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Partition a HDD

Question: Partition a HDD

I am sure this is an eassy one. I an using the Disk manager in administartion tools , but I get stuck wen i have to right click in "free Space" and click create a new partition (where the heck is it) :-? Am I doing this compleatly worng, I read all this right off of microsoft tec net.

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Answer: Partition a HDD

Is this a blank hard drive? How is the drive partitioned at this time? You cannot change things if everything is set as one large partition except during installation OR with some third party tool like Partition Magic,e tc.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Partition Assistant Home Edition is a multifunction free partition manager software. It allows you to perform more complicated partition operations on your hard disk, which like the commercial Partition Manager. With its help, you can resize/move, extend/shrink, create, delete, format, hide partitions etc.
This free home edition supports 32 bit Windows including Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. It most attractive feature is it can Move/Resize Partition without destroying data, Extend System Partition, Repartition, Shrink Partition and so on. It's very convenient and magic for common users to acquire more advantages in disk partition management field.
You can learn more about:

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the forum.

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

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

Help is greatly appreciated!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone else seen anything like this?

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

Destination is too small would be my guess?

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

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

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

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

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

Post back, Hope this helps!!

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Since I'm not an expert at present, I can't do a lot to help others in this forum solve their problems. So I figure that the most helpful thing I can do is post enough information that hopefully others can learn from my experiences. That's why I'm putting so much documentation into this thread.

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

Here's the background:

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

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

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

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

Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227

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

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

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

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

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

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I have a question.

I formatted a partition of my harddrive but in the end not only a partition was formatted but the next partition also was gone.

Meaning: the data is still there, but the NTFS partition isn't recognised anymore by Windows, and in diskmanager the space is now ready to assign new partition.

In a data recovery software, I saw the not recognised partition was still recognised as 'NTFS'.

What can I do?

The best scenario would be to simply tell Windows somehow, there is partition with NTFS and it should assign a letter to it.

Answer:Windows lost partition letter and don't recognize format partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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I am getting this error while installing windows 7 again!
My earlier win 7 got corrupted and i am trying to reinstall it.
I am using USB drive.
I have tried re-inserting pen drive and diskpart method to set the location of the partition.but both solutions are useless!
What can be the reason and what should i do?

Answer:Unable to create a new system partition or locate an existin partition

The problem is all your partitions are Logical.
The bootloader needs to be installed in a Primary partition.

You can delete Partition 4 so it becomes Unallocated space.
Then Windows should be able to create a system partition and install.
Installing in Unallocated space Windows will create 2 partitions, a System Reserved partition for the bootloader and a C partition for Windows.

Or, you could delete Partition 4 and create a new Primary partition.
If you install Windows into that Primary partition the bootloader and Windows will be in the C partition.
You won't have a System Reserved partition.

I like having Windows as the first partition, before any data partitions, but that would be more work if you want to move partitions around before installing Windows.

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When I installed Windows 7 on to my new laptop I think I did it on to the wrong partition as there is still a 30GB freedos one.

Can I merge it with the partition Windows 7 is installed onto as it is getting full?

I don't want to have to reinstall Windows again.


Answer:Solved: Unused freedos partition - can merge it with Windows partition?

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

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

Could someone tell me how to do this?

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

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

1.) First defrag your drive.

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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Formatting primary partition without extended logical partition

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

Retired from Lenovo

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to anyone who can help.

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

Please, any response would be greatly appreciated.

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My Dell XPS 8700 desktop has 2 disk drives, a 256 GB SSD and a 2TB internal hard drive.  I'm running Win7 Pro which boots from the SSD.  In March, something happened and I didn't notice it until now.  Whatever happened didn't effect the computer's performance so far as I could notice.  I'm getting a new computer and want to repartition the hard drive on this one which would involve eliminating the 'Stuff' partition (S:).  But I can't as it is now the System partition (see screen cap).
Anyway, what happened is an active partition was established on the hard drive in the 'Stuff' (S:) partition and that was also made the System partition.  Prior to March, the SSD's RECOVERY partition was the System partition.  Both partitions have the full complement of boot files and both are designated as 'Active' which I didn't think could happen (unless the rule is only 1 'active' partition per drive, not per operating system).  What I want to do is move the 'System' designation back to the SSD/RECOVERY partition.  I found a video on YouTube that gave me some BCD commands but that didn't work.  It did no harm, it just didn't change anything.  The attached screen cap shows what appears on the Disk Management screen.
I do image weekly.  Unfortunately, I only keep the past 7 weeks so I can't go back to before mid-March which is the date showing on all the boot files on the S: partition.
If worse comes to worse, I'l... Read more

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As the topic says; after installation of a fresh copy from the original disc win7, my second partition "D" has been renamed itself to the Recovery Partition. You can see it only in the application "Disk Management". I do not have access into it at all. When I click the right mouse button ?help? option appears only . There are very important files to me.
I tried to use EASEUS Partition Master but I'm afraid of losing data.
Please help.

Answer:[SOLVED] After win7 install, 2nd partition has renamed itself to Recovery Partition

Have you taken the install disc out ? Sounds dumb but the d: partition is generally a reserved partition and indicates your CD-ROM drive, to me it looks like your install disc, the file system is UDF which is universal disc format, you have two recovery partitions on top. Remove the disk, reboot. Then choose a different letter other than D for your recovery partition.. Best to start with z

The fact that the file encryption is UDF, you will not have the ability to modify it, its not NTFS, FAT or FAT32.

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


Answer:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD -->

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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


How do I resize system partitions?

I am in deep trouble...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you...

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

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

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Hi friends.

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

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

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

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

Answer:partition table issue - win7 hidden partition formatted

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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Win XP home ed.:
What are the steps needed to access one of my partitions, delete it, then use 1/2 the space and apply to system drive and the other 1/2 to another partition?

Answer:remove partition & add space to system drive & a diff partition

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Hello all,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Running the Windows 7 DVD I find the following:

No operating system is listed on the Repair Windows option.

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

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


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


lis vol

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

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



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

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

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

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MiniTool Partition Wizard is a Windows based partition manager. It supports both MBR and GUID partition table format running on 32/64 bits Operating System including Windows XP, Vista, Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 and latest Windows 7.
Working as partition magic, Partition Wizard provides powerful and professional functions to manage partition including Move/Resize Partition, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition, Partition Recovery and much more.
By using Partition Wizard, home users, business users, system administrators can easily perform partition operations safely and quickly. The Enhanced Data Protecting technology keeps your data safe even in case of power outages or hardware failure. Even better, Partition Wizard is FREE for home and business.

