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

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

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

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

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Hello there.
I have 5 partitions in my HD:

1 - system-reserved (100MB)
2 - Windows 7 HP (300GB) NTFS
3 - Company's Distro (90GB) Ext4
+ 4.1 - Backups (100GB) NTFS
+ 4.2 - Swap Area (10GB)

I've created them using gparted.

I've ran the Crystal Disk Mark on both the 2 and 4.1 partitions and the performance is considerably slower (almost exactly the half on the latter one).

Is this a partitioning problem? Is it possible to fix it without having to format the HD? I know the performance may vary depending on the physical position on disk, but I doubt this amount of variation is normal.


A:Different performance on partitions (same HD, partitioned on gparted).

Disks run at a constant rotational speed, but the outside part of each platter has more sectors in a track (the ring around the platter) than the inner part because there is more space there. It follows that you will get a higher data rate on the outside of the platter than the inside.

Windows allocates sapce from the outside of the platter inwards. So the first partition will be faster than the second which will be faster than the third, etc.

You can use HDtune to see this. I have attached an HDtune plot. From left to right it moves from the outter part of the platters to the inner - you can see the data rate drop.

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I recently bought a dell inspiron 14r laptop. It came with windows 7 Home premium which was pre-installed. The problem with it is, the whole 640GB was allotted to a single drive C. I want to repartition the hard disk into 6 drives. But they didnot gave me the windows 7 installation disk or its serial. What should i do now?

A:How to make multiple partitions from a Single pre-partitioned disk

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

I recently bought a dell inspiron 14r laptop.

I take this as being NEW. You most likely have three partitions, which is the MAX.

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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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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Recently bought a new Laptop, and went through all the setting up process, one of which was Windows 7 back up. At the time I just went for the partitioned drive option, but after a week, I've decided to buy an external Hard drive for my back ups instead.
My questions are:
1. Can I easily change the destination of the back up files?
2. Do I just delete everything on Drive D once I'm backing up to an external Hard Drive, or will Windows give me this option when I change to external Hard Drive?
3. The Back up is done on a schedule, so how do I get on when the date passes? Will it ask me to plug my external Hard Drive in the next time I boot up?
4. Finally, I'd like to back up our Desktop too, running on Vista. Can I just partition the external Hard Drive, and keep our laptop, and Desktop backed up on the same hard drive??

Cheers, Matthew

A:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.

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I just upgraded my computer to winxp pro when i got a new 40gb hdd for free. install went fine and everything runs except for the fact that windows wont give a drive letter to one of my 3 hard drives. Its formatted and partitoned and only has 20% room left on it so I can't repartition it and lose all of my stuff on it. At first i tried hooking it up usb but I had that problem so i figured it was the controller in the enclosure. I was looking for an excuse to order a sata/ide pci controller card so i did that and windows install disc even recognized the new drive to install to it. t he device manager shows the drive as a scsi drive and disk management sees it just it doesn't have a drive letter. What should i do? Partitioning is difficult cause i'd have to back up 160 gb. thanks in advance

ps. i should also ad that the driveis usable before i switched to the new hdd/winxp pro last night so its not the drive itself.

A:Solved: Partitioned Drive Recognized W/O Drive Letter

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here is the deal,, i am tryin to format a drive that belongs to someone elses computer on mine,
so i see it as drive E: on my comp but since its partitioned into two it doesnt have the 2 drives, this is my first time tying to format just one partition on a drive that has two, and im not off to a good start here since i cant even access anything on the E: drive when ever i go into it, it asks to format, it also says its 100% free,,
what did i forget to do??

thanks, Poyan

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My fiance built this computer a few years ago. When he did he partitioned to 2-20 gig drives one with XP, the other with 98. We no longer needed 98 so a few weeks ago I went out and cleaned out the other drive and now I have 20 gig of free space. So, how do I merge the 2 partitions into just 1? I would love to have 40 gigs with XP, it would make life so much easier and I'd like to do it without needing to completely reload and lose everything on my pc or worse, backup my pc.Any ideas of how this can be done?Thank you!!!

