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Partitioning hard drives and file paths

Q: Partitioning hard drives and file paths

when i first got my computer i came up with a lofty way of partitioning my 16o gb hard drive into different sections for different purposes like media partition and a system and a possible linux/ UNIX partition. but i haven't followed my plan and my f ( 60 g's) drive is almost full and my E drive ( 50 g's ) is completely empty can i combine the drives without messing up all of my file paths? maybe if i named the new drive f it would change anything? e is completely empty though

A: Partitioning hard drives and file paths

Well, yes if you use a program like Partition Magic that does non-destructive partitioning you can then id the partition as F, and not have lost your paths.

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I have an 80gb external harddrive. I used fdisk to format it but there didn't seem to be an option to not partition the drive so I did and now the drive says it is only 1.99gb in size. I'm guessing the rest is the other side of teh partition?? but I don't know how to get to that. Can I just reformat the drive? do I have to make a partition? and if so can I make it as large as I like? that way I can have as much of the drive as possible in one section, if that makes sense


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hy. just asking, is there a way to partition my hard disk even after an OS has been installed on it? If so how can i do so, and using what programmes? Thank you!

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I have a new 120GB hard drive and am not sure whether there is software available to partition one that large. Assuming there is, I need to decide whether it is better to create a partition for my data files or just to use a separate directory for backup purposes. Input will be appreciated!

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Ok, I have a 98se and is was/is a Compaq desktop. All software has been replaced. Both of the Compaqs I have seen have this drive configuration A C: and the restore D:. Is their any software(Free?) that can shrink C: by about 2 GB and add it to D: ? I want to try out some LINUX and I just need a little more space. Oh, to add to the challenge, my 98se on c: NEEDS to stay working. I cant loose that data.

Thanks for your help!

--Daniel L

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Last week I purchased a new lap top and it came with preinstalled software such as Windows XP, Adobe Reader, and etc. Now, I want to partition my hard drive. The hard drive was preformatted using the NTFS. I tried to partition it using Partition Magic and Partition Commander, but I get an error message telling me that it can not write to the C: drive. How can I partition my hard drive? Which program should I use?

A:Partitioning lap top hard drives

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There are many reasons to use hard disk partition software. They all come down to this: Partitioning the hard disk makes your life a lot easier and sometimes saves your data and your neck.

Disk partitioning:

Limits Accidental or Deliberate Damage To Your Data
With Acronis Disk Director Suite, you can separate your applications into separate partitions and put their data in other partitions. If an application becomes corrupted or is accidentally deleted, it is easier to contain the damage in a single partition. Hard drive partition recovery is faster than having to recover the entire hard disk.

Increases Security
Encryption is one of the fundamental tools to protection yourself against theft, corruption or compromise of critical data on your computer. But encryption slows your computer down. With disk partitioning software, you can encrypt just those partitions that need protection and let the other parts of your system run unencrypted, and hence faster.

Helps Your Computer Run Faster
Partitioning a hard drive lets your computer find things faster. Even routine access to information is speeded up because the computer can organize the information more efficiently with smaller directories. Quicker searches for files or directories also result because the computer only has to search a single partition instead of the entire large disk.

Organizes Information
Partitioning the hard drive not only makes it easier for the ... Read more

A:Why should I partitioning my hard disk drives?


I think it all makes good sense. I have a couple of Acronis products and I think they are very good.

You can partition your drive when installing XP without any extra software, however, the Acronis tools allow you to change things later if you feel the need.

On two separate occassions I have seen two of the Acronis products on cover discs of magazines - this was in the UK (not Director 9, but they were full working tools - one for partitioning and one for making an image) which is a very economical way of obtaining this useful software.


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I have some questions about partitioning hard drive in Windows XP

First why is it done, what are the advanges, purpose, does it improve speed, is it hard to do.


A:Solved: Partitioning Hard Drives in Windows XP

Generally, it does not improve speed. In some cases, it may slow things down.

Many people use partitioning far too much. It's fun.

If you want to experiment with a new OS, you can install it to another partition. But VirtualBox and InstLux and WUBI make that unnecessary, too, and a lot safer. Partitioning can be dangerous and data can be lost if not done right.

Smaller partitions defrag faster. I have a specail partition where I make Vista PE versions and UBCD4Win installations. I move large numbers of files in and out of that partition and that saves my main drive from fragmentation.

One very good reason for partitioning is to store your Documents folder on a different "drive". That way, XP can be re-installed and you don't lose your docs.

Some people create a Program Files folder on another drive and install their programs there (most will allow that). That way, each partition can be backed up or imaged separately and make for smaller images. But if you format and reinstall the OS to the first partition, all the programs on the second one also need to be reinstalled because their registry entries and accessory files are gone. So as far as having programs elsewhere so they don't need to be reinstalled, it won't work.

In general, if you don't have a good reason for doing it, like making partitions small enough to be easily backed up, then you probably don't need to do it.

I create a small, 2 GB FAT partition at the beginning of m... Read more

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Today, to recover some hard drive space I deleted my Linux partition and stretched the main Windows position to occupy the space previously occupied by that, using Partition Magic.. Now, in Windows Explorer I have my two Windows drives, and 2 other drives with question marks on them (the two "deleted," Linux partitions).

What's weird is that these two partitions don't show up in PMagic, or in Windows Disk Management - only in Explorer..

Every time I click on one it gives the "..may refer to a location that is unavailable.." error message.

Is there any way to get rid of these two drives, as they really shouldn't exist anymore?

A:Solved: Hard drives with question makrs present after re-partitioning

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If I've mapped a drive through the network, I know i can disconnect it, but after that, I need to delete the path from the drop-down list. how do i do that?

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HDD is labeled E:, but it does work. cd/rom is labeled H:, and it does not work. USB HDD is not even recognized. How do I reset (remap?) to the default drive paths.

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Hello, I know (am pretty sure >.<) that there is a way to do this.

I am trying to set a file path for a folder, but I need the folder to go to the current username, instead of my username. For example..

C:\Users\Matt\Documents\ - Is my current path

I want it to be C:\Users\*THEIR USER NAME*\Documents\

A:Help With File Paths

Hello Anyok,

You can use the path below for a universal profile path instead.

%USERPROFILE%\My Documents

Hope this helps,

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Im new to windows 10, i upgraded from windows 7. I am beyong annoyed with the File looking for is here, there, in that folder and dont forget the folder under it lol. I sync my phone to pc for Dropbox, Files starts to sync and im seeing the same file syncing over and over like 4 times, along with the annoying windows sounds each time. I look to see where they are going and one goes to a folder
Same file here
This PC-Windows C-users Branscum-dropbox

same file went here
and here
C-users-craig and lisa-Dropbox

i could go on but im confusing my self even more...Please i dont need all them access points for the same file ...Could some one explain this to me

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Dear All,

One of my user is facing copy paths issue in window 7 enterprise . User get the following error.

Thanks & Regards,
Kashiram Sawant

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after i run winaso registry cleaner/optimizer i get a messeage that i need to delte invalid files path

how do i do that ??????????

A:invalid file paths ???

Do yourself a favor, and if a registry cleaner offers to do something you don't understand, decline. It's far easier to clean the system to death than to actually fix something with a registry cleaner.

