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USB Drive Volume Not cannot be Deleted.

Question: USB Drive Volume Not cannot be Deleted.

Hi guys, first time poster here so hopefully this will be at least somewhat bearable.

OK, so here is what I wanted to do, I was looking around the net and stumbled on to some videos about software RAID with USB drives. I know it isn't a very elegant or practical solution but I thought it would just be cool to see it working. So I found this article How to Create a Software RAID Array in Windows 7 and figured that since disk management in both 7/8 are essentially the same it wouldn't be a problem. I then went to delete the volumes on the flash drives and saw the option was grayed out. So in that state the drives cannot be used for what I wanted them to be used for. I did notice that on his tutorial his drives were described as "Basic" and my drives are described as "Removable" I think that somewhere along the line I saw something about removable drives being hard to work with in disk management so that may be it.
So if anyone knows how to do this all help is greatly appreciated!

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Preferred Solution: USB Drive Volume Not cannot be Deleted.

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Answer: USB Drive Volume Not cannot be Deleted.

Minitool partition wizard free edition should be able to set up your USB drives anyway you want them. Unless they are encrypted.

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Hi, I accidentally deleted the volume on my 3rd hard drive and now my Windows Vista PC won't even recognize the drive. How can I fix this?

The problem started when I put my old Barracuda 160 gig drive in a usb external case and couldn't get it to work until I put the jumpers on 7-8. The problem was, it was asking me to format the drive which was full of files which I wanted to retrieve. Through a series of now obvious mistakes, I first shrunk the volume backwards, I meant to shrink only 50 MB but deleted all but 50 MB and then stupidly deleted the entire volume.

What I need now is to at least be able to have my PC recognize the drive again and to be able to restore the full volume but would ideally like to still be able to retrieve the data, if that's even possible at this point. Also, why does, or did my computer only recognize this drive in the 7-8 jumper configuration? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Answer:I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Hello Tony, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if the method in the tutorial below may be able to work for this as well to recover it.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,

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Honestly don't know y I deleted it but, I was cleaning files from my drives while in Linux and I deleted the system volume folder from one of my hdds and now all my data is inaccessible. Haven't touched the drive since, would like a surefire way to get it back. Here is my set up64gb ssd Windows 7
1tb hdd internal (deleted system volume folder)
1tb external hdd 50gb Linux partition 950gb ntfs partition
Thanks in advance

Answer:recover deleted system volume information on external drive

Have you had a look at the current version of the HIRENS boot CD. this has lots of free recovery tools on it. I have used it a few times for exactly the purpose you need it for...

Go here: Download Hiren

And scroll down about 3/4 of the way and you will a download link.


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Hey guys:

I'm an idiot!!! Last night I deleted my System Volume Information folder off of a Raid-0 set of hard drives. As I mentioned, this raid set is not drive with my XP on it. This is just a drive for storage of pictures, video, and other programs I prefer not to have on my C:\. I did take go as far as to turn off System Restore before deleting it. Now when I boot up I cannot access the drive at all. It tells me that "The drive is not formatted. Do I want to format it now?."

I don't want to do that and I am wondering if there is a way to create a new System Volume Information folder so I can access the drive again???


Answer:Deleted System Volume Information Folder on a Non-Operating system drive???

I think you are connecting the dots...where there is no connection.

Deleting a system volume folder...isn't possible by me, even when system restore is not used (I always disable SR immediately after a clean install). Even though the folders are empty and I don't have SR employed, the system won't allow me to delete these empty folders.

I believe that the problem is your RAID setup...perhaps you ought to try to repair it.


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Question: deleted volume

Hi. I was using diskpart to delete a volume from my usb external hd and i wiped the drive by mistake. Can I retrieve the files and folders or are they lost forever? Any assistance will be appreciated. deanie44

Answer:deleted volume

Hi, it depends what 'wiped' means here. Can you post the command you used?

Meanwhile try one or more of the popular data recovery programs e.g. Recuva.

You might be lucky. Such programs usually have two levels of scanning.

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Question: deleted volume

Hi. I was using diskpart to delete a volume from my usb external hd and i wiped the drive by mistake. Can I retrieve the files and folders or are they lost forever? Any assistance will be appreciated. deanie44

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I accidentally deleted my portable hard drive volume when messing around with Disk Management on Windows 7. The hard drive is formatted using FAT32 and is about 120GB. Is there any way to recover it? I have all media and some important documents in there. Any help would be really appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:Help recover deleted volume


You can use the undelete option in a 3rd party partition manager. As long as you haven't attempted to change that partition in any way other than delete it, should work fine.

If you have a partition Manager - see if it has that option. Post back and let me know.


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I have a tower Raid system with 8 2t drives. One of the drives was bad so in Disk manager, I deleted the volume. Now, I'd like to re-add a new drive to replace that one, but Disk manger will not recognize that drive even though I can see it in device manager and I've changed the drive positions in the Raid box. Is there a way to force Disk manger to see a drive again? (same one or different drive?)

Answer:re-activating a deleted Volume

is is rais 5 or raid 1 or 0? hardware raid or software raid?
Or was the failed disk just a "simple volume"

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Hello all

the volume icon was accidentally deleted and when i go in control panel and select sounds and audio device and try to check the box that states place volume icon on task bar it is grayed out.

This is a windows xp machine

Answer:Volume icon deleted from taskbar

Open Device Manager and see if there are yellow signs, conflicts, unknown devices, etc. Check 'Sound, video and game controllers'. You may need to reinstall Sound drivers.

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I've gone and deleted the volume icon from the taskbar somehow. I tried to get it back on by going to sounds and media in control panel, I then ticked the box to put it back on the taskbar but get the following message: Window cannot display the volume icon on the taskbar because the volume control programme has not been installed. To install it use add/remove in control panel.I looked in the add/remove programmes list on the control panel and there is nothing about volume in there.Any ideas? Ive gone and deleted something haven't I !!!!!!!

Answer:Volume icon deleted from taskbar

Volume Icon Is Not Displayed in the Notification Area, and You Receive an Error Message When You Try to Add Itclick here;EN-US;Q319095

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A friend of mine, not me, accidently deleted a spanned volume, One of the disks is an IBM Deskstar 80GB and the other is a Maxtor 200GB with 8M Buffer. The Spanned volume was a total of 190 GB (using unallocated space from both). The volume was deleted using the MMC utility from windows. I was wondering if there is any software out there that would me, not me, my friend, recover the data that was in it.

Answer:Recover Deleted Spanned Volume

I would think that this is the app your looking for, but its not free. Most app's that are worth there salt aren’t.

File Scavenger

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I used baku 2 weeks ago and deleted my sytem volume information. Win xp and now no restore,no help,no run etc. Still online and still lost ????

Answer:I deleted system volume information

I'm not understanding your problem very well as your post is somewhat brief and hard to comprehend.

1. I'm assuming by "baku" you mean backup? Please confirm.

2. When you say you deleted your system volume information do you mean the actual folder itself, or the contents of the folder?

