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Any free program to partition the hard drive in W8.

Question: Any free program to partition the hard drive in W8.

Hi. I need to extend the partition C in my hard drive. I have other partitions. I have Part Manager 8 but I think is too old and not compatible with W8. What free program can I use to do it?. Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Any free program to partition the hard drive in W8.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Any free program to partition the hard drive in W8.

Have a look here. It will come with help files.

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I am running xp. I divided my drive into two parts. Actually I have not. I only partitioned half the drive. I installed xp. Now I want that other part of the drive and forgot to partition it. What is a quick fix to this?

Answer:Solved: Need simple free program to partition the rest of my drive.

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Hi everyone,
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few months ago and created another partition for it on my 1TB hard drive.

I didn't really care for Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition it was on.
That might have been a mistake.

Well, now there's 87.68GB of free space on my hard disk that I can't use and I don't know how to add it back to my c: partition.

There was another post about this a couple years ago, but I don't understand the instructions and am not actually sure if it worked. Can someone explain how to do this, please?

I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not familiar with partitioning disks. It was just the one time with Ubuntu.

Answer:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.

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I'd been getting alerts that my system files hard drive partition (C: ) was critically low on space. It had only 167MB free. So I tried using PartitionMagic 8.0 to resize but I kept getting an error on reboot that said it couldn't write to the boot sector. Error 58. That was due to Goback running, which I know now, but the point is that I didn't know it until just today and somehow I suddenly have over a gig of free space on drive C: without having retried to resize without Goback running.

The question: Where did the space come from? Did Windows find more free space that it just didn't know was there? Possibly because I've been defragging and optimizing all over the place trying to keep Windows from slowing due to low space? Or were the partitions resized automatically because the one containing the OS had gotten so low (I don't remember the exact size of drive C: before, but I don't think it's bigger now)?

Also, is the free space really there or is the system misreading something? Is that possible?

Thank you.

Windows XP Home
Athlon XP 2200
512 Ram
40g hard drive with 8mb cache
PartitionMagic 8.0
Goback3 Personal

Answer:Sudden free space on hard drive partition?

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Hello everyone,

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my computer about 3 months ago, so i split my 500gb hard drive into 2 big partitions. But now i didn't feel the need for Ubuntu anymore, and decided to delete the partition. Now i have 173GB of free space on my hard drive that i want to put onto my C: drive where my windows partition is.

The problem is the c: drive will not give me the option to extend the partition, and i have no idea how to get that free space on to my windows C: partition.

If you guys could help, that would be great


Btw i have posted a picture of my disk management so you can see what it looks like currently

Answer:Increasing size of c: partition from free space on hard drive

Hello helldemon80, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at Options One & Two in this tutorial at the link below to get an understanding of how to go about what you want to do, it will help you recover any space you need to recover.

As the C: is "System, Active" you would be able to recover into C: the "I: System" partition to the left of C: also.

Be sure to post back if you have further questions and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hi i have a Windows XP SP3 machine.

I have an 82GB C: drive but when i select all files in the drive they only total 46.5GB.

This is after trying:

Disk cleanup
system restore files removal
chkdsk /f
deleting temp files
emptying recycle bin and checking for other recycle bins eg Norton
This is after showing all hidden and system files
does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Missing free hard drive space on an XP NTFS partition

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I normally use XXClone to clone hard drives. But, I need a free one allow cloning several drives via USB. Any suggestions? The free XXClone only alows the source drive to be c:.

Answer:Need a Free Hard Drive Clone Program or

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I want to copy the Hutchinson Science Reference Suite to my hard drive to save me inserting the free PC Advisor disk (Feb 2004) every time I run the program. Any one got any ideas. I have loaded all that I can see relating to the program but it still refers back to the cd-rom data.Thanks for any response.

Answer:Copy program from Free CD to Hard Drive?

You need software do do what you want, CD emulationclick here

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Is there any free ones that work good for reformatting hard drives.


Answer:Free Program for reformatting hard drive

active kill disk

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I need a program that would easily wipe the C drive but leave the recovery partition alone.

any ideas what to use? need something free and easy.

Ive also read that starting with windows Vista, a format does a basic hard drive wipe. so is this basic wiping of the drive enough for the home user?

Just wondering what others use. thanks.

Answer:need a free hard drive wipe program...

Don't let the name fool you. This might be what you are looking for. It's one of the Forms Tutorials.
Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

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Hi. I have a large external hard drive and want to make several partitions. Also I have PartMagic 7 and Easus 7.1. Both of them see the external HD but the option to make a new partition is gray. An hour ago I downloaded paragon Partition manager 11 but it's worse. The interface is not very friendly and even doesn't see the external hadr drive. can someone tell me what programs do it?. I use XP. thanks

Answer:Program to partition an external hard drive (2 terabytes)

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v.7.0 supports disks over 2 TB is FREE and available for download from here enter link description here It is the best partitioning tool I have ever used - so simple to use although I haven't got a 2TB HDD. This is what it says -
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Fast performance, easy to use graphic interface, supports RAID drives, supports disks over 2 TB, bootable recovery CD available for download, can repairs Master Boot Records (both MBR and GPT formats). Supports Linux ext2 and ext3 files systems. Data Protection mode allows for more non-reboot required editing scenarios, and the recovery media offers much of the functionality of the full, online program.
Recovery media requires separate download

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Hello and good morning everyone, my friend is about to buy a brand new laptop, and she wishes to give her old laptop to her brother who is abroad, but first she wants to COMPLETELY wipe the laptop 100%. She has already gotten a portable external hard drive to transfer all her important docs, pictures, etc. She needs a program that will totally wipe her hide drive of ALL data(obviously not the operating system, lol!!!) and it must be TOTALLY FREE and simple to use......just like install, 1 click, and all data is gone and cannot be retrieved. Any help would be much appreciated. thanks

Answer:Free and perfect program to wipe a hard drive??

If you wipe the hard drive,the Operating System also goes.

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I have a new hard drive that I want to use as my main hard drive. I have googled a few but the only ones I could find weren't free. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Any suggestions on a (free) program to clone a hard drive

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A friend of mine is looking for a good piece of software that will allow him to erase unused portions of his hard drive in an effort to further decrease his chances of being a victim of ID theft. I was wondering if anyone knows of an open source piece of software that can do this?

