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Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

Question: Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do "decommission" the current C: drive, or can it be renamed later, after I have installed Windows and started using it as the OS hard drive? Furthermore, should I partition the drive? All that people seem to agree on (from my research so far) is that there is not so much to be gained from doing this now that NTFS is the "better" file format to use for Windows XP.

If it helps, the PC is multi-purpose, in that I use it for all my home computing needs. The main uses are gaming (mainly FPS, offline), recording music (using SONAR by Cakewalk), as well as net surfing, email, a few office functions, and the usual data/photo/music storage.

Sorry to go on at such length, but all too often I've found that questions lead to other questions, so I try to get as much information out there as possible from the start. I'd greatly appreciate any and all input as to how best to use the new HD in conjunction with the old.

I'd also like to express my sympathy and condolences to all grieving for the loss of their friend, WhitPhil.

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Answer: Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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I'm about to install a new hard drive (40gb) with no OS on the PC. I have WinXP Pro and would like to know when attempting to install the OS from new will it give me an option to partition my new hard drive for NTFS that's if the BIOS can detect it? If not, how should I partition it from new?Thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing a new hard drive and partitioning

click here and have a read.

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The current hardware is available:

1 x 120GB
1 x 250GB
1 x 1TB
1 x 1TB

I intend to store my data on all of the HDDs but as the 1TBs are newer than the other smaller ones, their performance is also much better. So if I partition lets say one of the 1 TB HDDs like:

Partition 1 60GB - OS
Partition 2 860GB - DATA (ISOs, Pics, etc)

Will there be a significant performance decrease having an operating system and random data on the same HDD but on different partitions?

Thanks in advance guys.

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning Performance Issues

That will depend to a large degree what you are doing with the data and how it is being accessed. OS and Data on the same physical drive is the usual setup. However, if you have the possibility to seperate it on 2 different physical drives, you may get a small performance gain. But in any case it is not going to be dramatic one way or the other.

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Hi,

I tried installing ubuntu with my external hdd on, and after it was installed on my HDD, my 250 GB became 150 GB. Is there a way i can get 250 GB back?

Please see attached file.

Thanks!

2.jpg - 77 GB is in a partitioned drive, which doesnt have a volume label. When i right click there, i see only help and "Delete Volume.."

1.jpg - If i delete, will all my 77 gb get lost?

How would i get my 250 gb back?

Answer:Disk partitioning - Hard drive partition issues

Heyy,
Welcome to Vista Forums!!

Okay, here's what you want to do.

Uninstall ubuntu from the Hard Drive if you haven't done so already.
Select the partition Ubuntu was installed on, take note of the size. Right click it, and delete it.
Select the original partition of the drive, right click, and click extend partition.
A new window will come up asking for the size you want to extend by, it should already be the correct size. this is why you took note of the partition size earlier, just in case it wasn't.
Click okay/next and it will put the partition back to how it used to be.

Good luck!
If you need any help, just post back!

Daniel

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Hi all.

Recently I installed Ubuntu Linux on a partition on my secondary hard drive (it's a worthwhile education, I'll give it that). Since then, when in Windows, the remaining space, used for games, alternates between being accessible and being unaccessible. What's the go?

For example, when I go in My Computer and try to open D: drive this is the message i receive:

D:\ is not accessible

The parameter is incorrect

Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:Dual Booting - Second hard drive partitioning issues

Just to let you all know, I'm in Linux now, checking the hard drive. It recognises the first partition as being NTFS formatted, and the partitions are correct, which points or at least indicates the problem as being with Windows.
 

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Hi and Merry Xmas to all of you,

Yesterday night I finally got the time around to finish the fresh installation of Windows 7, and I created a hard link for both my "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" using the command prompt in the Windows 7 installation disk.
The hard link points to another partition(E:\) which I use to store Program Files purely. However, at the time of creating the hard link using the Windows 7 Installation disc, the volume letters were different than what it was in Windows. Now when I tried to access my files from Windows, it would give me an error. To better illustrate the problem, I'll attach screenshots below.

The image above shows the hard link in (C:\) and the volume which I link to (E:\)

The image above shows the hard link and the directory it links to in E:\. Notice that the Internet Explorer 8 on taskbar is no longer available. On the other hand, when I tried to install Firefox on "C:\Program Files (x86)", it would be put in "C:\ProgramData\" which appears to be a new backup system that Microsoft used in case "Program Files" folder was deleted.

I know I'm in for another re-install, but what should I do to make the hard links work properly?

Answer:Hard Link Issues Related to Drive Letter

Try System Restore to before you made the changes and leave Program files on OS drive.

If not, try changing the files back to C: drive by reversing your steps.

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Hi

I am installing a fresh copy of windows XP pro on my new Core 2 Duo system on a RAID0 setup (like i have had for the last 3 years)

When i am in the setup, i select "Create a Partition on this Drive"

And it labels the Drive letter "F" and not "C" and it doesnt let me chose or anything

I am worried that it will cause install conflicts and such. And i pretty sure i know how to change the drive letter in windows, but that also causes installation problems.

What should i do?

Specs in sig

Using the Intel RAID Configuation "ICH8" and the correct drivers.

Thank you
 

Answer:XP Partitioning Wrong Drive Letter?

the system drive is always C:\ when you are currently running that install of it.. if you are on another OS on another partion THAT OS will assign the drive another letter but to that install it would still be C:
 

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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.

Help.

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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I bought an ultrabay adaptor from lenovo for my R61i and a Western digital 250GB SATA drive which should be compatible. When I installed it, the system recognized the Hard drive in Device Manager (and in BIOS); but wouldn't assign a drive letter to it.

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

Answer:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.
 

Answer:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?
 

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xp cannot find it.......disk manager can.....do format and no drive letter help please.....thank you


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help trying to initialize an external hard drive on xp home ed

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i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will begin......an 80 gig external hard drive was given to me..it was rebuilt on a win 2000 system....my home edition of win xp--reconginzes it....as disk 1- in disk manager....however it is not formatted or able to be found, and does not have a drive letter assigend to it... i logged on as "administrator" ...in safe mode, to see if i could get the drive path settings option to come up in disk manager ...i could not-------does any of this make any sense to anyone?.......that option still does not come up..under user or administrator...in disk managment--so it is unformatted and has no drive letter......thus xp cannot find it......

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model ME051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1396 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 12/22/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
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Answer:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)


Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.





STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)



Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

Allow your computer to complete the installation ... Read more

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Hello,
My master hard disk has failed and I have successfully replaced it with a
new one and reinstalled windows XP etc. Before the crash I had a second slave drive with some data I would like to keep on it. When I connect this drive, it shows up in disk management, but does not get assigned a drive letter. How can I get windows to assign a drive letter to the drive without formatting it and losing all of my data?
Both drives are IDE drives, the master is jumpered to cable select and is on
the master cable, the slave seems to have lost its jumper, or never had one,
but shows up in the bios as the secondary hard drive.
Thanks,
Richard

Answer:Get a drive letter for an old slave hard drive while keeping the existing data

In disk management did you first left click to highlight the drive then right click for assign or change a drive letter option?

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I'm booting off my SSD which is drive C:\ and I have games and programs on an extra hard drive which was origanally drive H:\ but after a restart it switched to I:\ and when I go into Disk Management to change it Drive H:\ isn't there.

Answer:Hard drive isnt allowed to change the correct drive letter

Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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I lost my Event Viewer, and had to do a repair installation to fix it. Unfortunately, during the repair install, Windows decided to rename my second HD as the D: drive... it was K: before that. Now I cannot access any of my docs, pictures, music, or videos through the normal means... they don't show up in libraries or explorer, and apps like Restorator and Sure Thing (CD labeler) cannot find them. I think that means the paths are broken..?

It won't allow me to rename the HD back into K: (it's not listed as available). I can access the data by clicking Computer > D, and I can see the data is there, but its unusable as of now. Any ideas?

Answer:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this in case you make a mistake and need to use it to do a system restore.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

Answer:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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I have an old BYTECC hard drive enclosure. Trying to use it on an older XP system for back up. Got a bunch of 40G hard drives I can use.

