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How do I boot off the partition I cloned, not the original partition

Question: How do I boot off the partition I cloned, not the original partition

So I'm having a lot of trouble doing my Win 7 to Win 10 upgrade (long story, other threads here), and then I realized that if I screwed up, I could damage my Windows partition , which also contains like 100+ GB of installed programs (but no real user data). I figured that I should do all my experiments and trials on a spare copy of that partition.

My Windows C: partition is on an SSD, but I cloned that partition to a spare HDD. When I try to boot off the HDD, it still wants to boot off the SSD. How do I get that HDD to boot up properly?


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Preferred Solution: How do I boot off the partition I cloned, not the original partition

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Answer: How do I boot off the partition I cloned, not the original partition

From a Command Prompt (Admin) try running the following:

bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: /f BIOS

The drive letters in red will be the drive letter to the HDD windows partition.

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So I'm having a lot of trouble doing my Win 7 to Win 10 upgrade (long story, other threads here), and then I realized that if I screwed up, I could damage my Windows partition , which also contains like 100+ GB of installed programs (but no real user data). I figured that I should do all my experiments and trials on a spare copy of that partition.

My Windows C: partition is on an SSD, but I cloned that partition to a spare HDD. When I try to boot off the HDD, it still wants to boot off the SSD. How do I get that HDD to boot up properly?


Answer:How do I boot off the partition I cloned, not the original partition

From a Command Prompt (Admin) try running the following:

bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: /f BIOS

The drive letters in red will be the drive letter to the HDD windows partition.

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I'm trying to transition my dell laptop from an 80gb hard drive to a 200gb one. I cloned the C: partition of the 80gb drive to the only partition on the 200gb drive using the linux dd command. I left the MBR of the 200gb drive alone. The primary (only) partition on the 200gb drive is active, so it should be bootable.

But when I try to boot from it, the computer just hangs right after POST on a black screen with a flashing cursor.

I'm guessing the boot loader is not being found (the MBR pointing to the wrong sector?), or the boot loader is failing.

I only have a basic understanding of the boot system, so I'm lost at this point. What's needed now to get Vista to boot from this drive? I have a feeling I need to remake the MBR to be Vista compatible, and maybe remake the BCD.

Unfortunately I don't have a Vista CD, dell only gave me a ****** "upgrade" cd, so I can't run the recovery console, I believe. I have bcdedit, but no bootrec.

My two MBR's look like this:

C:\Downloads\Simtel>mbrwiz /list
MBRWiz - Version 1.52 for Windows XP/2K/PE November 13, 2003
Copyright (c) 2002-2003 Roger Layton

Disk: 0 Size= 76G
Pos MBRndx Type/Name Size Active Hide Start Sector Sectors
--- ------ ---------- ---- ------ ---- ------------ ------------
0 0 DE-UNKNWN 47M No No 63 96,327
1 1 07-NTFS 10G No No 98,304 20,971,520
2 2 07-NTFS 64G ... Read more

Answer:Cloned vista partition won't boot

Welcome to TSF!

Have a look at this article. Also Google "Windows Vista Recovery Disc" and you will find a number of interesting article as well.


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I have 2 drives, I did a clone win7(c/ partition) on disk 1 to disk 2 with EASEUS Todo Backup Free 4.0, but the cloned disk will not start up, how to activate it so it boots up

Answer:boot a cloned win7.partition ?

Did you try disconnecting disk 1 and connecting disk 2 exactly as 1 was and booting normally?
Or look in the BIOS and see where the disk boot priority is and change it from disk 1 to disk 2 as the first boot drive and see if it will boot to disk 2 first.

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Problem: I typically get about 4-6 months from the start of a clean WIN-XP installation before it becomes corrupted and I need to start over. I have a small drive with a "pristine" version of WinXP installed (no data files, only OS and programs). I'd like to take a target Drive with 2 partitions: a (marginal but) bootable Win-XP partition, and a data partition. Add to that a copy of the bootable Win-XP partition from an external drive, and create a "Dual Boot" win-XP system.
Start With: HD with 2 partitions, one bootable from WinXP. An external Hard Drive with a clean WinXP installation, Easus Partition Mgr software.
Target: HD with 3 partitions, 2 are bootable WinXP partitions, 3rd is data.

As a WinXP partition becomes corrupted, in the future I'd like to overwrite it with a clone of the external WinXP partition that is "pristine" condition (Clean new OS, and all my programs installed).

Is this possible, and if so how could I do it?
Fujitsu Laptop Lifebook T series, external USB drive, 500Gb Internal drive is my computer.

Answer:Dual Boot XP from Cloned partition

How the hell do you burn out an OS in 4/6 months? I'm thinking it might be wiser to stop that issue as opposed to going through the trouble of cloning a windows installation. If you're not intentionally cramming the computer with mal-ware, or modifying windows files for fun, you might have some bad hardware.

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OK, this time I am going to cut this really explanations as to why i am doing this. I just typed a detailed post, clicked Submit New Thread..and it said i was not logged in and I lost the lots.

I want to replace the original HDD with another
I Cloned the original HDD; Cloned the 3 partitions (System/HP Recovery, HP Tools) and created a blank Win partition for HP _Recovery to restore too.

I did this by using a Win PE Live boot USB and ImageX to create wim files, then ImageX again to Apply the wim images to the new HDD.

Cant create HP recovery CD's from within Win 7..the 4530 does not ship with the Recovery creation software.
I used these instructions' here: Need help with HP recovery partition on new hard drive - Systems

Trouble is, when I get to rebooting with new HDD and hitting F11 either F11 does to appear ..or if I can get it to appear by using either EasyBCD, it then does not boot to the recovery partition.
tried Setting the partition as active
tried various bootrec repair or rebuild options.
Tried booting from Win 7 install DVD and using repair. That does not work either.

Anyone got any clues as to what to try?

Please don't say Google..that is all I have been doing for two weeks and not come up with a solution yet.

Answer:Cloned HP_Recovery partition wont boot

What is on the recovery partition?

You need to add the bootable wim file to bcd. It is probably called boot.wim. (Might be called winre.wim )

It may be in a folder on the recov partition, "sources" folder is likely.

You can do it with easybcd, use the WINPE tab and browse to boot.wim on the recov partition.

That should give you an entry on the boot menu. When you have done that, we can have a look at assigning a scancode (e.g. f11)

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Ok, I cloned my Drive (C) which is Windows 7 to Drive (D) because I want to dual boot Vista on this computer, and the Vista disk will only install on Drive (C)

When I cloned my Windows 7 to Drive (D), it acts like its still working with Drive (C)... Anytime I make a change, such as deleting a file from the downloads list, it will delete it on the Windows 7 on the other partition.

Example, I'm running the cloned version (D), and when I delete one file, the same file on Drive (C), which is the source of the clone, gets deleted as well.

BUT, If I'm running the Source Windows 7, (C), and I delete a file, it won't delete in on the Cloned version of Windows until I boot to it.

Answer:Cloned Partition has a Problem with source partition

did you need to open another thread?

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I have recently installed a new SSD drive and I am trying to clone my OS partition to it. I am having a separate issue of updating the firmware of the SSD (Plextor M3 128) but Windows 7 recognizes the drive is set up correctly (AHCI, Trim, Aligned). I then used Partition Wizard to copy my OS partition to the SSD and it was successful with some unallocated space left over. I set the SSD partition to active but I don't see it is recognized as a System and Boot by either Partition Wizard or Storage Disk Management. I used EasyBCD 2.2 to add the entries for both HD Win7 and SSD Win7 and confirmed both identifier codes are unique.

The problem occurs when I boot to the SSD and see the following error and loops back to the dual boot screen.

"pwnative program not found skipping autocheck... autocheck program not found"

I am not sure where to fix this as there is no System Recovery option after F8 from the dual boot screen. Safe Mode also doesn't boot. Did I skip a step somewhere or is there something not clean about the copy from Partition Wizard? I used the latest version 8.1.1 Home Edition.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:How do I properly dual boot a cloned/copy of my Win7 partition on SSD?

I would not use our favorite tool here Partition Wizard to clone an OS partition. It really isn't meant for that.

Instead use free Macrium - Image your system. I would save an image so you have it on hand in case you want to reimage after you've wiped the source drive.

You'll be imaging or cloning it to unallocated space so I'd wipe or delete the target first. Remember to include Track0, MBR and see that the System partition is Partition Marked Active. If it fails to start confirm again the Active partition to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times making sure all other drives are unplugged.

Other good good options are here for SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System
where the author will help you if needed.

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Hi, I cannot find my original x60 tablet cds. And I am installing win xp pro now on a new hd I just put in. I'd like keep a partition for recovery (like the original one in system). Can I just make a separate partition in xp installation? How big should I give to it? And how should I make partitions if I want to install multiple OS? (XP and Vista) with recovery for both? Thanks!Message Edited by saja on 01-01-2009 07:24 AM

Answer:lost my original x60 cds, how to reserve a partition for recovery partition?

you can't reserve a recovery partition in the normal sense if you don't have the Lenovo recovery media. If you want to do a dual boot you will have to partition your hdd into two drives.  You can partition your hdd by using an aftermarket software like PartitionMagic, etc.  

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Its working. But, I found an interesting "thing" or a bug or how it works.
A bunch installed programs now show "install date" as the day of Windows 8/8.1 Upgrade. I like to be able to see what was installed when and now and then remove stuff.
I am not sure whether Win 7 > Win 8 did it or next > Win 8.1
I think it might have been Win 8.1 doing a "reinstall" programs/ applications (if I saw that happening late night on the screen).
Thoughts? Is this something that's by design?
Also, is there any easy way to "pre-choose" some of the options that come on Win 8 & 8.1 Update Screens (ahead of time) instead of being there to click them all. (yeah im familiar with Unattended installs).. I'd like to do that but without having to pick and click each option when I run this late night.

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Hi, I cloned my Windows 7 to Drive "D" from my Drive "C" - It all worked, but I used Vista Boot Pro and just made the Drive "D" boot loader a vista boot loader, I thought it would work since windows 7 and Windows Vista use the same path and boot loaders.

Ok, well it worked, then after I restarted to test if it was all good, the Cloned partition would no longer boot, and it would go to a blue screen of death that said "The partition is unmountable"

How can I copy the boot loader? I know there's DOS commands to do it, but IDK what they are, and I know how to use DOS, so if you can tell me what to do please do so.

Why did it say my Partition was "Unmountable?"

Then one last thing... When I booted back to Drive "C", I went to Windows Disk Manager, and it said Drive "D" was in RAW format, and I KNOW I copied it to NFTS format, and it strangly changed from NFTS to RAW. Why did it do this?
Sorry for the long description, I appreciate your posts

Answer:Cloned partition, Copy the Bootloader?

Boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click throught to Recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots. This repairs or rewrites the MBR to Win7.

If it fails, you may need to mark the partition active, then try Startup Repair x3 again.

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so i recently upgraded my hard drive to a new samsung 850 pro ssd 512 gb . i used the samsung migration software and it all went smooth , i checked the newly installed ssd in disk management and it shows that it copied all three partitions which are, 500mb healthy ( recovery partition) .........260mb healthy (EFI system partition) and windows (c 476.18gb NTFS healthy (boot,page file, crash Dump, primary partition) .

everything seemed to be working fine until tonight when i had a ethernet problem which turned out to be one of my ports on my router going bad . but before i realised that all i needed to do was try a different port on my router i tried resetting my pc to factory settings but it would not let me do it with the new ssd drive so i then tried making a recovery usb flash drive but windows said it could not do it because files were missing .
so even though it shows that i have a recovery partition in computer management i cannot use it . i have not got a clue on how to fix this problem with the new ssd . i swapped the old hard drive back in to the pc and tried to make a system recovery usb drive and it worked fine so why cant i do this from the new ssd and why would files be missing from the newly cloned disk ? any help would be great because as it stands i cannot use any sort of recovery on this new ssd not even restore the pc to a early point in time . i will list my pc specs if it helps..

i7 6700k
asrock z170 pro4s motherboard
32gb ram
gtx 980 TI
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Answer:cannot use recovery partition on new cloned samsung 850 pro ssd

You need to install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free and assign a drive letter to the recovery partition. Also, in Partition Wizard, right click on the recovery partition and select explore to determine the paths to install.wim and WindowsRE. Then from an elevated command prompt ("run as administrator" command prompt) run:

REAGENTC.EXE /setreimage /path r:\Recovery\WindowsRE

The path in red will be the path to WindowsRE that you find with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

REAGENTC.EXE /setosimage /path r:\Recovery\WindowsRE /index 1

The path in red will be the path to the folder containing the install.wim file (or possibly install.esd)

Then run REAGENTC /enable

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

After you get it all set up you can then remove the drive letter from the recovery partition.

For example, my custom recovery partition looks like this:

So, with T: as the drive letter I assigned, my commands would be:
REAGENTC.EXE /setreimage /path T:\Recovery\WindowsRE


REAGENTC.EXE /setosimage /path T:\Images /index 1

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Hi guys, I just cloned my ssd to my external hdd for work. On my external is an 80 gb partition that holds the clone of the ssd, the remainder of the space is a partition called G: When I boot from my ssd I can't access either partition on the external drive, although windows sees both partitions in the disk manager and says that it is in conflict with the data on my ssd. When I boot from the external I am unable to see let alone access the G: partition. I am aiming to be able to access the G: partition both from my ssd and from the ssd clone partition. Just a side note, when I plug the external into my netbook, everything is fine and I can both see and access both partitions. It is probably something astoundingly simple I am missing here, hope someone can help.


Answer:Cloned my ssd to my partitioned external now cant see the partition

Hiyya yamanash and welcome mate.

I don't know what exactly is going on but you could try the Partition Wizard it may show up what is going on with your drives as in which are partitioned, what is formatted, data on etc

Now did you format the external before yo clone the original drive. I know I always do this with either DISKPART or the Wizard but thats just me being a bit pedantic but at least I am sure that the drive is ready to go and I can get rid of the software hat comes with them as again me I like the drive completely clean of everything.

Partition Manager Server, server partition manager and partition magic server for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. Server Partition software for Windows Server and None-Server partitions

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command < be aware that clean all can take some time dependingon disk size

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It sounds like a cloned win8.1 partition (backup) would become invalid once the original was upgraded to win10. In which case a complete reinstall of the original OS would be required if a win10--> win8.1 restore went sideways. Am I misinterpreting ?

I like to have a working bootable backup copy of my primary OS before I try an upgrade. My current win7pro -> win8 -> win8.1 install might be a bit messy to reinstall I don't even know which key would be valid if forced to reinstall from scratch.

Answer:win10 - what happens to old (win8.1) cloned partition

Ok, things I suggest you do, and perhaps, need to know:

1. When you upgrade to 10, you have 30 days as a "trial" period, so you can try it out.
2. After the 30 days are up, your Win 7/8/8.1 oem OR Full license expires, and is replaced with an OEM version of 10.
3. You can "go back" to your older OS within the 30 days.
So, then what happens to your back up partition? Well, it is there, and will install 8.1 if used. But, then you would have an Unlicensed version of 8.1 -

So this is what I would do:
Create a recovery disk set (dvd) or recovery usb of the present OS. Confirm it is complete and works.
Make 100% sure your system has the drivers necessary to have a hassle free 10 install. (Example: Some sound cards have issues, and some manufacturers have not yet finished creating 10 drivers for their computers...)
Then follow the directions on how to get a valid clean install of 10 - which can be found with a simple google search.
When reinstalling 10 create a recovery usb, AND a recovery partition.
Please note: 30 days after the install of 10, the recovery disk set, or usb, of the previous OS is no longer useful, as you have no valid license for it. So, you can then destroy the dvds, or clean the usb.

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Like the title says. I cloned my 60GB hard drive's primary partition onto my 200GB's primary, and it boots up, but when I log in, I get a black screen with my mouse cursor, and nothing more.

To break down what I did:

I installed the the 200GB drive in my pc.
Installed Intel "Application Accelerator" so that my system could recognize a drive larger than 137GB. I need this with my board.
Patitioned and formatted using Partition Magic 8.0.
Ghosted old 60GB primary part to 200GB Logical part.
Restarted, and entered ghost, ghosted old 60GB Primary part to the 200GB's Primary.
After about 2 hours of ghosting, it finally finished.
I restart windows, it boots up, I log in, black screen with mouse cursor.

Ok newsflash. I just got the windows welcomoe sound, and I get an error message saying "A problem is preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error Code: 0x80090006."

I click OK, and it logs me out.

What did I do wrong?

Answer:Cloned Partition, and now XP Home won't start.

The problem here sounds like Windows knows that the drive isn't the one it was installed on. The fact the error message is referring to a license tells us that this is a security feature. Specifically, it's the hash code generated for that particular hardware setup, and when the partition changes, the code doesn't match up.

The solution? Boot from a floppy, and then run GDISK 1 /MBR from Ghost. This is if the 200GB is the first drive on the system (which it should be). Good old FDISK works too by typing FDISK /MBR on the drive....if it still doesn't work, reset the partition as active in either FDISK or Partition Magic. That should do it...Note that you might have to re-register Windows XP. There are ways around this. A service pack called Deployment Tools includes sysprep.exe, which has many options for installing multiple XPs without all these issues....its also on the XP Pro CD. Me personally, I always used Partition Magic instead of Ghost for copying drives.

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Hello Everyone.

I have been searching all over the web for literally weeks and have made tiny incremental steps toward finding my total solution. I have successfully cloned my original factory hdd and the clone boots and runs the laptop just fine. There is one issue, though, for which I still need assistance. The Lenovo Onekey tool is unable to reboot into recovery mode to perform a factory reset. This issue does not exist on the original hdd.

After much research online, I have been able to determine that it is simply a matter of the software being "confused." The program apparently uses information within the reagentc.xml file, to know where on the hdd it will find the required recovery partitions. On the cloned drive, the reagentc.xml file needs to bu updated with the correct location /ID info for the cloned drive.

All I need now are the command line instructions (with explanations, if possible) that will allow me to correctly update the appropriate config file (reagentc.xml), so that Lenovo Onekey can find the required recovery partition(s). I ask for explanations because if I understand exactly what I am typing on the command line, and what each part of the command does, then I will be better armed for any minor issues still needing to be tweaked, and for future situations.

For those interested, I am using a Lenovo G510 i5 Win 8.1 on 500GB hdd. The clone is also 500GB, though of different brand.

Also, the cloning was performed by installing the blank (spar... Read more

Answer:cloned HDD Recovery Partition Nonfunctional

To paraphrase Mssr Holmes, once all of the lies have been proven, whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth.

The most common opinion stated throughout all of the comments in all of the forums to which I posted my query was that of the unlikelihood of a clone functioning differently than the original. So in my attempts to prove them wrong, I decided to verify that the original did not in fact have the same symptom as the clone.

Can somebody tell me which emoticon represents egg on one's face?

Lo and behold, the original now has the exact same issue as the clone, which proves that the popular opinion was correct and that my copy truly is an exact clone of the original.

So now my question should be "why did the original lose the ability to locate and boot into the recovery partition?" But you know what? I don't care. I was only waiting until I finished this particular project before wiping my drive and installing Linux as the primary OS, then using virtualbox to run vpc for any other OS I choose to play with.

I really appreciate all of the feedback I received. Thanks for being such a supportive group!

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I bought a new ssd. The old one is 64g. The new one is 256. My IT instructor took both home and cloned the old drive for me. Now I need to expand the os partition because the c drive active partition where the os is is the same size as the old ssd. So, I need to expand my primary partition, but there is a new small active partition between the os partition and the unallocated space. I think this is keeping me from having the option of expanding the os primary partition. Here is what I mean

Can I delet that small active partition and if I do, can I then expand my primary partition?

Answer:Upgraded to larger SSD, cloned the old one, and need partition help

Quote: Originally Posted by dmcrose

Can I delet that small active partition and if I do, can I then expand my primary partition?

I assume you are talking about the 11.35 GB partition. It is NOT active.

You could delete it if you want. I suspect it is a partition put there by Toshiba to aid in recovery to factory specs, so I would NOT delete it.

Instead, I'd use Partition Wizard, which will allow you to add the 178.85 unallocated GB to C.

You can't do the job in Disk Management because it can expand a partition ONLY if the unallocated space is IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE RIGHT of the partition to be expanded. In your case, that 11.35 GB partition is in the way. Partition Wizard does not have that limitation.

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Cloned 29g hhd partition to an empty ssd and its taking up twice the Space? how or why did the used space double. i can unhide all the files and push ctrl+a right click and hit properties in my c clone and it only says it is using 29g but when I right click on the c:drive and hit properties it says im using around 52g. what is going on does anyone know how to fix it?

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Since my laptop was going to go for warranty repair, I've decided to clone my system partition, as the quickest way to restore it later onto the original laptop disk (which I reverted to factory state for repair), as well to have access to files on the backup
clone. At least that's what I've learned elsewhere.
Therefore I've cloned the system partition by means of MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. Now it's back and I'd like to clone the partition back onto the laptop's system partition.