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So I've been trying to use system file checker, and encountered a problem where it can't repair a file. I found this page detailing how to manually fix the problem:

Use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

I was fine until step 2, where it says

"For example, type takeown /f E:\windows\system32\extremely_simplified_example.dll"

The problem is, my CBS.log file says stuff like:

Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"
Unable to repair \SystemRoot\WinSXS\Manifests\\[l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"

and I don't know how to translate that into a path to use with the takeown command. I searched for that file using explorer and found a dozen different copies, so I'm not sure which one to replace.

Semi-related questions: Can I just replace them all? I'm planning on using a copy of the file from a similar system that works, is that ok?


A:Help understanding CBS.log file paths

Hello Southbound, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Those instructions there are fine, but just a bit vague. OPTION THREE in the tutorial below can help give you only the SFC results to help make it easier to go through.SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
Next, the tutorial below can show you how to extract files from your installation disc to replace any listed files that SFC cannot repair.Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD
Before doing anything, please post back and upload your sfcdetails.txt file to see what all may be wrong, and if it any file that cannot be repaired is worth worrying about.Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
To help interrupt what it says to know the path:Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"
Unable to repair \SystemRoot\WinSXS\Manifests\\[l:24{12}]"FWPKCLNT.SYS"
The first line says that SFC cannot repair the FWPKCLNT.SYS file.

The second line is the path of the file. "SystemRoot" is a variable "%SystemRoot%" that is actually just a shortcut for "C:\Windows". This leaves you with the file path as:C:\Windows\WinSXS\Manifests\FWPKCLNT.SYS
Doing a search on the C: drive for the listed FWPKCLNT.SYS file would help give you all of it's locations if needed as well.

Hope this helps for now,

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A little background first.

I have a shortwave radio that is of a new type where a lot of the functions such as filters, etc. is done via software that resides on the PC.

The radio is mfg. by the WINRADIO company.
The model of the radio is a G31 DDC

After playing with the radio, it automatically Saves the frequencies that you have listened to, and puts them into Memory to be able to recall them later.
The file that it creates is called "User Memory"..

I seem to have the User Memory File in the right place, I think, but the "path" to get there seems to be different.

I have one path of:
Libraries/ Documents/ WINRADIO/ G31 DDC/ User Memory

And another path of:
C:/ Users/ Bob/ My Documents/ WINRADIO/ G31 DDC/ User Memory

They both seem to lead to the correct file of User Memory.

a. My main question: Is there really only one file of User Memory, but two different ways or paths to get to it ?

b. What's with Libraries; I've never set that up ? What are they ?

c. Notice that one path has My "Documents", and the other just "Documents".

If anyone could explain this for me, I would be most appreciative.

Much thanks,

A:Two Paths To The Same File Question ?

A Library doesn’t contain files, but provides a single aggregated view of multiple folders and their contents.

These links may help:

Libraries - Personal and Public User Folders

Windows 7 Libraries: Frequently Asked Questions

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I use WinAso Registry Optimizer; when I run it my computer crashes when it gets to Invalid File Paths, but when I remove the invalid file paths flag, it completes the process just fine. I would like some advice on correcting invalid file paths...thanks.

A:Invalid File Paths

Don't use registry cleaners. If you continue to use them, chances are that crashes will be among the least of your problems. Those things are junk, do only harm, and you should be thankful you were even able to reboot. Performance is not improved by using them, they remove needed entries, and they create their own "errors" so that they can "fix" them, making worse errors in the process.

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Hi, I installed a second drive into my PC yesterday. The drive shows up in both device manager and My computer. There seems to be a problem when i try to transfer files to it. If i copy a small file such as a photo it is slow but the file will copy across. Any file bigger will cause my PC to hang and i am forced to reboot.

Can anyone suggets what could be causing this?

I have checked in Device Manager and under the Primary IDE Channel Properties on the Advance Settings and it shows 'Device's Current Trasfer Mode: Not Applicable'.

My drives are Maxtor DiamondMax + 10 160GB S150 and my new drive is Maxtor DiamondMax10 200GB S300.

Any suggestions would be greatly recieved

A:Slow file transfer between Hard Drives

are they connected to the same ide channel? if so try putting on seperate.

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Correct Forum? - I have a computer that cannot get to the windows logon screen. It is missing a file. I need to do a complete system restore, but I would like to get the files off the computer first. If I have another computer (I already found out a laptop won't work), how would I go about connecting the computers and then what would I do to get the information from the "Bad one" to the "Good One"?

A:Connect hard drives for file transfer

Actually the easiest way to do this is to pull that drive from the machine and make it a slave drive on another machine. There are other ways but let me ask, how many files and how much disk space are you trying to recover? If it's small then you needn't go through that hassle.

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Hi guys,

I am considering buying the download of Windows 7 Pro (32-bit) and installing it on a separate partition to Vista, checking I get a decent performance boost and then moving over completely.

Now, when I try to shrink my C:\ drive in order to create more space I can only shrink it by a measly 16gb when there is 46gb available and I need at least 18gb for the install to work. Is there some way I can overcome this without having to delete system restore points as most tutorials suggest

Secondly, in disk management I appear to have 3 drives. One being C:\ one being S:\ (the recovery partition) but then another 9gb volume which is allocated to something but appears to have no drive letter assigned to it and is 100% free. Can anyone tell me what this is, and whether it will be safe to unallocate the space so I can make a big enough partition for windows 7 to reside on

thanks, and sorry for all the questions

A:Partitioning and Drives

After installing Easeus Partition Manager Home it seems that the 9gb drive is also a recovery one and there appears as yet to be no limit on how much i can shrink vista here... is there a recommended way to do this...

also once i have another partition and I have windows 7 installed will there automatically be recognition of a dual-boot system and it will ask me which OS i want on startup or will I have to do further work to get this to happen

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I have 3 partions of my hard drive.
C: 37 GB Total space , 444 MB Free space
D: 127 GB Total space , 42 GB Free space
E: 25 GB Total space , 14 GB Free space

The D drive had sme problem with the windows which is why another partion (C) was made and windows was reinstalled. however, i still have all my songs, movies and programs on my D drive and i was wondering if there is a way that i can just remove the windows that was corrupted on the D drive, reinstall it and everything will be back to normal and i will have decent free space (42GB instead of the 444MB i have now) and get ride of the other partitions and make them into one big drive?

BTW, the windows i am running is Windows Xp Pro 2002

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I have a new PC with two HDDs and Windows XP installed (with lots of other stuff) on drive C. The File system is NTFS on both drives. I want to partition both HDDs before loading all the stuff from the previous PC, but...

there is no floppy drive.

I already have Partiton Magic 7 and a free copy of Partition Manager from a magazine cover disk. Both products want (need) to make recovery floppies, but obviously I can't do this.
Two questions:

1. Is it safe to partition the C drive without a recovery floppy disk?
2. Is there an alternative to the floppy? I have a memory stick and (obviously) can write CDs.

Did I read somewhere that XP has a basic partioning tool built in?

So many PCs are shipped without FDDs now I wonder what the solution is?
I don't really want to buy another product that has a recovery CD with it for a one off exercise.
I'd very much appreciate help with this.

