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windows 7 c drive is 250gb.How to make new partition

Question: windows 7 c drive is 250gb.How to make new partition

Hello guys,

My client has 250gb harddisk & it has only 1 drive & there is lot of data i.e about 20gb in it.

PLZ tell me any software which can reduce size of c drive & create new drives without causing loss to windows & without loss of data,

I also need pdf to word converter.I have download many softwares but no one is perfect.Plz tell me that software.

I will be very thankful for your reply


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Preferred Solution: windows 7 c drive is 250gb.How to make new partition

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: windows 7 c drive is 250gb.How to make new partition

To reduce the size of the system partition in order to create a new, second partition, there are several third-party solutions for doing that, two of which are:

Free> EaseUS Partition Master: Free Partition Magic alternative. Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 32 bit & 64 bit - EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition.

Not free > Paragon Partition Manager: Paragon Partition Manager Personal - Overview

As regards a PDF > Word converter, I don't think a perfect one exists. Besides, we don't know which ones you've already tried.

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It's a brand new unused hard drive, and I just want to know once and for all: is there an optimal size to make the system partition when setting up a hard drive? And this one may sound stupid, but I figure it's better to ask and know and be embarrassed than to never know anything for sure at all and inevitably make yourself look stupid at some point, so - so once I've installed Windows, in order to make best use of having made two partitions, do I then just move the whole Users folder over to the other partition?

Answer:How big should I make the system partition on a 250GB HDD?

if youre going to run windows 7 the OS alone is going to take upwards of 20 Gigs, I cant speak for Windows 8 but I would say somewhere around 20-30 Gigs (there are a lot of laptops sold with a small SSD for the OS and typically they are either 24 or 32 Gigs) should be more than enough space with updates and system restore information.
Just make sure that you install programs on the other partition.

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Hello friends, I am Haroon Mahmood. I am new member to this forum. I want to know about the partition of the drive in windows 7. I want to keep safe data without taking any backup of the drive. Please suggest me some ideas regarding my above mentioned problem.
Thanks & Regards
Haroon Mahmood

Answer:Haroon Mahmood – how to make partition of the drive in windows 7

If I understand this correctly, you do not want to use a program like Macrium Reflect to clone your hdd?  But you do want to backup your important data?
If this is the case, you can transfer your data to a form of removable media, such as an external hdd, flash drive, DVDs/CDs, etc.

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

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

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

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hi -

Shrink the HDD -->

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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I accidently deleted :

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

when i was trying to install fresh windows 7.

now i only have :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then you should be able to install into that partition.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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Hey everyone,

I have a question about partitioning the C: drive. The C: drive on my computer is the only one on my hard drive. What I want to know is how to make an E: drive with the C: drive, or how to split it? Ive tried following directions from different places and I cant get the MAKE NEW PARTITION to come up when I right click in disk management. Can you make an E: drive from the C: drive with windows already on the machine? Please any help is much appreciated.


Answer:How to partition and make a new drive from C:?

When you first installed XP you used all the space for OS you didn't specify leave "blank"
Now its a start over or leave alone...

Although there is another way

Both of these products are licenced and pay for, products
They will allow for creation of new partition etc

System Commander
Partition Magic

If anyone knows of a free option please post back with its name

Here is MS guide, that you are not able to use:
I am posting it for the ones that view this thread, that can.

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Hello allWell now i got my friends computer next to me and i will make a fresh install of Windows 7. Now in this computer as of now the C drive is a 120 GB SSD drive and of course it is full. So now in the rebuild i will have the following options:Here is what i have in the computer : ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH Z87 with a I7 As drive i have 2 120 GB ssd drives + i have 1 2TB drive + i have 1 3TB drive so i have the option on taking the drive i want to make the rebuild.If for any reason i go with the 2 TB drive how should i partition this drive and please make this easy for me. I do have a program called Partition Wizard Pro so this will help me out here.Thanks all

Answer:Need help on how to make a partition on my C drive

I have not used Partition Wizard Pro so I can't speak to the pros or cons.I suggest you use the utility on the 2TB or 3TB drives from the drive manufacturer instead. Large capacity drives can sometimes be problematic as far as partitioning them. That is why I recommend using the manufacturers tools instead. I also suggest you keep Windows 7 on the SSD. Simply delete all the programs, files, etc, after you back them up. Keep Windows 7 intact. Allow Windows to control the swap file. Install programs to one of the larger 2TB or 3TB drives. As far as partitioning and formatting goes, you would know better than anyone how much room you need for programs and files.I am a believer in multiple partitions. The main reason is that it makes it much easier to perform backups/ images. Running backup software on a 2TB partition will take forever. Your programs usually don't change much so the frequency for backups is less than it is for your personal files. So you can backup as different times and intervals.100GB should be good for your programs, considering you currently have them AND Windows on a 120GB. Make another partition for your larger personal files, like music, photos, etc. Those can be simply copied to a second location for redundancy. They are already compressed so using backup software won't save much space. You could simply leave the rest of the drive RAW until you have a need. You also need to consider where you will be backing up all that data. Either a sec... Read more

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I have a USB 1 TB disk that I want to use for backups. It has a Recovery partition, but the rest of the space is unallocated. I had a similar situation some years ago and a guy in the shop where had taken the computer and USB drive simply made a partition. I didn't note how he did it and I don't see anything in Computer/Manage/Disk Management that says "Partition". I did see "New Simple Volume" but it comes up with a default volume size that is a larger than the Unallocated Space (see attached screen capture). I'm guessing that it somehow would be OK, but need the last word before proceeding.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2650e, AMD64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3838 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 694104 MB, Free - 548166 MB; E: Total - 21257 MB, Free - 15124 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 03D1TV
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:How to make partition in USB drive

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Bought a new 250 g hd for my box. I want to install xp pro. I am at the stage where it shows 1 partition at 131 gb

Xp pro disk in cd bay, boot disk in floppy.

Any help would be appreciated

Answer:New 250gb hd 131 showing? Partition Help??

