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Q: Hard drive partitions

I'm new on this forum and this question has probably been asked before, but...

I am migrating from an old computer with Windows XP to a new computer with Windows 7. My old XP has 2 physical hard drives, each with a partition, essentially giving me 4 drives. My new computer with Windows 7 has a HUGE 1.5 Terabyte hard drive. My question is: should I partition my new hard drive to create (mostly) the old configuration?

On the old machine I used Norton Partition Magic to do the job, but my understanding is that Windows 7 has a utility to do that. Another questions is: what is the best way to go (if at all).

Jerry Hickman

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Hello Jerry and welcome.

If you have 2 Hds in your XP machine you have "2" partitions. 1 on each drive unless you created more. That seems unclear.

And I have always used multiple drives instead of multi partitions. Its safer. If the drive dies all your partitions go with it.

Since you have 3 drives there just use them all and use a single partition on each.

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

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

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I installed win 98SE on a 2.5 g hard drive and there seems to be a problem.When trying to install software it comes back that I have only 230 mg left on c drive .I partitioned with onlyA primary partition and selected all for the size.Should i have also used a logical or extended partition as well ? If so what size for each ?

PS.- This hard drive was once before in use with win 98 SE with good sucess andlots of software installed.

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I have an older hard drive that I am installing in a I machine motherboard. My problem is that when I start the computer it takes about 10 minutes for the Win screen to disappear. It seems to take forever to see my desktop. Then for some reason someone at one time partitioned the hard drive into c,d & e. The hard drive is only a 2 gig, how can I make this just 1 letter and speed up the win98 screen? Help!!

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how can i divide my hard drive into two partitions?

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Try this tutorial...Partition or Volume - Shrink

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When I recently installed xp it asked if I wanted to partition the drive - I did and selected a 10GB partition to create to sit XP on. How do I now access remainder of the 80GB drive ? Thanks.

A:xp hard drive partitions

Howdy steveneedshelp...

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

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I am about to build a new computer that will have Windows 7 Pro 32 bit installed.

The hard drive I want to use is a 1TB drive with three partitions.
C-drive is 100gb
D-drive is 450gb
E-drive is 450gb

There is NO date on any of the partitions of importance so losing any data is NOT an issue.

How do I get back to a single partition so that I can then repartition the drive the way I want it?

I think I remember a free program that would do this. For some reason the name EasyBCD sticks into my mind, but I am not sure that is it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Re-do of Partitions on a Hard Drive

When you do the install you simply delete all the partitions, and make new.

Clean Install Windows 7

But the method I prefer to make partitions with is the Partition Wizard Bootable cd.


EasyBCD is not a partitioning tool.

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

Thanks much,

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It would work fine.

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Hi Guys
Sorry if this is posted twice as the first one i posted seems to have got lost.

I have just installed Windows 7 on a new hard drive.

If i click on My Computer i see a C drive (Windows 7) with just the one partition as i expected.

But if i right click on My Computer and go to manage then go to disk managment is see that the hard drive with Windows 7 on has two partitions one called System Reserved and is 100Mb and then the C Drive with Windows 7 on.

Is this ok or is this a problem please

A:Hard Drive Partitions

It's fine.
Can I delete the system reserved partition from 100MB

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

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

A:Three partitions, one hard drive

This free tool should allow you to extend your c partician


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My lap came with 15gb hdd parted in to two. The system drive is FAT32 the second partition is ntfs. How can I remove this partition so I have one 15gig hdd without losing all my data and reinstalling windows. Thanks. Also does anyone know where windows stores the emails you receive to Outlook Express?

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I had installed win7 on one partition and it went bad for some unknow reason so I created another clean partion and installed win 7 on it. I also added partion for music, pictures, etc. Now the question is how do I get rid of the first version since it was giving me the BSOD. It boots as though I have dual boot but the second one listed it the one I would like to get rid of leaving user files intact.