The OS will detect the external drive is connected and powered up, arrow shows in the tray for a USB drive, checked the device manager and it sezs the drive is there and operating properly, recognizes it, but does not assign a drive letter.

AIDA32 sezs it is there but same deal shows no drive letter.

I've tried four different hard drives with the same results. I know the hardware works on other computers, this particular computer USB works with other canned external drives, it reads a flash memory stick as a drive no problem. I know the BYTECC is set up properly, should be the same as with other computers. Works ok on a Win2000 system.

What could be the problem? Is there something to tweak?
I do know this XP system would not read hard drives that had been formatted on non-XP computers before. Don't exactly know what systems all these drives were formatted on. Isn't making any sense to me at the moment. Doing it just like I did on the Win2000 system with other drives, everything worked as it should.

Thinking I could try to slap one of the drives in as a slave and try to format it that way, hopefully can get it to be read as a USB drive instead.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.

Raybro
 

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My friend has a PC running W98SE. There are 2 hard drives, the master is partitioned and lettered C & D and the slave is E with the CD-ROM as F. The slave drive (E) failed and was replaced with a new unit. The new hard drive is recognised in the BIOS and Device Manager but not in the System Information section of Windows System Tools. In Device Manager the drive letter designation box is greyed out for all drives except the CD-ROM on which the drive letter had changed to E. This means that I cannot allocate the new hard drive a letter although I can and have changed the CD-ROM drive letter to F. How can I allocate the new drive a letter, namely E?

Answer:Unable to designate drive letter to new hard drive

Strictly speaking you do not allocate a letter to a drive but to a partition on a drive. This is the heart of your problem.Open a DOS box and use FDISK to set up the new disk. Then you will be fine (be careful to set up the correct disk).

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Hey kids:

I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have my suspicions what the problem is and I hope I'm not right.

Recently my computer died. I pulled my hard drives and DVD drives and stuffed them in another box. I turned it on and it repeatedly restarted after a blue screen of death. The blue screen went by so fast I couldn't read it. Soooo, I reinstalled Windows XP Pro and SP3. After doing so, my second HD is not being assigned a drive letter. Device Manager sees it, Disk Manager sees it and says it's healthy, active and NTFS. Is there anything in the Registry I can change to make it accessible? (ALL of my music and personal documents are on this drive and I can't afford to lose ANY of it.) Or do I have to format it for the OS to recognize it as a drive? Please help soon.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Second hard-drive drive letter assignment

Hi.
Right click My Computer, click management, then enter the "Disk management application on the left.
Right click the drive that has no letter, click "Change drive letter and paths, Click add, choose an unused drive letter, click OK, and you're set.
 

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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in
nature.

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

Answer:Ext. hard drive is recognized, but no drive letter assigned in XP Pro

Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

Answer:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

.

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

Answer:A 2nd System Reserved on Another Hard Drive Under Its Own Drive Letter

Temporarily disconnect disk 0 (contains F and D) by disconnecting the SATA cable from it then reboot your PC. If it boot then you can safely delete the System Reserved D.

To delete the system reserved partition from disk 0 (Drive D), Open Admin command prompt:
diskpartselect disk 0select partition 1delete partition overrideexit

After done with the above, You might also want to swap the SATA cables between disk0 and disk1 to make C drive on disk 0 and F drive on disk 1.

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So I have this other System Reserved Partition that isn't for my main drive (C). It is under a drive I use for backing up (F). Now it wouldn't really be a big issue as it isn't much space but it also has it's own drive letter (D) which I find unorganized. I guess I could just remove it which should remove the drive? But I'm not sure if it's safe to do so since I'm not really sure the importance of this even if it's not under my main drive.

Could someone let me know if I can just remove this without issues arriving later?

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/sdJMl6T.png

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I recently installed a new WD 160Gb drive. I partitioned, formated (NTFS) and installed Windows XP SP3 (using the Windows XP setup program). However, the system has reversed my CD drive and the HD letters.

It gave the HD "E" and the CD drive "C". (It should be the other way around) I can not change the HD letter back to "C". It says I can't change the boot volume letter assignment.

I set the boot sequence in the bios to boot from the CD first, the way it should be for installing a OS, right?

What did I do wrong? Why did it assign my CD drive "C" and my HD to "E"?

Scott
 

Answer:New hard drive assigned wrong drive letter..

Hello. Correct boot sequence, not sure why the letters are reversed - you might be able to (carefully!) correct them, article here seems to explain it fairly well? http://www.petri.co.il/change_system_drive_letter_in_windows_xp.htm
 

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I installed a 80gb IDE hard drive into my other computer to access data on it and Disk Management lists the drive as "Disk 0" but will not let me assign it a drive letter or explore the drive for data. When you right click the drive it has the "Explore" choice grayed out. The only choice is to "Delete Partition...". On the disk right click choices all you have is "Convert to dynamic disk" and nothing else. The disk is the system and boot disk (I believe that is has a single NTFS partition for the entire drive space) from another PC that I don't need anymore and it has an installation of XP Professional 32-bit on it and the PC that I installed it too is XP Professional also but it is 64-bit OS. I tried a few commands in the command line utility DISKPART but none of those helped me either. I have installed foreign disks in XP many times in the past and have never seen this. Oh, also tried "Rescan Disks" from the Action menu and still no go. Any Ideas?
 

Answer:Why can't I assign a drive letter to and explore this hard drive?

did you change the jumpers for Master/CableSelect/Slave - appropriate to where you installed

I have recently seen this where windows will not see, but installing UBUNTU as a virtual CD will see the drive and copy any data files
 

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I am trying to revive the local Priest's computer - he has nothing backed up (and I'm not even Catholic ;-))
He has a Dell Dimension 933r running Windows XP Home. When he started the computer yesterday it started to boot into Windows and then just restarts in an endless cycle. It got to a point where it came up with an error "autochk not found - skipping autochk" and then a Windows XP BSOD (the ones with some hex addresses) pops up with an error for about a tenth of a second (I cannot read anything on it - it is too fast).
I pulled the drive and put it in another computer. The computer (Win XP Pro) finds the drive and it shows as "healthy" in Disk Management, but it does not assign it a drive letter. I would just like to be able to get in and copy his data.
I tried a repair install, but Windows XP says it cannot intall to the partition.
I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax (it is a Maxtor 40GB drive) utility and the drive passes all tests with no errors or failures.
I can see directories, etc. when I boot in the Windows Recovery Console, I just can't do anything with them. It tells me "access is denied" when I try to go to documents and settings, etc.
I have tried a fixboot, etc.
Anybody have any ideas how I can help him get his data back?
Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Windows XP Hard Drive Problem - No Drive Letter

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Lately, my HD Passport has been changing from J:/ to H:/ and stays there. I end up having to go to "Run" and go to "Regedit.exe" and renaming H:/ to J:/, and then restarting. But then I'll go out along my business, I'll hear the sound like something has been disconnected, and reconnected right after. It's like my hard drive is disconnecting by itself and changing to a letter drive I DON'T want. When I leave it alone, it'll have the sound it disconnected again and reconnect, but it doesn't change from H:/. It stays at H:/. I don't think it's a virus. So why do you think this is so? And how can I fix it?

Answer:External Hard Drive Keeps Changing Drive Letter

OS?

