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Unallocated 2nd hard disk on XP

Question: Unallocated 2nd hard disk on XP

I have two hard disks installed for XP, but the 2nd Hard drive is unallocated, thus no volume for it. The only option from Disk Management is (right hand click) prompted for "New Partition".I have files on it, I do not want to lose any data on the drive.So what can I do to make visible and accessible within XP, without losing data?Thanks,

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Preferred Solution: Unallocated 2nd hard disk on XP

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Answer: Unallocated 2nd hard disk on XP

Your story is incomplete.

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how to make hard disk become unallocated?
just like a new hard disk

Answer:how to make hard disk become unallocated

Delete the volume in disk management - dont forget all the data is lost - seems you know that - to make it a new disc altogether you need to go the manufactures site and download sofware to make a bootable disk eg seagates lets you zero the drive then its as new, as you have to reinitialise it to get it to work.

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i am using win7 64-bit,320gb hard disk.i want to use ubuntu for programming nd create an
unallocated partition.so,how can i do that?

Answer:how i can do unallocated partitioning of my hard disk

The best two ways of running Linux with Windows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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I recently changed my backup system to a full drive copy (lengthy, but simple)on a spare disk from a backup on a partion on my master disk. I have deleted the partion ( in this case D) from my master disk, but I cannot get back the free space. DriveCopy 4 shows that what was the D drive is now "unallocated". Can anyone tell me how I can reintegrate the free space left when the D partition was deleted with the primary C drive?Thanks.

Answer:Unallocated space on hard disk

you will need to use something like partition magic to get the unallocated space merged back with your main c: drive again to show the full size.

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I have reinstalled win XP family on my hard disk after removing a Pro version.
I now have 3 partitions :
C 17.5 GB NTFS
F 26.6 GB NTFS
unallocated space 30.5 GB

I have used paragon to moved space between C and F, but the unallocated space seems to be unreachable.

Could someone help me do away with it so that I can use the whole space ?
Thanks !

Yannig

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I'm new here, and pardon my english.
I'm totally panic, I was backup my files to my TOSHIBA Ext.HD (500GB) a while ago, and suddenly my HD said it need to be format so the HD is function again, kinda...
Well I don't want to loose all my data, at first I try to command prompt and use "chkdsk :H/F" (I found it in the internet it said this can help) and the scaning is stop at 72%, I tried it over and over again it's just the same. I try to unplug (safe remove) the HD and plug it again, now my HD is unallocated until now.

I tried EaseUS Partition Recovery 8.5 & EaseUS Partition Master 10.2 but when the list to choose partition to recover show up, the list just blank.

And everytime I go to disk management it's told me to intialize the disk. (the Ext.HD)
Well some say the other way to fix it is to format it, through the disk management with the "New Simple Volume" but I can't click it. PLEASE HELP ME!!

Answer:HELP! My External Hard Disk is unallocated!

Hello and welcome Wepepe mate if ti is just the data you want then try using this ditty of mine

BOOTABLE UBUNTU
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

Now there is another one you can use it is Linux Mint MATE but basically they run the same way. I use a disk as I don't like using sticks because it is a waste of one with just one bootable item on it. They both boot to the other OS if you set the BIOS boot order to where the Ubuntu or Linux is and it runs independent of Windows

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I bought a Seagate 3TB internal hard disc and put it on a HDD Dock Station. After formatting I am only given 2TB of allocated space for use in the primary partition. There is a balance of 742GB which is unallocated. What steps should I take to make it allocated
for use.
Thank you


Best regards
HoHW

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500GB WD SATA drive shows up the same in Server 2003 and Vista.

80.42GB Unallocated & 385.34GB Unallocated

I can partition each space but I can't get either OS to recognize the drive for what it is - ONE DRIVE with ONE volume.

Seems like a simple thing but I've tried:

Converting to Dynamic - it will then merge the two partitions but there are still two
Converting back to Simple - at this point it refuses to do this and says the drives are not empty. Even though the spaces are there listed as 'unallocated' !?!?

I guess I could load some Linux partition iso and fix it but it seems like this should be fixable from 2003 or vista!?

Any ideas?
 

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Dear all,
My 500 Gb seagate external hard disk is not getting detected by Win Xp. It is detecting as USB mass storage but not displaying in My computer. In Computer management too it is not displayed. It is showing 2 TB, unallocated empty space in laptop. There is a lot of data regarding my R & D. Please help me to fix this problem.

Thanks
 

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Hi there,

A friend of mine wanted some data from my Windows 7 desktop pc and brought over a laptop

hard disk which she assured me was empty. So,I plugged it in a usb port. I also have an

external 3 tb hard disk in a Startech seat plugged in a usb. When her disk came on it

showed that she had windows Vista on it. Of course I was angry, but I thought I could format

her disk to get rid Vista. It dis get rid of Vista, and I gave her the data she wanted.

Then I booted my pc and now my 3tb external disk does no show up in My Computer, and in

Computer Management it shows up as Not Initialed and with 746.52 Unallocated space. I have

over 2tb of data on this disk. I ran Testdisk and stopped when I got to this:

Disk/dev/sdc - 3000 GB/2794 GiB - CHS 364801 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>P MS Data 262206 1565550314 1565288109
P MS Data 1565550592 5860530175 4294979584

Below this it says Structure: OK

As well as up/down keys to select partion
Keys A: Add Partition, L:n Load Backup, T: Change Type, P: List Files
Enter: to continue
NTFS, blocksize=4096, 801 GB / 746 GiB

It is here where I don't know what to next. (I really don't want to lose my data, but does

that prospect not look good?)

I think it was Jumanji who I was reading yesterday who suggested to someone else to use Testdisk.
Sorry if i made any mistakes posting images (this is my first time).

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Hi there,

A friend of mine wanted some data from my Windows 7 desktop pc and brought over a laptop hard disk which she assured me was empty. So,I plugged it in a usb port. I also have an external 3 tb hard disk in a Startech seat plugged in a usb. When her disk came on it showed that she had windows Vista on it. Of course I was angry, but I thought I could format
her disk to get rid Vista. It dis get rid of Vista, and I gave her the data she wanted.

Then I booted my pc and now my 3tb external disk does no show up in My Computer, and in Computer Management it shows up as Not Initialized and with 746.52 Unallocated space. I have over 2tb of data on this disk. I ran Testdisk and stopped when I got to this:

Disk/dev/sdc - 3000 GB/2794 GiB - CHS 364801 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>P MS Data 262206 1565550314 1565288109
P MS Data 1565550592 5860530175 4294979584

Below this it says Structure: OK

As well as up/down keys to select partion
Keys A: Add Partition, L:n Load Backup, T: Change Type, P: List Files
Enter: to continue
NTFS, blocksize=4096, 801 GB / 746 GiB


It is here where I don't know what to next. (I really don't want to lose my data, but does that prospect not look good?)

I think it was Jumanji who I was reading yesterday who suggested to someone else to use Testdisk. Sorry if i made any mistakes posting images (this is my first time).