There's a fresh C: partition on the laptop disk, which I supposedly have to erase to turn into unallocated space in order to restore the partition from backup. However I was afraid it can render the laptop unusable (and I need factory recovery to work),
so I addressed kind MiniTool support, which advised against the restoration: (there's a screengrab there;
you can see the target (laptop) disk as Disk 1).
Now I'm really puzzled, as later I might need to give the laptop for servicing again, and reinstalling programs, settings and files each time is much too time- and effort-consuming.
Could you please help with restoring the partition?
Thanks in advance,

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Help, please!

The PC at my office is several years old, and had a 75GB hard drive. Company wouldn't spring for a bigger drive, so I brought in one of my own. Used CloneZilla to clone the 75GB drive, then swapped out the small drive for a much larger unit. Used CZ again to restore the cloned drive onto the new, larger drive.

Now, I have three entries in Disk Management: one 75GB partition with a clone of my original HD, one 300MB partition with god-knows-what on it, and then one partition with all the extra, unused space on my new disk.

Problem is, I can't join the 75GB partition with the extra space to make one large C: drive, because the partitions aren't contiguous. I know I'm not the first person to ever upgrade to a larger hard drive - which tells me I'm missing something here. I still have the original smaller drive, plus several large external drives to move things to and from. How do I get my big new drive to be one big honkin' C: drive, complete with a carbon copy of my current setup? I have access to Macrium, CloneZilla, and GParted, if that helps.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Argh - Cloned HD on Wrong Partition After Upgrade

It sounds like you need Partition Wizard. It allows you to create partitions as needed. Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. I have never run into a problem using it, but be sure and BACKUP YOUR FILES before using.
Good luck,

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I had a 150G HDD C: & bought a 450G HDD, I partitioned the 450G to 150G & 300G, D: & E: respectivelyUsing Ghost 2003 I Cloned partition C: to D: No problem until I removed Drive C: & Installed D: as the boot device"Disk Boot Failure, Insert system disk & Press Enter"If I connect D: as a Slave all the data as C: is therehow can I get it to boot ?Thanks for all helpost 2003 Cloned Partition not booting

Answer:Ghost 2003 Cloned Partition not booting

Check the hard drive documentation or the label on the drive itself for master/slave jumper settings.

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I have a friend?s Satellite L350 laptop which I attempted to repair, but the HDD is faulty, so badly I can't create restore disks. I cloned the image partition to another HDD (yes I created 2 partitions) which is a western digital, but for some reason when pressing F8 I can't get into the restore option, but I can on the faulty drive, is this because you have to use a Toshiba HDD only?

Thanks in advance


Answer:Re: Satellite L350-170 - cannot use cloned recovery partition

Hello Chris

It has nothing with Toshiba HDD. This option works when notebook is preinstalled with original recovery image. This with cloned partition will not work and HDD recovery option will not be listed in ?advanced boot options?.

Only when you install recovery image on this new HDD it will works.

One more thing: this old L350 works very good with Win7 32bit so if possible install it instead of using original Vista.

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I had a 150G HDD C: & bought a 450G HDD, I partitioned the 450G to 150G & 300G, D: & E: respectively
Using Ghost 2003 I Cloned partition C: to D:
No problem until I removed Drive C: & Installed D: as the boot device
"Disk Boot Failure, Insert system disk & Press Enter"

If I connect D: as a Slave all the data as C: is there

how can I get it to boot ?

Thanks for all help

Answer:Ghost 2003 Cloned Partition not booting

IT is because Windows when it was isntalled was on the C: drive. Now you put it on the D: Drive and it shows a error when trying to boot. You have to use the disc and fixboot and fixmbr to try and recover the boot info.

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Suddenly my Win 7 Home Premium x64 will not boot. The system starts, POSTs then loads the DVD driver, then the screen goes black (not blank but "lit up" black if that makes sense). Then nothing...

If I use Hiren's boot cd I can boot up using the "boot from HDD" option fine and Windows operates normally.

System restore to a previous configuration made no difference to the original problem.

I cannot boot into Safe Mode. F8 just offers me boot order options.

Running the Windows 7 DVD I find the following:

No operating system is listed on the Repair Windows option.

Running Startup Repair finds the following error: "the partition table does not have a valid system partition" which it claims to have repaired, but the error remains and Windows will still not boot.

I found a few threads on a Google search and followed this advice in one:


Boot 7 dvd to system recovery options command prompt. Type:


lis vol

( find the vol letter e.g C or partition number e.g. 1 for the system partition )

sel vol C ( or sel vol 1 , obviously use the correct letter or number)



My system partition was easily identified and listed as healthy so I selected it and made it active. The problem still remains exactly the same. The rest of the advice in that thread isn't relevant to my exact problem and involves additional command prompts which I didn't feel comfortable typing in as... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot - the partition table does not have a valid system partition

Hi did you read the rest of the thread Solved Invalid system partition - Page 2 - Windows 7 Forums
you could always try the info here Ntldr is missing error in windows 7 boot - Microsoft Answers

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I'm a long-time reader but new poster. I am currently running Windows 7. I want to install Windows XP onto another disc and have a dual-boot setup. I keep Windows 7 up to date and secure, but for the XP partition, I would rather not have antivirus running or even installed, in order to limit background processes. I will not be logging into any place or making any credit card purchases when booted into Windows XP. It will just be used for surfing, games, etc. Further, if and when XP becomes compromised or buggy, I will simply overwrite the partition with a backup image.

If I use Bitlocker to lock down the Windows 7 partition (with the encryption key on a thumb drive) and boot into Windows XP, am I correct in thinking the XP installation see or can't access the Windows 7 partition? If XP gets compromised, can a virus access or write to the Windows 7 partition?

Is there any other reason why this would not be secure? Can a virus write to the BIOS?

Thanks to anyone who can help.

Answer:Can OS partition access a dual boot partition if encrypted w/Bitlocker

Please, any response would be greatly appreciated.

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I would like to create a bootable partition from an existing Win 7 partition. I have two partitions bootable now. Both Win 7- one with dragon dictate and various software I am trying out (on a 1.5 TB drive) and the other is my regular boot partition on an SSD with the system reserved partition.

I would like to create an exact image of the regular SSD boot partition on the 1.5 TB drive with the existing win7 dragon partition (and other data drives) to do an upgrade to win 8 (avoiding reinstall of lots of additional software).

I have read lots of threads on related topics but haven't seen one that can help with this problem.

I have tried acronis DD 2011 copying the partition but it isn't bootable and easyBCD adds it but it always defaults to the dragon partition when selecting it from the boot menu.

I do have acronis 2011, 2012, and 2013 plus versions as well as 2011 disk director.
Also just downloaded partition wizard but thought I might try a question first. If there is a thread I missed that has the solution, please point me there.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD

After re-imaging the partition to HD choosing Auto drive letter selection, Active partition and include MBR and Track0, unplug all other HDs, set target HDD first HD to boot in BIOS (after DVD drive), confirm partition is still marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts with the System Active flags onboard.

If you are including the 100mb System Reserved partition then all of these things should be done choosing it, so that it remains bootable and starts Win7. Otherwise the steps applied to C will cut out the 100mb System Reserved as boot partition.

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I essentially decided to use my hard-drive for two different forms of Windows XP 32 and 64-bit. This was some time ago, and it ended up with the 64-bit partition (C:\) as my system partition. The 32-bit partition (E:\) was considered a logical drive, and I used it almost entirely, due to the fact that my CD Key for 64-bit will no longer work, for whatever reason.

Eventually, I decided that I needed the space from the old, unused 64-bit partition, and since both partitions had Windows installed on them, I thought it'd be no problem to just delete 64-bit and merge the remaining space with my 32-bit partition.

Unfortunately, before I got that far, I found out that my 32-bit partition no longer will boot. After reading up on it, I found out about the system partition and all that stuff that I messed up by deleting the 64-bit partition.

I've tried to use the recovery console via boot CD, but when using BootCFG, the /SCAN function doesn't recognize the 32-bit partition. I've verified that the files are still there (installed another partition with windows and checked via explorer), but even with an edited boot.ini, the Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit partition won't boot beyond the blue screen, windows logo after "Welcome".

Is there anyway to salvage and fix the partition? I'd rather avoid losing all the driver installations and registry keys I have on the other partition, and would much rather just make that drive the system partition... Read more

Answer:Multiboot, Accidentally deleted System Partition. Cannot boot other partition

Oh. Also, when in Windows Setup, the 32-bit partition in question can be seen, and is stated as "in a format not suitable to Windows Installation" or similar. I can enter it in Recovery Console, but it does not recognize that Windows is installed on it. Partition table?

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I loaded a hard disk formatted as a Windows Primary Disk onto my SATA controller. The BIOS sees the disk. In this case I want to load the new disk as a secondary drive (of course I have booted with a different hard disk). I load the Partition Manager and inside I find that the partition manger does not see the new disk. I am wondering if this has anything to do with the new disk being a Windows 7 primary boot partition as well. I was hoping to get a drive letter mapped to it so I could extract some data from that disk. What should I be doing when this occurs?

Thank you...

Answer:Partition Manager. Primary Boot Partition as Secondary Drive.

Have you tried Disk Management? Right click computer and select manage, in the left column select disk management. In the lower portion of the window you will see each hard drive with drive letters. If you see one with no drive letter, right click it and select 'change drive letter or path, next screen select add, and pick whatever drive letter you would like from the drop down list. Once it gives it a drive letter, you will be able to see it in explorer. If you have data on the drive you would like to keep, Do Not format it, if Disk Management wants to.

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Hello everyone,
I usually install my OS myself but when I bought this computer I asked the store to install the Windows 7 Professional x64 disc I purchased with it.
Today I decided to do a long long overdue backup to the system partition. My backup software of choice is DriveImage XML, been using it for years with good resaults, however, when examining my system partition, I couldn't find the boot manager. After some searching I found that the boot files are not in the system partition. I assume this because disc management shows a 100MB EFI partition and 'diskpart>list disk' shows the HDD to be GPT.
As far as I know, DriveImage XML cannot backup the EFI partition and backing up the Windows partition alone will not allow me to restore the computer in case of hard drive failure.

So my question is: Is it possible to remove this UEFI nonsense, copy the boot files to the system partition (aka Windows partition, drive C) and make windows boot from there without uninstalling the OS?

Answer:Move boot files from EFI partition to system partition?

Just try using Macrium Reflect free edition to image both partitions before you make any changes.

Please post a shot of disk management, fully expanded.

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Has anyone recovered a boot partition on a drive using Active Partition? I never have but need to try. I did a deep scan and it found the boot partition ok and it says 'recoverable' by it. When I tried to recover it tells me some partition is overlapped on it and it fails so this is a clue I'm sure. Then it also says to delete the overlapped partition first but I'm not sure what partition is the good one. So now I want to be sure I do the next steps right to get it to work again. What happened was that I had tried to install windows XP on a unpartitioned part of the HD but in the process it must've overwrote the original boot partition some. I didn't proceed fully with the XP install but did go back in and delete the partition I was going to install it on thinking that would fix it but it didn't. I have high hopes in restoring it but want to proceed with caution. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

Answer:Trying to recover boot partition on drive using Active Partition

Boot with your XP CD in...hit R to load the Recovery Console.At the prompt type fixboot and hit Enter.Remove the XP CD and re-boot.If there's still no change repeat the procedure but type in fixmbr.