Answer:MiniTool Partition Wizard: FREE Partition Manager for Windows 7

Looks great, I really miss Partition Magic, thanks buddy

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I have a hard drive with XP Home on it that I need to get data off of after the partition blew up and now shows up as "Unknown" in XP setup and "RAW" in disk manager. The utility partition and recovery partition form the hard drive are still intact but not the OS partition.

I've already run chkdsk /r , fixboot and fixmbr to no avail. The hard drive ran without errors in HDAT2 and the IBM HD utility, no bad sectors or anything. When I ran fixboot it did tell me there was an error and it took 3 tries to write the new boot sector then I tried another chkdsk /r and still nada.

Anyone have a clue how to fix the file system so I can get this data off the hard drive?

Answer:XP NTFS partition blew up and shows as unknown. How to recover the partition?

Try using TestDisk

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

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

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


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

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

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

Please report us the results.

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I bought a fairly new eMachines E528-2325 from a friend. before buying he decided to use DBAN 2.2.6 to wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu 11.04, after buying i requested him to reinstall Windows 7 using usb, so he again used DBAN to wipe the computer. Upon trying to install windows he got the error "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition." We both cannot find a fix to this problem, and we have basic knowledge on computers. Please and thanks for any help.

eMachines E528-2325
Intel Celeron 900 processor
2GB DDR3 system memory
250GB SATA hard drive
DVD/CD drive doesn't work

Answer:Setup unable to create a new partition or locate an existing partition

Hello mrvoid, welcome to Seven Forums!

Boot the Windows 7 installer and do at least a clean to start and a clean all would be best; have a look at the information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

To start fresh with a clean installation or clean install with an upgrade version of Windows 7, it may be best to over-write the Master Boot Record of any possible corruption and then use the Windows installer to create and format the partition(s) for installation, have a look at the "#6 clean" option of Method One in this first tutorial linked below. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods
DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you want to completely wipe, over-write the entire Hard Disk Drive of any possible malware infection and / or to get the best possible space to do the install to or just for security purposes, have a look at these tutorials. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

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Need some help. I recently bought Acer Aspire 5560G. It comes with 500GB HDD with only one partition which is drive C. There are 2 hidden partitions as well. I would like to split my drive C in 2 partitions without effecting my Recovery partition. Is it possible??? if yes than what's the best way?? Help would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive Partition Without Effecting Recovery Partition

I think the easiest way to accomplish that is to shrink your C: partition. That will create unallocated space. And the unallocated space can be used to create a new partition.

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

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I recently cloned my HDD to a new SSD and that seemed to go okay. The original HHD had 2 partitions named Miscellaneous 1 and Miscellaneous 2. I honestly do not know where those 2 partitions came from. I guess I could have created them some years ago, but I just do not remember. As you would expect after the cloning I had those same 2 partitions on my new SSD. When I check partition properties they both show up with about 100 MB used space and 39 GB of free space. I want to clean up that drive (as well as my new drive) so I deleted them on the HDD using Disk Management. For some reason when I did that it also deleted 2 partitions that had data and pictures in them. That was okay since I have that information on the new drive, but I would like to get rid of the 2 Miscellaneous partitions on the SSD, but am afraid to do so. When I run Disk Management it does not show the missing files on the HDD (as I would expect) and does show them on the SSD (again as I would expect).

I learned about Partition Wizard Mini-tool from this forum. I ran the Partition Recovery Wizard and it shows the 2 miscellaneous and 2 data files as lost/deleted on the SSD. I have attached screen shots that hopefully will help to explain what I am trying to describe. Any comments or suggestions about what may have happened and what I need to do will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

Answer:Deleting an empty partition also deletes a partition with data.

One other thing I forgot to mention in my original post is I tried to run the Partition Recovery Wizard and it always tells me that at least one partition will be deleted. I don't understand that and it scared me away.

This is my first post here. Why do all the other post thread titles appear in bold and mine does not?

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I want to combine my two partitions. I have one partition (C with all system, boot, etc, which is full, and another primary partition that simply contains Page File and has a lot of space (D. I want to combine these but am having trouble because I can't delete the page file partition and extend the system partition as I would normally do. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Pic of my Disk management attached.

Answer:Combining System Partition with Page File Partition?

First, re-configure page file to be on C only and restart:
Computer - Properties - Advanced System Settings - Performance Settings - Advanced - Change

** The next step is easy and usually problem-free but any failure will mean losing your data, so I strongly advice that you backup your C with Macrium Reflect free (Imaging with free Macrium) and copy any files on D to an external.

Go into Disk Management, right click D and select delete.
Right click C and select extend, and Next until wizard finish.
Copy back your files from D to C. If you had programs on D, you may have to re-install them. Games usually just adjust to their new location.

** Disk Management can't merge partitions, Partition Wizard can but I believe it is not available in the free version.

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I deleted the unwanted recovery partitions on windows 8.1 using  'Diskpart'.The unallocated memories were created but they cannot be used to extend any other partitions even by using Diskpart.I am just able to create them as normal partitions buth
not by combining them but each seperately.Any solution for this...pls...

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I am having a some very strange networking issues. My ISP is Charter. We had the modem going into a hub going out to two computers. I thought the hub was actually a router, so I figured DHCP would take care of the multiple computers connected to the one cable connection. Only one computer could resolve an IP. Once I figured out it was a hub and not a router, it was as simple as getting a router and swapping them out.

One of the computers is dual-booting XP and Ubuntu, the other just XP. After hooking up the router, Ubuntu had no trouble connecting, nor did the computer running just XP. However, when I restart into XP on the dual-boot computer, it STILL can't resolve an IP. I can't even access the router's settings. Updated the network card's drivers, nothing. I may just reinstall XP, but I would rather not. Does anybody have any idea about what could be going on?

Answer:Internet Connection works on a Linux partition, but not on a XP partition

Does it work if you make it a static IP in Windows? (I'm not saying to do this and leave it, but it is a troubleshooting step)

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Hi Everyone,

I was trying to extend a partition since on an old Windows drive which was upgraded to a new drive. On the old drive, there was 50GB unused on another partition. I deleted the 50GB and then tried to extend the main primary partition. I found out that it deleted a user directory under that drive. Is there any way to recover it? I am surprised that it did this since in Linux on a LVM this is a pretty safe procedure.