My System SpecsSystem Spec

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Hi Guys,

Sorry if it has a already been posted.My System was working fine yesterday.I turned it off and came back today and tried turning it on.It took the System to Automatic Repair and got stuck there
- When ii restarted it. it said "Select a proper Boot Device"
- I Booted into BIOS and it stopped getting Detected
- I reseated the HDD and it was getting detected again
- I took it out and connected a friends system and checked
- It took a while to Start his OS.
- Then In Computer Management my hdd being shown as "931.2Gb Unallocated"
- How to get it Back..
- I have 6+ years photographs on it.
- Can anyone please help me with it?
- I checked this tutorial "http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26829-convert-dynamic-disk-basic-disk.html"
- But not aware which option should i use so i can recover my data back.
- Can anyone please help me with it please
- It is a western Digital 1TB HDD

Answer:Hard Disk Unallocated Space. How to get data back.

Hi,

The only thing I can think to try is to boot into Partition Wizard, and then attempt to recover any partitions on that HDD using the Recover Partition Wizard option.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Regards,
Golden

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Is it advisable to leave some of the hard disk space, say 1 GB or 2GB or ...... unallocated. Is there any benefit or harm.

Answer:Is it advisable to leave some of the hard disk space unallocated?

I can't think of either a benefit or harm, unless your system partition is really short on free space.

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Hi,

I'm new to this forum.

My external hard disk (Seagate) is detected in the task bar after connecting, but not visible in "My Computer".

It is visible in Device manager under Disk Drives but not under USB.

There are few threads in this forum which are similar to mine, except that their Drives are visible in the Disk Management as Unallocated Space, mine is not.

SEE ATTACHMENTS !!!!!!!!!

I've tried all tools, tried in Windows XP still no solution.

Is there any way to atleast recover the data !!!!!!!!!

Your reply is appreciated !!!!!!!!

SEE ATTACHMENTS !!!!!!!!!

Answer:External Hard Disk, Unknown, Not Initialized ! No Unallocated Space.

Hi Pradeep,

Welcome onboard.

" I have tried all tools" - can you please enumerate what all tools?

Have you tried running the Seagate SeaTools for Windows to diagnose/repair.

If not check your external drive now.

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My 2 TB WD MyPassport Ultra has stopped working. In disk management, it shows unallocated and when i try to initialize it, it says an I/O error has occured. This hard disk was bought only 20 days ago from amazon.

I tried inserting it on different computers, through different cables etc.

I read a lot of threads on this forum on similar(same) problems. I performed WD Lifeguard test, and my hard disk failed both quick test and extended test. What should I do?

The suspected cause is that it was being used on a computer when the system showed blue screen of death. It has not been working since then.

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised; Unallocated; Lifeguard Test failed

If hope that you had a back up of your stuff or there was nothing important on that drive. You have to contact Amazon and get a replacement. The BSOD did not cause the problem, the problem caused the BSOD. There is a surprisingly large number of HDs that are corrupt when purchased. You should not have a problem trying to exchange it. I do wish you good luck and sorry about your situation.

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Ok I installed Windows on an old 80 gig HD I had laying around, and everything was successful. The system was working great until recently when I try to boot up the machine I would get DISK BOOT ERROR please insert bootable disk. I would then restart the machine, and then it would boot into Windows fine. I found it very odd, but thought it was because the MBR may be confused since on another HD there used to be a windows installation and I had to remove it manually. (Not sure if that was the case)

Ok, so today I tried to fix the error cause Windows would refuse to boot. I ran Windows setup to check the partitions, and initially it showed that my 80 gig HD was unpartitioned space. I reset the machine, went into Windows setup again and then it showed the partitions.

At the current moment I can't get my machine to detect the partitions for the life of me. I currently have it removed from the computer, plugged it into an external HD case and plugged into my laptop. I ran Norton Partition Magic and it's detecting the HD as unallocated space.

Is there a good program I can use to recover my lost partition table? Is it a lost cause? What the heck is going on?!

Please feel free to ask questions, and I will respond promptly. Thank you for reading.
 

Answer:DISK BOOT ERROR...hard drive shows as unallocated space?!

A BartPE disc or Windows UBCD should have a few data/partition recovery tools.

Get Data Back is a good one.
 

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This quick new hard disk. So sad I cant access it anymore? why this happen?

You can see from the photo MY computer cant even see this driver anymore, so I check on the
- Disk management it said unknown no driver letter too ,Not initialized.
-Click Initialized it said i/o device error

I have try uninstall the device and restart let it install again still the same.
Checking many thread have the same problem, I wonder anyone solve this kind of problem before?
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Update the possible cause of it, I believe my external hard disk spoil because my laptop was low battery and suddenly off either it goes Hibernate or off there is no time to read or write in the hard disk.
Then I just unplug the external hard disk.

If you face this situation don't unplug it, turn on the computer back and do a proper remove or shut down everything.

Answer:1TWD external hard disk unknown,not initialized,unallocated,i/o error

Is this an external drive attached via a USB hub ??

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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

Answer:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space problem

I assume you were upgrading your hard drive?
that can happen when the your image has less hard drive space than the current

if you cannot extend your partition, you can simply create new volume, or using a partition software to try to extend.

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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

Answer:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space order problem

Hi first can you confirm which operating system this is as you list xp and have posted a thread in win vista and 7,I think you might need to redo your install

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I've a full system backup and 139 GBs of free disk space, but Disk Management won't allow me to create a new partition to restore the image because I don't have any unallocated disk space. Is my backup image useless?
 

Answer:No unallocated disk space in Disk Management and can't create new partition.

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

NOTE
1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

Answer:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"

Hi!

First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it ..click wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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Question: Unallocated disk

I have 2 hdd 40gb for os(xp) and 500gb for data. and now my 500gb is unallocated space. so i can't open and have way to restore data from it.thank

Answer:Unallocated disk

How do you know it's "unallocated" ?  Are you viewing "Computer" or "Disk Management"?Does the drive show up in "My Computer" with a drive letter ?

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Question: unallocated disk

how to recover only photos from deleted unallocated partition ?
 

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When in computer management I have part of my hard drive 'unallocated' with a black bar across the top. How do I allocate it to 'C' so it is all as one? Thanks.

Answer:Unallocated Disk Space

Not sure with XP if you can expand the Partition. I use Acronis Disc Director Suit 10 to do these things

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I have a 250 GB drive that I've wiped clean, meaning, zeroes over the whole disk. Upon trying to install a fresh copy of XP, it's telling me that I have only 130GB in available disk space. How can I recover this unallocated space? Thanks so much.
 

Answer:Unallocated disk space

is the disk you are using xp sp1?if so then once its updated to sp2 you can use partition magic or equivalent software to stretch partition or you can create a partition on remaining drive
 

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i ahve 16gb of unallocated space on my hard drive and want to add to the C drive, how do i do this? Operating system windows Xp home ed.
 

Answer:unallocated disk space

Use a program called Paragon Partition Manager you can resize partitions and make new ones. Just make sure that you back up needed data first just in case.
 

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I've just installed a 200GB drive and w XP is on it. Windows aallocated about 80gb to the OS.Now Partition Magic shows the rest of the disk as "Unallocated", and so the full size is not showing in Windows.Can't see any reference to "unallocated" in P Magic Help.Can anyone help?

