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Extend disk space on basic disk volume

Q: Extend disk space on basic disk volume


I have received my laptop with a 250GB HDD partitioned into two primary partitions (well there is actually four with only 512MB called NVCACHE and another of 1GB as EISA Configuration). One of the partitions is a system, boot, page file ... partition containing the OS (Win Vista Home Premium and contains about 35GB space) and programs. The other is a partition for all the data (~198GB). I am now starting to run low on disk space on the OS partition (<3GB) and wanted to add some more space. I tried to use Disk Management but this did not work because there is no adjacent unallocated space on the same disk next to the OS partition. There is only space at the end of the data disk partition, which I cannot move to the OS partition (at least I do not know how).

Is there a way to increase the disk space for the OS partition? Both partitions have following set out:

Layout: Simple
Type: Basic
File System: NTFS (except for the small NVCAHE which is FAT32 and the EISA does not have any File system)
Status: Healthy



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I have a C: drive which I want to increase in size. Under disk management there is 20GB of "Free space" - (right next to the C: partition). But neither disk management or EASUES partition manager will allow the partition to use this space. How to I change "free space" to "unallocated" so that it can be used ?

A:Cannot extend volume (disk management) although "free space" exists

Can you post a snip showing what you have? An image makes it easier for us to help you. For example, you said that there was 20GB of free space next to your C: partition. What you didn't say was whether it was to the left or right of it.

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Hi all, my English isn't so good, so i'm sorry.
one of my disk split to 2 volume, when I try to extend the volumes in disk management, I had error "there is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
What can I do

A:Can't extend volume in disk management..

Hello danorgad mate just so I have it right you want to use that unallocated partition?

My other query is I see there are two OEM partitions (top and second drives in list) what is that all about??

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I have been running bootcamp on my IMac for quite some time now, and I've began to run out of space on my C: drive. I have shrunk the size of my Mac OS partition, however I cannot extend the Windows 7 partition into the free space. I would prefer to do this without external programs, as I have had trouble with them before.
Also, here is an image of the Disk management window when I try to get it to extend.

A:Cannot Extend Volume In Disk Management On Bootcamp

Welcome to the forum,

Unfortunately you will have to resort to a third party program because windows disk manager won't let you extend to the left.

The partition wizard bootable CD is a good choice,

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hello, i can not select extend volume as it is grayed out. im wanting to extend my windows 7 partition into the unallocated space to the right of it, but cant. i also have a small 30mb partition left over im wanting to extend the xp partition into it, this is also grayed out. please help.

A:Disk Management - Cannot Extend Volume - Grayed out

Hi there,
If you want to extend volume, you should make sure there is no partition between the original partition and free space (PS: it will not work if the free space is in "Extended partition"). Attached a simple screenshot in my test machine:
If you have dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7, I suggest you create new partition with left free space and mount this partition as a folder to XP (or Windows 7 ) partition which is quite easy.
What do you think about it?

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Here's the story. I bought this new Samsung 840 250GB SSD.
I first did a clean install of windows 7 on it and it worked fine. Windows installed without much problem and everything. Then something didn't look right about the partitions. It looked like because I had all my HDDs connected while installing windows on the SSD the windows created the system reserve on the old HDD rather than the SSD. So I went back and decided to start from scratch with all the HDDs except for the SSD disconnected. I tried reinstalling windows on it but this time it didn't work. I tried formatting the SSD and it just gave me an error saying windows couldn't install on a GPT disk. I went into bios, made sure the PC was booting from the UEFI DVD drive and it still kept giving me the same error.

So I then booted up my old HDD. I tried formatting my SSD and now I can't delete the partition!
This is what my disk set up looks like:

If I click "extend volume" on the "New Volume (G" disk, it says "there is not enough space on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
If I try to create a "new simple volume" on the "unallocated" partition, it says the same...

Have I destroyed my new SSD now?! I just want it to work like a new clean disk...

A:If I try to "extend volume" it gives "not enough space on the disk(s)"

Hiyya Tracing try doing it with Partition Wizard mate Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
Brilliant tool if you can't do anything with the partition them just wipe the disk mate and start over with this SSD Alignment

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

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

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



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


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

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I'm using Intel Rapid Storage Technology to implement a RAID 5 array. I just added a 4 disk drive to the array. Everything wnet OK until the final step: Using Windows disk management to increased the volume size. I've posted a screen shot below. The volume is named 'Media". When I right click it, the extend volume item is grayed out. I've checked everthing I can think of, and can't find anyything wrong. I am running as administrator.

Please help!

Tom Dingwall

A:Disk Management won't extend volume size after adding to RAID 5 array

Been reading up on Raid again to try and help you. Cant find an answer for you but you should be able to rebuild the Raid without losing data.
Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will come along to help you

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I recently formated my desktop, I have everything saved on the (F) partition, and i formatted the primary partition (C) which leaves me with huge chunk of Unallocated space that is unable to use. Everytime i try to create a new partition, it says that space is not enough ( i even tried creating the min amount of space 8mb) when the space available is almost 500 Gigs.
I tried researching the web but no help... please help me im running out of disk space and i dont want to delete anything

A:Unallocated disk space error, Can not partition volume space

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I was setting up a Win7 new build with an Asus P8B75-V and an SSD. Although I previously have done clean installs with UEFI motherboards and SSDs, this time the install DVD created a GPT volume on the boot disk (much to my surprise and which I discovered opnly after loading all the apps, moving the email, etc, etc.).

Knowing a lot more about basic MBR volumes (and how to fix problems), I would like to convert the GPT to a basic volume. I have Acronis DiskDIrector 11 which can convert the GPT to MBR, but when I tried that, it rendered the disk unbootable. (The conversion resulted in a 124MB unallocated space, followed by a 100MB FAT32 volume (!?!?!), and then the rest of the drive as NTFS.)

Is there a way to convert a boot disk from GPT to basic and have it be bootable? Is there anything that can be done with the converted HD to make it bootable?

A:Can a GPT boot disk be converted to a basic volume?

Update re: Disk Director 11. According to Acronis, "DD11 does not support EFI." The EaseUS software which claims to have the option on converting partitions from GPT to MBR does not seem to actually have that option and the menus on the web do not match the (most recent) downloaded version. I am concluding that it cannot be done. (Sigh)

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I tried to install a .exe file (in order to support ArchiCad 12) onto my laptop (Gateway NV79). I get a message saying "Out of Disk Space -Volue 'D:'". It should be installing onto the C: drive. My D: drive is my cd/dvd drive. I am not sure why it is doing this and cannot figure out how to correct this (I am in no way a computer expert). Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get this to install?

