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Unable to see the unallocated volume after shrinking

Question: Unable to see the unallocated volume after shrinking

Hi everyone,

I was shrinking one of my volumes to get some unallocated space for a new volume, where I want to install Windows 8. However, I did not pay too much attention of the state of the disk and it is possible that I might have performed the shrinking on the volume when it was "unhealthy" or something, I didn't think it is going to be a big deal. Now, the shrinked volume does not show in the old volume, but I don't see it as unallocated either. I tried using software like partition wizard and easyUS, but they don't seem to recognize the unallocated volume either. The question is, is there a way to ...find that unallocated volume without formatting the relevant volume? Attached is a screen shot, where this capacity "phemomenon" can be seen. Thanks in advance!

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Answer: Unable to see the unallocated volume after shrinking

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added a partition.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP Recovery and Diagnostics tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add another adjacent partition.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on partition which tipped disk to Dynamic which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If it won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then create a new adjacent Logical partition for Win8:
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

If you need further help post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums and describe what you want to do.

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Hey Folks,

I am trying to dual boot my Surface Tablet but am unable to find the volume after shrinking the main partition twice.
Disabled BitlockerShrank the volume 15 gigs from my OS partitionUnable to find the volumeDid it again with the same resultUnable to find it using WMIC as well
I'm out 20 gigs on my drive at this point and appreciate any help you can provide.

Answer:Unable to locate volume after shrinking partition

Try buying factory recovery disks & starting from scratch.
Let the computer make its own partitions.

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I got Windows 7 ultimate x64 installed on my laptop, on C partition. The laptop is HP and there are 2 default partitions installed by default and my unallocated space is 490 Gb.

The thing I want is to create new volume. But it said that there is no space, no matter I put 11Gb, 120Gb or maximum amount.

I described it in pictures on superuser, you can see the problem belo9w , but noone helps. Any of you guys?

windows 7 - Cannot create new volume from unallocated space - Super User

Answer:Unable to create new volume from unallocated space on one hdd

Hello mpavlovic, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The problem is that the disk already has reached the limit of 4 primary partitions. That's what it's wanting to convert the disk to dynamic when you try to create a 5th primary partition. You do not want to convert the disk to be dynamic since it is the disk that Windows is installed on. Doing so would make Windows unbootable.

You could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a new logical partition with the 492.58 GB unallocated space though. You can use it just like a primary partition.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,

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Alright, so I want to dual boot Ubuntu along side Windows 10. I shrunk my C drive to make a new partition for Ubuntu around 40 GB. However after shrinking the partition, when I try to create a simple volume out of the unallocated space, I get a warning that it will be converted to a dynamic disk and that I will no longer be able to load installed Operating Systems on my Hard Drive. Now, I know that I cannot have more than 4 partitions. The partions on my HDD are:
1. System Partition 100 MB NTFS
2. C dive 296 GB where Windows is.
3. Healthy Recovery 450 MB ( This doesn't show up in This PC)
4. D drive 634 GB. Where I store my data.
Is there any way to create another partition without converting my drive to a dynamic one?

P.S. I am not sure if this is the right category to place this question, but I didn't know where else I could post this.

Answer:Unable to create a simple Volume out of unallocated space.

you could convert your disk to GPT - but would require UEFI support..

You could convert an existing partition to a logicial / extended partition..

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Alright, so I want to dual boot Ubuntu along side Windows 10. I shrunk my C drive to make a new partition for Ubuntu around 40 GB. However after shrinking the partition, when I try to create a simple volume out of the unallocated space, I get a warning that it will be converted to a dynamic disk and that I will no longer be able to load installed Operating Systems on my Hard Drive. Now, I know that I cannot have more than 4 partitions. The partions on my HDD are:
1. System Partition 100 MB NTFS
2. C dive 296 GB where Windows is.
3. Healthy Recovery 450 MB ( This doesn't show up in This PC)
4. D drive 634 GB. Where I store my data.
Is there any way to create another partition without converting my drive to a dynamic one?

P.S. I am not sure if this is the right category to place this question, but I didn't know where else I could post this.

Answer:Unable to create a simple Volume out of unallocated space.

you could convert your disk to GPT - but would require UEFI support..

You could convert an existing partition to a logicial / extended partition..

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My 7 install to my SSD didn't go exactly as I'd like. The OS is on a huge partition I want to shrink it using Partition Wizard.

I see from reading about it, you can either have the unallocated, free space in front of or behind the shrunken partition.

The next partition behind the 7 one, is my Linux partition that I'd like to enlarge a bit. To me it would make sense to have that unallocated space ahead of the Linux one so I can use it. Am I thinking correctly? I do have an image of all my drives just to make sure....

Thanks to all in advance!

Answer:Shrinking my 7 partition, where do I want the unallocated space to be?

For a mechanical HD I'd want Win7 in first position closest to where the reader parks for faster reads. Put the Linux partition to its right and then storage to the right of it.

If you already have existing adjacent partitions you can adjust their size using How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

Post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image and tell us what you want to do so we can give you informed steps.

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I just did a factory recovery now i want to partition my HDD into different partitions heres a pic of my HDD

But when i go into Disk management and right click my hdd and shrink volume i get this

Ass you all can see im missing a lot free space how can i fix this ?

Answer:I need help shrinking my volume .

I dont see that any space is missing! Do you mean that a lot of the free space on C: cannot be freed for use in other partitions? i.e. you want to make C: smaller than 700GB

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I've inherited a desktop with Windows 10 installed on a 1TB, single partition drive. For better or worse I belong to the "partitions" school, and would like to partition this physical drive into 2 or maybe even 3 logical partitions.

From what I've found thus far, it appears that this is possible. However, using the Windows 10 disk management tool, when i try to shrink the volume with the OS on it, i just get a blue spinning circle, and after a few minutes i grow weary and abort.

I also have minitool partition wizard installed, and it has similar (but somewhat more...vague?) functionality. I'd like to think it would give me some pretty strongly-worded warnings like: Are you sure you want to do this? You're going to wipe out your OS!!!

But before I shoot myself in the foot in a major way, I want to be certain that I can shrink the volume down with the OS on it, and then partition the remaining space.

Or should i just let sleeping dogs lie and use a 1TB drive as a 1 TB drive?!?

Thanks in advance, Neal

Answer:shrinking volume with OS on it

What would be your purpose for partitioning the drive ?

I find Partition Wizards Bootable CD a very reliable and safe way to manage partitions.

Bootable Partition Manager| MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

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Question: Shrinking Volume

Today I defragmented hdd have 298 gb drive with 262 gb free. Reebooted and went to disk management to shrink drive and free up about 50 gb. When I try to shrink it is allowing a maximum of 662 mb. What must I do to increase this amount.


Answer:Shrinking Volume

Hello Henry,

Could you post some screenshots of Disk Management showing this? It may help determine what is happening.

Does the drive that you are trying to shrink have any VHD files from a virtual machine on it, page file, or system protection turned on for it? If so, then they would allocate space on the drive not allowing it to be free space available to shrink from.

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Question: Shrinking volume

Hi Guys,
Although the question that I've asked below has been answered earlier,I thought of bringing it up again as I couldn't find the exact solution anywhere...

Q: How can you shrink your C Drive to the capacity that you want?
(How can you get around the error message - disable pagefiles and snapshots in the volume...)

I couldn't shrink more than 10GB from C Drive even after disabling pagefiles and snapshots...

If someone can reply for this that'll be great...

Answer:Shrinking volume

Hello Nish, welcome to Vista Forums!

Have a look at the tutorial at the link below; Partition Wizard will re-size Windows for you.

Be advised: if done wrong this could make Vista un-bootable, be sure to have reliable back-ups of any data that you don't want to lose.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I have one 1TB HDD on my desktop. It has 3 primary partitions:
C: (Boot, Contains Windows)
D: (Backup Disk)
E: (Another Backup Disk)
Now, I wanted to have another partition for my Linux, so I decided to shrink the volume D:. Using Windows Disk Management, I successfully shrink the volume and have a newly RAW partition which is drive H:.

My problem starts when I did a reboot. The Windows will not start anymore, a blinking insert cursor appears. No error or any notice at all. I remember I confirm "Yes" to this warning:

Is there anything that I can do to have my Windows back?