Answer:Good program for cleaning free space on a hard drive?

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Just as the title say, what's the best app to make an exact clone from one hard drive in an enclosure to another drive in an enclosure?

Answer:Best Block-Level Hard Drive Cloning Program for FREE?


Edit: I just noticed you were a Mac Guru so you could try Carbon Copy Cloner.

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Okey Dokey so the computer is running a wee bit slow, and one of the things I have been meaning to do anyway was a defrag and run a program to clean up the darn thing.

I am seeking opinions on a good program that does just that, and also gains/creates the most space on the HD.

Any suggestions?

Thank you to all who help on these forums also.

Answer:OPINION: Best free (not trial) program for cleaning up hard drive/gaining disk space?

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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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A friend of mine is looking for a free partition manager, From what he wants it sounds like hes looking for something similar to Partition Magic. If there is any such free program please let me know. Thanks!

Answer:Free Partition program.

This has a few partitioning tools on, you will have to download, burn the iso file to cd, with something like nero or any burning software that support iso's,..Boot from cd to use.

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HI all, i have mislaid my Partition Magic cd and want to partition my hard disk in order to install mandrake linux again, i am reluctant to buy another copy as money is tight at the moment.can anyone recomend a free partiton tool to partiton my win xp hard disk so i can create a linux partition? thank you for your timeRyan

Answer:free partition program

Look here click here

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I just built a new pc with a 200GB SATA HD. When I was installing XP Pro it only saw 130GB and made a 130GB partition. After going into disc manager and noticing the remaining 70GB wasn't listed there I installed both Service Packs. After the SP2 install the remaining 70 GB now shows up in disc manager as unpartitioned space. I was told Partition Magic will extend the 130 to include the other 70, however I don't want to pay for software I'll only use once. Is there a free alternative that will extend the partition?

Answer:Does anyone know of a free program that will extend a partition?

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Need a program to copy a 60GB boot partition (750GB WD green drive)
to a new 150GB partition (640GB WD Black drive).
But i can only find programs that try to make a 60GB partition on the 640GB drive.
What program are there that will just copy the complete contents of the 60GB to the 150GB, making the 150GB partition the boot partition.

Answer:Need (free)program to copy Boot partition

WD didn't include a copy utility or it wouldn't let you resize?

Partition Wizard and Easeus Partition Manager both seem to allow copying to a larger free space but they may require that it be unallocated space rather than a formatted partition.

Just from reading I am unsure about partition wizard but easeus definitely wants unallocated space. If you already have the 150gb partitioned and formatted at the beginning of the new drive then I think it is just a matter of deleting that partition leaving unallocated space at the beginning of the drive.

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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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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Hey guys...I am trying to find a solution to a problem that I'm having. At work we have about 6 PC's that I would like to make drive images for in case of drive failues. I was wanting to use an external drive for the backups and was looking for a one touch feature but I don't think it would work with multiple machine backups.

I was trying to avoid having to install software on each machine to perform these backups.

So what I was thinking of doing is trying to find a program that can reside on the external drive and will run from there.

Does anyone know of a free reliable imaging program that will do this?

I had found one at one time that did just this and worked great but I can't remember for the life of me the name of the program!

Any help or ideas appreciated!!


Answer:Good drive imaging program to backup multiple systems with an ext. drive? Free?

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I have an old 320GB hard drive that's dying and slowing my computer down. The OS is on a 20GB partition. I want to copy that partition onto an empty, 110GB hard drive.

Will the data copied be corrupted? am I better off re-installing windows?

How can I do this?

Answer:Cloning a hard drive partition onto a smaller hard drive

Hi there

1) download something like FREE macrium and boot it up.
2) Image the OS
3) Restore the image to the new HDD --if it's a Laptop you can do it with a USB==>SATA cable without installing the new HDD first
4) swap the drives if it's a laptop
5) Boot.

Remember though if the Windows system partition exists to copy that as well as the "C" partition.

The rest of your data (User data etc) on the HDD - just save anywhere with File explorer / Windows explorer to wherever you want to keep it -- there's no reason why you couldn't keep it on the old HDD -- if it's an INTERNAL HDD you can get a powered SATA / IDE case and connect via USB or SATA.

I suspect you are installing an SSD -- EXCELLENT MOVE -- you won't be in any way disappointed. You can connect the 110GB SDD to the computer via a USB==>SATA cable - very cheap so you can restore to SSD BEFORE physically changing the drives. Even if it isn't an SSD the methodology applies -- ensure though the BOOT partition is ACTIVE !! or the system won't boot.


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I am running a gateway PC with windows 7 pro. I have over 3 gb of memory and plenty of drive room. I have an ubuntu cd with Linux that I would like to install.
1. Is there a good drive partition software that would allow me to install Ubuntu without compromising my data and files on my windows partition?

Thank you in advance for your answers!

Answer:Free drive partition software...

doesn't win7 already have the ability to resize a partition?

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I am running Windows XP Pro, the NTFS file system, and I set up my system so I sent up my primary 30 GB hard drive with several partitions so that my windows swap file is on a separate partition (K:) than is my OS (C:).

I recently wanted to defrag this separate drive (K:) (partition) so I went into my virtual memory settings for my windows swap file and I selected "No swap (or page) file" and then asked windows to defrag the drive that my swap file exists on. I then went to defrag the drive.

Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert) I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)


My latest defrag report for drive (K:) says:

Volume XP Pro SWAP FILE (K:)
Volume size = 800 MB
Cluster size = 64 KB
Used space = 600 MB
Free space = 200 MB
Percent free space = 25 %

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 0 %
File fragmentation = 0 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

File fragmentation
Total fi... Read more

Answer:Where's the free space on my drive/partition?

1.Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert)

2.I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)

1. You need something like 12% or 15% free space to defrag....looks like you increased it so you have 25% free space.

2. You increased the size of the partition or did you reformat? If you reformatted you wouldn't need to increase the size anyway because you would have 100% free space. Looks like all you did was increase the size and didn't reformat. Defragging does not remove any arranges them so they can be found more readily.

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My 80GB Windows 7 drive isn't cutting it, and I don't want to do a reformat on a new drive.