A:Out of Disk Space- Volume D:

Are you getting a chance to specify where the program installs to? Where are you running the .exe file from?

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

A:How to make unallocated space to basic type disk

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

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I have a Sony Laptop running XP professional.
The Hard drive was partitioned into C drive and D drive when it arrived.
The C drive is where everything is, and there is a space 3 times as large on the D drive .
I wanted to eliminate the D drive and expand the C to include all of the empty space.
I went into the Disc Management section of the Computer Management window.
I was able to delete the D drive, but when I try to Extend the C volume to include the now deleted D volume. It will not let me.

any Help ?

A:Extend a basic volume

Welcome to TSG....

Of course the system will not let you and if it did you would destroy every bit of data and programing on the drive doing it the way you where going too....

First thing you have to do is make a backup of everything on the computer using something like Acronis True Image = this is the absolute best of the best at doing this purchase it and follow the instructions and you will have the backup done and your data will be safe.

Second thing you do is get the following: gparted a free partitioning program and this blows Partition Magic away so far you never will see it again;

GParted - Gnome Partition Editor

When you download this you will have to burn the ISO file to a cd and it will be bootable then you reboot and use this to resize the partition to what you want. Make sure you read how to use it before you use it or you will have to use the backup from Acronis to fix it.

Have fun!

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Help ! Free Partition / disk converter ? how do i change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

i have a

HP Pavillion Dv6-2150us
Windows7 HomePremium 64-bit

This all happened when i wanted to create a partition for XP so i can daul -boot

(ok me not knowing anything about this)
I accidently changed my main hard drive from basic to dynamic in the partition manager
on my windows 7 home premium 64-bit I wanted to create a new partition but for some reason it gave me a strange message about changing the volumes from "basic to dynamic" so i accepted
it asked me this when i wanted to create a new volume for my allocated space

when i tried this on my other laptop which has the Windows 7 home premium 32 bit IT NEVER ASKED ME to change the volumes to Dynamic from basic(primary) and i made a new partition with no problems and they all stayed basic

so what the heck is going on?????

how can i change my disk back to basic from dynamic?

i already tried using Dynamic Disk Converter (every article online says to use it) but the program doesnt seem to work on my laptop

I already made a backup of my entire hard drive so it wont matter if i have to reformat

but is there any free software out there that would let me convert it for free? the only ones i found that do this make you pay for it

If there is any free software or any method for converting this back to basic from dynamic i will try it
I dont care if I have to format my Hard drive I already made a System Image of t... Read more

A:Solved: Win7 : how to change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

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There is pretty much space on C drive, but it does not allow me to shrink. Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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This is an old problem on Win7 - a search of this forum showed no solutions - even though the same issue has been posted for years.

This machine has made system images for about 3 months without issues - last one was yesterday. Used space on the system reserved partition was always about 32 Mb. Suddenly this used space went to about 70 Mb which results in the error. I have no clue how this occurred.

Restoring an older system image apparently only restores the original files, does NOT deal with the excess cruff on the partition. [restoring ANY earlier image still results in 70 Mb as used on the system reserved partition].

How does one clear the useless trash that is located on the system partition so that system images can be made again?

I need a Windows7 based solution - NOT an aftermarket imaging program. [acronis, clonezilla etc.]


A:Not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy ...

I think we need to see how much free space you have on drive "C".
Please use this Tutorial by Golden. This should help other members help you. Hang in there. Others should be by to help.
Please follow instructions so we can see the complete disk management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I done a lot of reading on this topic but everything i try does not seem to help, now i found this really nice topic from HP to fix this problem. But the main problem is after i done what they said it did not look like i have anything to delete in the Recovery D, So i am not 100% so could someone tell me if there is anything that can be deleted in my recovery D i will show the Image of it.

Here is a link to photobucket showing the recovery D full. Vista/RecoveryDfull.jpg
And here is a link of what inside the recovery D as i look inside as it said from the HP link above. Vista/FilesinrecoveryD.jpg

Close up pic of the files here the link.
Now is there anyway to solve this problem ?

A:Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery (D:) For Vista,

Hi and welcome

We could use a screen shot of the drive D partition but probably your backups are stored there and you can delete the oldest to free up some space. Make sure you have another before you delete it. That partition is tiny bTW 9 gigs is way too small to be effective.

Ken J

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I just changed my laptop drive from a SSD 180 GB to a 500GB + 8GB NAND Flash hybrid drive. I cloned the old drive successfully and now need to extend the Windows partition to include the unallocated space. When I try to using GParted, the Disk Management tools in Windows, and Magic Partition, I get errors.

A:Unallocated Space--Cannot Extend Volume

Could you post a shot of disk management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I cant seem to extend my E drive... E drive is supposely not with any OS
C is my Win7 and D is my WinXp ... so why i cant extend my E drive???

A:I have unallocated space but i cant extend the volume

Hmm, problems.

I'm pretty sure that once created an Extended partition (containing the logical partitions C: and E: in your screenshot) cannot be resized. I had a similar problem and had to delete the logical partitions first, then delete the Extended partition, create the logical partitions again with bigger sizes. With Windows 7 in one of those partitions, that does not look like an option for you.

You might be able to create a brand new partition and move some folders from E: into it

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I have a Lenovo G580 - It comes with it's own OneKey Recovery system which doesn't work. But neither does Windows 7 recovery.
When I try to back it up, it does but then it stops half way and says there is not enough space in the D drive to back-up. So I went into Disk Management and saw that it was limited to 25GB - So I tried to extend the volume but it has been greyed out so I cannot select it. What can I do?
I can't back it up or anything! I also had an error message which is the above: 0x80780048
Thanks in advance

A:Cannot back-up, not enough space, but then I cannot extend volume?

there are two methods for you. 1, you need to delete your OEM partition to change it into an unallocated space, and then use extend the volume funtion to extend D drive. Windows built-in disk-managment tool can only extend a volume when there is an unllocated space right behind it. 2, you can use a free partition software, AOMEI Partition Assistant, if you don't want to delete the partition. it can help you merge two adjacent volumes without data loss.
really help the above-metioned methods can help you.