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My PC has 2 hard disks; C & D, plus a CD/DVD as E: and a CD burner as my F: drive.

Question? Can I partition the C: drive for just Win XP O.S. and rename the other 3 drives. If I can do this, without having to reinstall my apps, I could then use an Image program to backup my O.S.
Also, can anyone recommend a good Image Program?

Thanks for input and guidance.


A:Partitioning My Drives

The only way to create a new partition on an existing drive [without destroying all data] is to use a third party app like partition magic or acronis partition expert.

As to imaging programs, I have Ghost, Drive Image, and Acronis True Image. By far my favorite is acronis. Here is a link to a trial version if you want to try it out. Acronis

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My PC has 2 hard disks; C & D, plus a CD/DVD as E: and a CD burner as my F: drive.

Question? Can I partition the C: drive for just Win XP O.S. and rename the other 3 drives. If I can do this, without having to reinstall my apps, I could then use an Image program to backup my O.S.
Also, can anyone recommend a good Image Program?

Thanks for input and guidance.


A:Partitioning My Drives

The only way to create a new partition on an existing drive [without destroying all data] is to use a third party app like partition magic or acronis partition expert.

As to imaging programs, I have Ghost, Drive Image, and Acronis True Image. By far my favorite is acronis. Here is a link to a trial version if you want to try it out. Acronis

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I have windows XP and I have decided that I dont want my hard drive partitioned what can I do to unpartition it?

A:Partitioning Drives

You'll need to reformat it

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I'm trying to figure out how to change my file path names. The system name on my computer is Tsula but all paths still say the 'Owner' thing.

Example: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Music\Enya\Enya (new age)\2005 - Amarantine

Know how to fix it? x3

A:Changing Root Name In File Paths

I think you need to create a new profile and move settings from old to new, How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile - Louis

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I've had the asian language pack installed on my laptop for awhile now and I know of a similar issue that involves the Korean won symbol, fortunately that never happened to me and I use my computer to type Korean frequently. I was attempting to get a program to run in Japanese to help out one of my friends, and after a restart; anywhere there's a file path it shows the &#65509; instead of \.

I know there's no difference aside from appearance, but it's really annoying to look at it.

I've uninstalled the program and looked around the Regional and Language options, policy settings, and about anywhere I can think of, maybe I missed it somewhere, but I can't find a way to revert it. Can anyone help? Thanks.

A:Yen symbol () instead of backslash in file paths.

Shameless bump.

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I have a program that plays music on VB 2008 Express Edition. It accesses music from my memory stick because I'm going to need to move the program to another computer. However, the memory stick was always listed under the J:\ drive, but now randomly it's listed under the K:/ drive. Is there a way so that I can just get the music "into" the program so that it can just play the music no matter what computer it is on. P.S. I also need to get this program to run on XP, and the file path is E:\, I'm afraid that since mine changed randomly, the XP computer I'm moving it to will also change randomly.

Please Help!

A:File Paths Changing Randomly

You can change the drive letter by going to Administrative Tools in Control Panel and them going into Computer Management, there is a section called Disk Management which will show all connected drives, from there you can change the drive path.

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Hello everyone! New here with this problem, hope I'm entering it under the right category (if not, sorry)

I have a local and a network folder embeded in a tiddlywiki page in iframes.
They both contain folders, .doc and .xls files with both greek and english names.
I've set up the open office plugin to show the aforementioned files within browser, so the frames work as
a sort of view area ( ).

At the same time I need to be able to open the folders / files in their native windows environment.
The above configuration doesn't allow that as .doc and .xls links open in the open office environment by default.

A number of firefox add-ons (Open With 4.0 /,
IE Tab 2 / provide the functionality to open firefox links in different browsers and/or programs.

I've set up explorer, winword.exe and excel.exe as manual entries in the Open With add-on which allows you to right click on firefox links and select to open them with these applications. Other add-ons allow you to do the same thing with internet explorer or a chosen application.

They all present the following problem:

The plugin works perfectly when opening the folder file:///C:/a with explorer
and the files file:///C:/a/a.doc with winword and file:///C:/a/a.xls with excel.exe.

But I get a path does not exist or is not a directory error when... Read more

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Having two hard drives, with Win 2000 on C and execs., photos, files, etc. on D, will I gain anything by moving my swap file to D? Sorry, I am not very technically minded, and would be grateful for your opinions. Is it easy to move the swap file?

Thank you,

A:Is there any point in moving Swap file when I have two hard drives?

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We have a MAC machine running on BootCamp for Windows 8.1 as well as the MAC. It's been runing for almost 1 year. We found that on the Windows side (C:\ - BOOTCAMP) that this machine is only 4GB free space out of 371 GB. So we are starting to troubleshoot to find out what causing this.
We checked on C:\ drive (including Hidden file/folders) and select all the files and right click PROPERTIES to see the size and we found is 306 GB. So we are missing 66 GB !!!
Any ideas what causing this?
BTW ... we are running Windows 8.1 and we backing up via File History to external network device. But we now the fact that if the machine is not connected to the network, it backup to local disk. Now, we did setup to cache offline 5% of the disk BUT could be this is the issue?

I'm appreciated your feedback.

A:File size different between Explorer and Hard drives Prop

Bootcamp is a Virtual Machine. It will expand or shrink the VM, depending on the needs.

Also the fact that Mac OS-X uses a more efficient way of handling Drive Space use than Windows does.

Easiest way to find out is to click on "About this Mac" and "More Info". Mac OS-X 101.

Disk Inventory X is one of the better programs out there that shows you what is using up drive space for Size of the folders and how many files.

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good day! first time to post here.. I finally gave windows 8 a go from sticking to windows 7 machines mainly because the new laptops today come with windows 8

my question is, I'm planning to repartition my drive to C, D & E (current setup is 372gb for c and 537gb for d).. as always, I'll be using easeus partition manager but before proceeding with the partition, I've read some articles on windows 8 and some say that the OS "details" reside on a "hidden partition" and that if I repartition it, it will mess up the genuine status when I will reformat the PC in the future.. I checked my HDD partition and there is around a 100gb missing so I'm guessing that's the "hidden partition"? can anyone provide insight to this?

ps. sorry if this has been posted before. I actually tried to do a search before posting but could not find one so I opted to post it.


A:inquiry before partitioning drives

You might attach a Disk Management picture for us. It is easier to see the properties of your system that way.

Did you get a new laptop, and does it have Windows 8 or 8.1, they are different OSes, technically.

If you use EaseUS, make sure and use the latest one and let us know if it messes up your Recovery partitions. In the past it has, but may have be repaired by now.

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Using the custom installation method on the Windows 7 upgrade CD i purchased for another laptop. I nuked the C:\ drive on my PC and created a new one, resizing it so that I had some unallocated space, for which I planned to create a new partition on top of. I'm looking to seperate the Windows 7 OS from the installed 'program files' so that if I ever need to go back to factory settings in the future I can do so without loosing all my installed software/games etc.

