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Creating A New Partition Or Wiping A Partition On External Hard Disk Stuck

Question: Creating A New Partition Or Wiping A Partition On External Hard Disk Stuck

I have an external hard disk of Samsung 650GB which got damaged when I was transferring some files to my pc through it. Now when I connect to any PC or Laptop it shows the safely remove icon but there is no letter assigned to it and also doesn't show up in My Computer though it can be seen in Disk Management.

I tried Mini Tool Partition Wizard but when I create a new partition it stops at 90%. I tried wiping out the partition but to no avail.

Is there any solution for it??? Please help.

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Answer: Creating A New Partition Or Wiping A Partition On External Hard Disk Stuck

I would check the manufacturers site for a windows utility to low level format it. If you cannot find a utility to do that on manufacturer's site, then try this: to wipe the drive. WARNING!! this will destroy all data on the selected hard drive!! be very careful when selecting a drive to wipe that you don't inadvertently select the wrong disk. After a low level format, unplug the drive, plug back in, windows should detect as a new, virgin, drive and it'll prompt you to format it. Format it and hopefully everything will be fine from here on out for you.

Post back, Hope this helps!!

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First sorry for bad english.
I am using Hitachi hard disk (Hitachi HDS721050CLA SCSI Disk Device) which has actual size of 466 GB, on windows 7. When i assembled PC from retailer he made three partitions of size C=151, D=152, E=162 GB. I had no idea about partitions at that time.
Now I understand that making more partitions will be useful for data management so I moved all my important data to E drive. And as my system was slow i also wanted format windows 7.

While formatting i deleted C drive(System) and D drive(which was labelled as logical), which Created about 300 GB free space. First I created 1 drive with size of 120 GB. while creating this drive windows pop up with message saying something like this, 'For security reasons windows will create one additional drive".So It created two drives , one with 120 GB and second with 100 GB.It Still shows 183 GB free space was left. I created one extra drive with 90 GB space. After creating this drive 93 GB free space was left on hard disk. But there was no option to make additional drive. So i completed format and re-installed windows 7.

Now i have three drives, Newly created C=120, D=90 and old E=162 GB plus 93 GB free space. When computer restart after format, it open D drive in auto-play menu like DVD, which was totally unusual for me and it even ask me to format it.
Now the problem is i want to create new partition from with that 93 GB free space. So i opened disk management tool. Then while creating a new sim... Read more

Answer:Problem while creating new partition on hard disk.

Creating a Dynamic disk will delete all the data on all the remaining partitions. The Windows 7 OS will remain intact.
This procedure only destroys data, not the physical drive.

There's free partitioning software that will allow you to increase the partition(s) sizes, to utilize the 93GB.

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online
The home versions are free.

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i have a 500gb Freecom external hard drive, i use it for both storing files and multimedia playback via my xbox 360, it was setup as a Fat32 format, but i needed to store files larger than 4gb on it so i took everything off reformatted it to NTFS and put the large files on there, now i found out the xbox 360 wont read this format, so im guessing the answer is to partition it? one side being NTFS other Fat32? is that possible and also do i have to remove all of my files back across again took 4 hours last time. it has 200gb left.
what program to use as well, like a free one if possible!

Answer:External Hard Disk Partition

I can only help you out with the file copy program,which is
I don't have an answer to the rest of your questions,sorry!

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I hv window vista business edition OS. I purchased 500 GB seagate external hard drive as I wish to transfer my
collection of songs and photos from my laptop to hard drive. How do I partition the hard drive in three parts. It
comes with integrated software for backup and I have registered on net with seagate.I am not been able to backup my
files. No funny answers plz.

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I hv window vista business edition OS. I purchased 500 GB seagate external hard drive as I wish to transfer my collection of songs and photos from my laptop to hard drive. How do I partition the hard drive in three parts. It comes with integrated software for backup and I have registered on net with seagate.I am not been able to backup my files. No funny answers plz.

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Hope someone can help me on this.I am attempting to copy an entire partition to an external hard disk as a back-up. I first tried Norton Ghost 2002 which supposedly has USB support. However it stated no USB connection found.I then tried to do it direct from Partitionmagic 7 which recognised the external hard drive but gave a maximum file size of 0.00Mb! So no luck there.Finally I made the partition to be copied unhidden and simply dragged it from "My computer" on the active partition to the external hard disk. This worked but whether I can raise it from there in the event of a system crash I have no idea.Any advice would be appreciated!CheersAndrew

Answer:Partition to external hard disk

Partition Magic 8 should be able to do this from within Windows so should have no problem. Sorry I cannot be more certain as I dont have an external hard disk.Same goes for Ghost 2003 - although I have not forked out for this yet due to the probs I have with 2002.

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Hello everyone,

The main issue is that I have an ISO file on a USB and I've been trying to boot Windows from it. I get to the screen where it asks me which hard drive I want to install the OSS. I bought a new hard drive and as such it appears as Disk 0: Unallocated Space. From there, I select it and hit "next" but it gives me the error message: "Setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition."

I tried partitioning it, and then I tried formatting and that didn't work. Also, even though it is a SATA Hard drive, it is set as IDE on the BIOS.

One part I should point out is that the SATA cable I'm using is for my old hard drive which was a SATA 3.0 gb/s. This one is 6.0 gb/s. I'm pretty sure that they are backwards compatible but just in case this could be an issue too I should let people know.

Also, would it help if I burned the ISO on an empty DVD disk instead? I heard sometimes the culprit is things on USB.

Thank you

EDIT: Should point out that this is an old motherboard, but because I took the old hard drive out, it is a clean install, meaning that I have no OS at all

Answer:Windows 7 cannot install on new hard drive. Stuck on disk partition

Work through the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

In BIOS setup are there any settings for CSM, UEFI, Secure Boot or Legacy BIOS, or does the BIOS Boot menu show any UEFI devices listed?

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My computer has been infected by a serious virus and I ended up formatting the computer. I installed McAfee (after the reformat) and scanned the computer and found it OK. However, when I did the scan for the external hard disk I found that there is a ?generic.dx? Trojan in one of four partitions but McAfee tells me "No Action Taken: Cleaning Failed" or similar notification. I tried to update the AV but that did not work also. My computer is still Ok as I did some online scans and it is clear but I have some files in this hard disk that I really need. I did not open the hard disk after getting that notification of the Trojan and I am now lost: where to go to restore security to my computer after this?

1. How can I remove this ?generic.dx? Trojan from the partition?
2. Why McAfee cannot clean this?
3. I tried to update McAfee but failed, why?
4. Is it dangerous to keep accessing the hard disk without opening the infected partition or that is dangerous as well?

Help me please,,

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Hi Will the Factory Backup Partition utility wipe (format) an external hard disk that it is backup to? Also, what is the minimum size of storage needed? Regards

Answer:Factory Backup Partition and External Hard Disk

Hello, The wording of your situation is quite vague so exactly what are you trying to do? Also, please include your Lenovo model number and operating system in your detailed response.