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I'm trying to use disk manager to extend my C: partition into 20gb of unused space. The extend option is faded. When I try to delete the 20gb of free space, I get an error telling me I don't have enough disk space to delete the volume. I can format the 20gb volume and mount it, but I cannot get rid of it and extend my C: drive. Is it some default setting that some portion of the HDD must be an extended volume?

I have my 500mb set aside for critical boot files.

A:Cannot Extend C: Volume into Free Space

The free space has to be adjacent to, and to the right to extend into the free space with DM. Yours is to the right, but not adjacent to the free space. You may look at this and some of the other tutorials linked at the bottom to see if this will help. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

if nothing else works, copy everything off of the 2 partitions between C and the free space, delete the partitions, extend C as much as you would like to, recreate the partitions back and copy their contents back on them. It is unclear what they are, from the screenshot.

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hei guys
i want to increase my disk C: from 50 GB to 55 GB
disk C only have free space 1,5 GB, so if work it should be 6,5 GB free space
so i shrink my disk D: with the help of easeus partition

so the process will be shrink -> extend -> restart
my disk C increase and its become 55 GB
but the problem is free space still 1,5 GB that should be 6,5 GB.

is there i can do to get back my 5 GB free space

A:Why Free space not increasing after Extend Volume

The free space could have easily been sucked up by system restore, the page file, or the hiberfile without you even knowing it.

Did you reboot after you extended C ?

Check system retsore, make sure it`s only using a small percentage of the hard drive to save restore points. I turn it completely off and just make frequent disk images.

If you don`t use hibernation, that can be turned off as well.

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I installed Windows Vista Ultimate x64 last night on a 49GB partition of my hard drive, I had Windows XP Pro installed on the rest of the 180GB of space. I cleared that partition after installing Vista, however, I cannot extend my vista partition into the unallocated space.


A:Extend Volume - Greyed out, how can I regain unallocated space!

An excellent 3td software, Extend Partition Home Edition can safely and earily increase the C: drive to get more capacity. For more help reference:

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I am in desperate need for your help.
I just bought a new HP laptop (Envy 14) with Window 7 home on it. The hard drive has 500 GB capacity and has 4 partitions already on it.
1. System (199 MB, it does not have drive letter)
2. Partition C
3. Recovery (partition D, 16 GB)
4. HP_Tools (partition E, 103 MB)
I want to partition drive C into 2 parts: one small capacity for all system file and program file, the one large capacity for all data files. I have done this in my previous computers with Window XP and without any problems. I used free software ?Partition Wizard Home Edition? to do it.
My computer still runs fine except I just realize that all partitions now become dynamic disk. I don?t know how it happened. When I try to run Acronis True Image software to create backup image it won?t even see the disk.
Here is the screen shot of my HD current configuration: Partition G is the new one I created for data file.

I read through the posts on this forum and I am still not sure what my options are at this point.
1. If I want to create image backup for the whole system using Acronis True Image or some other software, do I have to converting the dynamic disk to basic disk to do that?
2. I read tutorial on how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. It seems to me that wouldrequire deleting the current disk and all files on it. I have already installed a lot of software on the computer. I really don?t want to reinstall them if I don?t have to. I only h... Read more

A:Urgent Help Needed- Converting Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

There is a tutorial here which may be of help:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

It is late here and this is the kind of thing I like to think through for a while before acting. It's better - and easier - to do it right the first time than try to undo a goof later on. You sound like you are being (very sensibly) cautious, so I'd recommend waiting for some other ideas before acting. I'll throw some ideas out there to get you started.

Do you have an external USB hard drive you can use to copy partitions to?

A quick look at the HP_Tools partition leads me to believe that it might be a candidate for deletion, but I'd check that before acting further. Unless HP gave you several DVDs worth of recovery discs, I'd say that the recovery partition is the only thing standing between you and having to possibly order a set of discs should something go wrong along the way. Does the laptop have a program for making your own set of recovery discs? If so, I'd do that now.

Someone else is likely to come along with some better ideas, but hopefully this will get you started.

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Hi, I have laptop with system (199mb), windows, recovery and tools, so the 4 primary are taken.
I created another partition in unallocated space, and it converted the disk and all partitions dynamic.

If I image the windows partition with macrium, convert the disk back to basic, and restore the image, will it work 100% as if it was imaged on a basic disk, or does the fact it was imaged on a dynamic partition change anything in the image?

Also, can I just move all the folders and files from the system partition to the windows partition, and just run a start-up repair in macrium or paragon, and it will make the windows partition active and bootable?


A:restoring an imaged dynamic disk partition to a basic disk?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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[Apologies if I have posed this in the wrong place; thanks for moving it if necessary!]
Good morning Folks!

I thought this would be simple: 1TB HDD with Two 500GB Partitions E: & Z:. Having available space in E: and needing more in Z: I performed a "Shrink" on E: of 75GB then "Expanded" Z: to the full amount available. I was warned it would change the disk to Dynamic (thus not being able to boot from it; I thought this would not be an issue as it is a secondary data disk). I ended up with 3 visible partitions with 2 named exactly the same and acting as one. e.g. "Properties" on one is identical to the other.
Attachment shows details.
Appreciation to all who read this and those who respond with my next advised move (if any).

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Hello ,

I have a Dell laptop which came with Windows 7 installed and disk type was dynamic. I need to install Linux(not on a virtual machine) so I have to convert the disk from dynamic to basic .

The problem is that all methods require that I delete all volumes and re install Windows . I have a lot of tools and applications installed that will require a week to re install .

So , Is there a way to change the dynamic disk of my current laptop I am working on to basic disk without having to remove windows and re installing it ?

Or is there way to convert a single volume to basic so that I can install Ubuntu on it ?

A:Convert dynamic disk of a laptop to basic disk w/o reinstalling win

According to this tutorial, no:

Before you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that dynamic disk. Converting the dynamic disk back to a basic disk requires that all dynamic volumes are deleted on the disk first.

How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hello guys, I am trying to install Win 8.1 as dual boot with Win 7. But all partitions of my disk are dynamic. I went through the tutorial in the help section but few questions are not clear. I have downloaded partition wizard as well.

As shown in the disk layout, there are 9 partitions on Disk 1 which is dynamic.
1) Since basic disk can only have 4 primary disks, 3 primary and 1 extended etc, so will it convert all these disks to primary and extended/logical without any data loss?
2) Which disks would be primary partition and which one would be extended/logical partition?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added partitions.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP System, Recovery and Diagnostics Tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add any partitions adjacent to that. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on the newly created partitions which tipped disk to Dynamic, which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If Win7 won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, delete all partitions you created in excess of four Primary partitions. Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then create any new logical partitions adjacent to C.
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

Finally, you should seriously consider wiping the entire HD to do a superior... Read more

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I was having trouble with my computer on Friday, it would freeze a few minutes after start up. All programs would be "not responding". I would restart it and the same thing would happen.