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I have five hard drives in my system. Recently after a reboot, one of my drives "vanished"
I rebooted again, it's back. SMART shows the drive is flawless - I suspect a loose connection or something.
My problem is that before the drive vanished, it was G:. Now it's D: (first open drive letter.) When I go into drive management and try to change the drive letter, it's not there. None of the drives showing have it, but it's not in the list.
I need this drive to be G: - how do I find where Windows thinks that letter is allocated and release it?Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

Answer:Drive letter missing after removing hard drive

The problem was that the drive letter I needed wasn't in the list.
A note for anyone who reads this in the future who does support - when working with someone who says "a drive letter is missing" make sure to understand if they mean the drive doesn't have a letter assigned, or if the problem is that the letter they need
isn't available. I saw a LOT of this while I was researching this problem - I could tell that the person asking the question was saying that the letter wasn't in the list, but the person trying to help would just point them towards drive management (where
they already were, if you read carefully)
In my case, it turned out I have software running that mounts iso files as CD drives. That's where the drive letter was - it had taken the assignment, but without an iso mounted, it didn't show up in drive management.
Philo Janus, MCP Author: Pro InfoPath 2007 Pro PerformancePoint 2007 Pro SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010 Blog @ http://philo.typepad.com/with-all-due-respect/

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Is there any way to keep the same drive letter (in this case, E) for my external hard drive?  I plugged a printer into my laptop yesterday, and how my EHD has become drive F. Now none of my shortcuts or file locations work any more.  The EHD is a plug-and-play device connected via a USB port.1) Can I change it back to E somehow?2) Can I set it so that it will always be drive E?I've tried removing the printer and the hard drive, then rebooting with just the hard drive.I've tried uninstalling the hard drive via device manager, reconnecting and rebooting.  It still says F.My next thought is to do a system restore back a couple days, but even if I do this, I'd like to know if there is a way to permanently assign drive E to this device.Thank you!!

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter Changed

Well, it looks like I may have solved my own problem:START --> Control Panel  --> Administrative Tools  --> Computer Management.In the left pane, expand Storage, and then choose Disk Management.  Select the external hard drive and from the right-click menu, select Change Driver Letter and Paths.  Select the drive, click the Change button, and then change the letter in the drop-down box.

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I purchased a new hard drive recently, to replace an older one that seemed to have stopped working. I had lost access to the windows 10 disc that originally came with my computer due to a move(I was not able to participate in packing my own things due to being in the hospital) so I purchased a usb flash drive to create a bootable usb to install windows on the hard drive.
I have gone through the process several times, and each time the computer restarts, I am taken back to the initial installation screen and am forced to go through the process again. This is the first time I've actually replaced a hard drive, so I'm not sure how to proceed or fix the problem. I've redone the process of putting the windows 10 installer on the usb several times, using both the windows 10 media creation tool and rufus using a windows 10 iso.
I've double checked to make sure nothing within the computer case was disconnected or loose. I'm not sure how to proceed at this point.

Answer:Issues installing Windows 10 on new hard drive

Just as the computer reboots the first time during install, pull the flash drive out.

The problem is that your bios is set to boot from USB flash drive permanently as the first device. Bios needs to be set to boot from the hard drive first as priority - and then you manually tell it to boot from the flash drive when you want it to. The workaround to changing your bios settings is to pull the flash drive out just as the computer reboots the first time when installing Windows 10.

If you happen to miss it - when the computer reboots into the first install screen again, just remove the flash drive and restart the computer.

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 Replaced the original hard drive on my Aspire AX 3910-U4022 desk top and have issues.There were a lot of help files that came loaded on my original hard drive that I would like to recover. Are they still available and, if so, how do I access them ?My immediate  problem is that I also changed my graphics to a PNY NVIDIA and I found some of my software will not work. Decided to change back to the Acer graphics. Downloaded the driver but I didn't get an install button and can not find the driver on my computer. When I plug into the original graphics port, I get nothing.Would really appreciate any help you folks can provide as it seems I have to pay Acer for answers to questions. Mush as I like this computer, I don't think my next one will be an Acer..Thanks for looking and for the hoped for answers..

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 Replaced the original hard drive on my Aspire AX 3910-U4022 desk top and have issues.There were a lot of help files that came loaded on my original hard drive that I would like to recover. Are they still available and, if so, how do I access them ?My immediate  problem is that I also changed my graphics to a PNY NVIDIA and I found some of my software will not work. Decided to change back to the Acer graphics. Downloaded the driver but I didn't get an install button and can not find the driver on my computer. When I plug into the original graphics port, I get nothing.Would really appreciate any help you folks can provide as it seems I have to pay Acer for answers to questions. Mush as I like this computer, I don't think my next one will be an Acer..Thanks for looking and for the hoped for answers..

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I purchased a new hard drive recently, to replace an older one that seemed to have stopped working. I had lost access to the windows 10 disc that originally came with my computer due to a move(I was not able to participate in packing my own things due to being in the hospital) so I purchased a usb flash drive to create a bootable usb to install windows on the hard drive.
I have gone through the process several times, and each time the computer restarts, I am taken back to the initial installation screen and am forced to go through the process again. This is the first time I've actually replaced a hard drive, so I'm not sure how to proceed or fix the problem. I've redone the process of putting the windows 10 installer on the usb several times, using both the windows 10 media creation tool and rufus using a windows 10 iso.
I've double checked to make sure nothing within the computer case was disconnected or loose. I'm not sure how to proceed at this point.

Answer:Issues installing Windows 10 on new hard drive

Just as the computer reboots the first time during install, pull the flash drive out.

The problem is that your bios is set to boot from USB flash drive permanently as the first device. Bios needs to be set to boot from the hard drive first as priority - and then you manually tell it to boot from the flash drive when you want it to. The workaround to changing your bios settings is to pull the flash drive out just as the computer reboots the first time when installing Windows 10.

If you happen to miss it - when the computer reboots into the first install screen again, just remove the flash drive and restart the computer.

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I'll start by stating that I'm not the most technically inclined individual.
I recently installed a new hard drive to replace the fried drive in a Gateway GM5076E
I'd like to note that I bought this computer open box (at a ridiculous discount) with no Restore Disc, which is where my problems now stem from.
The drive I installed was one I conveniently found in a non-working computer at work. It had Win2k on it. I removed 2k and installed XP on it.
XP installed fine, but I'm now having issues with drivers, which I can't seem to find.
No sound, no internet, etc.
The only driver that I've been able to both find and install correctly is for the motherboard.
I've searched Gateway's maze of driver downloads only to find a select few drivers for it at all, and only the previously named one which would actually install.

If someone here could possibly find me a link to a complete driver package, I would very much appreciate it.
 

Answer:Issues with finding drivers after installing a new hard drive

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Hi,I currently have one Maxtor 160Gb SATA hard drive in my system with my operating system installed. I have another identical hard drive that I'm attempting to install now, into the second of five available SATA ports on my MSI P965 Neo motherboard.When I plug in the csecond hard drive, though, Windows will not boot. It gets to the Windows logo screen with the progress animation, but before even the animation can begin, it stops and the screen freezes. This does not fix itself with waiting.My boot priorities are set to: DVD-ROM, CD-RW, hard risk. The hard disk priorities are also as they should be to my knowledge - although it can be tricky because when ordering, both disks have the same name. I have tried with either one on top of the list, and you cannot remove a drive from the list alltogether.The SATA cable is in perfect condition.When I plug the hard drive in when the system is already running, Windows will detect it and files can be written/read flawlessly. As soon as I restart, however, I run into the same issue.I'm out of ideas at this point, I don't see any other options that need to be changed.I'd appreciate any input you can offer - thanks in advance! :)

Answer:Installing a second SATA hard drive; boot issues

Sorry I cant help but it may be worth trying the msi forums click here

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Ok, here is the deal.
I have a completely formatted 250gb hitacchi SATA hard drive.
I went to install my copy of xp pro, and it couldn't find the hard drive so the install did not work. I then went to hitachi's site and they said if it's an sata hard drive you need to download the raid drivers from the mobo manufacturer. I have an asus P5S800-VM motherboard.
So I went to: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=P5S800-VM
I then clicked raid and downloaded the driver package for windows xp. (This is all on another computer.) After that, I incorperated that driver package into my xp install disk using nlite. I then used the nlite disk and attempted the install again on the other computer. This time, there was a different error message when I went to install it:
Your hard disk was not located properly. Please install the drivers from the manufacturer.
I am stumped. What should I do?
All help is appreciated.
thank you!
 

Answer:Issues Installing WIndows on a SATA hard drive

Just put them on a floppy and press F6 during the windows install to load 3rd party drivers. You'll need both the RAID and Storage drivers.
 

