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Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

Q: Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Preferred Solution: Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I recommend downloading and trying SP Photo Recovery. It will help find and retrieve your lost files.

I've used it in the past to recover photos, music, videos, and other multimedia files, regardless if the file has been deleted, lost, damaged or corrupted.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/UDbKNE. (This link will open the download page so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.


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Hi everyone,

The other day I was uploading some pictures from my digital camera to my laptop. All of a sudden, the computer just shut off. When I attempted to restart it, it would keep shutting off and restarting. I kept getting the screen when it asks you if you would like to start in ?Safe Mode? or with the ?Last Good Configuration? or ?Normally.? I?ve had the same problem with another computer of mine, so I booted the system from my OS CD. I ran a CHKDSK and a message came up that said ?The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.? When I looked it up online, I saw a lot of websites that said the hard drive was probably dying.

So I went to Best Buy and bought myself a Rocketfish Hard Drive Enclosure in the hopes that I could recover files to the desktop computer that I have (as I have done twice before). When I finally got it all set up, I couldn?t access the drive (E. I went to My Computer and then when I clicked on my E Drive I got the message ?E:\ is not accessible. Incorrect function.? And when I try to right click on the drive, nothing happens. I even tried to search through the drive but I got the Incorrect function message again.

I?m really desperate now and I?m willing to do just about anything now to recover at least some of the files. I don?t care if I can never use the hard drive again but I just want to get the pictures that I had on the computer. Is there any way I can go about doing this?

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A:Serious Hard Drive Problem (Volume appears to have unrecoverable problems)

1) Does this enclosure come with its own AC adapter? Make sure its connected powered on

2) Interestingly enough see this link about check the cable jumpers as well

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Hi all, my hard drive appears as this red x and things don't seem to be running the way they should. Here's my HJT log below:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:19:36 PM, on 6/15/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\D-Link\RangeBooster G WUA-2340\AirPlusCFG.exe
C:\Program Files\ANI\ANIWZCS2 Service\WZCSLDR2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\S... Read more

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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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Recently, I bought parts and built my own computer. Everything is fine and the computer is fast, except for this annoyance. The C: drive says I have used 140 GB of space, however when I select all the files in C: and click properties, they add up to 68.2 GB. I just recently noticed, because there is no way I have 140 GB of files in my computer, when I got it around 2 months ago. I tried going to Control Panel and showing hidden folders, then repeated the process of selecting all files in C: and adding them up. These folders added up to 69.1 GB, so the problem is not in the hidden folders. I have no idea what to do from here. This is becoming a bit of a concern.

Is there anything I can do about this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Hard Drive Appears Fuller Than It Is

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Windows tells me 120gb of my 140gb HD is full. When I add each folder up manually, it comes to 55gb.

WinDirStat tells me I have used 55Gb, yet on another screen it tells me I have only got 20Gb left of my 140Gb HDD.

Hidden files are set to show, restores settings are at lowest. I have a partitioned drive (8GB D: drive) with my recovery image etc and that is OK.

Of note - I had a Windows crash a month ago, I recovered the PC to its day 1 state thanks to the CD that came bundled with the PC. I did however lose all my manually loaded music files from my CD collection (pre-crash I had about 120GB used up, thanks largely to my music collection, but if they have disappeared from view, why does my HDD still say about the same space is taken up).

I think either - windows explorer is wrong or I may have recovery images hidden on my C drive (with all of my music files hidden), yet they dont show up anywhere.

Any ideas?

PS - I am au fait with PCs but not an expert. All I can tell you is - files on C: are NFTS though the D: drive is FAT32. I use XP SP2.

Many thanks


A:Solved: Hard drive appears full, but is not

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I have an old 320GB hard drive that's dying and slowing my computer down. The OS is on a 20GB partition. I want to copy that partition onto an empty, 110GB hard drive.

Will the data copied be corrupted? am I better off re-installing windows?

How can I do this?

A:Cloning a hard drive partition onto a smaller hard drive

Hi there

1) download something like FREE macrium and boot it up.
2) Image the OS
3) Restore the image to the new HDD --if it's a Laptop you can do it with a USB==>SATA cable without installing the new HDD first
4) swap the drives if it's a laptop
5) Boot.

Remember though if the Windows system partition exists to copy that as well as the "C" partition.