I ran Rkill in case there was anything malicious running and nothing was found. I ran Malwarebytes as well and nothing was found. I used combo fix to restore my system to a previous date and the problem persisted.

The system would freeze even at the log in screen if I waited more the a few minutes to log on. Time is some sort of factor.

Start up repair "disk metadata test said the root cause was 'Volume on disk corrupt' Repair action chkdsk Error code OxO.

A few other tests that are available (or automatically performed themselves before start up) mentioned NTFS but I did not get a chance to write it down.

NOW when I turd on the computer that scrolling windows progress bar goes by a few times before I get a completely black screen on which I can still move my cursor.

Please Help.

A:System volume on disk is corrupt? (disk metadata test)

Either windows Vista needs re-installing, a Factory Recovery is required, or the hard drive is starting to fail and therefore needs replacing with a new one.

You can test the hard drive with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software. You will need to download the DOS version which runs from a bootable CD. The download contains an ISO file for creating the CD. The links are here: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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i was restoring my windows 7 hp computer using a usb bootable disk. i was trying to delete all of the disk partitions on my hard drive and i would not let me delete any of them so i was clicking around and clicked c drive and formatted it. so now i cant install an OS because i have dynamic disks and cant change them to basic because i don't have a OS . thanks .

A:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk without os - help please

How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard magic partition manager?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
You just need to re install windows, and stop randomly clicking things.

Clean Install Windows 7

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I'm using Genuine Windows 7 HP SP1 x64 OEM version in my Acer Notebook.
Nowadays I have a trouble with my primary disk drive.

I Used 3rd party partition management software to shrink my "C" drive. The operation outside the windows wasn't successful and I faced a disk check after that. BTW It goes fine and my whole HDD becomes a dynamic disk. I want to convert it back to basic. But the convert option is inactivated in third party partition management softwares and even disk management utility. So how do I convert it back to basic?

I tried a clean custom windows installation, but I have following errors.

I'm unable to create, delete, extend any volumes here. All options are inactivated (gray) The only option available is "format"

And I was unable to continue Installing windows in the different drive. Then it gives me the bellow error;

Now what can I do to get my HDD back to the previous state?

Please help me.

Thanks in advance before.

A:How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk?

What a mess. First you have to reduce the total number of partitions to 4 - better even 3. Then do this:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

If you end up with 3 primary partitions, then you can create an extended partition under which you can define up to 120 logical partitions.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Note: the 'System Reserved' has to be primary. All others can be logical.

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Hi i resized my D: partition. It's now 70 GB and there is a 60 gb unallocated partition. When i want to format it windows asks me to change basic disk to dynamic disk. I never did this again. Is there any risks of changing it?

A:Change a basic disk to dynamic disk?

Dynamic disks are a pain. Do not deal with them. If you would post a snip of your Disk Management, we could have a look what needs to be done. Apparently you already have 4 primary partitions.

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I have a 1TB drive with a 50GB system and boot partition and the rest as data storage. I want to convert it to a Dynamic disk. However when try I get the error ""there is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation"

On the system partition there is 10GB free and on the data one about 350GB.

A:Cannot convert Basic disk to Dynamic disk

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Last night as I was attempting to install Windows 8 RP to test it out, I decided I would do a dual boot incase I didn't like it. It downloaded, burned fined and I went to make a new partition, and this is where things went south for me. It converted every disk to dynamic once I had created the new disk to install it on and for the life on me I can't get it to convert back to basic, so I'm pretty well screwed if something goes wrong.

Things I've done:
1) Attempt system restore - Ok, so I didn't have a restore point created so this is of no help.

2) I followed this guide found here on SevenForums and attempted all 3 methods - nothing worked
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

3) I downloaed EaseUse Partition master to attempt to change dynamic back to basic, and still a no go.

4) Tried to install Windows 8 again and it would not let me delete the current dynamic disk partitions to start over

5) Tried HP recovery tools to set the computer back to factory condition and it wouldn't work.

I have no clue where to go from here. Is it possible to delete everything and start over from scratch or will it still be dynamic? At this point, i want a time machine so I can go back before ever attempting to make a dual boot. I honestly don't have the money to invest in a new harddrive right now so any help is GREATLY appreciated.

A:Cant convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

Hello skyisover. Welcome to the Forum

You can't change the drive structure from any program that is running from the hard drive. You must be using a program that boots and runs from CD or DVD.

Assuming you have backed up all of your data (and even better, have a disk image of your C drive?):

Best: Download and burn a CD with Partition Wizard bootable CD on it.
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
Then boot from the CD and use the tool to do the conversion. This has worked for many people.
How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard magic partition manager?

The nuclear option: You will need to run the Diskpart procedure from your W7 installation disk:
Command Prompt at Startup (Option 1)
Then use the "Clean All" command to wipe the hard drive. "Clean All" will write all zeros to the drive. It is slow but very effective.

When finished you will then have a hard drive with all unallocated space that you can format and use to reinstall W7 clean, and then reinstall all of your programs. It goes without saying that there will be nothing on the drive, so back up what you need.

What happened is that you probably had 4 Primary partitions before you tried to install W8. Creating a 5th Primary will automatically convert the drives to Dynamic. That partition was probably created by the W8 installer that defaults to a Primary Parttition. In the future, create your new (Log... Read more

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Am trying to convert a 2TB Sata from a dynamic drive to a basic one. Hve followed all the steps... Removed all volumes, etc.

But i right click on the disk and click the Convert to Basic, I keep getting this message, "The operation is not allowed on a disk that is offline."

Cant's figure out why as the disk shows Online. Have also tried it through the Command Prompt using Diskpart. The status shows it is online, has no volumes and Read Only is set to 'No'. However, when I enter the Convert Basic command, I get the same message, "The operation is not allowed on a disk that is offline."

Grateful for any help...

A:Not able to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk

Try wiping the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the boot sector before running "Convert Basic."

If that fails try using the non-destructive conversion tool on Partition Wizard which is still a free feature in version 4.2: ISO - Windows Live.

Burn ISO file to CD with Windows Image Burner, boot CD, highlight disk number, from Disk tab select Convert to Basic, OK, Apply.