I'm thinking of getting a WD 500GB Black to replace it. (Or are there any other recommendations for a fast system drive?)

What is the best, possibly free program to image my system drive to the new 500GB so there will be no problems once I plug it into my computer?

Answer:Best (free?) program to image a system drive to a bigger drive?

Since you're buying a Western Digital drive, this will be the best thing for you:

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This does involve Kali Linux but I believe it DOES NOT specifically involve this distro. So, please ignore this fact unless it may involve this after all.

I have a USB drive that I had used for the setup of Kali Linux live boot. (Originally 8GB) Now, during the install process, I can't remember perfectly however, I started the install but it started to install on the drive instead of the HDD I had partitioned. I eventually was able to try it again and it was successful. However...

The reason I am posting it here is I have tried to format, extend, reassign, etc... this drive and nothing has worked. I have no idea why it is doing this and it's a pain considering I can only use 2.5GB now. So as you can see from the screenshots, I can't do anything really.

Any help would be appreciated!

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A friend of mine gave me his external hard drive with the hopes that I might be able to fix it.

It's a new external Western Digital that is 2TB in size and he purchased it within the last 2 or 3 months. I don't know what he did, but it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the USB cord without properly unmounting the drive and something with his filesystem became corrupted. I don't know how to repair this.

The drive will show you a drive letter when you attach it to Windows, and using a partition manager (in Linux) shows the drive to contain an "unknown" partition type. In Windows, running "chkdsk e: /x /r" returns an error that says "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives".

Anyone know of a reliable (and preferably free) utility that might be able to repair this kind of problem quickly?

Answer:External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Is this a data recovery operation? Should be able to just format again if not.

Otherwise testdisk ( might be useful to recover the partition info.

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If I were to install XP on one drive, then install all of my programs on a separate drive, would I be able to access my programs if I were to format my OS drive and reinstall Windows?

I ask this because I just had to wipe and reinstall Windows due to an irrepairable corrupt system file... luckily I had all my data on a separate drive, but now I have to reinstall all of my programs.

Answer:Program Files on separate drive/partition

Some programs do allow you to access them after a rebuild, some don't. The only way to test is to...well...test them.

Others may have a better idea than me, but that (as far as I know) is the only way to be sure.

In any case, it's always best to reinstall them anyway.

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I am trying to find a free program to copy my games to hard disk so i dont have to keep switching cd's, anyone know of one?

Answer:free virtual drive program?

DarkStar said:

I am trying to find a free program to copy my games to hard disk so i dont have to keep switching cd's, anyone know of one?Click to expand...


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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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I've never seen this before. Double click on e:\ in my computer and it says not a valid win32 application. Seen it when opening applications but not a drive! all other drives are fine. First time i saw it it was looking for install.exe, which i remember deleting a week or so ago. Most likely because it was a missing shortcut in registry or because it was corrupted or something simular. I dont know what to do about this, as I said never seen it happen b4 on a drive. You can open e drive when you right click and explore but when double click sometimes it tries to locate install.exe. No virus, but did have a few recently, I wont put it down to that though and dismiss because I am very vigilant and remove virus immediately, and scan twice a day, always scanning b4 opening apps. Weird one! Logically, how do i stop it looking for install.exe when openning?

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

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

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



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

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!

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My computer failed to boot a few weeks ago. I took out the C drive and put it in an external drive case on my other computer in order to retrieve outlook emails, bookmarks, etc. The drive is 250 gigs. It only shows an 'N' drive, 130 gigs worth of data, which must have been a partition. The C drive isn't there. Is it corrupted? Will be I be able to retrieve anything from the C drive?  If the drive is corrupted, why does one partition show up and not the other?

Answer:Hard drive doesn't show C drive, but shows the other partition

I had a similar situation. I was able to get data off the drive using a Ubuntu live cd. Burn the iso to cd, put the drive back in the computer and boot to the cd. If you can see the drive in Places then you should be able to get your data off. Please note the "if" and "should".Good luck.

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I install a new hard drive because my old drive had no more available space. I then used IBM Recovery CD's to rebuild system out of the box.  Rebuild was flawless except that I now only have 618GB of useable space on the Creload partition. What happened to the other approx. 400 GB.  The recovery partition used up almost 318GB of space.  My old drive was 160 GB, and the available space on the Creload was 145 GB, so technically I should have only lost about 15 GB on the Recovery side of the partition. Here is what I found interesting using the disk managment, the recovery partition is formatted for FAT32 file system, the Creload is formated to NTFS. I did not format  the new drive just installed it and then started using the CD's.  The only thing I can figure is that the drive must have been formatted for FAT32 and the files from the CD's were copied directly over to this format and expanded.  The Creload was created properly by formatting and installing the system from the recovery partition. Before installing the rest of my software I am wondering if I should start again and reformat the entire new hard disk into a NTFS format then start all over.  Will this fix this issue and maximize the available space for this 1TB drive? Any comments would be appreciated!

Answer:Upgraded Hard Drive to 1TB - C Drive Space was limited to 618 GB, Partition used UP 320 GB

While I cannot explain what happened with the reconfiguration of the hard drive, I can tell you that your 1TB hard drive is actually 931GB hard drive. Reason being....... An OS [operating system] sees 1GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes.A hard drive manufacturer sees 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.The manufacturer lists their numbers in the specifications. Thus, 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. It would have to be 1,099,511,627,776 bytes in order for the OS to see full 1TB available.  I would suggest leaving 15GB or 16GB of unallocated space for the recovery partition and the rest for the OS. Hopefully that will work.Message Edited by ortegaluis on 03-27-2009 11:17 PM

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Found this link a few minutes ago.

It is for a driver backup program and seems to run very well.

Answer:Free Paragon Drive Genius Program

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Will someone have a lookie at this Drive image clone program which is freeware as far as I looked (which was not long...)

If you try it please post back and tell us how it went....

Answer:FREE drive image type program

Emptyness of soul
Forever aching blackness:
" not found."

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Does anyone know of a good Windows program for creating hard disk images? I would prefer something that could also compress the disk image afterwards.

Also, does anyone know of a program that can backup files and folders in an automated fashion? So far the programs that I've been finding all have some sort of limitation (ie trial period/limited number of files).