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I've bought a Western Digital Essential 160GB USB hard drive. My computer has an AMD Duron 650 processer, Win98SE, and an 8gb hard disk with 2GB C: and D: partitions and 4GB E: partition. (Yes I know - that's why it's time I backed up the whole thing!).I understand Win98SE won't recognise all its space. I think there's a way round that, but that's not an issue for me yet, with such a small internal hard disk.The most urgent use is to do a copy of my entire internal hard disk occasionally, in case of failure (and leave the external one disconnected when not copying to it, as I'm susceptible to lightning here). It could also be handy for archiving images and documents every so often, (and maybe for transferring stuff between my computer and other peoples'?) (I'm not into moving images, storing music etc yet, so am not bothered now about only having USB1 ports).What I'm wondering is how to organise the partitions. Do I make an 8GB one for the image of the entire hard disk? (Should I avoid making it larger than that, or doesn't it matter?) I guess I want a second partition for archiving, but should I also have some more partitions from the start, for the further uses that are bound to occur to me? (I don't know if partitioning can be changed retrospectively, while leaving some intact, complete with data).A lot of questions I know, and some might be answered by the Western Digital software when I download it (one piece looks, from the name, like a disk imaging program). But if any... Read more

Answer:Advice on partition sizes for external hard disk?

i dont have partitionsI just back all my data up to the second hard driveI have 120gb sata and a 180gb PATA drive, the 180gb has 29.3gb space freeSo as you can see you can easily and quicky fill it up

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I tried to download Partition Logic from its website. Since they didn't offer the exe file, I downloaded the ISO image, and burned it using Nero as it was instructed. The CD seemed to have burned well (I can see the different folders and files), however, I can't figure out how to run the program. Could someone help me. Thank you.

As a side note, I am trying to format my hard disk and make a clean reinstallation of Windows XP SP2. However, I have already partitioned my hard disk in 2 halves. I tried to delete one of them using the Computer Management, however, instead of merging it with the system partition, it remains unallocated. Does someone knows how to solve this issue. Thanks again

Answer:Hard disk partition with Partition Logic

Partition Logic runs from the CD. You boot it up. But I wouldn't use it. I have great hopes for such free apps, but I don't think that one is ready for prime-time.

Try the free Paragon partitioner (and make the CD after installation so you can partition from the boot CD, too).

The XP partition will need to be resized by a third-party partitioner.

Partitioning Tools-->


CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Gparted LiveCD
Parted Magic
Vista Recovery Disk (Shrink, expand, create, delete partitions)
Free Paragon Hard Drive Manager 8.0 Special Edition (Make recovery CD for offline partitioning or defrag.)
XP Recovery Console CD image (Create and delete partitions with diskpart.exe)
Partition Logic
Ranish Partition Manager
Cute Partition Manager


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

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A friend of mine gave me his external hard drive with the hopes that I might be able to fix it.

It's a new external Western Digital that is 2TB in size and he purchased it within the last 2 or 3 months. I don't know what he did, but it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the USB cord without properly unmounting the drive and something with his filesystem became corrupted. I don't know how to repair this.

The drive will show you a drive letter when you attach it to Windows, and using a partition manager (in Linux) shows the drive to contain an "unknown" partition type. In Windows, running "chkdsk e: /x /r" returns an error that says "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives".

Anyone know of a reliable (and preferably free) utility that might be able to repair this kind of problem quickly?

Answer:External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Is this a data recovery operation? Should be able to just format again if not.

Otherwise testdisk ( might be useful to recover the partition info.

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Never done this before: Want to create a new partition and install Linux on my latop with 64-bit Win 8.1. What is the best/easiest way to do it? The built-in feature in 8.1? Some third-party app like Partition Magic? I have plenty of free space (>650GB). How much of it should I allocate for the new partition?

Answer:Creating Disk Partition (Win 8.1)

What you want to do involves some pretty fundamental changes to the way your computer boots up and should not be undertaken lightly as the changes are significant and are not straightforward to reverse. If you just want to gain experience with Linux there are alternatives which are non-destructive and easily removed if you decide you don't want Linux permanently.

Easiest of all is to store the Linux ISO file somewhere on your hard disk and download, install and run EasyBCD. Once EasyBCD is up click on Add New Entry and in the Portable/External Media section click the ISO tab. Give your distro a name, browse to its location and Add Entry. That's it - next time you boot you will have a choice of Win 7 or your new distro. Also a good idea to keep a flash drive plugged in so you can save your Linux session and not have to start all over next time you run it.

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Hi, I'm starting work on a project that I'd like to have on a seperate partition of the hard drive on my Dell Desktop running XP home edition. Is it possible to create a new partition without deleting everything that's on the disk?

If I do have to completely format the disk does anyone know if there is a way I could copy an image or something onto my external hard drive so that I don't have to go through the process of installing drivers, the service packs, settings, files and Programs. I know there is the file and settings transfer wizard but I don't think this works for programs, does it?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Answer:Creating A Partition without formatting disk?

What you need is some partition software.

E A S E U S Partition Manager Home Edition

copy and past that url, then delete the space between ea and seus

ea seus

this is what it looks like with/o the space

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I have a maxtor 250gb drive and windows gives me about half by default leaving unallocated space, can I merge the unallocated to form the full 250 drive or do I need to have 2 partitions and how would I be best going about it, would a second partition just need formatting or would it need cartain files on it? Many thanks

Answer:creating partition via disk management

Is this when installing?If so you need XP service pack 2 disk to find the full volume of the drive.

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Hello everyone!
I need to know while creating VHDX dynamic, on the partition format option it means it will format only just the allocated volume in the partition for VHDX or the entire disk partition?

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I have 455 gb of c Drive and out of that 150 GB is free. I have on one drive C. I want to create a partition.

However when i click on shrink volume of C drive it shows that only 3 gb of space is available to create a partition.

I have attached the image which shows the popup window. In the back window u can see the free space.

Please some 1 help me in this. Thanks!

Answer:Error in creating Partition in Windows 7 using Disk Fragment

You need to use Partition Wizard bootable disk, rather than Windows Disk Management. The former does not have the limitations of the latter.

The last link at the bottom of this page:

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

Burn it to a disk and boot from it.

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I'm not sure if I'm doing this right. I did see some posts about backup up a system, but I'm not sure I understood the entire process, at least the way I did it. I'm not sure that I did it correctly, but I don't have an external hard drive (except for an 8GB usb drive, and that is not big enough). The purpose of my backup is just to make a recovery partition that I can copy, if something goes wrong. Obviously, if the hard drive fails, it's not going to help me, but many times things can go wrong with Windows.

I tried to use a Linux Based recovery program, but neither of my Linux live CDs that I've created seem to be able to load the kernel, for some reason, so while I'm researching that problem, I just used EaseUS partition, to make a 40 GB partition, that contains my Operating System with all of the updates. I probably could have made it smaller, but I figured I'd leave extra room just in case. Then I copied my drive C: onto a second backup partition of the same size. I left the HP recovery partition, and that left me with about 100GB of space for data storage. I plan to install programs on this partition.

But I have 2 questions concerning this:
1. Is this really going to help if I get a virus, because the backup partition is not really protected?

2. How am I going to boot from this partition if my Windows system files become so corrupted that I cannot boot? I'm assuming I need some sort of recovery disk, I just don'... Read more

Answer:Creating a backup partition on my hard drive?

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Okay guys, Here, I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit, but I'm thinking of creating a partition for and installation of Windows XP (As I need Direct X 9 for some things).

So, basically, on My HD, I have 75 GB of free space, and I want to pull 40 of it out to make a new logical partition, a "D drive" if you will. I looked into it myself for a while, and found that Partition Magic supposedly can do that, but I got an error before running the installer telling me it has known compatibility issues. Anyone willing to help? I was thinking about trying it from the installer, but I'm quite paranoid, as I don't think it allows for this.

Answer:Partition - Creating Logical Partition from and existing one?

Instead of installing PM create dos diskettes (x2) with which you will be able to run the prog in dos mode.

and I want to pull 40 of it out to make a new logical partitionClick to expand...

You will need to create a primary (not logical) partition in which to install XP.

Dual / multi boot systems have o/s ordering requirements. By that I mean that XP must reside in the first primary partition and vista on the next one.

Good Luck

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Hi guys i couldnt shrink my C drive less than 456GB so i usesd EASEUS Partition Master to shrink C drive to 150GB but now i cannot make a new partition of the unallocated drive, i get the error "You cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partitions".
i have attached the screenshot for a better understanding for you guys.
Can i increase the size of E drive and merge this unallocated drive with it or make a new drive of it?