The rest of your data (User data etc) on the HDD - just save anywhere with File explorer / Windows explorer to wherever you want to keep it -- there's no reason why you couldn't keep it on the old HDD -- if it's an INTERNAL HDD you can get a powered SATA / IDE case and connect via USB or SATA.

I suspect you are installing an SSD -- EXCELLENT MOVE -- you won't be in any way disappointed. You can connect the 110GB SDD to the computer via a USB==>SATA cable - very cheap so you can restore to SSD BEFORE physically changing the drives. Even if it isn't an SSD the methodology applies -- ensure though the BOOT partition is ACTIVE !! or the system won't boot.


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Hello all,
Well here is a interesting situation and I think I know what is going on but I thought I would run it by everyone here to make sure. To start off, two years ago I put a new 40gig western digital HD in a Compaq Presario 5600 as a second slave drive (the drive was detected as the proper size etc). It was partitioned using partitoin magic 7.0 into a 12gig and the second one was the rest of the drive. The first partition was used as a backup of the main C drive (a 12 gig drive).

Everything seemed fine untill I did a defrag (using Norton Speed Disk) of partition 2 about eight months later and everything it moved, it corrupted. Also partition 1 just disappeard (no drive letter, as it it never existed when I rebooted). I ran every diagnostic (including Western Digital's own Datalifeguard tools) and everything said the HD was fine. So I figgured that the older version of speed disk could not handle larger drives and just fixed first parition and deleted the few files that got corrupted in disk 2 and life went on just fine untill this past friday.

As I was doing something (deleting a file from drive c I think) all off the sudden I got messag "drive D is not formatted would you like to format it now?". Well drive D is drive 2 first parition (the 12gig one) and sure enough it was gone. The drive letter was still there, but if you try to click on it that message just appeard. What is really odd is that I was not doing anything with drive D (at least as far as ... Read more

A:Hard Drive partition problems very odd

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Ok, i was watching a video on youtube about how to partition a hard drive, and he has a Shrink Volume option.
For some reason, i do not have this option.
I have a big c: drive and a partition that says Healthy(EISA configuration).
On my c: drive, it has all the options besides the shrink volume and other options that have to do with volume.
can someone help

A:Hard drive partition problems

I think the "shrink volume" option only comes with Vista & Win7.

Use Easeus (freeware). It does all that and more.

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I hope really someone can help me.

Ok, I personally built my own computer. When I installed windows vista it instructed me to Partition vista to me C:\ So I allocated just enough memory for that drive to hold vista. Recently I purchased Adobe Photoshop and it says it must be installed on my C:\. So here is my question.

How can I take memory from my D:\ partition and add it to my C:\ partition Using Vista?????


A:Hard-drive Partition Problems. PLEASE HELP!!!

You may be able to shrink the size of D:/partition IF: it is formatted as a NTFS file system. If so, right click computer, click manage and then select disk management. This will bring up a screen that shows your hard drives c: d: etc. Your hard drive should show two blue bars for each partition. Right click the D:partition and select "shrink volume". This will allow you to "move" space to the continguous partition (C:). I do not know if having Windows XP on your D: partition will prevent you to do this. However, also be aware that you may lose any or all data on the D: partition. Hope this helps.

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I have partitioned my hard drive in Windows XP it only originally showed 106gb of the 250gb. So I bought partition magic and freed the rest of the space up. Now I have windows Vista and started over with the same drive. It said it partitioned 238gb of the 250GB that is fine, when I get into vista it recognizes 238 but I still only have 106GB to work with. Partition magic is not supported by vista so how do I free up the 132GB of missing hard drive space?

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I have partitioned my hard drive in Windows XP it only originally showed 106gb of the 250gb. So I bought partition magic and freed the rest of the space up. Now I have windows Vista and started over with the same drive. It said it patitioned 238gb of the 250GB that is fine, when I get into vista it recognizes 238 but there is still only 106GB to work with. Windows Vista does not support partition magic so how do I get the other 132GB of space free on my hard drive?

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Hi I am new at this
and I think is a very simple question>
this is the problem

My XP crashed and my pc was booting up and freezing up in the blue welcome screen
I tried to repair it but i ended up installing a new xp in a second partition

I have files in the first partition i need to get back.

i go to the disk managment i see the two partitions the one i need to access is with a FAT file system and the one that I am in currently is NTFS

I just need to get some files and transfer them to my new partition so i can delete it

Please Help me

A:hard drive partition problems

If you can see the drive then all you have to do is access it and copy the files that you need.