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Ok so I bought a new pc the other day it was delivered with Win 8 preinstalled 64 bit version, its a Packard bell Imedia. I've had a play about with it and I hate windows 8, that's why I have my windows 7 ultimate at hand ready to go on there. I've changed the boot priority for dvd drive first and enabled boot mode. Once I've got to boot mode the dvd drive never shows up in the boot menu, just the 1 of 2 1TB hdds I have in there appears. The drive is working as I've tried to run windows 7 install from the desktop though it has failed and I've read a little online to find out its due to the hdd drives being formatted in GPT format? I have never come across this before I know a little about pc's but not enough to know how to solve this issue. I really want to go back to Win 7 as I got on well with it and I hate windows 8 and I don't have a touch screen monitor to go with it either and nor would I want a touch screen monitor YCH!

hope someone here can help me i'm at my wits end haha

Answer:GPT Hard drive issues with installing Windows 7 Ultimate..

Hello DrWolfenstein, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this is a new PC and formatted as GPT, then you have a UEFI motherboard.

If you have not already, then I would recommend creating a factory recovery USB to be able to restore Windows 8 back to factory conditions on your PC if you should ever want to in the future.Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8
Next, double check to make sure that there are Windows 7 drivers available for all devices on the PC. There's no sense in installing Windows 7 if you don't have drivers for the PC.

To install Windows 7 on UEFI, you would first need to create a bootable Windows 7 UEFI USB flash drive using the tutorial below.UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Next, the tutorial below will show you how to install Window 7 on UEFI with the UEFI USB.UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,

I have bought a new 1TB sata hdd to use as my main hdd and keep my old hdd as a storage hdd.

Currently I have:

SATA1 The old Sata as C: Old Win7 installation here, and boots from this
SATA2 The new Sata as D: New Win7 installation, bios won't show this as bootable.
SATA3. DVD drive.

If I switch them around and stick my new hdd to SATA1 then it doesn't boot even though it has Win7 installed. If it's on SATA2 and the old one is back on SATA1 then it boots with 2 windows options.

Second issue is that I want my new D: drive to be C: and vice versa. I am a bit concerned about doing it through Disk management as I don't want to risk losing both OS's unless I can boot up my Win7 setup through external hdd as mentioned below.

Third issue is; my Win7 is a digitally bought version which is in my External hard drive in a folder. And I am not sure If I can just boot with that and format my c and d to be able to rearrange the volume and boots etc.


How can I set my new secondary SATA drive as my main C: drive and let the computer boot from it. As far as I know SATA's jumper settings are for something else than declaring master/slave.

Answer:[SOLVED] Issues with Installing Win7 on a new hard drive

Hi -

Both drives have Windows 7 installed on them?

I would remove the old HDD, connect the new 1 TB HDD as SATA1, wipe it will KillDisk, then install Windows 7 onto it.

KillDisk - http://jcgriff2.com/killdisk_imgburn.html

You'll need to activate and validate the OS. Activation problems may occur as the keycode is currently used for Windows 7 on the old HDD.

Contact Microsoft and explain new HDD purchase - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

Then connect the 2nd HDD, transfer over the user profile folder files, e.g., Docs, Pics, Music, etc... then format the 2nd HDD.

Info on the digital copy of Windows 7 you purchased from the Microsoft Store -

http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../dd535816.aspx
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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My brother bought a new internal 500GB hard drive a few months ago and saved all of our family photos to it. Well a few days ago he noticed it would not show up as a hard drive in 'My Computer'. If we go to 'Disk Management' the 500GB hard drive shows up without a drive letter and is marked as a Recovery Partition. Does this mean we lost all of our family photos that were on the hard drive?

If you need more information feel free to ask. I'll attach a photo of what i mean.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive does not have a drive letter but used to.

Welcome to Seven Forums BinaryMadman

The 500GB drive should not be listed as drive 0. shut down the system and swap the motherboard connectors on each drive. Let us know how that effects things for you. Go back to Disk Management, right click the drive in the bottom pane, Assign Drive leter (any will do).

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

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I purchased an external USB2 hard drive case (that has a power cable and USB output cable) and installed a 120GB Seagate drive. It seems like my laptop (running XP, USB1) will recognize the drive when I plug it in (as an USB Mass Storage device) but it does not give it a drive letter (like E) for me to access it. I have tried changing the Master, Slave, Cable Select jumper on the drive with no success. When I plug in a USB thumb drive, my laptop assigns a drive letter and I can access it via Windows Explorer with no problems, but with the 120 GB external drive, I have no luck? The drive shows up under the Control Panel.....Device Manager as a hard drive just under my laptop drive, but there is no way to store files on this external drive. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:USB External Hard drive - no drive letter

Hello and welcome... You may need to configure the drive in winXP for it to be seen properly.

Go here...
Control Panel---> adminstrative tools---> computer management---> disk management...

Does it see the hard there? I believe it will show up as Disk1... Select it and format it, you can also change the drive letter if you would like

Good luck,
G
 

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I have a USB hard drive formatted NTFS that my computer recognizes, but will not assign a drive letter. When I go to Disk Management, it shows the partition as "Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)". When I right-click, the "Change Drive Letter"
option is grayed out.
I have several USB hard drives that this computer won't work with.
I have no problem with USB thumb drives, SD cards, etc. Also, some of my USB hard drives do work!
I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
These USB drives work fine on my two other Windows computers (Vista and 7) as well as on my Mac (10.3).

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My pc will not accept a second hard drive so I have attached one externally with usb. Its power supply is direct so it stays on until I turn it off. Currently it's drive E:. However, if it's off and I add a new drive the drive letters shuffle so that when I turn it on again it might be drive H:. My backup program (Ashampoo) thinks it is drive E: and will not find it.

I have set hard drive to power off after 15 minutes for the internal drive but I have no control over the external one except to manually turn it on and off. I guess there is a control signal from the motherboard which deactivates the internal drive. Evidently that signal doesn't make it to the usb connection.

How can I either:

A. Permanently assign a letter to the drive

or B. cause the system to power it down?

Answer:How to reserve a drive letter for usb hard drive

Why can you not put in a secondary drive inside your computer? Do you not have any space? Or something else?
You cannot set an external drive to power down when the computer powers down if the external has it's own power adapter.
Press the Windows key+X choose Disk Management. In the lower pane, select your external drive and choose Change Drive Letter or Paths. Choose Change and choose the Drive letter E: (you may have to select a different drive letter, apply, then select E: and apply)This should keep the drive letter E: however, if you find it keeps getting bumped, then choose a drive letter lower in the Alphabet, like S: or T: or whatever.

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I have done a fairly deep search but failed to come up with an answer so - here's hoping I am not intruding by asking a repeat question.First - HP 4600 work station, quite new, 2Gb RAM, Intel duo E6850 @ 3 GHz.  2x 250Gb WD SATA  HDD's, partitioned, Kingston USB hub, internal  quad card reader, Ultra SCSI card, Nvidia 1700 dual mon vid.I already use successfully up to three external HDD's for backup etc with no problem - in fact USB anything is pretty OK - (as is the case on my Lenovo XP pro backup machine) .  However, this HP machine replaces my old custom machine which went sour recently and tho most data was backed up I have a few items I want to pull off two (partitioned) 150Gb HDD's from it.I have tried both HDD's in my CompUSA ext'l hard drive enclosure (which has worked on many of my old HDD's) - but I have a problem.  The OS ''Sees" the drive and seemingly sets it up as OK - but - does not allocate a darned drive letter so - can't get in!  Same on the Lenovo in fact.I took a peek within Computer management/disk management - and the drive shows but no letter.  In the top listing it shows as 35Gb with 4.1Gb spare - well that would be one partition.  The lower pictorial representation however shows it as 150Gb, basic, healthy/active - but looking like all one with no partition!  Shows too as NTFS.  Right click contect menu is all greyed out except for "delete par... Read more

Answer:Ext'l hard drive - no drive letter/letters

ChrisXPPro,Given your comments it appears you are far from a stranger in regards to knowledge re external HDD's. I suspect that is true for both standalone externals and internals converted to cases.Therefore i could assume (but won't--in case it is one of those times in life where the answer to "are you sure it is plugged in " results in it being unplugged.Hope you can follow the analogy.All this to say--my experience has shown that internal HDD"s can need to be set to varying jumper positions before placing them in a case in order for them to function.I don't know yet whether it is the brand of case that determines this,the brand of HDD,the operating system,or whatever.But from past experience i have found it can make a difference as to how it is perceived and handled by a computer. For what it's worth--maybe not much. goodluck,truenorth

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I am setting up a new computer running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I attached an old 500GB USB 2.0 hard drive. System notification showed the driver was successfully installed. However when I looked for the drive in Windows Explorer, it did not show up under Computer.