If those fail then I'd run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by Disk Check on a full disk partition you create.

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I recently cleaned my computer with CCleaner and then shortly after, I got this message saying ' You are running very low on disk space on C:. To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click here.'
I'm confused. What I just did was supposed to HELP increase disk space, not to decrease it.
Any help is appreciated!

A:just wiped free disk space, says HDD low on disk space?

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I'm asking this for someone else.

Drive C total capacity is around 24GB, when selecting all files in C:, it shows 12GB used, but only 2GB is left in free space. What's wrong?

A:Solved: Incorrect disk space, low disk space

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Hi peeps and thanks in advance for any help you can give me! My laptop is doing my head in thanks to its new-found ability to chew up free disk space on my C:/ drive. Not sure if this problem has been on-going for a few weeks or something, but it's come to a head now!! A few bits of info that might be handy: Vista Home Premium 32bit, laptop is about three years old, 160GB HDD partitioned into a C: and a D: (both with approx 70GB total space according to Properties).
The story goes like this:

1) Got low disk space warning pop up (something like 300MB left!) - thought that this was entirely plausible since my wife keeps taking videos of our little baby on her camera and saving them on the lappy!
2) Decided to move some User folders from the C: to the D: and in the process moved about 5GB which then freed up several gig of space on the C: drive. Then I noticed that this was consistently dropping and the HDD light was flickering all the time, even when the laptop was not in use.
3) Updated and ran all the following programs: AVG 2011 Free, CCleaner, CWShredder, Malwarbytes - and nothing untoward reported.
4) Booted into safe mode and ran the programs again and still nothing reported.
5) Accessed VSS records via a command prompt and this was set to UNBOUNDED maximum capacity and showing as 16GB in use on disk, so revised this down to 12GB (a cautious approach, I admit!) and freed up a bit more space but this again is slowly being reduced.
6) Ran WinDirStat and this is showing ... Read more

A:Hard disk constantly running (writing?) and disk space disappearing

First, lets find out what is on the drive
JDiskReport or my preference

This link may help and give information.

Scan with your antivirus
Scan with malwarebytes. Did you update, when you ran your report?

Space is probably being taken by restore points, Did you check for that possiblity?

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I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

A:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

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I have a windows 8.1 machine with a simple mirror (two disks). Due to the lack of sata ports I can't add more disks so naturally, I have to increase the size of my disks in the mirror. Can I remove one disk, replace it with a larger, sync up the mirror and
then repeat with the other disk? I can't see any option to remove a disk in control panel though


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Hello Members!I have a Windows 8 OS backup on a Pen-drive & mine is a branded PC from HP~ AIO make.Is it possible to format the entire Hard-drive to reclaim the Space used by Recovery Image desk (D:)? Can someone please help guide me on how to format an entire Hard-drive (both C: & D:) in context to an HP Desktop environment?Help will be sincerely appreciated.Thank you.

A:Is it possible to recover the Hard-disk space utilised by Recovery Disk(D:)?

Yes. But not-recommended.The recovery partition  is the only way you have to repair your system in the event of a failure. The computer makers now want you to use that recover if ever a major failure makes your computer unusable. If you need more storage for your photos and videos, consider these methods:A. Use DVD discs to store photos and videos.B. Use a cloud service to save your most important information. C. Purchase in economic external hard drive for extra storage.It would be a b ad idea to format our hard drive unless there was something urgent.

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

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

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1. I have Win7 64-bit installed.

2. Earlier I installed MySQL and created database (size: 2 GB) in my D: drive (size: 52.8 GB).

3. Then I formatted my C: drive and installed Win7 again. As a result, MySQL got uninstalled and something happened to the database in D: drive.

4. After the new Win7 installation, My Computer shows D: [50.8 GB free of 52.8 GB] but the disk is empty.

5. How do I recover these 2 GBs?

A:Hard Disk space seen as occupied... But disk is empty inside

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management, showing all the details of the D drive.

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Answer Match 78.54% heres my curently defragmenting my HD...i have two C: drive and my D:drive.....i have my OS installed in my C: drive and alot of other things.....

So when i first started defragmenting my C:drive....i had 34.0 GB of free space..and i left to go eat taco bell..XD..and when i came was around 70% done but the free space was down to ONLY 2 GB.....

so iv looked evrywhere and foun lots of people had this problem..didnt quite find a solution though....and stil defragmenting *** im writing this...but i might just end it becouse it started going really assuing becouse i have no free space left on that partition....

Another important thing is that im NOT using the disk defragmentor that comes with the OS....

im using one called "Piriform Defraggler"....and before that i used the default one that came with the os...and it said that it was 0% defragmented..but when i analyzed it with the other said it was like 64% fragmented......

So if theres ny more info u guys need ...just let me know...and i dont know if my HD space will come back after i close the program..but let u guys know..becouse i might just close it out now..becouse i dont think it will finish any time soon....

so plz help me out with this problem.....and thanx in advance.......

A:Solved: Lost Hard Disk Space After Disk Defragment sry guys....i was just doing sum "reasearch"..and found out how to fix turns out i had to resize the maximun ammount or shadow copy space..or sumthing like that....i had to do it in the cmd ya...


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I have been getting several Low Disk Space errors on my computer lately. Each time I check the c: drive properties, it shows drastically different storage space numbers. One minute 13.8 gb available, the next 540 MB. My Highjackthis file is below. I don't really know how to decifer the info or what to do next. Anybody?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:46:13 PM, on 09/07/07
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaseya\Agent\AgentMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4\WinVNC4.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files... Read more

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Hey Guys,
I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out what my problem is. Basically, we had an issue with the computer and so we force restarted it at one point about a month ago. After that, we started getting requests to run a check disk after every time the computer was rebooted. The check disks take 20+ hours for some reason on this computer, and we cannot afford to have it down that long since it is a work computer. We cancelled the disk check and afterwards we noticed that the hard drive was filling itself up. The computer has a 450gb hard drive and after a couple of hours it was telling us that there were only 2mb of space left (we have maybe 20gb of data on the computer total). This is the point in which I stepped in and ran a disk cleanup and deleted all of the old system restore points. It gave us about a gb of space so I left it alone (I didn't realize at this point what the problem was, just thought it was too much stuff on the comp). The next day the computer's user told me it was the same problem and I knew that she wasn't using all of the space that I had found so I checked it out again. Once again, it was giving me the low disk space error. I decided to download and install Windirstat to see what was taking up all the space. When I run Windirstat, it tells me that 430gb of the 450gb of space is "Unknown". After that, I shut it down and let it run the check disk completely over the course of a weekend. It ran for about a week after... Read more

A:Windows 7 No Disk Space after Disk Check Cancellation

Likely the file system was messed up by the forced restart, a rare but possible occurence.