Answer:Good (free) program for creating hard disk images/file backups?

I don't know about the hard disk images, I'd be interested in that though also.

For folder backups though I've found a batch files to be a good solution. I work from home and have had very bad experiences with losing data in the past, so I've been trying to keep daily backups as well as I can. I have a home fileserver and I work off my laptop.

On my laptop I have a batch file that creates a directory on the filserver (if the directory is already there, it deletes it), then copies my selected folders to that directory. This batch file runs at 4am and takes about 45 minutes to transfer a few gigabytes of data.
At 7am, the fileserver then RARs that folder. Through a few automated file renames, it also keeps the past 5 days of RARs. It's been working very well for the past few months.

The batch files are scheduled using the Scheduled Tasks in Windows. Easy to setup and doesn't take much (if any) extra resources.

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I have win xp,sevice pack 2 with 2 hard drive.

Recently my PC encountred a virus attack named ""
I scaned my PC with AVG and removed all virus,but after that I cannot access 2 partition(D-drive and E-drive) on 1st hard disk.
Everytime I click on both the partitions I get a error msg "The disk in drive D(name) is not formated Do you want to format it now?"
I cannot access through windows explorer and any of options shown on right click on the icon of D and E-drive(like "open" , "search" , "explore" & so on..)

If u have a solution please sen it to my e-mail ID: [email protected]

Answer:unable to access a partition drive of hard drive

The virus likely corrupted or deleted the partition information. I've used a few apps in the past with mixed results, you can give Partition Table Doctor a try.

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Hello, Somewhere in other thread I read that Lenovo offers Partition such that we get more space on D Drive compare to C Drive, so that we can keep all the Personal files, Photos, Videos, Documents on D drive and in case of system Crash it would be still recoverable. I got my new Lenovo 530 4051, just last week however my C drive is of 188 GB where as my D drive is only 29 GB. I was expecting at least 80 GB of D drive. Is anybody have similar experience? If I have to get more size on D drive what should I do? ThanksMak

Answer:Ideapad 530 4051 - Hard Drive Partition - Less D drive than C

You should change partitions sizes, obviously.You can use PartedMagic, GParted or Acronis Disk director suite.maybe some other software, but I trust only these. Also you can trust Vista built-in disk management.

//help will save the world

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After sending in my new 750 GB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive due to my partitions getting completely screwed multiple times. I received a brand new replacement 1 TB Western Digital Black Edition hard drive yesterday. Everything was working fine until I turned on my desktop on today and received the message "operating system not found". This is the same problem I got with my older hard drive. I tried everything, including creating a new partition using the command prompt on my old hard drive and I still had the same problem. I haven't tried anything yet with my new hard drive and I'm wondering what is causing my hard drives to do this? Any ideas of what could be causing this and fixes would be immensely appreciated. Thank you for your time.

-Not posting this from my desktop.
-Both drives are OEM and I do not have any discs with to run a diagnostics or repairs.
-I can not start up Windows in anyway.
-I still have my Windows 7 64 bit disc.
-My computer does not recognize my hard drive due to the partition being corrupted.

Answer:Hard drive problem with partition. Even after a new replacement drive.

Check all the cables.

Check your HD.
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.

I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

Answer:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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"TODO" is the new free program from Easeus.

It offers drive/partition imaging, cloning, and the ability to mount images and restore individual files/folders as needed.

I tested it on Windows 7x64.

It imaged a 25gb o/s partition in about 20 mins and the image size was around 9gb.

Mounting the image and extracting files was successful.

I have not ( yet) tried to restore the image.

Macrium Reflect Free offers drive/partition imaging, scheduling, and the ability to mount images and restore individual files as needed.

It is certainly faster than TODO - and compression is slightly better. It does not have a cloning function, but does provide scheduling.

I have restored numerous images successfully with the Macrium on x64 o/s.

Answer:Free drive image program from Easeus - TODO

Thanks for the links. Good finds like this are always nice for the toolbox. i tried to rep you, but it won't let me rep you again until I rep others.

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Aomei Backuper.

Image Drives/System/Partitions.


Image mounting. Scheduling.

Creates Winpe recovery media - no need for WAIK/WADK download. Native 64 pe too.

Don't know how long it will be free. Worth getting it while you can.

AOMEI Data Backuper ? free disk imaging and cloning software, backup and recovery for your computer.

Here it is in 64 bit pe:

Answer:Xmas pressie Free Drive Imaging program

Thanks for the link SIW2.

I haven't heard of this company, so keen to have feedback here from anyone who is using or intending to use this software.

Seems rather a small software package (14.2MB installer) for all its advertised features.

Seasons Greetings everyone!

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This program might be usefull for anyone looking to replace a hard drive and its have to register to get a serial here

Answer:Paragon Drive copy 8 Personal SE, Free program

Sorry wrong Address,tryclick herethe other one is Ashampoo burning studio v5 also free.

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Aomei Backuper.

Does everything you need. Image Drives/System/Partitions.


Image mounting. Scheduling.

Creates Winpe recovery media - no need for WAIK/WADK download. Native 64 pe too.

Don't know how long it will be free. Worth getting it while you can.


AOMEI's free data backup software for disk, partition, system and file backup & recovery for Windows Oss.

Here it is in 64 bit pe :

Answer:Xmas Present - FREE Drive Imaging program

Worth noting is that this "free" present requires you to put in your email address before they send you a link to download the software.

They claim it's free for personal as well as commmercial use and it works on Server based OS's too (Server 2008, 2008R2, and 2012).

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just as the title reads. need to copy my main drive(os) and put it all on my 2nd drive, to make the 2nd drive the os drive. thanks!

Answer:free software to clone hard drive to another drive?

Macrium Reflect (free version), or CloneZilla if you want more options and don't need a fancy GUI.

Seagate and Western Digital also do own-brand versions of Acronis True Image (Disc Wizard and Acronis TI WD Edition respectively), so if you have one of their drives you could visit their website and download it for free.

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I'm just wondering, is this like a 2nd hard drive that I can put stuff in like I would with C:? Or is it another drive to put another OS on. I'm so confused.