Answer:Cannot boot after shrinking volume

What do you mean you got no warning? It was as plain as can be. You converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's.

The solution to solve this non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Boot CD. You will need to delete the extra partition(s) you created which tipped it to convert to Dynamic before it will convert back to Basic. Delete Partition - Partition Wizard Help Video

Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

If Win7 will not start and you confirm it's been converted successfully, then confirm that the 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or C is Set Active partition - Partition Wizard Video Help, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

After conversion if you want help adding a partition post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attached using paper clip in Reply Box.

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never used Disk Management. I had always used Partition Magic..its so old don't even know if it would work on Win 7. That being said and unknownst to D M, I tried to use it for the first time and am stumped even after reading the Help and similar problems shown by other members. I have another hd installed with a partial OS of XP. It shows as Drive F ( 46.97 GB ) and Drive G ( unallocated space ) (38.00 Gb ) of a total 80 gb drive. I wanted to shrink the volume, which would be to the right side, about 24 gb's. The box appears where numbers are shown and it shows 9503 MB...with the drive now 38589 GB...when I try to add to that figure of 9503, it does not apparently, if I am reading it correctly, that is all i can do? Then I tried to extend a volume to the G drive, which is only unallocated and the Wizard won't let me add any numbers at all. It just shows the size of it. I seem to be limited...or denied. What am I doing wrong?

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I have just set up an HTPC and would like to partition the drive so that I have a small drive of, say 32gb for OS and the rest for storage.

According to the system (after fist shrink) the c drive is 204gb free of 295gb, but I can't shrink it further. I've done a disc clean up and emptied the recycle bin.

What can I do to shrink this to a minimum?

Answer:Trouble shrinking volume.

I recommend using Partition Wizard, as this tutorial explains.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

You've come up against one of the limitations of Disk Management in that it will only let you shrink a partition once.

Download the Partition Wizard file and create a boot disc with it, then boot into it to carry out your partitioning exercise, and then boot back into Windows when you're done.

As for Windows, I'd recommend 40GB for the 64-bit version, more if you are installing applications as well.

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I'm using Windows 7 RTM build 7600. I'd like to make a partition and make a dual boot with Ubuntu 9.10 but I have a problem shrinking my system (c volume. It says that I only can shrink it 9xxxMB and I have 250gb free (out of 296gb) !

I have tried defragmenting with the Windows defragmenter, but no luck, also tried to defragment with Perfectdisk 10 and I have been able to free up some space - the previously mentioned 9gb (since before It Disk managment showed that I can shrink only 126mb!)

Do you have any suggestions that I could try to move Windows 7 to the beggining of the disk?

also I have second question:
I have 1.4gb of Toshiba System Volume that is left over from Vista and I'd like to format it but i don't know how (the reuglar way is not allowed)

I'm also attaching screenshots of Disk managment and Perfectdisk so that it is clear what I'm talking about

Thanks for help

Answer:problem shrinking volume: only 9gb available?!

Windows is pretty flaky with changing partition sizes. I haven't used PerfectDisk so I can't speak for that at all.

Ubuntu setup includes GParted to create/move/format partitions- have you tried that? I also believe you can use GParted when booting with the Ubuntu CD as a live disc.

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All right so I was doing the tutorial thing for dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows XP.
Partition or Volume - Shrink

I was shrinking the volume (500gigs or so in use, 400 available, shrinking that 400), and had a program running. Well the program had an error and froze my computer so I had to restart. When I went back to shrink it said I have 0 free space to shrink (I was 3/4 done with shrinking). I ran defragmentor and recovered 8 gigs of it, still not what I had before. I then ran chkdsk c: /r ; so I could see if that fixed it. Nope, I now have 6 gigs of space for shrinking...

I attached a screen shot of the problem, I sincerely hope that you can help me with this. I don't want to believe I managed to screw up Windows 7 by having a program running... the tutorial (not to place blame) didn't tell me other things should not be running.

Odd thing is I have 524 gigs of space allocated to C: and 406 gigs unallocated... doesn't seem to believe me when I want to shrink... Attached is also my DxDiag.


Answer:Shrinking C: Volume Problem

Might be an idea to defrag the partition before splitting it in case file fragments are all over the place.

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Hi there, I have Vista x64 OEM on my pc since November 2007. My system has four 500GB hard disks, with C:\ containing nothing but windows. I'm wondering if I shrink C:\ partition size to say 100GB for windows, will I need to reactive Vista? Or will I have to buy a new one? Nothing else in the system is changed. (incidentally, might be upgrading graphics card soon, will that too cause a reactivation?)

Answer:Vista x64 OEM; shrinking volume = Reactivation?

Hi Parjay,

If you mean using Disk Management to shrink your Vista partition from the right - you should have no problem with booting, and will not need to reactivate.

Changing the graphics card will not cause any problem with your current activation.

Hope it helps

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I have 33gb free in my C:, which is main system volume. I want to shrink it down but when i try to do so it shows 0mb available to shrink.
I disabled pagefile on C: and moved to D:, also i deleted shadow copies and restore files and disabled hibernate option so that i can remove hibernate.sys.
But still it is showing 0mb available to shrink.

Answer:Primary Volume Shrinking Problem

Use another program, such as Partition Wizard. See option 3 in this tutorial:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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New computer with win7, single 1Tb hard drive, has two partitions the system reserved 100mb and the C drive 931.41 Gb. Disk management will only allow me to shrink the C drive down to 466Gb. I would like to make it 150 Gb. Any help will be greatly appreciated

Answer:Shrinking c drive volume in Windows 7

Might try defrag and try it again. I doubt you can get it that small though. There would be little use for having such a small partition. Why are trying this?Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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Hi all. I've finally came to the conclusion that I need help with something as I am getting quite frustrated. I'm trying to dual boot windows xp that has vista already preinstalled on it. The problem that I am having is that by the website that I am using to follow the instructions for the dual boot process, I am running into a problem with shrinking the volume feature on windows vista. I beleive that I am running a raid partition because I have two hard drives that came with the computer and it is only showing as one. I am receiving an error everytime I try to shrink the volume. When I right click on the drive that I would like to shrink to make room for windows xp, i am getting the error Request not supported. I've attatched a picture to this post that shows the error message. Any help would greatly be appreciated.


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Hi All

My first post here so please be gentle .
I was looking at installing a trial version of Windows 8 and so wanted to create an empty partition.
I used Disk Management to shrink my current system volume and created the new empty partition successfully.
Also Windows Update had installed:Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455) 32-Bit Edition
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 - July 2013 (KB890830)
Later, whilst browsing the web I encountered four successive BSODS:0x00000019 (0x0000000000000020, 0xfffffa802297e080, 0xfffffa802297ee50, 0x0000000004dd0008)
0x00000019 (0x0000000000000003, 0xfffffa8019aa7de0, 0xfffffffffffffdff, 0xfffffa8019aa7de0)
0x00000019 (0x0000000000000020, 0xfffffa80196c8000, 0xfffffa80196c8dd0, 0x0000000004dd0000)
0x00000019 (0x0000000000000003, 0xfffffa8013293de0, 0xfffffffff7293def, 0xfffffa8013293de0)

I have now run start-up repair (no errors reported), restored the system to undo the Windows Updates and deleted the new partition and extended the system volume back to its full size.
The system is stable again, but I'm wondering if there is a proper explanation of and/or solution for the problem.
I have attached the output from SF_Diagnostic_Tool.exe.
Any help appreciated ...


Answer:BSOD 0x00000019 after shrinking system volume (SSD)

For the time being keep a clean start up. Let us know if the BSOD's reoccur.

Reduce items at start up:Performing a Clean Startup in Windows 7

Add, or Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7
Your Antivirus software is basically whats just needed there.

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Hi every one, I am using a desktop of my university in my office. Because it has only 1 volume C with 450gb space, I tried to shrink it to get another volume D by using the Device management on Windows 7 (computer manage -> device management). It still work after I restarted. Now, when I restarted, there was only a long beep and no thing happened. Could some one help me, please? My desktop is: Dell, model 7020, windows 7 professional 64 bits. Thank you!

Answer:Errors after shrinking the operator volume C in windows 7

A reference guide to the OptiPlex Diagnostic Indicators | Dell US

I assume this is an Optiplex 7020?

Above link is to beep codes for Optiplex models. Unfortunately, I do not see a code for one single long beep.