Answer:Part of disk unallocated

Hi,Did you install xp from new on the drive following a format?Also, have you been in the Bios and checked the settings there, select auto detect to detect the new hard drive. What make is the hard drive?

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As a warning, I'm not tech savvy and I'm rather new to any tech forums!

So, hi. I have a gaming computer that runs Windows 8.1 with minimal issues. The only issue I'm running into is the fact I have a meager amount of disk space on my C: drive. I ended up looking at the hard drive, and I happened to have a 1TB one that's installed into the computer. When I opened Disk Management, it turned out I have about 900+ GB of unallocated space, but here's the catch: it's on another disk with the D: one. The C: drive is on a separate disk which makes it kind of "impossible" to transfer between the too from what I've read from other threads.

How exactly do I find a way to transfer the extra space so it's sharing the same disk with my C: drive? Do I have to reboot my Windows drive so it's installed on disk 0 instead?

^ This is what my disk manager looks like.

I appreciate the help!

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PLEASE HELP!! My laptop has no Operating System in it at all!! I have all the disk that came with my Dell Inspiron 1440, but when I follow the instructions for installation, I get here
|Name.........................................|Total Size..... |Free Space.......| Type.........
|............................................... |...................|.......................|................
|Disk 0 Partition 1: System Reserved|..... 100.0 MB |........... 86.0 MB | System
|............................................... |...................|.......................|................
|Disk 0 Partition 2......................... |..... 232.8 GB |.......... 232.2 GB| Primary
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Refresh................................................................. Drive options (advanced)
Load Driver

.................................................................................................... ....NEXT
What do I do next?

Answer:I have no OS at all and cannot find unallocated disk

Follow these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

You can use the Dell Reinstallation DVD if it has SP1 written on it. If not download and burn the one in tutorial.

When you boot the installer, use the CUstom install Drive Options to delete each partition then click Next to let installer create new partitioning, format and begin install.

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Prob basic stupidity, so bear with a troubled mind! I've been dumped with an Aspire 5020 to get up and running by a mate. Hard drive was fritzed so I got a second hand 80 gig drive and installed it. Went to install XP on the drive, but it would only format to 62%. I decided to partition it, with the operating system on C. Created a partition of 10gig. XP then installed with no problem.

Now I cannot see anything but C drive (10 gig) in My Comp, but if I open Disk Management, C Drive shows in the top section, but the rest of the drive only shows up as 60 gig unallocated space underneath.

Could some very kind person tell me how I can allocate a drive letter/format this unallocated space please?

Many thanks!
 

Answer:XP Pro 64: unallocated disk space

In Disk Management, right click on that unallocated space and create new primary partition. That should do it.

Edit for additional thoughts:
Before you do that, I can't remember if XP64 will allow you to expand a partition into unallocated space or not. If it does, I would urge you to consider giving the C partition more than 10 gigs. Sure XP will install and run fine on less, but a few months down the road you'll be running low on free space. Might be safer to give it 20. Or even consider just having the drive 1 big partition... If XP's disk management won't let you expand it, you might make and boot off a gparted disk and expand the partition that way.
 

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1. i cant see my "unallocated disk space" in "disk mangement" but i can see it "it in "diskpart"..
2. how to view it in disk mangement.. ?
 

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Hello smart computer people

I originally bought a computer last year with Vista installed. I had a someone install XP Professional on it instead. The hard drive is supposed to be 400GB. In computer management it shows drive C as 74.50 GB NTFS and 298.11 GB as unallocated. How can I use the unallocated space? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
cosmo727

Answer:298 GB unallocated disk space

You can format it and use the space after that, it will appear as a separate partition.

Go to Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Disk Management. Right click on the unallocated space and choose Format from the drop down menu.

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Hi there I am running an xp home system. I currently went through a seperation, where I wasn't allowed to take my pc so I used my son's 1tb external usb drive to copy all my pics and music to. so now I have hooked it up to this pc and although the comp see's it it's an unallocated drive and will not allow me to assign a drive letter to it. Is there any way to save the data on this usb drive?

Answer:unallocated disk space

The drive should also be shown in the drive manager, maybe, without drive letter.But check, whether there is a partition, shown on that drive.If it is, you should be able to rightclick the partition and assign a drive letter to it.Click Here on HowTo ask good Question to get best HelpLet us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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I just replaced the motherboard in my computer. Before doing so I moved all my files over to an external hard drive. Now that drive is not available to me. I used Disk Management to view it and it said it was Unallocated, did some research and was able to use Partition Magic to make the disk recognizable but now when I try to acces the drive I get the message that the disk is not formatted.

How can I get the data off of this drive? I have a lot of information I need.
 

Answer:Unallocated Disk Space

Can any other computers read this drive?
 

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Before I installed Win 7, I had a C: drive of about 133 GB and a D: drive partition of the remainder of my 160 GB HD. I removed the partition so I would just have only the C: drive before I installed Win 7. I no longer have the D: drive showing but it appears I am not regaining the space from the D: as I still have about 133 GB on my C:. What do I need to do to regain the unallocated space?

Answer:Unallocated Disk Space

Extend the drive.

But Disk Management will not extend a system drive so you need a 3rd party partition manager like bootable Partition Wizard.

Create a backup image as these operations can fail.

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I used dariks nuke and boot and Formatted my old Laptop but now when i try to install any windows this Pops up.
 

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If you cant see the picture then the free space and used space slots say 0.0MB

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Hello,

I was recently experimenting with partitions and i had to assign 50 GB of disk space to a partition. Sadly, I noticed that after I deleted it I can't add it back to my main hard drive's space. Does anyone know how I can do this so I have all my disk space again?

Answer:Can't Assign Unallocated Disk Space

Please open Computer Management->Disk Management and post a screenshot
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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Hello,
I have installed Win7 Ultimate (x86) on my 350GB SATA HDD.(2 partitions NTFS) and one old IDE HDD is used as slave (two partitions NTFS) (both disks MBR) (OLD HDD has WinXP Pro installed)

Win 7 disk management shows 8mb and 9mb space as unallocated at the end of partitions (on both HDD).
but the same disks wont show such unallocated disk space when checked through Win XP disk management

what is the reason ? what actually is the real case ? some space unallocated or not ?

regards

Answer:Unallocated Space in Disk Management

Post screenshot please so I can see it

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I have a pretty big chunk of unallocated space on my 1.5TB HDD. 146.3 gigs to be exact. I've tried everything to be able to use this space, tried extending my C: drive over it, the whole thing and in small pieces. I've also tried just making it a simple volume in the disk management tool, no matter what I try to do I get a message saying: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. How can I use my unallocated space, and what process is using it?

Answer:Unallocated disk space won't let me partition

Wonder if it is a recovery area needed to restore your system back to OEM state?I support the 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'. A religion doesn't deny my freedom.

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Daughter's laptop has 9GB approx of unallocated disk space as she deleted the D drive partition. Can I reclaim this space by in Disk management right clicking the unallocated box and clicking new partition or has this space gone for good?Thanks

Answer:Unallocated Disk Space Reclaim

Yup.Right click etc.