Answer:hard drive filling up, other drive has 30gb free

It appears to be set up to take more "stuff" of whatever you want to store there. If you really wanted to, you could put another OS on the drive but do you really want to?

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Hi. My Dell had a hard drive failure and I replaced it on my own and also they replaced it. They wouldn't do it at first so I did and I set up a lot of good programs and settings so I wanted to partition the new hard drive that they installed yesterday so that I can clone mine and then compare things and go with all of the drivers and programs that work best.

Does that make any sense? I don't want to keep all of their bloat but I would like to keep some of it. I also don't want to have to reload all of my programs again. I have Acronis Disk Director 12 and I also have Acronis True Image 2015. I have a SATA cable connected to my hard drive. I also have two additional external backup hard drives. I am using Windows 8.,1 and I have Window 8 currently on the newly installed Hard drive. I also would like to have a partition to try Windows 10. Any help would really be appreciated.

Answer:How to partition a new drive to clone 2nd hard drive

clone a hard drive will delete all the data on the destination drive. You'd better clone all the partitions on the drive that clone disk.

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Hi there,

I'm not sure where to post this so I hope this is ok.

A few months ago I bought a new computer from PC Specialist, and asked for it to have disk partitions put in. Stupidly however I only asked for the C (windows) drive to be 50 GB in size. I only realised my mistake when I saw that Vista was already taking up more than half of the allocated space when I first turned it on.

I thought everything would be ok if I just made sure that every new program was installed to the other partition (450GB), all well as keeping all the contents of my documents folder on there too, but the used disk space has slowly crept up and up until I now have only 6 GB of free space on my C drive. I'm worried that it will soon start to affect the performance of my computer.

I dont know enough about computers to know what is taking up this space exactly, but is there any way to sort this out without wiping everything and starting again? 'App Data' seems to be taking up about 6GB for starters - is there a way of moving certain non-critical files to another drive?

Any help greatly appreciated!

AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core 2.6 GHz / 4GB Ram / Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit


Answer:Hard Drive Partition - C Drive filling up!

Hello Matt

There are a couple of things you can do to get more space

1. System Restore uses huge amounts of space in Vista. If your system is running well at the moment you can delete all but the most recent Restore Point and recover a lot of space. Then reduce the space allocated to System Restore

2. You can try to make the Vista partition bigger. How much space you can gain will depend on the way the system files are placed on the hard drive

Delete all but the most recent Restore Point
1.Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup.

2.In the dialog that appears choose "Files from all users on this computer".

3.If User Account Control prompts you to confirm the action, click on "Continue".

4.If asked which drive you want to scan, choose the drive in which Windows Vista is installed on, and then click OK.

5.Disk Cleanup will scan your hard drive and then display a list of options.

6.In the Disk Cleanup window, click on the "More Options" tab.

7.Under "System Restore", click on the "Clean up..." button.

8.When asked "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?", click on "Delete".

9.Close the Disk Cleanup window.

After you have performed these steps, check your disk usage in the Computer window. I think you'll be a bit surprised.
(NOte. Also set Disk Cleanup to delete all temporary files)

Reduce the s... Read more

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Anyone know if there's any way of creating a hard drive partition without formatting the hard drive? Currently running XP on the computer, but I want to creat a linux (Ubantu) partiton, cause I miss it(!)

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with a 1.5 GHz Pentium M Processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Win XP/Pro SP2.

I connected a new Maxtor One Touch 3 500 GB USB drive to the laptop. No problems there, as the "New Hardware Found" message appeared, and I could see it in the My Computer list. However, I cannot create a new partition on that drive,

Here is what I did (following the Windows Help file instructions):

Start/Control Panel/Admin Tools (yes, I logged in as Admin)/Computer Management/Disk Management.

I right-clicked on "New Volume" (I tried this in the upper field that has the list of all drives and partitions, and in the lower field on the appropriate drive). In the menu displayed, there is no "New Partition" item. It isn't that the item is there and grayed out, it is is missing. The Delete Partition option is displayed, but no New Partition option.

I even tried clicking on Open from the menu displayed when I right click, and then right-clicking again. Same result.

Out of curiosity, I tried right clicking on my C drive. Still no New Partition choice. The Delete Partition choice is displayed, but is grayed out.

I searched this forum, but found no relevant results.

Am I missing something simple? Can anyone help?

Answer:Can't partition new hard drive

As for your C: drive, that is normally your system drive, and Disk Management can't manipulate your system drive; that's why the Delete Partition choice is grayed out.

As for your New Volume, it is already partitioned into one big partition. You can't partition a partition; you can only partition unallocated space on a disk. In order to divide the one huge partition into smaller partitions, you must first delete the one huge partition in order to create unallocated space.

I use BootIt NG for a multitude of disk tasks. It can shrink a partition without deleting it, giving you unallocated space to do with as you will.

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anyone know of a good user freindly free-ware disk partiton program .I need one to set up a second OS on PC tired of buying programs .Or a basic way through WIN me COM line.Thanks

Answer:Partition hard drive

December edition of Personal Computer World (CD or DVD) has a full version of Acronis Partition Expert.Or Ranish from click here Part 240 is the latest stable version.

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I've got a new Vista laptop.
I want to partition the existing hard drive.
How do I do this?


Answer:How do I partition a hard drive?

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I'm completely new so please be gentle with me if I sound stupid. I have a 40gb hard drive split into three partitions when I bought the system from PC World. C: = 20gb System D: = 16gb BACKUP E: = 3gb RecoverI have 5gb left on my C; drive is it possible to pinch some space fro D: drive without messing up. There is 14gb available space on D:

Answer:Partition my hard drive

There is software that will do just what you want, without messing up. The only name that comes to mind is Partition Magic, which you have to buy. But I'm sure others will shortly tell you about free software available on the net.

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i am fixing an computer for an friend...
she pretty much erased the entire operating system on her computer, when i got it in my hands it just gives me an message stating that there is no operating system found...
i inserted an boot disk:
tried first with regular windows 98 and then later with an 2000, and finally with an xp...
all were recognized by the laptop, got to the point where it was telling me that the hard drive was not partitioned and that i needed to do so ... selected options of creating partition... with the 98, it did it then asked me to reboot the computer, once started again partition was gone... and with 2000 and xp just wouldnt do it...
its an laptop compaq presario 1270, any ideas, or is there anything wrong that i am doing?
thanks b4 hand for any help given.