Plain-Jane XP by default will only recognize drives up to 132GB. If you create an SP2 slipstreamed CD using autostreamer, it will recognize the full drive upon install. Or, complete your install, update to SP2 and then use the "diskmgmt.msc" command in the "run" line to format the remaining hard drive as a second partition.


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We removed old disks from my reliable but sluggish Dell Pentium 4 and installed a new Hitachi 250GB drive. Windows XP installed fine, but the system will not reboot after we install SP2. Tried twice, rolling back to the previous configuration.

Tried installing SP1 (fine) and several critical updates THEN SP2, but same problem; after the "successful" install the system must be restarted, but now it will not boot. Instead we see the message saying Windows cannot start, and giving options for booting in safe mode (this works), booting in safe mode with networking (does NOT work). We have tried F8 at startup & tried Debug mode, but this just took us back the same menu (Safe, Safe w/networking, Last known good, etc.).

We have already checked for BIOS updates, and found none available.

Any ideas?

Answer:Installing Windows XP on new Hitachi 250GB drive, won't reboot after SP2

Update on this problem: with the restart on failure disabled we were able to proceed a bit further, and have now disabled our AVG virus s/w, and rolled back again to run a disk check... before trying SP2 again.

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?


Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.

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I basically have a partition thats is now unallocated space due to me deleting the volume and I would like to make it part of my c drive again how do i go about doing this?

Answer:how do i make a partition part of my c drive again

Hello Bigboi,

It depends on where the unallocated space is to the right of the C: drive in Disk Management. You may be able to use Disk Management to extend the C: drive into the unallocated space.

Partition or Volume - Extend

If it will not let you do it in Disk Management, then you may need to use a 3rd party program like the free Partition Wizard to extend C: into the unallocated space instead.

Hope this helps,

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Hello, so... the question is this:

Can I make a partition of my laptops' HDD work as an external drive.
So that when I connect a USB cable to my laptop, then connect the other end of the USB cable to another PC/laptop this other PC/laptop than thinks that an external HDD is connected to it...

I'm assuming I would need some sort of software to specify which partition I want to be recognized as the external HDD and then possibly specify which USB port to use...?

Or not necessarily a partition, just any specific folder would work as well...

So... help... please... So far I haven't found any answers googling.

Answer:Make HDD partition as a USB external drive

Not clear on your problem;

When I connect a USB tumbdrive to my Laptop it shows up as a regular Mapped Drive.

In fact, when I take it elsewhere, that happens also.

It is not related to the HDD on the laptop at all (is that what you're after; making the USB actually mirror datafrom your HDD?)

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I bought my hard drive OEM and now I have no idea how to make a partition so that I can install my Windows vista ultimate on it.

I boot it then I follow onscreen instructions, enter the code and agree to software license ect. Then it reaches a point and says choose driver. In that list there is no driver. So I select drive options but nothing is clickable. So then I click "load driver", but then it prompts me to enter a cd with the software for my hard drive...

How do I make this partition!

Answer:how to make partition on hard drive!

I am referring to step 9 of this guide

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I bought my hard drive OEM and now I have no idea how to make a partition so that I can install my Windows vista ultimate on it.

I boot it then I follow onscreen instructions, enter the code and agree to software license ect. Then it reaches a point and says choose driver. In that list there is no driver. So I select drive options but nothing is clickable. So then I click "load driver", but then it prompts me to enter a cd with the software for my hard drive...

How do I make this partition!

Answer:how to make partition on hard drive!

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hey, so yeah the deal is i made a partition for 5gb for windows, and a 110 gb partition for all my other stuff. well i want to just make everything easier and make it one whole drive, so can i do that? i don't have anything on the 110gb drive and don't want to go through a fresh install of windows.

Answer:2 partitions, want to make drive 1 partition

XP or Vista? not that it matters since GParted will easily do the work there since you can't resize the primary partition while running the OS that is installed on it. With nothing on the second 110gb partition that will make things even easier since you won't have to shrink that first to increase the size of the primary in order to move files over from it.

With nothing on the second one there you can simply delete it entirely. But before expanding the small primary where Windows is installed you will want to back anything importent up and then decide on the partitioning tool you will use.

The Linux drive tool namely the Gnome Partition Editor(GParted) has a few live for cd releases that are able to work with MS, Apple, Solaris types of partitions as well as Linux VFat. If you have a cd or dvd burner and a blank cd-r all it will take is to follow simple instructions.

First is the actual documentation with screen shots for the free Linux tool seen at GPARTED DOCUMENTATION - GENERALITIES

The last "platform independent" rlease the exactly the way you see it here is the correct one to use on the bootable cd-r you will need to create for this. Files

The free version of BurnOn has proven itself repeatedly to be the reliable program for burning the 35mb iso disk inage onto a blank cd-r. Once burned to disk and you boot from it you can reach the main gui simply by pressing the enter at each of the initial prompts to see it fully l... Read more

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Dear everyone,

I just noticed a 101 MB Unallocated partition at the start of my SSD BOOT Drive. It works fine nevertheless.

Look below:

In Diskpart it shows the following, it is "reserved":

Wasn't this supposed to be the 100MB "system" partition? Meaning if I like to run a Recovery from Partition 5, it would have been Partition 4 before the restore of Acronis? I am not sure what I am saying actually hehe. Should I leave the 101MB reserved or is there any possibility to successfully add this reserved space to the OS partition?

Now I am uncertain if this was here before I had to do a restore of my earlier made backup with Acronis True Image 2014. I always use the CD to boot and don't make any backups in Windows. I did read something on Acronis forums regarding this, but I am unfamiliar with all these technical details. Actually, all other partitions show up in the order as I had before the backup.

Does someone here know about this and if this is fine or can I run into "problems" with some programs or anything?

Well, after some more digging myself I found that partition 1 above should normally between the efi partition and the boot c system partition. So in my case between partition 2 and 3. But it is unallocated and partition 1? Hope this still can be fixed without needing to reinstall everything because that would be a disaster (for me at least).