I also tried OO Unerase and it didn't even show the directory.


Answer:Extended partition and lost files on primary partition

Could you please Provide a screenshot of your Drive Map

See Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums For More Information


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

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

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

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Is there a way to boot directly off of D:(recovery partition) so i can restore my gateway laptop to factory settings? Right now I get a "BOOTMGR is missing" error message. The C: drive is completely gone, but like i said, the recovery partition is intact.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I tried hitting f11 at startup to bring up gateways recovery menu, but again nothing. I have the windows vista recovery environment disc also if that helps.

Answer:Formatted Windows Vista partition, but i still have the Recovery partition on D:

There are files on c: used by the recovery partition on d:

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .



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I am trying to reduce the partition of D drive on a laptop in order to increase the size of the C drive. In Win 7 Computer Management the D Drive is shown as 98% empty.
I booted from the Partition Wizard CD I made and found that in PW06 the drive was shown as 100% full and was unable to reduce the size. I then made a new PW07 CD and tried again with the same result .

I can load a large file to the D drive without any problems so there is still lots of room to enable the size adjustment.

The laptop manufacturer, Fujitsu, says the HD is not protected in any way and do not know why it should show as full.

Can anyone shed any light on what the cause and remedy might be?

Many thanks


Answer:Partition Wizard shows 98% Empty partition as 100% Full

Post a shot of disk management from windows, please.

What is PW06 and 07 ? The latest version is 7.6 and never fails. Are you sure you`re using it properly, have you watched the video on how to use it ?

You are getting your terms confused, You only have 1 DRIVE with 2 PARTITIONS. C and D correct ?

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Hello everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I am using Ghost version 8.3 and have only my C: drive and a partition off of that (D that contains the Ghost image. This is what I have and it does not seem to be working:

ghost32 -clone,mode=pload,src=0\2530P_01-19-10\2530P:0,dst=0:0

PLEASE pardon my lack of knowledge, I usually just boot into BARTPE and image the machine by pulling the images off the server.

But I have created the image of the entire C: drive including the D: (which contains the Ghost image) and wish to image the machine from that image on the D: drive.

Can I do it from inside Windows?

Answer:GHOST Partition to Partition Restore using Command Line

If you have ghost installed on windows,run the
program and select create bootable media.
You can make a boot disk and boot to it.
It has a graphical user interface,so you don't need
to use the command line.
You should be able to restore the C: partition and MBR.
You won't be able to restore the D: partition as the image
is on that partition and you can't restore to the same partition
that you are running the image from.

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I would like to add a partition to a drive having the following partitions:


Windows RE
499 MB

EFI System
300 MB

128 MB

216 GB

Windows RE
450 MB

Samsung Image
19 GB

Samsung Recovery
1 GB

This should be easy to do with MiniTool Partition Wizard. In essence, resize ?C:\?, add the partition in the unallocated space, assign the drive letter ?D? to the new partition, and format it to NTFS.

You will notice that the drive has two Windows RE partitions. This is because I updated to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 through the Microsoft Store.

My question is if by adding ?D:\? I will upset the partition order that Windows expects to have. Your advice would be appreciated.

Answer:Will adding a partition upset the Windows partition order?

'D' is usually assigned to the CD/ROM drive; the wizard may show you letters available to assign. Other than that, I don't see a problem with it, just don't short change yourself on OS space.
If you could post a screenshot of Disk Management, that would give better insight.

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Few days back did a Win 7 Pro OEM clean install on a home built PC. Looked great. Installed chipset drivers. Set up my drives and volumes using disk management. Shutdown and on a cold start next AM Win 7 won't boot. Last line on BIOS screen says "boot mgr missing". Drat!! Booted to Win 7 install DVD to startup repair. In the start up repair window, view diagnostic and repair details it says "the partition table does not have a valid system partion". Still in start up repair but at the command line I ran commands to view all volumes, then I ran cmd bootrec /scanos. I see all volumes including the OS volume and the cmd bootrec /scanos returns the correct os volume. However I see my os volume is E:\ instead of c:\. So, my busy work with disk m'g'ment may have made a mess of my clean install. Before I dig this hole any deeper, I humbly ask, now what?

Answer:Partition Table doesn't have valid System Partition

Look at your partitioning more closely using free Paragon Rescue CD.

If your drive letter did in fact somehow change, Paragon can change it back for you: Moving Win7 Partition to Another Drive

If not, mark Win7 partition Active and run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

Use the drivers given by the Win7 installer and quickly updated via optional Windows updates - unless performance dictates changing them. This is not XP.

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help needed please!Im using partion Magic, to create a small partition on my Hard drive, my hd is 80 gig and i want to make a partition at about 35 gig for mp3s and stuff. However when i do this using PM, it reboots to start the process and then comes up with an error :Error 27: could not lock onto drive, and then it reboots and trys again, and teh same thingf happens,any ideas?thanksin advance!.

Answer:Error 27when making partition in Partition Magic..

Try this:click here

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

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

Primary Partition / 2.50 GB (Healthy Primary Partition)

(see screenshot)

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

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

Thanks for your help

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

I would suggest you to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD .

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

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

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

Alternatively, using disk management :

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Keep us posted...

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Hi there!

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

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

(I have no CD reader in this laptop)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have a main partition where my OS resides that is on a 500mb C: dirive. I want to shrink it to 100mb and free the remainder so that I can create a second partition that I will use only for data. I have a 500mb D: drive that is pretty full. I don't want to use the C: drive for data because if I do an image back up it takes too long and if I have peroblems with the operating system I don't want to loose my data. I was also think of installing a second OS on the new partition and make it bootable. I used MiniTools for the first time and it allowed me to shrink the main partition down but when I tried to make the new partiotion in the free space it came back with and error that said I already had four MBR and could not create a new one. The solution to this is to change one of my existing partitions to a logical drive first. Since I don't know what this means and didn't want to risk it I left everythig as it was and decided to ask for help.

I don't know if this is the right fourm for this if its not please let me know.

I'm including a snapshot of what MiniTool shows about my partitions.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4086 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M , 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461130 MB, Free - 396849 MB; D: Total - 476937 MB, Free -... Read more

Answer:Solved: Shrink existing partition and create a second partition

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I've just installed Win8 on a new partition on my System Drive, which normally just runs Win7. I did it as an experiment and it's pretty clear I like Win8 and this is going to be my new O/S. So I'm slowly transferring things over.

