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Partition Magic - Format Drive WITHOUT Assigning A Drive Letter

Q: Partition Magic - Format Drive WITHOUT Assigning A Drive Letter


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

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

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

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

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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I have 2 HD

1. WD Raptor 36 GB (2 partition 8GB-System, 27GB-Other)
2. WD Caviar 200 GB

With Partition Magic i have changed drive letter on 2nd HD:
and so on

I did`t touch the primary partition. The problem is when I start My Computer in Task Manager "explorer" has taken around 98% of CPU USAGE,it is the same when I creating a shortcut to one of the partition and try to open it.

I have to END PROCESS "explorer" in TASK MANAGER and run it again,and everything work fine until I run previous command.



A:Partition Magic 8.0 -drive letter

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After partitioning a hard drive with Partition magic, the two partitions were labeled D: and E:
The boot partition was D:. I used the option to change the boot partition to C:. The software showed a warning that renaming the boot partition might result in not being able to boot. I went ahead reasoning that, at worst, I would have to use a CD to reboot. Well, now the computer won't start (I don't mean won't reboot. When I hit the power button the front power light goes on and stays on, the power supply runs, but that's it.

Any ideas?


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Took delivery of a new 200GB SATA HDD this afternoon, installed it in a new external USB enclosure, fired it up and, apart from the 'ding dong', that was it. It doesn't show up under My Computer (drives F:,G:,H:,I: are for the card readers)It doesn't show up under Removable Storage Libraries but does in Device Manager as USB Device. Device Manager says 'This device is working properly'.There is nothing under Disk Defragmenter eitherHow do I get XP Pro to recognise it and assign a drive letter?Cheers

A:Assigning Drive Letter To New Backup Ext Usb Drive?

Try deleting it from the Device Manager and rebooting.

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I had to install a new master hard drive on the computer. There are 4 WD HD's total: the new 120gb, a 200gb, a 160 gb, and an 80gb that has all the old Program Files installed on it.

Device Manager shows all 4 HD's and doesn't indicate any problem.
Windows Explorer shows all but the 80gb.
Disk Management under Computer Management shows all 4 drives, plus the optical drive, but the 80 gb is shown as "Healthy (Active)" and all choices except for "delete" and "help" are grayed out.

I have swapped that 80 gb drive from ide 1 to ide 2.
I have swapped it from slave on ide 1 to master on ide 2 to slave on ide 2.
My bios recognizes all 4 drives.

I have spent the past hour googling this problem and it seems to be out there, but nobody seems to have arrived at a solution. The final messages encourage using disk partitioning programs, reformatting the disk (WHICH IS NOT AN OPTION AT THIS POINT BECAUSE I HAVE DATA ALSO ON THE DRIVE, NOT JUST PROGRAM INSTALLS), etc.

Does the "Active" mean I am SOL? Microsoft indicates this should be on the drive you expect to boot from, but this was never a boot disk. It has always been an extra disk because it was not the newest and fastest.

Help !

and thanks!!


A:XP not assigning a drive letter

So you installed the OS on the new drive?
What OS and file system did you use on the new drive?
What file system is the old drive.

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I'm reformatting a pc of mine to give to my sister. Her old computer had some info on its hard drive that she needed. It was too big to fit on a floppy and the CDROM had died....so I took her old drive and hooked it up in the newer pc. The problem is: it shows up in System Devices....but not in Windows Explorer. I tried right clicking on My Computer and then Manage to assign a drive letter to it, but it wont allow me. The option for assigning a drive letter isnt even available for that hd. Any suggestions?

A:XP not assigning drive letter to a 2nd HD....

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Recently I have found that when I attach an USB drive to my system I have to go into "Administrative Tools -> Computer Management - Disk Management" and manually change the 'Drive Letter and Path' for the drive.

Does anyone know how to get Windows to assign a drive letter to the USB drive automatically?

A:assigning letter to USB drive

Could it be there are conflicting drive letters? Assign the drive a letter like R or T, and see if it is remembered.

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I have just installed a new cd-rw as master and have put my old cdrom as slave, it recognises both on start up and in device manager but the slave cdrom isnt showing up in my computer, i think the problem may be that it doesnt have a letter allocated to it but i cant find a way of doing this. I have tried going into settings on the drive in device manager but it will only let me use E which is the letter assigned to the master cd-rw drive. HELP!!!