A:win 7 on two different partitions same hard drive

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

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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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Ok, so I'm helping out a friend on this one. Isn't that always the case? He bought an 80GB harddrive and installed it. But he was getting messages saying his harddrive was full. Thinking that his HD wasn't partitioned right, as the good techie I am checked in Disk Manager and it only shows one 16GB drive. There isn't even an unpartitioned 60+ drive there. That's the first time I have ever seen that. He's running XP home on a Dell. I know that the standard first reply will be to reformat it, but we don't have another HD to use as a back up. Any thoughts? Plus, I don't have access to Partition Magic (but if you do that'd be G-R-E-A-T).

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I just was given a Seagate 40 GIG Hard Drive after an upgrade to an HP Pavilion. Everytime I FDISK the Hard Drive it shows the primary DOS partition as HP Recovery...I tell FDISK to delete the partition and it says it did and says that the new partition is the full Hard Drive size. When I format the drive it comes back as HP Recovery and formats 5 GIG....Anybody know how to get rid of the HP Recovery thing???

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

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

A:hard drive partitions.

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

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

Partition or Volume - Extend

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

I hope this helps.

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I was wondering why you see increased performance when hard drives are partitioned into more than one sector? It just doesn’t seem logical… I mean, I would think the less the hard drive has to access, the better... and to be honest, I have no idea how partitioning effects performance. Can anyone feel me in on the void?

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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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Hello. I have been trying to upgrade my hard drive using an old laptop's and cloned the drives using Macrium Reflect. Now, however, there is the extra unallocated space and I would like to merge it with my main partition. They are not adjacent, however, so I was wondering, could the partions, say, be moved or rearranged in any way? I've tried using the Windows Disk Management and EaseUS Partition Master.

A:Rearrange Hard Drive Partitions?

Hello Yami, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you should be able to use the free MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition to extend you E: drive into the unallocated space to have it all on E afterwards.

Instructions: How to Move/Resize Partition | MiniTool Partition Wizard Tutorial

Hope this helps,

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Hi, I read on the forum about this, but I haven't found any post from anyone with all the partitions I have on my hard drive, by the way my notebook is a Lenovo G480 (20149) brand new and what you see on the screenshot is what it came like from lenovo, I didn't touch anything yet, but it seems to me that 11 partitions is a bit too much right?Can anyone please explain me why I have 5 partitions that look exactly the same?Thanks in advance!Screenshot

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A:Really weird hard drive partitions!

Those partitions are your system recovery partitions nothing to worry about, its all normal

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I have a HP Pavillion dv6314tx laptop with windows vista ultimate(64 bit) os, 160 Gb hard drive, 1 Gb ram.
The configuration of my hard drive is:

C: drive( 50 GB)-windows partition
D: drive( 50 GB)
E: drive( 50 GB)
F: drive( 10 GB)-HP recovery disc.

Now i want to merge partitions D and E to C drive. How to do it???? Can i do it using windows disk management? If I can't merge D and E with C then can I merge atleast D and E????

After merging I want to install Fedora 7 on my lap without corrupting my windows partition....How to do it???

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My sister bought a new external hard disk(1TB Western Digital My Passport) for me. This is my first hard disk so I want to know how many partitions should I make in it. What is the ideal number? Should I format it before using? What should be the ideal allocation unit size?
I want to back up everything that is on my PC. I have a 250GB hard disk on it that is almost full so I was thinking of making one partition of that size but I am not sure please suggest. And I will keep adding photos,music,movies,games and other random stuff to it. So please suggest what should I do.


A:Partitions for a 1TB External Hard Drive

Im not sure you can partiton a external all you need to do is have a folder for each catagory ,ie my music ,my movies etc then add them to the library and everything should be fine

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I just installed a new hard drive and have it partitioned into 3 partitions as shown below.

I must have messed up when partitioning using Disk Manager because all three partitons ended up being Primary Partitions.

My intentions are to used this Hard Drive just for Data, Pictures, Musis etc.

Is the any advantage or disadvantage to leaving these partitions as "Primary".

Thank You

A:New Hard Drive Partitions Question

A HDD can have up to a maximum of 4 Primary Partitions, so I would say that you are fine with it as it is.

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Hi all,

I have attached a screen-shot of my partitions. This is how it is out-of-the-box.

