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Satellite C660-1KT - can i delete data from D partition drive

Question: Satellite C660-1KT - can i delete data from D partition drive

Hi

I have a C660-1KT

It has a C drive with 149gb memory.
It also has a D drive marked Data with 148gb of memory; only 7gb of this is used.
Can I free up the remaining memory as my C drive is getting full.

Thanks

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Answer: Satellite C660-1KT - can i delete data from D partition drive

The D partition contains the Toshiba Recovery image files.
If you delete this image files, you will not be able to perform HDD recovery procedure and you could not create the Recovery disks…

Therefore its strongly advisable to create recovery medium before deleting these image files!

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So is the data on D safe if I use recovery?

thanks

Answer:Re: Satellite C660/C660D will using recovery erase data on D partition?

Hi

From my knowledge using Recovery Disk would format the whole HDD and all partitions would be created again during this process.
This means that your data on D partition is not safe.

But from my experience the usage of HDD recover would format only the system (C) partition? not quite sure if this applies to all the Toshiba notebooks so possibly you should test this first time? in such case would recommend backup the data in case D partition would be erased.

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Hi,

1st time forum poster so be gentle please!

My mum has just brought a Toshiba laptop and it's pretty decent to be fair. Taking a quick look at it though i noticed the recovery partition (that comes with most laptops now) is labelled "D:/Data and is 232GB in size. Seems a bit on the large side for me and wondering if it is incorrect?

Have got a screenshot and if someone could confirm either way i'd be most grateful. Can i attach screenshots?

Thanks in advance

Rob

Message was edited by: Rzoo89

Answer:Satellite C660-195 - recovery partition labelled "D:/Data" and seems large

Please see the screenshot - http://www.screencast.com/t/X7vLKcNIq

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My bother had deleted my laptop partition files and folders when attempting to extend my C partition. All my stored partition movies were lost and could not be found in Recycle Bin. Do you know where these partition videos are? I really want to view these videos again. What can I do to rescue them? Thank you for any advice!
 

Answer:Delete hard drive partition data

Hey, Luminaton03!

Sorry to hear you are experiencing such an issue.
Your data is stilll there somewhere as long as you don't overwrite it. If you save new data, it would rewrite your previous files.
I did some research for you and I found a threat that you might find helpful:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...back-the/a003d747-b760-42a7-819b-0235e8ec6d2c

I really hope this works for you!
Good luck!

SuperSoph_WD
 

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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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I am getting a message that hard drive disc D is full but I only use Drive C. I thought that D was for Recovery items. How can I decide what items should not be in D and how how do I decide what to delete/move?

Answer:Satellite C660 - partition D is full but I only use partition C

> I thought that D was for Recovery items
This is not 100% correct.
Of course the Toshiba recovery files are placed in the recovery folder on the D partition BUT this does not mean that you cannot store other files on this partition.
You can.

>. How can I decide what items should not be in D
Before you save the files on the HDD, you will be asked for the place. You can always decide where such files should be stored.

> and how do I decide what to delete/move?
It?s your own decision to say what files you want to move / delete.
If you don?t care about some files and if some files are not important to you, you could delete it.

I install always my programs on C system partition. But ?stand alone? files like music (mp3 files), pictures (jpeg, jpg, etc...) I save always on another partition

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I have a problem with the Data drive on my Toshiba Satellite L755D. It gets easily full.

As it is now:
(Translated from danish)

Securitycopy of datafiles 40,18 GB
System picture 106,26 GB
Other files 15,08 GB
Free space 71,52 GB


I just erased one of the securitycopies of the datafiles, because there were only 21 MB free space left on the Datadrive.

Why is there so much on the D-drive?
And why does it get full, so often? It is really annoying.

I have had a lot of other computers, but never had that problem before, I got this Toshiba.

Answer:Satellite L755D - Data drive D partition is full

I have no idea what you moved or stored on the D partition but Toshiba notebooks were preinstalled with an system and on D partition there is an Toshiba image folder containing the image files. This image folder and the image recovery files are used for HDD recovery and are needed to create own recovery disks or recovery flash memory stick.

HDD recovery allows you to recover the notebook back to factory settings without the usage of recovery media.
But if this folder or the D partition would be modified, the HDD recovery would not function.

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Hi

I have been given a Satellite C660 to fix that will not restore. I can use F8 (or 0) to get into "REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER" but the screen just goes black. I have booted from a Linux disk and the "Data" partition seems OK although I have no way to check every file. What are my options? Is there any way to create restore disks from this state?

Thanks
Tim

Answer:Satellite C660 won't restore, partition looks OK

Options?
I assume you did not create Recovery Disk in the past. Correct?

Well, in such case try to access the HDD recovery partition (using Linux???) and check if you could use the recovery image files in order to create the recovery USB flash stick as described here:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

Otherwise I think you would need to order the recovery disk from Arvato in order to recover the notebook.
Of course if you own Microsoft windows installation medium, you could use it to install the system too? drivers could be downloaded from Toshiba EU driver page

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Hi everyone !
I have Toshiba Sattelite C660-1J9 laptop, and it's been working fine - until a day my HDD died. Now it's producing some weird sounds on startup, and no HDD visible in BIOS. It's not a problem for me to buy new HDD and replace it, but I'd like to restore licensed Windows I had with laptop - so I need to place recovery partition on new HDD somehow. Is it possible and where I can find this recovery partition image ?
Thanks in advance !

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Hi all!

I have Toshiba Satellite C660-1GK for about year and a half. After 6 months my hard disk drive died.

First the laptop got really slow and then started the famous clicking sound from the disk.
I've made backup and checked the drive with Hirens tools. Toshiba diag won't even read it, S.M.A.R.T. said that his health is poor (30% or so), bad sectors started popping out.. so I've took the laptop to my ASP.

They replaced the disk and then, 13 months later (a week ago) the same story! Disk health went even lower (was at 11%) and bad sectors started jumping out like maniacs.
Again a trip to ASP.

I've got my laptop today with a new disk. After reading posts on this forum, I'm worried that it's or motherboard/power supply problem or we're just all with bad luck with drives.

I just can't accept that disks randomly die every 4-12 months as an answer. My last disk on HP laptop lasted 4 years! I have about five more months of warranty and I'm really not happy with situation. This laptop is on my work desk, has it's own station with a nice, big fan so it's not overheating - basically I've took it out of house last September.

I'm careful with it! But if this drive dies before end of year, maybe it's time to get a new laptop.
Not Toshiba this time :(

Please, do you have any thoughts, advices..?

Answer:Satellite C660-1GK - HDD partition C issue

Hi

Some years ago i purchased an notebook from another manufacturer.
My first HDD died after more than 2 years of usage. I bought another one, replaced the old HDD and the new HDD died after 4 month of usage.

Any HDD will die sooner or later because its expendable part? it?s a matter of HDD usage and matter of how you handle the unit.

In my opinion it?s a bad luck? of course its always pity if an HDD start to malfunction but I?m afraid there are no many options to prevent it.
Of course you could switch to an SSD drive which is much stable in use. I did it some month ago? I purchased the 250GB SSD drive and replaced the internal HDD

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Hi

I have the Toshiba Satellite C660-10D and did not copy the recovery ye had problems with the recovery partition and I lost.

What I can do?

Answer:Satellite C660-10D problems with the recovery partition

You can order a new Recovery disks here:
http://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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I have restored my Toshiba Satellite C660-217, Wndows 7 laptop to the factory default but when I checked in the computer folder, the Data (D) space (149gb) is all used up. When I checked the individual folders in Data (D) it does not add up to 149gb.

I was just wondering why this is and is there anything that I can do?
Thank you.

Answer:Satellite C660-217 Wndows 7 - 149gb Data (D) used

Have you installed recovery image from DVD disc or using HDD recovery option?
When you use HDD recovery option partition D will not be changed and all saved data will be still there.

We don't know which data is saved there and how it looks like so it is not easy to explain what s wrong there.
If you have recovery DVD next time you can install recovery image using this disc. With other words, you can format partition D and delete all stuff.

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Hi all

Just a query
My GF turned on her laptop Satellite C660 series and it would not boot up, we tried to initiate the recovery sequence from the recovery partition but kept getting the error that was on boot up (the error was telling us a USB device had been unplugged).

As you probably guessed she never made the back-up discs when prompted, all I could think of was using a win 7 disc and reload that way then try and make the recovery discs after (I didn't activate)
so win 7 was installed nicely and all drivers sourced that was all last week.
Now for the crunch , the recovery partition is there can I now make the recovery discs and install from those , the win 7 I installed will soon require activation
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite C660 - recovery partition is there but can I make back up discs?

After own OS installation you cannot create recovery disc anymore and you can not install recovery image using HDD recovery option (F8 at start-up).

Best thing you can do now is to order original disc from Toshiba and use it for recovery image installation. It is definitely easiest way to have ?factory settings? again.
You can order it on https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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Hi,

Similar issue to many here; I manuf. has partitioned a single HDD into an OS and a DATA partitions. And since everything defaults to saving and installing in the OS partition... it's gotten full

I wish to delete the DATA partition (logical drive) and extend the OS partition into it.