A:drive letter assigning

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hi all
so besides my dell 4100 not working, i have been trying to transfer some data around between hard drives by moving HDs from the 4100 to the new 8400 i bought. my 120gig and 160gig were detected no problem on the IDE ATA connections on the new system. the drive it came with is SATA. for some reason the 250gig WD i have is not working on the new system. no matter the jumper settings or position on the IDE cable the drive does not work. set as master alone on the IDE cable seems to be one of the options that yields the most. basically the drive is:
detected by the bios
detected in windows xp under device manager and in disk management
BUT it does not give it a drive letter
and it doesnt allow me to explore the drive because of this
under disk management it is listed as dynamic and foreign.
WD says that this is an OS issue and to contact dell. dell was not much of a help. I *think* the drive is in ntfs. the other problem is that my 4100 has pooped out and i cant boot up xp on it for some strange reason. so i cannot test the drive on that pc. it *did* work without a problem.
any ideas on how i can get this drive to work on this new machine without formatting it? or any way i can grab the data off of it and then reformat it and then put the data back on?
any help would rock. feel free to ask for more information as well
thanks :)

EDIT: feel free to scoot this over to the HD area. I was thinking xp problem and not HD problem lol. lo siento

A:windows xp not assigning a drive letter

I think my next move for simplicities sake would be to install it into any machine as a master and boot up to a DOS floppy. See if you can see the data in DOS. Then you at least know that the thing is functional and you could repair it with your WINXP CD. I'll keep thinking about it.

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Hi, I'm about to reformat a computer with XP Pro and have a question before I start. From previous experience I have seen that when installing Windows with a media card reader plugged in will cause problems with drive letter assignment. In the past I have seen Windows name a primary drive a crazy letter like H:. The computer I'm about to install Windows on has a Memory Stick reader currently plugged in which IIRC currently uses the letter J. My question is do you think I should unplug this (not sure how even after opening the case) before I install Windows. The reader itself is right next to the floppy drive on the front of the computer. Thanks in advance.

A:Question about drive letter assigning

I know XP had issues assigning C: to computers that have Iomega Zip drives installed in them. You just had to unplug it when you installed xp.

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Hello folks,

A friend has a computer that would not boot. He said he "thought" there were issues with viruses. I took the hard drive out and connected it to another computer using a USB adapter as an external drive. When I check in Administrative Tools, I can see the drive with no letter assigned. However, when I right click on it the only option I have is "delete partition". The drive is listed as a primary partition and healthy. Any ideas?


A:Trouble Assigning Drive Letter

Plug the Hard Drive back into his computer and insert your Windows XP cd. Enter the Recover Console and run a check disk. (command is CHKDSK)

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This problem may not be as easy as it sounds:

I just reformatted my computer and reinstalled xp home, I was running xp pro before, but it was an illegal copy and wanted my original oem back.

I have 2 hard drives, one is my C: drive and the other is a storage disk. There is no OS on it and I do not intend to have an OS on it. It's just a storage drive. This drive was working properly before I formatted.

Now, when I go into Disk Management, I get Disk 0 being labeled as Basic and as my C: drive

Disk 1 however is labeled as Dynamic Foreign and I cannot select anything to the right of this box...the box that is supposed to tell me the drive letter and if it's healthy or not.

When I right click on it and asks if I want to convert it to a basic disk, but I will lose all data on it. I cannot lose the data that is on this disk. I cannot find a function to initialize this disk either, and assign a new drive letter is greyed out.

BIOS recognizes this disk, but I don't know what else I can do in BIOS.

All jumper settings and such should be good to go since it was working properly before the format and I didnt physically remove or alter the hard drive in anyway.

What can I do to make windows recognize this drive and retrieve all the information on it?

A:Trouble assigning drive letter

This thread has lots of relevant info: http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/32587115/dynamic-disk-is-not-acces.aspx

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I have data on an external hdd which I would like to access from my laptop. I have a program that points to the data. My external hdd gets a different letter from xp at different times. It does not help assigning a new letter because I have to reboot for the letter change to take effect (or so it seems) and the drive letter can change on boot up. Is there a way that I can assign the external drive to have a permanent drive letter?



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I'm trying to assign a drive letter on a second partition I have on a 128gb card, but I'm having problems. I'm using a third-party software (MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro) and still not able to do it. I'm trying to have one partition as FAT32 and the other NTFS. Is it possible?