At this point I recovered the factory settings from my Recovery partition on the PC, which simply put those files onto the now-smaller C: Drive. This seemd fine. Getting back into Windows 7 I have got Paragon's Partition Manager 2010 open, and it says it does not find any hardrive space it can use, being that my hardrive already has 4 partitions already.

Looking under Disk Management, I see the following, What can I get rid of?:

A:Problem Partitioning Drives

You simply need to turn the ~195GB unallocated space into a new partition. You can do so fairly easily using the program Partition Wizard.

Simply open the program, click on the unallocated space and then click create new partition on the left. After you've selected the parameters and clicked ok, you'll need to click Apply on the bottom left.

I'm sure you can do the same in your program, you probably just didn't select the unallocated space first. If you do wish to use Partition Wizard, the free version will work just fine.

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One of the other computer techs where I work suggested Partition Magic, but I was wondering what you all suggest on partitioning hard drives on a Vista computer. I bought my Vista machine with the OS already installed.

Acer setup the 320 gig hard drive with 2 partitions, about equal in size.

Since I have an external hard drive, and plenty of dvds, to use as backups, I really have no need of a 145 gig partition that is going unused.

So I would like to shrink the second partition down to about 30 gigs and give the rest of the room to my main partition.

What are your suggestions ?

Thanks !

A:Partitioning drives after install ?

Hi Jim,

Follow the instructions in these Tutorials:

Firstly, to extend your current C drive so that it occupies the full physical capacity of the hard disk:
Disk Management - Delete and Extend

Secondly, to shrink the C partition and create D. As mentioned, you can select whatever size you want, upto the maximum space available for the new partition. Since you are thinking of 30GB, then the figure here would be 30720 (image taken from Tutorial).

Disk Management - Shrink Partition

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I am purchasing a new computer. It will have a 160 gig drive and a second drive of 80 gig. I would like to make drive images of the C: drive on an ongoing basis. If I had 10 gig of data on a disk drive of 160 GB, would it use the same space on a backup as 10 gig on a 20 gig drive. Dumb question?? What I am trying to determine is if free space takes any room. My guess is that it would make no difference.


A:New Computer - partitioning drives

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When i open file dialog (saving/open files) i also get list of old path that are not existing any more.

how i can remove it ?


A:how to remove file dialog suggested paths?

Hello Igalep,

This may be able to help. It will be the same location used for Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer Auto Suggest - Delete Typed Paths

Hope this helps,

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I have a bunch of music stored on Z/```music, and in a playlist. However, I wish to move the music to E/```music, but not have to go through the process of recreating a playlist

Is there a quick way to do this?

A:How to change file paths for music in WMP playlist

here's a real nifty way to move folders to a different location..
Add Copy To / Move To on Windows 7 or Vista Right-Click Menu - How-To Geek

good luck

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A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission but when i give it system permission it still doesnt let me delete it, it bother me, ive scanned it with 3 virus programs and it's not a virus.

A:A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission

Have you tried right-clicking that file and choosing Take Ownership then afterwards, try to delete it? That's what I would do first.

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I guess this may be a tiny bit off the subject here, but I am attempting this in windows 7.

I have a program file manager tool called 'Directory Opus' that is capable of calling windows external programs and passing them the current directory the file manager is sitting on.

So far so good.

Now I want to call a cygwin (linux/unix emulator for windows) terminal with that file manager.

Checking properties on the cygwin Icon I got the path: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico -

So it is a path to a command and an argument to that command.

Actually I guess it is 2 arguments to a command since I think '-' in that position means to feed anything on STDIN to the command. At least that would be true in unix shell programming.

So using the Directory opus setup I pass this call:
[email protected]:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - <and here add {s}>'

So the call ends up:
[email protected]:C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - {s}'

That call does just what it is supposed to. It passed the current file absolute address however cygwin terminal does not understand the windows path notation. If I were passing it: C:\subdir\blah\ It would just say 'No such file' Cygwin terminal wants to see /cygdrive/c/subdir/blah Or at least I think that is what is happing.

So to cut to the chase.... I'd like to put a little wrapper to Cygwin terminal in there with the code necessary to convert 'C:\subdir\blah\' to '/cygdrive/c/subdir/blah/'

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A:Dos paths and unix paths conversion

I would ask on specifically this forum:
General Software Discussion -

The reason is I know there are a bunch of DO aficionados, who also use Linux, on that forum. I've never tried DO myself. I have played around with CygWin. But it's been a few years.

If the site wants a donation to sign up just explain to Mouser why you want to post etc.. I think he'll be sympathetic.

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Is it safe to use current disc partitioning tools with SSD's?


A:SSD Drives and Disc Partitioning Tools

Yes, it's fine. However, you'll get better performance if you buy two smaller SSDs.

The solution rich people use is this:

SSD for each OS

1-2TB Conventional Drive for Storage/Data/ETC (Partition this as much as you want)

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Have tried to do a clean install with XP home, get to the part in the set up where I want to delete the partioned file so I can repartition my drive. When I press D to delete it I get a message up saying that I am unable to delete it as it has files on it that are needed for the set up, can anyone please help me, also if I manage to partition my drive off will that give me the appearance of having other drives with different letters.

A:Solved: Partitioning Drives On Xp Home

If XP is the primary partition on the drive, you can use any bootdisk that has Fdisk on it an remove the partition that way. Or you can also put DelPart on a bootdisk and remove the partition.

You could also use Partition Magic to resize your partitions without reformatting. But this costs money.

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Hello folks,

It's nice to be here.

Can someone point me to software that can partition my 4GB flash drive?



A:Hello and question about partitioning flash drives

Hello and answer about partitioning flash drives

Welcome to TechSpot.

This was discussed recently: Why is it not possible to partition a USB Flash Stick?

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I mistakenly deleted the contents of a user's account folder and was unable to replace the sub-folders manually or by pasting empty ones from another account. If I try to use the account to save files, I just get an error message saying that the folder xxx or file path doesn't exist, depending on where I am trying to save them. This is not just a long filename error and I am afraid that I have caused problems for the user that would affect any Windows 8 account he opens in future, because of Microsoft syncing. What do you suggest?

A:How to reset a user's deleted sub-folders/file paths?

Do you mean you've deleted the entire user folder in the root of C:\Users?

If so, just forget about it, unless you need to restore actual data. Simply create a new user after deleting the old one:

net user /delete DeletedUserNameHere

You can see the list of user names with

net user

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Can you supply the correct paths and file names for initiating programmes to view files in

These are needed so that when a user clicks wants to view a document referenced in Q-Pulse
the system ensures the correct programme is launched. This does not happen all the time
when older files are stored with unusual extensions.

A:correct paths and file names for initiating programmes

nik, these could be different on anyone's PC.

If you're looking for the executable file paths, just do a find for the following files and note the folder they're stored in:

PowerPoint: powerpnt.exe
Excel: excel.exe
Visio: visio32.exe (I'm pretty sure about this one, not positive)

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I have just changed from XP where I used random photos as my screensaver and I had the option to show the file path which was an effective caption. With photos going back many years it was always enjoyable as the photos brought back memories. I am now using Photos as my screensaver in Windows 7 but I can't find any way to show file path / captions. Can anybody help please?