However, despite reading what has worked for so many here, I have run into a problem: the delete volume function for the DATA partition is not available (greyed out). The left most partition was the only one that could be deleted; I have done so (and hopefully that was not a bad thing?)

I know it's been about half a year since the last post, so hopefully someone will see this and be able to help.

Answer:I wish to delete the DATA partition

As you deleted your Recovery Partition, I hope you made the Recovery Disks first.
You do have data on that partition backup first.

Try method two in this tutorial:
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Extend

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Can't delete my data partition or format it, any suggestions?

Answer:Can't delete my data partition or format it

More information would be useful as you haven't given us much.

SSD or spinner?

How many partitions?

Basic or dynamic?

What have you tried so far?

Have a look at this tutorial: Partition or Volume - Delete

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Hi,I want to create a partition on a secondary 300gb hd within my VHPMC PC. It only contains a folder of third party software, no OS or similarly vital components. Using Easeus Partition Master will the afore mentioned folder be erased during the partition process?Many thanks.J

Answer:DOES CREATING A PARTITION DELETE DATA?

I have not used Easeus, but if it is similar to Partition Magic, then your data should be safe and still there after partitioning.

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I've just been getting to grips with my new Satellite C660-11K laptop that I purchased for Christmas, and came to try playing a DVD for the first time tonight.

The first one I tried was a business produced DVD in DVD RW format. When I inserted it into the DVD drive, I got a "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file" error message. Following the troubleshooting guide to check my sound, video and game controllers settings didn't solve the problem.

I then tried a purchased film DVD (DVD Video format), and got the same error message.

Finally I inserted a purchased audio CD, and attempted to play this through Windows Media Player and iTunes, but could not play any tracks. The Gracenote software did however identify the CD and track names.

Through device manager I found that my DVD drive is a TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C, and is enabled, set to DVD Region 2 and has up-to-date drivers.

Am I missing something silly that's preventing me from getting my DVD drive to work, or do I have a faulty DVD drive?

Any help or ideas greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Answer:Satellite C660-11K DVD drive not working

Hi mate

Maybe you need an firmware update for the CD/DVD drive.
I found this Toshiba document:

+ODD Firmware Update to fix problems with distorted audio sound on CD Playback under Windows 7+
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB0502VV0000R01.htm

Please check this and if necessary update the firmware!

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I have a Toshiba Satellite C660-1f1 64bit run windows 7. The 320GB hard disk has had it and I want to replace it preferably with a larger capacity one but I'm unsure what would be suitable.

Does anyone have any suggestions please?

Answer:Satellite C660 - Need a new hard drive, but which one?

Hi

Satellite C660 as well as other ?new generation? notebook models supports SATA controller and this means that you need an SATA 2.5? HDD.
The HDD size is not relevant for device compatibility. This means you can use HDD with 250GB, 500GB etc?

But I would not take an HDD for an upgrade. I would choose an SSD drive. Such SSD drive is more expensive but believes me; it?s definitely worth to take a SSD instead of HDD.
You will get great performance boost. Also such SSD drive is very silent.

Maybe it?s better option for you

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Hi Guys

I have a C660-125 and its developed a problem with the DVD drive. It can read CD's and burn CD's fine, however it will not read or burn DVD's at all.

I've used a laser cleaner, I also googled firmware but couldnt find anything for it.

Any ideas whats wrong with it?

The model is TS-L633

Answer:Re: Satellite C660-125 DVD drive cant read DVD's

>I've used a laser cleaner, I also googled firmware but couldnt find anything for it.

I cleaned the laser lens of my ODD using cotton wool tip and alcohol and this worked like a charm. In your case its worth a try too.

Furthermore if an ODD firmware would be available, then you should find this on the Toshiba European driver page.
I checked it but did not find a firmware for TS-L633? so this means that firmware update is not necessary.

But I found this Toshiba document:
_ODD Firmware Update to fix problems with the Toshiba Recovery CD creator_
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB9C02RP0000R01.htm

But be careful: the document contains different firmware files for different TS-L633 ODDs. If your ODD is not part of the list, don?t try to update the firmware since the usage of not compatible firmware would damage your ODD!!!

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Hi

Whenever I start browsing on my satellite c660 11k laptop there will be some sort of noise(difficult to explain but a beep like sound which use to come from old printers or fax machines) arising from my hard drive.

Audible only when there is pin drop silence in the room. When the laptop was new there was no sound and later it started to come when I open 4-5 browsing windows and now the sound comes even if I start browsing. Is my harddrive faulty?

Please can anybody advice me on this.


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Answer:Satellite C660-11k - Noise in the Hard Drive

Hi

My HDD creates sometimes some similar sounds.
I?m not quite sure about this sound but I backup the data always because some time ago one of my HDDs died and I could lose all my data if I would not have some backups created in the past?

I recommend doing the same?
Who know what?s wrong with the HDD but I know for sure that sooner or later all HDDs will die?

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My Satellite C660 CD/DVD ROM drive is not reading CDs. When checking my Device Manager, there is a problem identified:
"Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)".

How do I go about repairing this fault?

Answer:Re: Satellite C660 - CD/DVD drive error code 19

Hey,

This is a known issue and there are already many threads here in forum about error code 19 in device manager. Toshiba has already released an FAQ regarding this article:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/FAQ82023A0000R01.htm

To get rid of this you have to delete the upper- and lowerfilters in Windows registry:

1.Start > Run > Regedit
2.Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
3.In the right pane, delete the "UpperFilters" key, and delete the "LowerFilters" key.
4.Reboot.

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Hi,

Can someone please help,

I recently bought a Toshiba Satellite C660/C660D for my nephew, We have forgotten the administrator password and we don't have password reset disk is there anyway around this.

Thanks

Answer:I forgot my administrator password on Satellite C660/C660

Hi

I assume you are talking about windows system password and not about BIOS password. Right?
It?s not very big problem if you forgotten the System password but if you mean BIOS password then you are in trouble because the BIOS password can be deleted just by an Toshiba ASP technicians?

So I assume you mean Windows password? so start the notebook and press F8
Now you can choose Repair my Computer and then choose HDD recovery.
This would start a HDD recovery procedure which would reinstall the system? during the setup you can set anther admin password.

Of course there are some other methods but as far as I know this requires 3rd party software/tools or Win 7 DVD? so I think the HDD recovery is the fastest solution.

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I've only had my laptop (Satellite C660-23M) for three months, I started having problems with it about a week ago, including a Blue Screen of Death moment but I got the computer into Safe Mode and did a system restore and it has been fine since then. Then earlier today I got a Windows Hard Drive error, telling me to back-up and then repair or replace the Hard Drive. The back-up is going onto an external hard drive as we speak, so fingers crosssed I won't stand to lose all my data.

I did create a back-up media disc when I first got the laptop but everytime I tried it with validation on, it would fail but at the time, I didn't think I would need it so soon, so just created an un-validated copy and thought it'd be fine (I'm now concerned!).

Do I need to restore my hard drive? If so, how? What caused this? And considering it's only 3 months old, am I stuck with a duff laptop that will continue to break on me??

Answer:Satellite C660-23M Windows 7 Hard Drive Error

Hi

In your case I would recommend checking the HDD fitness.
This can be done using the freeware tool called HDD Drive Fitness Utility.
I assume that this software can help to detect some HDD errors.

If the HDD would be affected then you would need to replace the HDD.
Here you can find a nice instruction how to do that:
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/ann.jspa?annID=138

the notebook seems to be covered by warranty so the HDD can be replaced under warrant conditions means this can be done free of charge?
I would recommend asking the ASP (service partner in your country) for such HDD? they could send you such HDD.

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My Laptop is a saterlite c660-c66od Running windows Server 2008 32BIT with 3gb ram and it started going slow and then the whole system crashed i rebooted it and then it would not load up saying my hard driver failed to boot i then booted it up in linux Ubuntu on a live disk and was able to acsess my Files then i rebooted thinking the hard drive would boot and it still failed. i have tried booting it up again in linux but it wont work

I have Lodes of confidential Documents that are not stored anywhere else and i really need to gain acsess to it is there a way i can recover or fix my HDD or am i going to lose so much data my company is going to crash amd burn

Answer:Satellite C660 - My Hard Drive failis to boot up

Hi

In most cases the data is lost if the HDD is faulty and you did not create any backups.
But I found also nice offer from Toshiba here:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/services/home

Here choose Data Recovery.
You can purchase different Data Recovery Service for Hard Disk Drives. Such services is good for the future. Now you could ask Toshiba hotline for other date recovery services but of course you will have to pay for such data recovery.

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I installed the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 update and now the laptop will not load.
I have a partitioned hard drive and will have to use the product restore disk.

I have a lot of photos and things on the second part of the hard drive.
I want to know if I use the restore disk will it delete the imformaton on the second hard drive or just the first?

Thank you

Answer:Equium A100-027: Does recovery disk delete data from second partition?

Hi

The Recovery disk will format the whole HDD and will also erase all the partitions created on the HDD!
This means that you will lose your pictures and all the data stored on the HDD.

