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I Can't Create New Partitions From The C Drive

Q: I Can't Create New Partitions From The C Drive

i have a Dell Dimension 9200 Windows Vista SP1 32-bit and i have been trying to make a partition so i could install Ubuntu sometime but it seems Dell has prevented from me creating new partitions on the one HDD has got the C drive (OS and all my files on it) the D (Dells Recovery drive) and a drive with no letter and only 47 MB 100% free no file system it is a EISA Configuration partition maybe Virtual PC 2007 or something as i was trying to use PClunixOS with it but had problems but is there a way i could create new Partitions or by using Virtual PC to install Ubuntu?

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I recently used a 16GB USB flash drive to create an installer for a new Linux distro. I noticed that the created partition is 8GB and the rest 8GB is unused. I want to create a second NTFS partition so I can use the USB as a recording medium for my PVR, but Disk Management doesn't give me this option. I then used MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, which did create the partition but warned that it won't be recognized by Windows as it normally sees only the first partition on a USB Flash drive. I even went back to Disk Management and assigned a drive letter to the second partition, but in Explorer I see only the EFI partition (first, drive is formatted in GPT mode) with that drive letter. Is there any workaround? Of course I could just format the whole drive as NTFS, but I wouldn't like to do so until I don't need the installer anymore.

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

I was in a hurry and created the Recovery for Win10 on a 64GB Thumb drive but it automatically formatted only 32GB and put the data on it. Using Disk Management I could not create a second partition in the remaining space, all commands were grayed out. There was a warning Windows would delete all data and reformat. It did exactly that and formatted 32GB as FAT32. Windows has an issue with creating/formatting FAT32 partitions/drives above 32GB or rather anything about 1Byte smaller than 64GB unless doing it as NTFS. I booted to a GPARTED LiveCD and repartitioned the Thumb drive and formatted as FAT32. I've done the same for a USB Hard Disk Drive at 120GB formatted as FAT32 for use with my MacBook Pro OS X 10.x.x, now is at 10.10.5.

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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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To prepare my computers for Win 10, I want to partition them and keep Win 7.I have a a laptop and an old Dell desktop running Win Home 32 bit, and a new Dell desktop running Win Pro 64 bit. I have successively partitioned the laptop and old desktop just going with the numbers listed, but the new Dell I'm having an issue with. When I got to the shrink screen all I have is total size before shrink as 941814 MB. There are no other numbers listed under size of available, enter the amt of space to shrink, and last line is total size after shrink. How do I proceed partitioning this new desktop? I hope I've been clear about this. Thanks Keith

A:Create partitions

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Readingthis post I got scared @#$%$%$#. Eventhough I am as carefull as a debutante on her first dance you never know. Would it be possible to divide my C:/ disk divide in 3 partitions without formatting it?Partition 1 OSPartition 2 Program FilesPartition 3 Others

A:Would This Be Possible Create Partitions

You can do it successfully but it's a risk - so backup before trying it.

Use a program like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director. In my experience, only do one thing at a time. If you do more than 1 at a time, the likelyhood of corruption increases.

So, first, resize your OS partition down the the size that you need - then apply the change and then reboot.

Then create the new partitions in the newly freed space - then apply and reboot.

Then format the partitions and you're done!

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Can one disk drive have MBR partitions followed by GPT partitions ? Or of the reverse order?
the illustration (kind of mini tool partition layout) :
Disk 1:

Volume   drive    Partition    Part. style   Status
1                            primary      MBR          system active
2           C                primary     MBR          boot
3           D                primary      MBR        none
4           E                 primary     MBR         none
5            J                primary      GPT         none
6            K                 primary     GPT        none
7            L      ...                  &n... Read more

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I purchased a Dell Laptop two years before for working with PLCs at our machines. The laptop has Windows XP and only one partition 80GB. I installed many softwares in it. All my data is in this partition and I fear if anytime windows would corrupt, all my data including softwares for machines would also be lost. I want to create two or three other partitions but wondering how to do. Can anyone help me out?

Many many thanks in advance.