The "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" moved all my files over, but a pop-up from Windows 8 explicitly told me that my Settings were not going to transfer. I don't know why. I did some searches and I don't see this as being a common problem with "everyone", but maybe it is.

In any case, I have a bunch of favorites and bookmarks and whatnot on my old Chrome that I'd like to bring over. I have a feeling if I did some research I could find a file or a list of files that I could just copy over from the Win7 partition to the Win8 partition and overwrite the new file, but in case that's a really bad idea and/or there is a special 3rd party tool that will do this with less possibility of catastrophic error, I decided to post this question, just in case.

Oh also I'd like to transfer IE and FF over too, even though I hardly ever use them. And any advice on transferring any other settings would be appreciated too. The (old) Win7 installation is about 3 years old now, so it's been highly configured to just how I like it.

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I accidently deleted :

- Drive C partition
- System partition (100mb)
- MBR partition

when i was trying to install fresh windows 7.

now i only have :

- Disk 0 Unallocated Space
- Disk 0 Partition 1: Data (Drive D)

when i try to make new partition in Unallocated Space, it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

Please, can anyone help me to fix this?
And i need my Drive D untouchable. (not to be deleted)

Answer:Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

Try to define a primary active partition in the allocated space. Use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard - it is the last box on the website. Burn that .iso to CD and boot with the CD. Here are How To tutorials.

Technical Support of free partition magic, partition manager servre, partition software and partition magic server - Partition Wizard

Then you should be able to install into that partition.

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Hi! I know you are probably tired of this complaint, but I really don't know what to do anymore. I already have some folders belonging to some games "dirlinked" in other places; also, the XP MODE files are linked to another partition.
I know you can't tell what exactly is causing my C to get occupied so fast (in the last few days it just got ~1.5GB out of nowhere) - League of Legends installed some updates, windows installed some updates, but srsly, all of those get even 1GB? I know updates make a restore point, and i Deleted them all, I have none of those. I have all useless functions disabled (I know some things about maintenance).
I just wanna know if there is a way to find out what's the last thing modified. I know i can sort the folders and files by "last date modified" but that just doesn't help me.

Today I went with my pc case to a friend's place and I connected the case to his LCD TV. I just don't believe that doing that (the video card adapting to a new display) would occupy my C partition by a few MegaBytes.

So, the question is again: can I find out what exactly are the last changes that decrease the free space?

Answer:Partition C(windows partition) loses space very fast - why?

Examine running processes in task manager - any non standard or suspucious one there ?
There is a free program TreeSize from jam software - examine folders taking most disk space.
Examine C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData
Use CCleaner.

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I have an Acer Aspire 3680, and I noticed that my wifi is really bad on my Vista partition (I can barely move spots without disconnecting or slowing down) But my ubuntu partition wifi is perfect. I can move around freely and hardly ever disconnect. The Atheros drivers are installed correctly, I believe. So I don't know what the problem could be,.

Answer:Bad Wifi on Vista partition, but excellent on Ubuntu partition?

Do you have the latest wireless driver from Acer's web site?

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How do I move ESP - EFI System Partition - from a partition at higher offset to another lower one, as was prepared ?
Many thankfulness for sincere helpful effort

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Hello, I was really hoping somebody could help us. It's a bit of a strange situation we're in but I'll try to keep the facts as concise as possible.

Computer running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 1TB Hard Drive.

Yesterday my boyfriend discovered an 'extra' partition on his computer. He'd never seen it before and was very much enthused at having the extra space to store files etc, but sadly didn't question what, how or why this showed up randomly.

Skip to today... he went to access some of the files he put on the mystery drive, but discovered the whole thing wasn't there anymore. Cue a lot of swearing, trying to figure out what happened. We've collectively been trying to find out what might have happened for the entire day and haven't got too far.

The only idea I've struck upon is that maybe for some reason the System Reserved partition became visible and/or active for a short period of time - eg. enough time for him to start loading files into that area, but then hidden itself again? Is this even a possible or plausible idea?

If this is the case, how the heck do we get the partition to show up again and access the 'lost' data... the partition obviously isn't showing up anymore and for the life of us, we can't get it to show up using partition recovery tools either >_<

Sorry for sounding totally 'noobish' - any thoughts, suggestions or ideas would be really great.

~ BitBat

Answer:Mystery Partition - Accidentally Put Data on System Partition??

Post a screenshot of the disk management Windows, using built in Snipping Tool.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

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My Windows 8.1 crashed after I tried playing an offline copy of Half-Life 2 on Steam. Now my windows won't even load, or if it does, it won't do anything. I am currently not even able to boot it into safe mode from the login screen. I'm at my wit's end.
Here's the deal. I actually backed up all my data on my Windows partition on an external hard drive. My question is, if I press the little "Reset" button on the side of my conputer, will it affect my Ubuntu partition? My computer is a Lenovo Ideapad P500 Touch model.
Thanks for all the help!

Answer:Does reseting the Windows 8.1 partition affect my Ubuntu partition?

Hi fox Resetting your Windows 8 will affect your Ubuntu partition. Since it was probably not part of the original configuration the manufacturer of your laptop created for that laptop, it will most likely deleted and Windows 8.1 will be reinstalled on it. Resetting a computer under Windows 8.1 pretty much delete everything on it, re-format the hard drive correctly and reinstall Windows using the manufacturer system image on the DVD or partition included with the laptop/computer. If you want to read more about the Reset process, you can read the HowToGeek article below:

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Dear Group,
  I am writing to let you know, perhaps as far back as 2011.. I got three hard
drives with this 'odd' ( ------- ) partition that shows up when I was using
Copy Wipe 1.14. It appears on ALL of the IDE hard drives I have used this
program from a BOOT CD and I am unable to remove, delete (F6) the
mysterious impervious to DEBUG command partition killer. I have
tried the DEBUG subroutine with no effect, and even this computer I am
reporting this also has the similar virus/worm infection. I don't know
if this is the w32.lecna.h or mutant variant. It does show the RECYCLER
and the System Volume Information on both drives. I also notice the
CMDCons on my back up drive D: with my storage stuff.
I used Copywipe 1.14 and found this mysterious partition that
can not and will not be removed, and used the program to find
similar instances on my other hard drives. I press F4 to remove and
it won't remove. Oh well.. has anyone found the same instance on
SATA drives and using Windows 7? 
I hope there is a cure for this.. I don't want to lose my data and pics.
I wish there is a BOOT CD to purge this w/out losing data.