Therefore you should backup the data before using the recovery disk!

Greets

PS: Its not needed to create more postings about the same theme ;)

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When I start to play a disc from the disc drive of my Satellite C660 the tray opens each time.
Who knows how to solve this problem?

Answer:Satellite C660 - Tray of disc drive opens unasked

To be honest i dont understand which tray do you mean exactly.
Can you please tell us which disc do you want to play and can you pleae make a screenshot of this tray.

It will help me to understand what do you mean exactly.

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SO... is this possible. I don't have a spare HD so I'm going to try to partition my drive so I can install another OS on it. Can I do this without losing the data I already have?
 

Answer:Is it possible to partition a drive with data allready on it and keep the data?

Yes it is possible with many partioning software ie, partition magic personally i use a freeware version called partition logic. All you do is resize the current partition and create a second but dont forget to backup.

Evert
 

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I have a problem with Satellite A60 while formatting I cannot delete C partition and always get this message "this partition contains temporary setup files that are required to complete the installation".

What should I do?

Answer:Unable to delete partition C on Satellite A60

Hi,

I can tell you what to do:

go to this website -> www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm -> download the image -> burn it to CD -> start the CD -> when the CD has started then go to a partition manager which is on that CD (a desktop will boot up which is like windows, so don?t worry...it?s a windows live cd ;) )

Then retry the recovery process. Should work.

Greets

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Hi,

I'm new to this site and need some advice.

I have a Satellite C660 Laptop and when I recently turned it on I got this message.. HDD has a Smart Predict Failure Function, check drive.

I have done a HDD Recovery but still getting the same message.
Do I need to buy a new HDD and if so where is the best place to buy one.

I live in regional WA.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks
Ange

Answer:Satellite C660 - message: HDD Smart Predict Failure Function - check drive

Hi

This looks like the HDD is going bad and in this case the recover procedure isn?t a real solution.
I think you have to replace the HDD in order to fix this problem.

The notebook supports the 2.5? SATA HDD and I think that you should find some good online offers in your region.

By the way: after the HDD replacement you should be able to recover the notebook again using the recovery disk.

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Hallo,

my satellite u400-22z came with a big fat "hdd recovery" folder on the hard drive - yes I know what it's for,
but the insufferably awful version of windows vista that came with the machine made me decide that, in a case of system fault, I will not again install that failed attempt of an operating system.
So I don't care for that recovery data.

So those ~ 11 GB of junk sitting on my drive is bugging me, I cannot delete the HDDRecovery folder, it it somehow protected from deletion.

How can I circumvent that ?

Also, is it safe or can I make it safe, to use the seemingly hidden small partition (is this for recovery also?) I found, which is IIRC ~ 2GB or so big, for own purposes, without wrecking my current windows installation ?

Thanks in advance,
Steve

Answer:Satellite U400-22z - How to delete HDD recovery partition

Hi,

If you have made a recovery disk and don't want store hdd recovery folder on hdd, you can remove it.

> I cannot delete the HDDRecovery folder, it it somehow protected from deletion.

You remove it as always you do to remove any files from your system.

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I have a Satellite M200.
It came with 3 partitions on the hard drive: a 1.46GB recovery partition, a 142.51 NTFS Vista partition, and a 5.07Gb hidden partition containing goodness -knows-what.

Can I safely delete the 5.07 Gb partition?

Answer:Satellite M200 - can I safely delete partition?

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista-7/619983-solved-mystery-partition-toshiba-notebook.html

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Hi,

the Sat L300 160GB hard drive is partitioned into vista and data.
I want to save a lot of photos in my documents which is on the vista part.
This only uses half the drive.

How do you use the data part for my documents? TIA

Answer:Satellite L300: How do I use data partition for my documents

Hi

You can make a folder on the second partition and can store the needed files (documents, photos) in particular folders.

Or maybe do you want to decrease the Vista partition???

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Hi, first of all it is superb that toshiba has this forum direct from the manufacturer page. I am wondering what is on the DATA partition of my notebook. The X200 20S comes with two 160gb HDD. One is split into two 73gb. I wish to install linus onto the DATA one which is empty. What is the purpose of this one?

Answer:Question about "DATA" Partition on Satellite X200-20S

I guess the intention of the "DATA" parititon is to store some private data on it. Sound very logical in my opinion. Since you have a HDD recovery you should check first if this DATA partition is not the HDD recovery partition. I think the best thing you can do is before installing linux, create a recovery disc with the "Recovery Disc creator and then install your linux system.

Regarding linux I have a interesting link for you:

http://linux.toshiba-dme.co.jp/linux/index.htm

Hope you find your machine there.

Greets

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The L750 HDD is divided into the following:

C drive: 232 GB
D drive: 233 GB (includes Recovery files)
System: ?

I am not sure that, if the D drive is the one where I should place my own data, why does it have the recovery files as surely these should be in a separate partition. Can I create a new partition within the D drive for my own personal data as I don't want to place it with the recovery files in case they are accidentally deleted?

Additionally, I do not wish to place my data in the C drive.

Answer:Re: Satellite L750 -Question about Data Partition

>I am not sure that, if the D drive is the one where I should place my own data...
Why not? What is the problem? Why are you irritated with existing recovery folder there?
I don?t have Satellite L750 but if you can see ?HDDRecovery? folder there you can define it as ?hidden? and you will not see it but it will be still there. After doing this you will not be able to delete them accidently.
>...why does it have the recovery files as surely these should be in a separate partition.
It must not be on separated partition.
>Can I create a new partition within the D drive for my own personal data as I don't want to place it with the recovery files in case they are accidentally deleted?
There is no sense to create third partition if you already have second partition D. Use this partition to save all personal data. I do the same.

By the way: in user?s manuals document is described that you should create recovery DVD. This recovery DVD with recovery image can be used for OS installation. Generally speaking, after recovery disc creation you can even delete recovery data. Don?t move recovery data anywhere. Result can be that you will not be able to start HDD recovery installation - http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD1303440001R01.htm

If you have more questions you are welcome.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite P100 laptop.

According to the User Manual it says:
You cannot partially delete any data written to a CD-RW

I thought the whole idea of using a CD-RW was so you could delete whatever you wanted to and use that part of the disc again and again.

Can someone explain?

Answer:Satellite P100 - Cannot delete the data from CD-RW disks

I didn?t find this info in user manual? and if you have burned some data on the CD-RW disks then it should be possible to format such CD-RW using an 3rd party tool like Nero Burning ROM for example.

I did it many times using Nero and was always successful

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Actually i would like to delete the recovery partition on my new Satellite P855 by using diskpart. Now i have to problems/uncertainty (of course i already created the recovery dvds):

1: Whe i look in Disk Managment on my Windows 8, there are 2 recovery partitions !? one small at the beginning of the disk (450 MB) an one bigger at the end of the disk (8.66 GB). I am a little confused about that. Isn't there usualy only one recovery partition? Are these both recovery partitions from toshiba for windows 8?

2: I read somewhere, that there can occure problems with the system by deleting the recovery partition. is there any risk if i delete the two recovery partitions mentioned above? (besides that i do not have the recovery files on the harddisk anymore) Could this affect the stability or the ability of the system?

As I don't want to risk, that i crash my system, i hope someone knows about this!

Thank you guys

cheers
kdar

Answer:Satellite P855 and Win8 - would like to delete the recovery partition

And why you want to delete the recovery partition?
Its better to leave it as it is in cases you would like to recover the notebook back to factory settings.

> 1: Whe i look in Disk Managment on my Windows 8, there are 2 recovery partitions !? one small at the beginning of the disk (450 MB) an one bigger at the end of the disk (8.66 GB). I am a little confused about that. Isn't there usualy only one recovery partition? Are these both recovery partitions from toshiba for windows 8?

I assume one has been created by Win 8. it contains files to repair the system in cases something would be wrong? the last partition seems to be from Toshiba containing the recovery image files.

> 2: I read somewhere, that there can occure problems with the system by deleting the recovery partition. is there any risk if i delete the two recovery partitions mentioned above? (besides that i do not have the recovery files on the harddisk anymore) Could this affect the stability or the ability of the system?

Deleting the Toshiba partition should not (usually) affect the notebook system ability but nevertheless you should create a recovery disk BEFORE deleting anything on the HDD.
The recovery disk would allow you to go back to factory settings in cases the system would be muddled up.

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I'm thinking of intstalling Linux to my toshiba notebook, but before I do that I have some questions.

I've noticed that I can do recovery with my recovery dvd, but I also have an hidden partition on HDD.
If I install linux (and change the original partitions) can I still do recovery from recovery DVD I got with my new laptop?
(If I can't what are my options to install linux and still do recovery to Vista later?)