A:Partitioned Drive

Instead of removing the partition and reuniting the two virtual drives, why not just use the second drive for your documents, backups and other things you wouldn't want virusses or malware to affect.

I have my main drive partitioned into three virtual drives and have never lost a program, had data corrupted, etc although I have had to reload the main op system before. I have the first for Win 200 Pro, the second for all other programs other than the Windows op system group, and the third for data (my documents, pictures, music, etc.)

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i just recieved a used IBM laptop to replace my smashed ACer. it has partitoned drive. Drivec is 2gig and almost full due to initial installation. drive D is empty and has 2.9 gig. is their some way that i should install future software. thanks in advance. it's taken me 3 days so far just to get back to this point.

A:Partitioned Drive

install to your d drive

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I have a computer with a partitioned drive. On the larger drive I have XP and on the smaller is 98. I was using XP primarily, so ALL of my digital pics from 18 months +/- are here. The problem is that when I boot up the computer no longer will go into the larger (XP) drive, only allowing me to the smaller (98) drive. I CAN'T GET MY PICS! For a scrapbooking addict this is a HUGE problem. I chatted with a friend who mentioned I should take this broken hard drive and connect it to my newer working hard drive which is on an entirely different machine. I need some specifics, oh and by the way I removed the memory from my broken CPU to my newer CPU. I don't know if this makes a difference in trying to get the pics off my bad drive. HELP ME PLEASE!!!

A:Partitioned drive goes bad!

if the drive is a working drive, just make sure the boot drive is set to master and set the other to slave and u should beable to drag the pics. from one drive to the other with no problems.

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I reformatted my computer and installed Windows 7 32bit; added one partition of 150gb and one of 350. When I go to my computer I cannot see my second partitioned drive
To me it's just disappeared into thin air...

Hopefully somebody can help!


It seems to me as if its unallocated.

A:Cannot see partitioned drive?

sH1fty1985, can you go to the Start menu, right click Computer go to Manage, on the left side, select Disk Management Inside there, do you see your 350GB Unallocated disk space?

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I got a slide scanner, and decided to try to install the software on the D: drive. There seems to be a lot of space on the D: drive that goes unused. However, when the program was installed on the D: drive, the software didn't work. I then reinstalled on the C drive and it worked. What's with the D: drive? Can I load software on it? The My Documents folder is on the C: drive, so I don't picture putting documentson the D: drive.

What is the deal with the D: drive?

A:Partitioned drive?

BTW, I'm running Windows ME on a Sony laptop.

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does this mean my drive is partioned?

A:Is my drive partitioned?

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i have recently re-installed windows xp on my acer travelmate 240 laptop. Since the reinstallation the second hard drive which was present before is no loger available in 'my computer' folder. At first i thought that the laptop had two harddrives but after doing some research on the tinternet i have now realised that my harddrive may be partitioned. From what i understand my laptop has a forty gig harddrive and only 27.95 gb (fat32)is showing in 'computer mgt' (my computer/right click/manage) screen, but the layout column says 'partition' i have tried various freeware programs to reinstate the second harddrive but have failed cconsistenly and keeps giving me the same info as the computer mgt screen does. I am wondering if there ever was a second harddrive in my computer folder.

Can anyone help as this is driving me mad and endless hours searching the internet


A:HELP! with partitioned drive!

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I just installed a new hard drive (Maxtor) to be used as a new boot drive and partioned it into 2 parts. I still have my old hard drive as the slave. I installed all of the contents of my original drive into the new drive. I can see the part of the new drive with all of my files, DRV_Vol1 (C. However, I cannot seem to access the other half of the hard drive.

I went into computer management and storage. I can see the half with my files, but the other part is listed as unallocated and does not show up under 'My Computer".