Maybe someone else has a better idea.

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I try to shrink my C: disk's volume but cannot find any option named "shrink volume" or something similar. What else can be done?

Answer:Shrinking disk volume on Windows XP Home Edition

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I have only recently got my vista laptop with 160GB hard disc and I tried to divide the main volume, thinking it would be better to have two smaller volumes. I ended up with a volume (62 GB)which is now allocated as unallocated. When I right click on this and try and create a new simple volume it says I cannot because the disk has the max no of partitions.There is 1 for 94mB Eisa Configuration, 1 for 2.50GB Primary partition, 1 for 74GB containing all my c drive and 1 for 10GB Primary partition. Last two are NTFS. I realise the above holds recovery etc but my question is if I cant have more than four, how do I get back the 62GB which is unallocated. I have never partitioned a disc before so this is a new subject for me and I am terrified of wiping the main volume. As simple language as possible would be appreciated as I am not very confident in this area of computing.thanks

Answer:unallocated volume on C:

The EISA will probably contain a few diagnostic utilities. Best left alone and it's very small anyway. The 10Gb primary is probably your reinstall partition and again should be left alone. 74Gb speaks for itself. What puzzles me is the 2.5Gb. Can you see in My Computer or Explorer and is anything on it. This partiton does not make any sense.

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After online researching, I ended up into this forum >> disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

I downloaded the Partition Wizard from Jumanji's link, installed, and followed instructions until the end.

After assigning drive letter (G:\), the PW shows that it is indeed assigned to drive G:\ BUT, I still can't see it in My Computer so I checked Disk Management and it still shows the same status/problem as it was from the beginning.

Is/are there any further necessary step/s after assigning Drive letter to the recovered disk?

When I try to close the PW, it says "You are about to quit the program and cancel all pending operations. The changes you have made will be lost."

I don't know what to do from here. Please help

Thanks in advance..

Answer:Disk unallocated, unable to initialise, unable to assign drive letter

OK, It could be a simple matter.

But I want to have a clear picture of what exactly your problem was.

1. Are we dealing with in internal drive or external drive?

2. Was the drive suddenly not accessible in My Computer?

3. Was it seen in Disk Management? What did it show? Even now you can take a screenshot of how the drive appears in Windows Disk Management and post it
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

We will then proceed step by step. I am here for the next 11 or 12 hours but peep in once in an hour or two and follow up.

I know you had used PW. But we shall get on to it after you post the Windows Disk Management screenshot.

BTW what is your local time? If you are in USA you can go to sleep and come back after six or eight hours. No problem.

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i was shrink 80 from 130 gb Partition but when iam going to make new volume from Unallocated disk iam getting this
Please help me how can i fix this and what is the problem ?

Answer:When making new volume from Unallocated disk I'm getting this

Which partition are you trying to shrink ? D or E ? It looks as if you only have the 100 MB unallocated space there. Don`t mess with it.

Can you give us a shot of disk mgmt b4 you attempt anything ?

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I cant seem to extend my E drive... E drive is supposely not with any OS
C is my Win7 and D is my WinXp ... so why i cant extend my E drive???

Answer:I have unallocated space but i cant extend the volume

Hmm, problems.

I'm pretty sure that once created an Extended partition (containing the logical partitions C: and E: in your screenshot) cannot be resized. I had a similar problem and had to delete the logical partitions first, then delete the Extended partition, create the logical partitions again with bigger sizes. With Windows 7 in one of those partitions, that does not look like an option for you.

You might be able to create a brand new partition and move some folders from E: into it

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I just changed my laptop drive from a SSD 180 GB to a 500GB + 8GB NAND Flash hybrid drive. I cloned the old drive successfully and now need to extend the Windows partition to include the unallocated space. When I try to using GParted, the Disk Management tools in Windows, and Magic Partition, I get errors.

Answer:Unallocated Space--Cannot Extend Volume

Could you post a shot of disk management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I went through all the steps to partition my hard drive but when I get to the last step on the "Format Partition" screen and click "finish" I get the following error: "you cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because this disk already contains the maximum numer of partitions".
I'm trying to partition space to also install Windows 7 because Windows 8 is not compatible w/my graphics card and Intel doesn't have an updated driver.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Answer:You cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because...

Hi justmeinflorida,
It says in the error message you are receiving that "you cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because this disk already contains the maximum number of partitions".
Are you getting this error message when trying to install Windows 7 from the CD or from within Windows 8?
I am going to assume it is from within Windows 8 for now.  How many partitions do you currently have?
To check, please open disk management:
1) Go to Start -> Run (Shortcut is Windows Key + R)
2) Type diskmgmt.msc
3) Click OK.
4) Disk management will open up.
For example on my computer I have the following partitions:
On Disk 0, I have 3 partitions.  One called System Reserved, one called (D:) Windows 7  and one called (C:) Windows 8.
On Disk 1, I have 1 partition.  One called Data (F:).
If you have any questions regarding my post, please do not hestitate to ask me.
Thank you.

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I accidentaly deleted the volume D from by dynamic disk0 and it now shows as unallocated space. Is there any way to revert that?

Answer:Recover an unallocated dynamic volume.

Hi papoos, welcome to 7F!

I have never had cause to use: Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.1, but I believe the Partition Recovery Wizard will do what you need.
There is a Video tutorial link below the screenshot.

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HELP. Just made Recovery Drive by creating a small partition drive (50 Gb) on an external USB HD (500 Gb). It all seemed to go well after a copy of the Recovery Drive was made. I had two other partition drives containing important files on the same USB HD and they were still being recognized and accessible. I then did a recovery copy of the drivers and applications to Recovery Drive and suddenly the two other partitions disappeared. I can only see the Recovery Drive and unallocated volume on the USB HD. Can someone help me to find how to recover the missing partition drives from a large unallocated volume? What did I do wrong?

OS. Windows 8.1

Thanks so much for your help.

Answer:How to recover drives from unallocated volume?

Try this program:

Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition

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Intel COre 2 duo E4500 2.20 ghz4GB Ram9400GT Nvidia 1 Gb160x2 Samsung sata(No Raid)OS- Win7 UltimateDescription:Both hard drive started to make the clicking sound and was not ready to boot.Performed clean installation but was unable to do on both.Finally, was able to perform clean installation on Logical drives and able to boot to win7.Used disk mgmt and troubleshooted to get unallocated spaces for both from the Primary. BUTThe drive which contains the OS (only/alone) does not allow to create a New Simple volume.All options are grayed out except create a Simple Volume which leads to the above "error message".Screen-shot available : [email protected] IDEAS TECHIES OF THE WORLD ???ANY HELP WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED AND STILL APPRECIATED IF THIS ISSUE CANNOT BE UNRESOLVED BY ANY OF THE MEMBERS. ; )THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME.GOD BLESS !Regards,Abraham

Answer:Cannot Create New Volume In Unallocated Space

That may have something to do with your installing it on a logical drive instead of a primary partition.Download the hard drive manufacturer's hard drive utility ISO image and burn bootable CD. Then use this to evaluate your hard drives for problems. Any noise coming out of a hard drive typically would indicate replacing the drive (I would not trust it). If you get an all clear from the software and still want to risk it then use their software to delete all partitions and then try reinstalling windows again, use Custom and Partition/Format and see if you can create only one partition (leave other partitions to Disk Manager to create later) to install Windows 7 on. If you are using 2 drives, use ONLY one plugged in for evaluation, partition/formatting, and during the Windows 7 install (the first one at least, if you are using multiple bootable drives). All of this said, I would probably just replace the drives.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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see attached. I've just bought this new 4TB HDD (disk 2) to replace other 500GB (disk 3).

After having viewed a few tutorials on YouTube I did "Shrink Volume" on the primary partition (when that's all there was) and created the 1.6GB space.

When right clicking on the Unallocated space, all options except Parameters and Help are greyed, so I cannot click on New Simple Volume which all tutorials indicate I must do to give it a drive letter.

If I try to Extend Volume on the primpary partition, I get the following error message:
Only the first 2TB are usable on large MBR disks.
Cannot create partitions beyond the 2TB mark, nor convert the disk to dynamic.

Does this mean the 1.6GB unallocated space is lost?

please help.

Answer:Unallocated space on new 4TB external HDD, how can I name this volume?