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I have followed the instructions for changing the drive letter for a USB port. The problem is that the change works for one USB stick but when I insert a different one it has a different drive letter. I want the USB port to have the letter M regardless of the USB stick which is inserted. What step am I missing?

A:Assigning a drive letter to a USB port & making it permanent

You can only assign a drive letter to a drive, not a port.
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I want to rename drive E (10gigs) to lets say drive S...is it as simple as right clicking and renaming the drive in most cases right?. This is a one owner non networked home pc. (windows xp)



A:Solved: renaming extended partition drive letter to another letter...plz help

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . then Disk Management . .

In Disk Management, right click on the Drive an select change letter assignment . .

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Have just installed a new 8.7 Maxtor in a P100. This drive is set as master and partitioned into 5 which assigns drive letters c,d,e,f,g . If I re-install the old 500mb drive unit as a slave ( Quantum Maverick) it assigns itself as drive letter D. I want this drive to show up as drive H . If I go to Device manager, hard drives, double click on generic ide type 47, settings, for this drive the drive letter assignment is there, but I cannot change it. Any ideas please.

A:{SOLVED} Slave drive letter inserts itself within master partition drive letters

I don't think you can change it. Normally the bios will take the primary of the 1st ide drive as c, the primary of the second ide as d, the next partition of the primary ide drive as e, etc.

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

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

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



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

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

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

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

Format it with a single partition.

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

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

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

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I need to change partion size on my two drives and would like to use Partition Magic, but I can not, because I receive message (after I launch Partition MAgic) that my drive is locked. I had to install WD software to manage my drive and I used it initially to setup my partitions. But I dont want to use it any more, there is no flexibility with changing partition sizes. It looks like WD dont allow any other program to play with partitions. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem so I can use Partition MAgic????
Please help !!!
Thanks for any tips.

A:Can't use Partition Magic on WD drive

what software (lifeguard)doesn't show anything about partitioning drives, just test and 0 writes.
if you have information on this part of drive and can move it
do that and then reformat the drive with PM
the drive manager I use is paragon partition manager and or acronis. I have formatted drives using seagate utilitys
and gone back to MY PM and had no proplems
seagate utilitys will work with any drive and not damage it.
check to see if the drives is write disabled

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I had a setup of one 80Gb hard drive, which i partitioned into 2, and installed windows XP on the first. I was just starting to do some hard drive re-shuffling, and decided to merge the two partitions on this drive using partition magic. It then told me that it couldnt do it because there was a mis-match in the cluster sizes, as the big one was 512 and the OS one was 4k.

I then set Partition Magic resizing the 4k drive down to 512 to make them match, but somewhere towards the end of the process it came up with some kind of batch file error, and reset. Next thing i know it cant load windows because of corrupted files.

After putting the drive in another machine as a slave, i have discovered that almost every file on the one partition is corrupted. No data recovery software seems to be able to extract it, and so i'm a bit stuck (especially as my university work was on the drive).

If anyone could help me fix this mess that would be great.


A:Help, creamed my drive with Partition Magic

Maybe you can try and reset the cluster size back to original ,but I doubt if that will fix it
I have been using file scavenger for bout a year now to help get back info from messed up systems
you can try that.
Good Luck

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I have WinXP installed on both my C: and D: hard drives now. I am running the copy on C: which has all the data and programs. I used partition magic 8.0 earlier to manage the partitions, and now it is hiding drive D:, I guess because only one primary drive can be active or viewed at a time. I would like to unhide D:, remove XP from it, and use it for data storage. However, I am afraid if I unhide it with partition magic, Then the PC might boot to XP on drive D: and I won't be able to boot XP on C:
One other thing that may be important is that originally, drive D: was my Drive C: and vice versa, and PartitionMagic reversed them.
Any suggestions? Thanks

A:Partition Magic hiding drive

Use partition magic within your active windows partition to format the other one. Not so sure why the D: partition wouldn't be showing. Even with an OS installed you should be able to see the drive.

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I will be installing Wxp on a new hard drive (40G), should I partition the drive before installing XP or after.

A:Partition Magic V7&New Hard Drive

You can do both. But it is much faster if you do it before your install.if you first install it on a 40 GB partiton you have to make that partition anyway... so better continue making your partions on your drive first the way you like..after that perform a xp install.
you can make your partitions also in the XP setup menu's just boot from your CD...