I ran Microsoft's Computer Management application. Under Disk Management, I see that the drive does not have a drive letter (see attached screenshot). However when I right-click on the drive, the option to assign a drive letter is grayed out. I searched Microsoft's documentation, but the only reason I could find for not being able to assign a drive letter would be if the disk was a system partition or boot partition. But this is just an ordinary HDD that I want to use for backups. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:Cannot add a drive letter to an external hard drive

Try to reformat it with NTFS if there is nothing on it. Use Partition Wizard free if Disk Management won't

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I have a drive that has a lot of information on it that I need. A user left our company and all of his files are on this drive. I was handed it and asked to build a VM with all his information on it. When I plug the drive in it loads the drivers and shows
up just fine in Computer Management (shown below), but not in Computer. So I think, ok, I'll just add a drive letter but that option is greyed out and won't let me. The disk is initialized and appears to be healthy. I have gone to device manager and made sure
there were no problems there as well. It was also an external drive so I removed it and made it an internal drive on my machine but got the same results. It shows up in BIOS but obviously can't boot off of it since it is not an OS drive.
Deleting/formatting the drive is not an option. Is there a way to get this drive accessible without that? Deleting it is the exact opposite of what I want done here. 
Thanks!

Answer:Change Drive Letter and Paths... greyed out. Can't assign drive letter.

That looks like a mac formatted drive, that's why it wont work on your PC. Try installing Paragon HFS+ for Windows.

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I am looking to use my 1TB seagate SATA II drive for my Windows 7 installation, and was wondering how I should go about partitioning it and how large each partition should be or what I sould put on each partition.

My system will be used for the following:

Computer Games that take up a lot of space (World In Conflict, Empire Total War, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty, etc.)
Music
Video files/ recordings (I have a Hauppauge tv card)
Some Photos
Basic apps like office
Data files

Which of the above items should I put on the OS partition, and which should get their own partitions? How large should the OS partition be compared to the other partitions? Seperate partition for games?

Having one giant drive might be nice to try, but then I would have no where to put my excess video files if I ever needed to reformat. The 1TB drive accomodates whatever video files I can't store on my 2 smaller drives and currently has 120 GB of video on it.



In addition to my 1TB drive, I also have 2 more internal drives, a 250GB Maxtor ATA which is filled with video files and a 200GB WD SATA that I use for my TV card and storing the recordings I make until I have a chance to edit them or move them to a differet drive.

I have a seperate 250GB external drive for backing up data files and music, so the backup issue is taken care of.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 and partitioning a 1TB drive

This is how i would do it.

O.S Partition of roughly 250GB:

Some Photos
Basic apps like office
Data files

On separate partition, of roughly 750GB:

Separate folders on the partition for each type.

Computer Games that take up a lot of space (World In Conflict, Empire Total War, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty, etc.)
Music
Video files/ recordings (I have a Hauppauge tv card)


Just my opinion.

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Second hard drive WDC WD600JB Hard Drive mounted internally (or external with USB adapter) is not seen by Windows XP File manager/My Computer, is listed in System Properties/Device Manager under "Disk Drives", is listed under Computer Management/Disk Management without as drive letter, right click on blank drive letter and "Change Drive Letter and Paths ..." grayed out.. (note: I suspect that the disk's copy of the system's disk is corrupt.) Going to the Command Prompt, using Diskpart, "list disk" shows both disks, unable to assign a "letter=G" or any other unused letter above G: I downloaded hard disk recovery shareware to check that the data file are still on the disk...shows the NTFS files with a sector search. Need help to get computer Windows XP to recognize drive and read files.
 

Answer:Hard Drive w/o a drive letter

At this point I usually make a forensic back up of the drive (e.g., Ghost with /ia - the 'image all' switch). If tools like Partition Magic don't even see the drive I use partition recovery software (like the one by [email protected] - which has worked VERY well for me).
 

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I just installed a new Western Digital 120 GB hard drive as a second hard drive in a Dell 4550. The BIOS shows that the boot hard drive is PRIMARY 0 and the new hard drive is PRIMARY 1. The computer boots properly and works fine. The device manager interface shows that the new drive is working properly and has no problems. However, in MY COMPUTER the drive does not exist. The drive has no drive letter, and I cannot access it. I uninstalled the drive through the device manager and reinstalled it with the same result. Through the device manager interface, I asked that the Internet be searched for a better driver and was informed that the driver being used was the latest driver. I did notice that the jumper on the new drive is in the same position as the drive that came with the computer (It's a Western Digital 40 GB). I don't know if I need to move the jumper, and if I do, I don't know where to move it. The drive was shipped to me without a shred of documentation. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

Thanks
Norjon
 

Answer:No Drive Letter for New Hard Drive

The drive (if brand-spankin' new) is probably not formatted. Right click My Computer and click Manage. Double-Click on Storage, and then double-click on Disk Management. You'll be presented with a list of the drives (including CD/DVD's) attached to the PC. Scroll thru the list until you see the new hard drive listed. Right-click on the bold print where it says Disk 1 and choose Initialize. Follow any prompts 'til that's done. Then move the pointer over to the white space and right-click and choose format, follow the prompts again (I choose Quick Format 'cuz I'm impatient, Full Format can take alot of time, over an hour in some cases), and be sure you use NTFS (NTFS is the default setting if I remember correctly). After it's done formatting, close everything and open My Computer: your new hard drive should be listed and accessible!

hopperdave2000
 

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 :-?  i have seen this problem on other forums, but nobody has posted the solution. please help.  a  my fter upgrading to a new board & cpu (athlon 64 3200+ 939 windows xp pro) my second hard drive (diamondmax 160gb) which was working fine in my old system, shows up in bios and device manager correctly, even shows volume name, but does not show in explorer.  the jumpers are set right.  in the disk management console, it shows as active healthy, but all the options are blanked out except for delete partition. i can access the drive from norton recovery disk and move or delete files that way and have done so, but i would still like to keep what's there if possible. i have done powermax and everything is fine. i tried uninstalling in device manager & letting windows find it again. it found the hardware no problem, but it still has the same situation. my next step is to remove device again, remove cables, reboot, reconnect cables & see what happens.  anyone have a real answer? i'm pulling my hair out.

Answer:2nd hard drive no drive letter

what kind of system was your old computer?  Was it also an x86 based computer?Good Info: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/reskit/c12621675.mspx#EFAA

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I recently built a new computer and installed XP Pro. I just installed the hard drive from my old computer into my new one. My problem is XP will not assign it a drive letter. I went to disk management and it shows it there and that it is working properly. Is this just a quirk with XP or am I doing something wrong?

TIA,
ksjayhawker
 

Answer:No drive letter for 2nd hard drive

I recommend you use a Windows 98 SE Startup boot disk and run FDISK to check the second drive partition table and make sure the partition is Active. If you don't have one you can download one from www.bootdisk.com. Also check you BIOS to make sure the IDE channel is set to Auto.

Good luck.
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/e1505 and I have windows 7 ultimate on it. The hard drive is only 60GBs in size and it only has 3GB of space left on it. I want to install a new HD 500GB in the laptop, but the old harddrive has drive C;\ and Backup (D:\) on it, I want to partition the new drive to have Drive C:\ and the rest extened space. what are the proceedures to perform this task. and please in details. (P.S.) I don't have the OS disc to re-install Win.7. What I do have is a 500GB Harddrive and a USB to Sata connection cable to connect the harddrive to the computer, a windows 7 repair disc for the system and backup discs from the old harddrive. How do I proceed? I have tried it once using the tools that I have and it copied the os and files just like the old drive but not enabling me to extend the C:\ drive.
 