Answer:hard drive does not want to partition

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I need to partition my hard drive. I was told to remove windows vista and load windows xp, I need to load xp on the new partition and drivers. Then remove vista, Is this correct?

Answer:How 2 Partition hard drive?

Who told you to remove Vista? Is there a good reason for this?

Hate to see you switch back to XP for a reason not really fit for a clean reinstall of XP.

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I have Window 7,500gb HD 64bits is there anyway I can partition the hard drive; I would like to keep Family Tree files separate. I do not have any partition discs to carry this out.Thank you

Answer:Partition the hard drive

GIYFclick here

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Just curious because I have never ticked it when I have backed up, what is this (System Reserved) partition is it important,do I need it, Its not ticked for backup when I start up Acronis, should I tick it so that it backs up with c drive the next time I do a hereThanks

Answer:What is this hard drive partition for

It's probably an image of your hard drive which is used to restore your computer if all else fails. Probably best to leave it alone!

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Hi Folks,A friend has given me a 320GB IDE Hard Drive. Will I be able to Partition this into 4X80GB divisions. If so, how would I go about doing it and will my Motherboard recognise it.My Motherboard is Micro-Star MS-6195 K7 Pro ATX IR3. Version 1.0B.Please advise.ThanksShikaree

Answer:Partition Hard Drive

Are you going to fit this drive as your MAster drive, and install windows on it?If so you can partition using the Windows CD.

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Hello, Not sure if this should be posted on the software or the hardware area.
Recently built a new PC but have encountered a problem that I can not figure out regarding the partitions on the hard drive. It is a used hard drive that I got from my friend, but for some reason it has two partitions. One is around 195 GB of space and the other is 736 GB of space. I've been trying to figure out how to unpartition these so there is only one hard drive partition between these two in which I am able to install everything. Any help please.

When I right click the partitions it does not give me the option to unite the partitions and the partition in the middle of 400MB only gives the option of "help"

Answer:Un-Partition a Hard Drive

Moving to hardware, as this is more hardware than software related.

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I have partitioned my hard drive, c drive nearly full, how do I return to non partition hard drive. Thanks .

Answer:Partition hard drive

All drives must have at least one partition to be usable.

Your choices are to get another drive or delete something from the existing drive.

If you happen to have a second partition on the existing drive, you can move personal data files from C to the other partition.

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ok some im a dumb newbie sue me we all been there I parttion my hard drive (250) into 3 parts. can i change this i need to make f bigger (f 30) g(150) h(70) please help if can
thanks all

Answer:partition hard drive

Put it back together as one big drive and repartition it again.
Or do you already have data written on the drives?

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If the hard drive stops working completely, is there a way to salvage the Q parition (factory settings backup)? Or do I need to back this up to discs? Thanks

Answer:Q partition of hard drive

It depends on what happens to your hard drive. If like you say, it stops working completely, as in stops spinning, etc, then no, the Q partition would be useless at that point.  I would definitely make a recovery disc or recovery USB to have a "failsafe". In cases where the hard drive still spins and you have a problem with a virus or your OS then yes, it's possible to restore from the Q drive.
Hope that helps,

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Alright here is I've go this external hard drive 300GB,3.5 inch, USB. It stopped working so I took it to a shop and they said that its doesn't have a "partiton" or it is missing one. I have files that I want on it. Is there a way to fix it with out lformating it and losing the documents?
Any help is much appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Partition


When did it stop working and how? Have you tried it on another machine?


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I have a universal hard drive adapter kit and I have a sata hard drive that came out of an old computer. I originally got this kit to retrieve some old data off of the drive, but figured I could make a low budget backup hard drive with it. The only problem is the drive is partitioned into two partitions. Is there any software that will allow me to partition it while it connected to my computer via usb cable?

Answer:Partition a usb hard drive

Any disk management software will allow you to do that, even the built in Windows Disk Management:

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Is there an advantage to partitioning your hard drive? I have a 40gig HD with everything on 'C' drive leaving 38gig's(88%)of free space available. Should I partition that free space for different application's such as games,ect.? What application's have you separated into partition's and why? I'm running XP Home using the NTFS file system. Thanks

Answer:Partition hard drive?

Yes partitioning is a very good idea. Phantasm posted a link to a very informative artical here a little while back. Its a very good read if you can devote a few minutes to reading it.

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hello I have a Acer Aspire 4 years old which got ransomed and I have not been able to clean it out . My question ,could I partition the hard drive and install a new version of windows 10 inside that new partition. and still be confident that the new partition will not be corrupt . I cannot use the Acer software that allows you to format the drive and reinstall windows 7 because i get an error message that the" drive is not able ". I have backed up all documents . I am been thinking of using a thumb drive to install Windows 10

Answer:Can I Partition my hard drive

Id use Linux to wipe that drive clean, deleting all partitions. Then use Windows 10 media after hat to install 10 to it clean. If you try to make a partition on a drive that has one of its partitions hostage its going to be a big mess of wasted space and potential for whatever you got hit by traveling to the new partition.Use of a Linux Mint or Ubuntu burned ISO to DVD you can boot off this DVD and then when it boots to the desktop of the distro you can then access this infected drive and delete all partitions. Once they are deleted just back out of any other actions and this should be good enough for you to be able to reboot computer and use the Windows 10 install media to install clean and use the entire drive for 10.New Partition will not be corrupt going this route. This should also kill off any MBR virus's as for the drive will no longer be bootable until a new OS is installed to it in which the MBR (Master Boot Record ) gets written.

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Hi all. Been beating my head against the wall. Upgrading my system from XP3 32bit to Vista Ultmate 64bit. I have 2 new 500GB hard drives to install. Will be mirrored RAID1. Need to partiton I assume and set to "active" as they are now set to "Dynamic". See screen shot below. I have the mini tool Partion Wizard installed if this helps. Would appreciate any and all help. Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive Partition

Hello love2photou, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would just need to convert Disk 1 from dynamic back to basic. Since there's nothing on it, you could use Option One in the tutorial below to do so if you like.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Forums

Afterwards, you can connect your 2nd 500GB HDD to setup the RAID with both 500GB HDDs.

