13,703MB on boot up. I am setting it up as a slave drive D: and plan on changing it to the C: drive master after I get the formatting done. I am missing something, anyone know what I need to do? My computer is 3 years old. Tyan Tomcat S1563S mother board with Award bios 2A59FT5A. Bios is set as "user defined" with the cylinders set at 26,550, heads at 16, sectors at 63, per the label on the hard drive. The drive I am replacing is a Quantum 2.5 GB fireball drive.
 

A:{RESOLVED} New hard drive partitions to less than full capacity

In order to properly support an 8.4 GB or larger IDE drive, your
system's BIOS must be capable of supporting INT13 Extensions. At
this writing, only a few BIOS's on some (but not all) new systems
support these functions.

Check Samsung for utility to help or you will need a bios upgrade.

go here for bios upgrade
http://www.tyan.com/support/html/bios_support.html

[This message has been edited by brianF (edited 02-13-2000).]
 

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I have a 20 gb NTFS drive that i partitioned to C: 6gb for system files and E: 14gb for programs. I have a second hard drive for data I: 40gb. The C: drive is getting full. when trying to defragment C:, the report shows a bunch of fragmented files in a path called "/RECYCLED". I cannot seem to find that path anywhere on that drive, so I cannot delete those files! Any advice? I also would like to resize the partitions, will QTparted work for NTFS partitions? OR, any chance I can move my system to the 40gb I: drive (probably not).
 

A:Solved: C: drive full, can't find fragmented files; want to resize partitions

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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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Hello All,

This is my first post, so Please forgive me if I have posted wrong ie wrong place wrong topic etc.

Let me start by saying I have a Dell optic380 PC which came with Pre-installed Windows 7
My company had Win Xp Pro or installed, so now I have two partitions one is C: and the other is D: I want to know if there is a way to just install/run all my application on the D: partition?

Because I keep getting C: drive is full the C: is FAT 39 MB and the D: is NTFS 160 GB. I installed a game on my sons limited user account and get that message about C: disc full..


Thank you in advance.
MUNCHY

A:Win 7 & Win Xp One PC One HDD Two Partitions C: Is Full & D: Is Empty

Could you post a screenshot or snip of disk management.

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a friends laptop has just 2Gb free space in the system partition and 30Gb on the data partition - it desperateky needs more room to operate better as its juts dead slow - even after defrag which reports low space as problem - ive used my Disk Director BOOT CD which has never let me down but this time it reports NO free space on both partitions when there is 2Gb on one and 30Gb on the other (each partition is 35Gb in size) - ive even tried formatting one drive to extend the other but it just replys with its already reached its maximum capacity??? - ive tried everyway possible and it doesnt work?

can anyone help with this?

or provide link to another app that will do this?

#
thnx
 

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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 a Dell Inspiron 1520 with Vista Home Premium factory installed and now I need to install Windows 7. Before doing that I want to make sure I can restore my computer exactly to the way it came if anything goes wrong in the process of installing Win 7 or I needed back my original laptop with Vista.

Figured out the best way to create a complete image of my Hard drive.

Capacity is 320GB
4 partitions - System Partition (C), Recovery Partition, some other 2 small partitions.
I have to modify these partitions and sizes when installing Win7. I want to completely image this HDD so I can get these back exactly the way they are now.

What is the best software I can use and what are the best methods? Please give me your opinions and instructions. Thanks.

A:Creating full Image of Hard disk System & recovery partitions (Dell)

(1) Download Macrium Reflect (Free)
(2) Create an image with all 4 partitions selected
(3) Make the linux recovery boot CD
(4) Make sure the linux boot CD works and can locate the image you just made and shows the 4 partitions for selection. Exit.

If the linux boot CD fails to work as will happen on some system configurations you can try in place of the linux CD:
(1) Hirens Boot CD Macrium Reflect is part of the mini XP environment
OR
(2) Macrium pe recovery disk. To make this you will need to download the Macrium Reflect V5 trial and be prepared to do a large MS download of WAIK (~1GB). Macrium guides you through the quite straightforward process.

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Hello, have been searching the net for an answer to this question with no satisfactory answers.

System details,
Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 2,4GHz
2GB Ram
500GB Packard Bell External Hard Drive - USB connection

I have a 500GB external hard-drive and Windows Vista is currently telling me it is full. When I check the hard-drive properties in Explorer it also shows up as very close to full. However when I select all folders on the hard-drive and check properties the size is only approx half. i.e 216GB

The drive system is NTFS and I have made sure in "Folder Options/View" that hidden files and folders are shown.

Does anyone have an idea what this could be ?
 