Answer:Error while creating partition to unallocated partition

I looks like your hard drive is a MBR format (legacy) drive. On a MBR drive you can have a maximum of 4 Primary partitions. To add more partitions you must create one Extended partition and then use Logical drives within that partition.
Local Disk E: is already set up as the Extended partition (the green box around it indicates this). So you will have the option to create Logical drives in or after E:.

The problem is that Windows Disk Management tool is quite limited in what it can do. Disk Management can't even extend partitions to the left.

You need to shift that unallocated space down towards E:. You would also probably want that Extended partition at the end of the drive (although that is not absolutely necessary).

Minitool Partition Wizard, from the bootable CD, can do the job for you. Please remember that it is always a good idea to backup your data before playing with partition shifting. While PW is quite good, thing do go wrong from time to time.

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

Also note: if you do add a fifth Primary partition on a MBR disk the entire disk will be converted to a Dynamic Disk. And you do not want to do that.

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Hi everyone,
I want to create a second primary partition on my first harddisk(disk 0 look at picture)

from the free space there in the extended partition(view screenshot). Now my problem is that whenever I want to create a new partition by right clicking and selecting "New Simple Volume" and selecting the formatting etc, I get another logical drive in the extended partition(look at picture below).

Is is not what I want. I want to move that free space out from the extended partition and add the unallocated 9 MB to it and then create a second primary partition on disk 0.

Note: If its possible I want to do this without using any third party software, IF POSSIBLE.


Answer:Creating a 2nd primary partition from extended partition ?

Unfortunately, you can't do what you want without third party software. Windows does not support moving partitions in Disk Management. What you need to do to solve this is to move F: to the end of E:, then shrink the extended partition, then you can create a new primary partition after the extended partition.

Like I said, Windows Disk Management does not do this, so you'll need a third party tool. I suggest Paragon Partition Manager Express, which is free.

Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition - Leading partitioning software! | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, resize partition

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I need some help regarding disk imaging/partitions. I have a workstation on a gaming rig. I work and play games on it. I wanted to ask if I could separate my work files and GAMES setups (installed files) so they don't harm my work data.

I do play games with cheats/hacks and they mostly contain malicious files which can damage my operating system. I want to create a seperate DISK image like Vmware in which I can run games without being worried about any harmful files accessing my work partition.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Creating a seperate disk image partition for running unwated programs.

Click Start
Right mouse click My Computer and click manage

This will bring up the computer manager on the left click Disk Management under Storage

Here you will see your hard drive in a raw form. Right mouse click your hard drive and click Shrink Volume...
This may take a while but the Manager will now Query the volume for available Shrink Space.

Where it sais Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB is the amount of MB's your new Partition will have (remember there is 1024 MB's in 1 GB use the calculator to calculate how much gigs your assigning it. Press Shrink then once shrink the partition will NOT be available for use yet.

Next you need to right click this new Partition and click Format.. make sure its file system is NTFS and that you are using all the space available then format it and you have a second Partition ready for your games.

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Alright this is something that has been bugging me a lot recently. Since I've gotten my hands on my Asus windows 8 laptop last Christmas, I've always wanted to install Windows 7 on it. Found out about Virtualbox the other day and installed it with windows 7. Everything worked out and my fear of messing up my new laptop was gone. However my laptop is loaded with some pre-configured apps that are specifically designed for my Asus laptop. I didn't want to lose some files and those apps so I wanted to create a partition from my main hard-drive (Disk 0) and install windows 7 on there. I wish to use dual boot and switch to either OEM with ease. When I try to install windows I get the error "This isn't a GPT drive, which could cause the installation to fail. Would you like to continue?" Around those lines. Well after a few hours of fooling around I decided to give up and continue with the installation. When my laptop loads now, there's two options windows setup and windows 8.1. Windows setup doesn't go through and gives me an error.

Two questions now, how do I install two operating systems on one hard-drive by using partitions possibly?


How do I get rid of that windows setup boot up screen now? It's getting annoying :/.

I'll appreciate any sort of feedback/advice.

Thank for reading guys!

Answer:Creating a partition from one hard-drive and installing Windows 7?

Go to the Boot button in msconfig and see whether you can get rid of the boot entry there. Else you can use EasyBCD to get rid of it.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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Some months ago I purchased a 120 Gb External Disk, mainly for doing back-ups. Unfortunately I was playing around with some freebie backup software from the magazine and I accidently partitioned my external disk.Now when I switch on my external disk, I see drive E: 60Gb and unallocated 60Gb (approx). So the unallocated portion has now become unavailable to me.I would be most grateful if anyone could suggest a way in which I can make Drive E: have all its 120Gb available to me and not just half of it please. I use Vista 32 bit for the Operating system.

Answer:Remove partition on External disk

Format the unallocated partition via control panel/admin tools/computer management/disk management. It should then become available

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I have recently taken a new PC with win 8.1.
My old PC had win xp.
My old HDD had two partitions C: and D:.
Now when accessing the old HDD as an external disk, I can find the first partition C: but in place of partition D: , it does not show at all and size shown is 0. ( 0 used and 0 available)
the files and folders are obviously not seen too.
what can be wrong and how do i access this partition again.
request someone with specific advice to inform me how to resolve this.

Answer:windows 8.1 - PC does not detect one partition in external disk

Start by running Seatools for Windows (free from here: )
Run the long/extended test on the hard drive whose partitions/files you can't see.
What was on partition D:?
Have you tried recovery software?  If not, I'd suggest this program (it's free to see what you can recover - but costs if you want to recover):
There are free programs that do this, but they aren't as reliable or they're much more difficult to use.  If looking for a free program I'd suggest:

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Trying to do a clean install and my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 seems to have an aversion to putting the system reserved partion on disk 0. My HP notebook has two identical disk drives. If I boot up the windows install with both drives unallocated and do a custom install, the window where i select the partition for the install if I click new to create a partition on disk 0, it creates one partition on the whole disk. If I do the same for disk 1 it automatically creates two partitions, one for the system reserved. If I try to do that in reverse order by partioning disk 1 first it will still create two partitions on disk 1 (one for the system reserved). It wont partion disk 0 with the system reserved partition.

I tried to install windows with only disk 0 plugged to into the motherboard and that worked when i partitioned the drive during the windows install it created the system partion on disk 0. However once i had windows up in running, I plugged disk 1 (unallocated) back into the mother board and windows woudnt boot up.

I could jsut install windows on disk 1 but ive read that it is better to install it on disk 0.

Answer:Clean install wont partition Disk 0 with system reserved partition

Welcome to the forum.

When you tried to boot with both disks installed, did you go to the BIOS and check that disk 0 was the first in the boot priority?

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I use Windows 7 professional 64 bit edition. Im a novice user who is doing this for the 1st time.
I intend to use Macrium Reflect Free edition to store an image of my C drive which is the only partition I have, (931 GB ( of which 537 GB is free) ) on an external HDD which is of Sony, 1TB & Fat32 formatter.

But am I supposed to format the external HDD before attempting to create an image on it? The external HDD already has nearly 400 GB contents on it, & i cant wipe it off. Does the imaging process wipe it off? Or am i expected to do it, before starting the imaging process??

& also how much space is the image going to occupy roughly??

& one more doubt.. What is meant by compression? If I go for a "medium compression" option, will it affect anything when I restore from the image? I mean.. Will it affect the quality of the media files when I restore from the image?

I'd be highly thankful if someone could guide me on this.. Please..

Answer:Should I format external HD before creating a hard disk image on it?

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Quote: Originally Posted by RebeccaValentin

I use Windows 7 professional 64 bit edition. Im a novice user who is doing this for the 1st time.
I intend to use Macrium Reflect Free edition to store an image of my C drive which is the only partition I have, (931 GB ( of which 537 GB is free) ) on an external HDD which is of Sony, 1TB & Fat32 formatter.