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i bought a dell computer running xp home edititon that had partition magic 8 installed. i am doing some microsoft training and wanted to install windows server 2003 enterprise (a 32 bit evaluation install) on another primary partition.

After creating another prim partition on C: i went ahead and did the 2003 server install on the 2nd partition and rebooted the computer. unfortunatly now i can only boot into 2003 server and not into window xp. while in 2003 server i can't even see the partition but for s and g's i threw an xp boot disk in the computer just to see if the other partition was still there and it showed something like OS/2 INACTIVE.

just wondering if anyone had some advice to get the other partition up and running or if i will have to purchase partition magic to merge the partition back and lose all the data.


Answer:[SOLVED] partition magic partition inactive, cant boot


I am a bit confused mate... Windows XP was installed on what partition??? [C: or D:]
When you have created C: partition for Windows 2003, did you create it during system setup and did you deleted some partition during that action???

Keep us posted...

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Hello everyone!

I recently got in to some trouble using my good old computer running Windows XP.

When i installed it i decided to make two partition out of my HDD, one larger for programs/documents and such and one smaller, intended only for the OS. The idea was that should i for some reason need to reformat and reinstall XP, i would not lose valuable documents and photos doing so.

Well, my computer had been quite slow for a while, the symptom being that processor was very often working at , or close to 100 %. After trying a couple of things i realized that my partition intended for the OS was a little small and that, removing anything not needed, i only had 150 MB or so of free space.

I then came across programs such as Paragon Partition and Easeus Partition Master. Unfortunately, both attempts ended in a computer freeze and the computer, at least in windows, losing my larger partition. C: was no longer to be found, causing for instance all my programs to be unable to start, since they were installed on C:.

I then used a program called Testdisk to try to get hold of my original partition and remove and corrupt duplicate ones. This is where things got messy. I believe that i somehow managed to change the primary boot partition, causing a readdisk error.

What was originally a search for some extra partition size has now made me unable to use the computer at all!

I have so far tried some different things.
I have started with the XP CD in, only to realize ... Read more

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Hi all,

I recently got a base-model Asus G750JS with Win 8.1 and bought a separate SSD with the intent of migrating the original setup onto the new disk. I read up on how to migrate and opted to go with AOMEI Partition Assistant as my partition cloning tool. I've copied all of the partitions to the new disc, and Windows is bootable and works as desired, but the cloned recovery and restore partitions do not. Since the computer did not come with a recovery DVD or even a serial number for the Windows, I'd like to find a way of keeping these recovery/restore partitions in place should anything happen to my OS in the future.

I encountered no errors when cloning these partitions onto the SSD, but Windows does not recognize them when I try to explore options like "System Refresh". If I launch the Windows Recovery Media Creator tool from control panel, it greys out the option to "Copy the recovery partition" and, when I try to create a new recovery partition, tells me that "Some required files are missing".

I noticed that there were some flags on the original recovery/restore partitions that labeled them as "Restore" type drives, whereas the new cloned partitions are just regular partitions (although I set them to be hidden). Could that be the source of the issue, and if so, how would I set those flags?

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Making cloned recovery partition usable? (SSD migration)

PS: Here is how my partition table looks now. The SSD is disk 0 and the circled partitions are the clones that are now not being recognized. Disk 1 is the source HDD. You'll notice that the recovery/restore partitions on that one have drive letters and no special flags anymore...that's because I had accidentally deleted them earlier (after the cloning process was successfully completed), and though they've been restored, the flags have not.

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Have a dual boot XP/Win7. XP is on C: (FAT32) and Win7 on D: (NTFS, 1st extended partition) with several storage partitons on a 1TB drive. I back up partitions using Acronis. Recently I needed to move over to another 1TB drive. Same size disk, same size partitions. I cloned the whole Disk. Everything copied, but of course Win7 won't work. It finds it, boots, loads, logs in and then logs out again. Now I have redone this so many times trying to test variables, that I have partitioned the drives using Win7 (ie 3 primaries) and cloned that (this is just a secondary issue, but I thought to mention it, I am trying to see what this 3 primary partitions is all about (may come in handy, but one must first master handling and setting boot partitions. So back to my original issue...! I cloned the exact same Win7 partitioned drives (ie. 3 primaries) and the clone will still not boot on D: (just to make sure that wasn't an issue...)

I started reading up on the whole Win7 boot loading issue, came across "Easy" BCD and learning about MS's new Win7 boot loading technology Apparently the issue is that MS BCD now keeps track of an unique identifier number of the target partition?. And by some strange weirdness, Easy BCD decided to NOT make this as straight forward a process as I would like to see, given what a complete stopper this is.???

It will find the BCD, open it, add and remove entries and conveniently overlook this identifier!!!?? (why do I feel they are just trying... Read more

Answer:How to make Win7 run on new partition on newly cloned Drive?

I would Mark Win7 Partition Active , boot into DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and holds the system Active flags.

Then install EasyBCD to add XP on the Add OS Entry tab.

If there are any complications post back a Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Forums since a Logical partition cannot be marked Active and must be converted to Primary first, but you can only have 3 Primary and unlimited Logicals on an MBR disk. Do not convert to Dynamic!

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I have a single drive partitioned into 2.

I installed windows 8.1 onto partition C.
I cloned partition C onto partition D using EaseUS Backup.
I used easyBCD to add a boot entry for partition D.

I know if you do two separate installtions through the installer, windows makes the drive letter it boots from into drive letter C. This retains the proper path links and ensures compatibility for all applications.

But with the clone when i boot into drive D, it doesn't rename itself into drive C. How can I get the rename functionality enabled so it works properly?

What I have now is windows starting from drive D, but all the links point to drive C for everything including the desktop.

Answer:Dual Booting Cloned Partition - Incorrect drive letter


I solved it the issue. It was because that the disk lettering was already enumerated for the other partition on the initial installation. You couldn't change it in disk management since it was in use.

I opened the registry on disk d remotely.

Those keys are what gives the drives the letters, but they have to be removed remotely and not within the installation

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With EaseUS Backup Tool, I've cloned these two partitions ("System Reserved" and "C") to same-sized partitions on a external HDD ("X" and "Y"). Picture tells it concisely:
How to make drives "X" and "Y" boot-able?

In "Disk Management", I've noticed these partition labels missing:"X" (or "System Reserved") is missing System label,
"Y" (or "OS") is missing Boot, Page File and Crash Dump labels

Thank you!

Answer:Both "System reserved" and "C" partition cloned to external HDD: boot?

You cannot boot Win7 on external HD, unless it is connected via eSATA.

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Hey guys,

I need some help here as I am stuck with this for a day and half now. I recently bought a 3TB (disk 2) hard drive and want to swap out 500GB (disk 0) with it. I cloned the disk 0 to disk 2 already. I am stuck in a dilemma where I can't turn boot into windows 10 without the need of disk 0. I figured it has to do with the fact that the system partition is part of disk 0. I have 2 questions :

question #1. can i moved the system partition over to the C drive where the boot partition is? (I don't know if this is even possible?)

question #2. Move the system partition where the red arrow system reserved partition is. (I have not seen anyone with this perform yet. Again i am not sure if it is possible at all?)

I know i made a mistake of separating the the boot and system. How should i come about to fix it? Any suggestions? Thanks

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I have win 8 pro installed & two HDDs with two partions each , I want to migrate the boot partition to another partition on the second drive .

It would have been easier if i would have just cloned the complete drives but one of the partions on the 2nd drive has data which cannot be deleted .

So I have Drive 1 - Partitions C: ( boot partition ) & D:

Drive 2 - Partitions E: & F:

I want to remove Drive 1 from my PC so i want to copy C: to E: then remove drive 1 & boot from E:

I tried "Easeus todo backup" , did not work, it does not make the copy bootable , to make it bootale the whole drive has to be copied .

I tried making an image of C: using win8 inbuilt backup feature then removed drive 1 , installed win8 on E: then tried restoring the image of C: but i got some error.

Is there any other way using freeware that can do the job?

Answer:Migrating/copying boot partition to another HDD partition

You probably forgot to copy/move the bootmgr in the system partition. Have a look into your Disk Management.

I use free Macrium for such tasks.

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I originally had Windows XP on my computer, so when I moved to 7 I created a secondary partition and installed it on that, to preserve my original files and copy them over. I did this by gradually resizing the secondary and original partitions and copying over data, until currently my original partition is very small and basically only contains XP and that's it.

My question is, can I safely get rid of the original XP partition and merge it's data into the other partition on the disc? I thought it might cause problems because it was my original operating system on it.

Answer:Original OS on Partition

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Hi all-I like my Lenovo G555, but wanted a bigger drive. Got a Seagate Momentus XT 500Gb and put it in an external enclosure.  I ran the Seagate discWizaard (rebranded Acronis) and left it set to auto create the drive structure during the clone.  My original factory drive had a C partition set to 105 Gb and a D partition set to 29 Gb plus a hidden partition and some stray unused space (?).  Now after the clone I see a 328 Gb partition and a 91 Gb partition on the new drive.  I am wondering if I should re-run the clone and set the Acronis software to custom so that it doesn't upsize the hidden partition.As it is it looks like I am losing a fair amount of storage space to the hidden partition.  I did see that when left to auto it would add generous amounts of space to each partition based on the total drive capacity.

Answer:Cloned factory drive with Acronis True Image and have partition questions before I replace

hi lenuttocan you check if you have any unallocated space? also, try one key recover button, if it works, i believe you won't need to re-clone.

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Ok.. so iwnet and increased my C Partition. Then came to find out that is not such a good thing to do if I ever want to do a recovery. Any body know the original size of the C: Partition so that I may change it back? I will be installing all my programs to the D drive. Lenovo 3000 K100 57061308 Intel Desktop Computer - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz, 2GB DDR2, 500GB SATA, SATA DVDRW, Windows Vista Home Premium

Answer:Any one know the original C Partition size

Sorry I have not replyed yet. I thought opne of the more informed members would answer.My 3000k100 has 29.2 GBs according to the My Computer page.

3000 K-100 3gigram, 500gigHD,type 10005model 57061330Last support case # wn018143

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My computer came with one great big partition, with XP Home installed on it. For four months all my data got stored on that same partition. Then I got partition magic, and decided to make a separate partition for all my files. This turned out to be too small, after I'd transfered all my music, plus my work files to it. I then tried to repartition the drive, taking most of the spare space from the XP drive and giving it to the data drive.
Just as it started to widen the Data drive, and after shrinking the XP drive, it crashed. Now XP doesn't boot, and my data partition is corrupted too.
I've been daft and so have no backup of my data, and no partition magic back-up floppies. Is there anyway I can get the data back?