A:How do I display file paths when using Photos as a screen saver

Welcome to Seven Forums romper. It can't be done natively in 7, but if you still have your XP PC, people report success in copying ssmypics.scr from their XP machine to the Window 7 C:\windows\System32 directory. Open the Screen Saver Settings window and select the My Pictures Slideshow option, and voil?!

A Guy

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I'm having an issue with Windows Media Player for Windows 7.

I imported a bunch of playlists and their associated music files from an XP machine to my new Win7 machine, and some of the music files aren't playing - Media Player simply says that there was "an error" with no further explanation given, but this error only occurs with files with a certain file path.

On my XP machine a large chunk of my music files were located in C:\Documents and Settings\[my name]\My Documents\My Music\[artist name]\[song title] as .wma files. I know that in Win7 the Documents and Settings subdirectory was replaced by Users or something - that's not the real problem, because for all my other music files, the file paths as shown in my WMP playlists will adjust themselves automatically and play the music files correctly no matter where the files are moved. My issue stems from the fact that WMP is not correcting the file paths for the files located in Documents and Settings the way it is for all the other files. There is no way to edit the file paths in WMP, or I would have tried that.

This is not the first time I've moved my XP playlists to a Win7 machine, but on my previous attempts I have had no problem simply copying all my music to one folder and playing them in WMP. So I'm not sure why it's not working this time.

I would prefer to avoid rebuilding all my playlists by hand - I really don't think that should be necessary, since as I said I've moved all my data from an XP to a W... Read more

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So I have had Windows XP Pro 64bit on a seperate hard drive for a while that I have installed first. I just decided today to partition my second hard drive and put Vista on it. The installation went fine.. but sometimes i get corrupted errors and the Main partition for Vista is listed as C when its listed as E in XP. This is causing problems. How can I make it so it stays E? This has been baffling me. Any help would be appreciated. thanks!

A:Dual booting XP and Vista is assigning wrong hard drive paths!! please help!


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Whenever I try to do a completely normal (explorer) copy of large files between two ordinary internal disk partitions, explorer reports (and takes) 90% of infinity to do it! It starts out telling me it'll take 20 mins, then 40, then 60, then 240, and on and on. Obviously, I usually cancel them, since I don't have weeks or months to copy a single file!

We're talking about a 4 GB or so file or folder, so it really shouldn't be a big deal. I am NOT copying from a CD/DVD or to/from a network; these are ordinary files on ordinary disks.

I have gobs of memory available (1GB installed, very little in use at the time). My disks are quite fast (10,000 RPM SATAs). My CPU is quite fast (3.2 GHz, hyper-threaded Intel P4). Every other copy of smaller files completes very quickly. I have only an ordinary anti-virus util running, and I've tried completely disabling it and it made no difference.

What is going on??

System Config:

Motherboard: Abit IS7 -- Socket 478
Processor: Intel Pentium 4(c) CPU 3.2GHz (Northwood), hyper-threaded
Chipset: Intel i865-ICH5 chipset (Intel 865/848 Springdale)
Storage Controllers: Intel(R) 82801EB/ER Ultra ATA (x2)
Total Memory: 1GB Micron/Crucial DDR-SDRAM
Video Adapter : RADEON 9200 Series
Audio: Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1

Hard Disk : WDC WD3200JD-22KLB0
Hard Disk : WDC WD740GD-00FLC0
Hard Disk : WD External HDD Device IEEE 1394 SBP2 Device
CD/DVD : _NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A FW: 2.19

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A:SUPER-Slow large file copy on internal hard drives!

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A local business has a computer that was being used a server that had a total of 3 HHD hard drives in it and the filing NTF system appears to have been wiped but the is still a old FAT system was left on one of the drives moreover the partitions and still there. Also when going through a external back-up drive that was not directly connected to the computer but to the network and has the same problem on one of the drives and the other was dead.
We are mainly trying to recovery all the files that were lost but also if possible the cause of the problem for example a virus or hacking or mechanical so this problem will not occur again !
Thanks James

A:All server Hard Drives Including Back Up dives have no file system (NTF)

Hi James,Thank you for your patience. Since there is no clear or compelling evidence this is malware related I believe you might be better served in the Forum focused on your Operating System. I am not sure that is the best place to start but with the limited information you have posted at least you can begin there.Sorry for the delay, we are quite busy these days.

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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I got a new HDD, and I went to partition it, and when I did, I noticed that apart from the partition, there was an area marked "Free Space." How can this be only seconds after choosing to partition and format the drive? I right clicked on it and I was allowed to make it into a Logical Drive, but not a partition. What is a logical drive? Also, I was planning to make 5x40gb partitions, but when I got down to the last one, there was only about 26 gigs left to partition (Which was excpected), so I went to make the remaining 26 gigs into a partition, but it wouldn't give me any choice to make this unallocated space into a partition. What's up here? BTW, I am using XP Home. Thanks for any help!

A:Partitioning: Logical drives? Free space?

Maybe that here will help you.

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I am currently using Skydrive to synchronize files and folders between my home and office computers. I created an Excel file which has hyperlinks linking to files located under the same folder as the Excel file on the local hard disk.
In the past I was using Excel 2010 and the synching would work fine. I would open the excel file in any of the two computers and when I clicked on the hyperlinks the file stored on the local hard disk would open. Recently I purchased Office 360 and suddenly the paths in the hyperlinks linking to the files were changed from a local relative location I.e. \test.xlsx! to a cloud address I.e. On top of that even if I click on the hyperlink the file does not open.
Also Skydrive keeps creating copies of the files at random with the name of the computer where it was modified at the end I.e. test-Home-PC.xlsx.

Anybody know the reason for this and a way around it?


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Is there a resource available on MS website where I can get a list of channel/files paths associated with MS Event log source types.

For instance, event logs
MS Event Log - DHCP Admin
MS Event Log - DHCP Operational
Windows 2008 Vista EventLog Failover Clustering
Have the following channels:

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In C:\Documents and Settings\User I have 2 folders:

Start Menu

The files within the Start Menu folder, as an example, have the path: C:\Documents and Settings\User\Start Menu.

If I rename the Start Menu folder to, say, xxxxStart Menu, and view path of the files in the folder again, the path remains the same C:\Documents and Settings\User\Start Menu instead of what I expected to be C:\Documents and Settings\User\xxxxStart Menu

The same applies for Favorites.

Additionally, I can leave the renamed xxxxStart Menu folder in Documents and Settings\User and create a new folder of the same name (xxxxStart Menu) and it allows me to do this--even though both names are the same!

1) Is this normal?
2) Why is this?
3) Are these some kind of "special" folders that Windows XP treats differently?
4) Why doesn't this happen for other folders like Desktop, Cookies, Local Settings, SendTo, and Application Data?


A:Xp File Paths Question, pertains to Favorites and Start Menu

Are these some kind of "special folders"Click to expand...

That is exactly what they are called. For more detailed information: Also check out the links at the bottom of the page for more details.

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I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....

A:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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I need help installing a new hard disk on a new motherboard. Here are my problems: I have a Samsung Hard Drive that is 750GB. When I attempted to partition it using the Windows XP disk it says that the disk is only 131069MB (I think that is 131GB). I have Partition Magic and I put the CD in and it booted and gave me:

Caldera DR-DOS 7.03
1. Norton PM
2. Boot Magic
3. DOS

When I select either number I get A:. So, I did a dir and I got that it had DOS so I selected FDISK. When I tried FDISK it says that my disk is 8032.4 MB.

When I check the size of the disk on the BIO screen it shows that it is 750GB.

1. How can I get this disk partition at it full size?
2. I will need to load Windows on there but I all I have is a Windows XP Upgrade disk and a Windows 98 Upgrade disk. I was going to attempt to get full version from Ebay but I see some saying that they are Windows 95 Floppy Boot Disk (it says that it is a Setup Disk on the picture of it) will that work?

A:Partitioning New Hard Drive

Use a third-party partitioner, or use an XP SP2 or greater version of XP. Also, check that BIOS sees the drive correctly.

Are you using XP "Gold"? If so, you need to make an SP3 CD for the installation. It will then recognize drives larger than 137 GB's. Are you using NTFS (I hope)?

Partitioning Tools-->


Paragon Partition Manager 8.5-- PPM Special Edition serial and free registration
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Gparted LiveCD
Parted Magic
Vista Recovery Disk (Shrink, expand, create, delete partitions)
XP Recovery Console CD image (Create and delete partitions with diskpart.exe)
Partition Logic
Ranish Partition Manager
Cute Partition Manager


Paragon Partition Manager
Paragon Hard Disk Manager
Terabyte BootIt NG
Acronis Disk Director
V-Com (Avanquest) Partition Commander
EASEUS Partition Manager
7Tools Partition Manager
Spotmau Partition Genius

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Hello.I've been trying to increase the size of one of the partitions (Windows F) in my hard disk unsuccesfully. I have tried a few programs but have been unsuccesful as well and I was also concerned about their safety i.e. I wasn't too sure if they wouldn't do harm on my hard disk so I uninstalled them. Also when I bough my PC it had only one recovery partion, Recovery D, I don't know where the rest of the other Recovery partitions came from (I have reset my computer a few times so maybe thats the source), what's their use and if I could delete them and incoroprate the additional memory space into one of the usable partitions. Here is a screen shot of disk management on my PC. Thanks in advance. 

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I just got a new IDE hard drive to run as a slave against the my small master hard drive. On the small hard drive I have my OS and I plan on using the new one as a storage/gaming hard drive. Is there any particular way I should partition it so I can run games off of it smoothly?

A:Partitioning New Hard Drive

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I would like to add multiple operating systems, and have used Partition Magic in the pass. However my hard drive is 100GB and Partition magic 7.0 seems to have a 80 GB limit. Is there other software that can handle a larger drive. If I try to install 7.0 will it just not recognize the extra 20GB or will it trash the sysem.


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Hi need advce on resizing/moving partitions in vista home premium. Any offerd?

A:hard drive partitioning

Hello David, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Sure thing. What are you wanting to do?

In the mean time, these tutorial may be able to help.

Disk Management - Delete and Extend


Disk Management - Shrink Partition

Hope this helps for now,

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Hello, I partitioned my hard drive before i installed XP splitting my hard drive into 2 separate partitions. I installed XP onto the 2nd partition (D:} and i used the C: for all my movies and music. No i have just got another hard drive as mine is nearly full but i want to partition my original hard drive into 1 partition (like new) if possible without losing my windows files, program files & settings and then copy all my music and movies over to my new hard drive.
What would be the best way to do this?
Bearing in mind that my boot files are stored on the C: drive. With this been the case i was thinking it might work if i reinstalled XP after I've made it into 1 partition and label it D: drive, would that work?

Here's a picture so you get the idea of whats what


A:Help partitioning Hard Disk

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So I am planning on installing Ubuntu, but before doing so I must add a new partition. I am planning on using EASEUS Partition Master.

I am wondering how I must manipulate my hard drive's partitions in order to add a new partition for Ubuntu. I currently have 2 partitions on my one and only 250Gb hard drive. (the two current partitions take up all the space)
I have disk C: used for the Windows installation, and D: for backing up files (whenever I reinstall Windows, I can format my C: disk, while keeping the files on D: ). D: = ~37Gb and C: = ~195Gb. Both are NTFS

Now that I want to install Ubuntu, I am planning on making disk C: smaller by around 30Gb, and using this space to create a new partition for my new Ubuntu OS. Is this possible?

____________Previous Disk C:______________ | _____Disk D:_____
__________Disk C:__________ | _New partition_ | _____Disk D:_____
If this is not possible, what would you recommend me to do? I need a way to create a new partition without losing the data on partitions C: and D:.
Also, here is a EASEUS Partition Master view of my current hard drive "settings".

So what would you suggest me to do?

A:Need help with partitioning my hard drive.

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Hello Guys, I am new to this forum. I have recently ordered a Dell Studio XPS 16 '' lappy
But the problem is that it comes with only 2 partitions one C and other one hidden. The C drive is almost 450 GB in size ( as on my friends Dell ) and the hidden partition is 15 GB. What I want to do is to delete the hidden partition and create 1 primary partition of 65 GB to load windows and 3 logical partitions of sizes 60GB, 170 GB, 170 GB respectievly. I am not sure how to do it although I checked the brilliant tutorial provided I could not make it out
Please help me guys.
I also want to know one thing, how to make primary and logical partitions?
Does fotmatting unallocated space create primary and shrinking a drive creates logical?
Thanks in advance.

A:Help me in partitioning my hard drive :)

P.S. I have provided my full system specifications in my profile. Just check it in case you need it
Also forgot to mention, I do not want to create that 200 MB partition. Thanks.

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I hope to make this as clear as possible. On this XP of mine, the original owner of it partitioned it into 3 separate partions.

Since I have NEVER used ANY partition program, it was suggested I use this one
well, it of course was way over my head so I managed to get the OS put on C: drive & everything went fine & its running great
BEFORE MS completely shuts XP off of support, I'd like to try get rid of partition D & I so I could have one C : drive. I have no DVD's/CD's so that is out.
I have deleted 99.999% of what was on D & I drive. All that is left is a "thing" in the recycling bin that won't leave

IF there is a program for a NOVICE user to reformat the harddrive, kindly let me know.
This is not an absolutely necessary task for me,its just an idea I've had.
Alternately, I have a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 Model:6L 100Po 100gb PATA133 HDD
I could put in if it would work.
Thanks & I hope I am clear

A:Partitioning a hard drive

I've seen EaseUS mentioned here couple times. I've only used gparted so can't comment on this. Should be able to use Partition Master to merge all together and end up w/ just C drive.

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I have discussed the idea of hard drive partitioning (say for WXP) with a guru and his suggestion was that the linea velocity of the drive surface is greater nearer the outer edge and the data transfer is therefore more reliable. Commonsense stuff.
He further suggested that on a large drive (say 120G) it is best to partition a 10G or so area for WXP firstly, and place other stuff progressively less important further into the drive on other partitions.
The reason suggested head seek times being significantly less with the more commonly used stuff.
Again commonsense stuff.
I asked one of the drive manufacturers for an opinion and the reply was that the speed increase is marginal and not worthwhile over a non-partitioned drive.
A test experiment seemed to agree with this, but the drive being used was virtually empty.
The head activity being less would surely have some degree of effect with drive longevity.
Do any of you chaps have any thoughts on this subject?
Cheers, qldit.