How can I make this part of my hard drive accessable?


A:Partitioned Hard drive - can only see part of drive

Create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
Then create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
Once finished you should be able to use the partition.

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ok, i got my laptop from a friend who upgraded. he had the hard drive partitioned into 2. one for system files and other for everything else. he only put 13.9 gb on the system and that partition is near full (around 90mb left). the other partition is 40gb and is mainly free. is there a way i can direct windows to run off the other drive. (example my cd burning software wont let me burn cds or i cant install/update programs.) i have deleted the programs i dont use and useless files on the system drive.everytime i free up space it disapears and gets used by something i dont know of. can someone help or do i have to start from scratch and reinstall windows/reformat hdd??

A:partitioned drive problems?

If you right click on My Documents>properties, you can move it over to the D drive.

Windows can get very bloated, but cleaning it up is an advanced skill.

Another tip is create a My Programs folder on the D drive, uninstall programs then reinstall to D

You'll need about 6 gigs free to effectively defrag C

Have you run disk cleanup?

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I'm running on Windows XP. A recent crash left me with several functions missing so I decided to reload Windows from a recovery disk. This has worked except that I seem to have partitioned my hard drive. I have a drive C with 10gb free out of 147gb which is fine for me, and a J drive with 10kb free out of 10.7Gb. The computer wants to use drive J and is ignoring C, hence I'm getting constant "Critically Low Disk Space" error messages. I rather feel I might have to reload Windows again but can anyone tell me what I did wrong last time? Or is there a way of merging both drives?

Thanks again for your help.


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System manufacturer and model?

When using a recovery/restore disk to reinstall Windows...the instructions, explanation, etc. for how that all works...are determined by the system manufacturer.

Some such disks also utilize an additional partition on the hard drive (which they created during the install of XP) which is necessary in order for the recovery/restore mechanism to function properly.

You would have to consult either your system documentation (owner's manual) or the manufacturer's website...for specifics regarding such.


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my teacher has a hard drive that she partitioned.
from my understanding she has multiple partitions on one drive.
now the size and how many partitions there are i dont know
shes runnin windows 98
she says that the computer recognizes drive c as full but she says there is nothing on it
any ideas?

A:partitioned drive is empty

Strange, just delete the partitions using Fdisk and repartition it then format the drive. If it was never formatted it's not usable until it is.

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I wonder if some one can help me. I have a old PC which does not recognise drives over 127GB - the PC is SOOOOOO old that I can not get BIOS updates for it any more. Don't get me wrong its PIII 500 so it works great as a file/print server and acts as a backup server for my laptop.

However I am running out of space and I have a 250BG drive, which has been partitioned into two equal size drives. It is currently connected to the old PC via USB but it is REALLY slow. The question is can I install that in the PC and connect it to the IDE controller - by partitioning it will the PC recognise it as two drives?

I think I know the answer is no - but just want to check.

For ref - the PC is an IBM PC300 (6892-N60) running WIndows 2000 with SP4.

A:Will a Partitioned Drive work in an OLD PC?

Nope. However, you can pick up a cheap PCI IDE controller and connect it that way. Or, you can buy an equally cheap PCI USB 2.0 card and greatly increase the speed of the external drive. Personally, for backup, I'd go with the USB 2.0 card, since that allows you to have your backup off-line, and also makes it portable.

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Why have I got 2 drives Do I need both

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If you mean from the factory, your "everyday" drive, usually C: is what you're using. The D: retores your computer to the way you received it. Other letters would be for other drives like your optical drive.

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My hard drive is partitioned and I have Windows and Programs on C, and everything else on D.

Is there any particular reason for keeping the Programs on C? Have just done a re-format and have several hours work ahead of me re-installing programs and applications. It would make life lot easier if all I had to contend with on C was Windows.

Thanks !

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I have a 3 G. hard drive with Windows XP pro and Windows 2000 Server both on the H.D. How can I get rid of the 2000 Server?