EDIT & UPDATE: FOUND THE SAME PROBLEM AS I HAVE HERE https://forum.acr... Read more

Answer:Unallocated space as the first partition of my 250GB SSD.

I hope there is at least someone who can inform me if the above is correct or not..... I don't know myself but something is telling me it can be different.

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how can I create a 250gb data partition on my hard drive Move my files to it and then wipe the Windows partitions and then reinstall windows so that I don't lose my files.

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Hello Sir,   I installed a xp on my frnd pc. I installed xp on C: Drive .And forgot to make more partition. And now xp is fully installed. So now I want to make more dirve in it. (i.e : d and e) . So pls tell me without again formatting how can I make more drive.2)   In one of my pc there is 4 drive (i.e : c,d,e,f) and g is my cd drive. I want to increase the size of my c drive and make my f drive space lesser. So please tell me this also.Regards,Anjeep

Answer:want to make more partition & also want to adjust the size of drive

An excellent, easy to use program for this is Partition Magic 8. Not free though.

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I have an external hard drive on another computer on my network. Can I make it so it shows up in My Computer with a drive letter like another partition or a drive?
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit on Toshiba Satellite L455D

Answer:Make network location like partition/drive

Hi Tduck and welcome to Seven Forums. You may want to look at this tutorial. Map Network Drive

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Greetings everyone! I'm a newbie here in SEVENforums. I just bought a LENOVO Y580 1TB (notebook) and I'm having difficulties in making partitions in my HDD. Initially, here's the default hard drive partitions:

4 Partitions:
(hidden): Healthy System
C(local): 836MB
D(Recovery): 150MB
(hidden): OEM
so first, I follow the normal way of making a partition. which is:
? right click on my computer
? manage
? disk management
? shrink a desired drive
? right click on the unallocated (make simple volume)
? go through the wizard instructions
? click finish

however, when i hit finish, there's a popup saying:
" The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue?"

I've been plowing the net in search for help in these matter. so far what i found out is that converting to a dynamic hard drive is a "bad idea" so thats a NO NO i guess. Also, I saw some forums saying that I should have "Ubuntu live CD" or "GParted" etc... to solve this problem. but i dont want to install additional software.

So my questions are:

1.) Is it possible to make partitions without installing other software?
2.) (If the case is having too much partitions) Can I delete an existing partition? say, OEM?
3.) How do I expand my drive D (Recovery)... Read more

Answer:How to make HDD partition without coverting to dynamic drive?

Hello mOKie Welcome to the Seven Forums!

There are a few options depending on whether or not you are comfortable using or not using a command prompt. At the command prompt in order to create a new basic volume in then vacant unallocated drive space following the shrink of the C primary you would simply type the following at the command prompt "C:\users\user account name\" dos like prompt.

List Disk
select disk 0 (most likely the only hard drive)
List Volume (will show all partitions presently there)
Create partition primary
format fs=ntfs 60

Now for deletion of an existing partition you would instead enter the following:
List Disk
Select disk 0
List Volume
Select Volume # (depending on if the OEM is first at the front of the drive or last at the rear of the drive)
delete volume #
exit (if not performing other operations

Note commands can be entered in lower case letters. The capitalization here is for reference only.

For the gui method by booting live from cd or usb flash drive the open source community's main driver partitioning program is GParted Live(Gnome Partition Editor) being one free program that runs stricly from the live cd or usb flash drive the iso download is written to.

The live gui method allows you to pick and choose partitions especially if you have already labeled the volume by the right click properties screen>Genera tab ahead of time to avoid deletion of the wrong one. For any new partition primary or extended on... Read more

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I got an old HD from a friend for my laptop. I installed XP on it but on a new drive (d:)

I've used this for a year or so but now I need the extra space on the other drive.

Is there a way to format the other drive (c:) and have it added to d: ? without reinstalling XP all over again and losing my data?

I have nothing to back up my data on and have also lost my XP CD!

EDIT: I have my installation CD but it doesn't work for some reason. It might be damaged?

Answer:Need to format partition to make drive bigger.

C: and D: are on different Hard drives?

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Ok so I am trying to reinstall windows 8 but my boot disk is all scratched to heck and keeps giving me errors. Unfortunately I dont have anymore dvd-r's nor the money to go buy any. So I downloaded the installer from microsoft and selected to install by creating media... then usb flash drive. Heres the thing though... I dont have a USB flash drive... I do however have a small usb powered portable HDD, so I created a small 5GB partition on it hoping I could use that partition to install the boot image, but it isnt working.

So the question is, is there a way to partition and/or format this portable hdd so that windows thinks one of the partitions is a USB flash drive?? It seems like this should be doable because I have been able to boot from other images off this hdd before (osx 10.8 boot disk) so the computer itself is definitely able to boot from an external hdd... I just need to be able to set it up properly.

Answer:Make external HDD partition appear as a flash drive??

If you were to follow the instructions to manually create a bootable installation flash drive (instead of using the MS tools), it might work for you... But I think you're going to have to have one big drive instead of a partition.....

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One of my partition drives can not be written to by other users apart from the administrator.

Answer:How to make a partition drive accessible to all users .

Not a problem.. Right click the partition and go into Properties. Within the tabs at the top your going to see one that says "Sharing". It has functions in there to allow you to share that drive throughout your network. If anyone at anytime wants to get in there all they have to do is type in your IP address in Windows Explorer and the share name, (i.e. \\\shared)Hope this helps!

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Long story short, pulled hard drive out while laptop was on, and when i rebooted, nothing was there, and when i install windows, it says i need to make a partition, and it gives me the option, but the problem is that when i make partition, the laptop refuses to let me make it no matter what size, gigantic, microscopic, or even the middle numbers! plz i am getting frustrated, also i can not get the computer to go to cmd so i can type in commands such as diskpart or anything.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive will not Make Partition

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My 250GB SATA is partitioned in TWO separate ones, and I just installed Win7 Ultimate x64 on the smaller partition that have assigned for the OS. The installation went fine and everything seems OK, but the thing is that I can NOT have access to the other partition (the one previously there).
In the Disk Management, I can clearly see the two partitions, and the non OS on reads as: Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition). But the explore, open, extend volumem and other features are grayed-out)

Oh, the OS partition has the option to Mark Partition as Active. What is this?
Please advise how can I fix this, since I have tons of data on the non OS partition and I need to get to them ASAP!