If it's any help, Ubuntu is also on the laptop, and working fine.

Answer:Partition Magic 8 has corrupted Windows partition and Data partition

Do you have the installation CD? If so, "BART PE" may be the solution. I have used it with success. Here is the link:


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I have a 250GB drive which I had split into two partitions (F and G). One partition had almost run out of space so I was going to reduce the size of the other and give the free space to this partition.

I set everything up and left it to run, but it was taking longer than I expected and I needed to leave so I cancelled the operation. The size of the G: partition has been reduced and the drive now has 20GB of unallocated space which I was going to give to the F: partition, but it won't let me do this. Whenever I try to do it it simply says an error has occurred. I can't remember the exact message since I don't have access to the computer right now, but I remember the error code being #508.

Also, the G: partition no longer appears in my computer, but I can still browse the drive using the inbuilt browser in Partition Magic.

Since they put a Cancel button on the operation screen I assumed it would be safe to cancel the operation, in that it would undo any changes that had already been made, but apparently it just stops what it's doing and doesn't let you continue from where you stopped. I realise now that I made a mistake, but is there any way to recover the partition (so that I can access it through My Computer as I usually can) and to finish reallocating the unused space on the drive?


Answer:Cancelled during partition resize, partition has disappeared. (Using Partition Magic)

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I have a 250GB drive which I had split into two partitions (F and G). One partition had almost run out of space so I was going to reduce the size of the other and give the free space to this partition.

I set everything up and left it to run, but it was taking longer than I expected and I needed to leave so I cancelled the operation. The size of the G: partition has been reduced and the drive now has 20GB of unallocated space which I was going to give to the F: partition, but it won't let me do this. Whenever I try to do it it simply says an error has occurred. I can't remember the exact message since I don't have access to the computer right now, but I remember the error code being #508.

Also, the G: partition no longer appears in my computer, but I can still browse the drive using the inbuilt browser in Partition Magic.

Since they put a Cancel button on the operation screen I assumed it would be safe to cancel the operation, in that it would undo any changes that had already been made, but apparently it just stops what it's doing and doesn't let you continue from where you stopped. I realise now that I made a mistake, but is there any way to recover the partition (so that I can access it through My Computer as I usually can) and to finish reallocating the unused space on the drive?


Answer:Cancelled during partition resize, partition has disappeared. (Using Partition Magic)

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I used Partition Magic to try and install another operating system, on which I failed - that's when I wonder If someone might help. First I wanted to install Windows XP x64, and used Partition Magic to make a new partition, through the 'install another OS' wizard. Well, the PC Rebooted, that scandisk lookalike screen started - showing the creation and resizing of new partition -, and then it rebooted again. But this time, It said that there were no Disks available or the Disk was inactive, or sth. So, tried to boot from Windows x64 CD and didn't make it, but I think that there's something wrong with the WINDOWS CD. Then, tried to boot from a beta Longhorn DVD that I had, and had installed somewhere in time (but decided to keep XP). Install didn't make it, it kept recalling the same 'install windows/view read me' page. Now I guessed there WAS something wrong with the new partition, maybe the boot was set to the new, empty of OS, partition. What the hell do I do now? Can't install new OS, can't normally boot, can't configure partitions.

For the sake of everything that's good, help me, I work at home, run a recently set up home studio, and never made a back up yet..
Would it be 120gb of lost audio?

Really appreciate since then.

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Windows 8.1 has frozen so I reboot the laptop. Windows show a recovery screen saying file is missing or contains errors. , Acer logo and Preparing automatic repair show up. I turn off computer. Turn on, Acer logo for two seconds and  preparing automatic repair message show up, No loading circle. None of the option work (enter, esc or f8). Tried many...many time alt f10 nothing. It is an original partition. With Aomei partition assistant (I installed the hard drive to another pc) I can see all the partition and they have a lot of megabyte:*:Recovery*:ESP*:*:AcerI dont have usb or dvd recovery utility.How can repair windows and keep my data?Nope! no backup of my data. I will...soon has the pc will be back on track.

Answer:Windows 8, original partition, alt f10 not working...

1. create a vanilla Windows 8.1 installation media from this link: once done, boot from that installation media, choose repair your pc thenClick on Troubleshoot.Click on Advanced Options.Click on Startup Settings.Click on Restart.The PC will now reboot to the Startup Settings screen.Press 4 to Enable Safe Mode as prompted. if safe mode works, you can backup all your personal data to a flash drive. after the backup you can try to fix the start up issue:2. Once you boot using the Windows installation disc, on the Windows 8.x installation window, click on Repair your computer.3. Click on Troubleshoot and in the Advanced options. First thing you may try is the Automatic Repair.If that does not help, go for System restore and check if you can reload previous restore point (before your issue)4. If that does not help, then select Command Prompt. Enter the following four commands into the prompt.bootrec /fixmbrbootrec /fixbootbootrec /scanosbootrec /rebuildbcdOnce the command completes, restart the computer.

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I have just recently noticed the Lenovo_Part (E: ) partition on my Y580 running Windows 7 Home Premium. Is this a factory installed partition along with the Lenovo (D: ) partition or has it been created at a later date by some other method. If it is a later partition, what caused its creation? Thanks in advance,PaytonA


Go to Solution.

Answer:Lenovo_Part partition-Is it original or added?

According to this posting it is the OKR recovery partition. There are other postings that refers to it. So just search them out.

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I have a Lenovo Y50 series of a laptop  with a decent-sized  of a HDD with 1 TB.
Im fancy to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10, but before that,  I would like to do a factory reset first and then make a clean 8.1 backup.
Now Im realizing that my re-partitioning is stopping me for using factory image in any way. Trust me; in every way.
The actual question is then:
How to restore the actual partition sizes, so that the provided One Key Restore could be usefull again?
I can obviously re-size partions by Ubuntu pendrive or with some windows-based freeware.
What I wish the community is,  to share precise partition sizes needed, please?
I could probably try the "Testdisk"-freeware to retvieve the original partition layout.
 Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity

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A while back, I totally screwed up my computer, which was then a Windows XP Home machine, and got it reformatted and put XP Professional on there. When I got it back, though, my recovery partition (the part of the hard drive with all the things for recovery and stuff) went missing. Is there anyway to make another partition with all the files put directly onto the partition without the CD or am I SOL?

Answer:adding original recovery partition

SOL if the partition and contents are gone. Sorry.  :-/

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Hello everyone,

Is somebody can confirm me that I will not put my self in trouble with the following.

Maybe for better understanding of my case please see NotePad attached file.

Ok my first thinking was to have on DIC0 first partition (C: ) the Paging File of Vista x64 for that I partition 25GB since I have 8GB RAM. and second partition was for Paging Files of third OS if one day I decide to install a Linux one.

But my lack of Computer knowledge, resulted that BOOT files of Both actual OS installed themself on this First DISC0 partition and I do not want to mess with them putting some more files there but I do not want also to have 25GB partition only for Dual BOOT Files, beside this, 12GB in second Partition for Vista x64 Paging file can be short.
So comes my thinking, how can I re-partition these 2 partitions to leave just the enough space for the BOOT Files on Partition One of DISC0, I was thinking 500MB (is that enough?) and relocate some of the 24.5GB on partition 2. and make a Extended Partition with the rest.

Sorry for the long reading but finally comes my doubt:
Can I copy my Dual BOOT Files to USB Stick memory, than starts any OS setting in BIOS priority to USB Device, will my BOOT FILE (USB) work ? and allow Vista to Load?
Once there I suppose:
1) I can move these partition arround,
2) Copy/Paste from USB to first small 500mb Partition all BOOT Files again,
3) Shut down, set bios with DICS0 priority boot again and everything will work as a charme?

Any r... Read more

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In the early days of Win7 it was usual to install one Win7 system on a partition (say A) and let it be called during bootup from the partition independent MBR from the hard disk directly:

MBR ---> partititon "A" (with Win7)

Then it became more and more popular to install two different Win 7 systems (one work one for test/reserve) on two separate partitions (say A and B) and let the user choose at bootup in a BootManager menu which of the two should be started.
The BootManager can be put in a third, small partition (say BM with 100MB size). So the possible call chain is like:

MBR ---> partition "BM" (with BootManager) ---> partition "A" (with first Win7)
MBR ---> partition "BM" (with BootManager) ---> partition "B" (with second Win7)

Ok, I know how to install a Win 7 on a partition.

1.) But how do I tell which software: "Hey, put a Boot Manager on small partition BM and call this from MBR.
Then in BootManager link to all (=both) existing real, full Win 7 installations on partition A and B)"

2.) Can I do this from within one of the two running Win 7 systems or do I need another software for setup?

3.9 Do I have to install both Win 7 systems at FIRST before BootManager or can I install and add additional Win 7 systems later to BootManager menu?


Answer:How to setup boot partition-->win 7 partition?

It is the same as dual boot Windows 7 & Windows 8.
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
Setup "B"

When install second Windows 7, this install will make BootManager menu.

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I've been re-installing XP about every 2-3 months because I'm very hard on the OS by trying new programs and then deleting them. Last time, for the first time, the Windows partition is different than the boot partition. There are a total of 4 partitions on a single physical drive. Boot.ini is as follows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="MS XP Pro" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

The default= parameter used to specify "partition(1)". I have no idea how the change happened. How can I put the boot partion back onto the Windows partition, specifically partition(1) ? I can restore the 3 data partitions, if necessary, but don't know how to identify partition(1) and make sure it is made the boot and Windows partition. BTW, I've been using Partition Majic and the Windows install disc to create and manage the partitions.


Answer:Boot Partition Is Not The Windows Partition

Reformat your hard drive, make it three partitions:

1 for the op system
2 for all programs not part of the op system
3 for all data.

Then do a fresh installation of Windows.

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I have an 80G hardrive, and the 8G partition that contains my O/S (boot) is full. Can I clone this partition to a larger (40G) empty partition?

Answer:Moving boot partition to another partition

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Hi, all.

I'm running Windows 2000 Pro SP4 and after years of hitting f8 for a safeboot, I decided to see if I could edit boot.ini and add a safeboot option to the menu.

Anyway, that's not what I'm asking about (unless someone knows a good method ).

I reinstalled my OS several months ago, and decided that I might want a dual boot in the future. I already had an old, smaller drive in the machine that's labeled the c: drive.
Reading one time that for security purposes it's good to have your OS on a drive other than C:, I decided to not alter the drive lettering.