A:Ext Hard Drive Showing Full but actually only half full Vista

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I've got a hard disk in my laptop partitioned into to two.

After a year of good service, my laptop is now, from time to time during use, displaying 'disk full' type messages when trying to save a file (Word) or unzip a file (Winrar) and things like that.

I can still access files on the disk, just not write to it, although the problem when it is occurring seems to be intermittent.

The disks aren't full and have over 10% free. When I restart Windows the problem goes away.

I'm guessing there is something wrong with the disk?

Any ideas on how to check for errors/problems or solve this?

Thanks.
 

A:Hard Drive Full Message but Disk Not Full

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When I bring up 'computer" (Windows + E) I've noticed that the bar graph showing how relatively full an external hard drive is is colored blue-green. But whenever there is less than 10 percent of the drive space free that bar turns red.

That made some sense for a drive with a few hundred gigabytes (although I don't understand the technical reasons) because I assume there needs to be a minimum amount of free space for the system to be able to do whatever manipulation of those files might be required, such as defragmenting the drive (something I've never done in decades).

However with a 4 terabyte drive the system says it is over 90 percent full when there is still over 350 gigabytes still available. That's a huge amount of space, as big as some drive C's on some computers, so I've been ignoring the red bar, but still keeping an eye on those hard drives that have it.

Does anyone have information on how much space should really be left unused on a hard drive? I hate to overfill a drive, yet also don't see the point in pulling a drive for storage with 200 or 300 gigabytes still available on it. Any advice (with sound reasons) appreciated.

A:How full is too full for a hard drive?

Defrag is done automatically when the PC is idle in Windows 7, you can also start it manually of course.

There is a tutorial or some such I remember seeing here to adjust when the bar turns red. I will try to find it.

Edit: Here it is low disc space partition color

It is not exactly setting the %, but disabling the coloring all together though. Can't find an exact answer to your question though. See if you will like the above solution.

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My hdd holds 72gigs, but I downloaded a movie that took up the rest on it and when I went to delete the movie it wont let me. Also tried to remove programs that were over 1gb and they were removed, but my hdd still says free space:0MB. I have deleted over 5gbs of programs and still no change even after restarting winsxp many times. I ran hijackthis and would like someone to look through it and tell me any files that I could remove. Thanks in advance!
Logfile of Advanced SystemCare 3 Security Analyzer
Scan saved at 6:06:38 PM, on 7/28/2010
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.1)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.0 (7.0.5730.13)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\BackOnTrack\Instant Restore\BOTService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\idt\wdm\stacsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Roxio\BackOnTrack\Disaster Recovery\SaibSVC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\ZuneBusEnum.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\AESTFltr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
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A:Hard drive full when not full?

no one can help?
 

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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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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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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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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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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?
 

A:cant see partitions on drive

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I have a Lenovo Yoga 3 14 laptop with a 256GB SSD. The system has seeveral partitions, including the Windows partition and Lenovo parition (which appears to just contain drivers), and the LENOVO_PART parition (which I assume to be the recovery partition. All the others are relatively small in size, but I cannot  find a description of what they are and if they are used. I would like to recover the space by the unused partitions if possible. I have attached a screen shot of the partion list. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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I 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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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 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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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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Okay, here is a pic of my hard disks.

My backups go into my Recovery Drive, and it is nearly full. I repeatedly uninstall prgrams that I don't need, and delete old backups. Why is it still full? How do I make more space? My OS drive is so BIG, but I have next to nothing in it! Are backups supposed to be going into C drive?

A:Recovery Drive almost full: Should backups be in D drive or in the C drive?

Not to worry. The recovery is probalby just restore points. As you need more space the oldest point is deleted and a new one made. If you want to make space. Turn off the System Restore, deleting all points. Then make a new point, you will need it in case of problems.

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

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

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

TiA

T.
 

A:Partitions without Drive Designations

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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?
 

A:USB jump drive with two partitions

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

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

here is a larger screen shot

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I have been working on this all day. Found some great advice on this forum, however I have been unable to find anything that solves my situation.

I have 2 hard drive bays that allow me to cold swap drives and one internally installed backup drive called "Backup". I have three swappable drives labelled "Main" and "Spare" and "Simple" on the outside. All 3 drives have partitions that are labelled "Main 7" and "System Reserved" in windows 7.