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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

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A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have a WD My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive 3TB. I formatted it to work with my PS4 and now I want to use it on my HP2000 laptop again. The only problem is, it now has a partition in it and I only have 1.8 TB available of a 3 TB Hard Drive. How do I totally reformat all 3TB and put back to factory defaults?

Thank You

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I have a HP pavillion dv9000 laptop running windows vista home premium and am trying to configure a dual-boot with ubuntu 7.10. I know that i have to create a boot partition on my hard drive but the vista partition manager said that i could only shrink the windows partition of my 160 gig hard drive ( of which nearly 70 gigs is free ) down 1 gig. I then tried using a command line partition manager which told me the same thing. I have also tried a number of 3rd party live cd partition managers but they said my hard drive was not registered.

I know its possible ( and usually easy ) to do because a friend who also has vista used the included partition utility to create a 40 gig partition and successfully installed ubuntu with no problems. I believe the problem may lie in the fact that i have an included HP recovery partition but i cannot delete it because doing so would clear my entire hd.

Anything would be a big help at this point.

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I have done partition. It's says i have 41,18 Gt free space but when i'am making new driver it's says i dont have space on it. Any help?

i dont know rules about picture posting, but still doing it.

Sorry for language, its finnish. I hope you guys can still quess what's
going on.

A:Hard drive partition problems [Quick help :c]

You need 15% minimum free space on the whole hard drive for windows to work without complaint, if you made a new partition this would remove that so you cannot make a new partition.

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I am in the process of doing a clean re-install of Windows XP for Home on my PC. I have 3 hard drives:

c: 200gb Maxtor SATA drive - bootable with Windows XP (existing Windows install)
d: 20gb Maxtor IDE drive - non bootable data drive
g: 160gb Maxtor IDE drive - bootable with the clean install of Windows XP for home on it

Windows is not seeing all the sizes quite right yet but I will tackle that when I have solved this major problem that follows:

If I boot from the C drive - I have no problems at all. Windows will see all the different drives as it should do, I can access them all and they all work fine.

When I come to boot the clean install on drive G windows changes the drive letters - G becomes C, D remains as D but the 200gb Maxtor SATA drive isn't seen at all and might as well not exist.

Disk Management within Windows is no help as it can't see the drive, Maxtor software MaxBlast 4 is also no help as it can't see the drive on this install either.

I have checked and rechecked the BIOS but have pretty much discounted any issues here as it clearly shows all 3 drives and all 3 drives are listed on boot up. It's just when Windows kicks in that I have the problem.

I guess it's a simple setting somewhere, but I am pulling out what little hair I have left trying to think what it is - so any ideas would be very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance and kind regards


A:Hard Drive Bootup Problems, Help required - Windows not seeing new hard drive Options

This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

This might get you past the bios/firmware/os/drive letter issue and make better use of the drives. The 20 isn't really good for storage anymore, but would be great for an os/system ute drive. It's performance is less than the other drives, but that's ok, most of the os will stay in ram anyway after boot, you won't make any real diff having a faster os drive.
You might want to place a pagefile on each drive so pageing can occur concurrently too.

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I have a disk with 2 partictions. Recently my system would not recognise either one of them. However I have got lucky and XP home is able to read from one of these 2 partitioned drives. However when copying some files from this drive I get message - Data error :Cyclic redundancy check. But this is only sometimes and I have been able to copy most of my data off this drive.

My big problem is that the second partition is unaccesible. Xp recognises this drive as as drive G: but it is unable to read it.

Just for info when booting I get a Master File Table error.

Can anyone recomend any software tools to recover my data. Would really really be a huge help.


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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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I probably already know the answer, but I want to ask just in case I'm wrong. Am I able to change the partitions on my drive without loosing any data, or do I have to start over from scratch, delete the partition, and then create the ones I want? I want to install Linux on my laptop, but don't want to get rid of XP just in case I don't like Linux. I loaded the Linux disk, but it told me that it was going to erase the drive. I would like to divide my drive in half, one side for XP, and the other for Linux. I would like a dual boot system where I have a choice.


A:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Partition

There is always the risk of losing data when changing partitions, but it's usually pretty safe.
I'd recommend having an image of the drive so you can restore things easily if things do go wrong.