3. When you say "no restore" do you mean you can not now set a restore point?

Any further details you can give as to what you did and what you are trying to do would be helpful.

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Is there a method to rewrite a deleted Windows 7 system volume (the small 200 MB or 100 MB partition)? I'd like to avoid doing a complete reinstall, but I have a feeling that I'm screwed.

Answer:Can you rewrite a deleted system volume?


You may try some data recovery software: Easeus Partition Master Pro - x86 & x64 Free


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This is a very huge problem that i created about a couple months ago. I deleted my volume driver on accident. I think i accidently deleted important audio files for the sound driver to work. I've tried reinstalling the audio driver but i couldn't get it to work!. when i do it and restart my computer it popps up blue screen and says something about me not installing the program correctly, or that it is a corrupted audio driver. I really really need help with this, I've tried system restoring, and just do not know what to do anymore! i really need your help please! I think my audio driver is Realtek AC'97 Audio, That's what it says to intall when i search for missing drivers. Also my computer system information is, Microsoft Windows XP version 2002 SP3.

Answer:Deleted volume driver on accident! please help!!

Look in device manager. Any errors?

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The volume utitliy is gone from the computer, how do I get it back? could it be found on any of my computer cds or on the internet? I use xp.

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Hi all

i was wondering what i should do step by step to get my volume mixer back its effected my windows media ill need step by step if someone can please im a computer newbie please help!!

Answer:Vista Ulti 64 volume mixer has been deleted


Right click in the "Notification" area

Click "Properties"

Check the "Volume" box

Click "OK", that's it.

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I had all my files saved on the secondary Western Digital 160GB Sata HDD, it was listed first at the time... But I accidentally deleted the volume on it.. Is there a way to get those files back? I had photos, movies, music, some other important files. The whole reason for having them on that secondary drive was to save them (kicking myself), until I installed Windows 7 on the new 500GB Sata HDD... I got a copy of Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal ... and going through the Undelete Partition wizard now... Any help? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!

PS. I just did the "delete" option in the Windows 7 installation section for "advanced options", the HDDs were there.. but I accidentally hit delete on the 160GB instead... That's all I did with the drive though.

Answer:Went through to Windows 7 installation, deleted wrong HDD volume..

To try and answer your question; yes and no. You can take the drive and try to have it professionally recovered. There are some companies out there that specifically recover data from these types of situations. This can be very expensive and no guarantee. I know this not what you wanted to here.

I have 3 hdd in my system and have made notations as to the location of each drive and how the OS see's each of 0 is hard drive 1, 1 is hard drive 2 and 2 is hard drive 3, which is the way I have mine installed in the hdd cage...I know that hdd 0 is the 1TB drive and hdd 1 and 2 are 320 GB for backups and data storage. Keeping in mind each drive letter that the OS assigns to each of them. So when a re-install of the OS comes along I know what hdd is what and where.

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Today I was in Disk Management and accidentally removed Volume K: which was my external Seagate Hard Drive. I meant to re format and delete the files but not delete the acutal volume.

I now cannot see my drive K: when I go into My Computer, but it is their in device manager, when I plug it in an out, i get the noise, but I just cant access it, so I did a system restore to a few days ago, but no look its still gone, i actually am not worried about the files on it, I just wanted to be able to use it again.

I am using Vista Home.



Answer:Accidentally deleted volume under disk management

You should be able to go back into Disk Management to re-initialize and reformat the drive. With the Disk Management window open, look down at the list where the individual drives are listed in bold print (it should list Disk 0, Disk 1, the CD drives, etc). The drive in question should be listed; right click on the bold print for the drive and choose initialize. Once that is done, you should be able to partition and format as usual.

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I have many volumes and on each of them there is a recycle bin. Can deleted file be in recyle bin on another disk, volume? For example if reserve space for Recycle Bin on this volume is over. Or each Recycle bin is only for it's volume?

Answer:Can deleted file be in recyle bin on another disk, volume?

Hello userwin,

Each volume has it's own hidden protected OS $Recycle.bin file that stores deleted items from only that volume. One volume cannot have it's $Recycle.bin file on a different volume. It must be on itself.

When you open the Recycle Bin, it lets you see all the deleted items from the $Recycle.bin files from each volume there much like a library does with included folders.

If you like, you can change the storage size of the recycle bin for each volume to fit your needs if free space is available to do so.

Recycle Bin storage size

Hope this helps,

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Hello there, I am in need of some help. I recently cleaned out some unneeded applications on my control panel, and restarted my computer, but now I've lost my volume control/ dimmer control. There use to be a little black box that would pop up whenever i increased or decreased my volume or dimmer, but now its gone. I would like to have that back. I don't remember the application i deleted. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Need help, deleted application, and now no volume or dimmer control.

There's proprietary software that provides this functionality. You may need to scour Lenovo's website for downloads of this nature, or contact them directly to see if they can provide you with a download. Or if the laptop came with backups of this kind where you can install the various software from CDs, then start looking.

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How is everyone? Well I have two mportant issues that was caused by me lol. I have a sensitive laptop screen saw it had finger prints so i cleaned the screen with wipes that clean monitors then i realized in small print it says do not use on laptops so now i have gray and green lines across the screen lol. The issue is the screen anyone know how to ifx this problem or will have to buy a new laptop? Second issue I was deleting certain programs that i dont use come to find out i also deleted my volume control so now have no volume at all lol. Please help me lol.
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Ok I am going to create a new thread on this, as I had been posting on one dated from 2012 that was an identical issue, but I think starting a new thread would be better.

I have a 1TB Western Digital HDD.

It is not my OS.

It is my data storage drive, with over 850GB of data and applications installed on it; while my OS resides by itself on my SSD.

I also have a small 1GB usb drive.

I was attempting to set up the USB drive as a bootable and was about to wipe it clean.

I was in Disk Management in Windows 7.

The WD showed up as 932GB.
The USB showed up as 934GB

I got the two mixed up, and I accidently deleted the Volume on the WD.

I did nothing else at that point, other then have a complete and total panic attack, nearly lost my dinner into a toilet... then started Googling for a solution or fix.

Google brought me here, to this thread - Undelete Hard disk Volume and recover data!

The poster appears to have done the exact same thing I did, and even posted that they found their own solution.

Quote: Originally Posted by panais

Well the solution was very easy,just few clicks.

Iv downloaded and installed the Free Partition Magic alternative (no need to pay\buy anything).

I run the minitool partition wizard,even after the hard disk volume is deleted you can see all the hard disks physically installed in the list.

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Answer:Accidently deleted/recreated HDD Volume, did NOT format, need recovery

So I could really use some help with this...

I'm not too familiar with this Active Partition Recovery program...

Should I just bite the bullet, spend the money to buy their full version that will allow me access to their "delete invalid volume" and "recovery in place" options...

Or is there some other way I can recover this lost volume for free?