A:How to create more partitions in Laptop

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hi there, i have a 4 month old machine (see signature).
Is it considered "best practice" to partition the hard drive, to seperate OS, programs, and Data from each other?
Can i do this safely with Ranish P.M?
I currently have about 150GB free space.
What size partitions would people generally recommend?
Should I have done this when the machine was new!!!???


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A:New(ish) XP machine, Should i create partitions?

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I have a system with two hard drives. Seems there was a copy of Xp on both. A problem prompted a reinstall of Xp and the computer changed the name of the drive from C to H. Then an automatic update just trashed my computer. I have transferred all my data from the new H drive to the new C drive. I want to reformat the H drive and install both Win 98SE and WinXP. I will then transfer all the data and use the second hard drive as a back up. I know I need to install 98 first and that each OS takes its own volume. My problem is that I have forgotten how to get to the H drive to format and partition it. I am also a little shakey about installing the OEM copy of 98 that I first installed on another computer. If I sould like I know what I am talking about, don't believe it.

A:How to reformat and create partitions.

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I want to make partition on my hard drive. my hard drive is divided in to just one partition. i want to create 3 or 4 further partitions.

Can i do it?

A:create partitions on win7

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

I wouldn't suggest going more than 3 partitions to a drive. Anything over 4 and you are outside of the support system.

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I have two partitions C(primary), D(extended) and unallocated space.

When I right click on unallocated space and select new partition, extended and logical are greyed out!!
Any ideas?

A:Can't able to create Extended/Logical partitions

On an MBR (Master Boot Record) disk you can create up to four primary partitions, or three primary partitions and one extended partition. A logical drive can only be created in free space in an extended partition.

You already have an extended partition on that basic disk; one is all you can have. You can't create a logical drive on unallocated space, only on free space in an extended partition.

On your unallocated space, you can create either another primary partition, or you can extend your extended partition to encompass that unallocated space, and then create a logical drive in the free space in your extended partition.

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How do I from a NTFS formated drive create unallocated space from the 94 GB free space on it so I can make a new partition ?

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I'm trying to fix my roommates laptop (Dell Insperon 1525 running Vista). Her hard drive is partitioned into two drives. The first (C) has the OS and it's 10gigs. The second (D) has nothing on it.

The C drive is completely full. So much so that when I try to create a backup disk, it says there isn't enough room to do so. I've uninstalled everything possible and cleared every file I could think of.

I tried to change the partition using the disk management tool and the diskpart.exe (I think that was the command anyway) method, but it says there's no usable space.

I'm basically just trying to reinstall window and wipe the whole thing clean. I've never work with Vista before so I'm at a loss here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Can't change partitions or create backup

Take a screenshot of Disk Management - be sure to maximize the screen 1st -
START | type diskmgmt.msc into the start search box | select diskmgmt.msc above under "Programs" | maximize the screen

Bring up the Snipping Tool -
START | type snip

Take full windows shot of Disk Management.

Upload and attach to your next post.

Regards. . .



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I'm trying to partition my 500 GB hard drive into 3 drives total. Right now, there is only a C Drive, but I want to divide that.

When I go into the Windows 7 installation, this is what I see:

Extend and new are grayed out, and even in disk management, there is no unallocated space.

Can somebody please guide me into partitioning this hard drive. I've searched and the only answers I find are for dual boot setups. Partition Magic is not supported by Vista (.: 7 as well).

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Trying to create partitions (with screen shot)

Since your hard disk is empty, do this
Delete all the partitions, then you will get the choice to make new partitions.. (the red X for delete)

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I successfully installed Win 7 Home Premium x64 to UEFI/GPT disk (3TB).
Now I need to create a couple of data partitions ON THE SAME disk drive.

Questions :
Do those data partitions need to be also GPT partitions (on the disk with GPT) ?
Or is there a choice : GPT or MBR ?

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After Win 7 install (UEFI) on disk "0" - I wanted reconnect also my (older) HDD with old Win 7 installation (legacy BIOS). But this resulted in boot error of freshly installed (UEFI) Win 7.

My questions :
1. Is it possible to use 2 HDDs : one with GPT and the second with MBR (and the second operating system in dual boot) in the same computer?
2. How should I connect the second drive properly (with 2 MBR drives it wasn't a problem) ?