Answer:250GB SATA HDD: Win7 Partition Issue

If it was me, I'd stop what you are doing and use a tool to pull your files off to an external drive, like Bart PE. Never mess with partitions if you have important data, or else it can't be that important to you.

Then, clear the drive, install the OS and then restore your data.

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I've got this new Notebook PC with an 80GB hard drive and I want to partition the drive. OS=Vista Home Premium. Vista allows resizing partitions to some extent.

The drive initially had a Recovery partition that was about 8.8GB. Some background info: I had tried creating Recovery disks from the Recovery partition. That did not work. I called HP and they sent a Recovery DVD to me. I deleted the recovery partition and then tried to "shrink" partition C but it would only let me shrink the C, which was now the full 80GB, by the amount that was previously used for the Recovery partition. I found some reference on the Internet about the resizing/shrinking procedure but was unable to make it do what I wanted.

I decided to use the Recovery DVD to restore the system and then try resizing partition C. BTW, I had called HP "support" before doing this to ask whether the restore procedure would let me partition the drive. They said it would but such an option never appeared during the restore; once it started, I had no options; I could only allow it to run it's course. After the restore, I also noticed that the Recovery partition was also restored, although it is now 6.57GB instead of 8.8. I thought perhaps the Recovery DVD would not put the Recovery partition back; I mean, why have it when I have the Recovery DVD? This time, shrinking worked; it would allow me to make about 45GB of C available to add extended partitions. If I used shr... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Okay so I managed to figure out all my problems with my partitions and my computer not starting and I am finally at the last step. I have a partition made specifically for Minecraft with a smaller cluster size so it runs faster...

Now I would like it so this drive has no letter so everyone doesn't see the Minecraft drive on there accounts (in-case they say whats that oh delete etc...). So how can I create a shortcut to the launcher in this drive without allowing the drive to have a letter???

Regards, Radical924

Answer:How can I make a shorcut to a hidden drive/partition with no letter???

How about a security setting?

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Hi all

I have formatted my hard drive

C ? main OS NTFS
E- Data NTFS
F- Used for Boot Magic (50MB)Fat 32
G- Second OS NTFS (obviously this will be hidden and unhidden & will be C when active)

I have a known good image of a C drive. I would like to restore this to the G drive & then use boot magic to switch between the two.

I can?t seem to get the second boot to work. Is there something wrong with restoring an image that was created from the C drive & restoring it to the G drive ?

When I tried to boot into the second OS the boot was unsuccessful & hangs sometime during booting XP.

I am at work so that is my initial question. I can post back with exact error messages when I am at home.

I have also got in a bit of a mess by doing the following.

I made an image of C. Installed Bootmagic afterwards. I then restored the C image.
Bootmagic is now no longer installed in add/remove programmes but when I try to install it I get an error, ?please uninstall any previous versions of Bootmagic before proceeding?. Thinking about it maybe formatting the F drive will erase the old install & cure this problem?

I would really appreciate a bit of help with this.

Thanks & sorry for the initial lack of detail

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I've been getting this "Windows - Delayed Write Failed" error for quite some time. It's strange though, because it seems to be happening totally randomly.

Here's what happens:

I could be using firefox 2 mins after I start up my computer or be playing a game 4 hours after I start my computer and then a delayed write failed error (or several) suddenly appears from the taskbar in the lower right corner of the screen, failing to write either a system file of some sort or a file related to whatever program I happen to be using at the time. Then everything becomes extremely choppy and eventually totally freezes up. I then have to manually restart at which point it will either work normally or be slow and then freeze up during startup. For some reason, moving my HDs to different SATA ports (since my mobo has 4 ports) tends to fix the problem for a while before it starts happening again.

Does anyone happen to have any idea how to resolve this problem or what is causing it? Is my HD failing, does it have to do with my drivers/firmware/bios, or is it some sort of software bug or conflict?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

(btw there don't seem to be any problems with the disk when I check it with chkdsk or the seagate disk checking utility)

Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA (Two of them, not in raid)
Windows XP home edition SP2
Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard
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Answer:Windows - Delayed Write Failed error with 250GB SATA internal Seagate drive

Ooh, my task bar and desktop just disappeared and I just got a message saying:

Windows - System Error
Unknown Hard Error

And when I clicked OK, it just reappeared. When I tried to shut down, my computer locked up, so I had to shut down manually.

Restarting failed, but my computer seems to be working again now that I have switched the HDs to different SATA ports again. For now...

This can't be good...

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Can I Image my recovery partition and copy it to a new hard drive, and run it somehow? If so how, and what program should I use? I was thinking Macrium Reflect Free. Thanks for your help.

Answer:Failing hard drive- Can I Image my recovery partition and make it bootable?

Any program that clones a given hard drive...leaves an exact image of the drive on the second drive.  Whatever partitions/files the cloned drive contains...the new drive will also have.
If the drive is failing...a successful cloned image/copy may not be possible. 

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Can I use Partition Magic 8 to set up a 'Windows XP only' partition: so that Windows has it's own partition, and Programs have their own partition? On my PC Windows and Programs are currently on the same partition. Can PM8 do this or must I reformat and set these partitions through fdisk?

Answer:Using PM8 to make a Windows Partition

A short answer Yes
I have PM7pro dont Know what is different in PM8.
Do you already have PM8, or looking for info before ya buy?
should not have to Fdisk.