A:formatting a partitioned drive

Which system is on the drive second ?

How many partitions are on the drive as well ?

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So I installed Windows 7 RC from the file directory from XP onto my other drive previously. I ran into problems the other day with XP and Windows 7 no longer shows up in the boot menu to select.

What are my options here? I am presently downloading the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).

BTW, I can't find the original file for Windows 7 RC. Does anyone remember the name of it?


A:Can I fix the MBR on a multiple partitioned drive

Yes. A free program called EasyBCD has the necessary tools to do it from within Windows XP.

C:\Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin>bootsect

bootsect {/help|/nt60|/nt52} {SYS|ALL|<DriveLetter>:} [/force]

Boot sector restoration tool

Bootsect.exe updates the master boot code for hard disk partitions in order to
switch between BOOTMGR and NTLDR. You can use this tool to restore the boot
sector on your computer.

Run "bootsect /help" for detailed usage instructions.

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My new laptop came with two independent internal drives (1TB 500GB x 2), drives C and D. I have since partitioned Drive C. If I use the reinstallation DVD that came with the computer will I be able to reinstall the OS to the OS partition or will I have to delete the C and F partitions and format C as one single drive and install the OS to it instead.

Would it be better to use the Recovery partition to reinstall and if so will it reformat Drive C during the process, leaving me with a single, non-partitioned drive. I suppose it doesn't really matter since I can always partition the drive after installation.

Thank you in advance for your time and any assistance provided.


A:Reinstall Win 7 to a partitioned drive?

It depends whether you have a recovery disc or a Windows DVD.

If it is a recovery disc it would have the same effect as using the recovery partition, i.e. your hard drive will be formatted and the computer will be put back to its factory state.

If you have a Windows DVD, then you can reinstall Windows on the C drive without affecting your existing disk layout.

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I Acronised my Hard Drive (boot drive) which is 500 Gig to my SSD. Don't ask me why ASUS had it partitioned (as it does my second 500 Gig Drive).
Here's what I see when I go to Windows Explorer. The SSD is obviously a clone of my HD, which SSD (C:\) is now showing 122 Gigs free space with a whopping 7.99 Gigs free. I also have an F: drive which is showing 89 free. This again is a Samsung VNand 850 EVO.
I guess my question would be, does this slow down the SSD or does it not. Obviously, when the first partition (C:\) is filled, it will carry on to the F: and go from there as to adding whatever.
Is this normal, abnormal or ok. Please advise. Thanks.

A:Imaged partitioned Drive

Post a screen shot of disk management so we can suggest what to do;
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I have a friend who's computer has 4 partitions on it. He has no clue how they got there, and I have zero knowledge of partitions. His C drive has like 13gb and is full, his G drive has the most and I think it's like 76gb and then he also has an H and an I.

Someone who was "trying to fix it" copied the C drive and pasted it to all the other drives, which didn't do anything except, well, make copies of everything. I spent a couple hours and just went through folder after folder and made one "KEEP" folder and cut/pasted everything into it. He went and bought a portable hard drive and we'll move everything over to it for safe keeping while we try to get those partitions out.

My question is, would it just be easier to reformat the whole thing? I have all of his docs and pictures, which is the biggest thing for him. He has a Sony set, and has a repair disk and his WinXP number. I have a OEM WinXP disk, so should I just go into the bios, have the computer boot to the CD first, then do a repair or reformat? And at what point do I remove those partitions???

A:Partitioned drive, need to remove

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My computer has a 4 Gig hard drive that is partitioned. I keep having to clean out the C part and if I could move some of my programs, etc. to the D side, it would help quite a bit.

I have added a 20 Gig Drive that I use for correspondence and other things, so I have plenty of memory, but do not know what I need to do to organize.

I understand there is some software that will eliminate the partition, or rearrange the drive contents.

Any helpful advise would be appreciated.