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Hi I had 2 external hard drives connected and in disk manager I clicked delete on the wrong one? So now the drive wont show up, so I simply created a Simple volume and know it is a RAW drive? How do I recover the files there was over 100GB and some of them are really important such as records and work related stuff, it is currently a RAW partition and all the hard disk recovery softwares dont recognise it because it is a RAW drive? do i have to format it to recover the files? Please Help!?!

Answer:*Important* Accidently deleted volume in Disk Manager, how to recover?

Do not format the disk.
this would make your task more difficult or even impossible.

There are free partition recovery tools available on the net.

Question the deletion, was it your operating system or are you still able to boot into Windows. I have never been in this position but someone will post some software for you. Just don't muddle the disk any further.

If you are able to boot into Windows this link will give you an idea of what you are looking for. Hang on because I know some forum members have done this will be suggesting more software.

[email protected] Partition Recovery Freeware Toolkit.Recover Deleted Partition, Volume.Undelete NTFS,FAT,exFAT,HFS+,Ext2/Ext3.

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I have Microsoft XP. Today, I made a backup of Word on a floppy (I know these are antiques) and a backup of Word on a CD.  I went into the A Drive and deleted two files that were password protected (even though it did not ask me for the password).  Then, I was stupid enough to empty the Recycle Bin.  When I went  into the Backup CD, those two files were gone and they were also missing from the list of Word Documents on the hard drive.  I sure did not know if I deleted them from the floppy, they would also be deleted from the other drives.  These were two important files and I need them.  HELP!!! Anyone out there who can help me recover them?

Answer:deleted file from backup floppy also deleted it from hard drive and backup CD

You may want to try this software program:  UndeleteMyFiles

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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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Normal Drive letter vs Mounting a volume as an empty folder


I was wondering what the prime uses for a logical drive (just assigning it as the letter F: for example ) might be vs. Mounting the logical drive as an empty folder that supports drive paths?

And why someone would want to use one option vs. the latter? (common uses).

thanks for any ideas.

(I only have one hard drive, so this would be an extended partition on the same disk)

Answer:Solved: Logical drive question: Normal Drive letter vs Mounting as a volume as empty folder

Here's a link to explain it:,_FAT,NTFS))

Good luck.

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Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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Hi. I'm trying to get rid of files and this one is the main one that I have found so far that is getting stuck and not being deleted. It says that "change.log" is being used by other users.

Occasionally as well a chinese website pops up for some reason.


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I deleted mi1.exe because Norton said it was adware but then my computer froze and now when I start it up I get a blue screen that says: "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. Technical Information: STOP 0x000000ED (0x82F8E3680, xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)" I have tried to start in Safe Mode, Normal Mode, and Last Known Good Configuration but I get this same screen every time. I have no idea what to do. Can anyone help me? (Dell Latitude C400 using Windows XP Pro)

Answer:Deleted Mi1.exe then "Unmountable Boot Volume" error

I contacted Dell customer support on a live chat and we tried to restore the system to a date when it was working but windows was corrupt and I had to completely reinstall Windows XP. I wouldn't touch the Mi1.exe file if I were you. The upside is that the Dell rep was really nice and explained things well so at least I know I have good support from the manufacturer.

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Hi, I had memory issues, as have many on these boards. Following the advice I first updated my lenovo system and then pointed the rescue and recovery to an external hard drive and saved a new base backup. At some point I was asked if I wanted the existing backups deleted and I said yes, however, I don't think they can have been deleted as their has been no increase in memory available. I also ran the SpaceMonger program recommended on the boards and it was unable to scan 60% of the hard drive. So, can you please let me know how to get to, and delete the original backups? thank you 

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

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

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



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

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Ok. I tried everything to repair an XP install on my Qosmio GA35-650. The recovery disk was a joke and wouldn't work...I decided to skip all of the DMI junk I read about and clean install a copy of XP.

Put the Raid drivers on a floppy and proceeded with the install. Setup would not install on the boot partition and gave me a "page_fault" error. I went into the bios and changed disk 0 to JBOD from RAID, disk 1 was already set to JBOD. Reentered setup and at the point where you select the partition to install to only one partition was shown. This was not a good thing as I backed up all of my data from the C: drive (Disk 0) to the F: Drive (Disk 1). I went back to the BIOS and set Drive 0 back to Raid and started the Setup procedure over again. Two partitions were showing this time but Disk 1 was not showing an F: drive designator.

The question. Did I lose all of my data on the second 100gb drive in the system? Is my F: drive recoverable?


Answer:Two HDDs in System. Deleted partition on Drive 0 now cant access Drive 1?

I think it depends on what Raid type you were using, some good info of different types here:
Personally I don't like Raid all that much, as I don't think it's fantastic for data recovery or backup (which was its actual purpose, plus speed)

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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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Hi everyone!
I have an external 931Gb Seagate disk.
I wanted 5 partitions and it came out with 3 logical drives and 2 primary (all healthy)
After an infection with ransonware I had to delete one from the 2 primary partitions but suddenly
at the same time got unallocate one from the 3 logical drives too, like if they was connected (?).
So I lost everything in it which there was very important backups not infected.
Is there an easy way to allocate again this logical drive and find again the files was in it?
Why happened this? Is it normal?
Thank you.

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When the installation on my computer (SysInfo.(3) exe) was done I did not get the CDROM disc & the installation appears as 1386 in My Computer.file. It takes up a lot of space so I copied the file to my D drive. Can I just delete it off my C drive .without a lot of complication. Thanks Gormaur

Answer:i386 can this be deleted simply from C Drive after transferring to D drive

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I took my Acer Laptop to the computer shop to get my SSD fixed and when they finished it and got it home i noticed my drives where split into 2 drives of 50GB approximately; C: & D:.
I have been trying to merge or at least give some space to drive C: , but my extend volume button in the partition manager is gray, even tho i have allocated space.
please give me some advice.

Answer:Extend Volume on C: Drive grayed out, can't extend volume.

Disk Management will not do the extension, but Partition Wizard will do it.

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I have two SATA drives.... a 250Gig as C and an 80 gig currently as E. Both drives have been buklt with the XP Home Edition image as I wanted to make sure each drive was funtioning. Of course, through careful planning, I would
now like to change the 250 gig drive and make it something else, D for example, and then make the 80 gig drive my default boot disk, C.
Microsofy articles frown on changing these. Is there anyway to change these without having to reformat and rebuild?

Thanks much

Answer:XP Drive Volume Changes

Do you mean within windows or for setting up of windows?

For setting up windows, the easiest thing to do is just have the one you want windows on installed only.

Within windows you can right click on "my computer", select manage, then storage, then disk management, and change drive letters to your hearts content. Ive found xp to be pretty good at sorting programs out when drive letters are changed unlike most other versions of windows. ( I said most, not all, because i haven't used all versions of windows).

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Question: volume and drive ?

I have always confused with these two terms 'volume' and 'drive' it always give me headache while partioning I always think both are same but still something is missing. Can anyone enlighten me the differ between two pls?