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I already know how to make a data partition but I wanna know how to make a data partition with windows 7 on it so in the case of an emergency i can use the data partition with windows 7 on it to reinstall the os so I wont have to use a disk im asking because my pc did not come with a partition that has a copy of the preinstalled os on it so you can reinstall the os if needed like with most pcs thats you buy from the store. Im currently useing a preinstalled version of windows 7 but I also have a retail disk with windows 7 on it

Answer:how to make a data partition with windows 7 on it

Quote: Originally Posted by bigboi972

I already know how to make a data partition but I wanna know how to make a data partition with windows 7 on it so in the case of an emergency i can use the data partition with windows 7 on it to reinstall the os so I wont have to use a disk im asking because my pc did not come with a partition that has a copy of the preinstalled os on it so you can reinstall the os if needed like with most pcs thats you buy from the store. Im currently useing a preinstalled version of windows 7 but I also have a retail disk with windows 7 on it

This is not going to work unless you have 2 license keys - but even then it is not practical. However, there is a much easier solution when you make an image. You can make it in a partition - but preferably on another HDD for safety reasons if your OS HDD goes south,. But the standard way is to make it on an external disk. Here are all the instructions on how to do it: Imaging with free Macrium

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hi i am naresh, i just bought a new laptop of brand acer it was packed , so wen we took hpme the laptop,we found that there is only one hard diskdrive ,c drive,with 500 gb space ,i want to make another drive but i don't want to format the laptop .is it possible please guide through this i really need this
thank you

Answer:How to make a partition in windows 7 without formating??????

Hello Naresh, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Before we are able to give proper advice, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing all of your HDD's layout to see what options you may have?

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At the end of each semester, I typically restore my primary laptop (Asus G1S) to the factory default settings. I realize that this isn't technically necessary, but there's something psychologically pleasing about a freshly installed operating system. It's somewhat like returning to a hotel room in the afternoon after the maid has tidied up. The bed is made, the bathroom is stocked with clean towels, and the free water bottles have been replenished.

I'm currently downloading the Windows Seven installation files, and have been reading through various guides. Many writers recommend partitioning one's hard drive to permit a dual boot. However, since I've just restored my system completely, I would rather just turn the entire thing over to Windows 7 without any Vista remnants clogging up the machine. If things go south, I can always unpack the restore disks and revert to the factory default state.

Is this advisable and possible? Can I completely wipe out Windows Vista and turn my machine entirely over to Windows 7?


Answer:Possible to make Windows 7 primary partition?

this website

How-To: Install Windows 7 RC as a Dual Boot, Over Vista, or From Scratch | Maximum PC

lays out how to do that Aaron.

along your line of questioning, though, I'd like to know if I'd be able to restore my computer to factory defaults (Vista) if I were to install Windows 7 on top of my current OS. If my computer were to have a problem as it is, I could always go to the backup/restore center and, with my discs, return it to factory that possible after doing a clean install of this new OS?

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My system was dual booting Windows 8 and Windows 7. I have deleted the Windows 7 option from the msconfig of Windows 8. Now the system boots automatically into Windows 8 with no problems.
However, I am confused if I did it the right way. If I delete/format the Windows 7 partition through Windows 8, will it cause any problems?
Also, I found that Windows 7 partition is marked as primary, while the Windows 8 is logical. I am pasting a screenshot of my disk management configuration :

Windows 8 is in C Drive (You can see that its logical)
Windows 7 was in E Drive
There is also a 2.50 GB Simple Basic FAT32 partition with status as - Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) - What is this?

Thanks in advance...

PS: I do have EasyBCD 2.2 and MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition Installed. The latter is not able to modify C drive and set it as primary.

Answer:How to make the Windows 8 partition as primary?

Welcome to EightForums.

You can only have three primary Partition on a MBR setup.

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I have been on a few websites and they all seem to give me the same directions on how to make a partition. Well, these directions are not working for me.

Normally, you would be able to right click a partition and choose "New Simple Volume", but I am not given that option. I want to install an new OS (Linux Fedora) onto the partition so I can dual boot from 8.1 to said OS.

If anyone has any idea as to what I should do please help. Thanks.

Answer:Windows 8.1: Unable to make Disk Partition

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Hello everyone I have copied the contents of a windows 7 x64 installation DVD onto a hard disk partition. This is so I can launch installation and recovery's from disk without the need for a DVD or DVD-drive. Can anybody tell me how to make this partition bootable ?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Make Windows 7 installation partition bootable

Just use easybcd to add a boot menu entry for that partition. If you dont know what I'm talking about, follow this tut.

Recovery Partition - Create

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0x8004240F I encounter this error for the very first time and it happens when I try to make a new partition to install Windows 7 on it using Windows 7 installer (not disk management!)
The harddisk has a legitimate Recovery partition of HP (which was active and primary) and another data partition.
It has 40 gb of free space. Even if I select like 1 or 10 or 20 gb it still gives 0x8004240F error.

I made several commands (after installing Windows 7) like bootrec /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd and they didn't detected the Win 7 I managed to install BUT I made it's partition in Acronis Disk Director suite.
After each restart Windows 7 wanted to start chkdsk on drive C (the Win 7 drive) automatically. Also the system thinks there is an older version of Windows but there isn't.
The partition I created with Acronis was reported Primary in acronis, BUT in Win 7 installer it was reported as logical... Currently it is reported as Extended.
Paragon partition manager reported that some partition overlaps another and this must be the key to solving the problem. But why fixboot and fixmbr didn't helped? I even tried them on the other data partition. I haven't modified the Recovery partition only made it hidden and not active.
How to check the partition table for errors and fix them so Windows 7 won't get this error?

Answer:Windows 7 - 0x8004240F error when trying to make a new partition.

Is there a reason you want to save the Recovery partition when you intend to Clean Install Windows 7?

If not delete all partitions as shown in steps 6-7, create new and format to try install to first partition not counting the small boot partition it makes. This is always the easiest way to install.

If that fails post back exact error message and/or what step in tutorial failure occurs.

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Hello, I would like to know how to make a partition to install Windows 7 from there forever. So far I've used a USB formatted with 'Rufus', but as I usually format very often, I want boot the computer from the partition, to do everything faster.

It is important that the installation has support for UEFI mode install, so I'm not interested in MBR / Legacy.