But am I supposed to format the external HDD before attempting to create an image on it?

No reason to do that. The Macrium image will be just one more file to store, albeit a big one. Just like a huge picture of your cat. You don't need to re-format your external just because you want to store a picture of your cat on it. "Create an image" simply results in an image file that needs to be stored somewhere. It's "image restoration" that wipes stuff out.
The external HDD already has nearly 400 GB contents on it, & i cant wipe it off. Does the imaging process wipe it off? Or am i expected to do it, before starting the imaging process??

No and no. Image restoration would wipe the partition to which the image is restored, but simply storing an image file wipes nothing--no more than storing the picture of your cat onto the external would do.

& also how much space is the image going to occupy roughly??

Roughly 50% of the occupied space of the imaged partition.

If your C is 300 GB, with 100 occupied, figure about 50 GB for ... Read more

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MSDN member.
Primary OS is Windows 8.1 but I need to install a Windows 7 partition for testing. I've followed threads dealing with others also having problems but they've not solved mine.
I've several SATA and one SSD HDD. Windows 8.1 is installed on SSD. I'm trying to install W7 + update 1 from msdn supplied ISO burned to DVD onto an empty 2TB HDD. I've unplugged a couple of USB flash drives. Checked that AHPI (or whatever it's called) for my SATA drives is turned on. Had safe boot off and on. Checked it's MBR partition and not GPT. I've also run through the installation problems thread.
When I get to the pictured screen, I select the empty disk and attempt to set it up but nothing happens when I press Apply and I get the following message when I press the next button. I've never had problems like this before and don't know what else I can try to fix it.

Answer:W7 won't install on partition. Disk drive partition problems

If the 2TB drive is empty (not used) then delete all the partitions until it's just unallocated space, then click Next to start the install. The installer will create the partitions it needs then do the install.

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Hi there!

First of all, I am a noob, so don't be too evil

I have installed a new windows 7 on my laptop (in D: ), but there is still the old win 7 (in C: ). I want to delete C: (there are only programs and virus in it ) but it is the system partition. Can I do it? If not, what can I do to delete or at least format C:? I want that 100GB of space in D: and not in C:

(I have no CD reader in this laptop)

Answer:NOOB: Move system partition to a different partition on the SAME disk

I have installed a new windows 7 on my laptop (in D: ), but there is still the old win 7 (in C: ). I want to delete C:

If your intention was to delete/format "C", why did you installed OS on the second partition ?. You could simply format the first partition and use it during the install.

Since there is no data to be saved, i would recommend a clean install as per this guide - Clean Install Windows 7

Basically you boot from the install disk, delete all existing partitions, create two partitions ( one for OS and other for data ) and choose first partition for install. If your OS is retail version, use the key for net based auto activation.

If your Windows is OEM, please follow this guide - Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
It is possible to format the "C" and run "Startp Repair" from install disc to fix the boot but it is always better to install and keep OS on the first partition. A clean install will also help you reclaim the space occupied by the 15 GB partition ( probably OEM recovery ).

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I have a hard disk that the Disk Management diagram shows 4 partitions left to right:

110mb Healthy (OEM Partition) / 10GB Healthy Active Primary / OS (F) 136.44GB (Healthy

Primary Partition / 2.50 GB (Healthy Primary Partition)

(see screenshot)

I tried reformatting it but the reformat window would only allow the reformat of the OS partition

How do I reformat this disk to use its total 150 GB of space instead of the 136GB of storage it currently allows?

Thanks for your help

Answer:How to reformat a 4 partition disk to create 1 partition for storage

I would suggest you to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD .

For deleting all partitions of disk1 : Help on how to Delete All Partitions with partition manager - Partition Wizard?

For creating a new partition there : Create Partition help of partition software - Partition Wizard.

(all the links contains a video guide , at the bottom of the pages content. )

Alternatively, using disk management :

you can delete all the partitions : Partition or Volume - Delete

And create a new one : Partition or Volume - Create New

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I have just bought an External Hard Drive. Which will, I hope take care of my Off Site security for the next few years.Maxtor 5000XT. USB2 and Firewire. 250 Gb.In the future it will probably be used on PC's and Laptop's that are running W-XP or later, so NTFS. But it will initially be used with XP, W98se, so Fat32 as well, and if possible W95.I have not even plugged it in yet and am still reading the set-up, and planning a longterm strategy.So:Q1. Should I Partition the drive with a different partition for each Computer, and is it possible to have a different file system on each partition.Q2. What would be the best solution to handle the creation of back-up copies? Norton Ghost or equivalent, from what I have read so far. The actual program I use will be a later decision, after I have read the vast batch of relevant postings on this board.Q3. Maxtor have a proprietary One Touch Back-up called Dantz Retrospect Express, but I gather it overwrites the previous copy and I have found nothing on how it would handle the information from several different computers on the one drive and possibly the choice of which partition to place its copy?Thats enough to confuse the issue for now. Thanks in advance for any contributions, but please keep them simple as I am working at the outer limit of my knowledge portfolio. aka - I don't know what the hell I'm doing!

Answer:External Hard Drive -To Partition or not?

My advice:create a seprate partition for each machine you are backing up.Use Norton Ghost to create daily (more / less frequent as you require) backups. Create these locally.Copy them to the relevant external disk.______________If you are only backing up user data, try something like Cobian Backup. click here - it's free.

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I tried to use partition magic to add a partition to my 250 gig usb2 external hard drive, so that I can install Linux, but it only shows my internal Hard drive C: and it's partition D:. I tried uninstalling PM and reinstalling it in drive I, but I can't seem to get it to run in that drive. How do I partition a usb2 HD, or get PM to recognize it?

Answer:how do I add partition to my external hard drive.

Is it recognized in My computer? If so , is it in control panel / admin tools / disk management?

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I am new to the forum. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but hoping someone here can direct me or might know.

I purchased a 1TB hard drive to place media files on it so that I could plug it into my DVD player which has a USB port. I made sure to format the hard drive to Fat32. What I can surmise is that the 1TB hard drive is too big for the DVD player to read. I plug it in and it says Device Not Supported. But I've successfully plugged in an external card reader and used a 16GB SD card to place files on and it reads them fine. So I'm thinking it's the size of the drive that is the issue.

Someone who is more computer savvy told me I might have to partition the hard drive into two partitions. One partition 16gb and then the other partition with whatever is left. They did say they were not sure if there was a way to set it up so the 16gb Partition is what is recognized first when plugged into the DVD player. This way I would transfer movies I want to watch to the 16 GB partition, and transfer them over.

Now when I search hard disk partitions in Windows 10 the manager comes up and I can see the hard drive, but I can not change the size to partition it. It's grayed out. Is there a freeware program that works with Windows 10 that will split the hard drive into two partitions in sizes I specify, and make sure that the 16GB partition is the first one loaded or seen? And if I set it up that way when I plug it into my computer will the computer see ... Read more

Answer:How to Partition a 1TB external Hard Drive?

The easiest program to use for partitioning is MiniTool Partition Wizard Free:
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

As long as drive letters are assigned to both partitions, when plugged into the computer you will have access to both partitions.

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I have windows 7 home premium 32 bit. I got a new WD Elements 2.5 TB external hard drive. The laptop detected it perfectly and it showed about ~2.25 TB space. The problem came when I tried to partition it into two partition, one 1.75 TB and other ~500 GB. I tried windows 7 data management. When I shrunk the volume to make first 1.7 TB partition it made it correctly but it created two ~250 GB un-allocated partitions. Then I created one partition from first un-allocated space and tried to extend it but it is not giving me an option to extend it. Also it is not allowing me to create another partition from remaining ~250 GB partition.

I tried EASEUS partition manager but it shows whole external hard drive as unsupported.