Yesterday my desktop was running on the "Spare" drive. I started getting disk error messages. I did a full backup of the "Main 7" partition onto my backup drive. I ran chkdsk on "Spare" but received error that it was out of space. Reboot and files gone. Decided not to repair since having operating system issues lately anyway. Rebooted on "Simple" with "Main" in second slot. Wound up reformatting partitions on "Main". Created 100MB "System Reserved" and the remaining space was allocated to "Main 7". Using Acronis, I restored full backup onto "Main 7" partition of "Main" and restored older system backup onto "System Reserved" partition of "Main" and made this partition active.

Reboot and error message requesting boot disc. Reboot with Windows 7 Pro CD and no system listed to repair. Went through the repair / reboot three times and no changes. I... Read more

A:Can't get drive with new partitions to boot

If you are attempting to use Disk 0 as a boot disk then your system reserved at 55MB is too small. It should be at least 100MB. I can't say if it is the cause of your boot problem but it will at least cause you problems down the track.

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Hello, I am about to receive a brand new 1tb hard drive (2 now) and have binged and googled myself to nothing but frustration from peoples 4-5 year old opinions. I know what I am looking for is really just an opion, but what is the best practices so to speak, with regard to partion sizing and performance?
I have been thinking about prepartioning 200G for windows and the rest for mass storage. Then making another 200G on my old 1tb drive and make a copy of that partition and remove the drive letter in disk management of the copy and just use that as a ready to go backup. Then run windows startup recovery once and I have a dual boot with 2 working windows 7 should I need it for a backup. Is this a good idea?
Does it matter if it is a clean install as far as performance on the disk or can I just copy my currently working fine windows partion to the new one. If I use acronis or something will it still put everything starting right at the edge of the disk the same as if I did a clean install?
Does windows 7 do anything while installing that would help performance wise if I don't prepartion it -say I just unplug the old drive and put the raw drive in and install windows (what my dad thinks)?
Is it a good idea to make smaller partions or just leave it one? Gamming performance is of most crucial importance. Thank You in advance to anyone who takes the time to help me.

A:New 1tb Drive best practice for partitions

First there is no set option to partitioning and there is no real speed gain whether it is broken up into smaller partitions or left as one big drive. It really is personal preference.

No to your other question. The 200GBs for the OS.
You already have a working copy of Win 7 on your older 1TB drive, right. Depending on how much space is used on that drive you could shrink the C partition down to as low as you can get it on the old drive. Then take the new unallocated space and make another partition. If the C drive is bigger then 200GBs then move some of the data off the C drive into that new partition you just created then shrink the C drive again until you get to the 200GB size. Then create a image of the whole physical disk and load that image on the new TB drive.

It would be best to post a screen shot of disk management so we can see what the partition structure looks like now.
To do all of the above you will need to different programs. A Disk partitioning program and a drive imaging program. Easily gotten for free from links on this forum.

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

A:Hard drive partitions

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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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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 am not sure of the best way to handle this, could use some advice and input. I have an Acer 5290 Laptop with approx 130 G harddrive. It is divided into 2 parts( 3 really, one being the boot area) C: and D: c is the area for programs etc... and D: shows up as a data drive(partition) I have nothing of value in D: and would like to move the unused space to C: or expand C: into a chunk of D: (C: is almost full). The both have about 66 Gig. Acer offers no help ecept saying to get a 3rd party software (partition Magic), and leaves the issue at that. I have bought Partition Commander..but am wondering how best to handle the operation. Any help appreciated...
 

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

However, windows can only see the NTFS partition.

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

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

Thanks for any help you can give me

A:USB Drive + Multiple Partitions

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

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

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

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

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A:Two active partitions on same drive?

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

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

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I 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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Hey-
I have a 2 gig flash drive, and I was wondering if it was possible to put four partitions on it (one for Feather Linux, one for Damn Small Linux, one for Ophcrack, and one for storage). I tried using Fedora's GParted on various formats (FAT16, 32, NTFS) and Windows only gives a drive letter to the first one created. Also, using one primary and a few logical under extended in FAT16 didn't do anything either. In all cases, under disk management in Windows the options to add letters to the other 3 all end in errors, and trying to make a partition in unallocated only works if the whole drive is unallocated, and the disk management only lets me make a partition maxxed out to the drive size ("adding partitions" to unallocated space while there's already a partition is grayed out). Any help is appreciated, even if it's just telling me it's impossible. Thanks for your help.
 

A:Is it possible to put partitions on a USB flash drive?

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I have two partitions set up on my usb thumb drive. On the first partition it is a version of Linux (Slax) that I use for emergency boots (the fs is Fat16). On the second, I have a standard Fat32 filesystem. But, when I plug in the drive while in windows, only the first partition shows up. I have made both the partitions bootable. Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Two partitions on Usb Thumb Drive

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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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