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I'm doing a clean XP install.  I want to reformat the hard drive (C:) and end up with a single primary partition.  Currently, the drive is simple dynamic NTFS; half of which is Unallocated.  I tired reformatting from the Windows XP installation CD, but I'm getting an error . . . probably because the drive is currently split up?  I think I need to delete the Unpartitioned portion of the drive and then reformat, but I don't know how to delete the Unpartitioned portion.  Thoughts?

Answer:Combine Unallocated disk space

Why is the drive dynamic? Candidly, I'm not sure if there's any difference in deleting a dynamic partition during installation - I don't believe there is. At the beginning of the installation process you should be given the choice to delete and recreate partitions. Delete the extended and logical partitions and create a primary active partition

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Hello, PCadvisors.
I have a question i have some problems with DISKS, after win10 update i getting this strange problem never had before, and i can't find this disk if i reinstall windows or Disk management do someone how to fix it pls help
Picture 1: click here 2: click here hope you understand this problem
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Hi,

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

I bought a second internal hard drive about a month ago. I partitioned it and used one partition for Windows backup and the other partition is for storing data.

I moved a lot of data from my primary disk on to the partition on the new disk. Everything has been working fine until now.

This morning I booted up the computer and the new disk is not showing in Computer. I rebooted and checked the bios, the disk is showing there so I let the OS boot and then opened Disk Manager. The new disk is showing there too but now it appears as unallocated and not initialized.

How do I fix this and how do I fix Windows 7 so that it doesn't happen again? I really do not want to lose the data on the disk.

Many thanks in advance.

Fido.

Answer:Disk showing as unallocated/not initialized

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
Screenshot with Paint
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post here, and I'm hoping that I can find the answers I need with what I'm sure is a vastly knowledgeable and extremely cool crowd.

So, here's what I'm trying to achieve. I have a Getac B300 laptop running W7Pro on a single partition. Through a rather bizarre mix of nostalgia and my love for sheer simplicity, I somehow got it into my head that I wanted to run an XP Pro installation on the same machine.

The next station of this (surely flawed ) thought process led me to wonder whether I could do just that with the already existing W7 installation. I got around to shrinking the C: partition, which netted me some 51 gigs of free space that I figured I could use to create a new partition on which to install XPPro. So far, so good.

As you'd expect by now, simply sticking the XP CD into the DVD drive and restarting the machine just won't work: I got the "XP can't see the hard drive" message. So, armed with Google as my friend, I ended up educating myself about how to use nLite to create a copy with integrated iaahci and iastor. Problem is, Having prepared three copies already, after I start the installation sequence and the XP CD installer starts loading files, I'm ending up with the message "the file iastor.sys could not be found," even though I did make sure to include the file that I downloaded from somewhere in the integration process.

So what am I missing here? What am I doing wrong? (I know that the whole concept ... Read more

Answer:How do I install XP on unallocated disk space?

Hi and welcome to Seven Forums.

We have a tutorial on how to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows XP. Give it a read and see if following it works out for you.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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i was shrink 80 from 130 gb Partition but when iam going to make new volume from Unallocated disk iam getting this
Please help me how can i fix this and what is the problem ?

Answer:When making new volume from Unallocated disk I'm getting this

Which partition are you trying to shrink ? D or E ? It looks as if you only have the 100 MB unallocated space there. Don`t mess with it.

Can you give us a shot of disk mgmt b4 you attempt anything ?

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A few months back I replaced the HD on a Vista notebook I have. I just realized that my maths must have been out when I allocated partitions, as I have 268 GB of unallocated Disk space.
I have a C partition and a D and G partitions. I would like to use the unallocated Disk space in either the D or G partitions. How do I go about that?
In Disk Management when I right click on the C partition I have the option to extend but when I right click on my D or G partitions I only have the option to shrink.
 

Answer:How to utilize my unallocated disk space

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I ave about 6gb of unallocated disk space on my HDrive. Any idea of how I can incorprate it back into the main C drive? Do I need something like Partitionmagic or can it be done in Vista? I have tried but can't see the way forwards!

Answer:Vista Unallocated Disk Space

click here

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Hi

I have the same problem. when i plug in the drive, it says that its succesfully installed however it does not appear in "my computer". also when i go into system tools it says that disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

can you please help me, i dont want to lose my data, it contain all my pics. please help

Answer:disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Hello Jenny, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What type of drive is it, and how is it being connected?

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window to see if that may help ID what the issue could be.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I am running Vista Ultimate on a new PC that has a 500 GB on the hard drive.
It came with two partitions, i.e., C:/ for OS (455 GB) and D/: for Recovery (10 GB). Like an idiot I thought I could see if I couldn't create set aside 35 gigs for other files, namely, creating a backup file with Acronis of C:/. I went into Control Panel/Disk Maintenance and foolishly played around with the various commands on each drive as a dry run. I right clicked on the D:/ Partition and hit the shrink volume command and thought I got out without doing any harm. What happened was I now have 6.51 GB on D:/ partition and 3.49 GB unallocated space. The amount of GB on C:/ remained 455. I have what I hope is a simple question. Is there any way to return the unallocated space to the D:/ partition using Disk Management? If not, how would I do this? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Unallocated Space in Disk Management

I believe that you should be able to merge those two partitions.
 

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Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated.. plizz help
I already use PhotoRec recovery but "disk capacity not correctly detected"
Disk 1 = seagate 500Gb hdd

Answer:Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help

Start with this free tool. You should try to recover the partition before worrying about recovering the data. If you can recover the partition, the files should be OK if they haven't been over-written.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

Select Partition Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive, then full disk, quick scan. Quick Scan may take 5 or more hours.

If the partition is eventually found, select and double click on it. You should then see all files in the Explorer.

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Hi. I have a WD 500gb external HDD. I can't access it anymore and I really don't know how to fix it. It won't show in My Computer but I can still see it Disk Management. The files are not important since I have a copy of it, I just really need to fix my external. Any help would be much appreciated. I have Minitool Partition Wizard Home Edition and Easeus Partition Master Free Edition. Actually, the other day, the only problem was that I can't access it but I can still see it in My Computer as F:. It said it needs to be formatted so that's what I did but it won't finish. error something. So, I tried "googling" how to fix it and saw other saying to use Easeus and delete partition. So that's what I did. I did something I don't really remember. But it was like I deleted partition and created another partition. And then I realized that it is no longer visible in My Computer and in disk management, I can't see it in Volume. Oh dear, I just made the condition of my external worse. Please help me. I just want to fix my external.Here are some pics which will elaborate it's status now.











Thanks!

Answer:How to Fix external HDD bad disk, unallocated, not initialize

Welcome to SevenForums.

The only thing you can do is to check your Western Digital HDD with Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows.

Download from WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD RE2

Read the instructions on that page and run it.

If the tests fail, you can't do anything about it. The HDD is dead and you have to get a new one.

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Hello all.,

I have installed two disk one 1 TB hard disk and another one is 4TB hard disk which is new !! my problem is my new 4TB hard disk shows two unallocated spaces, 2048GB and 1678GB repectively...i cant able to merge the both. While try creating partition the first one creating but i cant able to access the option for second unallocated spaces..I have attached the images below...

Answer:How to merge two unallocated space of the disk !!!