Can anyone help me with it please?


Answer:2.5 TB External Hard Drive Partition

paragon software's partition manager is the only one I know of that handles usb externals properly.
Paragon Software: Download free partition software for home's not a free one though.

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Hi. I got a few months ago I got an external hard drive (1.5 TB). Now I want to partition it but I have Partition Magic 8.0 and it doesn't allow me.Any other program available in the web. Thanks for any info.

Answer:How to partition an external 1.4 terabytes hard dr

Give this freebie a tryclick here

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This may be a stupid question, but when I try to connect my new external hard drive (that will be used for backup and file storage), how do I partition it? I have decided that I need to, but am not sure how to go about it. I do not have Partition Magic, but do run WindowsXP. I want to make sure I partition it before I start putting anything on it. Thanks for your help!

Answer:What do I need to partition new external hard drive?

Check the manufacturers website. They should have a program you can use to do it (usually automatically). I would check to be sure it is the one you need. Not sure if you need a special program for an external.

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Howdy. I have a Mac Mini with an internal hard drive partitioned with Bootcamp for a Mac side and an XP side. It is so full I can't run the SP3 upgrade (lots of photos). I need to add an external HD to store the photos - like in the 1TB range - and although I will use it almost entirely with XP Pro, I do want a small part of it for the mac stuff. It'd be a USB 2.0hookup.
I think I can just do this with Bootcamp, but the WinXP side is more important to me, so I'd like the opinion of you WinXP guys first. Any suggestions?

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Hi friends,I recently bought 250gb Seagate external hard drive and i need to create partitions before i transfer some of my files there, but i am unable to make partitions through disk management in xp sp2.Can anyone help me make partitions through any free software?


click here there are a host to choose from. Or you could look at PC Mags as they have some on their cover DVD.

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I am new to the forum. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but hoping someone here can direct me or might know.

I purchased a 1TB hard drive to place media files on it so that I could plug it into my DVD player which has a USB port. I made sure to format the hard drive to Fat32. What I can surmise is that the 1TB hard drive is too big for the DVD player to read. I plug it in and it says Device Not Supported. But I've successfully plugged in an external card reader and used a 16GB SD card to place files on and it reads them fine. So I'm thinking it's the size of the drive that is the issue.

Someone who is more computer savvy told me I might have to partition the hard drive into two partitions. One partition 16gb and then the other partition with whatever is left. They did say they were not sure if there was a way to set it up so the 16gb Partition is what is recognized first when plugged into the DVD player. This way I would transfer movies I want to watch to the 16 GB partition, and transfer them over.

Now when I search hard disk partitions in Windows 10 the manager comes up and I can see the hard drive, but I can not change the size to partition it. It's grayed out. Is there a freeware program that works with Windows 10 that will split the hard drive into two partitions in sizes I specify, and make sure that the 16GB partition is the first one loaded or seen? And if I set it up that way when I plug it into my computer will the computer see ... Read more

Answer:How to Partition a 1TB external Hard Drive?

The easiest program to use for partitioning is MiniTool Partition Wizard Free:
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

As long as drive letters are assigned to both partitions, when plugged into the computer you will have access to both partitions.

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I need to partition this 320G hard drive and i am looking for suitable sofware (easy to use) that is capable of partitioning large drives. I did look at partition magic ;but this is only suiable for drives up to 300G.My PC is running vista premium 2gig mem and an internal 250gig hard drive.your advice on suitable software to acheive this w2ould be appreciated.

Answer:partition an external hard drive

Partition Logic will do what you ask,but please do read the caution notice with Vista click here

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I bought an external 120 gb hard disk. I would like to partition it into 6 partition.

Is this possible?

If yes, what software do you recommend? Any freeware options?



Answer:Partition external hard drive

should be doable using the XP disk mgr -- did you try it?

btw: 120/6 parts = (6x) 20gb partitions; why so small?

Also consider: An external HD can be used by other systems,
even Mac and Linux *IF* you plan ahead now -- format as FAT32

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hi, can i partition my external hard drive? thank you

Answer:partition external hard drive

Yes... I think it already is. What do you want to accomplish?

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I just bought a maxtor 320g HD, can I partition it in two halves to share with someone else? Also, is there a software I could use to automatically back up my entire drive without compressing any file? thankx

Answer:Can I Partition A External Hard Drive

Yes, you can. Use Windows Disc Management. To make a copy of your main drive read this article, missing out the steps on deleting files.
If you are unsure about any steps, post back. Let us know how you get on.

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I attached this old hard disk of mine. It is a 20 gig hard disk ATA 100
I was thinking of partitioning in the following way.
4 gigs for Windows XP
4 gigs for Windows 2000(do i really need Windows 2000 and Windows XP on the same machine)
4 gigs for LInux
8 gigs for miscellaneous.

I have currently got a 160 gig hard drive with Windows XP, i will make it my apps/data drive, just in case something goes wrong with the 20 gig drive, i will still be able to boot using my apps drive.

If i make the second drive my apps drive, do i need to have it in Slave mode, my motherboard has four IDE connections.

Answer:want to partition my hard disk and make it my system hard disk

Wait.... if you had the 160 as the drive with applications on it? Yes, it would be slave (jumpered) if you plan on booting from the 20GB.

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Hi to all seven forums.
I bought a new 1tb hard disk, and I connected it to my pc as slave, and when I creating the partition in windows seven disk management and right click to creates new partition, it had four option.
1. simple volume
2. spanned volume
3. stripped volume
4. mirrored volume.
plz tell me quickly which option will I click for creating partition..
I want this partitions..
C: 30gb
and the remaining space is equally divided to 3 partition..
plz hurry guys..
I m waiting and stick on this..

Answer:Need quick help about new hard disk partition on win 7 disk management

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots
Screenshot with Paint
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
fscapture free download

Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

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can anyone help please....presently i am having only one drive which is having 900gb while doing partition i am not able to get extend partition option for windows7

Answer:hard disk partition



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Is a new hard disk partitioned before or after installing OS and drivers?

Answer:How to partition a hard disk?

You can create partitions before you install the OS.The partition will then be formatted by the OS and then the OS will be installed to that partition. Any other partitions will have to be formatted from within Windows.

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I have windows 7 operating system running on my laptop. I am planning to install windows vista as second operating system in different drive.

I have 2 drives C: (279 GB) and D: ( 10GB). If I need to install windows vista in D: drive, I need to increase its capacity to atleast 20 GB. C:drive has empty space of 119GB. My questions are

1) The maximum shrink volume for C:drive is 5 gb. Why doesn't it allow me to shrink more than 5gb when I have enough empty space in C:drive. Please let me know of any instructions to shrink it to more volume.

2)If you see the attachment of JPEG image, on left i have D: drive which volume has to increase.C: drive is on right.When I shrink C: the volume of unallocated space is shifted to right. How to merge D:drive volume with the unallocated space volume.
If I ca shrink c: drive to more than 5 volume the i can delete D: drive by which my problem ca be resolved. Incase if I cannot shrink C: to more than 5gb I need to find a way to merge D: drive volume with the unallocated space volume.

Please do give a clear instructions on how to proceed and do't forgot to see the attachment which helps in showing the drive locations.

Answer:hard disk partition

What you want to do is unnecessarily difficult with Windows disk management.

Use this;

Best FREE Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 32 bit & 64 bit. EASEUS free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

and it is quite easy.

However, I would question the value of using a single drive in this manner.

Regards....Mike Connor

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hello i am a new member.i have sony vaio laptop.i though to partition hard had 500gb memory.but the problem is when i did partition by disk management. it aloowed me only to partition 226 gb now in my e drive there is 226 gb n in c drive 227gb space.actually i want to keep in c drive 100 gb.and make another drive of 100gb but whenever i try to shrink it doesnot allow to extend.i tried partition did the software booted and my laptop kept on showing boot manager missing.and i again made it by taking whole day.i am really confused about what to do.i am afraid to use partition software because it may again boot my laptop and cause me again the same problem while using disk management. it does not allow to shrink.plz help....