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Ok this a problem that I had long time ago and by that time I solved reinstalling Windows XP from scratch, but now is back and I have too many things so if there is a quicker solution withou loosing all the configs and have to reinstall again it should be great.
Mainly the problem is at My Computer/Explorer mouse right click opens a menu, right? On that menu there is the "Format" option so if I click on that option I get nothing, no new windows with the format options, no error, no nothing and this for any fixed HDD or USB Pen drive letter on the main window (My Computer/explorer).
Also trying to format trough computer Management I get this error:
"An unexpected error has occurred. Check the system event log for more information on the error. Close the Disk Management console, them restart Disk Management or restart the computer."
and the event log says this:
Event Type:    Error
Event Source:    LDM
Event Category:    None
Event ID:    2
Date:        09/04/2015
Time:        10:21:11 PM
User:        N/A
Computer:    BALL9000
Unspecified error  (80004005).
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
So I hope someone could help me here, thanks.

A:Can't use the Format option from menu on any drive letter

Have you tried using diskpart in a command prompt? In XP you need to be on an administrator account, type in disk part, then "list disk", "select disk #" for the disk you want to format, "list part" to list the partition table, "sel part #" to select a particular partition, "del part (might need to use "override")". Kind of a workaround but it will definately allow you to manage your disks if disk manager isn't functioning properly.
This will allow you to go through and remove partitioned space on drives. While still in the disk to create a new partition "create partition primary". Or you can just select a particular partition and "format fs=ntfs quick".
Probably do a little more research on diskpart, it's a pretty useful tool.

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My sister did something to her computer and reinstalled Windows XP. The thing is that it is installed on a partition (labeled "e") with only 3 gigs. I noticed this because I tried installing more software and it said that there wasn't enough space on the hard drive.

I searched online and found that I could see both partitions using the disk management utility. When I use this utility, I can see the partition labeled "e" and the other larger partition (75 gigs) and it doesn't have a drive letter. I have tried adding a letter to it by right-clicking, and all that it shows in the menu is "delete" and "help". Both partitions are labeled as "healthy".

How do I get back to that partition? Are all the programs, drivers, files, etc. still on that partition? How can I get the computer to start up on that partition? Windows XP is now installed on the smaller partition - should it be removed eventually?


A:Partition without a drive letter

The little partition was most likely the "System Recovery" partition that came with the already installed software setup when she bought the PC.

Somehow she has clobbered (a techie term ) the main partition that contained her data and Windows installation.

If she has a set of System Restore Disks (CD's), then she may be able to use them to restore the HD to its original state...like the day she bought the PC.

If not, and it were my PC, I would use FDISK to remove everything from the HD, and then recreate a single partition of maximum size on the drive. Next Format it, and then reinstall Windows...going on from there.

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I think I have just lost my livelyhood. I keep all my software backups and photographs (I am a photographer) backed up on a 200 gig external hard drive (USB). Having got a virus I decided I would reformat my laptops hard drive, re-install everything and then use ghost to backup everything to the external drive. The drive is split into three partitions but there was not enough space on one partition for the backup so I thought I would use partition magic to re-jig the space. Halfway through changing the size of the partitions the computer froze and had to be re-set. Now the computer does not recognize the drives - if you go into partition magic it just sees the drive as one entity - eg. unformated. How do I get this data back. Is there a way of re-instating the partitions without loosing the data.

If not I have lost over three years worth of photographs which have not been backed up.

Any suggestions?


A:Partition magic error on external drive

I'm presuming you ignored the warning that PM displays telling you to backup before doing any partition modifications...

You are probably stuck with trying to recover some of the stuff with data recovery software at this point.

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Hi all -

First off, I am sorry if this is redundant. I am about to restage my main computer - had a mbr issue on the main drive due to a virus (long story - you can be assured that from now on my virus checker will be up-to-date). It is sort of fixed now. I can boot up, but a complete reinstallation of the OS (WinXP) is in order.

I have always used Partition Magic to create a few partitiions, and then Drive Image to image the application drive - my c: drive - from time to time. It works for me - I create the images on a second logical drive. The data on the other partitions (documents, software, family pictures), I back up with xxcopy to a separate partition on the second logical drive - I do not want my data to be in PM image format.