For any HD > 2TB. You must initialize as GPT partition style. Open Admin Command Prompt and type:
diskpartselect disk 1cleanexitOpen disk management again and initialze it as GPT. It should initialize with one single unallocated partitionCreate simple volume and format it as NTFS.

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I have read several forums and postings on this subject but so far I have not had any luck in getting an answer to my issue. I have an HP laptop with a 500 GB HD that came with Vista. I partioned the disk to create a data disk so that we could store pictures on it. So the computer showed a C drive (OS, 220 GB) and E drive (recovery 12 GB) and a D drive (data 232 GB). About six months ago I loaded Windows 7 on it with no problems and the computer still showed the same info. I was set up Windows backup and using the D drive as the back up location and as you can imagine as the C drive grew it started to run out of room to do the backup.

So I bought and installed a Seagate 2 TB external HD. I moved the data files (pictures mostly) from the D drive to the Seagate, which is now showing as the H drive. I opened the Back Up utility and selected the H drive as the new back up location and performed a back up. Per instructions found several places online I used the Windows command "Delete Volume" from the drop down menu under Computer Management/Storage/Disk Management to free up the old D drive space. Everything seemed to work fine and I now have 232 GB of unallocated space.

My problem is that the D drive was assigned a new disk number. So on the Disk Management view I have Disk 0 on the top row, with the C and E drive listed. On the second row I show Disk 1, no drive letter, with unallocated space (there is a third row with Disk 3, H drive). I guess that... Read more

Answer:Unallocated space on a different disk than C drive

Hello Tarheel72, welcome to Seven Forums!



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I am trying to format the remaining unformat disk in my basic disk. There are partition C:,E: and G: which are already formatted. There is remaining unallocated disk on the basic disk. The unallocated disk first is need to be partition then only format. But the problem is when I right click on the unallocated disk the new partition option is disable. Why and is there other option. My OS is window XP. Thank You.

Answer:New partition option unable for unallocated disk

A hard disk can only have four primary partition. The fourth is probably take up by the system recovery partition so you cannot make any more,To use this unallocated space you can either extend the G partition into the unallocated space or you can delete the G and create and extended partition. You can then have as many logical drive within the extended partition as space will allow.Stuart

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Hi my Toshiba 2TB External Hard drive isn't coming up in My Computer, but it is saying it's all fine in Device Management although it is Unallocated in Disk Management.
So I'm using Partition Wizard Home Edition to fix the partition, or so I hoped. The program wont pick up on the device's unallocation, what it shows is this:


And when I do Partition Recovery Wizard on that disk, my options for it to begin recovery is this:
.

After it has found the files on that section it shows this:
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Obviously when I tick the boxes for the supposedly recovered files they come up fine on the disk, but I still cant access the unallocated disk or get it to show up for me to fix.
Any tips, hints, tricks, etc would be greatly appreciated as the hard drive is filled with photos and videos I really don't want to loose and that was my back up drive of them, so they currently don't exist anywhere else.

Answer:Partitian Wizard not picking up on unallocated disk

Hello and welcome mikasso now that screen of PW at the bottom of your post is showing that drive as a 1TB drive and not a 2TB? Seems to me to be an error on that drive and for the record I am not a fan of Toshiba drives - had many problems in their machines a d external in the past.
Now if you want to recover the data you mention you could use this

BOOTABLE UBUNTU

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Set the BIOSto boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL >select TRY.You can of course remove the hard driveand any other drives when doing this as if the optical alone is the only driveleft in the machine then the BIOS willonly find it to boot from.

When it isfinished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .

Open thedrive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the materialyou want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.

I am notsure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on"dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows. see pic for what it looks like and once the data is safe you can run some drive tests on the external.

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Hi,
Someone please help me how to expand the disk space that I have. The primary C drive has the OS on it and it is only about 14GB, and my entire disk is about 50GB, the unallocated space is about 34 GB. I have tried to expand the primary partition unsuccessfully. Do I have to reload the entire OS ? I do not have the origional disk to reload the OS. It is a sony PCG-CRT160 computer with 500 mb ram and approximately a 50 GB primary drive that was partitioned when I got it. Thanks in advance for any help or direction that you can give me.
 

Answer:Solved: Help Please Windows XP Unallocated disk space

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Unallocated memory
I Have 2 black partition says unallocated 1.98Gb and 8 Gb.
Someone please tell me how to fi this problem...

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Reallocate unallocated disk spaces on XP SP2

I Finished finding out about this disk parititoning.

Rules ( according to me)
1. Front partition is For System Partition.
2. To Install 2 OS, You need 2 system partitions.
3. logical Partitions can only be created in extended partitions.
4. Empty spaces cannotbe moved manually.
5. To relocate disk, you need to delete other partition on the right of the empty space, and create a new bigger partition.

To see your partition partitioning in your HDD,

XP
1. Start
2. Control Panel
3. Performance and Maintainance
4. Administrative tools
5. Comp. Management
6. Click Disk management Root

Note: Don't Edit Your partition, format or even delete your partition to prevent data loss. Use this if needed.
 

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I am spinning off a new thread from 1 in the HARDWARE & DEVICES forum to get some other perspective. The discussion there has seemed to stalled out on what is the issue in my situation. The link to that discussion:
Partition question : Unallocated Space Before

My situation:
I recently shrunk my system partition to create another partition to make a CLEAN INSTALL system on the new partition. I noticed afterward that I have 1Mb UNALLOCATED space both at the beginning & end of that hard drive. Does your explanation above account for this? I cannot seem to get rid of those 2 spaces.

What I am currently doing:
I deleted the drive in question & did a fresh install on the drive. The unallocated spaces persist. Now I am wiping the drive & will do a fresh install again & check the matter again.

Will report back on the progress.

Anyone else stumble on to this problem?

Answer:Unallocated spaces at the beginning & end of the BOOT disk

Did you delete the entire drive down to un allocated space before this new install ?

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I installed Windows 10 on a new PC, with OS on Samsung 950 PRO. For data disk, at this stage, I use a Samsung 840 PRO which I transferred from my old 8.1 PC.

The data disk now shows in diskmanagment 351MB unallocated space, and 119 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition).
How can I reclaim the 351MB unallocated to get maximum capacity of the data disk?
Maybe this a standard case of repartitioning, but I am not familiar with that and do not know how to do it.
Thanks for the help.

Answer:Recover unallocated space on data disk

Case 1:
If the 351 GB unallocated partition is on the right of the 119GB primary partition then:
right click on the 119GB partition->extend volume.
Case 2:
If the 351GB is on the left of the 119GB primary partition then:
Create a primary partition for 351GB by right click on it->Create Simple and follow the screen to create a primary partition, format, assign a letter..Move all data from the 119GB partition to the newly created 351GB PartitionRight click on 119GB -> Delete VolumeRight click on the 351GB -> Extend Volume.