Answer:Installing and partitioning a new laptop drive with Windows 7

The easiest way would probably be a cloning software with a external HDD as a backup drive.

create an image backup to the external drive
switch drives in the laptop
write the image backup from the external drive

I know these manufacturer's have free cloning software that can be used with their drives:

Western Digital
Seagate
Maxtor
Intel (SSD Drives)

 

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Hi everyone

I am trying to update my hard drive. I have a new WD 80gb and plugged it in as slave and partitioned and formatted through W2K disk management.

My existing hard drive has two primary partitions (C Drive NTFS 6GB and boot ext2 of 54mb) also three logical drives in the extended partition (D Drive FAT32 for my data, Ext2 for Linux 4GB and Linux Swapspace of 275mb).

On my new drive, I created 15GB for C drive NTFS, a second primary partition of 55mb unformatted and five logical drives in the extended partition - one 18GB in FAT32, another two 17 GB in NTFS another 6GB unformatted (for Linux) and another 275mb unformatted for the Linuxswap.

I then used Norton's Ghost to copy each drive on my existing HD to the appropriate drives on the new WD HD, including copying the boot and the swap which didn't appear to have anything in them - is that right?

I used the MBD function on Nortons when copying the C Drive.

Then I removed the old drive and connected my new drive as master and adjusted the jumper. When I start up, it goes to the password section of Windows 2000 and all I get is a blue screen. There is a message about pagefile not being big enough but even after altering it to maximum recommended, the message still appears.

Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

I am using Windows 2000
AMD 880 mhz

Anything else I need to tell you?
 

Answer:Solved: Partitioning, Drive Copy & installing new HD

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In Explorer:

Disk 0 shows up as C, as it should.
Disk 1 shows up as D and G.

In Disk Management:

Disk 0 shows no drive letter.
Disk 1 show only D.

If I attempt to change the drive letter of Disk 1, to get rid of the G:\ assignment, it only shows D:\.
 

Answer:Some drive letter issues

Go to Start > Help and Support and type "dynamic disk" in the search box.
 

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What's the safest way to repartition a hard drive without disturbing the present installation?

Answer:Re-partitioning a Hard Drive

partition magic click here

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60GB HDU, 512k Ram. AMD2K Win XP Pro.Norton Systemworks (NS)and Partition Magic 8. (PM)

Have just completed a clean reinstall of XP and now want to Partition Drive to allow me to have one Primary partition with XP and One (primary?)partition with a ghost of my complete setup (i.e XP, NS & PM) for recovery purposes. i.e if I have a major virus or trojan I want to just reinstall from this partition. To bring me back to this position.
My idea was to ghost the complete opersys and settings to this partition. Data will be loaded and saved separately.
I also want to have separate partitions within my first primary partition for data, films and music.
When I use PM it has allowed me to set up a separate partion. I have selected 6GB for operating system,PM and NS (probably more than required) but wont let me use the split partition to split the primary(with O/S) for data etc. What am I doing wrong or can you suggest better ways of achieving the end result?
I am not intending to load any other operating systems. This is merely to have an identical system ready to reload in case of virus attack, which is why I have had to reload everthing.
 

Answer:Partitioning Hard drive on XP

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While I had windows XP I partitioned my hard drive and had ubuntu running side-by-side with windows.
When I tried that with windows Vista ubuntu wiped out everything and took over the whole drive.
How can I partition my hard drive and install ubuntu without losing win 10? I have a solid state drive if that makes any difference.

Answer:partitioning hard drive

I am assuming that you have Windows 10 installed using MBR partition scheme.
Download and install Macrium Reflect Free . Make a backup image of current Windows to an external HD, just in case things go wrong then you can restore Windows back to the way it was,From Disk Management, shrink your HD for UBUNTU installation, usually 20GB is enough.Follow this Video to install UBUNTU. This procedure separates GRUB and Windows Boot Manager so that if any update from either OS won't interfere with each other.

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Hi guys,
I've got a hard drive here that was used in a failed image operation a few months ago. it's one of my three beloved external hard drives, and I'd like it put back the way it was, namely having 500 GB on one big partition (hence it's name). The support staff who were helping me with this failed image operation heedlessly split it unevenly, the image (or more accurately, file dump) of my former OS is there. I want that gotten rid of, yet I do not want the valuable space allocated to that partition lost. The data? That's what I want gone, not the space on the drive. Right now, the partitions on the drive are as follows: OS (285 GB), and 500 (thee original, with only 93 GB) left. It's the OS partition I want to join to the 500 partition to make one as I bought the drive three years ago. I've been looking for partition managers that do not require running within a bootable environment, considering I do not have the vision to do that (I use a screen reader), I've checked out Easeus Todo Backup, found it very inaccessible with screen readers, which leads me to assume that all of their products bring on the same issue. Any advice on how I can get this to work with possibly free tools if you can think of any? I mean, you can list comertial tools as well, I'd just prefer it if they were free. Thanks.

Chromebuster

Answer:hard drive here that needs a partitioning job

One free program that I can think of off hand is Gparted partitioning software.

The programs name is pronounced GEE PARTED

I have used it before to delete an unwanted partition that Linux had created on one of my hard drives and was amazed it seen a partition that windows based software alone could not see or manipulate.

Here is the link to the download and support page.

http://gparted.org/

Hope this helps.

Bruce.

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I have just purchased a new PC which has a 120gb hard drive. I will be using Windows XP for the first time. Is there a way to partition the hard drive without using Partition Magic?

My old computer ran Windows 98SE and I partioned it using the Windows program itself. That was 4 years ago and I don't remember what I did. If I can find my notes, my question is can I partition the hard drive using XP the way I did using 98SE?
 

Answer:Partitioning A Hard Drive Using XP

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Hi to all. its a time of good-will and beer, or what ever if you dont drink.Q. are we limited how many partitions you can have on a Hard-drive with Fat32 system.

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

I know you can use all the letters of the alphabet (include floppy and CD etc.I don't know if it is possible to use more than this.

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I just got a new IDE hard drive to run as a slave against the my small master hard drive. On the small hard drive I have my OS and I plan on using the new one as a storage/gaming hard drive. Is there any particular way I should partition it so I can run games off of it smoothly?
 

Answer:Partitioning New Hard Drive

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How do you partition a new hard drive in Windows XP?
 

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

is tis going to be your boot drive? If so put the WinXP cd inthe cdrom boot your computer and let windows xp partition for you. If you are just installing a new hard drive into an existing system, you would use the disk manager in computer mangement to do your partitioning and formating. you would find that under the storage folder in the folder view. If it is not a start menu item then go to control panel | administrative tools to find computer management
 

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Hi I am trying to partition my hard drive,Iused partion commander and got into boot up trouble.I tried Fdisc but could not understand it.Iam using a packard bell computer. does Anyone know of an easy program? Brian Collins.

Answer:hard drive partitioning

you will need to be in windows if you want to use a "program"which OS are you using?

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can someone pls help me out...my C drive there is 382 GB of free space from a total of 452 GB and i want to shrink it to 80 GB but when i do it from computer management as shown it only is allowing me to only shrink down to 216 GB not any lesser

Answer:need help partitioning hard drive....

Welcome to SF! rome

The main reason you are running into this problem is from trying to shrink the C primary you are booting into Windows from. In order to shrink the primary down past that point you will need to Diskpart or a 3rd drive partitioning program.

The thing to look at however is the total amount of used space being reported and deduct that from the total amount of drive space available before Windows or anything was installed. A 500gb drive should report some 465gb available. If your total installation of Windows, programs, and space reserved by Windows for the paging file and restore points comes in at 60gb or less you shouldn't see any problem.

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Hi all

I decided to partition the HD and install Win7 alongside Vista.

However, it appears I already have 4 primary partitions.

The C Drive, Recovery, and 2 smaller partitions I was not aware of.

Disc management tells me these were not created by Windows, and neither have names (ie; D:, E:, etc)

The first is an EISA Config, 110 MBs, the second 2.5 GBs...both appear to have 100% free space.

How did his happen? And how can I get rid of them?
 

Answer:Partitioning the hard drive

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I have a PC with a 30GB C drive which has used 27GB and a 120GB D drive with 95GB free. Can I increase the size of my C drive without losing data on both disks?What software should I use? I am running Windows XP Professional. My C drive only stores my Program files and D drive has my data.