Hope this helps,

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Not strictly a Windows question, but couldn't find a more suitable section to post in.

I have just purchased a new laptop which is running XP Home. It has an 80gb hard drive that has been partitioned into C: and D: and the split is 50/50 size-wise. It appears that there is no data on D: and all the OS etc is on C:

Is this the best way to have it? Should I be looking to run programs from C: and store data and files etc on D:? I know nothing about partitioning so any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Partition of hard drive

Usually everything is on C. If you really had a reason to partition it, it would be for installing another OS (like Linux), so you can have both OSes loaded on your new laptop.

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I have just installed a new 320gig hard drive and installed XP on a 80gig partition,I then wanted to create 4 other partitions of around 50gig, unallocated space is just short of 220gig but the new partition wizard will only let me use 225239mg help please

Answer:hard drive partition

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Hello,I have a E Machine ET1831-05, It has a 500 GB HDD. The hard drive has 3 partitions on it. the C: is labeled E machine 431  GB free of 452 D: is labeled HP Pavilion 1.72 MB free of 107 GBE: is labeled BS 4.42 GB free of 4.42I am assuming that C: is the restore, and D: is the operating system.  But the computer is telling me it is out of space , I just did a system restore, so there should not be anything extra on it.  How do I get it to use the free space on the other partions?

Answer:hard drive partition

The system partition is ALWAYS C: drive. D: looks like the restore partition.

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I have a 7-year old Dell Dimension 4500 with 256Mb Ram, 40GB hard drive and a clock speed of 1.8 Ghz that uses Windows XP operating system but which has become unbearably slow. The data has all been backed up so I have the luxury of doing things knowing that mistakes should not cause too much harm.

To get it working again, I would like to do the following if possible:

1. Erase the hard drive and reinstall the operating system from the CD that came with the computer (all those years ago).
2. Download the updates for Windows XP and drivers.
3. Reinstall and update additional device drivers as necessary.
4. Load the following programs: ZoneAlarm (or other) firewall, Adaware, Avast Anti-virus, Mozilla Firefox, Open Office, Easeus Partition Manager,
Easeus ToDo Backup, IObit Smart Defrag, ccleaner.
5. Partition the hard drive into
- C drive for the operating system and programs,
- D drive for data
- and an E drive where I want to install the Linux operating system.
6. Create a ghost image of the operating system on a CD, using ToDo Backup.
7. Every six months or so, reload the operating system from the image, update the software and create a new image to be used next time. The purpose is to try to keep the registry free from unwanted items.

My questions are:
1. Is the entire XP operating system contained in the directory c:\Windows or are there
OTHER FILES (possibly hidden) that are part of the OS and which should be left on the C drive an... Read more

Answer:Partition Hard Drive

I triple boot Linux Mint, Linux Crunchbang and Vista Home basic. The partition for Linux that you plan is very generous, I've given 10gb each to my 2 Linux - so you've got room to move there if you wish.
Install Windows first is generally recommended.
I would also suggest using the partition editor in the Linux Live CD to do your partitioning, most use GParted I think. I found this easy and safe.
Other than that I can't answer the rest - but I took several attempts to get it right, so don't be put off if things snarl up. I've learned more each time. My son (10 yo) now dual boots Mint & Vista and has Linux Mint KDE running in Vista through Mint4Win (their version of Wubi) so this type of learning/development is highly addictive!!

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Hi everyone, I need some help on partitions and formatting. I have 2 partitions on my drive, and I just erased the info on the 2nd Partition. I would like to reuse this partition, but I don't know how to format it. Also how do I select it when I want to use it to download info, or use it to download a game. Thanks Tom

Answer:Hard Drive Partition

to format, go to Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Disk Management.
Right click on the drive you want to format , in box click format.(do full one, not the quick one.
To save to, go to top of box when saving, select the drive and select save.

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Just wondering if somebody could please tell me if there is a way to partition my C:/ after XP has been installed? i want to put my OS on a 10 GB partition, and use the rest for more data.


Answer:Hard Drive Partition....need help!

You need to buy partition magic.

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without messing everything up? Is there a free partitioning programme that I can download?ThanksJohnanthony

Answer:How do I Partition a hard drive

If you mean an "in use" drive with programs and data on it - then it's possible but fraught with danger.Before you even consider it, you need to back up the entire contents of the drive. And then defragment it.Can you explain a bit further the whys and wherefores of what you want to do - then some more practical advice may be given. There's usually no vital need to partition an "in-use" drive.Free bootable Linux which has GPartEd (which I've used to partition NTFS Windows drives) can be found from here click here

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Hi guys,

I got this Acer net-book almost a year ago which came with a 320gb hard drive. The hard drive had no partition on it I had just C: drive. Now that the 1year warranty period is over i decided to create partition in it and this is where the problem starts.

I have only managed to create 1 more partition and my comp says that the maximum number of partitions has been created, upon probing further i realized that there are 2 more invisible partitions, namely - recovery partition and some system active partition. Im attaching a pic explaining the same.

Now i need to know how do i create more partition, if not is there anyway i can limit the size of my C: drive and create maximum space in my d:drive. right now my comp only allow me 50-50% allocation of my available hard drive to each ( i.e of 298gb available - C: drive 144.5gb and D:drive - 144.5gb)

thanking you for you advice.

Answer:Hard Drive partition

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Hi Guys,

I need to fix my Hard Drives/Partitioning as it is all muddled up over different hard drives:

I am planning to install Windows 7 to my Backup Disk, copy the contents from my Data Partition to the Backup Disk. Format the Disk with Data, Win7 and 97GB Unallocated. Then install Windows 7 to that disk again. Then format the Backup Disk after re-transferring all of the contents.

I cannot unplug a Hard Drive and I do not have a Windows Install Disk/USB (until 7 days), just an ISO.

Basically I just want to reinstall Windows 7 and Data to Disk 0 and have Disk 1 empty.

I am currently using Disk 2 (EASEUS) and Disk 1 (DiskMGMT).

I installed Windows 7 to the Backup Drive 20 minutes ago.

Answer:Partition and Hard Drive Help

Why do you want to install Win7 to the Backup drive and then reinstall it to the original drive?