MBR only supports up to 2TB per partition. You'll need to convert your disk to GPT, that unfortunately requires UEFI support.
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

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I have HP pavilion dv6 3300 notebook running in win 7 home edition sp1
The whole hard disk was 1 partition so i used SHRINK VOLUME in disk management to cut out some space to make new drives
One drive ( E : ) is ok but when i tried to make another one using the unallocated space , it gave me the next error ...

What should i do ??
Need help about that

Answer:Can't create new volume in unallocated space

The only place you can currently make a new partition is within the "logical partition"--drive E.

Your alternative is to get rid of some of the other partitions.

You could expand your C drive to take up that unallocated space, but you can't turn the unallocated space into a new partition---unless you delete some of your other partitions.

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i just bought a 3TB external hard drive. i noticed it reads kind of slowly, especially when i first open it in explorer, so i decided to try to partition it.

i saw the tutorial on shrinking and partitioning hard drives on this forum and used the windows 7 disk manager to shrink and partition the hard drive. it partitioned it into 3 parts; one 1.3 TB, and two 700 GB partitions. the 1.3 TB one is the primary volume so i didn't mess with it. i successfully partitioned and formatted the first 700 GB partition into a simple, but for the second one the option for 'new simple volume' is greyed out.

Answer:can't turn second unallocated partition into a simple volume

Could you provide a screenshot of your Disk Management window? Need to see how your HD is partitioned so far before we can address the problem.

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im trying to create a new simple volume in unallocated hard disk but it keeps indicating "An unexpected layout change occurred external to the volume manager. " what may be the problem?

Answer:how do i create a new simple volume from unallocated disk?

Make sure nothing is running in the background which is writing to the disk and interfering with Disk Management.

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A picture is worth a thousand words...

How do I fix this!? I need that full unallocated space for installing Win7 and all my apps.

I initially had it partitioned into 3 separate partitions from when I installed Windows 7 beta. One for XP, one for Win7, one for data... SOMEHOW, despite making the Win7 partition AFTER the data partition, the Win7 partition wound up conjoined to the data partition, and now I can't free up the unallocated space from deleting it in order to use it to install the full version.

As you can see I don't have enough free space across my drives to just back up all of the data partition and nuke and pave. How do I reclaim the extra space taken by the extended partition?

I actually went out and BOUGHT Acronis because someone told me I could use it to fix this problem... no dice. It just shows it as adjacent unallocated areas, and won't let me shrink, remove, or join them.

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I currently just set up my new build. I decided to go with Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB for my hard drive. However, I split the hard drive into two parts: 2 TB and roughly about 770 GB unallocated space. I installed Window 7 on 2TB partition. Now, I decide to use the rest of 770 GB of unallocated space.

I tried to use Computer Management, but it doesn't give me the option to create a new volume from unallocated space. Similar thing happened with EaseUS Partition Master. With Acronis Disk Director, it doesn't even recognize the unallocated space at all!!! So how can I create a new volume or even merge it with my C drive? Do I have to reformat my hard drive and split them again and do a clean installation again?

I already checked, my BIOS recognizes my hard drive with 3 TB.
The unallocated space is right after my C drive.
There is only 1 primary MBR partition (C drive), and 100 MB system files right before it.
Please help me, since I don't want to waste such a large amount of space like that...T_T

Answer:How do I create a new volume with unallocated space on 3TB hard drive

You need to use a GPT setup.
How to install Windows 64 bit:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

uEFT BIOS setup:
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard EFI BIOS - YouTube

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I installed Windows Vista Ultimate x64 last night on a 49GB partition of my hard drive, I had Windows XP Pro installed on the rest of the 180GB of space. I cleared that partition after installing Vista, however, I cannot extend my vista partition into the unallocated space.


Answer:Extend Volume - Greyed out, how can I regain unallocated space!

An excellent 3td software, Extend Partition Home Edition can safely and earily increase the C: drive to get more capacity. For more help reference:

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Hello mates,
Last nite i messed up my win 7 partitions. i wanted make a separate partition to install ubuntu 11.04. For this, i shrinked one of my partitions to free up some space.
however, as soon as i created a "new simple volume" from the newly created partition, all of my partitions on the disk turned down from primary partitions to simple volume.
Now when i rebooted my pc, bam!! no boot.
on googling, i found out that i have converted my basic disk into dynamic disk.
Further, i cannot view or edit my partitions from a linux live cd.
I have three partitions, out of which 2 are still visible from a live cd, while 1 is missing (this drive has all imp data!!)

Please provide me a solution, on how to revert the changes i made "without losing my data"
can i still boot on this windows with changing boot specs, if yes then how?

Answer:unable to boot win 7 after shrinking partitions


Try using Partition Wizard to convert back to Basic. The latest free version took away that option, but the 4.2 release does have it. If you want to purchase the full version, that's fine, or you can try this copy: UppIT - Free File Sharing - Partition Wizard Home Edition

Extract that to a USB drive, then create a system repair disc or use a Windows installation DVD. See here: System Repair Disc - Create

Whatever you have, boot it up, select "repair my computer", and open a command prompt. Enter:
"f:\partition wizard home edition 4.2.2\partitionwizard.exe"
If you get an error about not being able to find the path, swap out F for D, E, G, H, etc.

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I have 4 Disks as shown in the pictures.
(different view)

My 9-old HDD 320 GB drive was XP (C:\ DISK 2, Basic), and then I added a 120 GB SSD (S:\ Disk 1, System, Boot, Dynamic, Simple/Spanned) 3 years ago. Its not Active or Primary tho, C: is.

All programs user data on the S: drive. I am running out of space on S drive.

I added a new 240 GB SSD (Dynamic, Disk 3) - which has NO DATA and is Unallocated.
I want to aggregate S: Drive and this 240GB drive into one large volume to meet my space requirements.

However both Partition Magic and Disk Mgs "Extend" option is disabled. (WHY?? - is Extend option on the same physical drive only? Can one not span into other physical Disk Drives?)

Neither can I create a SPANNED Volume - the Spanned volume option is grayed out. (I tried with creating a Dynamic Disk on the 240 GB SSD but same result). (is it because I was tring to create spanned volume for the boot+system volume?)

Please note my old 320 GB drive (XP C:\ drive) is still "Active" although I migrated the BootMgr to the S: drive.

I cannot make S drive a Primary partition even though I tried this method (Partition Magic bootable CD --> Modify [same - problem as mine]).

But "Set Active" is grayed out :

If I cannot extend or span, what are my options?

Merge volumes on different physical disks to be one volume? This is also grayed out?
What can I do? Move the volume from the 120GB S drive to the 240 GB SSD?
Or set up RAID0?

Ideal... Read more

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Hi guys, I'm trying to shrink my hard drive (500 GB) so I can try out Mandriva OS but I can't, whenever I try to do so i keep getting parameter is incorrect. Any suggestions guys? Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Oh yeah, consider this my 2nd question, before I was trying to make a new partition I tried installing Mandriva via the disk, but it filled like 50 GB worth of files and I can't find those files.. All suggestions welcome :)

Answer:"Parameter is incorrect" shrinking volume

1. What number did you specify in the wizard as amount that should be shrunk.

2. Your life will be a lot easier if you try Mandeiva in Virtual Box. I run Ubuntu that way and there is little difference to native mode. The big advantage is that I can run Win7 and Ubuntu at the same time in parallel.

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Hello and thank you for your help!

I installed a new 80 gig hard drive in 12/08 after my old one crashed. I made two 40 gig partitions at that time.

In the last couple of months, I've noticed a general slowing down of my Internet usage and general speed of loading any program. I especially notice that I cannot play any Internet video such as Youtube anymore - it will start, but grind to a halt and the CPU is at 100% usage. I also notice that the CPU usage is generally high - in the 50% to 100% range - a lot. I used to have AVG Free, but it seemed that when it ran scans it would additionally grind processes to a halt with 100% usage, and I've deleted that, unsure what to do next. I know, stupid.

I have deleted extra files, freeing up 15G ish of space. I have opened my laptop and cleaned out the dust. I have downloaded an updated display adapter driver. I have optimized my settings for better performance visually (I have XP). I have tried to go into the startup programs and stop what was unnecessary. No change.