A:need to create a couple of data partitions

1. Yes. I have a GPT data HDD (4TB), two MBR data HDDs (2 TB each), and a MBR SSD boot drive in my desktop computer.
2. I connected my GPT HDD the same way I connected my others.

I don't know if you can mix GPT partitions with MBR partitions on a drive or not but I would play it safe and make them the same. However, that leads to a question I want to ask. Why do you want to make two data partitions on the same drive?

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I have a very peculiar issue; after using various disk imaging tools such as Macrium and Paragon, my boot partitions seem to be strangely corrupted. The effects of this corruption are:

1) Plain-text boot menu instead of the new graphical boot menu,
2) Long delays before the boot menu is shown,
3) Even longer delays when doing native VHD boot, after choosing the boot entry from the menu.

I have done a lot of testing and experimentation, and on a virgin fresh installed system from the Windows 8.1 setup ISO, these symptoms do not appear. Only after I have imaged the system using the imaging tools above, do these symptoms start appearing. Unfortunately, just copying my main Windows C: partition using the same imaging tools re-creates the same issue. So I cannot rely on these partitioning tools.

I need a way - a set of commands - to re-create the boot partitions, re-initialize their BCD stores, etc. so that I can normally boot from my C: partition, as well as native VHD boot. Can anybody help with these?

Needless to say, I want to avoid having to completely reinstall Windows on my C: partition, as that would be extremely time and effort prohibitive, if I only knew how to re-create and/or re-initialize just the boot partitions in question.

A:Re-Create or Re-Initialize Hidden Boot Partitions

I need a way - a set of commands - to re-create the boot partitions, re-initialize their BCD stores, etc.

You can use "BCDBoot" command line utility to recreate BCD from scratch. Use of this command will vary depending on system's boot setup ( UEFI or Legacy ).

BCDboot Command-Line Options

You need to rename the old BCD to BCD.old or something similar before using the "BCDBoot" command.

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I have bought a new 500GB internal hdd. Now I want to install windows 7 on it. I want to create 4 partitions like below:

C: Windows .......... Primary 64.4GB
D: .......... Primary 99.9GB
E: .......... Logical 99.9GB
F: .......... Logical 99.9GB
(System Reserved 100MB)

I have a windows 7 installation cd and also a third party bootable partition software (easus p.m).
Problems I'm facing are...
1. How to create those 2 primary and 2 logical drives?
2. Why the sizes 64.4 and 99.9, can't they be 65 and 100?
3. Can I simply install win 7 on a single 64GB partition and leave the rest unallocated, then create rest of the partitions later?

It's my first time so I'm kind of confused. Any detail guidance would be in my great assistance. Pls pardon any mistakes.

A:How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk

If you install Windows to unallocated space it will create System Reserved and [C] partitions, both partitions will be primary.

The System Reserved will have the boot manager and be the Active partition.
The [C] partition is where Windows will be installed, and be the Boot partition as seen in Disk Management.

If you pre-define a partition to install Windows on, it will be the Active partition having the Boot Manager, and the Windows OS.
That's my experience, with Legacy BIOS, and MBR disks.

I don't know what you are going to use [D] for, and why you want it as Primary.
I prefer Logical partitions for all except the partition that has the boot code, that partition MUST be primary.

You can use Minitool Partition Wizard (free) for better adjusting and fine-tuning the new HD partitions.
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

Make sure you have your current HD, OS, and DATA backed up completely on a different device, before making any changes.
Use a program such as Macrium Reflect free for the creating a Backup Image of the OS partition.

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Hello. Here is my problem and what I would like to do to fix it if it happens again. Okay so my friend brought his laptop to me saying its not working so I turn it on and here is what it did.
Bios screen shows
black screen shows with a blinking unscore ie _
then pc restarts and does the same thing over and over again

What I did to fix it. I followed a guide online to rebuild the bcd store in cmd using a windows 7 install disk and it worked perfectly.
What I would like to do so that if it happens again is to create a back up of the first partition(windows recovery and bootmgr contents) and the second partition(all windows installed files with drivers and software already installed) and have a hidden option so when this happens again with a key press and a click the two backed up partitions can be restored to a working state leaving the last partition(all personal files) untouched and unharmed. Is there anyway or any software that will do this keeping in mind the person whos laptop this is is not very computer wise and I do not want to leave any room for anything to go wrong if he does this. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanx in advance

A:Create a way to restore specific partitions at boot

There is imaging software that can do it. One example is Paragon Drive Backup. It can make a hidden partition with the backup image and restore program. You can restore during boot. There may be other brands with a similar feature.