Answer:Satellite A200-10W: Can I recover if I delete the hidden partition

Hi Luka

Yes, you will be able to recover the notebook back to the factory settings if you delete the hidden partition.
In such case you will have to use the Toshiba recovery CD to get the factory settings.
The hidden partition is used by Vista. Vista uses this partition for some backups and repair possibilities.
The usage of recovery CD will format the whole HDD and will also create the hidden partition too.

greetings

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Hi all

My Satellite hard disk has *3 partitions* as in picture

In the partition E: there is a hiddn folder named "*hddrecovery*" with a lot of files and a redame file (.html) warns:
*"HDD Recovery Folder*
*Warning!*
*Do not delete or modify these files and folders.*
*Any modifications may damage the HDD Recovery system! "*

Last time that I made the system recovery using the 2 DVDs (created at the first boot), it was also *deleted the "D:" partition with all data files*. I'm very disappointed for lose data :_|
Suggest me _how to make safely the system restore to factory state_ *without affecting the secondary partition and its files*.

Thank you very much.

Answer:Satellite A300 - How to restore the system without loss data partition?

hi,

As i know, restoring factory settings from Hdd image (F8) will remove all data on disk C:. Using recovery disks it will remove all data on local C: and local D : ( creating hdd image folder). If you have some important data move it to external usb device or dvd disks for any case. That's all I can suggest you

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Satellite L300D-22K
C?digo : PSLC8E-05500CCE
windows vista (home premium)

HDD has two (visible) partitions :
- C:(Vista)
- D: (Datos)

after installing avast antivirus boot takes 20 minutes (corrupt File?, defective HDD?)
Moved all my personal archives to partition D:
Not sure if I can create bootable recovery dvd?s (system is unstable)

1 *I?d like to reinstall vista without formatting D partition* (where my data is)
Find this guide for HDD recovery procedure
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD1303440001R01.htm
What steps should I follow?

2 If HDD is defective, how can I re-install supplied OS (vista) to a new HDD ?

3 Unrelated to the above, can I update to Windows 7 (clean install)
32 or 64bit version?

Answer:Satellite L300D - how to recover Vista without loosing data partition?

Hi

I will try to help you.
> 1 I?d like to reinstall vista without formatting D partition (where my data is)
>Find this guide for HDD recovery procedure
>http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD1303440001R01.htm
>What steps should I follow?
As far as I know on second HDD partition in folder HDDRecovery is saved recovery image. When you start HDD recovery installation (F8 at start-up) recovery image from partition D will be installed on partition C. In this case partition D will not be deleted. Just partition C will be formatted before recovery image installation starts.
Just use F8 option and go to ?repair my computer?. Just follow menu on the screen and choose option ?Recovery of factory default software?.
> 2 If HDD is defective, how can I re-install supplied OS (vista) to a new HDD ?
After reading this question I see you didn?t read user?s manuals document. You should create recovery media (recovery DVD) and this recovery DVD you can use for recovery image installation if there is some problem with HDD or you want to install original recovery image on new HDD.
> 3 Unrelated to the above, can I update to Windows 7 (clean install) 32 or 64bit version?
Of course you can do this. Visit please Toshiba download page on http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp and check if all drivers, tools and utilities are available there. Of course before you do this, create recovery DVD.

If you have more questions you are welcome.

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My niece asked me to re-install her Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop, because the windows installation is rather buggy. She didn't have a recovery disk. Using Toshiba's Recovery Disk Creator I tried creating a recovery disk.

However, the program wouldn't start. Checking the directory of the program, it would seem that the program simply isn't there. Afterwards, I checked the data partition of the laptop.

There was a map with HDD recovery. However when using Windows' advanced boot (F8 before Windows startup) there was no choice of repairing the notebook. They only choices were the standard windows options (Save mode, normal start, etc.).

In short, it seems impossible to re-install the notebook with the current information at hand.
What would be the next course of action? Is it possible to order a recovery CD from Toshiba?

Another niece has the same notebook, would it be possible to use that notebook to create a recovery disk?

I'll appreciate and look forward to your reactions.

Answer:Recovery disk Creator & data partition won't work - Satellite L300

Hi

It looks like something has been changed on the HDD?
However, fact is you?ve no Recovery disk and you cannot use HDD recovery option.

This means you need to order a new Recovery disk from Toshiba.

You can do this here:
https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

PS: one tip? if you would use a search option of this forum, you would find the right answer too ;)

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Hi all,

Stupid question probably, however I cannot find an answer online and I'm not the most tech savvy.

I bought a HP laptop around Christmas last year. The laptop came with a recovery partition, which I still to date haven't got around to getting a 32gb drive to back it up to.

I stupidly left W10 installing this morning when my upgrade was offered, but am worried now that the partition with my recovery may be deleted and I may no longer be able to get that onto a drive in case I ever need to re-install the laptop.

Has anyone successfully installed W10 and can tell me whether the recovery partition will still be there when I get home?

Thanks for any responses everyone.

Answer:Will W10 delete my partition drive after install?

No, it won't delete any partitions. It will upgrade your existing Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, nothing more.

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hi
I have a 6.5GB WD Caviar that is giving me a real problem and I was wondering if anyone might have an answer.

When I do FDISK it tells me that the drive has an Extended DOS Partiton which contains a Logical DOS drive. If I choose to display the Logical drive info, it tells me that there are no Logical drives defined.

If I try to delete the Extended DOS Partition it tells me that it cannot delete it while Logical drives exist. If I choose to delete this Logical drive it tells me that all Logical drives are deleted.

I think this drive had a virus on it, but I was under the impression that the FDISK commands were not affected by viruses and I had quarantined the virus anyway.

Anybody got any ideas?

thanks
 

Answer:Hard Drive Partition will not delete..........

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Hello,

I will try keep this to a minimum, as i'm sure this should be easily solved....

Basically, new computer, setup windows XP on a 470GB drive, 75GB for the system, with the rest split into two. Due to an internal card reader, XP ended up as the H:\

Due to a problem when installingsome software, i attempted to change the system drive letter back to C:\ through the registry. Big mistake. long and the short of it is windows would no longerboot up.

At this point, booting to the windows xp setup, the only partition which showed was a 130GB unused partition.

Now, all i want to do is make the drive factory fresh. I can make the partitions work within windows (with this dodgy HD as a slave drive) and delete/create partitions etc. However, no matter ho much i format/delete/create partitions, when i load the windows XP setup, it only ever sees the 130GB partition.

i tried using the command

diskpart> clean

to no avail, i thought it would wipe it out, Can anyone advise me how to lose what ever config is stillon that hard drive and have it back abe to be partitioned/formatted etc within the windows setup CD

Many Thanks

Daniel
 

Answer:Partition/MBR problem (no data on drive)

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I first came to this site because my computer kept freezing after 5 mins of being on. I tried to follow the advice in previous posts, but my screen would freeze before I could complete anything. After using up all my cuss words, I finally opened up the console to take a look. The memory card I had installed wasn't completely seated in its slot. So the best first advice seems to be: Make sure it is plugged in. After that the #%@* thing worked for over half an hour before freezing again.
Sorry for the long story; I really do have a question. What can I try next?
Also, I accidentally used up every byte of RAM on my C drive, which caused all sorts of problems that I do not want to have again. Can I partition my D drive (labeled Data) so that some of the 90% free space can be used by the C drive?
 

Answer:Solved: Can I Partition Data Drive?

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ok.. here is my situation..

i have a 160gb maxtor with 40 gb free.. and xp installed on it..

i have a 160gb samsung with 3gb free...

i ordered an external enclosure.. my maxtor gets hot in my shuttle.. so i want to move it to the enclosure which has a built in 80mm fan... (ams venus if you care, or have and experience with one...)

i want to partition the samsung.. .then move data from it to the maxtor... then install XP on about a 30gb partition on the samsung.. the stick the maxtor in the external enclosure..

does taht make sense? how do i do it? partition magic? i don't want to lose data.. plan B is to leave the maxtor in the computer and not touch anything.. but i didn't have the foresight to partition the drive so i could wipe the os part if i ever did want to reformat my XP install...

so where do i start?
 

Answer:want to partition a drive with data on it, then install xp

I would get a copy of Hiren's boot CD and use drive image pro or ghost to burn an exact disk image to cd's.. Partiton, format, swap my drives, and then restore the Image from the cd's I made. Google hiren's boot cd to find someplace to download it..
Partiton magik is also on that cd..
 

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Wondering how Windows 10 deals with putting data on a separate partition or drive. Does it use the same general method as in Windows 7, where it re-maps (for example) "Documents" to a folder on a different letter drive path? So that C:\Users\{user}\Documents becomes G:\Users\{user}\Documents?

I'm hoping that it actually becomes more like *nix, using symbolic links to point to the right place (so C:\Users\{user}\Documents points to the separate partition of drive). Personally, I find the Win7 method to be clunky and problematic in actual use.

Answer:Data on separate partition or drive?

I use an external drive for storing my files. Within that drive are many folders, sub folders and even sub, sub folders.

To create a default place for your documents, do this:

Settings>System>Storage>New documents will save to:>Down Arrow>choose where you want to save documents.

I chose my Toshiba external drive; Windows created a folder within Toshiba with my user name as default and then nested a Documents folder within that..

Now, for saving:

Ctrl S (for Save)>Browse and your default will show up.

Not as clean as I'd like, but it works . . . after a fashion. Personally, I'd rather just go for choosing which folder I want to store any particular document in.