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I am currently having problems allocating my unallocated space to my hard drive. I currently have a C: drive with 12.55 GB capacity and a D: drive as another partition. There are two other partitions Grub being the bootloader for linux and then the linux partition. The next area it shows that there is 243.61 GB of unallocated space that I cant seem to make a new partition or assign a drive letter. Ive been trying a lot of different methods, but no success at this point. If anyone could help me solve this issue it would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:cant allocate unallocated 243GB HD disk space

I assume, the 4 already existing partitions are all of type primary.That's a problem, because the MBR (Master Boot Record) can only have 4 partition entries.To add more partitions, one of these 4 partitions must be of the type "Extended Partition".In an extended partition, you can create other logical partitions, at maximum 24 logical partitions.So you have to delete one of the primary partitions and then create an extended partition, where you can add additional partitions you need.But keep in mind, when deleting a partition, all data on this partition is lost.So you need to backup or image this partition before deleting it.The original poster should always write the last response !!!Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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i am a beginner at this, i downloaded easeus todo backup and clicked on the clone wizard. i clicked on for the source hard disk which was 18.61 gb, next for the destination hd 111.79 gb , which was my usb storage device, next for the hard disk layout, i had 18.61 gb for ntfs ///93.18 gb unallocated, it also said dest disk will be deleted, but i guess i was thinking only the portion that was needed to copy the 18.61 gb would be deleted not my entire external drive, and it still did not copy my source disk. is there any way i can get my data back, please help.. thanks
 

Answer:unallocated disk space on my usb external drive

You may want to give this a try:

http://www.ptdd.com/
 

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Hi Everyone,

I acceidentally dropped my external hard drive and i need my data badly. I want to consult a data recovery technician but costs a lot of money so i want to troubleshoot first if i can. Once i plug the external i can hear a heartbeat sound but eventually stops.

Please advise on how to troubleshoot or recover my data before i send this for replacement since its still under warranty. My files in the external is more important than my external.

Answer:WD Elements - 2TB - Unallocated, No Drive, Cannot Initialize Disk

Sorry to say this: There is absolutely no possibility of a DIY recovery on a physically damaged HDD.

Choose your Western Digital elements type, download and run the WD DatalifeGuard diagnostics for Windows on it. If it doesn't give any results, physical damage is confirmed. WD Support / Downloads / WD Elements

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I've just added a second hard drive (which had been used for linux, now formatted to NTFS) to a pc. It's an 80gb drive, but there is an unallocated portion of around 3gb in disk management I'd like to get hold of. I really only want to add it to the existing partition, not have two on the disk. I guess there is software available to do this but I don't really want to go out and buy something if i can avoid it, as I hopefully won't ever use it again!TIA

Answer:Claiming back unallocated disk space

have a look atclick here

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I used Disk management to shrink 25GB from 1 partition but the computer just "working" for a quite long time and then it go "Not responding", I closed it and restart the computer but I cannot find the unallocated partition while the shrunk partition lost 25GB

I used EaseUS and Disk Management to check but I cannot find the unallocated partition

Help..

Answer:after shrink with Disk management, no unallocated partition

Post a screen shot of a maximized Disk Management window please:





Quote:
To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Use the Attachments (paper clip) icon after Smilies to upload and insert here.

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Hello,

I have used the tittle from another thread as my issue is very similar, only none of what is posted there worked for me.

So I have a WD 500gb HDD. (Actually I am not 100% sure it is a HDD and not a SDD)
I have plugged it in various PC and laptops. When doing so, you get the usual sound que. It also installs the driver according to the little pop up window.
However after that, the drive is not visible in "My Computer".

When I check the drive in Computer Management>Disk Management, it wants me to initialise the disk. Which, I know I do not want to do (thanks to one of your earlier posts) as this will over write my data.
In Disk Management the disk is "Unknown" and "Not Initialised" It also does not give any volume. Pics of both of these attached.

I have tried using Partition Wisord free. It does not even see the drive.
I have tried using Photorec. It does not see the drive.
I have used R-Studio. It does see the disk, but I am not able to scan it. Again also no disk volume. Again Picture attached.

I am hopeful for a solution, as I feel like the symptoms suggest that I do not have a head misalignment. But I might be wrong on that.

Hoping for someone with some mad skills to help me out here.

Thanks in advance!
Variable

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Just installed new HD, DM says it's 'unallocated'. What to do?


It seems my options when I right click anywhere on the disk are:
A Convert to Dynamic Disk
B) Convert to GPT disk
C) New Simple Volume...
D) Other...and how?


Also...it doesn't have a Letter.
=[

Thanks!

Answer:New internal HD, Disk Management says 'unallocated'. No letter.

Select New Simple Volume and Format it NTFS with defaults...

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im trying to create a new simple volume in unallocated hard disk but it keeps indicating "An unexpected layout change occurred external to the volume manager. " what may be the problem?

Answer:how do i create a new simple volume from unallocated disk?

Make sure nothing is running in the background which is writing to the disk and interfering with Disk Management.

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Hello.

My friend has a Lenovo G480 laptop.
She tried installing windows 7 on it, but for some reasons it couldn't detect any drives, so I installed a storage driver. After the installation finished, it shows Disk 1 Unallocated Space with Total Size of 0.0MB.
Here are all the steps I've done:
1. Boot laptop up with Window 7 Disc
2. Follow the installation steps to the "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen with no drive
3. Did a little Googling, went to BIOS and changed SATA controller method from Compatible to AHCI
4. Redid step 1 and 2, no good
5. Did more Googling, downloaded a storage driver from this site: Download AHCI: Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Driver for Intel(R) NUC
6. Unzipped content, put them in a USB
7. Redid step 1 and 2 with the USB plugged in
8. Load driver, scanned USB, then installed the only compatible driver for it
9. After installation finished, showed "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen with Disk 1 Unallocated Space with Total Size of 0.0MB

And sorry about there's no images. Can't upload them for some reasons.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you.

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I dual boot Windows 7 with Ubuntu. I have allocated 10GB as a partition to hold Ubuntu and any of the relatively small amounts of data I would store there, Ubuntu had the ability to look at and open the files on Windows anyway-- but Windows cannot read the Linux partition format.

When I originally partitioned the drive, I noticed that I hadn't really done it efficiently, because 109GB of data became "unallocated", after being part of the Windows C drive. I ignored this back then, because I couldn't fix it with Disk Management. Now I would like to get the partitions in order, but I have no idea what to do without risking making my computer unbootable (its happened before).

My partitions are split as follows:
12.7GB to pqservice, Acer's backup files are stored here, to allow factory resetting.
100MB to System Reserve.
157GB to C Drive
10GB to Ubuntu
And, because the maximum number of partitions is 4, 109GB unallocated.

Windows Disk Management, of course, won't let me extend C drive by 109GB because the unallocated space is not next to it. I cannot create a new partition, because the maximum is 4, and I cannot merge any of them either.
So how am I supposed to extend C Drive by 109GB through Disk Management, or any 3rd party program, for that matter?