Answer:I need make a partition recovery for Install Windows 7 UEFI/GPT.

Here is the forum tutorial on how to install UEFI Windows 7, I assume this is what you are looking for.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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I am setting up my new computer this weekend with Windows 7. In my old machine I had a small drive for the OS and Programs and placed all my files on a separate drive. I could then very quickly make backup images of the OS drive using Acronis. For my new install I have a 1 Tb drive and I am trying to figure out how to do backups quickly.

Does it still make sense to create a separate partition for my documents in Windows 7? How does one move the user profile to do this in Windows 7.

I like to use imaging for backups but it seems like like it will be very slow on the full 1 Tb drive even with incremental images. What is the recommended technique for backing up in Windows 7 in case I get some virus or malware?

Answer:Does it still make sense for a separate documents partition in Windows 7

I keep my OS and programs on one partition and my User folder pointed to another. Makes it easy to format and reinstall my OS and not have to backup my files. I also periodically sync my User folder partition to my external drive.

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Hi Guys,
I have *Toshiba Satellite M200* laptop.
When I formated my hard disk and try to re-install Windows vista on it using recovery disk,
I am not getting how to make partition on it.
If i follow straight forward process there is only one drive (C:\) i found at the end of whole process.
I did try many time but couldn't get solution for it.

Anyone can help me?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to make partition in Windows Vista (Satellite M200)


You can create partitions with the Windows Vista Disk Management.
It?s not able to make partitions with the recovery disk but you can do this with the Vista tool pretty easy.

Right click on My computer => Manage => Storage => Disk Management
Then you can make partitions how do you want.

By the way, here is an interesting article for you:


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I'm going to update my lenovo G510(with i7 processor and windows 8.1) to windows 10 tp. When I update to windows 10 tp will it be possible to restore back to windows 8.1? I mean the laptop were preinstalled with windows 8 license and I don't want to "lose" the license.  It is a partition on the harddrive reserved for lenovo(think around 25gb). I wounder how I can make a "reinstall" cd from the reserved partition by ?lenovo? I have done a backup with clonezilla(but will be so sure I can possible be) but I really don't want to skrew up my license so therefore my simple question is just that how do I make a reinstall cd, so that if anything goes wrong I can use the reinstall cd/bootable harddrive image.

Answer:make reinstall cd from lenovo partition before updating to windows 10 tp

Your laptopp comes preinstalled with OneKey Recovery. So all you woud have to do is turn your computer off and hit the onekey button on the side or next to the power button. This will power on the laptop and initiate the recovery process back to when you first booted it up after you bought it

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I was wondering if its possible to make a partition on my hard disk so i can back up my windows xp data on it because i have no windows xp cd and i have an emachines t2682 with a recovery disk...and i really hate to wipe it every time it crashes. Is there a way to create a partition using some kind of partition wizard or something? I would appreciate it if it was free. That would be very helpful.

I'm not having a problem right now, but i would like to do that so i can repair the hard drive and perhaps save everything on my hard disk because i hate to lose my save games, etc.

thanks for replying in advance!

Answer:How do i make a seperate partition so i could save my windows data on it?

Have you tried any of the tools in the "download" section here? I don't know how good this one is but partition manager . Hope that helps, good luck

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


How do I resize system partitions?

I am in deep trouble...

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

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

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

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

Problems encountered:
1. This is impossible as the C: is the system partition and they cannot be made smaller with programs like Acronis PartitionExpert...
2. Although all files but the movies are copyed, I cannot make it boot!
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Answer:How to make second partition bootable / restore hd image when partition is too small?

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Hello, I'm hoping I can find a solution to my problem here as I couldn't find one elsewhere on the net.
I have a laptop and currently have a 120GB hard drive in an external enclosure. I have just bought a new 250GB hard drive and have installed it in the external enclosure. Though partitioning and formating the 120GB was a breeze, I've had nothing but problems with the new 250GB.
Below are the specs of what I'm working with. In both Partion Magic and in the Win2000 Disk Management, it correctly displays the 250GB drive (233GB). Regardless of which program I use (ie. Partion Magic, Win Disk Management, command line FORMAT) I get problems.
Generally, what will happen is it will partition fine. Then it will begin to the formatting process (VERY slowly) and then either throw an error either during or at the end of the process. And this is when I try to format a very small partition (ie. 100MB). I have successfully formated a 10MB partition. On a large partition (ie. 30GB) the format process will start but will not progress.
The only two things I can think of is that the drive is faulty, or because I am booting my OS from a floppy there is some sort of recognition problem.
I can't run the diagnosis software from Maxtor because that requires the drive to be installed internally.
So any help to this problem will be greatly appreciated.
Additionally, how long should it generally take to format the 250GB drive in its entirety?

Comp: Toshiba Satellite 2805-S201
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Answer:What's with the 250GB Drive

HHhhhhhmmm...sounds like a bad drive to me. Do you have a desktop computer that you can use to attempt to format the drive??

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 hey tech guys...  i have a T410i with windows its only a Hard disk partition...for my compatibility i need to make another partition that works in its factory recovery ??   ur replies appreciated.....thank u guys... sheriff

Answer:can i make hard disk partition through windows 7 recovery of T410i

hey getsheriff,yes it can be done. I would recommend making a backup of your system first.

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Hi. I have an external drive Simple Tech, Simple Drive model 96300-41001-011 which i have not used in a while. it should have the drivers built in but when i plug it in it runs but does not appear . Simple Drive does not appear in COmputer. I plug it into my Sony G11VN pc running Vista Business sp2. The usual window pops up “windows needs to install driver software for your Simple Drive” – I click “locate and install driver software” but it does not find it. I have looked for the driver on the site of Simple Tech which is now but I can’t find it.
Have tried to plug into MacBook which also runs windows with no luck.
Any ideas? Where can I find the driver?