This is the worst thing, though! I realized about a week ago that my hard drive said that is had 29.something G total space. This is when I KNOW I installed an 80 G drive 7 months ago! And today I noticed it was down to 29.0 G. My hard drive is shrinking! I know there must be something bad on here, but I don't know what.

Thank you for any information you can give me!! Here's the DDS log:
DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - NTFSx86
Run by DR at 0:4... Read more

Answer:My hard drive total space is shrinking, unable to play internet videos

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hello All,

I did a fresh windows 7 professional-32 bit installation.While doing installation through the media(DVD) I divided the whole HDD space into 2 partitions of 100GB and 150GB respectively.The 100GB partition showed up as primary partition and the 150GB space showed up as unallocated space. I installed the OS on the primary partition(100 GB). The installation went smoothly but after installation I could see only the primary partition! Is there any way I can retrieve the unallocated space? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Unable to see unallocated space

Hello Collegian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you would just need to create a New Simple Volume with the unallocated space using Disk Manager in Windows 7 to do so.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Hope this helps,

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I have two "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s and a "Healthy (EFI System Partition)".what are these "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s ? because of them I'm unable to join unallocatd space to C drive.are these "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s are important?Is it fesible to delete these "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s  ? How to delete "Healthy (Recovery Partition)"s ?  

Answer:Unable to join unallocated space to C drive

Hi,It is not recommended to delete any of those Recovery, EFI system partitions. They are necessary for proper working of the Windows OS.Recovery (E OEM partition can be removed after creating HP recovery USB using HP Recovery Manager : you can use any of these or disk management itself to merge last 2 unallocated partitions and assign drive letter:

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So i used the built in disk management in windows vista to shrink the hard drive to create unallocated space to create a new partition to store data on.

so i shrank the C: drive which it did but it doesn't longer show the unallocated space? i'm also unable to extend the C: drive back as its greyed out?

i then decided i'd just re install vista but again it doesn't show the unallocated space, nor does it allow me to extend the C: partition? back.

any ideas.

Answer:unable to see unallocated space after HD shrink (win vista)

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I just cloned my 250 GB SSD to a 500 GB SSD and installed the 500 GB SSD into my laptop. There is about 228 GB that is unallocated. I want to extend the D partition to use all of this unallocated space (unless it's a good idea to leave some space unallocated)?

I've installed Minitool Partition Wizard Free. When I right click the D drive in Minitool and selected "Extend," only the C drive is available in the drop-down "Take Free Space From." The unallocated space is not available to select.




Answer:Unable to Use Unallocated Space to Extend Partition

Welcome to the forum. Its very simple first you have to move the two paritions after d to the right so the free space is next to d then you can extend d no problem

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I am trying to format the remaining unformat disk in my basic disk. There are partition C:,E: and G: which are already formatted. There is remaining unallocated disk on the basic disk. The unallocated disk first is need to be partition then only format. But the problem is when I right click on the unallocated disk the new partition option is disable. Why and is there other option. My OS is window XP. Thank You.

Answer:New partition option unable for unallocated disk

A hard disk can only have four primary partition. The fourth is probably take up by the system recovery partition so you cannot make any more,To use this unallocated space you can either extend the G partition into the unallocated space or you can delete the G and create and extended partition. You can then have as many logical drive within the extended partition as space will allow.Stuart

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I just assembled a new PC. It has a single 4TB hard drive. During Windows 10 installation, I created a 200gb partition to install to as the C: drive. It auto partitioned my drive into a 500MB system reserved partition, my C: drive, and two unallocated spaces of 1852.69GB and 1678.02GB respectively. The 1852GB space I can create a partition on, but the 1678GB space I cannot do anything with: Cannot create a partition, and cannot combine it with the rest of the unallocated space.

I would like to combine the two unallocated spaces to create a single partition from the remaining unallocated spaces, but cannot figure out how. I contacted Microsoft tech support via chat, allowed them to remote in to my machine, but they could not determine the issue either. If anyone could shed some light on this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:Unable to create/combine partition from unallocated space

It looks to me as if you have done a legacy bios install not an eufi install.

You need EUFI to access all of disk space (max for bios is 2.2GB).

Open up a command vprompt with admin rights and run these commands and post image.


list disk

Also tell us if a 32bit or 64bit install.

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Hi All,

New to the forums and need some help here as I'm lost. I just got my new laptop and noticed that the C drive (O/S) was getting full and wanted to add more space. I deleted the recovery partition of 25GB so I could extend my C partition.

However, I do not have the option to expand my C drive, see the print screen link below:

I also tried using minitool partition wizard which looked to be successful but upon reboot I got an error.

For info, I have a 160GB SSD

Answer:Unable to extend my C drive partition from unallocated space

I had the same problem when I was trying to make room for my ubuntu partitions by shrinking my windows partition idk if this will work since your are trying to extend it and not shrink it but just give it a try. The problem is that you have unmovable files located at the end of your hard drive, so what you need to do is defragment and optimize your hard disk so that it moves those files towards the beginning of your hard drive. I recommend the program Smart Defraggler 2. It has the three options defrag, defrag and fast optimize and defrag and fully optimize. I recommend doing the defrag and fully optimize option at least twice.

Good luck!

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I have just built my first PC, and I am getting ready to install Windows 7 64 bit. When I select "Custom Install", I get an error stating that Windows can't be installed to the HDD. I have one Seagate 500GB drive installed that displays as "Disk 0 Unallocated Space" with 465 GB available. I have also tried to create a partition using DiskPart, but I get an "I/O device error" that won't allow me to create a partition.

I am using an ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 with the HDD set to AHCI. Any ideas?

Answer:Unable to Create Partition / Install to Unallocated Space on HDD

Has this hard drive ever had anything on it?

Has it ever been formatted?

Go into Windows Disk Management and do a refresh and rescan from the menu.

Try to format it and assign a drive letter in Disk Management. You will probably have to right click the unallocated space.

Then post a picture of what you see in Disk Management.

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So I booted into GParted, and shrunk my Ubuntu partition by 100gb today, in the hopes that I would be able to extend my Windows partition. However GParted won't let me extend this unallocated space into my Windows partition. I booted into Windows, and still no luck, I tried EASEUS partition manager, which didn't work. So I shrunk my current Windows partition (within windows) by about 1gig to check if I could re extend it. And what I found was that the new unallocated space seemed to be separate from the 100gb unallocated space, they wouldn't merge. But I was able to re extend that 1gig back to the Windows partition.
So does any one have any idea how I can extend this 100gb of unallocated space into my windows partition?

Answer:Unable to extend unallocated space into windows partition

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I just assembled a new PC. It has a single 4TB hard drive. During Windows 10 installation, I created a 200gb partition to install to as the C: drive. It auto partitioned my drive into a 500MB system reserved partition, my C: drive, and two unallocated spaces of 1852.69GB and 1678.02GB respectively. The 1852GB space I can create a partition on, but the 1678GB space I cannot do anything with: Cannot create a partition, and cannot combine it with the rest of the unallocated space.

I would like to combine the two unallocated spaces to create a single partition from the remaining unallocated spaces, but cannot figure out how. I contacted Microsoft tech support via chat, allowed them to remote in to my machine, but they could not determine the issue either. If anyone could shed some light on this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:Unable to create/combine partition from unallocated space

It looks to me as if you have done a legacy bios install not an eufi install.

You need EUFI to access all of disk space (max for bios is 2.2GB).

Open up a command vprompt with admin rights and run these commands and post image.


list disk

Also tell us if a 32bit or 64bit install.

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I just assembled a new PC. It has a single 4TB hard drive. During Windows 10 installation, I created a 200gb partition to install to as the C: drive. It auto partitioned my drive into a 500MB system reserved partition, my C: drive, and two unallocated spaces of 1852.69GB and 1678.02GB respectively. The 1852GB space I can create a partition on, but the 1678GB space I cannot do anything with: Cannot create a partition, and cannot combine it with the rest of the unallocated space.

I would like to combine the two unallocated spaces to create a single partition from the remaining unallocated spaces, but cannot figure out how. I contacted Microsoft tech support via chat, allowed them to remote in to my machine, but they could not determine the issue either. If anyone could shed some light on this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Answer:Unable to create/combine partition from unallocated space

It looks to me as if you have done a legacy bios install not an eufi install.

You need EUFI to access all of disk space (max for bios is 2.2GB).