Answer:Disk Management- Merging unallocated space

A screenshot of your Disk Management would be nice:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I cannot create partitions on any of my HDDs in Win 7, I can shrink or extend volumes. I have used Diskpart to clean Disk 0 after using Ubuntu to move all the files to an other disk
When I boot into Ubuntu 13.04 I can create NTFS partitions in unallocated space using Gparted and am able to populate them.
However this only shows in Win 7 as per the red arrow in the attached image and Diskpart cannot see any volume on the disk.
The above problems appeared after I deleted WIN 8 preview and lost a dual boot Win 7 on Disk 3.
I am quite willing to believe that I am doing something wrong at the moment, how do I get out of this problem?
I have a Win 7 rescue disk and an image of C:


toolman59

Answer:Disk Management will not create a partition in unallocated space

  
Quote: Originally Posted by toolman59


I cannot create partitions on any of my HDDs in Win 7, I can shrink or extend volumes. I have used Diskpart to clean Disk 0 after using Ubuntu to move all the files to an other disk
When I boot into Ubuntu 13.04 I can create NTFS partitions in unallocated space using Gparted and am able to populate them.
However this only shows in Win 7 as per the red arrow in the attached image and Diskpart cannot see any volume on the disk.
The above problems appeared after I deleted WIN 8 preview and lost a dual boot Win 7 on Disk 3.
I am quite willing to believe that I am doing something wrong at the moment, how do I get out of this problem?
I have a Win 7 rescue disk and an image of C:


toolman59


For working with partitions I use MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is free and can be downloaded from;

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

HTH

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any body can help how to solve this? iwant to make unallocated space to basic disk. but a problem is occuring

Answer:How to make unallocated space to basic type disk

Review this,
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
There are some related threads listed on the bottom of your questions page as well.

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I have a Dell Inspirion E1705 laptop. It powers on but nothing on the screen and no keyboard response. Its old so all I want to do is get some files off the drive. Not worried about fixing the laptop. I took the drive out and plugged into my desktop as a second drive. It doesn't show up in Computer but does list in device manager and disk manager. It shows as unallocated space in disk manager. I attached a picture that shows the error when I try to initialize the disk. No other options are available. I've tried using a few file recovery programs but with no luck. What else can I do? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Drive shows as unallocated in disk managment, does not show in My Com

does this help?
Move Disks to Another Computer

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Hi everyone,

I need some help desperately with my Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD. Until yesterday, I had been using it for less than a year on a desktop PC to run a Windows 7 Professional x64 installation.

After it suddenly stopped working, it can no longer boot into Windows ("BOOTMGR is missing" is shown at startup), and it cannot be recognised in BIOS either.

I removed it and connected it as an external drive to a couple of other computers (a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 and a desktop running Windows 8 x64). Even though it showed up as a generic USB device in Device Manager and in the taskbar notification area, it did not appear as a drive in Explorer.

Disk Management showed the following screenshot, where it is listed as Disk 1, which is Unknown and Not Initialized. More importantly, because this seems to be less common than other similarly issues I've looked at here, the disk space doesn't even show.

I've since tried a few tools recommended in previous threads here, with no success:
PhotoRec - did not detect the drive at all
Partition Wizard (free edition) - the drive shows up as 0MB, so there are no partitions to work with
Power Data Recovery (free) - this actually crashes when I select either Lost Partition Recover or Damaged Partition Recovery

I really need to retrieve some data off the disk, and I'm hoping that's not impossible at this point. The fact that the SSD can still power on and (somewhat) show up as an external device is... Read more

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Can this be done?

EASUS won't let me.

My C: drive is running out of space, so I took 7 gigs from my D: drive and now it is unallocated.

How can I merge it with the primary partition?
It only lets me merge it with the drive I took it away from.

Many thanks.
Tom
 

Answer:Merging unallocated space removed from logical to primary disk

If it's really on a different (physical) drive you cannot do any such thing.

If it's on the same drive and the unallocated space is contiguous with the partition there should be no problem resizing the partition. But, your thread title indicated that the unallocated space is in a logical partition, and you can't extract it from the logical partition.
 

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Hi,

I read up a bit on this on other threads but none of them are exactly specific to my issue.

I need to expand my C partition by utilizing the free unallocated space on disk D (a separate disk) that I just made by deleting the only partition on there.
I guess this is not possible through windows disk management tools but I didn't want to start downloading any 3rd party software for this before I got some guidance from here.

Please take a look at the following screen and let me know if using the 238.38GB of unused (unallocated space) I can extend the C partition without having to delete that partition, having to backup the files on it or making images. I already backed up everything I had on the D partition and then went ahead and deleted it through the computer management tool.

Thanks!

Kacper
 

Answer:Can't Extend Partition C into unallocated space on separate internal disk

Howdy,

Disk Management is fairly basic and can only do certain things. For doing what you want that can do it and preserve the data you would need a 3rd party program. There are many free ones on the web but as I haven't used them I cannot say how good they work. I use Acronis Disk Director. If you had pgram like TrueImage you could take a image of the operating System and files then format the HDD to one partition you want and then re-image the HDD.
 

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Hi.
I have a Seagate Goflex 500GB external hard disk. When I connect it to my laptop, it doesn't appear in my computer, and I have attached the screenshots of Disk Management and MiniTool Partition Wizard.
The hard disk is behaving this way when I removed it from my laptop while it was copying a file.






I do not need any data. I just want my hard disk to start working again.
Please help. Thanks in advance! High hopes!

Answer:Seagate 500GB HD showing 2TB, Unknown, Unallocated, Read Only Bad disk

Try using SeaTools for DOS to see if it can see and fix the HD.
Here is a tutorial by Arc:
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

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hi, im having some trouble installing linux mint in my laptop. i followed some of your guides saying how to create a new partition, but its not working. i already made 100 gb of unallocated space, i click on new simple volume and go through the process, but at the end i get a warning thing for making something dynamic, the other thread said never to click yes, or else all the OS's will stop working, so i wont click that, but after i click no, nothing happens. so im wondering, how can i create a partition for linux? i want to be able to plug my flash drive(4gb) and run linux from there. it already runs a graphical interfase thing but it makes me install linux, so i need to create a partition for the linux part of my laptop to be. can anyone please help?

Answer:unallocated disk space wont become logical, need to install linux

Post a snip of the disk management window here.

Though it does appear you're trying to create more than the max no. of partitions allowed.

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I accidentally unallocated my hard disk.
"new volume" option isn't available in context menu.
Please help.
 

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I have put a second HDD into a PC running Windows XP Home Edition with SP3.  In Disk Management, the new drive appeared as "unallocated".  I created a new partition and formatted it.  I could write data to it and read it without any problems.I then shut down the PC, re-started it and went into Windows Explorer.  The new drive did not appear.  In Disk Management, the new drive appeared as "unallocated".  I created a new partition and formatted it.  I could write data to it and read it without any problems.I then shut down the PC, re-started it and went into Windows Explorer.  The new drive did not appear.  In Disk Management......well, you get the picture.Would be very grateful for any suggestions.  By the way, I have tried more than one HDD and do not believe they are all faulty.  Also, they work OK in another PC.(P.S.  I know I made a similar post a week ago and before I get my knuckles wrapped by a moderator for not continuing the original thread, I would like to explain why I haven't:  In the light of the additional information I have gathered since, the original title "Help with mobile/removable drive" is misleading and might put off someone with ideas.  I am now not using my mobile racks at all and still have the same problem so it had nothing to do with them.)

Answer:Unallocated hard drive

Very strange indeed and i admit being stumped...A few things you can try though:Replace the data cable for the drive...is it SATA or IDE ? ?Use the drive manuf. diagnostic utilities to partition and format it for use and see if it does the same thing.This is a new one on me. The only other thing it could be is a bad MBoard connection that causes intermittent troubles with the drive.