From reading up, I know that a hard-drive can have maximum four primary partitions or three primaries and one extended, and that the extended partition can be sub-divided into several logical partitions.

You can see from my screen-shot that I have one tiny, 200mb primary partition (something to do with the boot loader I think?); the large, C: partition, which is marked as primary; the D: partition which is marked as logical; and an un-named partition for the OEM's back-up software which is also primary.

So does that mean I currently have three, separate primary partitions and one logical partition?

If so, then why is the logical partition not marked as an extended partition, if there is only one?

A:Please Help Me Understand the Partitions on My Hard-Drive

It is an extended partition. There is no "Extended" naming. The first logical is automatically an extended. Else you got everthing right. You can go ahead and make more partitions - if you like. No danger of "Dynamics".

PS: and you are right. The 200MB partition does contain the bootmgr. Do not touch it or you will not be able to boot any more.

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Hi everyone, first time posting here

I am having a little trouble with windows disk management. I'm running a custom built rig with a 250GB SSD for OS & Programs, and a 2TB HDD for everything else. The hard drive was previously partitioned however I recently removed these partitions and Extended the main volume to fill the drive, however it is showing up as 3 distinct volumes in disk management (See attached screenshot). They're also Green from some reason and the disk is showing as a 'Dynamic' disk, which I don't remember changing.

Any help why these partitions won't merge into one?


A:Hard Drive Partitions not combining

Download Free convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss

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I've recently built a new system and saw something I couldn't figure out.

This is my system -

see the arrows pointing at the very skinny partitions?

What in the world are those and how do I get rid of them?

A:Weird hard drive partitions

Your screenshots are not readable. Too small, even when using the "+" on Photobucket.

Can you simply state how large those small areas are?

And how did you format these disks 3, 4, 5 and 6? Some software product? Windows? Are these brand new and this is the first time you're using them? Where did the data that's on them come from?

Did you never have the small areas before now?

Are these drives from some old system, which used to have Windows on each one? Or are they brand new?

Also, are the partitions on disks 3, 4, 5 and 6 "logical" or "primary"? I ask because logical partitions reside inside an "extended partition" on the drive, and that "extended partition" involves just under 8MB of disk space of overhead in front of it (to provide the boundaries of the extended partition and other info about the extended partition). Are these 8MB areas? Sorry... can't see it.

Sorry... cannot see this for myself because it's just too small to read.

EDIT: just managed to make out that your "problem" drives are formatted as GPT. I confess I know next to nothing about this, but I have a very strong suspicion that your little areas are directly related to the fact that these drives were partitioned as GPT, rather than MBR. Are they larger than 2TB, in which GPT would be needed? Or are they 2TB or smaller, in which case MBR would be usable?

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Hello There,

My PC has a hard drive (150GB) with two partitions of 75GB each. The OS is running in one partition and data are saved in the second partition. Now I would like to increase the size of the partition with the OS and I can't because Gparted and Acronis see two different disks. Why this is happening? What can I do to solve this problem?
I would appreciate very much your help!


A:Hard drive with two partitions seeing as two disks!

Hello Acompay, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing all of your HDD's layout? This will give us a better idea of what options you may have.

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I bought a Seagate 500GB EXTERNAL Hard Drive [Model No : ST3500320AS] a few months ago and I had it partitioned into 2 drives [X: & Y:] when i bought it. I unloaded a lot of my stuff onto it because the laptop that I use is really old and doesn't have a lot of space to work with[COMPAQ PRESARIO 2200,WINDOWS XP SP2,CELERON M PROCESSOR,352 MB RAM]. Up until two days ago the hard drive worked perfectly and then for no apparrent reason just stopped. What happens now is when I connect it to the computer it registers as a 'USB Mass Storage Device - Generic External USB Device' in the Device Manager (which says that the device is working properly) but does not show the partitions(it used to earlier when I clicked on the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon to disconnect it.) There is no mention of the drive on Windows Explorer or in the Disk Management Utility. I performed a System Restore to a restore point that the computer had created around the time that the problems with the hard drive began called 'Software Distribution Service 3.0' (a windows update ???), although I'm not sure if they are related. But No Luck!
A friend recomended a software called Recuva which I downloded but how will it Recuva anything unless the compter identifies the 2 partitions on the hard drive??? I'v read through Seagates Troubleshooter and it doesn't talk about anything like this and the SeaTools software doesn't work too well on my computer... k... Read more

A:Hard Drive Partitions Not Registering.