After browsing this forum, however, I am wondering if I have been playing with fire. Why are there so may negative comments about Partition Magic (I think I use version 8)? Is the danger only if you use PM to to resize partitions on the fly, or is PM dangerous even if I only use it on initial staging? I know I could use the Win XP disk to create my partitions, but I like the Partition Magic interface...

Lastly, when I create partitions with this program, is the end result any different than creating partitions with the WinXP cd? Is there something special (and less desireable) with using this third party app?

Again, sorry if this is not a smart question.


A:Solved: Partition Magic and Drive Image

There does seem to be a definite dislike of PM in this forum--just too many failures, lost data, and poor support. Many people say that the free partitioners are even better.

Partitioning Tools-->


CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Gparted LiveCD
Parted Magic
Vista Recovery Disk (Shrink, expand, create, delete partitions)
XP Recovery Console CD image (Create and delete partitions with diskpart.exe)
Partition Logic
Ranish Partition Manager
Cute Partition Manager


Paragon Partition Manager
Paragon Hard Disk Manager
Terabyte BootIt NG
Acronis Disk Director
V-Com (Avanquest) Partition Commander
EASEUS Partition Manager
7Tools Partition Manager
Spotmau Partition Genius
But there is no need for any third-party app with XP since it can do its own partitioning. I think that whenever partitioning can be done with the OS that is going to use the partition, maximum compatibility is guaranteed. Supposedly, there should be no difference (except with Vista's new partition structure that cannot be duplicated by XP), but experience would seem to indicate that they are not 100% identical.

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I've just ordered a new Dell PC with a 120G hard drive. My current (Dell) has a 13.6G hard drive.

My cousin tells me that he loves having two hard drives on his system, and he suggests that I remove the hard drive from my current PC and install it on my new one. Also, he says that a copy of Partition Magic is essential to setting up big hard drives into manageable partitions.

Is my cousin giving me good advice, or would what he's suggesting I do be more trouble than it's worth?


A:installing old hard drive on new PC/ Partition Magic

Partition Magic is good if you dont want to do a full reinstall. It will let you take a drive that only has one partition on it and split it up.

But if you are just reinstalling an OS you pretty much know what partitions you are going to need and you can do with the OS.

I really see no need for you too move your old HD into your new system. Unless you really need the space.

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I've got Partition magic 7.0. When I go to launch it in windows, it freezes my whole computer; i have to restart and when I do it does a check for "consistency" and finds no errors.

However, I can launch the application from boot using 2 floppy discs and perform operations like resizing etc and it works, just slower.

Why does it freeze windows?

Also, I have Drive Image to make my backups. I just made a backup today and it created a 2.5gb image file (extension .pqi (a pqi Image File), PLUS another file that takes up 1.5gb and is called a "002 file" (backup.002). I used Image Explorer to view my files inside the .pqi file, but do I need to save this other huge file? What is it for?

A:Partition Magic And Drive Image Questions

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Yes. It happened to me.

Not so magic now. Got some error about a header problem. Now, my drive shows up as "unformatted". I have a good 70gb of data on that drive. Trying to install some data recovery software, but naturally that doesn't work either.


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Hey TSF, i'm a student, and I recently bought a 500gb External Hard Drive for use with school. I also bought a PS3 and would like to add my music and movies to that. I researched about the PS3, and learnt I needed to convert the hard drive type (not sure how to describe it) to FAT32. I decided to create a partition, so the whole thing wouldnt be converted to FAT32. But after something I did (I've used Swissknife, but it didnt work, maybe thats something to do with it), one of my partitions that was previsously unallocated space turned into a primary partition. However, it wasnt labelled as healthy or as a primary partition (im just presuming it is because of the blue on the Disk Management window), and also with no drive label.


A:[SOLVED] Partition has no drive letter.

Sorry, here is a screenshot.

Im not bothered if I have to format it, as I dont have any data to lose on the HDD :)

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Hello....great forum!
my C: is a SSD Id like to have back as one disc, one partition..

The 101 mb 'unallocated' It was previously listed as " reserved system protected drive" I removed and formatted its 101 mb...back to empty, unallocated, can I lose that partition??

It shows up under disc management as a part of c...but really has no drive letter at all it just shows as C:

Many thx for ideas rick

A:SSD partition on c: sys drive. has no letter 'unallocated'

Are you currently using that C as your OS partition, if so, you need that other partition as is..