Open up a command vprompt with admin rights and run these commands and post image.


list disk

Also tell us if a 32bit or 64bit install.

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I recently formated my desktop, I have everything saved on the (F) partition, and i formatted the primary partition (C) which leaves me with huge chunk of Unallocated space that is unable to use. Everytime i try to create a new partition, it says that space is not enough ( i even tried creating the min amount of space 8mb) when the space available is almost 500 Gigs.
I tried researching the web but no help... please help me im running out of disk space and i dont want to delete anything

Answer:Unallocated disk space error, Can not partition volume space

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I've been using my microphone and a few days ago on the volume control the mic volume was at the top. Yesterday, it was in the middle and i couldn't slide it up any higher than that, and today it is at 10% and i cant budge the knob to turn it up. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

Answer:Mic volume unable to go above 10% on Volume Control

mmmm....actually i've had a very similiar problem....not quite sure how i fixed it though. Try updating your drivers for your soundcard, that might help. Also(obviously) go into control panel, and mess with things from there. Also, do you have any errors with any sound drivers of any kind? i know if....kind of nuke some of mine(stupid me) with an anti-adware program....if you have that could be part of the prob, and those usually aren't to hard to fix, just take a little time.

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I want to use that 4.88 GB and allocate it into any of the 4 drives... but the extend volume option is grey and i cannot select it.. since the unallocated space is at the right of all drives i should be able to use it, right? plz help me out...

Answer:Unable to extend volume

you will have to delete the unallocated partition to turn it in to free space and 4 partitions on a drive is rule of thumb just checking for you

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I do have externall speakers. But sound comes only from built in speaker. I cant increase or decrease the sound. The speaker icon in the systray makes no difference even if I click mute. In the front connection I have connected headset with mic for yahoo voice chat. Music can be heard on this headset. If I unplug from the audio jacks from the front audio out, then the external speaker comes into action. Any guidance? pls.

Answer:Unable To Control Volume On The Pc

Have you double clicked the specker icon,options,Properties,and click on mixer device ? look at settings below this.

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I'm trying to delete a volume so I can extend a partition. However the option to delete volume in disk management is grayed out. How do I fix this?

Here you can see I can't delete the E: partition

Answer:Unable to delete volume

Hi there, you cant delete this partition because its a system partition and its marked as Active.
Just next to the E:\ partition, there is some unallocated space. You can right click on the partition you want to extend and then click Extend Volume.

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Hi Guys, I have no volume on my computer, I have tried everything I think.Here's what I have so far. In Sounds and Audio Devices, The volume tab is completely grayed out and can't pick anything as The sound devices.Under the sound tab I have a theme picked for my computer sounds and it is not grayed out.Under the audio tab, the drop downs are not grayed out but it has a device selected that doesn't play sound in Sound Playback & Sound Recording, it says Modem #6 Line Playback & Modem #6 Line Record. The device in the Midi Music Playback is my audio device SB Audigy 2 Synth B [DF00], The audio device in this section allows me to hear my mp3 player run through my computer speakers, when I plug it into the headphones on my computer.In the voice Tab, I again have Modem #6 for both Voice playback and voice record. Again the system tells me that this cannot play sound. However, there is no other option in the drop down boxes where ever Modem #6 is installed. I have no volume icon on task bar. I have extracted the sndvol32 from my original XP CD, and the files are inside system 32. Yet it still doesn't open up the volume control tab inside Sounds and audio devices. I have tried changing the decimals to 5 in the sound device through the registry. That did not work.I believe I need to get the Volume control Tab working so I can pick and audio device. But I have tried everything. Do I have to redefine the PATH to Volume Control perhaps? And how would one do ... Read more

Answer:Unable To Get Back My Volume

I had same problem with mine. It said missing driver or something to that effect. I got back sound by adding a sound card (soundblaster) but whenever I went online it would shut down with me within 5 or 10 minutes so I'm back to no sound again.

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Hi, rarely post here (more active in the 7forums). Anyways, I cannot extend my C: Partition.

Before I had Windows 7 RC (x64) installed, then shrank it and installed Vista SP2.

Then I deleted Windows 7, and now it doesn't let me extend C: (vista) with the unallocated space.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Unable to extend volume

hello, your question is simple,I recommnd the Partition Assistant to you, you can try it.

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Voume is stuck on silent mode.
It shows the bell at top of screen like it is in locked mode.
I've tried a soft boot and hard hard boot nothing works,

Answer:Why am I unable to adjust my volume?

What device are you using? What OS and firmware version is it running?

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Recently had a Computer problem and for no reasons I had been asked to reintall Norton AntiVirus. Then my com sorta had flashing digits and words during the restart. After it the sound menu sorta spoilt? Whenever i click on it, it just opens up and immediately closed.I tried accessing the control panel too, but it couldnt work.


Answer:Unable to change volume


Not sure what you mean by a problem - was it malware?

What asked you to reinstall Norton ?

When you uninstalled Norton did you use their special uninstall tool ?

Did you replace it with a good antivirus/ malware program ?

What is the make and model of the machine you are using?



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I'm trying to clean up a pc for a friend and I've done all the usual like uninstalling unnecessary programs/running ccleaner/disk cleanup/disk defrag etc. However, there is a volume other than the C: drive and when I click then analyze/defragment disk button, the progress changes to pass 1 and shoots up to 15% and stops(i.e. stops defragging it altogether but keeps the defrag programme running). The partition itself is 17% fragmented and I wanted to be sure that it's not what's slowing the pc down.
I tried downloading defraggler and doing it with that but it doesnt work either. It says something about cancelling the operation and that the drive may be read only.
Any ideas?

Answer:Unable to defragment partition / volume

If it's not allocated a letter it might be a hidden restore partition. I'd leave well alone.

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Im new to these forums so my bad if this is in the wrong place.

Im running Windows Vista Home Premium and have a 1TB (1000GB) hard drive with 564GB free.

but when I try to shrink my hard it says I can only shrink it by 7238MB.

Any ideas on how to get around this? I wanted to create a partion for like 50GB.

Any help arould be great!
If you are able to give us a easy soluation I would be happy to send a small thanks via paypal.

Thanks again.

Answer:Unable to shrink volume beyond certain limit!

That may mean that there are unmovable files near the partition boundary.

The very best idea would be to defrag with an offline defragger, like Paragon Total Defrag 2008. There are also defraggers on the UBCD4Win CD.

Failing that, try a defrag, anyway, and if you use any commercial defragger, try using its boot-time defrag function. Look at a drive map, too, to see what files/folders are near the boundary. If page file, you may be able to relocate it.

Or use an bootable partitioning tool, like Gparted. Whatever you use, the volume should be checked for errors and defragged beforehand.

Paragon Partition Manager 8.5
PPM Special Edition serial and free registration

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Hello everyone!

I'm using a Thinkpad T420s, dual booting Windows 7 and Fedora 16. However, prior to me installing F16, I used Disk management to shrink the Windows partition. turns out I shrunk it *way* too small and I'm barely able to use it due to lack of space on the partition. Under Disk Management, even if I create unallocated space, it still will not let me re-size my windows partition. I think this is because the partitions are in the wrong order...but I don't know what to do about it.

Disk management shows four partitions as follows from left to right:

| SYSTEM_DRV (1.46 GB, Primary) | Windows7_OS (67.47 GB, Primary, Boot) | (500 MB, Primary) | (76.63 GB, Primary) <--Fedora 16 |

No matter what I do, I cannot click "Extend Volume" on my Windows 7 partition. I would experiment and use certain bootable partition tools, but I'm afraid I'm going to mess with GRUB and I won't be able to boot either one of my OS's...I don't exactly know what I'm doing in this regard so I really want to be careful, so I'm asking for someone's expertise.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration

Answer:Unable to to extend volume on Windows 7 partition

I believe you can do that with Gparted.

This may help:

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We have VSS setup on our file share here at work.

Today was the first time since I set it up that a user needed to restore a previous version.

I had them go to the folder and showed them how to get to the previous versions, but it came back with nothing.

I then went and logged into the server with my admin account, went to the physical drive, and the previous versions were there.

What do I need to do for it to show up for the users?

I am assuming it has something to do with permissions, but I haven't been able to turn up anything yet.