A:Hard Drive Partitioning

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Yes it's that old question again, I know there is no one right way to do it, but would appreciate some guidance.

I am putting together a new system, new M/B, processor, hard drive (60GB) etc so it will be a clean start and I have Acronis True Image to set it all up before I load anything.

From what I have read, it seems that it is a good idea to have the operating system on it's own partition, but how large should that be for XP?

I've also read of people having the page file on a separate partition, is this a good idea, is 2GB about right?

Other partitions I would set up are one for Programs, one for Data, possibly one as a spare. Clearly you are in no position to advise as to the sizes of these partitions, but would this seem a reasonable approach.

Finally, does it matter which partition is used for which purpose, for example, should the Page File partition be next to the OS or would it be advantageous to have it further away?

Thanks Guys


A:Hard Drive Partitioning

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I would like to partition my hard drive so I would have 3 partitions (drives). Right now I have 2 partitions C and D that I want to shrink, make a 3rd partition from from those blocks/spaces.
How would I do that, shrink 1st then make the partition or make partition then shrink.


A:Partitioning a hard drive

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I know this might be a bit silly, but how do you partition a second hard-disk under windows xp? My new disk is recognised by the bios and windows when it loads but it doesn't appear under the 'My computer' section

A:Partitioning aa hard disk

Right click my computer, select "Manage" then in the window that appears click DiskManager in the left-hand panel then you'll be able to see the hard drive, right click on the "Unpartitioned" space of your new drive and click parition. Simple.

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Hi guys,
I've got a hard drive here that was used in a failed image operation a few months ago. it's one of my three beloved external hard drives, and I'd like it put back the way it was, namely having 500 GB on one big partition (hence it's name). The support staff who were helping me with this failed image operation heedlessly split it unevenly, the image (or more accurately, file dump) of my former OS is there. I want that gotten rid of, yet I do not want the valuable space allocated to that partition lost. The data? That's what I want gone, not the space on the drive. Right now, the partitions on the drive are as follows: OS (285 GB), and 500 (thee original, with only 93 GB) left. It's the OS partition I want to join to the 500 partition to make one as I bought the drive three years ago. I've been looking for partition managers that do not require running within a bootable environment, considering I do not have the vision to do that (I use a screen reader), I've checked out Easeus Todo Backup, found it very inaccessible with screen readers, which leads me to assume that all of their products bring on the same issue. Any advice on how I can get this to work with possibly free tools if you can think of any? I mean, you can list comertial tools as well, I'd just prefer it if they were free. Thanks.


A:hard drive here that needs a partitioning job

One free program that I can think of off hand is Gparted partitioning software.

The programs name is pronounced GEE PARTED

I have used it before to delete an unwanted partition that Linux had created on one of my hard drives and was amazed it seen a partition that windows based software alone could not see or manipulate.

Here is the link to the download and support page.

Hope this helps.


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i have bought a new pc which will have at its core an athlon64 2800+ cpu, 1024 ram and 120gb seagate hard disc. i am going to install windows 2000 sp4 as my operating system - i dont like xp.
as i am starting from scratch i thought i would considering partitioning the hard drive.
does it have any real benefits?
how do i do it? (a recommended weblink would be helpful please) -
i can borrow an old version of partition magic (5 i think) is that any good?
how many partions do i need?
finally, is there a simple way to transfer the data, minus the operating system, from my current hard drive to the new one without having to make several backup cd's and copying these disc's onto my new hard drive. i have approx 20-30 gb of data i would like to transfer accross......
thanks for looking....swanny

A:Help - Partitioning a new hard drive

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60GB HDU, 512k Ram. AMD2K Win XP Pro.Norton Systemworks (NS)and Partition Magic 8. (PM)

Have just completed a clean reinstall of XP and now want to Partition Drive to allow me to have one Primary partition with XP and One (primary?)partition with a ghost of my complete setup (i.e XP, NS & PM) for recovery purposes. i.e if I have a major virus or trojan I want to just reinstall from this partition. To bring me back to this position.
My idea was to ghost the complete opersys and settings to this partition. Data will be loaded and saved separately.
I also want to have separate partitions within my first primary partition for data, films and music.
When I use PM it has allowed me to set up a separate partion. I have selected 6GB for operating system,PM and NS (probably more than required) but wont let me use the split partition to split the primary(with O/S) for data etc. What am I doing wrong or can you suggest better ways of achieving the end result?
I am not intending to load any other operating systems. This is merely to have an identical system ready to reload in case of virus attack, which is why I have had to reload everthing.

A:Partitioning Hard drive on XP

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Recently i dedcided it would be a good idea to convert my machine into a dual boot windows and linux system. I looked up a how to online and it seemed fairly easy. I compressed all of the files i had spread throught my HD onto the "left" side easily, but have been having major trouble with partitioning the hard drive.
I tried partitioning through computer management, however there are no unalocated regions for me to right click to partition. I then tried to use the comand line to partition it. i entered everything and chose the correct drive, however after typing "create partition primary [size25600] [offset0] [noerr]" the response was

Microsoft Diskpart version5.1.3565
PARTITION - create partition
VOLUME - create a volume

i then typed "partition"

printout was

Microsoft Diskpart version5.1.3565
ADD - add a miror to sample volume
CREATE - create a volume or partition
and so on
if from here i type "create" it returns me to the partition volume line which then returns me to the above.

any help is appreciated...

thanks in advance Jrock

A:Partitioning my Hard Drive

You're going to need to use an unnallocated section of the drive or use something like Partition Magic to break up the current partition into two or more partitions.

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I have got my hands on a new hard drive just a small 20 Gigs one but i cant Partion it?? i go into the Make a new Partion part in the windows xp boot setup and it just goes back to the partion table but with no new partions??? I got another drive but the same thing has happend???

A:Hard Drive Not Partitioning

Here are the instructions for partitioning during setup from microsoft, see if it will help you out

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While I had windows XP I partitioned my hard drive and had ubuntu running side-by-side with windows.
When I tried that with windows Vista ubuntu wiped out everything and took over the whole drive.
How can I partition my hard drive and install ubuntu without losing win 10? I have a solid state drive if that makes any difference.

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I am assuming that you have Windows 10 installed using MBR partition scheme.
Download and install Macrium Reflect Free . Make a backup image of current Windows to an external HD, just in case things go wrong then you can restore Windows back to the way it was,From Disk Management, shrink your HD for UBUNTU installation, usually 20GB is enough.Follow this Video to install UBUNTU. This procedure separates GRUB and Windows Boot Manager so that if any update from either OS won't interfere with each other.

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So right now I have a 500GB drive on my PC that has about 275GB's worth of data. I am using this drive to keep temporary files in it.

I'm currently building a multimedia server, and I would like to use this 500GB drive as the primary drive.

My question is:

Can I somehow create a 100GB primary partition on this drive to run the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium) but still leave the rest of the data that's on it untouched in the secondary partition?