So the unknown used space may be failed attempts to copy data over to repair the file system. This is why it's always advised to back up data before doing a Disk Check and of course data should always be backed up anyway against HD failure - which itself cannot be ruled out here.

I would test the HD with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by a Disk Check done from the Win7 disk or Repair CD's System Recovery Options Command Line which doesn't depend upon the OS on a potentially scrambled file system.

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I'm not sure how I ended up like this, but using Computer Manager > Disk Manager, I ended up with my disk 0 as follows:

System Reserved
Healthy (System, Active, Primary partition)


System (C)
139.64 GB NTFS
Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

In addition, I have four other hard disks, and they are correctly formatted and partitioned (one partition each -- which is what I want with disk 0).

Objective: reclaim the unallocated 16MB and add it to the healthy section; likewise, reclame the "System Reserved" and also add it to the healthy section.

I'm rebuilding the system and don't have much software, so I could reload Windows 7 (Professional), but I'd rather avoid reloading those 100 fixes!

What should I do?

A:Using Disk Manager, need to unshrink and reclaim Disk 0 space

Just extend System Reserved into the 16mb space which was shrunk from it: Partition or Volume - Extend.

The rest looks correct although it would be best to see a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt map with listings.

Make sure none other than SysReserved are marked Active.

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Using XP SP-1, 40GB HDD
A folder named "System Volume Information" has been created in each drive (C:,D:,E:,F: )
and consuming significant disk space day by day. Whether deleting these folders will create any problem. Any other technique to stop increasing the size of these folders ? Please suggest.
Presently consuming more than 3 GB in total.
Sometimes I need system restore to speed up the PC (besides other registry tools ) ..therefore this function is enabled in the system.

A:Too much disk space consumed for "System Volume Information"

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I was trying to dual boot win 8 and win7(was already installed) on my laptop.During installation win8 was giving an error,that win could not update the computer's boot configuration.(See attached pic )
I googled this error and came across this post.

Boot from 7 or 8 DVD and goto Repair console > Command Prompt (Hit enter after each line)

list disk
select volume x (x = being the volume number of your HDD)
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick
Reboot and try setup again (I use this for USB drives, but they are not partitioned, I imagine this will kill all partitions on the disk and create just one new one)

After doing all this I was able to install window 8 but my 2 hard disk partition are not showing.My total hard disk is of 300 GB,but now only a single partition of 149 GB is showing.The remaining hard is not visible anywhere,not in disk management, and not even in ease-us disk partition.

A:Volume Disk not showing in disk managment.

What does diskpart show you from an Elevated Command Prompt? For instance, mine shows:


Microsoft DiskPart version 6.2.9200

Copyright (C) 1999-2012 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: DESKTOP

DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 K DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
Volume 1 D D370_D NTFS Partition 78 GB Healthy System
Volume 2 E D370_E NTFS Partition 191 GB Healthy
Volume 3 F D370_F NTFS Partition 9 GB Healthy
Volume 4 C Win_8 NTFS Partition 119 GB Healthy Boot
Volume 5 G D370_G NTFS Partition 698 GB Healthy
Volume 6 H D370_H NTFS Partition 542 GB Healthy
Volume 7 I Win_7 NTFS Partition 78 GB Healthy
Volume 8 L Removable 0 B No Media


Leaving DiskPart...

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i have made a partition in windows 7 using disk management.. after finishing a message displayed that this will convert all ur disk basic to dynamic disk and u will not able to load ur windows os from other disk except where it is installed,, !!!!!!!!
Is there any problem in this.. i m having 5 partitions namely.. C,D,system partition G of 199mb, E,, and now new volume H..
also what is this system partition G contains that does not show the files which it contains..
Please tell me if i have risked my laptop by creating partition and converting basic disk to dynamic disk???????

A:basic disk to dynamic disk

Hello prateek,

You do not want to convert the disk to dynamic.

Instead, you can create logical partitions using the tutorial below for this.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,

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Product: Hp Pavillon G6
Object: Brand a new SSD as HP with Recovery HP_TOOLS SYSTEME partition to make the ssd bootable and reset factory default the OS to use a new windows
Issue: Compmgmt.msc show Dynamic Disk instead Basic Disk
Question: Will Dynamic Disk on SSD will boot ?
Exemple: See the picture
URGENT answer, I have to setup the new SSD tonight
PS: What I remember is Dynamic is for RAID normally, but I do no want raid but AHCI

A:Basic disk vs dynamic disk

I think it been converted in DYNAMIC by the last part, SSD_HP.
I used O&O Disk Image To save and restore Disk Partition.
O&O Wouldn't let me create the last partition SSD_HP, so I did by compmgmt.msc

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Hi. I have a dell studio laptop 16" screen, 4gigs of mem. 360 gig hd, had vista home installed-upgraded(?) to windows 7. My hard drive is partitioned as follows: (C:drive) 224 GB free of 283 GB. (D:drive) 4.07MB free of 14.9GB. So the operating system is on D and all downloads go to D, and with only 4.07MB, not many downloads can happen. My question is
can I repartition C and D or am I stuck with this configuration? Can I delete anything on D?

A:Low Disk:You are running very low on disk space on recovery :D

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Last week i installed windows XP Pro on my desktop. It has a 250GB hard drive which has 1 partition (C drive only), NTFS offcourse. I did not format it while installing windows as it has lots of stuff in it. Thereís over 50GB free and iíve been removing a lot of stuff from the hard drive to make up some space but in windows i get an error message that i donít have enough disk space, the disk cleanup utility runs cant free up space and i can not install or copy anything in the hard drive. Iíve noticed that when i deleted some file holding (or not) the shift key the free size goes lower although the files are being deleted from the hard disk.

Anyone has a solution for that beside moving my data to somewhere else and formatting it?


A:hard disk error - no disk space

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Okay, I am so tired of receiving Low Disk Space on recovery (D). I have done everything it asked. Empty Recycle Bin which is EMPTY. I am not a computer wizard but it seems unfair that I have pay over $150.00 year to correct this problem once a year. I have checked a lot of places and it just keeps telling me the same thing. That doesn't work. Can someone explain to me in English (plain) how to correct this problem.
I did just install a HP wireless printer 3052A
[personal information removed]
HP Pavilion dv6000
Windows Vista (home version)

View Solution.

A:Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive

Do you have the D: drive selected in system restore? If your computer is saving restore points for D: this could cause it to use up disk space for no apparent reason.Look for a folder called "System Volume Information" at the root of D: I am assuming you don't use the D: drive to store any personal files or swap files...

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I have a disk space problem on my system drive. The disk properties is about 10GB short compared to the scan results of WinDirStat:
I searched the forums for disk space issues, and tried the proposed solutions (disk cleaner, removed restoration points, removed files of previous SPs). After all this I had saved something like 12GB, but there was still 10GB missing. I didn't care then because I had free space again, but it slowly decreased and now it varies from 2GB to 500MB... depending on the mood I guess...

Do you have any idea where the 10GBs have gone, and why the free space keeps being gnawed like this?


A:Different used disk space in windirstat/disk properties

Lets try to be sure that the problem is not more serious than it seems
Run a full anti virus scan
Download a run a scan with malwarebytes
If those are negative, download the free ccleaner and clean your system.
Go to search by the start button, type %temp%, delete the temp folders that you are sure are not needed.
Report back with results

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Hi, I get a notification every 10 minutes or so saying "Low Disk Space - You are running out of disk space on backup disk"
In the backup settings, I told it to delete files whenever it needs space, yet I'm still getting this annoying message.
A) Is my backup running as it should be?
B) How can I get rid of the annoying message?

A:Low disk space message for Backup disk.

Hello MPAII,

You will need to give us a lot more information. What backup software are you using? Is the Backup disk external or internal? What space do you have on it and what are you backing up? System image or selected data files?

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I am using Windows XP Home Edition.

When i try using Norton360 to carry out disk optimization, i get the error message
"Drive C: Insufficient Free Disk Space, Need 15% free"

I can't believe that i have used or am using 85%.

All advice appreciated

A:insufficient disk space for disk optimization

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i just go a 3tb drive and it shows the right size in my startup screens and everything but when i get in windows to partition it is only 746GB i have tried switching it from MBR over to GPT and from basic to dynamic but still no change any 1 have any ideas

A:i cant get disk management show right disk space

It needs to by GPT to see all 3 TB.

How did you do this switching back and forth from MBR to GPT??

Stay away from dynamic disks at all costs. Just say no if they are ever offered.

What is this disk's purpose? Data only? OS? Data and OS?

Do you want just a single partition on it?

What motherboard make, model, and BIOS do you have?

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HELP!!!I am going mental her as my laptop keeps saying  'Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive' I have not put any files on there and the recycling bin is empty! - I have no room to make a recovery back up or create a system image as it's full?I haven't had this laptop that long and can't think whats going on with it?  Could it be a virus?  Also I have no cd/disc drive to make any kind of back up and i was unsuccesful at making a usb attemp at backing up! Anyone know WHY my 21gb Recovery D Drive is full and only has  4mb available space?!!!!! I checked and found that there are NO previous back ups on there!! (which is worrying) The first thing i did was check for similar problems on here and i've followed alot of advice on checking that it's not set up to back up automatically to D drive (the box is unticked on D) I am worried it will pack up on me and i'll loose everything as I can't make a back up!!! Please Help!

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I took my Acer Laptop to the computer shop to get my SSD fixed and when they finished it and got it home i noticed my drives where split into 2 drives of 50GB approximately; C: & D:.
I have been trying to merge or at least give some space to drive C: , but my extend volume button in the partition manager is gray, even tho i have allocated space.
please give me some advice.

A:Extend Volume on C: Drive grayed out, can't extend volume.

Disk Management will not do the extension, but Partition Wizard will do it.

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first time...
so i got this cool Hp laptop .... nice
the bad part ...
I had a single 500 gb Hard disk. only two partitions ... experimented to partition it ...
1. I upgraded my basic drive to dynamic drive ( got four partitions now)
2. My OS (win 7 home premium x64) is on one of the partiotion on the dynamic disk.
How do i convert back to basic... i only have my OS key no install cd?
Can i take a back up or sys image that i can use later on after converting my hard disk to basic?

A:dynamic disk to basic disk when win 7 is installed on dynamic disk

The only way to convert non-destructively is using Partition Wizard old version 4.12 downloadable from here: partition wizard 4.2 - Windows Live#

From PW Disk tab>Convert to Basic.

Back up your files and a Win7 backup image first: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup. Use external HD, another HD, DVD's, another computer on your network, or 25gb of free storage on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.

Afterwards post back a screenshot of your full maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings and tell us what you want to do, we will give you the exact steps using PW.

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I deleted a partition I had added previously for a Linux OS. After deleting it turned green as in "Free Space" I want that available space given back to C. I have included a screen shot of where I am. I don't know what to do next. The "Extend Volume" Option in C is not activated.

System info included below

Thank you.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name LOGOS-PC
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP G60 Notebook PC
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.65, 12/15/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Logos-PC\Logos1
Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.91 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.27 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.81 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.20 GB
Page File Space 3.91 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

A:"Extend Volume" option on C greyed out. Free space available but how?

I`m fairly certain the entire space has to be deleted down to unallocated space, then you can extend C

I recommend making and using a Partition Wizard Boot CD to do all your partition management.

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I shrinked volume from disk D (20Gb) to install Ubuntu.I deleted volume, and now I want to extend it to disk D but I can't do it.can you help me?

A:I can't extend disk on Windows 7

Delete the volume, the space becomes 'unallocated'. Then right click on the drive and extend.

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I just upgraded to win2k from win982nd ed. and I changed to ntfs too. I am having a problem when I click on the C: drive and hit properties I have zero used space and zero free space and I cannot access the C: drive "access is denied!"

Another problem that my pagin file is at 20mb and I cannot change it because I don't have any space on the hard drive. I have 60 gig hd and I am only using 25gigs at most so that is not possible.

I want to creat another user to log in under instead of logging in as administrator and I am not sure how to do it.

Any help would be appreciated.



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I just bought a new Dell Dimension 2400 computer that is suppose to have a 60GB hard drive, running XP. However after installing my programs I have tried to defragment my hard drive and get the following message:

Volume (C has 4% free space, but only 3% is available for use by Disk Defragmenter (due to reserved system space). To run effectively, Disk Defragmenter requires at least 15% usable free space - There is not enough disk space to properly complete the operation. Delete some unneeded files on your hard disk, and then try again.