Aliases: W32/Lecna.A WormVariants: W32.Lecna.H, W32.Lecna.CClassification: MalwareCategory: Computer WormStatus: Active & SpreadingSpreading: SlowGeographical info: North AmericaRemoval: EasyPlatform: W32Discovered: 31 May 2006Damage: Medium... Read more

Answer:A Weird Partition.. (------- Partition B6 114471 MB Free Space)

You need elevated help with tools than can’t be used in this section!  
Please follow the instructions in the Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide starting at Step 6.
If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next.
In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create two logs. (Note: Windows 8.1 Users will not be able run DDS and create a log)
When you have done that, post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team.
Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log(s) along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. If you cannot produce any of the required logs, then still start the new topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happened when you tried to create them. A member of the Malware Removal Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer.
After doing this, please reply back in this thread with a link to the new topic.
But if you are sure that this is  W32.Lecna.A !! 
Backdoor Trojans, Botnets, and IRCBots are very dangerous because they compromise system integrity by making changes that allow it to be used by the attacker for malicious purposes. They c... Read more

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re: 1 TB disc for internal backup (disc 1)

Want to created (1) primary partition and (3) extended/logical partitions but XP
only gives the option to create 1 single extended/logical partitions on the disc after making the first primary partition. After this is made, it want to force primary's.

With still much space left, I want to create the remainder in logical partitions - do I
need a third party solution to do this? Should I have created a single extended partition that includes all space outside of the Primary partition and they divided up the extended partition into logical drives?

Answer:XPpro partition wizard disallowing logical partition

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

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

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

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Hi, last month my system hard disk got crashed and when I again installed the windows 7. It worked for some day. Now it is saying os not found. When I again tried to install the window, I notice that instead of original partitions it is showing two new partition. I'm not sure if it is a hardware problem or some type of virus. Need your expetise.
Help appreciated. ...

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I have a 60 GB partition for W7 system and a data partition. I would like to have the Users files and all non systems stuff go directly to the Data partition. I have done it on other systems but can't figure it out on W7. I had found in a search how to do this a while back but can't find it now. I would appreciate it if someone pointed out a link on how to accomplish this.

Answer:Storing data in other partition other than system partition in windows 7

Is this what you are looking for?


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

Answer:Formatting primary partition without extended logical partition

Yes, formatting a different partition will not affect other partitions. XP should automatically find other partitions, if not you can re-assign D: letter to the drive afterwards.

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Whats the difference between primary partition and extended partition?

I want to use two partitions on one drive. One for OS and the other for data. Which partition is better for data?

Thank you.

Answer:Whats the difference between primary partition and extended partition?

As I understand things, a primary partition is needed if you're going to boot an operating system. In Windows 7 you can have a maximum of 4 primary partitions. If you need more than 4 partitions on a hard drive, you'd make one of those partitions an extended partition which could support up to (I think) a maximum of 60 logical partitions (drives). For your purposes, having two partitions (a C: for the operating system and perhaps a D: for data) wouldn't be a problem if both were primary.

What is the Difference Between Primary and Logical Partition?

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Hey there guys. Can you please help me solved this problem. sorry for my bad english.

I'm using Compaq Presario CQ40-627TU

My Laptop Spec

Intel Dual Core Processor T4400 (2.2GHz, 80Mhz FSB,1 MB L2 Cache)

- 2048MB 800MHz DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
- 14.1' TFT WXGA High-Definition widescreen LCD panel with brightview

and i'm using windows 7 Ultimate on boot system partition C, dual boot with linux mint. which mean i got four partition. one for linux mint. one for its swap space. one for windows 7. one for my data storage (movies,drivers,mp3,picture and etc).

last few days i try to resize my C partition (120gb) to make it smaller to gain some unallocated spaces and resize the D partition because my D (almost 100gb) (ntfs/primary/data storage) almost full. i use easeus partition master v5.01.

After done resizing and restart i can't see any D partition. so i was worried that my data will disappeared. i try to look for it but there is no Drive D even on the easeus or diskpart. the only drive appears was C Drive.

i remove my Linux Mint and its swap (60gb) and thinking that i could get some more free space and do some cmd prompt windows 7 repair fixmbr thing to remove the grub. then i use partition recovery to transfer those missing data from partition D to C Drive. (appears as unformatted)

i try to use partition wizard home to resize it back to 300gb. and it works. but i cant make a partition. it will disappear just like tha... Read more

Answer:Missing Partition and Unallocated Space (Can't Create New Partition)

Are you still trying to recovery your deleted partition or data? The tool for this is Paragon Rescue CD. Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

The tool to use for cleaning HD then partitioning is free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Back up your files, Boot CD, select 1 for screen res, on Disk tab choose Wipe Disk and apply zeroes to HD to wipe the GRUB which will interfere with Win7 install.

Then use PW CD to Create new partitions, Primary for OS and Logical for Data. Install Linux last following this tutorial to Dual Boot with Windows: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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Hello all
This is my first post and Im not a techy so apologies in advance. Ive extensively tried searching the internet for help with this but cant get it resolved hence this post.

I have a Satellite T130-11T which has 232GB hard drive. Its set up as 2 drives, C and D with 116GB on each. The C drive is getting full but its probably just photos and films so I can resolve that by copying on to external drive, but the D drive is much the same.

Ive looked at the directory and under HDD recovery there is a subfile called SWImg and inside are 8 x .srm extensions and 2 x crc files All are from 2009 .

The files are taking up about 8Gb and I cant delete them as it says I have to do so under SYSTEM - the operating system is in German so Im a bit unsure exaclty what the issue is - and nervous deleting systemfile.

The D drive though has over 90GB of info on it - when I click on the D drive in Windows Explorer it doesnt look like there are any large files there at all. Could there be hidden files Im not seeing?

The performance is very slow and I want to either back up or delete/reformat the D drive to empty it - any ideas how to clean up my D drive please and ideally make it smaller and move some of the memory allocation to the C drive without losing my data already on C?

I understand from forums that the HDD is a recovery file but should only take up about 10GB so can I have a C drive of say 200GB and 30Gb on D?

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Answer:Satellite T130-11T - need to clean D partition and to increase C partition

My first question is: have you created recovery media (DVD or USB)? If yes you can use this media for clean OS installation anytime you want. With other words you can delete all recovery files from partition D if you want but in my opinion you should not do this. If these recovery files are still there you will be also able to use ?HDD recovery installation?.