Answer:simpletech simple drive 250gb drive

thanks for reply Jock1e.
no it does not appear in my computer and yes there is a yellow ! in devise manager. i have tried updating driver but it can't find the the driver and have tried disabling/enabling and also uninstall/reinstall. no luck. aslo does not appear in Disk Management

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I have two hdds (500gb 7200rpm) in my laptop and have 260gb of data on the second one. I wanted to create a partition for games at the beggining of the 2nd drive (the left side) as i heard it increased performance to put games in anoher drive and at the beggining of the drive.

My question is:
Will it make difference to make a partition at the beginning or at the end of this drive when it comes to gaming performance?
Will option three help me with this?

My cousin showed me one game in the same drive installed in the 1st of four partitions of a 500gb 7200rpm (the same i have) performing with 3-5 fps more than that game installed in the 4th partition of that same drive....

Any thoughts?

I dont know... any thoughts?, or maybe just a bug in the version installed in the 4th partition?

Answer:Will it make difference to make partition at beginning or end of HDD?

The only appreciable speed difference with OS drives is to upgrade to an SSD large enough to install OS and programs on, link to data on secondary HD via libraries.

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Hi I have an Acer T135 -S870 and would like to install a 250 Gb SATA drive but it is not recognised in the Bios or through Linux Mint that is installed at present on my 80Gb drive in the T135-S870 Could you help me please in solving this problem.

Answer:250Gb drive not recognised

Have you tried to connect only the new hdd with the same cable of the old HDD?

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I run win 98se with 2 drives, a 30gb and an 80gb, both work well, but are full. I bought a 250Gb drive to use as a USB external. To try and format the new drive, I replaced the 80 (D Drive) but the new one is only seen as a 65 GB drive. I've tried fdisk and format, Still 65Gb. Anybody any ideas? as always, thanks in advance for any helpCheers

Answer:250Gb drive and win98se

also, if I want to swop it between 2 machines, one win98se, the other XP, will it need to be fat32?

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Hi I have an Acer T135 -S870 and would like to install a 250 Gb SATA drive but it is not recognised in the Bios or through Linux Mint that is installed at present on my 80Gb drive in the T135-S870 Could you help me please in solving this problem.

Answer:250Gb drive not recognised

Have you tried to connect only the new hdd with the same cable of the old HDD?

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Computer info:

HP Vectra
VL420 MT
WinXP Home SP2
LBA on
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.00 GHz
HP System board A08
Chipset: Intel i845 Rev: A3
Southbridge: Intel 82801BA (1CH2)
BIOS: American Megatrends, Inc.
Version: JA.01.07US
Graphic Interface Version: AGP version 2.0
Intel(R) 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
(did I miss anything?)

I appologize in advance for the long read.

This computer came with only a 10GB Seagate drive. It has less than 300MB left of unused memory, so I tried installing a 250GB Maxtor. It is only recognized as 30GB in the BIOS. I don't understand this because I have WinXP SP2 and LBA is enabled in the BIOS -
Not only that, but I have another 300GB Seagate that I want to install as a slave (I had previously installed this one as a slave to the 10GB but had the same problem with only 64GB being recognized.
I don't understand why my BIOS isn't recognizing it at it's full capacity since I have the latest version of BIOS and LBA is indeed enabled (I thought SP2 was supposed to correct this problem).

My hope is that someone out there can walk me through this step by step (from erasing the disk to installation) because I've been working on this thing all day long and nothing I've tried seems to work. The 10GB drive has to go. I want to install the 250GB drive as my master, copy the 10GB drive to it (I have Casper XP 3.0 for this purpose), and then install the 300GB drive ... Read more

Answer:250GB drive is seen only as 30GB

Did the Maxtor not come with a setup disc .....?
When you go to control panel / admin tools / computer management / disc management and right click on the "free" space of that drive what options do you get?

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How is the best way to do this to use the whole drive instead of the partition sizes of the source?

Answer:When I clone to a larger disk drive how can I make partition larger?

Don't partition the drive you will copy the cloned image to. The source itself is not a partition, although it may reside on a partition on that drive.
Is the drive you will be using partitioned? 

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Hi there..I have a 250GB SATA HD drive and trying to load XP on to it...all that happens is that the files load from the XP CD onto the HDD but the menu screen does not appear...I can view the files when logged in from a IDE drive but the whole XP software is not on the SATA drive.I have seen other advice which states I require chipset drivers to load onto my system from floppy drive after pressing F6 for RAID drives present?? The drivers downloaded are 7.5 MB...a bit big to go on a floppy!!Any help please would be much appreciated..The system is an HP xw9300 computer.many thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

You should have a Floppy Disc with the Raid Driver on It to enable XP to see the drive.Setup will ask If you have a disc for the Raid Driver. Take a look on the CD for Raid Drivers & how to create a Floppy Disc, if not have a look on your Motherboard's website.Regards.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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I use W7 Home Premium and would like to make a backup of my entire system. I will use the image method and the combination of my C and D discs are about 125GB total. It appears to me that this Seagate will do the job, however, I would like some opinions before I purchase it. Thanks

Answer:Seagate 250GB USB External Drive

You can get a 1TB external hd for $75. Why limit yourself. You can store an image of your hd, as well as back it up. Will the 250GB be ok? Yes. But go ahead and get the larger drive.
**GO 82nd - All the way! **

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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This may be a total noob question, but honestly I didn't have any idea what I should search for to find out if this is a known problem. Here it is:

Just put my new system together and in the BIOS it recognizes the drive for what it is, 250GB, but when I went to install XP, it saw it as 130GB. Is there a known reason for this or am I stuck using half of my drive? It's an SATA drive, does this have anything to do with it?

system specs:

Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Asus A8n-e
XFX 7800GT
2GB Corsair valueselect

Answer:XP only sees 130GB of 250GB drive

You need to see about slipstreaming a copy of Service pack 2 into your install CD. That might be a service pack 2 thing.

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated.

Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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Hey guys, i need some help, i am trying to get my 250GB sata drive to work on a MS-7061 board so i can install Windows Xp, ive tried going into the BIOS but have had no luck, i have a IDE Drive connected as well as somebody said you can configure it with an IDE drive installed, any help is appreciated greatly, Mark

Answer:Configuring a 250GB Sata Drive As IDE

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Erlier i booted my PC up into Xp to see a strange warning box come up. I can't remember what it said now but my mouse and keyboard didn't work.