Edit: They refer to it as a "backup capsule." That may be the term to search for.

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i already have my pc updated with windows 10, i recently upgraded my hard drive with a samsung 850 pro ssd but i discovered that my recovery partition no longer works and when i try to do a system image windows says it cannot do it because files are missing . i used the samsung data migration software that came with my ssd, when i go to disk management it shows my three partitions which are

500mb recovery partition

260mb efi system partition

windows c 476.18 gb ntfs , boot,page file, crash dump, primary partition

my question is if i do a clean instal of windows 10 will these partitions be created again during the windows 10 installation automatically or will i loose some . i'm no computer expert so i don't know which ones i really need . i want to be able to recover my pc should i need to and have everything working . someone suggested that i dont need a recovery partition and windows 10 does not create new partitions . i don't know what the efi system partition is and don't know if i need it . i have watched some youtube videos of people doing clean installs of windows 10 and they all seem to differ . during installation when given the choice of where to install windows some people delete all the partitions on their hard drive while others pick which one . can anyone give me a guide and bear in mind i am no expert , which partitions do i really need , my pc came with the 3 partitions listed above, any help would be much appreciated

A:what partitions does windows automatically create during instalation

Windows will create 4 partitions:
450MB Recovery100MB EFI System (Hidden from disk management)16MB MSRThe rest is your C: Drive
Just follow this link to fresh install:
Solved Gone forever? - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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I want to create a system image before I use an ISO of Windows 10 to upgrade my PC....

I am using DVD discs to do the image copy,

when you get to inserting the disc it shows you which things will be imaged


System C

But I don't see check boxes next to each one to select or de-select each...

I don't need the recovery partition because I have factory recovery discs

Anyone know how to only select certain partitions like System only?


A:Create system image. Anyway to select specific partitions on HDD?

The system image backup tool will automatically select all drives which are necessary to boot Windows. I'm not sure how your partitions are set up, but it could be that your boot files are in the Recovery partition. This means it would need to backup both.

Open the Start Menu and right click on Computer then select Manage and disk management.
Check if the Recovery partition is set as Active.

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I want to clean install Windows 10, and I already did that before using the tutorial here.
But last time I did not have Ubuntu install.
And in the tutorial, you must delete all partitions in order for Windows to create the special necessary partitions (Recovery, MSR, MBR etc..)
But now that I have a Linux partition that I don't want to delete, and according to the tutorial, Windows installation will not create these partitions.

How can I manually create them? Is it simply allocating a space for them and naming them the proper way and Windows will know how to use them? Or there's more than that?
Also, What happens if I do not have these partitions?


A:Clean install - how to manually create the special partitions

And in the tutorial, you must delete all partitions in order for Windows to create the special necessary partitions (Recovery, MSR, MBR etc..)

You don't have to delete all partitions. As long as you leave the partition unallocated (excluded UBUNTU partition) then Windows should create all needed partitions.
NOTE: If you install Windows with UBUNTU already existed, Windows is not aware of UBUNTU. You would need to use EasyBCD to create a boot entry for UBUNTU for dual booting.

I want to clean install Windows 10, and I already did that before using the tutorial here.
But last time I did not have Ubuntu install.

Do you use Macrium to backup Windows ? If so, you don't need to re-install Windows. Just use Macrium to copy all Windows partitions back to the SSD/HD unless your Windows 10 does not function properly and you want to re-install.

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Hello friends, I'm here with 8 hd's all blocked, formats need them but I'm not getting or creating a partition because they are blocked, HDD Unlock saw the program but is expensive and is paid

A:Hard Disk Locked - Do not create partitions, format etc...