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Hi!

Can someone help with step by step directions on how to wipe a seconday drive and set it up as a data partition? All the instructions that I am finding in web search are for the primary drive. Thanks ~
 

Answer:wipe second drive and set as data partition

Go to Disk Management . . . Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . Disk Management

In the boxes on the right . . find the disc ( 0 or 1 ) and you will see the partitons . . right click on the partition you want to format and select Format . . after that you can move files to it and use it for storage.
 

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my jet flash transcend 8 GB pen drive shows write protected & i can,t delete any data or file from it when i try to do this a massage box appears that it is write protected & go to Drive\Device\Hard disk\DR7. how can i solve this problem? please give me a solution. thank you. AZIZ. KLN. BD.

Answer:i can,t delete any data or file from my pen drive. it says w

Check to see if there is a small sliding switch on the pendrive. If there is, make sure it is NOT set to the "protect" position.

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Dear All, I am now running on Windows XP using the "F://" partition for my OS the "C://" partition contains no data that is useful to me, other than that for the old Win98 OS. Is it safe to wipe the "C://" partition without damaging anything that could stop my PC from running?Thankyou,Sam2004.

Answer:Is It Safe To Delete All Data On "C://" Drive?

Is your PC set to dual-boot, or to boot only to Windows XP ? Are they on separate drives, or partitions on a single drive ?Marvin

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Simply put: How to delete ALL data on hard drive?

Thanks

Yan

Answer:How to delete ALL data on hard drive?

Assuming you don't want anyone recovering the data?

I don't think there's a fool proof way to completely erase all data without making it nonrecoverable, the best thing to do would be to format the drive a few times, and then write zeros to the disk.

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Hi there

I really need some help.
My laptop hard drive arrived with it's disk partitioned left to right as per below :

1) no name - primary
16GB

2) C: drive - system,boot, active, crash dump,primary
approx 80GB and now has 3.16 GB free

3) D: drive - page file, logical
approx 207GB and now has 172 GB free

The other day I was able to see that the "delete partition" option for the D: drive was available.

The C: drive then got VERY low on disk space (down to 100's of MBs) after an auto update so I ran the Windows disk cleanup which came up and regained 3GB. Since then - in preparation for deleting the D: drive partition and expanding the C: drive partition - I have backed up the D: drive, made a Windows image of the C: drive and created a repair disk.

Now the "delete partition" is not available on the D: drive .
I only have "shrink volume" available.

Does anyone know why this has happened ? Has the page file got anything to do with it, and if so, how do I fix ?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Drive partition no longer has delete option available - it WAS there

Welcome to Seven Forums, Catchup.

Presumably you are seeing the Drives in Disk Management. Could you please post a screenshot of the Hard Disk.

To my mind there are several issues. The No Name Primary Partition is way too large for System Reserved Partition. Looks more like a partition to restore Windows. The C drive has filled up to 77 gigabytes with what. 80 gigabytes should be adequate for system volume with all the other programs when you have the D drive to store your data. Why do you want to delete the D partition? Normally resizing it to a smaller size and merging the resultant space in C Drive should serve the purpose.

At present please don't tinker with the partitions in a hurry unless you are very sure of what you are doing.

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I had Vista on "disk 0", my D drive. Installed Win7 on "disk 1", my C drive. I now want to reformat the D drive and rid myself forever of Vista. It also has mechanical issues I am going to try to fix...

I can't reformat it, apparently because D holds my system partition (see attached screenshot).

How can I move my system partition to the other drive? Or is there another solution?

I've seen similar questions on the SevenForums, but none are exactly the same so I don't want to assume my solution is the same...

Thanks!

Answer:Delete Vista from 2nd drive (has system partition)

  
Quote: Originally Posted by jkshop


I had Vista on "disk 0", my D drive. Installed Win7 on "disk 1", my C drive. I now want to reformat the D drive and rid myself forever of Vista. It also has mechanical issues I am going to try to fix...

I can't reformat it, apparently because D holds my system partition (see attached screenshot).

How can I move my system partition to the other drive? Or is there another solution?

I've seen similar questions on the SevenForums, but none are exactly the same so I don't want to assume my solution is the same...

Thanks!


I assume you were dual booting and vista was on the machine when win 7 was installed. The file from win 7 were put into a hidden folder in vista called boot.

Am I correct in that assumption?
Ken

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1 GB USB Flash Drive and 'delete volume' is grayed out in Disk Management.
Why?

Answer:Why can't I delete FAT32 Partition on Flash Drive?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed


1 GB USB Flash Drive and 'delete volume' is grayed out in Disk Management.
Why?


Can you write files on that flash drive, or is it read only?
Post screenshot of disk management

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Anyone know a program that will delete Volumes on SD Card, or possibly a Linux boot disk that can do this?

I installed an image (using USB Image) that has split partitions, now I'm trying to combine all the partitions into one again.
I was able to format the 1st Volume, 2nd one shows up as Unallocated Space in Computer Management - Disk Management window.

Tried DiskPart on Windows 7 get error "DiskPart cannot delete volumes on removable media"
 

Answer:Solved: How to delete Partition on Flash Drive?

You could try, again in DiskPart, selecting the flash drive and issuing the "clean" command.
If that works, you just have to recreate the single partition from scratch.

List Disk
Identify the disk number X that you're after.
Select Disk X
Clean
 

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Dear all I had purchased a Kingston DataTralver 2.0/2G flash drive about weeks back. The technical etails are as under: Name:USB Mass Storage Device(Kingston DataTraveler2.0 USB Device).Chip:Solid State System.Chip Model: SSS6677.There is two partitions: one is fixed (read/write all),another is CDFS(read only);How to delete or format the CDFS partition?Thanks everyone who will help me!

Answer:delete cdfs partition from usb flash drive

click here

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Apologies if their have been similar posts before, but I still haven't quite got my head round this one. I purchased an S10e about a year ago. I thought I was being smart- I swapped out the hard drive that came with it and put a larger capacity drive in (300 GB). This would give me loads of space for all documents, photos etc that i wanted to store, including all software except the operating system. This left XP on the SSD and little else. Overtime thought the various updates for XP have caught up with it- and the SSD is stuffed full. I've tried every trick in the book to free up space on the SSD- which has bough time, but hasn't solved the problem. Is it possible for me to create a new partition (say 30GB) on the HDD, clone the SSD to there and boot from that partition- without deleting the 200GB of data on the HDD? Although I do have my data backed up,  I don't have a spare disk or the time to copy the 200GB across to a seperate drive and then back again, and am very nervous about anything that invovles wiping the contents of HDD if it is not essential to do so. I've got EASEUS partition master and Acronis True Image. I've managed to create the partition, but can't figure out how to clone the SSD to the partition without wiping the rest of the HDD. I'm not a techie, and this is new territory for me- needless to say I will not be buying a computer with a similar SSD set-up ever again! In the meantime though this is what I've got, and I'd like to mak... Read more

Answer:S10e SSD c to drive partition without deleting data

Hi and welcome, for complete understand... whats going up ...
... you have one S10e that comes with onboard soldered 4GB SSD (Where XP takes place)  and HDD (orig ..160GB) is that right ? like this one  S9e 4GB HDD full or this  S9e 4GB HDD is full  ...Save with True Image the drive c:  (4GB) as backup (file)  (not clone!!) ... and recover as first partition c: on 2. HDD  where you have freed some roomy  space ... and resize to 15 GB or more ... TI Backup ...
Next .. you have to change boot up sequence ... so that system boot from HDD instead of SSD ...
Be sure that S10(e) BIOS is prepared to boot from HDD...if not do this at start press F2 to go in BIOSset Fn-F7 numpad on tab to Boot ...with plus + (plus + left on right SHIFT key is active )move via + and - so the result shown like this....1: USB CD Drive2: HDD WD ....3: SSD
 
 
sincerely KalvinKlein
 

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Hi.

Alright I got a new Seagate 250GB drive and I am trying to transfer data that is from a 120GB WD drive that has lost its partition formatting.

I have tried to do it with PC Inspector File Recovery, but while the program finds the data is not transferring it over. The progress bar for "saving to" never changes and I ran this since 6pm yesterday and there was no change when I stopped it several minutes ago. Now all I want to do is get the data from one drive to the other, and then fix the partition problem for the other drive and if the data is on the Seagate, I do not care about reformatting the WD.

But step one the data, am I doing something wrong? Both drives are USB on Windows XP with all the most recently fixes installed.

Thank you.
 

Answer:Transfering Data From a Drive With Lost Partition to a New One.

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Hi,
My external hard drive (WD Passport) is not showing up on my computer. I think it must have disconnected from my laptop before it had finished writing the files. I can find it in 'disk management, hard drives' but its not showing up in partition managers. See pics below. I really need the photos that are on the hard drive so re-formatting is not an option.





TIA

Answer:How do I partition a hard drive without losing data?

You can't, to my knowledge, partition a hard disk without losing the data that is on it.

It sounds as though your drive has failed. There are recovery options that are sometimes available. I'll let more experienced members of the forum help with that. Just don't do anything with that drive until a more experienced member can help you, please.