Answer:volume and drive ?


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I am trying to convert my FAT 32 file system to NTFS using the command prompt in XP. The program keeps asking for the volume label of my C Drive. If if look at the properties of the C Drive the drive is described as Gateway. Looking on the Hardware tab the drive is described as IBM-DPTA-372050. Looking at Sytem Info via Sytem Tools the Volume Ser No is a 9 digit number. None of these are accepted by the conversion program. Where do I go from here?

Answer:Volume Label for C Drive

Leave it blank and hit enter

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So I want to add/extend two disk into one:
Disk 2 to Disk 0 (I want to extend C drive)
Disk 3 to Disk 1 (I want to extend D drive)
Can I add them without formatting C/D drive?

Here is the screenshot

Answer:How do I add/extend volume to C drive?

I use a program called Paragon Disk Manager for all my HD tinkering. I'd make new partitions on the raw disks of the size you want, then clone the existing C / D onto the new partitions (or backup and restore to the new target partitions.) You might have to reset your BIOS to correspond to the new boot drive, but that's not too difficult (Press DEL / F11 at boot.) Then, you'd have the partitions (drives) like you want them, and also have backups too if you kept the old partitions.

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My hard drive is partitioned into "C" & "D" drives. As C is full, and there is plenty of space on D, I want to swap some space from D to C. Using Computer Management/Disk Management, I shrunk D by freeing up space onto a new F drive thinking I could then transfer this onto C but it won't let me "extend" C. Can you help please?

Answer:How to extend Volume of C drive

Then there usually a reason it can't extend. What are the clues that lead you to say it can't?1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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I'm trying to update my bios, and the files to do it are located on my C drive. When booting up with a win98 startup disk, I can get to C:\ but I don't think it's C:\ on my hard drive... when typing "dir" nothing is there that's on my hard drive. It has a bunch of other files and on top it says, "Volume in drive C is MS-RAMDRIVE"

anyone know what's going on and how I can access my C drive?

Answer:Volume in drive C is MS-RAMDRIVE

my friend just told me you can't.... i was thinkin that too (NTFS)

anyway that you can do it?

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I run WinXP on a pc with 2 hard drives, and an external hard drive for back-ups. It was working perfectly.
Recently I had the 10Gb C: drive replaced with an 80Gb one.
When I formatted and re-installed XP the Drive letters were haywire - C: had become H:.
My supplier came and unplugged the second hard drive and I re-installed XP which then showed correctly as C: He then revisited and reconnected the second hard drive but it did not show in My Computer, though he said the computer recognised a second volume.
After he'd retreated, saying he was baffled, I just thought I'd restart again and, to my delighted surprise, the two drives both then showed up in 'My Computer'
BUT now, in Computer Management, D: is called a USB Removable Storage Drive and the external drive has no drive letter, and is viewed as a Logical Drive. If I double-click on it the menu is greyed-out except for 'Delete Partition'. If I click that it warns that deleting the partition will lose all data which I certainly don't want to do, although I can't now access it.
If I disconnect the external drive the D: drive disappears from My Computer..
How can I get the computer to label the drives correctly and make all 3 accessible?

Thanks for reading this and for any help.

Answer:No Drive letter & Volume Mix-up

Lisa-Marya said:

I run WinXP on a pc with 2 hard drives, and an external hard drive for back-ups. It was working perfectly.Click to expand...

solve them one at a time; keep the USB in the box (ie disconnected) until
your C:\ & D:\ are correct -- THEN address the USB issue.

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Hey there specs are as:

Dell XPS 720
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU
[email protected] GHz
2.40 GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS

Anyways... I seem whenever I boot up my comp. a message constantly occurs:

a box appears and on top it says "CorelOMonitor.exe - Not Found", and below that, inside the box it states:

The Wrong Volume Is In The Drive.Please insert Disk into drive Z.

Thinking it was Corel Snapfire. I had inserted Corel Snapfire installation cd it said a similar statement, but at least it was on the same track as being a similar issue.

Because my iPod is connected via my ubs port, it always pops up whenever my iPod is connected.

Even though this is small issue, it can get very annoying as it is constant.

I had done a full scan using AVG 7.5, and had solved some issues, but not this.

I had tried changing the partition using "Diskmgmt.msc" in my RUN program on the start menu, and still no avail. also trying this going under an admin user.

Hopefully this is some what understandable. I mean green on these sorts of issues, and would really would like some support.

thanks, any more info, just ask.

Answer:The Wrong Volume Is In The Drive...

Sounds like it is trying to boot from this drive 'Z' - enter Boot Order in Bios and make it NOT so!

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Hi all!
C drive on my computer is almost full, I keep receiving notifications regarding no or less space in C drive. I have Partitioned my hard disk into 3 parts.
C drive is only 25 GB :/
D drive is 80 GB
E is close to 150 GB

I would like to increase my C drive space from 25 GB to 100 GB cutting E drive down . I am unable to do so through disk management. The option Extend Volume is grayed out. Please suggest an alternate way to increase the volume of my C drive. The OS I have is Windows 7 ultimate!!
Thank you in advance.

Answer:How to increase volume on C drive

0. Make sure you have everything you can't afford to lose backed up.
1. Get Easeus Partition Master (the free one for home use)
2. Shrink E
3. Expand D
4. Shrink D
5. Expand C

Partition Master may let you just shrink E and expand C, but if you have a traditional partition layout the steps I listed will have to occur (even if PM hides the middle ones).

Personally, I would do 1 step at a time and reboot between each. This way if something goes wrong your chances of recovering are much greater.

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hi peeps, how can I extend my C drive volume? i tried using disk management, but the "Extend volume" option for C drives fade off, but not other drives. any idea how to extend the drive?

Answer:how to extend my C drive volume

I would try Partition Wizard free version. It's more versatile than disk management. From the screen shot it looks like C: is right up against D:. With disk management to expand a partition you need free space immediately to the "right" in the diagram. It's probably easier and safer to use Partition Wizard to move the other partitions and give the new free space to C:. The main consideration may be if D: is installed games you may want to check with the publishers to make sure moving the partition a bit doesn't mess up any registration/copy protection/licensing schemes the games use.

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i got error message says

windows- wrong volume is in the drive ... this only happens when i try to install Applications with 2 discs

example :

i installed an application from disc1 called (DV1) when it needs the other disc (DV2) i insert the second disc

and press ok ... after a while the error message appears and says :

wrong volume is in the drive insert DV1 and try again .. HELP ME PLEASE !!


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Hi, so, I got an OCZ Agility 60gb SDD for cheap while I was building my computer, thinking that Windows 7 couldn't possibly use all of that and that I'd be able to prevent programs from installing into my C:\ drive. I tried and tried but somehow, my C:\ drive is now at 4.55GB remaining and I'm afraid that it'll run out soon, is it possible to expand my C:\ drive using another volume? I have a 1tb Seagate that I honestly don't have anything on and I'd like to allocate my C:\ drive, maybe 250gb, if it's not possible, does anyone have any recommendations to help keep my C:\ drive as empty as possible? Thanks a lot for your help. I've been running CCleaner but it only helps a tiny bit.