Answer:Partitioning hard drive

You can not physically increase the size of the drive, you can however compress the data on the drive to give more space but I would not recomend doing this as it does slow things down a tad.

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thank you for the replies to my original query about re partitioning the hard drive. i'm sorry to have to raise another . if i delete all three partitions will the hard drive still be recognised in the bios. i was under the impression that at least one partition must be on the drive. i can find no facility for resizing partitions under disk management and i intended using pm to delete two and resize the other to take  up all the drive. also in disk management i can find no facility to mark C: as active. I am no expert in all this , just an old guy trying to learn and all assistance is greatly appreciated. walter.

Answer:partitioning hard drive

If you delete the partitions you will have to creat one of some size to install any operating system. You can choose the size from within Windows when the XP CD boots. (It's just after you have to press F8.)You don't need Partition Magic partitions with a new install. It is only helpful if you want to manage, add, change, resize, etc. them after an operating system has been loaded.

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I'm trying to make a 16 gb hard drive partition on my computer so that I can install windows 7. I have 140gb total on C, and 45.4 gb free. However, the vista program is only letting me shrink it by 3.7 gb. Any advice would be appreciated.

Answer:Partitioning hard drive

Hello Aethereal, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The items in the WARNING box under step 6 (STEP ONE) in this tutorial below may help you free up the space to be able to shrink it.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Well, i reformatted lastnight and partitioned my harddrive, i created 1 partition of 15gb for windows, now when i go to install CoD4 it says i havnt got enough room, have i partitioned it wrong or?
Thanks in advance, lukas.

Answer:Hard drive and partitioning

15gb is pretty small for an OS partition(I like at least 60gb). What is the total size of the drive. You could set the other drive partition as the place you would like to install the program.

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i installed a new hard drive and decided to partition it during the install. The first problem i have is that the smaller partition became the primary hard drive and the remaining larger space went unallocated. i then went in to manage the drive and allocate it, which i was able to do, but when i tried to access it i had an error that the drive had incorrect parameters and couldn't be opened. i would like to remedy this and end up with two accessable drives. i'm running xp media edition btw.
 

Answer:Hard drive partitioning

Download and install the hard drives manufacturers install software. It will allow you to partition the drive any way possible. I always do the 50, 50 thing
 

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i have just built a new computer and installed a new hard drive partitioned into two, c: containing the operating system and d: for general short term storage. i have also installed an old hard drive which is partitioned into three and formatted clean and into ntfs. I would like to change this drive into one partition for any long term storage. using partition magic should i delete two of the empty partitions and then resize the remaing one to take up the whole drive. is this the right course of action please. thx in anticipation. walter.

Answer:re partitioning a hard drive.

You have little or no files on that second hard drive, right?  If you have a few files on it, copy them over to the primary drive.  Then, just use Windows admin tools to get that second drive back to one partition.  Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, and then click on Disk Management.  You'll see the existing partitions there, and can perform drive maintenance functions from that screen.

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Newbie ---> I am doing my first computer build with Windows 7. I haven't gotten all the parts yet. I have been doing some research on the web and some people say that it is better to partition your hard drive with the OS on separate partition C:/ from the rest. I ordered a 1tb hard drive , so when I start installing the OS should I leave like 200 gb for the OS and the other 800 for the rest. BTw is the other 800gb is that automatically the D:/ drive or is that gonna be on the first 200gb? Also do i have to format both of them or just one or what? Or should I just stop screwing around and let windows do it automatically ? I`m just trying to get the best performance out all the hardware for my Web browsing and when I watch movies.
 

Answer:Partitioning a hard drive

There is no performance improvement to partitioning . . Many of us like to separate the Operating System and Applications from the data . . so that if a reinstall becomes necessary, the data is safe on the second partition.

If you create one smaller one, it will be C . . the CD/DVD drives will normally be D ( and E if there is a second one ) and the larger partition will be the next letter. You can change all of them except the one with the operating system after the installation is complete.

After you have the Operating System installed, you format the larger one using Disc Management
 

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I am trying to combine partitions on the 150 GB hard drive on my son's laptop. Right now it is showing a C drive with 50 GB (Vista Boot partition) and a D drive with 51 GB. It is also showing two sections of unallocated space - one is 9 GB and the other is 29 GB. I can't seem to find any software that will work on Vista. I've tried both Partition Magic and Partion Manager. Does anyone know of anything else that will work? I have looked at GParted, but it looks complicated and I'm afraid I'll mess something up. I've also tried using the disk manager in Vista, but it will not allow me to expand the D drive or do anything with the unallocated space. I would like to just have one partition on the whole drive. Will I need to re-install Vista to do that?
 

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

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hi, if you were to partition a hard drive 50% windows vista   50% ubuntu how would you choose which one to startup?im debating wether or not i should partition a bit of my new hard drive to ubuntui know its a simple question but ive never done a dual OS partition

Answer:partitioning hard drive

Start with Vista first. Shrink the partition down and you only need to give Ubuntu 40GB and it will be happy. Install Ubuntu after Vista. You have a large GB Hard drive. I would also make a separate partition for backups and things like that.

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I've a old PC with a 10GB hard drive - but for some reason, it's been partitioned into 5 2GB drives. Trouble is, we have about 10 users who log on this PC - and all have large profiles (the machine runs NT4 by the way). Hence there isn't enough space on the C: drive - and profile keep getting corrupted!Is there a way I can re-partition these to have 2 5GB drives??Cheers.

Answer:Partitioning Hard drive

I purchased Partition Magic 8 last week and that will enable you to create or alter the size of your hdd (49.99) or 39.99 from Argos i have just noticed.

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Whats the best way to partition a hard drive?
ATM I have a 40 gig HD with a 7.43 and a 29.7 gig partition.
I am running Windows 2000 Pro on the 7.43 partition.Is 7.43 enough for Windows to function optimally?

How do I remove my current partitons and create new ones and what programs should I use to do it?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning

Hi Skudge,
This may help !!

 

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Over the years I have seen different opinions with regard to partitioning a hard drive.
Separate OS partition, separate program partition and separate data partition. Placing the paging file on the data file vs. The OS and program files on a one partition and the data on a second.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each and/or there others.
 

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

To address just one of your points...

One big advantage to having your data on a different partition to your OS is that you can reinstall/recover easily without losing any of your files.
 

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i have an 80 gig hard drive and partition magic 8. i would like to partition my hard drive into sections like games, music, operating system etc but i do not know how to move the data to these partitions. I know how to create them but not how to move the data to them without stuffing up the whole computer. any help i would appreciate. Thanks.
 

Answer:Help With Hard Drive partitioning

first u will have to have enough room for all, make the first partition and then just drag the things to the second partion that go on it then with PT8 u can make the next partion, do the same until finished. hope this made sense.
 

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So I am planning on installing Ubuntu, but before doing so I must add a new partition. I am planning on using EASEUS Partition Master.

I am wondering how I must manipulate my hard drive's partitions in order to add a new partition for Ubuntu. I currently have 2 partitions on my one and only 250Gb hard drive. (the two current partitions take up all the space)
I have disk C: used for the Windows installation, and D: for backing up files (whenever I reinstall Windows, I can format my C: disk, while keeping the files on D: ). D: = ~37Gb and C: = ~195Gb. Both are NTFS

Now that I want to install Ubuntu, I am planning on making disk C: smaller by around 30Gb, and using this space to create a new partition for my new Ubuntu OS. Is this possible?

____________Previous Disk C:______________ | _____Disk D:_____
__________Disk C:__________ | _New partition_ | _____Disk D:_____
If this is not possible, what would you recommend me to do? I need a way to create a new partition without losing the data on partitions C: and D:.
Also, here is a EASEUS Partition Master view of my current hard drive "settings".

So what would you suggest me to do?
 

Answer:Need help with partitioning my hard drive.

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i recently bought a desktop computer with win xp preinstalled on it. the problem is that the hard drive only has one single partition with the os installed on it. the size is 160 gb and i want to have at least 3 partitions. is there any way that i can still partition the drive without reinstalling everything? thanks!
 