Answer:how to partition hard disk

Normally when you edit partitions on your disks it formats them. I hope you have a copy of your OS handy.

It sounds like you wiped your hdd(s) because you were messing around with the partitions.

My opinion: Use your OS install disk to edit the partitions how you would like & reinstall.

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my laptop has windows 7 o.s..
i cant see d,e drive ,it only shows c drive.
how to partition d hard disk.

Answer:about hard disk partition

Welcome aboard, abdengi

Can you post a screenshot of your full screen disk management window for us, so that we can see the situation ?

Right click on your computer icon, chose "manage", it will open the "computer management " window . Make the window full screen and click on the "disk management " link on the left hand pane, so it will show the listing of your disks. Take a snip of the window using snipping tool, and post.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I have recently bought a new laptop with a 60 hdd. I keep reading about partitioning the hdd. Will I benefit from doing this and if so how should I divide the hdd up (ie what sizes)?

Answer:Hard disk partition

ive seen many factory built pcs done with a partitioned hard drive , they normally split the partition to about 3gb and install windows on that partition , but when ever i do any work on these pcs i generally remove the partition as ive found the os boots quicker , and overall performance is better

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still i have 4 partition in my hard disk ,but i want it now 2 without any format ,is it possible, if not, how can i do it

Answer: hard disk partition

Do you mean you want to have only 2 partitions instead of 4?

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I currently would like to install Linux in my computer, but I would not want to trash my Windows 98 away because most of my games are compatible with Windows. So, I would like to know if there a way I could share a hard drive with 2 OS's, and how would I do it? Is there a good program out there that could handle this procedure automatically?

I really appreciate for your help in advanced.

J. Jarut

Answer:Hard Disk Partition

Sure, you can have a dual boot system, I would recommend using Partition Magic. It's a non-destructive partitioning app that will take your free space and part it out so the your linux can live happily. Just don't use FDISK.. it will wipe your drive out.

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HI Techie,

i recently brought a HP laptop which is having 1TB hard Disk and in that 1 TB 35 GB has been used for back up restore and the remaining 850 GB of hard Disk is entire C drive.

In this 850 GB of hard disk i can see that the free part left is 829 GB.

Now i want to install Oracle virtual box and ubantu Linux on that.

after that i want to install Hadoop Administration on Linux.

request you to kindly suggest me how i can partition my hard disk now.

Also kindly confirm how many partitions is better to have in my case.

Thanks in advance for your reply.


Answer:1 TB Hard Disk Partition having Win 7 64 Bit OS

i think , just partition your C drive into another one or two drive , but keep the C drive more space as you can . if the c drive is little space after you install the Oracle virtual box and ubantu Linux etc , your computer will slow slow slow .

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Hi All

I am confused about how much I should keep the partition in my new laptop, the reason is, I feel that disk partition do affects the system speed, I do not know whether I am correct or not.

I have a 700 GB hard disk presently with Win-7 Installed, I do not know how to do the partition when windows is installed, during installation I was unable to do the partition because 'new' button was disable.

I hope there is some way to do the partition after installing win-7. Please help tell the way to do the partition, also tell how many partition is optimum with what size.


Answer:What is the best Hard disk partition ?


Use Partition Wizard to create/modify partitions. There isn't really an optimal number of partitions - it depends entirely on how you choose to use them. Read this tutorial that explains how you use Partition Wizard:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


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I have recently purchased HP laptop pre loaded with windows home basic 7.HDD 500Gb, It is currently partioned c drive 450 Gb and D drive 50 Gb, i want to make C drive 50 Gb and rest i want to split in other two drives for my movies and personal stuff.

Answer:Hard disk Partition

Make and use the Partition Wizard Bootable CD.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

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I realise I can partition my hard disk but I'm not sure how I can benefit from doing so or how to make the best use of any partition?Please can someone explain ?Thanks

Answer:Why partition a hard disk and how do you use it?

Any help?click here

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i have two hard disks in my computer and when i try to open the secondary hard disk a message will come up saying i have to format it but i dont want to cause i have heaps of stuff on there.

Answer:hard disk partition

Is this something that just happened? Can you give a little more background? Which OS are you running? How are the drives connected?
Have you looked at the drive in Disk Management?

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My hard disk was partitioned into drives C: and D:.  I found I seldom use the D drive.  Can I delete that drive without affecting the other settings and and the contents of the C drive?  Will the storage space be available to the C drive?

Answer:Hard disk partition

You need to check your documentation to make sure it isn't the hidden Recovery partition which you may need some day...if it is you can still follow rhe guide for creating the Recovery CF's at which point you can delete the info and use the drive for storage...I usually make 2 sets and store 1 off site just in case.

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I just bought a new Dell XPS 13 (9360). I cannot seem to be able to partition the C: drive. I have tried using free third-party software, but to no avail. I have also tried disabling Hibernation, Pagefile and System Protection but in vain.
Could anybody advise further please?Kind Regards

Answer:Hard disk partition

You need to explain more.  C is already a partition, your OS partition, so what exactly are you trying to do?

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i need to partition my disk
1- i need someone to e-mail me a partition magic software
2- someone send me the instruction to use with dos floppy disk

thank you

Answer:partition of a hard disk

Put your boot disk in and boot, assuming you have one. Then type "fdisk" at prompt. When ask if you want large disk support say type "Y" this will make a FAT32 partition. Then select create new boot partition which is the first choice if I remember. It should ask you how big you want the partition, type in the size and name the volume. Once this is done go back in and select the second choice which is activate partition and make your boot partition active. Then reboot and format. I hope that helps.

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As long as I am asking questions I might as well ask a couple ...

Is there a way to partition the primary disk on a computer without reformatting? A computer that I inherited (HP Pavillion) has a 120Gb hard drive partitioned into two sections ...

C drive 104Gb NTFS primary
D drive 7Gb FAT32 recovery

I would like to split the primary into two sections, if possible without reformatting. Any reliable way?

Blue Dog

Answer:Partition Hard Disk

The D drive is your System recovery and you will have to use a 3rd Party software such as Partition Magic to split the C drive. This will probably cause your recovery not to work if you need it. Did this HP come with any CD's? Like a Recovery CD? I wouldn't attempt it if you don't have a way to re-install the O/S.

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Can someone please tell me what I need, and how to Partition a 350gig hard disk.This is a new median computer running ( I think ) XP Pro. It belongs to my friend who relys on me for things technical,. Foolish chap. I think that He needs about a 70 gig primary drive and the rest for data. But I have never ever partitioned a hard disk so would be grateful for step by step instructions on how to achieve this. Thanks.

Answer:Partition Hard Disk

This is a new median computer If you partition or mess the the size of partitions in a Medion PC then you will be unable to use the factory restore function stord in the backup partition.

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The operation I selected will convert basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed OS from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Do you wish to continue?" I pressed yes. I was again prompted an error:"Dynamic disks are not selected on this OS or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported by clusters."Please let me know what should I do? I want to partition C: I also want to know how to increase the partition size of the partitioned size?

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Hi everyone,

I have just bought a computer running Windows Vista and I was able to do a partition myself, withouth the use of any software (I've seen other threads about using software to do so, but actually it is very easy to do without any software).

But know I would like to know what's the best way to manage the computer. Is it better to keep the OS and the programs in one drive and the data in another? Or have three drives and separate the OS and the programs as well? One of the partitions, where the OS is store, is 85GB, I guess Windows Vista doesn't need so much space, so if necessary I could partition that drive.

I really appreciate your thoughts here, I want to start doing the right thing from the begining.