I've heard about converting the two drives in question to a dynamic drive and spanning the two but I don't know if that's safe for a drive containing the OS.

Answer:Is it possible to expand the C:\ drive with another volume?

A volume can only be extended to unallocated space on the same physical drive.

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OK! heres one for ya..
I recently installed vista 64bit on my new comp had problems with connection which turned out to be a conflict with vista and my motherboard.. but b4 i figured this out i tried reinstalling vista.. this creates a folder with all old files in called windows old.. i had installed a few games etc and had used about 30gb of my hard drive b4 reinstallation.. after this i just deleted the windows old folder but then accidentaly deleted my recycle bin, i managed to get the recycle bin back but when i did it was empty, the "windows old" folder has done from my drive i cant find it in any searches or anything ( which isnt a bad thing cuz i wanted it deleting ) but my drive is still missing that 30gb and with about 30gb i have used up since its showing ive used 60gb ( showing 238 / 298gb to be exact ) any ideas why it showing wrong volume or y i cant find whatever is taking the 30gb up?

Any ideas or suggestions appreciated!


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Mod Edit:  Split from - Hamluis.
I also have a new "volume drive" listing which shows needing optimizing, but it won't defrag.   This is Windows 8.1.  It wasn't there prior to the upgrade.  It doesn't show up in Disk Management, .
I cannot find this "volume" drive elsewhere.  What to do?  I'm a new member.  Appreciate your time and help.

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Running Windows XP Pro:

My CD drive has recently been acting up and my ever-diligent Google searches have revealed nothing..even when keywording the keywords . Seems that when I eject a data CD, the CD's contents still show in Explorer. I hit F5....still nothing. I insert another CD and it still refuses to change the contents. I log off, log back on and the same contents are still showing. I have Explorer refresh rate set to 00 (fastest speed) in the registry. Seems that only when I either restart the machine or flip back and forth between drives several times will Explorer finally change the contents to reflect the new CD's contents (I have auto-play off and would rather keep it that way). At first I suspected that it had to do with my burned data CDs, but it is doing it with commercial CDs also. Any body have a clue? Perhaps a stubborn cache somewhere that I can get rid of (CDFS cache maybe?)?. I realize that Windows has always had a glitch with Explorer refreeshing, but this is ridiculous.....


Answer:CD Drive volume not refreshing

Just FYI for anyone else encountering this problem: I read a blurb elsewhere regarding a different problem where someone suggested that Nero Burning Rom (what I use) may have conflicts with Roxio Easy CD. The Windows XP CD writing utility is a watered down version of Roxio. So I went into Services and shut down the XP CD Writing service--don't use it anyway. Now the CD drive contents refresh normally. Problem solved.

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When I installed windows 7, I accidentally had my storage drives plugged in, so the system reserved partition went on a different drive than my OS boot drive. I'm trying to move it from the storage drive to my boot drive. I'm trying to shrink the volume of my boot drive to transfer the existing system reserved, but it says 0MB for the volume size. It has 17GB of free space. I'm only trying to make a 100MB partition. I ran CCleaner, Windows Error-checking, and Defraggler.

Disk Specs:

x1 OS boot drive (120GB SanDisk SSD)

x2 Storage drive (500GB WD)

Answer:Can't shrink volume of C:\ drive

If you download EaseUS Partition Master Home - EPM which is (FREE) and install it...

Download EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition - MajorGeeks

Withall normal drives in place...

Open/Run EPM and when the Disk map is opened - click on your C: drive > Choose resize and
DRAG the LEFT side towards the right... just over 100Mb > click OK

Right Click the 'empty' 100Mb and choose Create - choose PRIMARY NTFS > click OK
Right Click the 'empty 100Mb and choose Format > click OK
Right Click the new 100Mb partition and choose re-name > name it SYSTEM - click OK

So far nothing has happened you've only told the program what to do...

Now click the TICK on the top menu (Apply) - it will reboot the computer to carry out the tasks...

When Windows is running again...

Make sure all hidden and system files are visible (Tools > Folders menu)

Using Windows Explorer... Copy the contents of the 'wrong' system reserved files to the C: drive SYSTEM partition

Using EPM again - remove drive letter from SYSTEM (it will 'hide' it) > close EPM and -

With your WINDOWS Install DVD in the DVD Drive and selected as first boot - Restart the computer...

Do NOT Install Windows... do a Start up Repair... when it finishes... your computer should restart as normal.

You can then delete the D: Drive system reserved files partition AND expand the D drive to use those extra 100 Mb using EPM...

Hope this was helpful - I just had to do it myself - for the exact same reason as yourself... Read more

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Question: Hard Drive Volume

I would like to change my drive D from Dynamic to Basic and delete the OEM partition and recover the 39 MB. I have tried several times with no success. Thanks.


Answer:Hard Drive Volume

Finally got it fixed. The only program that would fix it was AOMEI Partition assistant.

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I have a problem.

I am attempting to dual boot a Dell vostro 1500 laptop w/ 500 gig hd.
I am doing a fresh install of windows 7, and then shrinking the volume to create a new partition. when I do the xp install, why is the xp volume defaulting to a E drive? It has the system reserved as the C: and my 7 installation as the D: drive, this is what Im seeing in My Computer on XP.


Answer:Why is the xp volume defaulting to a E drive?

That is the drive letter which is available. If you want it to take the C letter, then remove it from the System Reserved partition (as it shouldn't have one) in Win7 Disk Management then reinstall XP after full format of partition.

After install EasyBCD 2.0 should autoconfigure the Dual Boot - if not then give SysReserved another letter.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Question: Hard Drive volume

How loud should a laptop's hard drive be? I just wonder; I recall (perhaps falsely) that when I first got my laptop (a first gen Macbook), I had to struggle to hear the hard drive. Now, that drive went bad, which I noticed it vibrated excessively, and I had to have it replaced under Apple Care. Now that I have it back, with the new hard drive, I can still hear it all the time, but I don't know if it's just that my ears have become accustomed to it or what.

The drive is a 60 GB Toshiba MK6034GSX, 5400rpm.

Answer:Hard Drive volume

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I frequently get this approximate (not exact words) message when attempting to use drive A or B:
The volume/drive is in use by another application/process.
This happens after I have finished using that drive for a previous purpose. For instance, I have copied files to the drive and have removed the disk and inserted another. Or, maybe I have formatted the disk and are attempting to copy files to it. It also happens when I am creating a boot disk or another type of disk using a disk imaging program.

So, it seems there is no connection to any particular program and that Windows 2000 is the common denominator. Also, it never happens under Windows 98 on the same machine.

Any suggestions what this might be and how to prevent it?