>The C drive is getting full but its probably just photos and films so I can resolve that by copying on to external drive...
>...but the D drive is much the same. Ive looked at the directory and under HDD recovery there is a subfile called SWImg and inside are 8 x .srm extensions and 2 x crc files All are from 2009 .
This files belongs to original recovery image. 10GB more or less is not a big deal. Leave it as it is.
>Could there be hidden files Im not seeing?
It is not easy to say because we don't know how your notebook is configured and which files should be saved on partition D. What you can try is to open control panel > folder options > View > and check option for ?Hidden files and folders?. Choose option ?Show hidden files...? and check partition D again.
>Also when I boot up a message appears saying there are files missing in LOCAL directorym which smply has disappeared.
In my opinion nothing can simply disappeared.
I think you should check all this, back-up all your important data and after doing this install OS again using original recovery image. After doing this you ... Read more

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Dos environment
Windows recovery console Environment in Windows partition C
Normal windows Environment C (storage) Windows İnstalled partition I:

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Answer:Dos Environment partition C Normal windows Environ partition I

This should help:

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Hello All : Before I used a program to resize resize c: partition from extra space on d: partition , looks like I need to do it again , but can't seem to remember the program I used . It was free , if that helps . Thanks for ideas ..

Answer:resize c: partition from extra space on d: partition . free ?

Maybe EaseUS Partition Manager? Get the free version.

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I just bought 3000 K100 10005. I found C drive is too small for me, and I do not like OneKey recovery feature, since I have Norton Ghost 12, I plan to remove the OneKey feature, increase C Drive to at least 40G. Then install Ghost 12 and use Ghost to backup C drive. So how can I delete OneKey and recover the related hidden partition?  ( I noticed some warning that we should NOT resize C drive, but since C drive is too small, I eventually want to use Ghost 12,  so I really want remove onekey and recover the hidden space  ) Thanks.  Message Edited by mhu on 04-04-2008 06:18 AM

Answer:How To Remove OneKey and Recover Hidden Partition To C Partition

mhu I found that you can acquire all of the disk drive by first booting from a CD or DVD boot disk such as the Lenovo Recovery Disk supplied with the computer.  This will allow you to use the Disk Management function to repartition the HDD as 1 disk drive or you can set up 1 partition to 40GB (C: ) for the operating system and the rest as a D: partition.  You will need to reinstall Windows OS (XP or Vista or Linux).  Then boot to the HDD as normal.  The un-named partition will be gone and so will Lenovo's Recovery Disk capability. I ran into a similar problem while upgrading from Vista Home Premier to Vista Ultimate.  The upgrade sent me a message the C: partition size was not large enough to install Ultimate.  So, I repartitioned a C: and E: for a future dual boot operating system of Windows and Linux.  The rest is for data and other programs.  I just have to remember to change the install location to the D: drive.  Good Luck! Lonnie BurkMessage Edited by lmrburk on 04-04-2008 06:53 AM

Lonnie M. BurkDesktop 3000 K100 - 10005 ? 57061330 SN SS07058484Memory modified to 4*1GB DDR2-667 Monitor HP 24" HDMI LCD

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

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

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

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

Please post a shot of disk management, fully expanded.

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Hi Folks, I have contrived to get two active partitions on my PC! After a 2 week old hard drive (D: & F -) died I replaced (now F & G) it with an old drive that had previously been configured with XP and as a boot drive. I don’t think it is acting as boot as drive C: has an active partition and boot and largely the computer runs fine with the exception of G not being search / index able? And there being a phantom path in the backup which I can’t reset. So the question!
How do I remove the active setting on G: (it holds all the variable windows data) and will it lose all the data?
Im at that point where a little knowledge is dangerous and have seen some genius replies so thought I would ask and see if you could help me out.

See attached screen shot

NB The old drive partitions were formatted before being repopulated

Answer:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

Hello and welcome to the forums MarkRocketman!

You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not currenly being used as a boot drive)

First, open an elevated command prompt in Windows:-

1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:-

SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition that holds G)
Hope that helps!

EDIT:- As a supplementary addition here's how change it back to active:-

SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition you want to activate)
Exit (to exit Diskpart)


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I am trying to use mbr2gpt to convert my windows 10 from legacy to UEFI on a Latitude E7470.
I receive the following error (both from running mbr2gpt within the OS and from an external WinPE USB drive):
ValidateLayout: Cannot map MBR partition type 222. Please supply custom mapping through the command line.
It appears that partition type 222 (hex 0xDE) corresponds to the Dell OEM recovery/utility partition that came preinstalled with my laptop. It appears the utility does not have an entry in the conversion table that gives the correct GUID for this partition type, so I have to provide one myself.
Does anyone know what the correct GUID is for this type of partition? Thank you.

Answer:MBR2GPT error: MBR partition type of Dell OEM partition

I can't really suggest a GUID number to use because it looks like that partition type is a Dell specific and shows as a FAT 16 partition.  I certainly could be wrong but I thought Win 10 could not do FAT 16.
Could you describe the partition as to size and label?  If it was that 40 MB OEM partition, you may not need it.

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I have bought a powerful new computer preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) and I would like to try and make future life with this computer and Windows 7 as easy as possible.

So I am wondering if I create a new separate d:\ partition and restore all my old and new programs and my data files to that d:\ partition, will all my own programs operate? For example, will Firefox operate if I install it to the new d:\ partition? And if I install Firefox to the d:\ partition will it install entirely to that new partition, or will it throw certain Firefox files into c:\windows or possibly other directories on the c:\ drive?

The reason I am asking is that it seems to me that it would be great if I could occasionally reinstall Windows 7 to the c:\ drive (after formatting the c:\ drive first). As reinstalling Windows 7 from the Recovery partition is so easy, it would be great to know that if Windows 7 becomes sluggish or develops problems at some point in the future, or if I just mess it up with configurations and I want to get back to the clean factory default, I could just reinstall it to c:\ WITHOUT losing all my own programs and my own data on the separate d:\ partition (of course I would always have been saving everything of my own to that separate d:\ partition).

What's causing me to ask this question is my recollection that back when I was using Windows 3.1, many years ago, a number of my personal programs (like Microsoft Word, for example) used to place *.in... Read more

Answer:Install personal programs to a partition separate from OS partition?