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Any suggestions on how best to format a partitioned drive? Inhereted a laptop with this issue and need to get rid of ME professional that is slowing the XP side of things down still. It will not let me simply reformat the drive.

A:Formatting Partitioned Drive With Xp

An xp cd willl partition and format a hard drive, if you boot to the cd first, make sure you have all the drivers you'll need.

Especially the modem or ethernet.

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I am a babe in the woods just getting on my feet so please bear with me.
I have swapped out a shot hard drive from my Dell Inspiron 546 for a new 1Tb one. The dell is running a AMD Phenom X4 64. I plan to partition the new hard drive and right now it has the new windows 10 on it . I have found a lot of my programs do not work properly with 10 on the older Dell. I don't know if it's possible but can I partition, keeping the 32 bit Win10 in one and down load a 64 bit copy of Win7 on the new partition,hopping to end up running a Win 10 32 bit on 'C' and a 64 bit Win 7 on the new partition?
Possible?or pipe dream?
Any input will be most welcome and appreciated!

A:Partitioned 1Tb Hard Drive and 2 OS.

It should be possible to do this.  However I have to admit I haven't set up a dual boot system on one disk since Windows 7 era.  It could be there are some extra complications.  One of which is that Windows 10 seems to create more partitions for itself than older versions of Windows (I have 4).  If Windows 10 is 32bit, then the disk will be in MBR rather than GPT format.  You can check this in Disk Management.  In Disk Management, right click the drive and choose "Properties" and choose the "Volumes" tab.

The implication of MBR format is it limits you to 4 primary partitions (or 3 primary, 1 extended).  It would be helpful if you include a screenshot of your main Disk Management window to show how your drive is currently partitioned.
Another possible issue is that it is usually easier to install the older O/S first (i.e. Windows 7) and create space for the newer one (i.e. Windows 10), then install that second.  This is because Windows traditionally doesn't "play nicely" with O/S's it doesn't recognise, and tends to overwrite the boot loader, potentially leaving your original OS unbootable.  Windows 10 installer will recognise an existing Windows 7 install, but Windows 7 installer won't necessarily recognise a Windows 10 install...
I also wanted to install Windows 7 on my Windows 10 system for various reasons, and for me, the easier solution was to use a separate hard drive for Windows 7.  I disconn... Read more

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My hard drive is partitioned C: and F:. Will a clean install of 7 over XP currently installed on C: mess with my F: drive?? In other words can I save all my stuff to F:??

A:Hard drive partitioned

No.. Your F drive will be just fine... nothing will change, your data is safe..

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Can I resize one of my drives and how could I do it without loosing data and paying for "partiton" software ? My memory in one of my drives (\C) is getting dangerously low. I've deleted everything I don't use and have tried the "more options" tab on the disk cleanup utility only to run into an error when I choose the "remove windows components that you do not use" option. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

A:Partitioned Pc. Almost Out Of Space On One Drive ....

Hi shred1970,Try Ranish Partition Manager, it's a freeware. I think it suits your requirement as stated above.Partition resizer, create, manager similar to Partition Magic but free!

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so i just deleted my d drive which was partitioned and there is this unallocated space and right now i want to restore that space back to the c drive so that there isnt 2 local drives and just one c drive with the 100gb not 2 local drives that are 50gb . if that makes any sense at all. may someone please help me =]]

A:deleting partitioned drive.

You need software that can handle that, Windows can't naitively do that. An example would be Partition Magic, a Free example would be gparted.

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Hi everyone, I recently bought a computer from a friend, at the time, it was running Windows ME but since then I have updated it to XP Professional. My problem is that since I have had the computer it has always listed in Explore a C, D, and E drive. Physically of course there is only one hard drive in my machine, but is there anyway in which I can bring them altogether so that they just make a bigger C drive?

Cheers for any help you can give

A:Partitioned hard-drive

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Hi New to the forum.
Not sure if this is a OS or a Hardware question.