Or will I need to backup all the data unto another drive, format and partition the whole drive and then move everything back?


A:Is there a way? (Hard drive partitioning)

If I understand correctly, your 500 gig drive has no operating system on it and has only 1 partition, which currently has nothing on it but data. That partition is 500 gigs and the data is 275.

You didn't say what operating system you are using on the PC.

Assuming it is Vista or Windows 7, you should be able to use Disk Management to shrink the 500 gig partition to 275, which would leave you with 225 unallocated space. You could then make a partition of 100 for Windows 7 within that 225 and install Windows 7 on that partition as your primary drive. You would be left with about 125 unallocated.

Your 275 gigs of data on that drive should not be touched, BUT, personally, I would not do what I said above if I did not have a backup of some type. That's your call.

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I am working on a Dell 420GR w/ Pentium 4 515, 160 GB SATA 7200 RPM HD, 512 MB DDR - Running Windows XP Home, obviously, and trying to create a partition on my hard drive using Partition Magic 8.0. I want to back up files there and wipe the main partition with BCWipe.When I go through the steps, I get an error 27 "cannot lock drive." I have attempted to end all unneccesary processes. I have tried to run the program in Windows safe mode, but continue to get that error. I have googled this and read many site addressing this problem, but so far nothing has helped. Any ideas?

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i am thinking of purchasing a second 160GB Hd to replace my 100GB(old) HD and was wondering how to partition it. i have the restore CDs from the oringinal HD didnt know if those were of any use 4 this


A:Partitioning a second hard drive

If you plan on using the new hard drive as a slave then win xp can do the job for you, just go to disk management and format and partition the drive.

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I am trying to combine partitions on the 150 GB hard drive on my son's laptop. Right now it is showing a C drive with 50 GB (Vista Boot partition) and a D drive with 51 GB. It is also showing two sections of unallocated space - one is 9 GB and the other is 29 GB. I can't seem to find any software that will work on Vista. I've tried both Partition Magic and Partion Manager. Does anyone know of anything else that will work? I have looked at GParted, but it looks complicated and I'm afraid I'll mess something up. I've also tried using the disk manager in Vista, but it will not allow me to expand the D drive or do anything with the unallocated space. I would like to just have one partition on the whole drive. Will I need to re-install Vista to do that?

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I have been reading past messages regarding partitioning a drive. I understand why it's done and am interested in doing this myself. The question I have is my computer came with xp already installed so I have no disc to work with. The computer was of course set with the c drive being large, do I just partition the rest of the available space? If so what is the best way to go about this? I have seen programs recommended and also talk of first needing to make the c drive smaller to start with, but have no idea how I can do this since I am starting after the fact.

If someone could explain to me how I might best go about this it might help me put all I've read into perspective. I definitely don't want to mess anything up.

My c drive says 144.25 GB and I have 129.24 GB free space it says it's NTFS.

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Ok I had an 149 gb hard drive which had a 15 gb partition for linux, and 134 gb for windows xp pro. I tried installing vista, but the installation failed, and after that my linux partition was gone. I still have 134 gb for windows xp pro, but I am not sure where the other 15 gb went..

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Can you tell me please if there is any way to partition a hard drive after it has already been set up ie I have a 30GB Hard Drive running Windows Mellenium, I now want to split that into two drives(15GB each) without loosing any of the data of have already saved.

Thank you for your assistance

A:Partitioning a hard drive

without loosing the data, partition magic is your best bet, but it's not freeware.

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i have an 80 gig hard drive and partition magic 8. i would like to partition my hard drive into sections like games, music, operating system etc but i do not know how to move the data to these partitions. I know how to create them but not how to move the data to them without stuffing up the whole computer. any help i would appreciate. Thanks.

A:Help With Hard Drive partitioning

first u will have to have enough room for all, make the first partition and then just drag the things to the second partion that go on it then with PT8 u can make the next partion, do the same until finished. hope this made sense.

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I just got a new hard drive for Advent 5421 vista basic that apparently needs partitioning inorder to get the vista installation disc to complete as it will not install it at present as keeps coming up with diskpart error. So I went to command prompt typed in diskpart pressed enter...selected disk 0.....said disk 0 selected...but when I go to create partition primary it says not enough disc space to create partition etc...Any ideas before I have to visit the PC World shop to get them to sort it out. Appreciate any help thanks

A:partitioning a hard drive

Hello Angie,

Since you have a Vista installation disc, you could run a clean command on the new HDD first. Afterwards do the create partition primary to be able to install Vista on it.

Hope this helps,

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How do you partion your hard drive in widnwos xp? I have been trying because I want to install mandrake linux as a multiple boot option but I can't prtition my hard drive!
Any advice???

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Hi Guys,

My laptop comes with 1 partition called (c: ) which consists of the windows 7 home premium OS. I would like to partition it so that I can separate my OS and Data.

I understand that there are a few tools available such as acronis and partition magic (not sure if there's other). Can I use it on my windows 7? And if yes, any idea how much harddisk space should be allocated for the OS portion?


A:Partitioning my hard disk

Take a look at this tutorial:
Partition or Volume - Shrink

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Hey all,

I do a lot of computer based music recording and production. I recently installed a few anti-virus, firewall software products to protect myself from the corruption of the internet. Because my computer is quite dated, at least 2 or 3 years old, these background, shadow programs really eat up my CPU and memory usage. This makes it completely impossible to use any of the VST's or other software I need to use.

I know I should really update the hardware of my computer, but, one I can't really afford to right now, and two I still have not decided what hardware is going to be the best for my applications.

So I decided I would partition my hard drive and create a separate login. This way I can remove the background programs and use my music software on one and do my research on the other. The problem I'm having is removing the software from one login seems to remove it on both. Do I have to reinstall everything separately for each user or is there another way of going about this.

So far my attempts to uninstall/remove programs has failed.

As always any advice is greatly appreciated.

-Thanks all, ONE

A:Partitioning My Hard Drive

I am not quite fully understanding why this is wanted to be done.
I gather you have 2 user accounts and want differant software installed for each account. This does not seem a feasible option as the install will be bound to the operating system that is running on that partition.

The only way that this will truly be possible is to do Dual boot and have 2 instances of Windows and having the programs installed under their own instance of Windows.

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When I installed my WD 80 GB HD I partitioned it about 50/50. Now I find I'm needing a little more space on my main drive and I'm not using the other partition much at all. Is there a way to add back to the C partition, or do I have to re-partition the whole thing??

A:re-partitioning a hard drive

WinXP has a disk management utility but I strongly suggest not using it!! I have heard from people that have used it and found it to be full of problems for this task. Your best bet is to purchase third party software for this task. One of the best available and works well is Partition Magic 8.0 found at
Another is called Boot It and can be found here
I have not used boot it so I have no recommendations about it.

Your only other choice without third party software is Fdisk and that will destroy "C" Drive contents.

Let us know how you are proceeding.

Take care

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I have a 4.0 hard drive partitioned in 3 parts. Part 1 (c is almost full; part 2 & 3 about half full. How can I get more storage space. Buy a new hard drive? If I do, do I have to partition in same denominations? I have Windows 95 currently; if I upgrade to Windows 98; would this help?
Please advise............

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