I then partitioned a new internal hard drive into several logical drives. I formatted the D: partition as a Dos fat32 partition and the rest as NFTS partitions. Somehow, I allowed the D: partition to be the primary partition, while the E: partition which contains the Win 2000 Pro OS Winnt directory is a logical drive.

When I just checked disk management, I noticed that not only is boot.ini on the D: Dos partition, but so is ntldr along with the following Dos setup files:
I always have "hidden files and folders" and "operating system files" unchecked in tools/folder options so another boot.ini file would have been clearly visible if it was on the E: root drive. Just to be search I did a file search, and the D: dos partition did indeed contain the only boot.ini file.

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Answer:Win 2000 Pro Boot.ini on Dos partition rather than OS partition!

Welcome to TSG....

I would suggest first thing is to backup all of your important data if you have not already done this to another media like CD-R's, DVD, Thumb drive(s) or the such and then install the new larger drive and do a partitioning of the drives and then make plans on the dual boot and what operating systems you have or want to use and install OS's and programs and restore all data and then install for dual boot. This may seem like the long way around but it actually is the shortest way to go.

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Hello everyone.
So results that after 3 weeks working fine my PC gave me only BSoD for all OS's load even with every F8 loading options of Vista x64.
This was I think due to some difficult and unworkable installation of ATI Catalyst Software.
So I decide, to do a clean re-install of both of my OSs. After having a pain to eliminate Partition on the DISC where Boot files were installed, since XP installation program was saying it could not access this HD partition, I succeed to do it by switching in Bios my Priority of HDD.

But my problem is not that. Here it is:
after eliminate all partition on Both HDD I partition again leaving on each Disc 1GB first partition for Boot Files.
So When I install XP Pro SP2 automaticly when I indicate to install on third partition of on of my DISC1, the program indicate that it has to format DRIVE C: (First Partition of DISC0) for some OS files (suppose BOOT Files) and automaticly format it as FAT, after that give me the option to quick format the Third Partition as NTFS where XP will be installed.
So now I have a FAT partition C: which indicate in administrative Tools > Disc Management is SYSTEM, eventhough in Explorer with View all Hide File active, nothing it's showed in this drive C:.
I want to Install now Vista Home Premium x64, and I think I read once that VISTA is the first OS not compatible with FAT partition.
Do I have to change this C: partition from FAT to NTFS, How can I do that and make sure to keep XP Boot File in good shape?
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Answer:FAT Partition to NTFS for Boot Partition

Install windows vista on another partition than windows XP partition, and you will have a dual boot " Windows XP & windows Vista".

To convert c: partition to NTFS open "run" in windows XP and write the following:

convert c: /fs:ntfs

then restart your PC to complete the conversion process.

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Sometime ago I installed a second, larger SSD on a Dell XPS8700 but due to my lack of attention I reinstalled Win10 without a System Reserved Partition. By the time I realized what I had done, I had installed too many programs to start over and decided to just live with it. So far there have been no problems. Now I understand that the next major Win10 update, in early 2017, may not install without an SRP. While I could always start over with a clean install, the thought of reinstalling a huge number of programs along with configuring them is daunting. It would likely take at least 4-5 full days of work, something I?m really not up to at this point. So I?m wondering if I might be able to avoid this by the following:

Do a fresh install, after running a current backup of all the existing partitions, with the correct partitioning thereby creating a correct SRP. Then reinstall my previous OS partition from a backup copy. I realize that two sets system files would exist, one on the newly created SRP and one from the restored C-Drive. Which set of files would be used to boot from the newly created SRP or the OS partition? If it successfully boots than I suppose I could remove the duplicate files from the C-Drive. What concerns me if that there will be registry entries that would be incorrect and it would fail to boot after the C-Drive restore.

Do you think this would work? If not then is there another way I could correct the partitioning?

Answer:Create a System Reserved Partition and keep original OS

When you talk about System Reserved Partition, I assume you installed Windows using MBR partition scheme. All you need to do:
For Windows 10, The System reserved partition size is 500MB so:
Use Magic Partition Manager Software to shrink C drive and create a 500MB partition, format as NTFS in front of C drive.Use EasyBCD 2.2 - Neowin to move the BCD to the newly created partition, rename it as System Reserved and remove the drive letter from this partition.

NOTE: use the drive letter assigned for 500MB partition istead of C as shown in screen shot.

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Hi folks,

I followed some advice to create redundant original backups of my new computer to both the internal D:\ drive and to the new USB drive that I have dedicated to backing up this computer over time.

The main system files are on the C:\ drive, which is an SSD. To save room on the SSD, I want to put some programs on the D:\ drive, and have created the program files folders for this.

A couple of days later I had installed some programs and wanted to create a restore point that includes the D:\ drive. Windows tells me that I can't do this because the D:\ drive contains the backed up system files.

Question: Can I\do you advise, creating a partition on what is now the D:\ drive and moving the backup files to it, so that I can create Restore points for the D:\ drive? Or, should I delete the initial system backup that is on the D:\ drive and rely on the copy that is on the new USB drive?

Thank you!

Answer:Create partition and move original backup to it

I'm guessing you have used Windows Backup to do all of this. Correct?

I don't use it, but know that it can be fussy about where backup files are located--when it comes time to restore after a disaster, that can be a problem if you've moved stuff around.

How about just making a new backup on this new partition, rather than moving an existing backup to it? I assume you intend to renew your backups from time to time anyway.

I assume these "restore points" are another issue, separate from your "backups".

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Hi, I bought lenovo c340 all in one on June 21st 2013. It has hard disk capacity of 1 Tb. I have exteneded the size of C drive by nearly 200 gb and I didn't remember the actual size of C. The thing I remember was that C was nearly about 96 gb and D was about 807 gb. But I don't know the exact size in MB when we do the shrink or extend. My question of asking this is I am reading so many issues which users are facing in using one key recovery and messages that don't extend or shrink C drive. I have all the partitions intact. I just extend the C drive nothing more I have done. Please let me know whether I will be able to use the one key recovery or not as I have changed the C drive. If I am not able to use the one key recovery please let me know the exact size of C & D drive so that I can revert these changes and get it back to oriinal default size.  Please help me so that my one key function will not be destroyed. 


Go to Solution.

Answer:How to know the original factory partition size of C & D drive.

hi vipingambhir
Thanks for Posting!
Drive partition may vary depending on OS versions and Partition Style
This Screenshot of a 1TB size partition provided by cbay is configured with Windows 8 and GPT Partition Style
Here's how to check your partition style.
I can't find a 1TB partition size with MBR partition Style yet.
Note:  Before making any changes safely check first if your OKR Partition is still active,
From Within Windows Launch the One Key Recovery Software and select System Recovery . Results are as follows
> If it gave you an error like it cannot find service partition or the like it means that the OKR is not active anymore, then you may try to Remake the Partition
> But if it restarts and loads OKR then you're good to go and Changes in partitions is not necessary
Best Regards
Solid Cruver

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hey their, i have installed windows 7 on my x200. afore i have cleaned up all partiton incl. the service partition. now my question: how can i create a service partiton with the same behaviors like the original one (access the partition via the thinkvantage button and so on). i hope, someone can help me.

Answer:How to create a service partition like the original from lenovo

I did exactly the same thing and lost my service partition. I was trying to figure out how to restore it but no luck. Hope someone can help.

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Hi guys!
Ii have been having too many problems trying to get Acronis True Image 9.0 to i'd like to uninstall it- when i do i notice that my Drive C still has the secure Acronis partition- how do i remove it??

Thanks so much

Answer:Solved: Restore Drive Partition to original

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Hello,I deleted the original disk structure when I started my computer. Now I need to restore it. If I start installing from recovery media (USB disk), will the original structure be restored?Thank you for answer.

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If you didn't guess, the OS here is Windows 8. The internet is full of threads on this topic, but every single one is answered in one or more of the following ways: The first type of answer is something the OP has obviously tried already like "Press F11 to get to the recovery partition". The people writing this don't realise that a clean install of Windows on C: also erases the old UEFI and replaces it with a useless one that isn't linked to the recovery partition.

The next type of answer is "why?". There are at least two painfully obvious reasons why someone would want to restore their laptop to factory condition, but asking which one is entirely off-topic. Until admins ban the question we're all going to have to learn to ignore it.

The rarer type of answer is the one that you can have some respect for. Probably something about active partitions, boot flags or even diskpart if the person knew how to fix this in Windows 7. Bravo to those people.

Some people don't even read the OP, but reply anyway, which is why I've put some things in bold and left the words "recovery partition" to the end of the title. Hopefully they won't see it.
But with Windows 8 and EFI none of that old stuff works anymore. In fact nothing that I'm familiar with seems to work at all anymore, it's all new. It's like being 20 again and not really knowing what's gonna happen when you hit enter.

Maybe you can answer one of the Internet's burning questions: with a newly insta... Read more

Answer:With a newly installed C: & UEFI, run the original recovery partition?

I've got this far:

Boot into the new UEFI and start command prompt by Trouble Shooting > Advanced > Command Prompt.

Use Diskpart to do the following (n is the number of your recovery partition)

list volume
select volume n
assign letter = r

After that cd your way to the recovery .exe. On my system it's called AutorunUI.exe and is in \sources\autorun

However, it doesn't run. It doesn't do anything.

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I have an Alienware M17xR4, with an Intel 3740QM, 16GB RAM and 1TB Hard disk. I bought it in Feb 2013 and immediately upgraded the OEM Windows 7 to Windows 8. I used Stardock's Startup8 and ModernMix to get an enjoyable Win8 experience for a year.

The windows update for Flash would keep failing to install since mid last year and I was unable to upgrade to Win8.1. So to cut a long story short - after trying Windows Troubleshooter, Disk Cleanup, SFC and DISM I had tried chkdsk in frustration, just to see if there were disc errors. I know now this was a big mistake. Anyways I waited for chkdsk to finish for 5 hours, got bored watching it stuck at 27% and did a hard reset. Incredibly I was able to login just once after that but I got access denied for any file I tried to move/delete. So I rebooted and have not seen my original Win8 installation since.

I then tried to use the repair options from the install disc and decided to "Refresh" my PC - so that my Windows installation would be repaired and my data would be preserved. It seems to have worked EXCEPT - I have not got a clean installation back. What seems to have been done is this -
1) Win8 cleaned out 3rd party software from my installation
2) It then locked my C: drive which has all my data
3) Created a 1.8MB partition, placed boot files there and uses it boot me in to a crippled Win8 environment. I however have no access to the C: drive or my data.

I would have just reinstalled Win8 again instead of ranting he... Read more

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having to configure a new HP laptop with pre-installed Win7, I need to create some extra logical drives to organize things better.