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hi all,

if i use the toshiba restore cds to format my system, will i lose data from the partition drive(s) as well or just the C:?

Answer:Will I lose data from partition drive when recovering?

Hi Kunjan

Well, what recovery CD do you want to use???
As far as I know since several month Toshiba uses a new version of the Recovery CD called Reco.
There you will find the option ?Settings? and there you could choose the option where you want to recover the OS. I think the first partition will be erased.

The older version of the Recovery CD has supported two different options: standard and expert mode. There it?s important to use the expert mode if you want to choose the partition where the OS should be installed?

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I thought I was doing good by keeping my data on a second partition of my OS drive. That way if my OS crashed my data would be still in tack on the second volume. I mean as long as the hdd didn?t crash that is.

I installed a new SSD and begin to install Windows on it. I don?t remember exactly when, but it was during the setup of Windows. It said one of my drives needed to be checked for consistency or something. I noticed though, it was referring to my data drive. I tried to press X to stop it, so I wouldn?t have to wait on it, and I could deal with it later, but I missed it.
I noticed during the check, it was finding all kinds of problems, and a lot of recovering this and that. After Windows 7 was installed on the SSD, I noticed my data drive?s second partition showing as a local drive under My Computer. Clicking on it gave me the dreaded message, ?Drive needs to be formatted?. The first partition of the data drive (that has my original Windows 7 on it) is fine and still accessible. It is just the second partition, which had all my data, is now inaccessible.

Computer Management shows it as a RAW Healthy Primary Partition.
Also I have scanned the hdd for errors, and it has none, so it's not bad blocks or that the drive is dying on me all of the sudden.

What would someone recommend I use to try and recover the data from this drive?

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Answer:Data Drive Partition - Inaccessible after installing W7 on new SSD

I'd guess the best tool to try to recover a partition is Partition Wizard. There's a Windows version and a bootable disk version. I'd probably try the bootable disk.

Your first mistake was in not disconnecting the hard drive before you tried to install Windows to the SSD. That way, it wouldn't have been a factor and couldn't have been scanned. But I'm not sure why the scan occurred.

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When I copied data from the hard drive on my Windows ME to an external hard drive I noticed items which I thought that I had deleted months before. I know that there are programs that can totally write over a hard drive but is there a program that can only delete certain files and leave everything else. I've been looking at this http://www.snapfiles.com/get/eraser.html It says that it can do that but how do you dredge up specific previously deleted items in order to use such a program? Thanks for any help offered.
 

Answer:Is there a way to permanently delete data from a hard drive

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I have the same XPS One A2420 and box to sell.
What is safe way to wipe out hard drive, and is this difficult to do with just "home owner skills?"  

Answer:How do I safely delete data from hard drive?

Coluccio
I have the same XPS One A2420 and box to sell.
What is safe way to wipe out hard drive, and is this difficult to do with just "home owner skills?"  
Coluccio
I've found DBAN, very effective for erasing all the data from a hard drive.
Go HERE for more information.
You could also, perform a clean reinstall of the operating system, this would wipe the hard drive as part of reinstalling the operating system.
Bev.

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How do I delete all previous back-up from my external hard drive, so that I can back-up the whole laptop again rather than selecting individual folders etc? My OS is Windows Vista on HP laptop.

Answer:How to delete all data from external hard drive

To delete all data, click start > computer> right click on your external drive and click on format. NOTE: This will erase ALL the data on your drive. You can then start to save your new backups to it.

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I have read many posts about this here but many of them talk about WinXP. I also have read some solutions but want to have some verification before I proceed. Here is what happened:
I have 3 hard drives connected to the computer. They are of varying sizes and brands. Hard drive #1 is a 30gb Maxtor (this originally had the OS on it but I deleted all and installed Win2000 on hard drive #2....this was a long time ago). Hard drive #2 is a WD 10gb. Hard drive #3 is a WD120 GB. I had Hard drive #1 set up as the master due to the OS being on this a long time ago. When I installed the OS on hard drive #2, I forgot to change it to the master, so it was still set as a slave and number 3 in the boot order. So after that, this was the standing order:
first to boot--- hard drive #1(misc data only)
second---- cdrw
third---- hard drive #2 (with OS on it)
Fourth---- hard drive #3 (misc data only)

This worked fine with no problems at all until I decided to delete all partitions on hard drive #1. This hard drive had not been used for a long time anyway and the data on it had been cloned to the hard drive #3 (into 2 partitions). It should be noted that I was using Roxio's Goback personal edition until now. Before deleting the partitions on hard drive #3, I had to disable GoBack. I did that and used Partitionmagic 8.0 to delete the 2 partitions on hard drive #3. When I clicked "Apply", it reminded me that this partition was set as active and if I deleted it than I would have to s... Read more

Answer:ntldr is missing after hard drive partition delete

still looking for advice.
 

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I have bought a HP DM1 (Windows 7, 32GB hard drive, 4GB RAM), and I want to partition the C: (Windows) drive into two;

- one partition containing only Windows 7 and other Windows programs,

- the second partition containing games and data.

The reason for this is that I can then create an image of the fully working C: drive (containing only Windows and related programs), so that if (when) Windows 7 needs reinstalling in the future, I can just copy the image back over the C: drive, restoring the laptop to it's working state. I can do that even if there's only one partition, of course, but the image will be huge, so I' rather have two partitions, and only create an image of the first partition. Plus if there are two partitions, then the second partition will survive my 'rolling back' the laptop (when I put the image back onto the C: drive) so I won't lose anything I've put onto the second partition in the meantime.

So I was going to resize the current C: drive (which is 275GB) without losing the data (I've done this before, the software handles the data organisation automatically) into two partitions, but the problem is, the laptop's hard drive already has four partition, and aparently it's not possible to put another partiton on there. Is this correct, and if so, can I resize one of the existing partitions (say E:, the 22GB partition, and shrink the C: partition by a corresponding amount) and use that partition for my games a... Read more

Answer:What hard drive partitions can I delete, so I can resize or add a new partition?

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I have bought a HP DM1 (Windows 7, 320GB hard drive, 4GB RAM), and I want to partition the C: (Windows) drive into two;
 
- one partition containing only Windows 7 and other Windows programs,
 
- the second partition containing games and data.
 
The reason for this is that I can then create an image of the fully working C: drive (containing only Windows and related programs), so that if (when) Windows 7 needs reinstalling in the future, I can just copy the image back over the C: drive, restoring the laptop to it's working state. I can do that even if there's only one partition, of course, but the image will be huge, so I' rather have two partitions, and only create an image of the first partition. Plus if there are two partitions, then the second partition will survive my 'rolling back' the laptop (when I put the image back onto the C: drive) so I won't lose anything I've put onto the second partition in the meantime.
 
So I was going to resize the current C: drive (which is 275GB) without losing the data (I've done this before, the software handles the data organisation automatically) into two partitions, but the problem is, the laptop's hard drive already has four partition, and aparently it's not possible to put another partiton on there. Is this correct, and if so, can I resize one of the existing partitions (say E:, the 22GB partition, and shrink the C: partition by a corresponding amount) and use that partition for my games and data? And if so, will ... Read more

Answer:What hard drive partitions can I delete, so I can resize or add a new partition?

If you want to parition more, please use logical partition. If you are MBR disk, the maxium partition is four primary partition, or three primary partition and one logical partition. That is the limitation. However, if there are logical partitions, you can create more you want, no limitation for numbers.
 
PS: you'd better leave enough space for system drive, because it has relationship with system speed.

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I have bought a HP DM1 (Windows 7, 32GB hard drive, 4GB RAM), and I want to partition the C: (Windows) drive into two;

- one partition containing only Windows 7 and other Windows programs,

- the second partition containing games and data.

The reason for this is that I can then create an image of the fully working C: drive (containing only Windows and related programs), so that if (when) Windows 7 needs reinstalling in the future, I can just copy the image back over the C: drive, restoring the laptop to it's working state. I can do that even if there's only one partition, of course, but the image will be huge, so I' rather have two partitions, and only create an image of the first partition. Plus if there are two partitions, then the second partition will survive my 'rolling back' the laptop (when I put the image back onto the C: drive) so I won't lose anything I've put onto the second partition in the meantime.

So I was going to resize the current C: drive (which is 275GB) without losing the data (I've done this before, the software handles the data organisation automatically) into two partitions, but the problem is, the laptop's hard drive already has four partition, and aparently it's not possible to put another partiton on there. Is this correct, and if so, can I resize one of the existing partitions (say E:, the 22GB partition, and shrink the C: partition by a corresponding amount) and use that partition for my... Read more

Answer:What hard drive partitions can I delete, so I can resize or add a new partition?

Something very basic first - Acronis doesn't know what drive letters Windows uses so assigns its own. Confuses a lot of ppl Because of this you should give your drives names, as Acronis does recognise and use those.

We could guess at which partition is doing what in Windows but I can't see anyone giving specific advice on repartioning until you have posted a screenshot of your disk as it appears in Windows Disk Management. But subject to seeing that then some repartitioning is certainly possible by using one of the four primary partitions as an extended logical partition. Once that has been done you can subdivide it into several more logical partitions. Apart from not installing OSs you can use a logical partition the same way as any other partition.