Partitioning Software:

EASEUS Partition Master
Gparted Live CD
Partition Logic
Acronis Disk Director

Imaging Software
Wikipedia Comparison Chart
Includes links to both free and commercial versions

Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

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I'm installing a new hard drive, 13.6 gig, and I want to partition it primary partition 8gig, extended partition 5+ gig. This is my first attempt at partitioning a hard drive. I know how to set up the primary partition, my question is, is thier any thing I have to do to the extended partition to be able to use it? Or is just creating the second partition all I need to do to be able to access it.

Thanks Joe

A:{SOLVED} Hard drive partition

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Hello guy what I need help with is partition my hard drive. Right now I only have one hard drive hooked up, and I need to partiton it can any help me?

A:[SOLVED] how to partition a hard drive

Hi intelfan
My recommendation would be to use EASEUS Partition Manager 3.0 Home Edition
It is pretty easy to use, but if you need help just post here again

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How someone can help.

I've just restored my Windows 7 onto a new 1tb hard drive which worked very well. The only thing is it has left me with a 1tb hard drive in the following conditio.

200gb unallocated
100gb c: system boot
633 gb unallocated

Can someone please tell me how I can merge the two unallocated area's of the disk to make one 833gb partition.


A:Solved: Hard drive partition

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I've got 25GB on my C Drive, and 200GB on my D Drive. I'd like to either make it all C, or put another 100GB in my C.

How do I do this with causing a catastrophe?

A:Solved: I Need to Re-Partition my Hard Drive

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I have always had to take the HDD out of the USB enclosure and install it as a slave drive to be able to partition. I know formatting can be done with it hooked up thru USB. I haven't been able to get the USB to be seen by fdisk using it the usaul way with the bootdisk. Thanks.

A:Solved: How to partition USB hard drive

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I'm a little confused by some conflicting info given to me by PC World Doncaster UK. I have a 360 gig hard drive on a new computer. I have now decided that I would like it partitioned into two. I need this done by PC World because of warranties etc.
The telephone helpline says that to do this partitioning would mean I would lose all the stuff I now have installed.
In the shop, the technical guy says to partition it into two is no problem and I would lose nothing.
Which is true ?
Everything is backed up but I have spent hours putting stuff onto the new computer and I really do not feel like repeating this all over again.
Yes I knbow I should have had it partitioned b4 i started. lol
Please can anyone help.
Thanks XBR

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So I've got a partition I want rid of, and just want to check what I'm doing so I don't screw my laptop up!

I've got Disk Management up and under 'All Tasks' is says 'delete volume'. Good idea/bad idea? Will this just delete the partition and then I can adjust the size of the C: drive, or am I completely wrong?!

Keep it as simple as possible please!

A:Solved: Hard drive partition

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I want to partition my hard drive but do not know how to. Does anyone have instructions?

A:Solved: How do I partition a hard drive?

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my emachine t6216 has 160gb hard drive with 140gb in C and 4.780 gb in D. all new programs and downloads go to D where windows is also located. Nothing goes to C and so if I attempt to copy a large file to a cd I get a message not enough room in D to complete task. how do I fix this? or relocate the temp file into C?

A:Solved: hard drive partition

Something is a bit odd here "C" is where windows should be
When installing programs or downloading data you will always be presented with a screen asking where to install or save.
Just changed the default setting to where you want it installed or saved

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Putting a new system together from scratch, does it really make much of a difference performance-wise if the drive is partitioned or not? I'm just going to be running Windows XP on an 80 GB SATA hard drive, and using it mainly for music and your typical applications. From what I've read, I'm probably leaning towards not partitioning, just thought i'd get some other people's opinions.

A:Solved: Partition a new hard drive?

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooki... Read more

A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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Hi everyone & ta for having a read ...

I have just purchased a Dell PC online and delivery is expected within a week or so.

My first question is whether or not I should partition the PC's 80gb hard drive when it arrives (are there any disadvantages to partitioning?) and if so would it be better to use a program like Partition Magic or should I do it through Windows Disk Management (unfortunately I'm not that familiar with using command / dos prompts).

What would be the ideal partition sizes if I do end up partitioning and is it something that needs to be done before anything whatsover is installed / loaded (particularly if not using Partition Magic)?

I'm of the belief that the Windows XP Home operating system will be pre-loaded on the PC and I can't say for sure whether or not I'll also be supplied with the OS disks, although I suspect I will.