Did any of this work.
Setup was unable to create a new system partition - I can not create p

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I like to create a system image on my external 1 TB HDD.
I am confused with all the information in the tutorials.
Should I first partition my HDD as not to fill up my external HDD and equally should I partition the external HDD to leave the extra space for other storage.
My local HDD is 918 GB, OS is 101 GB, recovery disc is 12.7 GB and the external HDD is 931 GB.
Or can I proceed with the system image with either the windows back up or the recommended Macrium program.

A:Use windows back-up feature or Macrium, create partitions first?

Are you going to store the image files on the external hard drive? If so, you do not need to make a separate partition on the external. The image file is just like any other file. You could make a folder called "images" and store your images in it.

Are your personal files (pictures, video, mp3s, Word documents, etc) in your C partition, along with Windows?

If possible, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

If you have a "system reserved" partition, you will have to make an image file of it.

The more occupied space on C, the larger your image file will be. So it may be advantageous to you to try to reduce the occupied space on C, if you have space problems on the external drive. Some people prefer to store personal files on a separate partition because that reduces the size of C.

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I want to create a system image before I use an ISO of Windows 10 to upgrade my PC....

I am using DVD discs to do the image copy,

when you get to inserting the disc it shows you which things will be imaged


System C

But I don't see check boxes next to each one to select or de-select each...

I don't need the recovery partition because I have factory recovery discs

Anyone know how to only select certain partitions like System only?


A:Create system image. Anyway to select specific partitions on HDD?

The system image backup tool will automatically select all drives which are necessary to boot Windows. I'm not sure how your partitions are set up, but it could be that your boot files are in the Recovery partition. This means it would need to backup both.

Open the Start Menu and right click on Computer then select Manage and disk management.
Check if the Recovery partition is set as Active.

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My new HP Zbook 15 laptop has a 500GB HDD with four primary partitions. Partition 1 is labeled "SYSTEM". Partition 2 is the Windows C: drive. Partition 3 is HP_RECOVERY. Partition 4 is HP_TOOLS. All but the Windows partition are pretty small. The Windows C: drive is 450GB, and the NTFS volume in it was originally the same size.

I turned off hibernation, system recovery, and the page file, rebooted, then used diskmgmt.msc to shrink the C: drive. That appeared to work only partially. The disk management tool shows that the capacity of the C: volume is now 240 GB, but the primary partition that it resides in is still 450GB. It didn't shrink along with the volume.

My original thought was to use the space freed from the Windows partition to create another partition for a Linux LVM. However, since the partition didn't shrink, there wasn't any free space to utilize. I realize now that it wouldn't have worked anyway because there are already four primary partitions.

To get what I want, I think I will have to back up and delete the HP_RECOVERY and HP_TOOLS partitions (#3 and #4), then shrink the Windows partition (the volume inside it is already shrunk), then create a new partition #3 and restore the HP_RECOVERY partition, then create an extended partition #4, create a logical partition in it for HP_TOOLS, then create another logical partition in the extended partition for my LVM volume.

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A:Backup, shrink, rearrange primary partitions to create extended?

Best thing you can do is post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can better visualize what you described.

Good tools:

Macrium for partition backup via an image file.

Partition Wizard 8.1.1 for creating and configuring partitions.

Generally, when you shrink a partition, you are left with "unallocated space", which you can then reassign with either Windows Disk Management or Partition Wizard.

Have you made a set of HP recovery disks? I'd do that before deleting the HP recovery partition unless you are going on record as never having any interest in restoring to "out of the box" state.

HP may put boot files in some cuckoo location too, so I'd wait for more input on that. On a typical home build, boot files would be in "system reserved", but I'm not sure what HP may have done.

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wondering if this is a limitation of having 4 primary partitions.

my lenovo came with 4 primary partitions (all tagged with dark blue color in diskmgmt):
200mb hidden system
650gb OS

I can shrink the 650gb by say 300gb, and it will make a 350gb unallocated partition.
If i try to create a new simple volume from the 350gb, disk mgmt throws errors saying 'not enough space to complete operation'
please explain to me, having 4 existing primary partitions does not allow creating any type of additional new partition (logical or extended) ?

Can I retag one of the primary partitions as extended using something like ptedit, and then will that allow me to create more logical partitions?