Unfortunately, the usual OEM scenario applies: all four possible primary partitions are already happily taken by the manufacturer:
SYSTEM (no drive letter),
Recovery (D:),
HP_TOOLS (no drive letter).
(Why can't they just make one partition Extended to begin with...)

However, this thread and similar ones here contain excellent info*, so I know already what can be done. I don't want to touch SYSTEM, and don't want to remove Recovery or HP_TOOLS; so the only option for me seems to be to turn (C:) into an extended partition, then shrink, then add logical volumes as required.
Sounds feasible enough**.

The one remaining question I have is rather simple:
Is it possible to then assign another drive letter than the original (D:) to the Recovery partition?
The point being that I'd like the user (not me) to be able to use drive letters C:, D:, and E: (with Recovery being e.g. R:), so that she is not confused by, and always has to think about, having to "skip" D:

On this forum I found some statements saying no it shouldn't be done (because then the F11 boot into recovery won't work any more), while others say yes, it can be done with no ill effects.

Any "authoritative" answer to this?
Would it even be possible to remove any drive letter from Recovery, so as to make it "invisible"?

Thanks for any tips!

Tr... Read more

Answer:Assign another drive letter than original (D:) to Recovery partition?

Hello Tronje, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The Recovery Manager in Windows 7 and at boot/startup (F11) uses this Recovery (D) partition to start the factory recovery process. (in Windows 7) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
(at boot/startup) HP Omni 220-1100 Desktop PC series*-* HP PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) - c01867418 - HP Business Support Center
Removing the drive letter from the Recovery (D) partition would cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards to see. If not, then you would need to add the drive letter back.

Changing the drive letter of the Recovery (D) partition could cause you to no longer be able to open the Recovery Manager in Windows 7. I'm not sure if at boot/startup (F11) would still work or not. You would have to test afterwards with both methods to see. If not, then you would need to change the drive letter back to (D).

Hope this helps,

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Hi all,

I've been working on a Dell server (not sure of the model, but can get it tomorrow) that has Windows Server 2008 and a 500 GB hard drive, split into two partitions, giving us a C: and D: drive.

Recently, somebody from the office used Partition Magic (not sure of the version) to resize the partitions. I think they're roughly split up 150 for C: and 300-ish for D:.

Anyway, the resizing appeared to go well, but every couple of weeks, the D: partition completely disappears from Windows! Computer Management shows it as unallocated space, I believe.

Fortunately, I'm able to easily restore the partition using a bootable Paragon Rescue Kit CD. It quickly scans and finds the "lost" partition, and it restores it in no time. I've done this a couple of times now over the past few months.

The question, of course, is WHY is the partition dropping out... or how to prevent it from dropping out in the first place.

The thing I find really odd is that it will drop out while the server is running -- meaning, it will just disappear at a seemingly random time, and nobody will notice until they try to access data that was on that partition.

Any suggestions on what I can check or what the solution might be? It's really confusing! It's nice to know how to restore the partition, but obviously it's still a hassle to have to do that. It'd be much nicer if the partition wouldn't go in the first place.


Answer:After resizing partition with Partition Magic, D: partition keeps disappearing!

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Hi, firstly sorry for my english but it isn't perfect.I can't use one key recovery to recover windows vista from CD which i have BECAUSE I changed size of partition ;(When i tried to do it, i saw a message "you don't have enough space"-but i have 150gb free. I found solution to this problem->restore original size of partition. My quesion is->what is original size of partitions in Lenovo ideapa y550 t6400 320GB? I can't found answer. Thanks for response.

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Hi there,
I have a PC i am trying to format and reinstall windows vista. Unfortunately my mate has lost his original recovery dvd I made him and has now got a corrupted/damaged recovery partition.
After all the searching I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do this. I want to format the hard drive and start from fresh as he has major Virus problems.
I tried searching old threads but couldnt find anything like what I needed, I hope I am not repaeting a thread already. If so please point me in right direction.
If it helps its a Acer 6252 travelmate.

All help greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance...

Answer:How to recover Vista Basic - no Partition or original recovery discs

Download: Windows Vista x64 Recovery Disc &#x2014; The NeoSmart Files

the 32 bit version is a bit further down

how to use............

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don’t Have One :: the How-To Geek

let us know how you get on

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 ~ Summary: My GOAL is to remove EVERYTHING that is presently on my IBM-refurbished T61 (i.e. all the visible Drives, any hidden partition including the Recovery Partition, malware and rootkits) and to re-install EVERYTHING that was on the computer when I bought it (including all the Drivers/Utilities, and the Recovery Partition).  ~ My Questions are itemized at the end of the post. ~ I have written this post according to the principle "Too much information can be ignored, and is better than too little".  Thank-you. I bought my T61 from the "IBM Refurbished PC" program in February of 2011. I suspect that its software differed from that of a brand new Lenovo T61 in a couple of minor ways. I recently bought the set of XP Pro operating system installation discs for my IBM-refurbished T61. Lenovo Tech Support supplied the Case# and FRU#. IBM Parts Dept sold me the item. I planned to do a "Clean Installation", which I believe means that one completely wipes EVERYTHING from the hard disk before using the installation discs.I planned to wipe with DBAN (a Sourceforge Project software: {}) until I read in its FAQ that it does NOT wipe the "Host Protected Area".Further readings seem to indicate that this is the same as Lenovo's Recovery Partition (or is where the Recovery Partition is placed).I understand that the Recovery Partition is the part of the hard disk where Lenovo has put a replacement O.S., so to speak, and that one ... Read more

Answer:T61: Fate of original Recovery Partition when reinstall with Lenovo(IBM) installation disc set ?

I do not have my T61p with me right now to check this, but there may be an option in the T61's BIOS to reserve space for what's called the Predesktop Area.  If so, try setting it "Disabled" and any space that was reserved will now be reclaimable, and you will be able to wipe it using DBAN.
Aryeh Goretsky

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Please HELP !!
I've been FORMATED genuin-original LENOVO volume-partition from HDD WD750 by accident !!
Now I have a problem to install any Windows 7 OS !!,because the computer always asking for some drivers !??
I can NOT the solve this problem neither with  Lenovo CD-drivers so I don't know what to do !???
If somebody have those settings-files and send me the link  to HELP me !!! on XXXXX !!
Thanks a LOT !!!
Moderator comment: Email address(es) removed to defeat spambots.

Answer:G770 original (Genuine) HDD Lenovo partition(volume ) settings software NEED !!

So nobody has NOT Lenovo G770 with Lenovo volume (partition) settings ON it !???

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Hey guys, I tried searching through the boards but I'm getting contradicting information so I was wondering if someone could clarify a few points for me! Briefly, here's my situation. I have a Ideapad Y580 with a 32GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo running Windows 7 and I've created my factory recovery disks using the OneTouch Recovery applications.  I'm planning on upgrading to Windows 8. What I want to know is, in the advent that my upgrading process goes terribly wrong and that I somehow change my partitions sizes, will my recovery disks be able to recreate the original partitions and restore my system to the original format, i.e. brand-new-out-of-the-box status?  

Answer:Do OKR recovery disks require same original partition sizes in order to function? (Y580)

HIIf the ssd works as a cache, then recovery disk would work after changing partition sizes. If rapid drive has been setup, then you might get problems.Regards

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My HP machine came with a system partition E: and boot partition C:
See screenshot

Its windows 7 MBR - BIOS-

1. How come EaseUS petition Master shows me both partitions are not active - I always thought that C had to be marked "active".

2. I resized C: and made F:

Is it possible for me to Install a new Installation of windows 7 on F

How would i get it to boot to F


Answer:System + Boot partition - Can I boot to a 3rd partition

What is your goal? If you want to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then everything needed is in the blue link to get and keep a perfect install. Read the SPecial Note to HP Owners at the end as there may be even an easier way to do it.

You wouldn't want to install a second Win7 because you'd have to buy another license. Just ditch the bloated mess which comes with HP and go completely clean to enjoy native Win7 performance for the first time on there.

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 I had a failing SSD and cloned it to a larger  SSD via a USB with the new SSD being external at the time.  I installed the new SSD into the laptop and it will not boot without a boot disk in the CD/ROM. 

Gives a Boot Device not found and lists external several times along with unknown error.

I have been through the bootrec fixes and the BCDEDIT without success.
Can this issue be fixed?

Steve in California

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I've got a problem I'd like to solve. I don't have to solve it for reasons that are clear below, but I'd really like to know what happened. Call it an exercise for exercise's sake. I've searched the forum but can't find any threads on this issue.

Recently I cloned my existing SSD to a new SSD to give the Windows 10 free upgrade a try without risking my original configuration. I'm running W7 Pro 64-bit SP1, and I cloned the drive with the Acronis software that came with the new SSD.

The new SSD booted up to W7 without a hitch. The upgrade to W10 didn't work (I tried 3 times) but the SSD was returned to W7 without alteration, so the only thing I lost was time.

But here's the thing: the original SSD will no longer boot up. There's no message about a missing system disk, just a black screen with a blinking cursor at top left. And when I look in the BIOS with that SSD connected, the Windows Boot Manager that used to appear in the boot options is missing.

Some searching and testing revealed that the BOOTMGR was installed on my D drive, but the D drive had been connected and running all along. Moreover, when I re-connected the new SSD, it worked as it should.

It would appear that BOOTMGR location has something to do with the original SSD not booting, but I can't see how unless the cloning software altered the original SSD, and that doesn't make sense. I tried using the Repair function from the W7 installation disk, but it gave me a message about the version being wrong, which I... Read more

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Having another crappy week and can't seem to focus:
Dell laptop came in with malware. Did standard cleanup with AdwCleaner, Mbam, Rogue Killer. After cleanup everything looked good.
Laptop arrived already on, so on reboot I was prompted for a disk cleanup. Allowed it to run. After an hour it was stuck at stage 3. I rebooted and again was prompted. Skipped it. The laptop will go to desktop and everything checks out except it always ask for disk checking when booting. Disk check continued to fail- it would freeze up at stage 3. I booted off CD and did a chkdsk.....12 times and the scan FAILED everytime. Would get between 3-7% on stage 2. Lots of 'deleting corrupted' messages. So I decided to clone to a new drive.
Clone went through with no errors. Mounted back into the laptop. Disk check prompt came up and I allowed it to run. Now it's stuck at 60% in stage 2.
I need this disk prompt gone. What am I missing?

Answer:Cloned drive having same issues as original

Chkdsk detected a corrupt file system set a dirty bit and then starts Autochk which is a version of chkdsk. Cloning the drive does not solve the file system corruption.
You can disable it at startup but I would not recommend doing that. You can edit the registry offline using Kaspersky Resue Disk which has a nice Registry editor.
I would check disk health using Seatools.  No need, I forgot it's a new cloned drive.