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I have a small problem with a 160 gig hard drive I recovered from an older computer. It has two NTFS partitions on it and I need to delete one of them so I can use the entire 160 gigs.
I tried to delete one of the partitions, using windows disk manager, but it will not show the remaining partition as being the full 160 gigs. Is there a way to merge the partitions without buying software like Partition Magic.


A:Solved: Hard Drive Partitions

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Okay so im a bit of a noob when it comes to hard drive partitions, and im kind of confused.

I have a Toshiba Laptop with 120GB which has two partitions, the C: drive with my Windows Vista operating system on which has 55.74GB, and an E: drive for recovery, with recovery files and folders by Toshiba, which has 54.58GB. Surely, half of my entire disc space should not be taken up by a recovery partition? Also, under disk management there seems to be now three partitions, C:, E: and a blank one with 1.46GB labelled Healthy (EISA Configuration). I have attached a print screen of my disc management window. Any help?

A:Solved: Hard Drive partitions.

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My computer has three physical hard drives in it, one of which is a 1TB Seagate. Naturally, I have a hilarious problem involving my Seagate Barracuda 1TB hard drive.

It's a couple of years old and has functioned faithfully for all of that time as a storage device. It had two partitions on it; K and M. (If it helps, I made M first)

1) A week ago I noticed that I could not access the M partition, but I could access the K partition.

2) The hard drive itself (that K and M are on) is not detected in the BIOS.

3) My partitioning program seems to think that my K partition is now physically present on one of the other hard drives.

Solutions tried:
1) Swapped around SATA cables (Though I never expected this to work)

2) Run various partition recovery programs - this failed at the step of "choose the hard drive to recover the partition from" since the hard drive is, well, not actually detected.

3) Panicked.

I haven't tried the whole "Put hard drive in a freezer" trick, since I don't know if that's entirely applicable. Is it?

I don't really have a lot of technical knowledge; most of what I know I've picked up by experimenting... I've read lots of other sites about missing partitions and stuff and they all talked about physical and logical drives, slaving, and a bazer's dozen other terms which I don't actually know about...

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A:One of two partitions detected, hard drive itself is not

Did it start just doing this on it's own?...Or maybe you installed something or fiddled around with disk manager?

It could have somthing to do with the fact that when you created the M partition, the system made it 'Active' (basicly meaning that this is the daddy ..or if you boot from your drive this is where it will look first for your OS)..Now when you created the K partition the system may have made that 'Active' instead and cancled out M (probably did i'm thinking).

Your HDD not showing up in your BIOS either means that..You have a dodgy lead, Its taking up the same slot as somthing else.. or the drive is broken (There may be other possible reasons that i can't see from here)

For example on taking the same slot:

WD 500 Gig: Set to Primary Master in BIOS (First boot drive) !!!!Seagate 1TB: Set to primary Master in BIOS!!!! (this won't work right)
WD 250 Gig: Set to Secondary Master in BIOS (Second boot Drive in line)

Liteon DVD-RW: Set to Primary Slave in BIOS (Third Boot Drive in line) (Slaves are normally for cd drives but you can have HDDs if you like)

Liteon DVD-ROM: Set to secondary Slave (Fourth Boot Drive In Line)

Only 1 drive per time can be set to these, so if your Seagate is in that position it won't work.
Maybe you could try taking out your HDD and trying in as an external...that way you wont conflict in the bios(or shouldn't do)

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I have a Windows 7 PC with 2 physical hard disk drives on it. The first drive has 2 partitions (C, D) and the second also has 2 partitions (E, F). OS is installed on C.

Recently I started noticing a strange behavior. 3 of the 4 partitions (D,E,F) become unavailable (not visible in My Computer, and I am not able to access them by entering an address like D:\ in windows explorer). However, the drives become available again once I restart the system only to disappear again after some hours of use. Both drives also show up in BIOS.