Some will work if installed onto a drive other than C:\

Some won't.

In any case, you'd have to re-install them to make them work, you
can't just copy them over.

I keep the OS and installed progs/apps on C:\, and nothing else. All
my progs save to D:\ and not into the C:\ drive.

I then use Image Backup to create an image of C:\ on an external drive.

This is updated monthly, or whenever I make changes to C:\.

Haven't had to re-install from scratch for over two years.

Hope this is of help to you.

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When I restore from an image there's only 31% free on the System Reserved Partition.
I have to wait about 30 minutes or longer and then there is 63% free, then I can create an image.

I want to continue to use the Win 7 backup utility because it's very reliable on my computer.

You must have a Windows 7 Installation or Repair disc to do this.
System Reserved Partition - Delete - Windows 7 Forums

I've got a systen repair disc and the Partition Wizard Bootable CD.

I want to make sure I get this right before I do anything.

What do I do first, second, third & etc.?

There is an easier-to-use graphical interface to do all of this using free Partition Wizard bootable CD. BareFootKid just wrote up a tutorial about using it to remove the 100mb Sys Reserved partition:
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Using it might be easier for you to delete 100mb and also resize Windows 7 into the deleted 100mb HD space at the same time.
Windows 7 Forums - View Single Post - Backup Error code: 0x81000019

I found the information above from this older post> Backup Error code: 0x81000019 - Windows 7 Forums

The Disk 1 labled ExHD (D) below is an internal hard drive for my back ups.

The main question is how do I make the System Reserved Partition bigger? Delete & recreate, if so what steps do I take first, second & so on?
I don't want to mess up!

Answer:Remove System Reserved Partition+Partition Wizard

Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X

System reserve is the wrong place to make your Backup for starters.
Damaging the Sys Reserve can cause problems.

Try putting Back ups on the external hard drive.

I don't think the OP is trying to put backups on the system reserved, the thread he

linked to is in regards to the error code which was originally failing backups because

of not enough free space in the system reserved partition, the solutions offered are

to make the system reserved larger or delete it and make the C partition active,

which would then require Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Greg's post here Backup Error code: 0x81000019

explains the delete method.

Greg can expand on this, or the other method.

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Hi there I?m after a little help.

Yesterday I installed a program called partition magic. The install went without any errors or problems but then when I start the program for the 1st time I got a blue screen and my laptop shut down. I restarted the laptop and uninstalled partition magic but now I noticed that the data partition is missing. I?ve tried doing a restore back to before I installed partition magic but that does not help.

Any help would be great. Thanks


Answer:Re: Missing data partition after installation of partition magic

Hi Lee,

May I ask you why you have installed partition magic? Installation of such programs is always a little bit risky and should only be done if you really want to change some partitions or something else.

Have you already checked disk management of Windows? Navigate to control panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.

Can you see the second partition and is it maybe hidden or something else?

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Hi Guys,

I've tried searching in Google and Microsoft Knowledge Base as well as other forum for solutions in vain so I've go to seek for Exchange 2003 experts advice here.

Currently I've an Exchange Server 2003 supporting 15 users here but the configuration of my last Tech guy has located the mailboxes in the wrong partition of the local disk which was only 20GB with the OS. I would like to find out from experts here to see if anyone has the solution to move all the mailboxes to the other partition which has 60GB catered without affecting the users.

What I've found from Google and MS is the moving of mailboxes from server to server under the same directory and something call EXMerge to merge the exported mailboxes from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003.

Please kindly let me know if you've any knowledge of workarounds that I can implement to this problem.

Thanks alot and appreciation in advance .


Answer:Exchange 2003 moving mailboxes from partition to partition.

Hi Joe, search for the tool exmerge which will export all users .pst files from the Exchange store, and allow you to move them over to the new partition. I wouldn't call myself an Exchange Expert though.


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I have been running with a SATA 200GB drive for about 6 months or more as a secondary drive with a much smaller (80gb) IDE drive as my primary..

I left an 85GB partition free on my SATA drive to copy my primary drive C (IDE partition) to when I was ready to deal with it.

I used partition magic 8.0 to copy my drive C to my unallocated space. When I set up the copy sequence in PM it says "warning drive may not be bootable", Proceed or cancel. I do proceed.

I remove my IDE drives, and even removed my DVD writer drive. (power from all of them.)

When I power on, just as PM had said, it says please insert a boot diskette.

I've considerred reinstalling windows, but according to other forums and discussions I would then need a floppy with MB SATA drivers and I don't have a floppy drive, and hate to get one just for this one operation. If I boot into windows after everything has been copied via PM, everything is there on the SATA drive, a mirror image of my drive C. But, I can't boot off of it.

My guess is the master boot record (mbr), needs to be created or made active or something. (yes I made the new partition active, no difference.)

Is this a boot issue due to windows xp MBR (or something else windows xp related) or is this a boot issue due to trying to boot off of a SATA drive?

Lastly, Is it an absolute requirement that I have to reinstall windows using a floppy and mb drivers to load the sata drive and go through that who... Read more

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I used Partition Magic 8.0 to merge two adjacent NTFS partitions (E: and F:). The second partition (F:) that I merged into the first partition (E:) was empty. I was basically trying to re-allocate that space to the first partition.

In using the PM 8.0 merge wizard, it forces the end user to create a folder which will contain the contents of what was previously the second partition (F: in this case).

The merge was successful, but now I have this empty folder which I named "Fdrive" to complete the merge task via the PM 8.0 wizard, that I cannot seem to delete.

Using the DOS shell in Win XP, I used the command "dir /p" to see that all the other folders besides "Fdrive" are owned by "DIAMOND\Lee Webber", which is my computer name\profile name. However, the folder "Fdrive" is owned by some user name "BUILTIN\administrators".

While using Win XP in the "Lee Webber" profile, when I try to delete the "Fdrive" folder via right click and delete, it first appears that it is deleting, but then brings up a popup with red X titled "Error Deleting File or Folder" with a message saying:
"Cannot delete Fdrive: Access is denied

Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

Any ideas how to delete this folder?