Bought a Dell laptop a year or so ago. It has one Hard Drive broken into C and D partitions.
C is a lot smaller than D and is almost filled up, with next to nothing on D.
My Documents is on C and is probably accounting for a lot of the used space.
I need more space on C to install more programs.
What should I do?


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My friend has vista home basic on his laptop . It is a total of 80gb
I assume it is partitioned C and D drives.
The D drive only has capacity of i think 6 or 7gb approx and the remainder is on his C drive and plenty of space.
The HP ( presario_RP (D) Drive is showing nearly full.
I am assuming that the D drive is only supposed to be for recovery info ?. Why is is showing nearly full ?
If it is because normal new programs and data info is storing there ... how can it be moved to C drive. Is there a default option somewhere for data to be stored ?
Also if he has made backups or restore points( which i think he may have done ) would they store on D Drive. and if so can restore points be removed apart from the latest one if you know it is ok ?
A little longwinded with the questions but please excuse a silver surfer.
One further question can the D drive be increased ? if so how.

Thanks for any forthcoming replies.

A:partitioned D Drive almost full

On my computer (a GateWay), the d: partition is a system partition with the original factory settings and operating system of Windows. It's there in case the operating system in use gets corrupted... during bootup, you hit some special key and it gives you the option of restoring the data from the d: partition to the c: partition. I think it's called a system 'Recovery' partition. My d: partition is nearly full because it has to store a lot of data. If I were you, I'd leave the d: partition alone since it sounds like a recovery partition and could be useful in the future if your computer gets really really messed up. If you need more space, consider installing a second hard drive.

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Hi, I'm about to receive my first SSD (Intel XM-25, 120GB), which I plan to image my current OS drive to. I am running Windows 7, 64 bit. I'm hoping to avoid having to reinstall my OS and all apps.

My C:\ drive is actually a 100GB partition from a bigger SATA 500GB drive (WD Caviar Green). So I also have a 400GB D:\ drive.

I have never attempted to image a drive before, so this process is daunting to me. There are a lot of things I have to consider.

0. Is this procedure even possible? (imagining a partition of a conventional HD to a SSD)

1. What's the best software for this kind of job?

2. How would the procedure go? Would it go like the following
a. Install the imaging software on my current system as is
b. Physically install the SSD in my rig
c. Turn on the computer, and let Win7 auto assign the SSD some drive letter
d. Use the imaging software to duplicate my C: drive to the SSD
e. Shut down PC
f. Physically change the SATA cables between the Caviar Green and the SSD.
g. Reboot?

3. At step g. of the above, what happens when I reboot and there are two OS drives in my rig with the? Is there any other step I would need to do to avoid conflict or trouble?

4. What do I do about my old C: drive? Does windows 7 automatically assign it to another drive letter and treat it like a data drive instead?

5. How would I go about removing the partition on my old drive so I get one drive that is 500GB back?
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A:How to image a partitioned OS drive to SSD

it is actually very simple:

1. Shrink your C partition on your current HDD to a little smaller than the SSD you plan to install - e.g. 58GB for a 60GB SSD (both binary numbers).

2. Attach the SSD via USB and create a partition and align the SSD at the same time: SSD Alignment

3. Make an image of your shrunk HDD partition to an external disk. All the instructions are here: Imaging with free Macrium Do not forget to burn the Linux recovery disk. You will need that later.

4. Install the SSD and disconnect all your HDDs.

5. Boot from the Recovery disk you burnt in step #4 (change the boot sequence temporarily to CD/DVD in the BIOS). Mark the partition as active and restore the MBR (check the steps on my video. Also read the Warning in the pink field of the tutorial)

6. After you rebooted from the recovery, check everything out and then shut everything down (including electricity) and reattach your HDDs. Set the boot sequence permanently in the BIOS Setup to boot from the SSD.

Note: should you have a 100MB active boot partition on your current HDD, then post back. The procedure is a bit more complicated in that case.