I would advise installing Partition Wizard for the sort of work you are hoping to do as it has all the facilities you will need (and won't find in Win 7).
 

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My hard disk was partitioned into 1 primary partition[C drive of 28 GB] and 4 logical partitions[19.5, 39, 39 and 107 GB]. I want to delete one of the logical partition [19.5 GB] to increase the volume of C drive.
Is it possible??? Please help me out.

Answer:Delete a LOGICAL PARTITION to increase volume of C drive.

Hi Joe and welcome to Seven Forums.

The built in Disk Management might be able to do exactly what you want depending on where the 19.5GB partition is located in relation to the C: partition.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

If the 19.5 partition is immediately to the right of the C: partition ( in other words, if the hard drive is set up as C: | 19.5 | 39 | 39 | 107 ) you could format or shrink the 19.5 partition changing it to unallocated space. Then the C: partition could then be extended to incorporate the unallocated space. It's a somewhat complicated process.

Resize a partition in Vista/Windows 7

Or you could use a different free utility called MiniTool Partition Wizard to do the same thing with a lot less hassle and without worrying about where the 19.5 partition is in relation to the C: partition. This tutorial shows exactly how to extend the C: partition.

Extend partition with partition magic software ? MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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I have the Yoga 920 with 256 GB HD, partitioned as this: C: 212 GBD: 24.9 GB I'm not sure what's inside D: partition or its purpose. Treesize reveals some FVDE files. What is the purpose of the D: partition?Can I delete & merge it with the C: partition?


























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Answer:Can I delete the 25GB D: partition on the Yoga 920 and merge it with the C: drive?

I think the main reason for this partition is to provide drivers for the device.

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I have bought a HP DM1 (Windows 7, 32GB hard drive, 4GB RAM), and I want to partition the C: (Windows) drive into two;

- one partition containing only Windows 7 and other Windows programs,

- the second partition containing games and data.

The reason for this is that I can then create an image of the fully working C: drive (containing only Windows and related programs), so that if (when) Windows 7 needs reinstalling in the future, I can just copy the image back over the C: drive, restoring the laptop to it's working state. I can do that even if there's only one partition, of course, but the image will be huge, so I' rather have two partitions, and only create an image of the first partition. Plus if there are two partitions, then the second partition will survive my 'rolling back' the laptop (when I put the image back onto the C: drive) so I won't lose anything I've put onto the second partition in the meantime.

So I was going to resize the current C: drive (which is 275GB) without losing the data (I've done this before, the software handles the data organisation automatically) into two partitions, but the problem is, the laptop's hard drive already has four partition, and aparently it's not possible to put another partiton on there. Is this correct, and if so, can I resize one of the existing partitions (say E:, the 22GB partition, and shrink the C: partition by a corresponding amount) and use that partition for my games and data? And if so, will the built in reco... Read more

Answer:What hard drive partitions can I delete, so I can resize or add a new partition?

I've decided I'll probably keep things the way they are, rather than risk messing anything up, as it's working fine now (I tried the built in factory restore function and it worked great).

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I just replaced my 500GB HDD with a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. Works really well. My T450s also has a 16GB M.2 drive that Expresscache was using with the HDD. I deleted/removed Expresscache. I now want to use the 16GB M.2 drive as general storage. It's not very big but I will find some use for it. Anyway, Disk Management shows the M.2 drive as a 14.91GB "OEM Partition" but provides no options to edit/delete/modify this partition and it is not listed in Windows Explorer. I have read that I can delete the partition using diskpart or another 3rd party partitioning tool but before I do, is it safe to do so? Is there anything important on OEM partition that should be retained besides the cache that Expresscache was using? I have searched this forum and elsewhere and I haven't found an answer to this question. thanks, Brian













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Answer:Safe to delete OEM Partition on T450s M.2 drive after SSD Upgrade?

I'm pretty sure that this drive is only used for ExpressCache. You can format it without worrying about losing anything.

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I was wondering if I can delete a partition and use the unallocated space for my C drive? or is there a way for me to copy my os on to a new HDD without starting over? (I sat on my XP cd and cracked it) Thanks
 

Answer:Running out of space on my C Drive. Can I delete a partition and use it to add room

You need special software to resize your C: partition into the unallocated space.

Partition Magic is the tool of choice for such operations.
 

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This nice KB article will tell you how to re-partition your hard drive in Windows 7. Learn how to create a new partition.
Visit KB970639 for a full read.

Answer:How to re-partition a hard drive in Windows 7 without erasing data

Yes, one of the most requested queries answered in step by step tutorial by Microsoft Support.

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I have a disk with 2 partictions. Recently my system would not recognise either one of them. However I have got lucky and XP home is able to read from one of these 2 partitioned drives. However when copying some files from this drive I get message - Data error :Cyclic redundancy check. But this is only sometimes and I have been able to copy most of my data off this drive.

My big problem is that the second partition is unaccesible. Xp recognises this drive as as drive G: but it is unable to read it.

Just for info when booting I get a Master File Table error.

Can anyone recomend any software tools to recover my data. Would really really be a huge help.

Thanks
 

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Hi windows gurus
I've got a laptop with a 20GB hard drive in it, upgrading the drive to 30GBs, and therefore I want to move all the data (windows install + shit) from the 20GB to the 30GB without having to reinstall anything. How can I do this with
1) having the entire 30GBs usable on one partition without being limited to the size of the old hard drive's partition
2) needing to touch anything aside from re-installing the bootloader on the MBR

Thanks,
Brian

EDIT: It looks like the ntfsclone tool from the linux-ntfs project is going to work perfectly.
 

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I have Windows XP operating system and I want to move the C drive partition to make the C drive larger. But I do not want to lose the data that is now stored on the C drive. Thank you for helping

Answer:Moving the hard drive partition without deleting data

I'd look at one of the many utlities available for doing just that, like Norton Ghost. In fact many retail drives that you purchase include a disk for doing that. I know that Seagate and Maxtor both include utilities for migrating HD's.

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Hi Everyone
I recently added another Hard Drive that had a partially installed version of W7 on it (long story!)
When it booted up, Windows said it was installing software on it, I am thinking maybe because of the Windows files on there it was thinking I wanted a dual boot setup?
When I looked under My Computer (my-computer.png) it had changed the letter of my removable USB drive and added the new drive (F) along with a System Reserved Drive (E).
I assume E is a partition on the same drive as F as it shows up under Computer Management as belonging to Disk 1 (hard-drives.png).
I quick formatted F and rebooted and then tried disconnecting, reconnecting and rebooting but it remains there.
What I would like to know is:
1. Is it definitely on the new drive F?
2. How I can remove it / re-format and just use F solely as a data drive?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
With thanks and regards
Harley M Storey

Answer:How to remove a System Reserved partition on a data drive?

Delete partition E:
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hi, I run into a pain-in-the-neck of a problem, I'm installing W7 x64 on a partitioned drive and want to keep all my precious data on the 200Gb part. And...here's what I see, the first says
Disk 0: Partition 1 100Gb Type: System
(which I believe is the C:),the second reads
Disk 0: Partition 2 200Gb Type: Primary
and that's where all my stuff is.
I tried formatting Partition 1 and installing onto there but it the process would hang (it could be a graphic card driver conflict but I can't access the device manager since my C:\ drive is a bottomless chasm of nothingness). I'm being told that it's the partitions that I'm getting wrong so I'm guessing that I'm not picking something right...
I'm not an expert but is it practically possible and safe to...delete the P1, create a new one and proceed with the new P2? I don't get it, how can it be that complicated...Please help, guys - I appreciate your kindness in advance...

Answer:Which drive options should I choose when installing 7 to keep the data on the 2nd partition?

What did you format the partition as? Should be NTFS.
At what point does the process hang and what error message, if any, do you get?

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My External Hard Drive, which I used for back up, crashed and could not be read by Windows Explorer. As it was under warranty, I was sent a replacement. I have used data recovery software to transfer most of my files to the new drive.

Now I have to return the defective drive to the manufacturer. However, the drive contains personal and confidential data, such as letters, bank details and passwords.

How can I delete the data using Windows XP SP2, or is there a third party application that will do the job?

Help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:How to Delete Data on Defective External Hard Drive

Killdisc is used by the US dept of Defence http://www.killdisk.com/
Be careful how you use it, make sure you pick the correct drive to wipe
 

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Hey guys, my computer glitched and I pulled a flash drive before I should have and it got corrupted. I want to wipe it however it's write protected - I tried using the disk utility on windows but it doesn't want to mount the partition - tools like HD Tune Pro let me know that it's corrupt but I don't know how to do anything about them , also tried the registry - a techy friend suggested I delete the partition so I burned GParted to a CD and tried using it. Below are two screenshots.

Sorry for the phone quality, but the computer can't take pictures as it's not in an OS - so it shows that the flash drive has unallocated space so I can't delete that since it's unallocated and when I try to create a new partition it doesn't let me, as you can see in the second picture.