I'm thinking it is a user rights issue, but I have no clue where the user "BUILTIN\administrators" came fro... Read more

Answer:Partition Magic 8.0 - Partition merging question

Access denied to documents in Windows XP?,00.asp

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Hi guys I am trying to fix this HP Compaq dx 2300 Microtower. It is running Windos XP Pro.When it is turned on there is a message on the screen that says:Boot from CDWarning: A partion overlaps your system recovery partition. Press F10 to start system recovery anyway or another key to delete the recovery partition.I did not press F10, instead i pressed any other key. The reason is because I think it will ask for a Restore CD when I press F10. and the restore CD will surely clean out everyting on the hard drive. How on earth can I get this message on screen out of the way....and is there another way around this ??Please help me......

Answer:A Partition Overlaps System Recovery partition

Since this is an HP specific recovery partition, I really would suggest contacting HP Technical Support as they may have better information for you.I would suggest using their online chat since it is usually faster and they are more willing to help even out of warranty (in my experience)However if they refuse to help you out of warranty. (assuming it is out of warranty)My following suggestions are assuming that you have proper HP restore media (cd/dvd) in their entirety in proper format and are not scratched or damaged.Sometimes if the recovery partition of your hard drive is damaged, even doing a recovery using the cd/dvd is not going to re-write the recovery partition, it will only reformat and recover the main user parition.For that reason what I really would suggest is to backup your files, and reformat your hard drive from another computer. Then use the restore cd's to re-write the partitions on the drive.

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For reasons i want to convert a logical drive into primary drive,but that extended part also has an another drive which consist important data, i want to make that logical drive a primary drive WITHOUT LOSING DATA...
is that possible?

Answer:Converting extended partition into primary partition!!

First and foremost, whenever you make changes to partition tables, there is a possibility of data loss. So if it's important, ensure that you have a copy of the data before making any changes. You have been warned.

It's typically not recommended to make changes to partitions which contain data, and Windows won't do it on it's own. There are several tools, such as Partition Magic which can do what you want, but the few that I've used are not free.

Personally, I would copy the data off of the partition and use the built in Windows tool to extend the partition, reboot, and then copy the data back to the drive. Safe and free.

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I currently have a dual boot on my computer with Windows 7 and XP. Unfortunately as my computer is quite old my hard drive is not very big and with it being partitioned I am fast running out of disk space. So I tried to shrink the XP partition to allow me more disk space for Windows 7. Unfortunatley this would only let me shrink it by 83mb for some reason. I decided that since I barely use XP anymore that I would simply reformat the XP drive then try and merge them together. When I tried to format the partition it just gave the error "Windows was unable to complete the format". I then discovered in Disk Management that the Windows XP partition was the system partition which was causing the problem. Please help me with this issue before I run out of disk space!!


Answer:How do I change the system partition from XP partition to Win7?

I think you should do it from outside XP, obviously and suggest install a partitioning tool, like Easus partition manager which I have used regularly. There are a number of good ones, all free including Gparted which you download and burn to a cd, boot to it and then no amount of system files can get in your way.

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My Computer have C,D,E,F,G 5 partitions,total 40GB,originally C only has 5GB, G have 20 GB, I want to use PartitionMagic 8.0 to resize C from 5GB to 15GB.
Because C only have 100MB left , so I install Partition Magic 8 to D partition, after the system restart and resize the C partition ,I found only C and G partition were ok, others only have the partition mark, D,E,F ,but have no information and can't enter them. and also I found the Partition Magic8 can't work.
with Now C has 15GB and G has 10GB, I install the Partition Magic 8 to C,and run it , in the soft, I found D,E, F all were ok,using the check errors function can find no error. I use a win98 CD to start the computer and run scandisk & Chkdsk D,E, F ,but found no errror.
except format D,E,F, I don't know how to recover them, I hope I can get your help!

Answer:Resize C partition from G using PartitionMagic 8.0,then can't enter D,E,F partition!

The only way to this, is by resizing first and then moving everything.
For this to work, your G-partition must have more than 10GB free. If not, delete some stuff or burn it onto CD.

Example current setup:

What you want is:

The only way to do this is:
1) RESIZE G from 20 to 10GB, at the END of the former G-space.

2) MOVE F to the right, next to G

3) MOVE E to the right, as in 2)
4) MOVE D to the right, as in 2)

5) RESIZE C to include the free space, so it becomes 15GB

What you have done, is to wipe the contents of D and E probably, by expanding the C-drive.
That's why they make manuals and have help-files and wizards.
I am afraid you lost your data.

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Hello, I have started the installation process of windows 7 on a clean 1 TB hard drive. In order to ensure expediency of the read time of my primary drive, I choose the custom installation. When I did I partioned the drive as 250GB & 700GB. Hoever it also created a 100MB system partition on its own. It never did this in Vista. Is it suppose to do that?

Answer:Installation: Partition - why a 100MB system partition

100mb SysReserved contains the boot manager and the same tools which are on the Install or Repair disk Repair My Computer console, however this partition makes them available on Advanced Boot Tools via tapping F8 at bootup. System Recovery Options

It can be removed but should not be unless it creates a conflict. It will require marking Win7 active and running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to recover after removing it.

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I need to re-size my partition to accomodate a second partition to put a different version of windows on. I have one partition on my 40Gb Hard Drive (it is 40Gb) and want to turn this into one 10Gb and one 30Gb partitionI know programs like Partition Magic can do this but I dont want to have to spend this much money on a program I will only use once - fdisk does not allow me to re-size partitions. Can any one recommend a free Partition manager that allows me to re-size partitions?I have tried one called Ranish? but all I can get it to do is install itself onto a floppy disk - i can't actually get it to run the program. Am i missing something?I run Windows XP on the active partition, which has been defragmented to try to move as many files as possible to the start of the drive to leave the rest of the drive empty.

Answer:Resize Partition - Free Partition manager

Current edition of PC Plus (Aug) has a copy of Partition Commander 6 on the cover disk, I haven't tried it yet, but it comes well recommended.

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Table top, Acer brand, Aspire M5700
HDD: 500GB
1. Hidden partition, 20GB, eRecovery
2. Partition C partitioned by Acer, 240GB, OS
3. Partition D partitioned by Acer, 240GB

I plan to format both C and D partitions and make 4 partitions.
So, check with Acer first.
Acer's reply is confusing,
saying that the hidden partition will be damaged if format C partition.

I do not understand.

Please help.


Answer:Format partition C damages the hidden partition?

I do not understand.

Neither do I. You can, of course, shrink both C and D and create additional partitions without impacting the hidden recovery partition. Just make sure the new partitions are simple extended/logical partitions and NOT primary partitions. Additional primaries would get you into trouble.

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