I am guessing it is not an issue with the physical drive since partitions on both physical drives are affected. I have done a drive scan and a virus scan using Symantec Endpoint Security on all drives without much luck.

Any help in resolving this issue will be much appreciated, please.

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I have bought an Hacer Aspire E-14, model  E5-471-53Z7, 6g and 1TB so I want to make two partitions
and i woud like how to do it.Using win 8.1.

A:how to realize partitions to the hard drive

Download Partition Magic.
You will find a good tutorial for this program here.

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this thread evolved from a thread where I was replacing my hard drive the mods said I could start a new thread since it was about something different summay of old thread is after the main post

I ran a partition recovery with easus partition recovery on my new hard drive ( the one which I cloned my original hd) to try and recover the cloned data
it found 3 paetitions
system drv
if I double click I can see the contents of the partition
I then click proceed and it said it has successfully undeleted the lost partitions you may browse the recovered partition with windows explorer

The problem is I can't view the files. Also If I go into computer management it says you must initialize a disk before logical disk manager can access it if I click ok I get an error It says the operation failed to complete because the disk management console is not up to date and it shows the new hard drive as unallocated this also doing this causes the partitions to become lost again and I have to recover them again. If I don't go to computer management and view the drives via easus partition manager or minitool partition wizard it shows the 3 partitions but without drive letters and any attempt to assign a drive letter results in an error.

Short summary of the previous thread then onto my current problem
Purchased a replacement hard drive for my Lenovo w520 laptop
ThinkPad 500GB 7200rpm 7mm 4K Hard Drive II Part No: 0A65632

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I just set up my Samsung Rv511 with Windows 7 and through the installation it prompted me to select suitable hard drive partitions and I became slightly confused and reduced what was to become my C:// drive to 40gb out of a possible 530gb storage and the recovery or D:// became my logical drive and now all of my registry entries specify certain programs to install on the C:// and now it's pretty much full. To combat this I decided to install Windows 7 on the D:// drive and set up new drivers and things on there, but from that point, even though the 530gb partition was recognised as the C:// drive, I could not get the system to recognise my 1gb nvidia graphics card, my wireless network card or any other standard hardware on that copy of the OS so now I'm stuck with two copies of the operating system and I want to just have an OS where all of my hardware/software works with a large C://. Someone please help me!

A:Horrid Hard Drive Partitions!

It seems it would be easiest to just back up any user data you want to save, start over and in the process, delete all partitions and reinstall with a single partition.

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Just wanting to clarify something:

If I have a hard drive in my PC, and have partitioned it and then I want to move this hard drive on to a new computer, will the partitions stay or will I need to re-partition the hard drive in the new PC?

A:Moving a hard drive with partitions

I believe the partitions will stay like they were before the move.

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I was a tried and true 98SE fan for years until last year I upgraded to XP. When I had 98 I always would partition my hard drive into 4 pieces, one for the system, one for software I installed, one for data, and one for freeware and drivers that were install on that computer. I did this for a couple of reasons. First, because the system was on it's own partition the free space was relatively constant - 98 always had about 75% free space on C: no matter how many programs I installed, so it was a happy camper. Secondly, it made it easy to find and backup data because data was always on D: When I backed up to my webspace I felt very secure because only D: was shared, the other drivers were not. Thirdly, virus scans were much shorter because I set the daily scan to only scan C: and would do a weekly scan - leave the 'puter on overnight - to do a scan on the whole thing. Fourthly if I ever got a virus I could be 99% my data was safe because it was on D: and viruses would seldom attack data - my data would be safe. Lastly, if I ever did get a nasty virus and decide that format c: was the best bet I always had f: to use to quickly reload all of my drivers and the other apps that were install on c: (besides the OS)

My IT friends recently laughed at me for my practice and told me that I didn't need to do this with XP and that, in fact, it made it easier for my hard drive to crash - physically.

Is this true?

A:Hard drive partitions: are they harmful?