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I have 2 hard drives on my PC. I had to format them both and I firstly had to juggle data from one HDD to the other and back again. My problem is that I had to install XP on both drives to allow me to do this. Now I have 1 system volume drive and 1 boot drive. Becasue of this I can't format my original c: drive. I want to format it, change the partioning and change the drive letter. Can you please tell me how I do plain english please as I am a novice.


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The Thank You: :drool

First off id like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone and everything that has to do with this site. i just discovered MajorGeeks a few days ago. I had a lot of software problems, but they are all solved! thanks to all the forum threads and free wear hosted by


Whenever i play a DVD or CD on my laptop drive im getting a skippy sound, as if my comp was lagging over the volume. the graphics on dvd are fine, but the sound is distorted and unusable. This only happens when i play a disc (audio cd or dvd) otherwise my sound is absolutely fine, games and all. Ive tried playing cds with itunes and ive played DVD with power dvd, media center, and dells media direct, all give the same result of a skippy audio. Funny thing is that i can download audio from a cd that contains no skipping, while playing audio at the same time, from this same cd, only with the dreaded skipping. this sound distortion only comes when my cd drive is spinning a disc, while playing audio from that disc. im on a Dell inspiron e1505 with windows xp media center edition.

p.s: i do not posses geek power even close to anyone else's on these forums. lets just say im a wannabe, so if you could please make the answers simple enough for a wannabe that would be great.

help, anyone?

Answer:DVD/CD drive volume PROBLEMS!!

quite a few people have looked at this this one a mystery? do i need a new drive?

cause my warranty just expired... >.<

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I have an hp notebook "win 10" that has the os deleted from the "c" drive. How do I get to the "D" drive to reinstale the os? tks

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Question: deleted c drive

my daughter has in a fit of temper deleted the c drive off my lap top can it be restored by just putting in the recovery disc or do i need to take it to a shop to get proffesional help. the lap top is a week old and runs windows 7 64 bit what ever that means.
Yes she has been grounded big time and hung drawn and quartered.

Answer:deleted c drive

Just load the recovery disk, restart your computer, follow any prompts and your laptop will be restored to its out-of-box state.

Try not to be too harsh on your daughter, she knows how you feel.

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Question: deleted d drive

I deleted my d drive. How do i retrieve it?

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Question: I deleted Drive D

Long story short, I deleted my Drive D and now some things arent working anymore.Can somebody please help me out?

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I'm using windows vista on a T3612 emachine. I noticed my e drive, which is the dvd/cd rom drive was missing. Is there a way to reinstall it or download something that could fix it? Also, what could cause it to just delete/disappear? I think I had something like a virus (not a virus, I think they are called trojans or malware. I'm completely computer illiterate, sorry.) because I used a few programs to "clean out" the comp when it was running slow and a bunch of things came up that needed to be deleted. Hope this makes sense, thanks in advance for anyone who helps.

Answer:Deleted dvd/cd rom drive

A trojan is a virus.  It's possible that one corrupted your driver.  Of course, we have no idea what these "clean up" programs are that you used, so there's no telling what might've happened.  In any case, if you are still having virus issues, feel free to head over to our Malware section of the forum for help.As for your optical drive...I'm not super familiar with Vista (spawn of the devil), but I believe you can access the Device Manager by going to Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Device Manager.  Once there, are you able to find your CD/DVD drive?  Are there question marks or exclamation points?  If you find either of these next to your CD/DVD drive, right click on the drive (in Device Manager), and then choose to uninstall.  After uninstalling, restart your computer and it should be reinstalled automatically.

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Question: I deleted Drive D

Long story short, I deleted my Drive D and now some things arent working anymore.Can somebody please help me out?

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Question: deleted dvd drive


i had installed an antivirus software (Avast) on my sys.
it showed a pop up message of a virus on my sys sometime last week and as usual i moved it to chest.
now recently i realized that my DVD drive has been deleted.
i want to know how to re install my DVD drive.
6QUAD/S-Series Intel 965/945/946 Series Vista Utility CD
Above is my motherboard CD details.
Please help me out with the above problem

Answer:deleted dvd drive

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Question: Deleted Drive D

So, I upgraded to windows 7 from Vista about May 1/16. Drive D was just about full and I wanted to go to the free upgrade to windows 10. I deleted Drive D, thinking it would just erase any Vista data, but it is just gone. Now what? Can I get it back? Do I need it?Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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I have a spanned volume setup with 4 drives. One of the drives is starting to throw read errors which is preventing WHS from backing it up (Yikes!).

Is it possible to clone the drive with the errors and to reinsert a new drive into the array?

Can the new drive be bigger?


Answer:Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?

You may end up cloning the errors as well. An imaging program capable of handling all four drives at once like the Acronis True Image server edition would be able to handle Dynamic volumes if that's what you are working with there.

The best time for any imaging however is while everything is working 100% to make your backup of the entire setup just in case something like this comes up. The imaging program used would back up each block to be restored on the new identical replacement drive in order to work.

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Grandson downloaded a game. Will not boot to safe mode. Cannot run antivirus/malware. Command prompt does provide x drive (backup). Repair, Recover and Clean install want hardware drivers I do not have. This is old Dell but downloaded drivers from mfg. Still not finding drivers from CD.Any suggestions?KSH

Answer:OS won't boot/C drive missing with no volume

if he downloaded an infected torrent then you may have to physically remove the hard drive and slave it to another PC using a dock or usb transfer cables...then do virus checks on it. Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds

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Hi guys,

I ran 'chk disk' scan earlier this evening & it detected & rebuilt 2 bad sectors.

Upon reboot I received the following message, "Drive in a Raid 0 Volume is Failing. Try to backup data immediatley"

Im not sure how to tackle this head on so Ive been through google trying to get some pointers but without success.

Do I need to back up everything on the pc which amounts to 295GB or can I be more selective.

Im mostly concerned about the music production software & the music files I have written from them which I dont want to lose.

Can I just back up these files or is it necessary to back up more?

Secondly, with the XP back up facility I read that you can not make a back up cdr disc with it, so can you reccomend any freeware programs that would let me do this?

Also, would it be wise to burn the software & music files to disc before I try to back up Raid (in case it dosnt work) or is this likely to cause more problems?

I have a Dell Dimension 9150 using windows xp home edition if that helps.

Since receiving the warning message I havnt taken any action until I know what Im doing, Im using my mac laptop at the moment as Im unsure how to proceed with the issue on my dell pc.

Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance

Answer:Drive in a Raid 0 Volume is Failing!

Do you have a hard drive large enough for the whole RAID to be copied to? If you do, I would try XXClone (I don't think it works with Vista) or Acronis(sp) is supposed to be very good, I have not tried it.

These let you clone the entire drive to another one. You can then replace the failing drive, rebuild your RAID and clone the backup drive to the new RAID drives.

If that is not an option, backup anything you want to keep as quickly as possible! If one of those drives dies, your info is gone! :cry

Good luck! And you are doing the right thing staying off that computer as much as possible. All hard drives eventually will fail. Your's has warned you it is failing!