Apologies for the zillion questions in the one thread but I'd be ever so grateful for any advice and info that's provided. Looking forward to hearing everyones thoughts ...

Sincerest thanks

Adelaide, South Australia

A:Solved: To partition a new PC's hard drive or not &, if so, the best method to use?

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Hope this is the right place for this, not sure where else to post it.

Anyway, being a lazy student Microsoft have awarded me with a copy of Windows 7 for 30 and I'm definitely up for upgrading from this Vista hell. I've been meaning to format and reinstall Vista for a while now but now that I can get 7 on the cheap I'm going with that instead.

So here's where I'd like some advice. My laptop has two hard drives in it (both 160gb). One is just where I keep all my docs etc and is the full 160gb. The other one where the OS is installed was split into 3 partitions when I got it. Two are 70gb and there is a hidden one thats about 8gb which is where I assume the factory settings reset stuff is. As I'm getting a fresh copy of Windows 7, what I want to know is what is the best way to merge these three partitions so I can have the full 160gbs? I've read about programs that can do it, but I wanted to ask people who are in the know of the best and safest way to do it.

Thanks for your help!

A:Solved: Looking for hard drive partition advice

i'm not a windows 7 expert - but if it is anything like other OS - you will get an option to delete and create the partitions when you use the disk, Not sure if the upgrade needs to see the OS - I can move to Vista - 7 forum where you may get a better answer

make sure you back all your data off ....remeber emails etc

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I have a Acer Laptop 6930 G and my hard drive is partitioned into C: and D: drives when I switched on my computer last night I noticed D: drive had disappeared. Tried to do a system restore but couldn't as said D: drive could not be found. C: drive is where windows/programs is etc. D: drive was for data but as this laptop is only a month old that wasn't much on there and what was was on there has been backed up so don't need the data rescuing just need D: drive back.

I was updating Acer Arcade deluxe and I think this caused the problem.

If I go into Data management it looks like this: (also attached print screen)

Volume Layout Type File System Status Capacity Free Space %Free Fault Tolerance Overhead

Simple Basic Healthy (Recovery Partition) 12.00 GB 12.00 GB 100% No 0%
Simple Basic Healthy (OEM Partition) 106.90 GB 106.90 GB 100% No 0%
Simple Basic Healthy (OEM Partition) 3.54 GB 3.54 GB 100% No 0%
Acer (C Simple Basic NTFS Healthy (System, Boot, etc) 110.44 GB 54.11 GB 49% No 0%
So my hard drive seems to be partitioned into 4 and its the second one down that used to be D: drive. But when I right click the volume just help comes up no other options.

At the bottom off the screen the 106.90 GB drive has blue associated bar (Primary Partition)

I thought I could just reasign drive D: again but how do I do this if when I right click no options come up.

I also installed Windows 7 on this computer last week (upgrade) but drive D: only disappeared yeste... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive Partition has Disappeared,

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ive a maxtor 300 gig hd as a secondary drive for data and the partition became corrupted, i tried making another partition to move the data to but created a 10 gig fat partition on xp instead of ntfs and i cant find the partition in chkdsk and was wonderin if anyone had any ideas? thanks John

A:Solved: 300 gb hard drive partition trouble.

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Would like to have 40-50 gig sections/partitions in my WD 320 gig external USB hard drive (FAT32), but can't figure out how to do this. Used Partition Magic from my <Reference to illegal software removed> to partition my regular 20 gig hard drive in half (half is NTSF, Backup half is FAT32), wasn't that hard to figure out. Used Ghost to make a complete backup of my C: drive in case I screwed something up (burned an ISO file first). I'm running Windows 2000 Pro with SP 4.

However, nothing on that <Reference to illegal software removed> disk will recognize my WD external drive period (Partition Magic won't show it, Norton Ghost doesn't see it either). It's a Western Digital "My Book" drive....just plugs into one of my USB ports. Windows has no problem seeing it and my BIOS sees it too.

Now I'm stumped, probably cause I'm not very experienced with this. Have looked on the Internet a great deal, but what I've found is how to do this in XP, which doesn't do me any good. Can y'all help please?

Thanks in advance!