101mb is roughly the equivalent of 60 photos, your temp internet files can be 10x that amount. and its not not taking up a drive letter.

Do you really want/need that space?

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I don't understand how, but when I installed XP MCE, it was with all other drives disconnected. However, when I went to Disk Management, it's partition is labeled G:, while W7 is labeled L: when running MCE. I want to change G: to the usual C:. but Disk Management won't permit that, and when I tried something similar with Acronis Disk Director some time back, the OS would no longer boot, so I'm not anxious for a repeat performance.

The question is, how to relabel the partition safely?

A:Changing OS Partition Drive Letter

I wouldn't and don't think you can change it, not without re-installing. As you have seen Windows won't let you change the drive letter of the partition windows is installed too. The main reason is that doing that would break a lot of programs etc. They would be looking for the old drive letter not the new one. Do you have a flash card reader installed? If yes that would be my guess as to why the drive letter got to be so high. I've seen that happen in XP if the hard drive wasn't formatted. It doesn't get a drive letter until after its formated. The other formatted drives would get C:, D:, etc. I didn't think windows 7 did that anymore but I could be wrong. Like a lot of people, I've only been using it for a short while. Now that the drive is formated it should get the first drive letter C: so a re-install should fix it. It just depends on how much that bothers you as to whether you want to do it over again.

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I have a triple boot desktop computer with XP, Vista, and windows 7, and some storage partitions as fat 32 and ntfs types. Each operating system shows the partitions with different drive letters. From booted in the XP it is drive G, Vista is C, 7 is D, and with the 2 optical DVD/CD drives, and the 3 storage partitions, I can change those drive letters some to allow drive E to then become available for the XP system. So is there any way to change my XP from drive G to E, such as booting to the XP recovery console and using the diskpart or map commands, or some registry edit to do this change, thanks.

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I want to assign a particular drive letter (R) to a partition on a drive for compatibility with another computer system. However when I attempt to change the drive letter using Windows Disk Management, "R" is not shown as a choice. There is no other disk shown in the listing of Volumes with the drive letter "R", and every other unassigned letter is available, so why isn't "R" shown? If indeed R is assigned to something, how can I find out what it is?

A:Can't assign a particular drive letter to a partition

Hello coffent,

You should be able to use OPTION TWO to see if "R" has already been assigned. If so, then you could use step 4 in OPTION TWO to swap the "R" drive letter with the letter the partition is currently using.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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I have Windows 7 RC on my Computer. It is on Drive C:

I got this Vista Recovry disk that came with the laptop, and I was going to use it to dual boot Vist with the Windows 7. The Recovery disk will ONLY install onto drive C, there is NO OTHER intallation options.

The Question: If I change the Drive letter of my Windows 7 Drive to Drive D: and then change the Empty partition to C: will my Windows 7 still be bootable? Even if I chagne the boot loader option of Windows 7 to drive D: ?

A:Change Drive letter: Partition containing OS

I have never been able to change an OS to another letter without bricking the OS. The only tutorials for doing so make it clear it is only if the OS letter has slipped.

What I would do is save externally a backup image of Win7 using an imaging software that will allow you to select where to reimage, such as Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Free Download or Macrium Reflect.

Then go ahead and do the Vista factory restore, shrink Vista partition in Disk Management, reimage Win7 to the shrunken space. Now boot the Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Win7 and possibly configure the dual boot. If not, use EasyBCD 2.0 beta in Win7 to add VIsta.

Others may have an easier idea. You'll have the backup image as a path back, so it's worth a try since Win7's drive letter is in most cases relative anyway.

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Hi - I'm using XP Pro and Partition Magic 8.05
I need to change a newly installed slave drive (D) from NTFS to Fat32. My primary drive is Fat32 20 gig and the new drive is 300 gig. When installing the 300gig I had no Fat32 option so I used NTFS. A problem arose when I tried to make an image of C (20gig Fat32) and put it on D (300gig NTFS) with Acronis True Image. ATI tells me I could do this but I would not be able to restore from it from D to C using the ATI boot disk. Partition Image seemed to be the answer but when using it and I choose disk 2 all of the "Partition Operations" choices grey out. All of the "Pick a Task" options take me to "The selected disk contains partitions which cannot be moved. Use the Operations menu rather than a wizard." I can't find the "Operations" menu. Help mentions nothing about converting NTFS Fat32 allthough the PDF manual says this can be done. Maybe changing C to NFTS is also an option but then restoring images saved by ATI is a big question. Thanks for any advice.