Answer:partitioning a hard drive

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When I installed my WD 80 GB HD I partitioned it about 50/50. Now I find I'm needing a little more space on my main drive and I'm not using the other partition much at all. Is there a way to add back to the C partition, or do I have to re-partition the whole thing??
Ruth
 

Answer:re-partitioning a hard drive

Ruth
WinXP has a disk management utility but I strongly suggest not using it!! I have heard from people that have used it and found it to be full of problems for this task. Your best bet is to purchase third party software for this task. One of the best available and works well is Partition Magic 8.0 found at www.powerquest.com
Another is called Boot It and can be found here http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/
I have not used boot it so I have no recommendations about it.

Your only other choice without third party software is Fdisk and that will destroy "C" Drive contents.

Let us know how you are proceeding.

Take care
Dave
 

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I'm trying to load some older software on a Windows 8 computer with a 2T hard drive that, from research, I've learned requires a C drive that's under 1T. In Windows 8 there's an option to shrink a volume (control panel-admin tools-create/format drive-action-all tasks-shrink volume). If I shrunk the C drive to 800G (it's been defraged and consolidated and only has 300G used) would that work without erasing the operating system? How would I get back the other 1.2T for a secondary drive? The option to create a virtual hard drive seems to want a letter which that section wouldn't have.
 
I'm hoping to partition the drive without having to reload the operatin g system.
 
Thank you.
 

Answer:Partitioning hard drive

Hey,
 
Dont worry, you wont lose any data on shrinking the hard drive. What happens it that it that the existing drive gets shrinked to the desired or available space. The remainign space can be used for creating partition(s)
 
So shrink the volume to 800GB, for that matter only 200 GB would also do, windwos 8 needs no more than 50 GB, and create a new partiton from the unallocated space.
 
Right click on computer > Manage > Slect the volume > Shrink > Create partition of the unallocated space > Assign a letter to the new drive.
 
Bingo! Your new drive is now ready.

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Hello, I have easus partion master installed on my pc.I dont actually know how to use it but,My hard drive is 160gb and i want to make it 100 for 1st and 60 for the next.I just want to know how to do it well with no mistakes.Even if is with another good and free program.My easus Program is showing C: NTFS 149gb system, Primary* Unallocated 9.61 gb, o bytes,none,logical.Can somebody pls explain to me.Thanx very much.

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning

You don't say which version of Windows you're using. With Vista and Windows 7, "Disk Management" will let you "Shrink Volume" to reduce the size of C drive and create Unallocated Space. The Unallocated Space can then be Partitioned and Formatted to create another drive. In general with Partitioning software, it will run a wizard to create the new drive and let you select from where to take the space required. You would then specify that you wanted to create a 60GB drive taking the space from your existing C drive.The *existing* Unallocated Space of 9.6GB could be a Recovery Partition to restore the PC to factory default settings, so I'd suggest you don't interfere with that.

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HiAnyone know any resources that provide a free program for this?I have broadband so large download no problem.Thanksps- Please have a look at my my modem problem I posted 9.30am tuesday. 8-))

Answer:Partitioning XP Hard Drive

There was a programme called, I think, "Acronis" given away by some of the computer mags a few months back.I seem to remember some good reports.However, the undisputed king of the partitioning programmes remains Partition Magic.

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I have a new hard drive arriveing tomorrow (120Gig) and I expect I will have to partion it to make it manageble. The new HDD is a maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB 7200RPM HDD OEM. I run XP upgraded from Win 98SE. First question - Is there free software to help partition the disc (I think I can remember how to do it in the BIOS?) or do I have to invest in "Partition Magic"?Next, I presently have a 6 gig and a 20 gig HDD in position and I intend to remove both of these, conect the new HDD, install XP, then bring the other 2 HDD on one at a time as slaves and transfer some of the data across. Second question - The presant file system is 32 bit but I want the new intstalation to be NTFS, will I have problems moveing data from the old drives?

Answer:Partitioning a new hard drive

you should be given the option to partition your drive.Not sure I understand question 2. If you mean your current filing system is FAT32 then you'll be fine, there will be no conflict between NTFS and FAT.HTHTas

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Hello Guys, I am new to this forum. I have recently ordered a Dell Studio XPS 16 '' lappy
But the problem is that it comes with only 2 partitions one C and other one hidden. The C drive is almost 450 GB in size ( as on my friends Dell ) and the hidden partition is 15 GB. What I want to do is to delete the hidden partition and create 1 primary partition of 65 GB to load windows and 3 logical partitions of sizes 60GB, 170 GB, 170 GB respectievly. I am not sure how to do it although I checked the brilliant tutorial provided I could not make it out
Please help me guys.
I also want to know one thing, how to make primary and logical partitions?
Does fotmatting unallocated space create primary and shrinking a drive creates logical?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help me in partitioning my hard drive :)

P.S. I have provided my full system specifications in my profile. Just check it in case you need it
Also forgot to mention, I do not want to create that 200 MB partition. Thanks.

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Hi,

I would like to partition my hard drive into about 7 different partitions. There will be windows XP and different types of Linux operating systems. I was wondering what is the best software to partition a hard drive. Also any recommendations on how to proceed by I start the project. Any suggestions will be helpful.
 

Answer:Partitioning a hard drive

Acronis Disk Director or Partition Magic are the two that I've used here in the past. Both would be up to this task. Of course, if there's nothing currently on the drive, you can just partition it with the O/S utilities.
 

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I have discussed the idea of hard drive partitioning (say for WXP) with a guru and his suggestion was that the linea velocity of the drive surface is greater nearer the outer edge and the data transfer is therefore more reliable. Commonsense stuff.
He further suggested that on a large drive (say 120G) it is best to partition a 10G or so area for WXP firstly, and place other stuff progressively less important further into the drive on other partitions.
The reason suggested head seek times being significantly less with the more commonly used stuff.
Again commonsense stuff.
I asked one of the drive manufacturers for an opinion and the reply was that the speed increase is marginal and not worthwhile over a non-partitioned drive.
A test experiment seemed to agree with this, but the drive being used was virtually empty.
The head activity being less would surely have some degree of effect with drive longevity.
Do any of you chaps have any thoughts on this subject?
Cheers, qldit.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning

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I need help installing a new hard disk on a new motherboard. Here are my problems: I have a Samsung Hard Drive that is 750GB. When I attempted to partition it using the Windows XP disk it says that the disk is only 131069MB (I think that is 131GB). I have Partition Magic and I put the CD in and it booted and gave me:

Caldera DR-DOS 7.03
1. Norton PM
2. Boot Magic
3. DOS

When I select either number I get A:. So, I did a dir and I got that it had DOS so I selected FDISK. When I tried FDISK it says that my disk is 8032.4 MB.

When I check the size of the disk on the BIO screen it shows that it is 750GB.

1. How can I get this disk partition at it full size?
2. I will need to load Windows on there but I all I have is a Windows XP Upgrade disk and a Windows 98 Upgrade disk. I was going to attempt to get full version from Ebay but I see some saying that they are Windows 95 Floppy Boot Disk (it says that it is a Setup Disk on the picture of it) will that work?
 

Answer:Partitioning New Hard Drive

Use a third-party partitioner, or use an XP SP2 or greater version of XP. Also, check that BIOS sees the drive correctly.

Are you using XP "Gold"? If so, you need to make an SP3 CD for the installation. It will then recognize drives larger than 137 GB's. Are you using NTFS (I hope)?

Partitioning Tools-->

Free:

Paragon Partition Manager 8.5-- PPM Special Edition serial and free registration
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
SystemRescueCD
Gparted LiveCD
Parted Magic
Vista Recovery Disk (Shrink, expand, create, delete partitions)
XP Recovery Console CD image (Create and delete partitions with diskpart.exe)
Partition Logic
Ranish Partition Manager
Cute Partition Manager

Shareware:

Paragon Partition Manager
Paragon Hard Disk Manager
Terabyte BootIt NG
Acronis Disk Director
V-Com (Avanquest) Partition Commander
EASEUS Partition Manager
7Tools Partition Manager
Spotmau Partition Genius
 

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