A:4 primary partitions. Shrink works. But can't create new simple volume

Hello Link,

You will not be able to create another primary partition since you already have the limit of 4. However, you could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a logical partition with the unallocated space.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,

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I've been trying to create my own Autounattend.xml file so that my Win 7 installations goes 100% automatic.
However after couple of days without success I would like to ask for some help.
The autounattend does work as far as to the DiskConfiguration where it fails, it doesn't wipe the disk nor create the partitions that I ask it to do. I've been searching on the forum and I see that there's a lot of people having the same issue however I
can't get mine to work..
If it matters or not, anyway when I come to the disk configuration screen I try to press Next and it just says "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate and existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."
Can anyone out there go through my code to see if there is anything that has to be added/removed/changed?
I appreciate it, thanks!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
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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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Hi there!

I've been trying for the past hours to delete two logical drives so as to obtain some unallocated space that I could (in theory) transform into two new and shinny primary drives, on which I wish to reinstall XP, one as my main partition, the other to try out new programs.

Of course, things didn't work out that way!

So, now I'm stuck with my system on a logical drive (C {Boot},

some free space which I can only turn into a new logical drive

and my data on another primary partition without Windows on it, but still saying (E {System}

Whenever I try using Fdisk from a floppy to create new partitions, they always show-up as logical drives...

Any ideas? The worst thing is that I've done this many times in the past and can't figure out what I'm missing today!



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I'm having a lot of trouble with this western digital hard drive, originally it was for a sky box I took it out and I want to use it for my PC, I've tried formatting the disk via command prompt but I'm having no luck.

Got this when trying to create a new volume/partition
VDS fails to write boot code on a disk during clean operation. Error code: [email protected]
In partition wizard, I'm getting "bad disk"

A:Disk wont create partitions/volumes at all, "An I/O device error."

Most likely your Hard Drive is getting or is corrupt. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test your drive.

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Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
I have an X drive but no C drive. I have 238Gb of unallocated space on a... Read more

A:Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hard drive manufacturer?
Can you enter the BIOS?
System manufacturer and model?
In spite of your assertions...the original topic reflects no evidence of malware found, IMO.

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I just installed Google Drive and I'm trying to get used to using it. Under "Create" (this is on the web) I see no option for creating a new folder. When I watch the tutorials they all have a "folder" option there. I can create folders from the desktop Google drive.......

Any advice appreciated.

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I have a 2 TB HDD attached to my RT-n66u router. The drive is accessible through network neighborhood and I can even type "\\(name)" into explorer and it will open fine. The trouble is when I attempt to map it as a network drive. I get "Windows cannot access \\(name)".

In addition, when I am inside the drive I am unable to create any new folders at the root level, even though when the drive was hooked directly into my laptop I was able to create the folders at root fine.

I can't think of any network permissions I would need to set. If any one here knows of a setting I have missed your assistance would be most helpful.

This is a family computer running Windows 10 Home. It is running on the same workgroup as the network hdd.

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Hard drive crash enquiry
My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

A:Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.

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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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Hello there fellow nerds,

It baffled me for a long time why does my primary drive have so many recovery and "others" partitions.
When im working with my partitions on the primary drive it is quite difficult to navigate trough as you can see.
My question is do I really need all of those partitions ( I doubt I have ever used most of them ), ofc I need EFI partition and the primary one but the rest, I just don't know.

With regards,


( what a mess )

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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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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 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 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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Hey. I am installing windows 10 pro right now. for two days actually. First time I was setting it up, I ran into the "language Select Loop". And because I did not create a user yet, I could do nothing. Not even acess safe mode(defaultuser0). I made a Win10 pro ISO and booted a flash. at first my pc couldnt see the flash. but after I booted it again with different settings, It worked.

But now I am in Windows setup and it asks me where do I want to install windows. I cannot instal it on none of the listed drives. It says:

How do I change the style if I cant even acess the windows itself?? this is different pc.
I would love if I could get a reply in less than 2 hours for that I have a lot of things to do with that pc.

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


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 am not sure how or when this occurred but I somehow seem to have ended up with 2 Healthy (recovery partition) both of which are different sizes.

I assume I don't need both, but how do I determine which is being used?



A:Partitions on C Drive

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

reagentc /info

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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.


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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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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