A:Partition Magic won't Convert NTFS drive to FAT32

You can't convert a 300gb ntfs partition to fat32; it's above the limit for a single volume. What you might be able to do is resize the ntfs partition so that there's still maybe 30GB of unpartitioned space in the drive, and then just dump that image onto a new fat32 partition.

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I'd descrbe myself as somebody who understands computers just enough to really, really screw things up. This time I've managed to really mess up a partition on my hard drive (150 gigs) and now I have no idea how to fix it. I'll include as much information as I can, but if you need more just ask and tell me how to acquire it if applicable.

I partitioned my 300gig hard drive into 3 parts: 100gig ntfs, 75gig fat32, 150gig linux (don't remember the type). I realize that's not quite 300, but that's what I remember doing sorry. After a while I stopped using linux altogether and so I got rid of it from my bootloader and just ignored it. Then at one point I foolishly tried to use Partition Magic 8.0 to merge convert and merge it into my fat32 drive to make that one bigger. I did this without using safe-mode or anything just to make everything worse. As you can imagine it didn't work right.

Now I have C: D: and E: drives in My Computer but when I try to open or do anything to E: it says it's an invalid drive (C is the 100gig ntfs and D is the 75gig fat32). If I open Partition Magic's "Partition Tools" program these error messages pop up:
"Disk error(s) were detected on this drive. See the 'Errors:' list for more details."
"Disk geometry error(s) were detected on this drive."
"Partition error(s) were detected on this drive."

This is all the information output through Partition Info:

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Unable to correctly boot into Windows Hi, I'm new here, and I am in desperate need of help. I know my way around some stuff, but apparently this is not enough, so I come to you.
I was playing around with a program called PartitionMagic, because I wanted to convert my external harddrive from NTFS to FAT32, but it didn't work, so I tried another program. Partition Manager. As soon as the installation started, the computer had a BSoD, and has started having this every time I try to boot the Computer.

At first I thought this was only caused by the harddrive, but I put it to a test, by removing the harddrive, and adding my laptops harddrive instead. Sadly the same thing happens. It boots into the Windows logo, and then a BSoD appears, restarting my PC yet again.

I've tried launching the Startup Repair, but it results in failure. The description tells me that the "Boot Configuration is corrupt", so I tried searching for a fix on this.
That led me to trying bootsect.exe and bootrec.exe on the command prompt, through both the advanced startup repair thing, and through the Windows 7 Installation DVD.

Even though all the commands I've ran say they were executed successfully, it still gives me a BSoD on startup.

As a last resort, I tried to format my harddrive through the Windows 7 DVD. This is where I noticed that it recognizes my harddrive, but tells me there is only 100 or so mb on it.

Also if I try to do a system restore, it gives me "an une... Read more

A:Partition Magic messed up my hard drive windows 7

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Ok, here's the deal:

I've just purchased an Acomdata 250GB external hard drive. It comes preformated with TWO partitions - one is the 'CD Section', which takes just 138(something like that) MB and is used to house installation files for applications having to do with the HD, and the other one is the 'HD Section' which is the whole HD minus the previous 138MB. The 'CD Section' partition is, according to Acomdata, impossible to delete or alter. This initially annoyed me, but I'm basically ok with it as long as I can format/partition the rest of the HD however I want. Now, both of the initial partitions are FAT32, and that's where the real problem lies: I want to split the 'HD Section' partition into two partitions, with one being about 25GB NTFS, and the other being the rest of the space, FAT32. I need the NTFS partition so that I can transfer files bigger than 4GB(which can't be done on FAT32) and I need the FAT32 partition so that I can still transfer files between a PC and a Mac.

So I started up Partitionmagic 8 so that I could reformat/partition the external hard drive the way I wanted it, but where the information for the external hard drive is supposed to be in partitionmagic, it just says 'Bad'. If I try to create a new partition or re-format the exisiting partition or anything else having to do with that drive, I get error messages.

What's the deal?

A:Partition Magic 8 And Acomdata External Hard Drive

You may have to go into Windows Disk Management and cleanup the whole disk, then use PM to format the larger FAT32 partition. I suspect the "CD Section" is done with non-standard formatting and/or partitioning, and is the issue here.