Our setup is as follows:
Server 2008 R2
Shared drive is connected to the server via iSCSI
Shared drive is set up in DFS (no replication) so people at multiple sites can see it.
Users have the DFS drive mapped to their computers.

Users have modify permissions on needed folders.

What am I missing here?

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Answer:When my volume is a maximum I am still unable to get any sound from my Lumia 830, how can I fix this?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Phone is new and running Windows Phone 8.1 First check the manual how to do it.
If it still does not work bring it back to the shop and get a replacement.

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-Using Windows XP on a Dell Dimention 8300 desktop.-

About a week ago, I attempted to start up my computer, and to my dismay, I ended up with the blue screen of death with an error that was something like

unmountable_boot_volume EDx0000000 0x0000006 0x0000000

(I'm currently typing from memory on my ipod so please forgive me if I'm a bit vague) Anyway, I've tried everything I can think of. I'm unable to run chkdsk as it brings me directly to partitions, and I really don't want to re-format because my data and backups of things are very precious to me. Is there anything I can do?
Also yes I did use the search function before posting this and nothing helped

Answer:Unmountable Boot Volume error, unable to fix, need help

I believe when you run chkdsk - you have to choose which partition you would like it to check/fix.

Also, have you tried a repair install?

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I have brought a new laptop running in Windows 7. When i try to make a New Simple Volume with disk management, i get the following errors.

" The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue?"

I have tired to convert my Basic Disk to Dynamic disk, but when i right click, i cant find the options (i have the screenshot attached.)

please help i cant use my computer unless i have a separate volume.

Answer:Unable to make NEW SIMPLE VOLUME in Windows 7

Welcome to the forum,

You have 4 primary partitions, which is why you are having problems.

Have you made your recovery discs yet? Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 7) - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Do not convert your Disk to Dynamic!

If it was me, I would put that unallocated space back on C, make my recovery discs, then image the entire drive to an external drive so you have a safe return if your future partitioning attempts go south.

Once you have created your recovery discs and the image, you could delete one of the HP partitions so you can then create your desired partition or what most enthusiasts prefer a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Im facing a strange problem.
i installed ABBYY Fine Reader 9.0 on my PC with XP Sp3.
After installing ABBYY fine reader, in order to crack the software i used a file ID-CHANGER.exe provided with the ABBYY Fine reader to change the volume ID of my C drive.
Then on rebooting the PC, the windows did not start instead there was a blank screen with a cursor blinking and no further progress or any error msg was seen.
I know that formatting and reinstalling windows will solve the problem, but i have some very important software installed on my hard disk which i won't be able to reinstall once i reinstall windows. Also iam unable to start the safe mode.
kindly help ASAP

Answer:Unable to boot windows after Volume ID change

Nobody will help you on this forum with problems caused by pirated/cracked software. Please read the forum rules regarding this issue. I am afraid you are on your own with this particular problem.

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Stupid vista not allowing install because of the cd drive being first boot

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Hi there recently changed hard drives on my laptop, everything seems fine but the volume control on the task bar is missing and i have no volume now.

When i startup the laptop an error message appears, "unable to load volume" I can still press Fn + Up key to see it on screen going up to max but no sound is coming out.

Any suggestions.

Answer:Solved: Unable to load Volume control on Startup

Did you open up your laptop and physically change your hard drive or did u buy an external hard drive? because you might have done something wrong if you physically changed it or did you get someone to do it for you? Do the following: Start>control panel>sounds and audio devices and then tell us if you see your audio device in the window that opens up. If you do then go to audio and select volume and if everything goes fine a window will open up that lets you control the master volume. If you don't, go to hardware and list all of the volume/sound drivers you see there. they will be distinguished by their speaker icon on their left.

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Just got a brand new HP computer with windows 10 Pro (64bit) preinstalled on an SSD. I am now adding a 1TB sata hard drive for storing data files. New HDD is installed as Disk 1 and is seen by Windows 10. I initialized it as an MBR basic disc. When I try to go to the next step of creating a volume, I right click on disk 1 and there is no option available to create a new simple volume. There are other volume options (mirror, raid, etc) but they are all greyed out. Simple is not even listed as an option. I went to DISKPART and using clean command, took it back to the start, then initialized it as a GBT. That didn't make a difference. Now I'm back to MBR again. I also did a List Volume command under DISKPART and confirmed there is no volume on this drive. I'm stuck. How can I get this drive to the point where I can format it and use it?

Answer:Unable to create simple volume on new 1TB hard drive

Duh. Just solved my on problem. Was clicking on the disk name instead of the unallocated space. Got it working now!
Sorry for being a dope.

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I recently noticed my network and battery icons have disappeared off my taskbar. When I tried to put them back, the check boxes in customize notification area were greyed out. I did a little research and people who had the same problem said to run "sfc /scannow" in command prompt. After attempting that, cmd gave me an error.

I'm guessing the problem is a little more complicated than I thought. Any ideas?

Answer:Unable to see/turn on network, battery, volume, etc. icons

Welcome to the Seven Forums
I can see you did not run that as administrator look at Option 2 of this tutorial in it will explain it for you SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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I recently bought a desktop from tiger direct. It was missing a hdd, so I bought a 1tb Seagate. After plugging I up and t ring it on, I learned I have to install Windows. The desktop came with a windows Vista business product key. I made a windows Vista bookable flash drive. The only way for the contents to boot is if I boot using the flash drive as first priority over the hdd. A couple pages later, it says I have insufficient volume. I've read this has to do with booting from a flash drive, but I know no other way to install Windows. Can someone help?
Booting from the hdd just gives me a black screen with blinking command underscore.

Answer:Windows is unable to find system volume sufficient enough

Welcome to MG!
As you said you need to install Windows. Making a bootable USB drive is not the same as making an install disc. If at all possible I would take the standard route and get a Windows 7 CD, boot it and install. This is a much easier path and will give you a supported OS.
The insufficient volume error is because Windows is trying to install on the flash drive.

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Hello All,When I use an external microphone plugged into the microphone jack, I am unable to control the volume. When I speak into it and listen to the playback, it's all distorted from the excess volume.If I go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio Devices, under the Recording tab it shows Microphone SoundMax Intergrated Digital HD Audio. If I click on it and then click on Properties, it brings up a new window with a Levels tab. On the Levels tab is a slider volume control from 1 to 100. I can slide it back to a lower volume level but it will not stay there. As soon as I start recording, it jumps back to 100. There is an Apply button on that same tab window but it is grayed out.Does anyone know what I need to do to get the recording level to stay at a lower setting?

Answer:Unable to control microphone volume on T61 with Windows Vista

You could check to see whether there is a "mic boost" in one of the tabs.  I have one in a custom tab.  If so, uncheck it if you are getting too much input from the mic.

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The title explains just about everything, but I'll explain further.

I run Windows XP Pro SP2. Two days or so ago I ran into a problem. I got the BSOD with the error that read "Unmountable Boot Volume".

So I ran a google search and found some instructions on how to combat this. I found one method that said.

1. Boot from Windows disc and press R for recovery.
2. At prompt type: chkdsk /p
3. Then type in: fixboot

After I did this, I got a message saying it found an error with Chkdsk, and then it fixed the boot sector.

I restarted windows and got the "Error loading Operating System" error.

On the website where I found that first method that I used, it said that if the first way didnt work, to do everything over, just run "chkdsk /r" and dont do any of the other steps. Just the chkdsk /r instead of chkdsk /p.

I did that and it took forever, but when it finsihed, it said that it found and corrected one error on my volume. After this finished I restarted my PC, but I still got the "Error loading Operating System" error.

It should be noted that this is a normal ide drive and not a sata. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Unmountable boot volume....Fixboot.....Unable to load OS

Boot from your XP disc again and try to repair the install using the first repair option (first time it asks). If that doesn't work, boot back from the disc, do a full repair, which is the second prompt for repairing, after it detects what OS(es) is/are currently installed. Then, re-run Windows Update.

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I just recently did a Windows 7 re install so I would have a clean slate when using a new raid setup. (LSI 9211-8i with (4) 2 TB WD Red) I am new to RAID's but everything seams to be working fine. I used 4, 2 TB WD Reds in a RAID 10 and got the expected 3.7 TB of space. I run my OS on a small 120 GB SSD and put all my user accounts on a different drive as shown here.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

So to get back to the problem at hand, when I went to create a new simple volume initially to do this it would only allow me to put 2048 GB in a volume. Not a big deal because I though that I would be able to set up a new simple with the rest of it later. The problem that I'm wondering about is that now that it is all set up and running I can use the rest of the space. When I am in disk management and right click on the unallocated space everything is grayed out except for Properties and Help.