I then pull the plug and fire it back up into XP again. only it get about 2 bars into the loading screen and a BSOD loads fo about a second and the machine restarts.

I booted into Vista to ask for help, i go into my computer and look a my other HDD it is still there but according to properties have 0 bytes space. I tried error checking it but windows said it could not access the drive.

I really need to get my SATA drive up and running again, if its possible.



Answer:250GB SATA2 Drive Not working! Please Help!

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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This is my basic spread
prime contains a win 7 installation(active)
halo contains a win 8 installation(boot) and is a logical partition
What I need to do is:
format prime and combine it with halo , this will be my boot and active
keep logic and halo as it is an my logical drives
I cannot lose data in halo or logic.
how do I go about doing this .. pls help

Answer:make a logical partition into a primary partition

just let me say this you would need to back up your data before you do anything ! because however you do end up achieving this, it's never safe to do it with out first backing up your data to another source

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can I make a partition without using Partition Magic ???

is it possible to create a volume or logical partition through Windows without using a third Party tools like Partition Magic ??

can I make it through the command prompt ??? .. I'm willing to make a backup drive like 1-2 GB. & I don't want to format or reinstall windows in order to do that.


Answer:can I make a partition without useing Partition Magic ?

Go download Gparted liveCD and burn it as an image, it's free.

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didn’t recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldn’t work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldn’t).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I haven’t given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether it’s fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I have a 250gb hd in my uncles computer and I put sp2 on it because I thought it had the update I needed for xp to see the full size but it still doesn't. Is there something else I'm suppose to do?

Answer:250gb drive still showing up as 127gb after sp2 update on xp

Whoa, what?

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I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,


Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found Towards the end of the page is this image;

Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...

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I have just bought this external drive and am trying to download the driver onto my laptop from the WD website, as I am running Windows 98SE. I have found the WD Essentials USB 2.0 driver and when I click the DOWNLOAD button a small screen appears with a blue line across the top and the words "File Download". However this box just flashes on and off all the time and locks up the computer. The only way to get rid of it is to switch the power off. I have enabled pop-ups as requested, and have also disabled Norton Antivirus 2005. I have no firewall. I have tried a number of times without success. Can you please help? Many thanks.

Answer:Western Digital USB 2.0 250GB external drive

I have just downloaded it without problems, aristo, if you wish I can email it to you, it's a 2MB zip file.

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.

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My laptop Dell Latitude D830 running XP Pro does not recognize the external Seagate 250 gb drive, even under device Manager. I?ve tried it under Slave, Master and Cable-Select Option but with no success. Any ideas? Periodically I hear from the disk a click about one second apart. Probably it?s gone bad, so if it has crashed, how can I recover data on it? How can I get XP recognize it?

Answer:XP Pro doesn't recognize external SG 250gb drive

Have you tried connecting the drive to another PC?

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Certain simple activities (like opening certain documents) generate "not enough disk space" announcements. I want to move as much as possible to the D:\ drive, but I realize I can't simply drag and drop programs. I've made a backup of the system. I could start deleting things from the C, but I don't want to do something I'd be sorry for later. I need the steady hand of someone who knows their way around in this situation who can say, "do this, then do that." My iDrive backup subscription ran out in January and I can't afford to re-up just now. I think if I deleted the iDrive files from C:\ the SSD wouldn't be so full. I wondered if I could make an image with my other free backup software and save it to the other drive, then clear off a lot from the C:\ drive, then after that, selectively install to the cleaned up C:\? Any simpler, better comments and suggestions welcome.

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567

Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much


Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.

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pls. help. my dell dimension 8200 desktop is not detecting i/o magic 250gb external drive. i plug it in to the USB and nothing happens. the device is on, my USB is working with other devices. but when i plug in the external drive nothing happens.

i've tried to get help from the manufacturer but everything that they've told me to do is not working.
- downloaded the drivers and still nothing.

i'm in dire need of assistance.

Answer:i/o magic 250gb external drive - not being detected

You may want to check the drive on another computer because it should just be plug and play.

I guess there's a chance the drive is not partitioned or formated, If you you go to Disk Management does it show the drive? How about in Device Manager, is it listed there or are there any errors showing?

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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My sons got me a Samsung 840 EVO SSD for my birthday . . . and it ROCKS! (That's right . . . I be the Dad . . . :major). Never used an SSD before and been wanting to try one out but I couldn't justify the expense at this time.

I was able to clone my existing HDD to the SSD with no trouble. The speed of this thing is amazing all by itself, but Samsung has a RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) setting in its provided software that allows the use of up to one gigabyte of system RAM to use as a high-speed cache. This seems to more than double the sequential read and write of the SSD. I'm astonished! So far, so good.

On to my question . . . I've been putting various OS folders on my old HDD (all the Library files; Documents, Videos, Pictures, Downloads, etc.) but I was wondering if anyone could suggest any other files that would be wise to move from the SSD to my regular platter drive? I've researched this issue, and there is so much contradictory information out there I'm not sure how to proceed . . . so I came home to MG to ask


Answer:Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Solid State Drive

I think I answered at least one of my own questions - It's apparently not wise to move the AppData folder to another drive besides the OS drive. I can't really think of any other caches or folders that would make sense to move.

I've moved I.E. temp files, all my document Libraries, and put a good few of my most used utility programs on my HDD. This seems to be taking some of the pressure off the SDD. I've had it installed and running since May 27th and have only written .17 TB to it. I intend to keep the games I am currently playing on the SSD. Though, from the testing I've seen done on this drive, longevity doesn't seem to be an issue with this model.

Ran another performance test on the drive after a reboot, and the Random Write (IOPS) results are insane! Top is the SSD of course, and I ran a comparison test on the 500GB Seagate Barracuda drive that had been my OS drive. SSD FTW!

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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