Thanks a lot,

Answer:Best way to partition a hard disk?

Bear in mind the OS is 16 gb alone. Personally I no longer bother with multiple partitions because it is easier to make backup image files of one drive and place them on another...same is true for image and file backups. Also safer.

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I have just made a partition to my hard disk, is it possible to put back my original hard disk partition.

Answer:Hard disk partition

How did you do it?

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Hi all,

Today i bought a hp v3000 laptop. i installed vista ultimatum.

There is 160GB HDD in C: 141GB and in D: 8GB

i need to partition my hard disk into 3 disk C:, D:, E:,

In c: 60GB, in D: 50GB and in E: 50GB

Please guide me how can i partition my hard disk as above mentioned.

Thanx in advance

Answer:Hard Disk Partition?

The 8 gB D: partition is likely to be your recovery partition - and you don't want to mess with that. I would also leave it as the D: partition in case the system recognizes the D: partition as the restore partition.

To partition the rest of the drive, you'll need a 3rd party utility (such as Partition Magic) to do this. You cannot do this from within Windows because Windows is using the partition and won't allow it to be changed. Partition Magic (and the others like it) will allow you to setup the partitions in Windows and the reboot for the changes actually to be made.

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I am trying to partition my harddisk with windosxp. But my HD is not getting partition. Can you please tell me the reason for this and solution to format the HD

Answer:My Hard disk is not getting partition.

Are you trying to partition and then format the entire disk or are you trying to add a partition to an existing hdd without destroying the existing partition(s)?Please come back & tell us if your problem is resolved.

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Does anyone have clear instructions which will advise me on how to partition my hard disk pls?Have looked on the net but I don't know how reliable the instructions are and don't want to risk wiping the whole disk.The Hard Disk in question is Seagate Barracuda 200GB (approx) with about 60GB full.Or alternatively is there a cheap(ish) piece of software I could buy to do this?

Answer:Partition Hard Disk

One questionWhy do you want to partition?

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 I have some unallocated space and want to add the volume to drive C. But I am unable to extend the volume as the 'extend volume' option has been greyed out. Kindly suggest how can I extend the volume to C drive. I am using Windows 8 single language 64bit OS.

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Answer:hard disk partition

There are differnet reasons for Extend Volume Grayed outBelow are few situations where a "Extend Volume" will not work:1.If there is no unallocated or free space on hard disk or the space is not contiguous and after the partition which needs extending.2.Users want to extend a primary partition, but there is just a free space right after the target partition.3.if the partition is not a NTFS partition. As per Microsoft extending volume feature in Disk Management only works to a raw or NTFS partition.Try using MiniTool Partition Wizard which can help you with the issue. Click " Thumb's up " icon if the question is answered/resolved.

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hi its sahil dhooria
recently i hav purchased HP pavilion dv6 having windows7 as its OS ,bt i am not satisfied with the partition of space in hard disk among the three drives.
now i want to knowhow to do partition in it without formatting it......

Answer:partition in hard disk

Quote: Originally Posted by sahil dhooria

hi its sahil dhooria
recently i hav purchased HP pavilion dv6 having windows7 as its OS ,bt i am not satisfied with the partition of space in hard disk among the three drives.
now i want to knowhow to do partition in it without formatting it......

Go to the Orb search box and type in "create and format " There will be an option at the top to "create and format hard disk partitions".

Click on that and your hard drives, with their current partitions, will show up. Select the drive/partition you want to change and right click on the partition. One of the options will be to shrink the partition.

At this point you can change the size.

There are third party utilities that will also partition the drives and re-arrange the data at the same time.

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I have Win XP home and a copy of ME and want two opearating systems on one hard disk, how do I partition them and do this, and if I do do this, will I have the option at startup of which opearating system I want to use, help in advice please, Thanks.

Answer:partition hard disk

Install ME first, Rhuddlan. Then insert the XP CD and choose Custom install it will ask you if you want to create a partition from the free space, if I remember correctly (it's been a while since I did it) answer Yes and direct it to install on that partition. When both OSs are installed you will get the option, on bootup, to choose which OS to load, ME or XP, it will default to load XP after 30 secs if you don't choose.

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I have a 40GB hard disc partitioned into 18gb, 15gb & 7gb.If I want to get rid of all the partitions how do I do it?I believe I can use Control Panel, Administrative Tools & Computer Management?I did try to delete the smaller partition as an experiment thru the above but Windows (XP) shut down "to prevent damage to my PC". When I restarted the smaller partition had gone but the space was "unallocated".I lost my bottle after that & put it back!Any help please?

Answer:Hard disk partition

Is this the disk with your Windows on, or is it a slave drive? If it has your operating system on it, I think the only way to change the partitions is with a third party application such as Partition Magic. click here

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HiCan anyone tell me any software to manage hard disk for vista?I want to partition my hard disk! I dont want to use the tool which come with vistathank you allregardsmano

Answer:hard disk partition

Here is a good one:click hereIt's not free, but is reliable and effective. When creating partitions, formatting drives etc. don't be tempted by free stuff...It's just not up to the job:)

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Well! I have purchased a new Dell laptop with windows 8 already installed. They have already made drive c not rest of the drives. Now! how can I create my own desired partitions? I didn't get any windows 8 DVD with it.

Answer:Hard disk Partition

As long as you can shrink the partition in disk management ypu wont have a problem creating another partition with the unallocated space created from the shrink.

If your unable to you might try a linux boot cd to do it.

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

Thank You

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So I want to partition my 1.5 tera hard drive so I can get it to work on both my PC and PS3. What I want to do is to partition 50 gigs of it so I can format that with FAT32 so i can install programs onto it. The rest I want to be normal so can you tell me what to do I can get to disk managment fine its that i don't know what to do after that. any help is apreciated and thank you very much.

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I recently purchased a 3TB external hard drive. While using the disk management tool in Windows I created unallocated space intended to be used for a partition. The system wouldn't allow me to create the partition continually showing an error message that MBR drives are limited to the first 2TB of space available. My question is two fold: How do I return the unallocated space to the primary partition on the disk? How do I then add the secondary partition?

Answer:External Hard Drive Partition Issue

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I have a 1 TB hard drive that is being used a lot. The format is NTFS or FATS, (sorry if those are not spelt correctly) windows hard drive. Anyways - there is like 400 gig spare. Can I simply go in and use gparted or something similiar and make a partition for a linux backup (which is ext4)

(I know this is a windows forum but u guys are the best! You are all v informed)

So basically from your experience if I do this is there a strong chance that the data on the drive will be hosed if I introduce a linux partition?

Thanks a lot

Answer:Can I create a partition in a (used) external hard drive?

Yes indeed. If you don't have an internal hard drive portable case, just power off your computer, hold the power button in for a minute to discharge all electricity, open the case, plug the older hard drive into the IDE or SATA cable for a secondary hard drive, (keep the case open to watch all fans), plug in the power cable, press the power button. The system will see the old hard drive and assign it a driver and may want to reboot; that's OK. Now after reboot, go to Windows Manager (Right click computer, choose Manage). Choose Disk Management, point at the older hard drive, right click your mouse and choose Format. When prompted, choose NTFS and format the entire disk. When it's done.....voila! You now have a second internal hard drive that you can use for backing up an Image of your C: Drive (Highly Recommended) and for storing all kinds of files like music, videos etc. rather than keeping them on the C: Drive and filling it up. (see image)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance!


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Answer:Solved: How to re-partition WD 320 gig external hard drive

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I am needing help with formating an external HDD into 1 partition.

I just got an external case for my (spare and sitting around doing nothing) 2.5" HDD, so now I have access to a 60Gb external HDD via USB. The problem is that it is currently split into 2 partitions and I want to re-format it as 1 partition only (as fat32). Can anyone please show me how to do this?