I have no idea how to go about this anymore I don't care about the data, I just want to be able to use the flashdrive. Any help is greately appreciated - thanks!!

Answer:Heavily corrupted flash drive - GParted not able to delete partition

I probably would give DBAN a run on it and see what happens.

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So I can have the extra space. How can I do this?
 

Answer:New computer, old HP hard drive as slave. Want to delete recovery partition.

You can use Disk Management to delete the partition and then create a new partition to use: http://www.tyan.com/support_download_cpu2.aspx?socketid=20
 

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I currently have a disc copy of windows 7 and I am currently running it as my main OS as well. I was wondering just in case my computer decides to have a few issues is there anyway I can make a data partition to store windows 7 or put it on a flash drive so that in the incident of a hardware failure I would be able to go into my bios and boot the recovery partition or boot it from a flash drive allowing me to reinstall the OS.

Answer:How can I make a bootable flash drive and data partition for windows 7

What do you mean "disc copy"? Do you mean you have Windows 7 install DVD or ...? If you mean you have only the Windows 7 that came with the computer, on the hard drive, then you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River.

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.

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I have a base installation of the IBM T60.. I made no modifications to the setup or configuration of how the HDD is structured nor have I downloaded and installed any strange drivers... only automatically downloaded drivers from Microsoft update and manually downloaded driver updates from the Lenovo website. One day everything was working fine.  Next day, my USB devices, reserved partition (can't remember what this is called) and the DVD-RAM drive stopped working but power was still getting to these devices. My DVD-RAM drive is seen as a DVD-RAM on first bootup.  When I insert a CD or DVD media in the drive, the Explorer tree changes DVD-RAM to CD-ROM in the Explorer (really strange).  It behaves like there is no media in the drive.  Cannot boot with that drive either. In addition, I have external USB HDD and Flash drives as well.  None of them work on this T60 anymore.When I plug in an external USB HDD or Flash drive, I get "not formatted" error message and a prompt to format my drives?! I tested these USB external drives on a desktop machine and verified that they are working 100% fine.  So the problem has something to do with my IBM/Lenovo T60. It almost seems like something broke on the motherboard perhaps?  I downloaded and installed the latest BIOS updates as well to no avail.  Please help.  Thanks in advance for your time and consideration of this issue.Message Edited by bodm... Read more

Answer:T60 HDD res. partition, USB ports and DVD-RAM drive no longer recognizing data/media!

Anyone have any ideas?  *praying*

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I have a Western Digital MyBook ES 500 GB external hard drive (USB and eSATA interfaces) for data backups formatted from a Windows XP PC that I now use with my laptop running Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium. Recently my son connected it to his Apple PC and tried to create a partition to back up his files. Apparently this corrupted the partition table. I can no longer access any data on the hard drive. The drive does not appear in Computer but does appear in Device Manager and Disk Management.

I believe the problem is that the partition table (formatted for Windows) was modified by an Apple computer so that Windows can no longer tell what file system is on the partitions. My son is gone for a month and I no longer have access to his Apple computer so I can't plug the drive into an Apple computer to check if the drive gets detected.

I looked at the drive using:

1. Windows 7 Disk Management
2. Acronis Disk Director 11
3. EASEUS Partition Recovery (latest version)
4. Partition Wizard 5.2

None of them could do anything except delete or format the partitions. I saw no repair option or ability to mark the partitions as NTFS file system.

The partitions on my external drive are still there but no file system is shown for most of them. Acronis Disk Director shows the following information:

Disk 1 (GPT)
VOLUME CAPACITY FREE SPACE TYPE FILE SYSTEM STATUS
EFI 200 MB 200 MB Ba... Read more

Answer:Corrupted Partition Table on External USB Data Backup Drive

A big chunk is unallocated. Was some of your data there? If so try Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

See if PW can also run Partition Wizard Check File System which can recover some partitions that are not readable.

If not some success has been reported repairing the partition table using Disk Genius trialware: http://www.diskgenius.net/

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I got a computer from my boss and installed Office 2010. it was working just fine until i noticed that the 1TB drive was partitioned into two drives. the second partition was the "data drive". I didn't like this, so I removed the partition with a partition manager program. I still have the data from the drive, but for some reason Outlook won't read the data file and says it can't open it. I think it's in the right location now, but outlook won't check mail. is there anything i can do? i apologize if this is the wrong place to post this question, but i hope that someone can help me or at least point me in the right direction

Answer:removed partition on drive, and now outlook 2010 can't use data file

Actually, having a separate "data drive" is a very good idea as that allows you to size it accordingly and make backups from it using a separate schedule from your "OS drive".

That said, what happened when you finished doing the following:
1) Opened Outlook
2) Looked in the settings to see the previous locations for files and folders
3) Migrated those files and folders from your backup of the "data drive" to your "OS drive"
3) Changed the locations in Outlook for those files and folders to your "OS Drive"
4) Restarted Outlook with the new settings in place.

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I have a two year old Satellite Pro L40 which came pre loaded with Vista.

Now having constant problem with "Low Disk Space on Vista drive C".

As there is a data drive E I am baffled as to what to do to use the 26.1 Gb of unused space on the E drive.

As you can probably tell I have very little techno talent so please keep explanations simple

Answer:Satellite Pro L40 - Vista Drive C full data drive E empty

Hi

Why you don?t store all you stuff like images, videos, mp3 etc? on the E partition?
I use the C partition (system partition) only for my Windows system, programs, tools and utilities?
All other files (images, videos, mp3, docs, etc?) are stored on second partition.

I recommend doing this as well? you can move some files to E in order to get more free space on C.

Greets

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i started my computer up this morning and noticed a problem on my 1tb wd my book external.  i have a rather sizeable collection of music and movies, split into 18 folders, each containing roughly 20gb of media.  i noticed this morning that one of the folders was much, much larger than it should be.  after some digging i found the location of the problem, but i have no. idea. at. all. how to remove it.  i included a screenshot - it appears to just be junk data, but i'm not certain about that.  i tried using a program called Unlocker to delete the junk data, but it failed, even when i ran it at startup.  i don't have enough money to go out and buy a new external, so if there's a way to fix this i'd really appreciate it.if it matters, i'm running windows xp on a gateway e-series tower, 2.6ghz p4 ht northwood processor, 1.25gb ddr-400 ram, 40gb system hdd.[recovering disk space - old attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:60gb of junk data randomly written to hard drive, can't delete, need help.

I would run chkdsk /r on that drive...

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I installed Ubuntu on a older Toshiba laptop. When I boot up it asks me to select either Windows 7 or Ubuntu. I want to get rid of the Ubuntu disk partition and give that 2.9 GB space to my primary hard drive. I go into compmgmt.msc but I can't execute any commands on that disk partition. Any ideas?

Answer:delete dual boot Ubuntu partition and convert to primary hard drive c:

So you wanna get rid of ubuntu totally?
first tap F8 multiple times to enter recovery environment
select "command prompt"
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

-now the default MBR has been restored (don't know if ubuntu did change that)

diskpart
list disk
sel disk 0 (or 1 or 2)
list part (note the number of ubuntu partition)
sel part X (if X is number of ubuntu partition. be very sure to select right partition!!!)
delete part

try to boot. post output of "disk management" afterwards

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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: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

{redoak}
 

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Hi.

What is it for and why is it so big?

Can I decrease its size and add it to the WINDOWS(C:) drive?

I bought the laptop (L650) advertising a 500GB HDD but I can only use 232GB (on the WINDOWS (C:) drive).

Many thanks

Chris

Answer:Satellite L650 - what is the Data(D:) drive for?

Hello Chris

I?m a little bit confused. As far as I know new Toshiba notebooks are by default delivered with two HDD partitions so I don?t understand why you can use 232 GB only.
Can you see second partition in Windows Explorer?

Generally speaking you can change partitions and optimize it for your usage but before you change anything create recovery DVD. You know if something goes wrong you can use this disc for OS installation.

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Hi.

I bought a demo P300 PSPC4C-SE308C and it has Vista installed. I would like to downgrade to XP. The drive is 300GB and is partitioned as one drive. I would like to partition it as a C: and D: drive. I went into the BIOS and changed the AHCI to the 'compatibility' mode as I understand that needs to be changed from the AHCI setting, in order for the laptop to 'see' XP. Now, I need to partition and format the drive. Initially, I tried to install my Partition Magic 8 but it will not work with Vista. I then tried using the Windows 98 startup disk 'fdisk' program and it only recognized the drive as 49GB.

I need to know how to partition and format the drive and then install my XP. Any, and all, help would be appreciated.

Thanks much...DJ

Answer:Satellite P300 - Partition drive with Vista

Hi DJ

You should be able to format you drives with the XP CD installation disk. (WIn98 will have issues with larger HDDs).
Try putting your XP CD into your CD drive and rebooting selecting boot from CD/DVD on start up (F12 being the path if this is not automatic from your BIOS).
Once you get into the XP setup menus one of the first steps is to be able to partition/format your drives. Here you can delete existing partitions and add new partitions to your requirements.

BR/
Rob

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