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I have one hard drive which has two partitions. One partition has my OS/Programs and the other has my Docs. I have a second hard drive that has two partitions which are my Macrium backups for the first hard drive. Today I looked and my back up drive shows unallocated. I am confused as to how this could happen and what can I do to correct it. Thanks,

Answer:Hard Drive Unallocated

Looks like you somehow deleted your Disk0 because that screenshot shows that there is nothing on that disk.

That is unless its an error in Windows and the partitions/files are actually there.

If they are gone you could try recuva to try and get the files back.

Dan

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I plugged a external HD via USB. It does not show up on the My Computer but it shows up on disk management as Unallocated.

Has anyone every seen this?


Thanks.
 

Answer:Unallocated hard drive.

Unallocated space is empty space --
You need to format it to whatever you are using XP or ?
Then it will just recognize it and allow you to use it.
 

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Heres one for you,up untill this morning i had 2 hard drives on my xp pro sp2 pc ,master was 160gb and slave is 300gb,bu8t my master developed a corruption in the boot ini, that i could not repair,so i just put in another hard drive as the master and put xp pro on that,the 300gb now will not let me view files on it, when i go into COMPUTER MANAGEMENT i can see both hard drives (C:) HEALTHY (SYSTEM).and(F:) HEALTHY (ACTIVE)..But when i try to open (F:) I get "disc not formatted message" and i dont want to loose my data on this drive,can anyone help please?

Answer:UNALLOCATED usb hard drive

Have you tried initialising it? (in the Disk Management window).

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I have a second hard drive that is in an enclosure so it basically operates like an external hard drive. Just recently it stopped showing up in "My Computer". It will make the noise like it is connected and I can see it in Device Manager, Devices and Printers and in Disk Management.
In Disk Management is shows as 18.18 GB Unallocated. I'm pretty sure the drive's full capacity is 320GB.
I was just reading about partitions and data recovery and it was starting to go over my head. I would like to keep the data if possible. I'm hoping a Mod can take me through the correct steps to do so.
Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Unallocated Hard Drive

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I installed a new hard drive into my computer and accidentally set up the 2 drives (SATA) as a raid. Windows apparently didn't like that and I couldn't get back into windows. I then formatted the new drive and reinstalled windows on that drive because I needed to get work done. The original drive has files/information that I would like not to have gone forever. Therefore, I want to back those files up on the new drive and then format it. Windows doesn't see the drive in "My computer" but when in the Computer Management screen it sees the old drive but it is "unallocated". Is there any way to read the files from this drive and get them onto the new drive so that I can format it and have it working again?

XP PRO SP2
Athalon 3200+
2 SATA hard drives

Any help would make me a happy person!

Answer:Help With Unallocated Hard Drive In Xp Pro

Have you installed the SATA drivers for the SATA chip on the motherboard?

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I have a Windows XP system with 3 Hard Drives: 1 which is partitioned into my C and D drives and the other 2 in a Windows XP OS RAID array for speed (not mirrored) Audio production. The RAID system work fine for years (built in 2003) and then started messing up and I?ve had to baby it to get it work and it did but now it?s just not going work anymore so I went into the RAID Bios and deleted the RAID and returned the drives to just drives?In my Windows XP Disk Management screen the drives show up as Unallocated and I?m wondering what I need to do to use them. Do I just format them or will that mess my system up? I?ve been able to work with external Firewire drives and don?t want to crash my Workstation?Please advise?thanks Albert

Answer:unallocated hard drive

allocate, format, use...you will loose all data on the drive when you do that, so make sure you have the correct drive.

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Hi there.

Upgraded my system yesterday (new MB and CPU) but kept existing 120GB Seagate SATA as 'C' drive with XP Home SP2 installed.

I installed 2 x 1.5TB Seagate SATA2 HDD (no raid) for storage and all went well. When I go to My Computer, the 2 x 1.5TB HDD's do not show up. Only my 120GB HDD and DVDRW show as drives 'C' and 'D'.

I looked in Disk Management and the 2 x new 1.5TB drives are shown, but it says 'unallocated'.

What do I need to do to have these brought online and show as drives 'D' and 'E'?

Thanks,
STAN

Answer:Hard Drives 'UNALLOCATED'

You have to format the drives and NTFS and partition them if necessary. Be sure to select "Quick Format" or it will take forever to do. It will designate the drives as E: and F: To change the drive letters, right click on one of them and click on "Change Drive Letters and Paths." It will show you all your drives and you can rearrange them as necessary. You should be good to go!

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My second hard drive has dissapeared from my computer.  When you go to disk management it is there but unallocated, is there anyway of fixing this without a clean install?  I am running XP.

Answer:hard drive unallocated itself

Check to see if it still recognized in your BIOS. If not, check cables. Formatting will not do any good - if the BIOS cannot detect it, neither will Windows.

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I recently reformatted my primary 80G HD and did a full reinstall of WinXP Home. My 20G 2nd HD was previously formatted NTFS and has backup and other files from my previous WinXP installation. However, the 2nd HD does not show up with a letter. Under Disk Management, it displays as Unallocated. When I right-click the HD, I get the New Partition Wizard.
If I partition this HD, will I lose all of the data? If so, is there a way to retreive the data before it is partitioned?

Answer:Unallocated Hard Drive

Partitioning will cause you to lose all your data. It kinda looks like you have already wiped it though.

There are programs out there that you might be able to recover the data with. Unfortuantly I know of none off hand.

Maybe someone else can help you out with that.

~GICodeWarrior

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Hi All,
Would be grateful for any advice.
Have reinstalled W7 on my Sony laptop. It has two 120 GB hard drives connected together. This is shown in the start up Bios OK.
However after installing W7 it’s only using one disk with 111Gb showing in Disk Manager. It shows one hard drive as not Initiated and unallocated. Have tried all the normal ways to re-Initiated and unallocated, no luck. Scanned Google for advice and tried all the normal methods.
In disk manager it shows the unallocated disk with a disk icon with a red arrow pointing down, saying Disk 0 unknown not initialized.
Up until the re-install of windows both my hard drives were OK so something has happened in the install.
Any advice,
Regards,
Mick

Answer:Unallocated hard drive

It has two 120 GB hard drives connected together. This is shown in the start up Bios OK.
Is it raid connected?
Do you have data on the second drive you wish to recover?

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Hi All

This is my first post here so I hope I am putting it in the right spot??

I have just upgraded this system to Windows7 64bit from Windows XP.

I have 3 internal hard drives. but when I got to My Computer it shows only 1. I went into BIOS setup and they are all listed there.

Then I went to Disk Management they are listed there as well but two of them are listed as Unallocated. I am not sure how to change it.

I have also tried two external drives that I have. Only one of the two works. the one that doesn't register with the pc works on another pc running Windows7 32bit.

Thanks in advance for any help on this matter

Peter

Answer:Unallocated hard drives

Hello fudge1979, welcome to Seven Forums!



Hard Disk Drives and 'space' on HDDs that shows in Windows disk management will not show up in Windows 7 until a partition(s) is created and formatted, have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Create a New Partition in Windows 7

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...

patio.
 

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