I've never known multiple partitions to be a problem, though I suppose if you had a lot of them it could slow things down. I believe it will lower your available disk space, but not significantly.

As for it being harmful, I have never heard that and have been unable to verify it anywhere. Most people seem to think that multiple partitions are a fairly good idea. Obviously if you go overboard and put 15 different partitions it could slow things down, but I still do not think it would physically harm the disk.

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I've been wondering about this, if i create 1 partion for windows xp install at 50gb with programs. And another partition 200GB. Are partitions even useful? or do they decrease performance in anyway or maybe improves. Would it be better as just a whole, thats how I have most of my drives.

I just wanted it like that so if my main xp install part ever gets virus, or slows down in anyway, I could just wipe it and reinstall it, havnt ran into any virus's or such in a very long time, mainly clunky adware or spyware.

A:Hard drive partitions good or bad?

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I just lost 3 partitions from my main hard drive. I use to have C, F, G and H drives, now only have C. Using Disk Management under Computer Management, I see only 1 drive (C) with 114 Gig. I figure that the problem has something to do with the MBR but any not sure what or how to correct.
Have XP home w/SP2 and all current updates.

Thanks for any help.

A:Lost partitions from hard drive

What lead up to the lost partitions.
You may need to resort to a data recovery program to retrieve any files from the partitions.


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When I try to reinstall windows 7 I have no partitions to put it and my computer hasn't got the recovery on it to make it factory reset. Someone please give me some advice, it won't boot up either.

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Okay, so I go to do a fresh install of Windows 7 on my machine as I have sveral times. I booted from the Win 7 cd and it came to the hard drive selection page. Here's where the trouble started. I have two identical 2TB hard drives and a 3TB drive in my machine. My gut told me to unhook my 2TB drive that I use for photos and music, the other 2TB is my data (C) drive. I said to myself, "Self, you have done this so many times, no problem". Well, problem. It deleted the partitions on my data drive. It never formatted the drive though. After the first reboot, my (C) drive booted and I knew that I was in a heap of trouble. Can anyone help me fix this without data loss??? I have over 10,000 photos and 700GB's worth of music on this drive. Thank you!

A:Deleted partitions on hard drive, need help!

Download the free Partition Wizard Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Then run the Partition Recovery Wizard. I prefer using the Partition Wizard boot CD. You must burn the .iso file to a disc.

When installing W7 disconnect all hard drives except the one your are installing to, this will insure the boot files are on the same drive as the OS.

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My hard drive currently has a C drive and a new volume D plus a new volume E partition.

How do I combine C and D into one partition and keep new volume E (or whatever it now becomes renamed)? D: would add another 97GB to drive C:.

My current C: drive is only 60GB and is running out of space! Too many programs I suspect. Just about all data has been removed to a separate stand alone drive.

Can I use the Disk Management System to combine the C and D partitions? If so, can someone explain in simple monosyllable words how to do it, for this newbie?


A:2 hard drive partitions I wish to combine into 1

Google "mini tool partition wizard", d/l and install. You can even make a bootable cd version.

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Found some very useful info on here so decided to sign up and post a recent problem i encountered with an external hard drive. the hard drive has a capacity of 80GB and came from another pc. there was a 25/55 partition already on it from the old pc. i tried to delete the partition that was 25gb. now i can't find that 25gb at all. when i plug it in to the usb slot i can only see the 55gb partition (it used to appear as 2 hard drives in my computer) and nothing else. when i use disc management to format it i only see 55gb. is there a way of retrieving the other partition that seems to be lost!?

thanks in advance


A:External Hard Drive Partitions

SwissKnife http://www.compuapps.com/download/Swissknife/swissknife.htm is one good tool

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In this thread on the forums

Combine Two Partitions In Windows 8

if you look at the second post it states

"3) You actually *CAN* combine partitions, and that is *NOT* the way to do it."

That is what I want to do, can someone please point me to a tutorial or "how to"



A:How to combine two partitions on the same hard drive

You would need to be specific about what you are asking. Can you post a screenshot of disk management and which partitions you want to combine?

Most 3rd party partition managers will do it, if the partitions are on the same HD and of the same type.

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