If that doesn't work, I'd take the drive out of the enclosure and run a disk ZAPPER on it, then partition and format it.

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I was partitioning my C drive of windows using partition magic so that to install Linux. my laptop(hp pavilion dv5000) had only 1 partition so I tried this stupid thing. Unfortunately power went off during partition, and now I m not able to install windows XP neither from recovery disc or from regular xp cd. Some linux (suse, fedora) and windows vista are installing fine. But I need XP disparately. What to do. Plzzzzzz help somebody!!!!!!

A:power off during resizing C drive using Partition magic, not able to install win XP

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Hi I merged two partitions on my laptop while using Partition Magic 8 and when the merge was completed (I think error free) my drive that I merged was gone and turned into unallocated space. The merge folder (i called it drive) was empty and the drive i tried to merge with stayed at the same size. I lost all of my documents and most importanty my 20+ gbs of music. When i start partition magic it says that there is some drive geomery error and i should back up my data and reformat my pc, but i need those documents and would like my music back. I can't undelete any partitions, and they were both NTFS partitions created using the XP setup. i used it before with no problems, but what happended to my data and can I get it back ?? also has anyone had this problem ever??


A:Merged Partitions With Partition Magic and Drive Dissapeared, Please help

have you tried the undo to see if it reverts it back

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I downloaded and installed PartitionMagic 8.1 DEMO. However, when I started it up, I get my 1.5 GB drive #1 shows as a 860 GB, yes that's GB, not MB, and my 60GB drive #2 shows as 950 GB.

PowerQuest will not offer support because I don't own the software. Why would I buy software that doesn't work?

Anyway, I'm using WIN98SE, to re-partition my 1.5 GB drive to include a 500 MB drive for NT 4.0. The drive is currently FAT32.

There isn't any error messages or any other problems with the software, just that it shows I have some 859 GB of unallocated space on drive #1, which means I can't resize my 1.5 GB partition.

Thanks for ANY help.

A:Partition Magic 8.1 Showing Incorrect Drive Size

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I hoping that *somebody* can help. I praying that *anyone* can help.

My computer froze while trying to run Partition Magic. Since then I have been unable to reboot the system. The system is (was) running WinXP with NTFS. Can someone/anyone help me to:

1: repair what PM7 destroyed
2: get my data off of this drive

Thanks BUNCHES in advance!

A:[SOLVED] Partition Magic toasted hard drive

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i just reinstalled my WHOLE computer ...

i had a 80GB hard drive...and now decided to partition it... 40GB each .... question is now....

i got the main partition with the Windows installation in it as the C drive...and the 2nd partition as the I:\ drive ....

how do i change it to the D drive? there is only one hard drive installed....

A:hard drive partition letter associations?

oh yea, i did have another hard drive installed, transferred my backup files, and took it out ...

and, any way i can change the letters of the CDROM drives?

ive tried TweakUI (or Powertoys for winXP)

and this is now WinXP Pro SP1 (soon to be SP2 before I do anything else...might as well get it installed on a fresh install so i dont run into problems ....)

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I see this has not been updated for a long time.  I just bought an HP laptop, and I have the same problem.  But the laptop has Win 10 Homne installed so, as I understand it, I don't need the 15 gb of OEM Recovery as d:, do I?

A:Re: Changing the Drive letter of the Recovery Partition

Hi, Well, that is your last resource to perform a Recovery when your machine goes bad. You can make recovery media (DVD's or USB) and keep in a safe place. After that you can delete D: (even not recommended). Regards.

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Well I have this problem..
My XP OS wasn't starting so I had to reinstall it in order to fix it..
Well that is where the problem start..
I had Dualboot, with Vista and XP.. Now, I fixed the boot so now I can choose wich one start but when I start XP the XP Partition Letter doesn't change to C: , Its stays in E: and before the reinstall it used to change to C: ..
I tried to do again the boot stuff with Easy BCD and I did, I deleted the XP entry and did it all over again but when I booted on XP the letter wasnt changing..
Now I cant install anything because XP doesn't seem to know thats its installed on E: so its try to search stuff on C, where now is Vista Partition..
I hope you guys can help me.. If not I would have to format XP partition.. I have no problems with it but I just want to make it like the last choice..


A:Solved: XP Partition Drive Letter Problems

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