Answer:Format external HDD (hard drive) into 1 partition

I don't have a spare HDD to format so I can remember exactly how it is done, but I can give you a general idea on the process. Note that different operating systems call partitions different things (Vista will call them volumes).

Keep in mind: This will delete all the information on your hard drive

Right click on "My computer" and click "manage". This should take you to the computer management screen. Look at the left, you should see an option that says "Disk Management"; Click on it. You should now see all of your HDD and partitions to the right. Find the Disk at the Middle-Bottom pane that represents the one you want to format. Right click on a partition and click "Delete Volume" (it may say delete partition, but the important thing is that you are deleting it). After deleting both partitions, the entire Disk should say Unallocated. At this point, you can right click in the unallocated part and select New Simple Volume or New partition or whatever it wants to call it. Follow the wizard, and you should end up with a new, empty, partition (don't forget to format)

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Hello, I have a problem resizing NTFS partitions on my external hard drive. First I tried to shrink one of the partitions using the Disk Manager utility in Windows 7 (I thought that I can resize the other one to the unallocated space using the 'expand' functionality), and later also tried EASEUS Partition Master. Both seem to have trouble with the first step, which is reduction of the space on the first partition (700 GB -> 250 GB), as both programs simply get stuck. (I let it run for 4 hours before giving up). I also tried runnig checkdisk to see if some sectors of the partition are not damaged, but it didn't help. I would really appreciate any hint as to how to solve this problem, or a recommendation about which alternative software to try. Thank you.

Answer:Resizing a partition on an external hard drive

I use Partition Wizard
Free Download Partition Wizard

Can you post a screenshot of your disk management?

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Before I had to reformat my internal hard drive, I had the following drives/partitions:

Internal hard drive: C: and D: partitions
Internal DVD/CD-RW drive: E:
Internal media card reader: F: G: H: I: drives
External 300 GB hard drive: J: and K: partitions

I used the J: drive primarily for key backups from C: and D:.
I used the K: drive for most of my music and pictures files.

Sometimes, when booting up the computer, or turning on the external hard drive, the K: drive would not be recognized, and I?d have to turn the drive off, then turn it on again. This is key to the cause of my problem.

I had to reformat my internal hard drive. When I reformatted it, I only created a C: partition. Stupidly, I forgot that Windows would reassign the drive letters to my other drives/partitions. My external hard drive would be assigned I: and J: partitions.

The first time I booted up the computer after the reformatting, I noticed that the J: drive wasn?t being recognized. My thoughts were that the external hard drive wasn?t being recognized for some reason. Remember, I was expecting to see both J: and K: drives in Windows Explorer. So, I turn off the external hard drive and a few seconds later turn it back on! WRONG MOVE!

My son, who is more technically oriented than I am, told me it turns out that at the moment I turned off the external hard drive, the J: partition was being read and loaded (forgive me if that?s not the right technical term), and by turning it of... Read more

Answer:Can't access partition on external hard drive

There are other freeware recovery tools, but try

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Hi everyone

I've just read an article which explains how to back up my system to an external hard drive
(Backup/Restore in Windows7 – External Hard Drive (Computer Insurance))

I have a 2TB external with files alread on it. I was just wondering, do i need to partition the hard drive or can i just create a folder?

Also, just to check... If i complete this back up onto my external, and then create the system repair disc, will I be able to completely reinstall windows and drivers?

I recently tried to create a dual boot with windows and ubuntu on two seperate hard drives. It worked, but I had to have the unbuntu hard drive plugged in to be able to boot the windows drive (windows wouldnt boot at all without the unbuntu hard drive plugged in). I worried that if the ubuntu drive died (its quite old) then I would never be able to get back into windows.
So I now have a fresh instalation of windows 7 Professional that work put on my machine.

However I want to try and create and dual boot again, but if I mess it up this time i'd like to be able to sort it out myself. Would doing this back up and disc enable me to do so?


Answer:Backing up to External Hard drive - do i need to partition?

I will assume you are talking about Windows imaging as opposed to file/folder backup.
In one partition root Windows will recognize an image folder called WindowsImageBackup. If you create another partition you could have another WindowsImageBackup. Alternatively, you can rename or move (within a partition) WindowsImageBackup to a different folder. As long as what you move and/or rename to WindowsImageBackup in a partition root, a Windows system repair disk boot should recognze it. See these tutorials
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
Many people prefer this third party imaging program which is more flexible
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
I use both.

A system image restore will restore everything you need. It is a snapshot of when you made it. You can even restore it to a new HDD if your current one fails.

Re Ubuntu dual boot it sounds like you are booting Windows through the Ubuntu HDD = bad idea.
Post a full Disk Management Screenshot
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I have an Eternal Hard Drive (Transcend), partitioned. I want to set a password for a specfic partion (not for the whole hard drive)!
any one can help! or refer to a useful tutorial.

PS: TSElite was installed on the hard drive, if it is of any use!

Answer:External Hard Drive - set password for a partition

Check this link: Create Password Protected Hard Drive Partition

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i am helping a friend partition an external WD 500GB drive...i've never partitioned an external, usb drive i need some help..

the drive is FAT32 formatted..he'd like to make it 2 - 250GB NTFS, if he goes into Computer Mgt does he first Delete Volume, then set up the partitions in the unallocated space, creating 2 partitions?

any guidance is appreciated....

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hello every body a week ago i format my labtop and install new windows seven ultimate 32 bit to it i have 320 GB hard disk i divide it into two partitions 160000 MB and the other one is the remaining memory i install the windows seven in the first one now after completing i see only the partition where the windows installed and the other one did not appear i am wonder what can i do to see the second partition ?
my regards
sorry for bad spelling and bad English

Answer:can not see the second partition of my hard disk after formatting

Can you post a screen shot of your Disk Management? It's possible that the second partition is Unallocated space and needs to be changed to a Primary partition. A Disk Management screen shot would give a better idea of what's going on.

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Hi friends....
I had 2 HDD.. The 1st is a 160 Gb SATA and the 2nd is a 250 Gb Sata... I was working with windows xp sp2 very well and wanted to try vista. I had my 1st Hard disk (i.e) 160 gb as the primary n the 2nd as backup.

I had 20 gb as primary partition and 3 others drives in the logical in the extended partition for the 1st hdd with all as NTFS. So i installed vista ultimate n worked fine crackng it. no problems at all. finally i gave my 2nd hdd for replacement tht 250 gb. and i created partition in vista as 5 simple partitions with ntfs.

copied back all my backup in 250gb. and finally got bugged by vistas poor performance. so installed xp back on my 1st 160 gb. it works fine now... no issues at all.... but the problem is im not able to access the 250 gb. its showing all the partitions as empty and its not unallocated . xp is not able to identify tht partition. i want the datas badly.

Should i need to install vista again in some other hdd so tht i can copy all data and repartition tht 250 gb ?????? any solution so tht i can access the data in windows xp ???

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Hi everyone,
My system is currently running on Windows XP and have a 120GB hard disk. I would like to learn how to use Linux so I'm planning to install Linux in my hard disk as well. Right now, I have more than 40GB worth of personal data in the same hard disk. Total disk space used to date is about 55GB. Currently my hard disk is not partitioned. (Both my data and the programs are all together in Drive C I'm planning to partition it using Norton PartitionMagic. Can anyone of you give me some advice as to the best ratio to use for the partitions.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Suggestion for hard disk partition

If you're just going to be playing with Linux, I would suggest you use Partition Magic to take about 20GB off your 120GB drive, and use that 20 for the Linux distro you want. When you install Linux, make sure you let it list the boot OS (using GRUB or LILO boot-loaders one or the other is fine) and let the Linux distro figure out what to do with the 20GB, as it will need a "swap" partition also. I do this currently on my laptop with Ubuntu and XP Pro- works great.

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