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So tonight I booted my systems system up with OEM XP Pro CD and saw 2 partitions discovered. Thinking that they were both on the HD I deleted both of them. Problem is that the Thumb drive was detected by windows installed as a HD even though connected thru USB.Checked with wife and she has of course work saved on it and nowhere else. Anyone have tool suggestions to recreate that partition. I am guessing that since it hasnt been formatted that the data should still be there? And upon fixing the deleted partition and not creating a new partition I should be able to have all her data back?Seriously cant believe that her thumb drive was detected by Windows XP as a 512MB Hard Drive! I guess the motherboard that is a year old and supports bootable USB devices may be why XP saw it as a HD... GREAT  Lesson learned... make sure all USB drive devices are not connected when going thru a Windows clean installation process!!! 

Answer:Accidental thumb drive partition deleted ...tool suggestions to repair partition

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I'm not too sure what to do as of now, the free partition that is worth 66gb is just there. I right clicked my Primary Cdrive partition to try extend it but it was greyed out and so i couldnt merge the two..

Help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:How do i Merge a free space partition to my Primary C drive partition? IN VISTA

You can't modify the partition that has Windows installed on it because doing so would destroy your Windows installation.

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the forum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post back, Hope this helps!!

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I'm trying to recover my partition table using MniniTool Partition Wizard. I tried running the Partition Recover Wizard which listed the 2 partitions on my disk i.e. ACER and SYSTEM RESERVED. It also listed the hidden PQSERVICE partition which comes with factory settings. The ACER and PQSERVICE partitions are listed as "Lost/Deleted" and SYSTEM RESERVED is "Existing".

However when I try to select all these partitions so I can recover and keep them all, the status of SYSTEM RESERVED changes from "Existing" to "Overlapped" and I can't select it anymore. When I move to the next step it tells me that it'll have to delete the SYSTEM RESERVED partition.

I don't know if i should go ahead and do so. or if it will just make things worse. What should I do?

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Partition Assistant Home Edition is a multifunction free partition manager software. It allows you to perform more complicated partition operations on your hard disk, which like the commercial Partition Manager. With its help, you can resize/move, extend/shrink, create, delete, format, hide partitions etc.
This free home edition supports 32 bit Windows including Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. It most attractive feature is it can Move/Resize Partition without destroying data, Extend System Partition, Repartition, Shrink Partition and so on. It's very convenient and magic for common users to acquire more advantages in disk partition management field.
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Since I'm not an expert at present, I can't do a lot to help others in this forum solve their problems. So I figure that the most helpful thing I can do is post enough information that hopefully others can learn from my experiences. That's why I'm putting so much documentation into this thread.

I have a WD 2TB external hard drive that I use for both System Image and data file backups. A week ago, I was trying to resize one of its partitions, and the process got hung up partway through. I took some steps to try to address any problems that may have resulted, but apparently I didn't do enough.

Here's the background:

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

I was using Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 to resize a partition on a WD 2TB external hard drive. I let the process run overnight, and somehow it was interrupted during the Quick Data Moving step. Upon resuming, the program indicated it had data that still needed to be moved so I let it continue.

The process apparently stopped at the "Rebuilding Partitions Info" stage - neither the percent complete, nor the elapsed time, nor the time had remaining changed for at least the past 3-4 hours. (Until it suddenly stopped, the elapsed time had been steadily growing.)

I've attached a screenshot showing the Paragon dashboard and status windows.

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

Update:... Read more

Answer:Resize Partition Failure (Part 2) - PW Partition Recovery found issues

I read about PW Partition Recovery in one of the tutorials, so I ran a Quick Scan of the entire 2TB drive, with the following results (see screen shot).

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I have a Ghost 11 partition image which I have restored before, but today there is a problem.

The image file is 18 Gb or thereabouts but Ghost reports it as

17,875,318,21 bytes (yes 21 at the end)

When I try and restore it it I can select the source partition in the image, it finds the destination drive OK and then it shows the destination partition in the list but it is greyed out.

Haven't a clue why this is happening, I have used this product for 7 years without a problem.

Anyone else seen anything like this?

Answer:Ghost 11 - restoring partition image - destination partition not shown in list

Destination is too small would be my guess?

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Does converting a logical drive to a primary partition cause the loss of data? I want to dual-boot xp and vista, and it appears when i created additional partitions i made it a logical drive rather than a Primary partition. I have data on here that I cannot lose, so would like to know, thanks!

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Hi friends.

I just encountered a serious issue. I was about to reinstall Win 7. I used a tool in Hiren Boot CD
and formatted c:, and then i accidentally formatted the 125MB partition created by win 7.

my HDD was partitioned as C, D, E, F.

now i can access only C and D, E is shown as RAW file system (I cant open it).
F is shown only is disk management (without a drive letter).

So i believe that all the data is still on the HDD and can be recovered by re-building MFT.
please help me guys.
Thanks in advance

Answer:partition table issue - win7 hidden partition formatted

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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Tried to use Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 and on request to partition got message 'New partition cannot be created probably all primary slots are occupied.' There are two identified partitions, Logical (c)Pimary Formatted 186GB and logical(*)primary not formatted 251Mb 2049.9Gb i.d. 0x88 linux partition plain text table 0free.

I have not attempted any disk management operations since purchase. How do I get my space to put my newly aquired Vista? What effect will deleting partition(*) have.

Answer:Satellite A100-998: Partition cannot be created using Paragon Partition Manager


I will try to clarify situation on your HDD. as far as I know your notebook is delivered with preinstalled ???Media Express Player???. This is small ???Linux-based??? application and it is installed on small unallocated partition (about 250 MB). Please leave it at it is.

Primary located partition can be reduced for about 40%. On this 40% you leave you can install Vista OS. On this way you will have two operating systems and every time you start your notebook Boot ???manager will ask you which OS you want to start.

When you start Vista installation setup will ask you where the Vista should be installed. Choose please this second partition.

Please report us the results.

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hi guys n girls,
my hard disk arrangement is C(primary partition FAT32)for Windows XP
D(extended logical FAT32) for non-os data (movies, pictures etc..)
F(primary NTFS) for Vista..
I am formatting F: and then C: through XP installation CD
(and C->NTFS from FAT32)
is this ok???
will D: be accessible after installing XP on C???

Answer:Solved: Formatting primary partition without extended logical partition

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I have a Y510 and it has a very small C partition and a large D partition.   I would like to have either one C partition for the entire drive or a way to alter the Partition sizes.  I would also like to be able to do this without having to reload the entire system programs and data. Thanks, and best regards, Gary

Retired from Lenovo

Answer:Convert Y510 C / D partition to one partition keeping programs / data

Hi Gary,I had the same problem. I solved it by buying the Paragon Partition manager software (about $40), then I changed the partitions(I added space to the C partition so that it would not become full with updates of windows etc).  I did not have to reload any programs and did not  lose any data. This program lets you change the boundaries of the partitions.  There is a thread on this board about this subject and if you need help, go there and ask your questions. Don

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When I first got this product, before opening I thought that all the 500gb would go to the first partition, but then I saw that the recovery partition has half of the 500gb just for recovery which is unnessecery.

But I had no problem with this at the time, and used the recovery partition(after saving to a disk) for ubuntu so I could have a dual boot.

But now I've came to realise that the games I'm downloading are taking more and more room up on my C drive. The problem I have is that I can shrink my recovery partition and enlarge the C drive.

Does anyone know a work around?

Answer:Satellite Pro C660-225: Shrinking recovery partition englarge C partition

You will need an 3rd party software to shrink the recovery partition and to add the free space the existing C partition.
I would recommend you an freeware tool called Gparted

But before you would start doing this, create a recovery disk!
This is advisable in case you would try to set the notebook back to factory settings using such disk.

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Hello all,

I've got a 100 gig hard drive divided into a primary C partition and a second logical partition (E drive). (I also have a separate hard drive, which is D, which I use for backups). This is a dual boot system - the C drive has Windows ME on it, which I don't use anymore, and the E drive has Windows XP Pro.

The C drive is FAT 32 and the E drive is NTFS. I'd like to be able to delete all data and programs from the C drive and just leave the ME operating system there, so as to free up as much free space as possible. Then, I'd like to shift the free space from C into the E partition.

I'm not sure if this is possible to do. Can I use Partition Magic to move FAT32 free space into the E partition, which is formatted as NTFS? Can folks tell me if this is possible to do and what steps I need to take, using Partition Magic, in order to accomplish it.

I'd appreciate tips and suggestions! Thanks very much. Please feel free to also e-mail me directly: [email protected]

Answer:Using Partition Magic to Free up FAT32 Space for NTFS Partition

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How do I make the second partition, which includes all files from another hard drive, pretend that it is the main partition? I want to simulate the second partition being my main one for a while.


How do I resize system partitions?

I am in deep trouble...

A while ago I made a hard drive image with Drive Snapshot ( A few days ago my hard drive crashed and I certainly want to restore it. Although, I can't afford waiting for a new hard drive, and I want to restore it to another computer instead. My goal is to be able to boot into the old system with all programs and settings intact!

- A stationary computer where the hard-drive snapshot resides (300 gb)
- A crashed laptop computer (38,7 gb)
- A target stationary computer with two partitions: (system c: 38,8 gb, d: 38,6 gb)

The problem is I cannot restore the 38,7 gb image file to the d: partition as it is 0,1 gb too small!!

I cannot use the 300 gb computer, and I cannot afford to delete the system partition of the target computer! I see only two options:
1. Resizing the partitions on target computer
2. Mounting the snapshot-image as a virtual drive (done), and copy all files but the movie-files etc to D:

Problems encountered:
1. This is impossible as the C: is the system partition and they cannot be made smaller with programs like Acronis PartitionExpert...
2. Although all files but the movies are copyed, I cannot make it boot!
(method: I use a virtual pc that m... Read more

Answer:How to make second partition bootable / restore hd image when partition is too small?

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I have my Windows format disc and I want to create another partition with it. I tried to create one, but it said something like "You have no more space to create another partition because you used up all your space on your Windows primary partition". See, when I reformatted my computer a while back I just created 1 partition for Windows and applied all the space onto that partition.

I was wondering if there is a way I could remove some space off of my Windows primary partition and create another partition with the space I removed. I want to do this so I can put general things in my other partition such as documents, music, etc. and just leave the other partition for Windows and programs. This way, my computer will possibly run faster, etc.

Could someone tell me how to do this?

Answer:I want to create a secondary partition, but I added all space on primary partition

You didn't mention what operating system you have.. that could make a difference... Vista has made it a little easier to do.
I'll assume you have XP.

1.) First defrag your drive.

2.) Then back up everything, because partition changes can easily wipe out your whole drive.

3.) Then, use a program such as Parted Magic, Partition Logic, or Partion Magic to change your partition sizes.
I'm not sure this will help you that much that it's worth doing, but good luck with it.

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