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Just happened to clone my hard-drive unto a 80 gig secondary one....along with a 30 gig partition that unfortunately I overlooked. Consequently, when I try to install the XP OS only sees the 30 gig partition...and NOT the original 80 gig hard-drive volume. I attempted to resolve the issue by using Acronis Drive Cleanser. I used the option to DELETE the 30 gig partition...but it still showed up afterwards as: unallocated. Any suggestions ??

Answer:Lost my hard-drive VOLUME

What are you trying to accomplish here? I see a bunch of stuff but nothing as to what you want.

So you want all 80GB for your XP? OR do you want the 30 GB free to use for other stuff?

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I'd appreciate some help. I'm setting up 2 x Western Digital RE4?s in RAID 1 for Data Storage in a Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit system that is using a single SSD for the OS.

The two RE4?s have been set up in the option ROM and when the OS completes startup, Rapid Storage Technology indicates that the drives were set up correctly in RAID 1.

The drives have been initialized. However, the RAID Volume is not being seen by the OS.
Here?s what I?ve tried: I right-click on ?Computer?, left-click on ?Manage? which takes me into Computer Management. I then left-click on disk management which provides a graphic on the right side of the screen of the unallocated RAID volume. Right-clicking on the unallocated graphic provides the choice of: ?New Simple Volume?, ?New Spanned Volume?, ?New Striped Volume?, ?New Mirrored Volume?, ?Properties?, and ?Help?. Note: ?Change drive letter and path? is NOT available as an option.
From there, I?m not sure how to proceed. The graphical representation of the unallocated volume is the RAID Array. I don?t want to create another RAID 1 Volume.
Any help is appreciated.


Answer:No Drive Letter For RAID 1 Volume


You need to select New Mirrored Volume.

RAID0 = striped
RAID1 = mirrored


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Hi all,

I am trying to dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows 10 on my computer. I currently have Windows 10 installed and am trying to partition(split) my D drive to create a new drive for Ubuntu. My D drive currently has 100GB of free space. However, in Disk Management, only 4.85GB is showing up as "available shrink space." Therefore, I cannot make a new drive big enough to run Ubuntu on. Is there any way of getting around this? It might be helpful to know windows says "cannot shrink volume beyond the point where any removable files are located." The defragment and optimization tool doesn't help, I pressed "optimized" but nothing changes

Best, Kevin

Answer:Windows 10: cannot shrink volume (D drive)

The problem is that the MFT is sitting high up on the disk and disk management cannot move it. You have to use a program like Mini tool partition wizard.

Here is a little tutoirial

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I have just installed WinXP Home 2002 SP2 onto a 8GB hard disk.

After installing all the programs, i've got 144MB left.

I have got a 40GB hard disk.

Can I add this to my machine and keeping it to make one volume?

thanx in advance


Answer:Add new hard drive to make one volume

Not without losing data.

Even would need XP Pro for dynamic disks.

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I have two identical 500GB hard drives, one of which has Windows installed on it along with my programs and another is just a standard disk with other stuff on it (music, videos, etc...). I've been wanting to create a 50GB striped volume over both drives to benefit from faster writing, so I've created two 50GB volumes out of each hard drive respectively, as follows (C:\ is my boot drive with Windows on it):

However when I right click on the bottom-most unallocated volume, I cannot select Striped Volume (or anything else for that matter - only Simple Volume). And when I right click on the other volume, I can select Striped Volume but I cannot choose to add the other volume to the striped array.

Is there a problem here? I would've thought it would be possible to create a striped volume out of two unallocated volumes regardless of the hard drive they are on (provided they are on different hard drives which is the case here). Or am I missing something about basic/dynamic disks, etc...?

Thanks for your input everyone.

Answer:Striped volume over the boot drive


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I am looking at my niece's laptop and she is running out of disk space. But, she has a D drive that has 397gig free. How can I move that space over to her C drive. When I right-click there is nothing that says expand or anything. The only thing it says is
mark partition as active
change drive letter and paths
shrink volume properties

What can I do to take the free space on D and move it to C??
Thanks for your help,
I have attached a screenshot of her disk managemnet

Answer:Hard drive volume needs to be extended but don't know how

Do you have recovery disks? If you make any partition changes, you will lose the ability to access the recovery partition. That is not a problem if you have the disks to recover.

If you don't have disks, I'd recommend that you back up the entire drive before making any changes so you can get back to where you are if you needed to. You should have that backup, anyway, for when the hard dricve fails. If you don't have it, you will lose everything, including Windows.

In any case, you can't expand C: if there is no free space to add to it. So you will need to make free space by moving the partition border of D: (shrinking D. Then, you can add that space to C:.

But you may find that it is not going to work as you want since Disk Management is sensitive to files being near the partition boundary. You'd be better off doing it from a bootable partition manager.

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Hello, i have a Dell XPS m1730 and my computer is refurbished but im not sure what my problem is. I have no clue what RAID or SMART means and i was wondering if somebody could please educate me what this means as well as help me figure out my problem im having. I restarted my laptop one day and all of a sudden i get this error
A drive in a RAID 0 volume is failing try to back up data immediately. Now again i dont have the slightest clue what a RAID drive is or what it does so if somebody could peelase help me understand my problem instead of just help me fix it that would be great. that way i can always have the knowledge thank you.

p.s i attached a j peg of the image error

Answer:a drive in a RAID 0 volume is failing

Also i now have two physical disk errors. My system tells me everytime when i restart my laptop of my pc status. Someone please HELP!!!!!!

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Hi, I have been loaned a computer following my owns pc motherboard failure, but can not get any sound out of it. its a Stone computer, with windows XP home (service pack 2) and Intel cerleron 2.40MHz.

When I go into accesories/volume control, up comes a message as follows;

There are no active devices available. To install mixer devices, go to Control Panel, click printer and other Hardare, then click Add Hardware.

On trying Control Panel, then Sounds and Audio Devices, there is a message;
No Audio Devices.

On clicking Hardware, the following items come up;

Samsung CD ROM SC152G location 0
Audio Codecs location unknown
Legacy Audio Drives location unknown
Media Control Devices location unknown
Legacy Video capture Devices location unknown
Video Codecs location unknown

Is there anything I can do to get the volume/sound working please?

Many thanks,


Answer:No volume/ no audio drive problem

Hi there,

Is the sound onboard or a separate PCI card?

If it's onboard, could you find out the motherboard model or if it's PCI then find out the card model.

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Once I have installed OpenSuse OS on my HP laptop. Now I removed it. I have separate partition left with it. I want to extend it to my C Drive but after shrinking it, I am not able to extend that partition to my C drive. I have very less space left with my C Drive. Please tell me how to extend that partition to my C Drive.


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Once I have installed OpenSuse OS on my HP laptop. Now I removed it. I have separate partition left with it. I want to extend it to my C Drive but after shrinking it, I am not able to extend that partition to my C drive. I have very less space left with my C Drive. Please tell me how to extend that partition to my C Drive.