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Hi there, I am having some problems here. The thing I need to do is boot up d:/ not c:/ I am running vista on both drives, but d:/ has all of my stuff on it. If I could get rid of the C:/ drive completley (maybe keep the space as a backup or something)

The problem seems to be that C:/ is set as the default, is there any way around it? Is there a way to switch the drive names or anything?

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can i format one partition of a hard drive without damaging the other partition?
i would like to start fresh on the smaller area where windows is installed but i have hundreds of very important files in the D drive on the same HD

A:formatting within a partitioned drive


You can only format a single partition at a time anyway

so if u format c all other partitions will be untouched

You should backup your important files on media, another hard drive, online etc as safe practice anyway - especially when performing low level major disk operations.

However as long as there are no unusual mishaps your data will be untouched & safe

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Trying to install my old hard drive (as a second hard drive) to my new PC (Win.ME)so I can retrieve files. The new PC recognized the old hard drive (named it D)and I was able to access it. My problem is the old hard drive was partitioned. The new PC allows me to see the files in the main partition but not the second partition. It doesn't recognize the second section and thats the section I really want to get to. Any thoughts on how I can access that second section? Thanks

A:Partitioned Hard Drive

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I have a 70.3 gb drive designated as Presario (C, of which only 6.8 gbs are being used, and a 4.13 gb drive designated as Presario RP (D, which contains a system recovery image of everything originally placed on the computer by HP.

I recently had to do a Full System Recovery which restored everything that was originally placed on the hard disk drive by HP. After the restoration it took me several days to: 1) remove all unwanted material placed on my computer by HP; 2) change all settings to match the changes I had made since purchasing the computer; and 3) install all programs and applications I had installed since purchasing the computer.

I do not want to go through this procedure again. I have tried several times to get help from HP, but I get conflicting and confusing statements from the technicians at HP. Can any one tell me in clear and understandable language if I can: 1) partition the C: drive into two or more partitions; 2) place a backup image of the 6.8 gbs on the C: drive on a new partition; 3) place a copy of the backup image on the new partition on an external storage source; and 4) restore the image of the 6.8 gbs to the C: drive in the event of a system failure or the need for a new hard drive. If I can do the foregoing, what are the best procedures for accomplishing my purposes? Any help will really be appreciated.

A:Backup of HP partitioned drive

First step would be to do an image backup of the entire drive using something like Acronis True Image to a different physical drive, either internal or an external drive.

After you have a full backup, you can "customize" the disk. What I so is do an image backup of the C: drive, then I clean the whole drive of all the Compaq/HP junk, and restore the tailored C: drive. You then get back the wasted space, and you have a backup of your current image.

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I've configured my USB drive with 2 partitions, one primary (bootable) and one extended. WinXP recognizes automatically the first one (primary) and display it with a new drive letter. It seems it's a new way for Microsoft to display primary partitions after extended ones (it is displayed with the drive letter R:, after the last partition on my disk which is P. Anyhow, my main problem is that I can't see my extended one in WinXP. What can I do?

A:Windows and USB partitioned drive

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I have a workstation that is used like a server. On the C drive, I have a P drive which is shared by all employees. I want to locate it and back it up using Macrium backup but I can't seem to find it on the C drive. Help.

A:Partitioned P Drive - hiding where?

I think you mean you have a P partition.

Go to disk management on that machine, it will show up there.

Or in the search bar, type P: then hit enter.

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If I go into Drive Management under My Computer, and I see two "disks" both in the bar for "Disk 1" does this mean that all of Disk 1 has been split into two partitions but is still one physical disk?

A:Solved: Partitioned Drive

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I have a partitioned hard drive. Windows98 is on C and Windows2000NT on D. I would like to put XP on the C: part. Can I FDISK just the C: portion of my hard drive?

A:Partitioned Hard Drive

Yes you can. Follow this procedure:
Start>>run>> type "cmd">> format C:

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