I'm not sure what to do about this . Although I don't need the s[ace right now I don't like the idea of 1.5 TB sitting there unusable. If I'm going to do something about this I would rather do it now than later.


Answer:Unable to create New Simple Volume of a 3.7 TB RAID disk

If you want to use more than 2.2GB, you have to convert the MBR disk to a GPT disk.

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Recently, when starting up my pc (which uses xp media center version 2005) I started getting this error message: "Volume Control: Unable to Load User Interface. Please reinstall application."

The sound doesn't work when I play dvds, but work fine for everything else - music on youtube, etc.

Is it the drivers that I need to reinstall?


Answer:Volume Control Unable to Load User Interface

What do you have for a sound card? Try typing sndvol32.exe in the run command and see if it runs the Volume Control applet. Or you can Uninstall the drivers, restart the computer and reinstall the drivers and see if that works. It sounds like a drivers issue.

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I'm not sure if this happened with 5.55, but with 5.56, when I hit the volume up or down on my keyboard to turn the sound down for everything, it turns down winamp's volume bar too. Sometimes I can move winamp's volume bar up and down and it won't even be working. What causes this? It's pretty annoying for the music to turn down twice as fast or winamp's volume bar to not even work at all.EDIT: Moved to a more appropriate forum

Answer:Volume keys turning down computer volume and winamp volume at the same time?


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I just got a Compaq MV540 monitor and downloaded the driver and the manual. There is no volume control on the right speaker, just an on-off switch. Under Troubleshooting the manual says:

"Push the mute button on your keyboard or click on the speaker icon located on your Windows desktop and deselect "Mute"" "Increase the volume level by using your keyboard volume control or clicking on the speaker icon on your Windows desktop and increasing the volume level"

The keyboard and computer are both manufactured by Compaq and the computer is a Compaq Deskpro series PD1000. I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find the keyboard buttons or the Windows desktop icon for volume control. I'm running Windows 98. I got the driver download from and used chose Windows 98 and it gave me "HP Presario Monitor Drivers (INF Support)? file name SP20813.exe" to download. The driver installation seemed to install correctly and Windows recognized it and said it successfully installed a new Plug and Play driver. Does anybody know what's wrong or where these controls are located?

Answer:Compaq MV540 Monitor ; unable to access volume control

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Hi After defragging my PC under Windows 10, I'm left with some files that can't be defragged - these are usually 'System Volume Information' files plus others.Does anyone know how I can defrag these from my system using the Defraggler software?Many thanks for any help.Best RegardsSeacalypso

Answer:Unable to Delete System Volume Information File when Defragging

Not that large of a file to worry about it being defragged...If you delete it it gets re-created on next boot....

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After installing Windows 10, my stripped volume became RAW in Disk Management. I tried to clean the disks and recreate a new stripped volume, but it always fails when it's formatting the volume, showing "The format did not complete successfully"
when using Disk Management and "DiskPart has encountered an error: The parameter is incorrect" when using
I then tried to create a simple volume on the dynamic disk, but it failed with the same error.

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Hi After defragging my PC under Windows 10, I'm left with some files that can't be defragged - these are usually 'System Volume Information' files plus others.Does anyone know how I can defrag these from my system using the Defraggler software?Many thanks for any help.Best RegardsSeacalypso

Answer:Unable to Delete System Volume Information File when Defragging

Not that large of a file to worry about it being defragged...If you delete it it gets re-created on next boot....

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I have a rather old ThinkPad - a A22m 2628-TSU - that I just recently reformated and installed with Windows XP.I'm now trying to install the software that'll let you adjust the volume with the volume buttons and that'll show the batteries status and am having some difficulty doing so.  I would have thought that Keyboard Customizer Utility for Windows 2000, XP - ThinkPad and ThinkPad Power Management driver for Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Me, 98 SE - ThinkPad would have done the trick, but alas, it appears that they do not.  I ran the *.exe that I downloaded, which created a C:\DRIVERS directory, and I then ran the setup files within each of the newely created directories, but that didn't help.  So what will help?Also, unrelated to this...  whenever I try to visit, in Firefox, on that computer, the computer freezes.  It doesn't do this in Internet Explorer and is the only page I've found that causes this problem in Firefox (well, the whole computer freezes, but it only happens while I'm using Firefox).  I know this is a short in the dark, but...  any ideas?

Answer:unable to install volume controls / battery status software on A22m

You need to install the Hot Key driver from the system utilities file matrix. (You may also need the on screen display utility also?)  re. the firefox, sorry I don't use it.Message Edited by andyP on 12-24-2007 09:59 PM

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Hello, I recently got a new motherboard and 2 hard drives. Both hard drives have unallocated space. I trying to install Window Vista but it keeps coming up with an ERROR saying; Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation. I have a GIGABYTE S-series motherboard AM2 Athlon 64 series

Answer:Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

how much allocated space are you giving the hard drives?

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I have a Satelllite L830 10U with Windows 7

I can't see the volumen icon on the taskbar.

I tried to turn it on, but the "show icon /notifications" option does not show any icon, just plain text
and under the system icon tab (volumen, battery, net, ...) the volumen icon is in unselectable grey

Any ideas??
Are Toshiba's and Windows updates interferring somehow??


Answer:Satelllite L830-10U: WIn 7 Volume icon missing in taskbar + unable to show

Its not notebook problem but your system is muddled up.
Check this YouTube video which shows you how to enable this sound icon again:
[Volume icon is disabled or grayed out|]

Its about Vista but should work for Win 7 too

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Encrypted Volume Check: Volume Info on \\?\Volume{X}Can Not Read

Found this in my Event Viewer on each start/restart. I don't have any Volumes that I have encrypted. Is this malware? I've run everything prior to noticing including Windows Offline Defender.
Not sure if this is even the correct area to post this!

Answer:Encrypted Volume Check: Volume Info on \\?\Volume{X}Can't read

I'm going to take a guess, please upload a screenshot of the disk manager (Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter).
Posting the actual entry from the Event Viewer can help.

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I've been having issues trying to add a mirror to an NTFS volume in Win 8.1 64bit when using DISKPART and the Disk Management console. Both methods give me an error of "Virtual Disk Service error: All disks holding extents for a given
volume must have the same sector size, and the sector size must be valid.", which I have have no problem accepting, EXCEPT that the drives appear to have identical and valid sector sizes. Below is some output that I believe adequately shows where
my confusion is coming from:

C:\Windows\system32>wmic DISKDRIVE get name, bytespersector

BytesPerSector  Name
512             \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1
512             \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0

C:\Windows\system32>fsutil fsinfo sectorInfo C:
LogicalBytesPerSector :                                 512
PhysicalBytesPerSectorForAtomicity :              512
PhysicalBytesPerSectorForPerformance :         512
FileSystemEffectivePhysicalBytesPerSectorForAtomicity : 512
Device Alignment :                                      Unknown
Partition alignment on device :                         Unknown
Performs Normal Seeks

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Recently I left my 2 younger brothers playing NFS Carbon on my satellite P100-347, preinstalled with media centre 2005 edition, and now it fails to startup.

During the startup process eventually a blue screen is displayed for about a second and then it shutsdown (I manged to make out the words "unable to boot volume" from the blue screen).

I tried booting with an XP media centre DVD but it only gives me an option of reinstalling the OS with a price of losing all my very important data. Normally I would have recovered the system but I don't want to lose my data.

Is there anything i can do other than taking it to a technician?

Answer:Satellite P100-347: Blue screen appears on start up - unable to boot volume


Well, mostly the BSOD appears due to a hardware problem or serious software issue.
In your case the software problem is possible?

Unfortunately, I think the new OS installation is the best way to get the notebook running correctly.
Now you want to know how to save the data and files? well, I think you should remove the HDD from notebook and should try to connect the 2.5? HDD via external USB controller to another computer. Then you could save the files on the other HDD?

I think, now you know that the regular backups are important and necessary!!!!

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When connected to my car Bluetooth I find the volume level of incoming calls and text read outs too low to hear and unable to increase volume

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