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God made man, and he rested.
Then God made woman; since then,
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A:Solved: How to re-partition WD 320 gig external hard drive

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Long story short, pulled hard drive out while laptop was on, and when i rebooted, nothing was there, and when i install windows, it says i need to make a partition, and it gives me the option, but the problem is that when i make partition, the laptop refuses to let me make it no matter what size, gigantic, microscopic, or even the middle numbers! plz i am getting frustrated, also i can not get the computer to go to cmd so i can type in commands such as diskpart or anything.

A:Solved: Hard Drive will not Make Partition

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I recently purchased a Western Digital 1TB HDD for my computer, running win2k, which already has a 19GB HDD (so you can see why I wanted the other one). My MoBo is really old and does not have a SATA port (which the new 1TB needs) so I got a PCI Serial ATA Host Controller card (Silicon Image 3512). I had a horrible time trying to install the drivers (I later found out you need to install the RAID drivers, the others wont work). Then, I booted up and tried to see if it found my HDD. So I went into the Disk Management utility. Apparently it saw my disk (even got the GB correct) however it was blackened out and said Disk 1 was unallocated. So I tried right clicking to partition it, however the partition option was grayed out, with no explanation why.

I tried getting in to my controllers BIOS RAID config at bootup (F4). There was an option called 'Low level format'. So I tried that, and it seems to get hung up, stuck at 0% for a time that something as simple as a partition shouldn't take.
So what's the deal. How can I get this sucker usable?

A:Solved: Unable to Partition Hard Drive

I got it. I had to write a signature to the HDD for it to be able to partition.

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I have a 60GB hard drive that has both C and D partition. C drive is full and I want to delete the D drive and use the entire 60Gb for the C drive. Is there a simple way to do this? I am using windows XP home. I went into Disk Management and deleted the D drive but it is still unused space.

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Hi friends, I have a Dell Dimension DXP 051 with 500 GB hard disk, which is not partitioned, and my O/S is Windows XP Home SP3.
In "properties' my hard disk shows the capacity as 465 GB.No other partition is visible.I wonder where the remaining 35 GB has gone?

Pl. enlighten me.Thanks

A:Solved: Hard Drive Partition not visible

The difference is in how Microsoft and hard drive manufacturers define gigabytes. 465 Microsoft gigabytes = 499,289,948,160 hard drive manufacturer bytes (roughly 500 GB).

To use the drive you need to partition and format it.

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I decided to scratch the hd and redo everything after I just got a virus - even after the virus was gone everything was affected.

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format it...it went through the usual gyrations and thermometer countdown but at the end it said "Windows was unable to complete the format". Am I doing something wrong? I tried FAT, FAT32 and NTFS.

I can think of two options - 1. there is something wrong with the hard drive 2. I should have worked with C: first (installed 98) and then proceeded to install XP

Help anyone!!!!

A:[SOLVED] Can't format a hard drive partition


You have to install Windows 98 first.
Boot the computer with a Parted Magic CD.
Delete the partitions - then create a FAT32 partition for Windows 98 - leave the rest of the HDD unformatted.

Install Windows 98.
When running Win 98 >> insert the XP disc.
XP installation will start >> choose New install (not upgrade).
After a little while the computer will restart and boot from the XP disc.
Create an NTFS partition where you install XP.
A dual boot will be created automatically.

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I have a new WD Essential 1TB external hard drive. I intend to use the drive for photos and backing up my C drive. First, I need to reformat the drive to NTFS. Should I also partition the drive? The procedure for partitioning seems simple enough, but I don't really understand the pros and cons (if any) of partitioning. Any recommendations? Number of partitions? Sizes? Thanks.

A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Should I Partition?

For the most part, unless you have an organizational need or desire for partitioning, one big partition is fine. I did have one situation where I had to partition a 1.5 TB drive into 500 GB each but that was because the networked media player I use could only see partitions of 500 GB or less.

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I have fixed the problem thanks to a good friend from Scotland!

Thanks to everyone that's helped me out! I've got my original partition back, so I'm happy about that.
I was going about maintaining my Dell Studio 1555 laptop when I decided to reformat the recovery partition as I thought I didn't need it anymore, and for some stupid reason I unchecked the Quick Format box and all of a sudden all hell broke loose and now my hard drive is mostly buggered! I lost my OS (which was a good 287GB) partition but I still have the other partition that I formatted, which is only 10GB.

I have a 320GB internal HD (Western Digital) and I NEED to know HOW I can recover the lost disk space so that I can at least get it in working order, PLEASE!

A:Solved: Hard Drive screwed after formatting partition

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