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For backup purposes, I want to take two 1 TB hard drives, make them dynamic disks, then mirror them using the disk manager in Win7. After I do this, of course, it looks like one drive to the OS, not two. So I'm writing my data to them, storing music and movies and whatever on them so now there is an identical copy of the data on both drives. Now what if one drive fails or I just yank one drive out of the machine. When I reboot the computer, will Windows just see the one drive that's still working, and just make the data available on it like nothing ever happened? Perhaps I would simply need to convert the disk back into a "normal disk" with Disk Manager?

Answer:What happens to the data on a mirrored volume when one drive goes bad?

Offhand, I wonder why you are using such a method.

You may have a good reason, I don't know.

Normal practice would be to write to drive A and then separately back A up to B, without dynamic disks.

If I understand you correctly, you are writing to A and B simultaneously?

What's the advantage to that?

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Why can't I add my remaining 500GB unallocated space on to my drive C? but I can extend it on my drive D. Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Can't extend the volume of Local Drive C

^^^ Very probably because of using Windows' own Disk Management. Works fine under ideal conditions (example, adjacent partition + unallocated space) but can't do more 'complicated' work.

This one > MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server will do it.

Regarding all\any partiton\hd task, 1st part of the job is to always save a disk image (or as a minimum all personal\important files) to an external media.

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I put a couple of hard drives in a small computer I'm building for a friend. I added the first, a 20gb new h/d first and loaded XP Pro. all was OK. Then i added the 2nd h/d, a used 6.4gb drive which had originally had Dos 6.2 on it, although it had been fdisked and formatted. It only shows up as 2gb instead of 6.4gb. Checking the Volume label in XP it says 6.4gb but with 4.4gb not being used. I've tried all sorts of things to change this but to no avail. Can anyone enlighten me?

Answer:Hard Drive Volume problem

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WinXP SP2. All packet-writing software has been uninstalled (was using Roxio EasyMediaCreator8). I insert a CDRW or DVD+RW and the correct volume label and folder/file info is seen. Ejecting the disc, however, the volume label and folder/file info remains the same - unless I reboot. Inserting another disc doesn't change the volume label - unless I reboot, but the contents (folders and files) have changed to read the new disc and are correct - without rebooting.

Any help on this?

Answer:Incorrect cd drive volume label

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
4. On the File menu, click Export.
5. In the File name box, type savedkey, and then click Save.
6. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.

Note If this data type is missing, go to Method 2.
7. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
8. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

This is usually dont when you dont see your dvd/cd drives but I have fixed your problem before doing this and sometimes I havent so its worth a try.

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my Sony Viao won't start, when rebooting vertical red lines appear.I have tried startup repair and system restores.I got a bugcheck error message using startup repair, everything else seems ok.Can anyone suggest what I should do next please.ThanksNickDoes the above message suggest the hard drive has failed?This all started when screedn went funny and I switched off

Answer:volume in drive c is system reserved

go to disk management and delete the system reserved space then add it to the main drive

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I wanted to triple boot windows 10 with windows 7 and 8,
I clicked “manage” and right clicked c drive to shrink drive c to make a new drive.
Clicked shrink drive, a message said “cannot shrink drive as drive c is faulty,
use chkdsk to repair faults”
I ran chkdsk c: /f /x /r.
the problem is, it is “scanning and repairing drive c:” till it gets to 11%,
then it stops , it is not frozen as the circle of dots is revolving,
it just will not move on, it has been showing 11% all evening , all night, and all day.
I do not know how to stop checking drive c: it will not let me back into windows 8.1
I can still get into windows 7

Answer:faulty c drive will not shrink volume

W8 and W10 do not always fully shutdown (so they can reboot quicker).
To ensure nothing is still running try the following
, boot into W7 and Run shutdown.exe /s /t 0 from a command prompt (or Press Windows key and R)
Try chkdsk again from Command prompt before boot.
(chkdsk for C: not the temporary X:)
Try Minitool Partition Wizard and/or the Bootable CD version to shrink the partition.
click here
click here
What was the first OS (supplied when new) on the machine?
ie is it W7 MBR machine or W8 UEFI?
This may be important (I have only skimmed)
click here
The old legacy boot menu may be helpful at some point? (F8 works again, nothing is loaded till you select OS)
click here

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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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Awhile back I had to unhide a volume. I was instructed to replace some value with "07" ( I think). Perhaps in the registry or under DiskPart. I just don't remember as, like I said, it's been awhile.
Does this ring a bell with anyone?

Answer:Solved: Unhide a drive (volume)

That would be in a partition table editor. It would not have anything to do with an operating system or the contents of the drive.

But there are easier ways of unhiding drives than finding a way to edit the table. This is very difficult from Windows or many other OS's since they actively block hardware access that is not through the HAL, and direct disk access would be definitely prohibited.

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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. I have this problem where my DVD-ROM drive will not update the volume name in My Computer. It says that my F: drive is the same as what ever CD I had in when I booted up. If the CD is taken out or changed, the old name still remains.

This does not affect the operation of programs which require a CD to be in the drive, or using/viewing files on CDs. It seems to only be a visual thing, which is rather annoying nonetheless.

Any advice?

Answer:DVD-ROM Drive Not Updating Volume Name in My Computer

This is a side-effect of disabling Autorun (not to be confused with Autoplay). There is not a Microsoft GUI for disabling Autorun. So either a registry value was changed, a 3rd party tweak utility was used (e.g., Tweak-XP Pro), or a 'security' application has it disabled. Note: there are a few MS GUIs to enable/disable Autoplay, but they won't help with this.

Autorun - updates the CD/DVD label and runs "autorun.exe" if it's on the disc.

Autoplay - determins the type of media on the disc and automatically opens an aplication chosen by the user.

To get CD/DVD volume lables to update re-enable Autorun however it was disabled. If you don't know or remember how it was done then do a search on Microsoft's Knowledgebase for "Autorun" to get the registry key. The KB you want explains how to disable it.

With Autorun re-enabled you can still selectively prevent Windows from running "autorun.exe" on the CD/DVD by holding down the SHIFT key while you close the drive tray. Keep it held down untill you see the drive light go on and off. The volume label will still update.

You'll have to decide what functionality you want more (accurate volume lables or automatic prevention of Autorun). To bad we can't have both. However, manual prevention of Autorun is possible.

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Hello,I'm trying to convert a hdd partition from FAT32 to NTFS.I've managed so far to convert one partition,and now wish to do the same to the other one on that drive.Using command prompts,it's asking me for the volume label for that drive,but I have no idea where to find that.The drive letter is E,and the partition is named E(STORAGE)(F).I've looked in PC Wizard 2008,but all that gives is the drive serial number,which isn't recognised in the DOS command.Could someone please help regarding finding the volume label?

Answer:How do I find the volume label for a drive?

At run type cmd - then at the prompt type vol e:

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