Why don't you just move the data from the Win7 HD to Backup (that's what it's for, right?) then boot installer to Custom install, delete all partitions and clean reinstall to the Win7 HD?

Then you can create whatever partitions you want on each HD for storage.

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Heres what i have

Maxtor 200GB IDE
DFI LanParty Mobo
xfx 6600gt
512 pc2700

Here's what happened:

OS messed up w/ 2 100gb partitions

it would restart as soon as it starts to load windows

tried formatting 2nd partition, wont boot

using copy commander i tried deleting the partitions, the wierd thing is, it showed up as 2 100gb partitions as it should, with an extra 189 gb unpartioned space that can not be touched.

so i delete the 2 partitions and all i have left is the 189 gb of free space and i cant do anything with it

i also tried installing windows and it shows up as 130gb unpartitioned and i try installing on it, it copys files then on restart it says operating system not found

any ideas as to what to do or what programs to use would be great


Answer:cant partition hard drive at all

ok listen... with windows xp if your using an operating system on it .... it will only give you 130 gb's on it... i don't know why but, i ran into the same thing... w/ my seagate 200 gig... so i bought a 80 gig and installed windows... hooked up the 200 gig and formatted it threw windows and it came out fine... i don't remember the process i took but, when trying to format your 200 gig hd read what it tells you to do threw windows and go that way... hope it helps...

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I am using XP pro corp. My system files were corrupt , so I used the 'repair' folder files to be able to start up my computer. but now, i have a different problem. Before the computer system files got corrupted, I had a partition of my hard drive. Now, I can only access once part(listed as dirve C) and when trying to open the other part, (drive D) it says the disk is not formatted. What do I do? are all the important files on that partition lost forever??? Or is just a virus that can be got rid of?
Please help-getting quite worried....

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I have a laptop running XP with a drive issue.
A program (no longer on the laptop) partitioned the C drive. When i go into disk management i can see the c:10.00 GB NTFS Healthy (system) and New Volume: 8.62 GB NTFS Healthy

I cannot access the New Volume, nor can i exchange space between the two. So basically i am unable to access 8.62 GB of space. Can anyone help?

This is an issue because my computer is constantly telling me i am running out of memory and i need to free up space on my hard drive. which i cannot do anymore. This leads to my second question: shouldn't 10GB hold more than just the operating system and various programs on my computer (nothing fancy MS Office, iTunes, and a bunch of random stuff i don't use but i have no idea what they are)? All my music, documents, photos, etc are on an external hard drive.

I'm fairly computer literate - but there is a lot i don't know. Thanks in advance for your suggestions, ideas and help!

Answer:Un-partition a Hard Drive?

Music can add up fast.

You can't merge that unallocated space without partitioning tools (or the Vista DVD, if you have one available). But you can assign it a drive letter and put it to use.

Right-click Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-click the space and partition it (if need be), format it, and change its drive letter if you want.

You can move the entire My Documents folder to the new drive by right-clicking My Docs on the desktop and putting in the new path to a folder you created on the new drive. Apply and it will all be moved over.

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hey i have 320/gb hard drive my mate put 2 os on on xp pro and vista now i just want vista. have deleted 3 Partitions and have 220 gb left how can i add this to one hard drive. i have tryed to boot from cd and do a fresh insatll but it says pls insert boot up disk. can someone help me on this

also my flash player will not work tryed everything when i go in to programs and features it has a red x beside flash how can i get thid fixed?

Answer:how to add more Partition to my hard drive

If your fine with doing a clean install, then put your cd in and you'll have to either enter the BIOS and change the boot order so it looks at your cd-rom drive before your hard drive, or if you have a brand name PC most of them have a boot menu, dells, IBM, and toshiba you can press F12 to get to the boot menu.

when you start your PC up, it should say what key to push to enter setup

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Hi everyone,

Before posting out here, I did some research on hard drive partitioning and found out some important information. However, I want to be certain I am doing this properly. I am needing to do this because I got a new computer and need to run Adobe Photoshop 7 on Windows 7, but because I have 1.5TB hard drive, Photoshop 7 does not recognize such a large hard drive. Therefore, I need to split the hard drive in half so it can recognize it. If there is an easier way to get Photoshop 7 working (I can't buy an external hard drive - not an option), please let me know (I've already tried changing scratch disk preferences).

My PC is pretty new, so I don't have any important documents on it, but I need to know if I need to still worry about certain programs, etc.

I've looked over this tutorial at:

I still wanted to ask some questions before doing ANYTHING. Please know I know nothing about hard drive partitioning, so this is very new to me. I'd really be thankful for your input and help with this matter. Here they are:

- Can I partition my hard drive without formatting my computer?
- Do you have any warnings for me before going forward with partitioning?
- How will this effect my computer and access to programs, etc?
- Do I need to backup any programs, etc (Microsoft Word Starter, etc)?
- Once both partitions exist, how easy is it to move files fr... Read more

Answer:Need To Partition A Hard Drive. Need Your Help. Thanks!

It would seem you need to do this first to get unallocated space. There are some 3rd party partion programs available that will do what you want. I, personally, have not done this.

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Just picked up a HP Pavillion desk top. As I was doing a defrag, I noticed that it looks like the hard drive is partitoned. C: is NTFS 77% And D: is FAT 33%. First, would this be true?
Second why would HP do this. How do I access both. Is it necessary to have this? I am not familiar with partitions. Thanks for any input on this issue.

Answer:Hard drive partition?

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I have two questions,first is there a difference between a hard drive and a hard disk and if so what is the difference.Second question,is it better to have a large hdd(say 120gbt)and partition it in to two or more,or,have two seperate hdd's(say a 40gbt C drive and a 80gbt secondary drive).I currently have two hdd's,a 20gbt C drive, and a 40gbt secondary D drive,I use the secondary D drive to store all my video footage for editing.I am thinking of buying a new pc with more gbt space as well as a faster cpu and would like your advise.

Answer:Partition or Second hard drive

As far as I know, hard disk and hard drive are interchangeable terms.Regarding partition vs 2 x disks, two disks every time. If you have only one disk and it fails (and they most certainly do fail) you've lost everything. Two disks (a full backup on the second one) and you're not quite so deeply in the mire.Ed

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