Could someone please tell me step by step how to do this?

My old computer using Win98 with a 10GB hard drive and the same sort of programs had plenty of disk space at least 8+ GB.

I don't understand how can this hard drive with 60GB have less space than a 10GB.

Also I hate XP.

Thank you anyone

A:Disk Defragmenter says not enough disk space

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once when I've installed Win7, I've divided my HD to several partitions.
unfortunately i gave only 50 GB to drive C.

Now I would like to extend it, but the extend option is in gray.

my partitions status is attached.

is there anything i can do in order to merge partitions ?


A:can't extend primary partition (Disk C)

Try using a different partition manager. I used to have problems with the default built-in Windows partition manager so I decided to use Acronis Disk Director Suite and my problems were solved. You may also want to try Paragon.

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My Local Disk is out of space so i'd like to add additional space from my extra drive but I'm not able to this is what I have under my disk management
even when i turn new volume into unallocated space i still cant extend?
Edit: ive tried using ease use partition but i cant resize c drive please help im not very tech savvy with these kinds of things but ive been looking all over for a solution it might be right before my eyes and i dont realize

A:Can't extend Local Disk drive on 8.1

You can not do this as these are two different disks, you can extend a partition within a drive but not to another drive.

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I had 19.53gb of S drive wich i formatted and deleted.Now i have 19.53gb of unallocated free space and i want to shrink it into 2 halves and extend my C drive with 1 half and exted my A drive with another half.I'm able to extend my C drive but i'm unable to extend my A drive.I don know what is the reason.Pls help me.I've uploaded the screenshot for your reference.

A:Unable to extend a disk drive

First of all the A:/ is reserved for a floppy drive never use that letter for a hdd, second in disk mgmt you can only extend to the right. There are other free 3 rd party programs such as Partition Wizard that will allow you to extend left. Hope this helps.

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Hi all,

After installing Windows 8 my computer had four partitions; I thought they'd be fine but want to change it to have two big ones, one for Media and one for typical C: usage. I moved everything out of D:\ to delete the volume so I would have free space to the right of C:, which I've read is what you need to do in order to extend partitions using Disk Management. However, the option is still greyed-out when right-clicking C: as shown:

I did this because I've read mixed things about using 3rd-party software to extend partitions; some that don't truly extend it and just trick your computer into merging the two... I like doing things the purest way possible and would like to truly combine C: with the free space to the right of it.

Any idea why the option is not available? Thanks much.

A:Cannot Extend Partition in Disk Man... Stumped.

Use 3rd party software for that. Disk mgmt is limited. You can't extend into another partition, you can extend into unallocated space.

Partition wiz or partition asst are good.

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

AOMEI Partition Assistant ? free disk partition manager software, helps you to resize partitions, merge partitions etc.

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after having an unresolvable problem with my graphics card - i have reinstalled xp and software and was going to image it so if i had to do this again, the problem wouldnt be so severe.

However - I have made my C: drive too small, I need to extend it - I know this cant be done in disk management and partition magic doesnt seem to allow it either. Anyone know any solutions to this - or am I forced to do a reinstall again.

A:Extend boot partition (dynamic disk)?

If you converted to a dynamic disk, you have probably limited your options. When you do your next install do NOT create a dynamic disk, it has no benefits for you, and a lot of disadvantages. You're living with one of those disadvantages now.

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why wont disk management allow me to extend my C: partition ??? when i right click on the c: drive the extend volume is grayed out.

A:disk management wont allow me to extend my partition

Hello Tremaine,

That is because your partition is out of space. The next 47MB are part of an extended partition. Basically, it sees from the 47MB partition on to the end as one, larger partition.

Hope this helps,

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Hi guys, so i'm having some trouble with disk management program.

I have virtually 100GB of unallocated space that I want to add to C: however when i'm trying to extend the volume of C: I am unable to do so.

See pic

any help would be much appreciated! Cheers!

A:Disk management problem, unable to extend C:

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Hello Experts,
My hard drive is partitioned as shown in the attached screenshot. I am trying to extend the D:\ drive to include all the unallocated space after it, but the Extend option is dimmed. I am on an HP laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate (not the OEM Home Edition). I appreciate if someone would please help me to fix this.


A:[Disk Management] Unable to Extend Partition

You could do it this way......

Create a folder on the desktop of C: (Windows) then copy and paste all the data from D: to it. It will fit.

After you verify it all copied ok, then you can......

Delete the D partition down to unallocated space. Create a new partition from all of the unallocated space.

Copy the folder back to D and verify, if happy, delete the folder from C.

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I am experiencing problems as I try to extend dr O:\ 65GB of a portable HD to use all the unallocated space (9.77 GB) on my Disk 2.
Disk 2 also has dr M:\ @ 35GB.

My problem is the error message as seen in attachment #2.

I then made a Simple Volume and tried to extend O:\ but "extend" was grayed out and not offered. I then returned the 9.77 GB to an unallocated state. Everything is backed up so losing any data is not a likely risk.

I do not know what to do in Win and before I try to use cmd prompt I wanted to ask for advice.
I assume if I have to use cmd I will extend and the unallocated space will automatically be used up, correct?

The PC Magazine Vista book I have offers no help. The terminology is confusing me.

Any help is appreciated.
Regards, Mark..

A:external hd disk management extend problem

Hi Mark989. Welcome to BleepingComputer.Vista is not as good as Win7 for adjusting partitions so I would be inclined to use something like Partition Wizard which I have used successfully in the past.. As you are not booting from this drive, you can safely ignore the warning.In your case, what I would do is 1. Remove the new Drive N:. 2. Extend the M: drive into the spare space. 3. Shrink the M: drive into right hand side, leaving the unallocated space next to the O: drive, and then 4. Extend your O: drive.Do each of these tasks one at a time and reboot between each task. luck. Let us know how you get on.

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Hello to all.

I have a problem with my windows 7 pro laptop that shows only 7,49/100 GB free memmory. I tried to delete all shadow copies and previous versions. Also did chckdsk /f which give me 0 errors, tried to search in hidden and OS files, but there arent any big files, diskcleanup with system files cleaned about 1 gb.
Then I downloaded winDirStat which shoved me that I only have 43Gb of data on my c: drive. I don't have any ideas what could be done to increase free disk space. Please help

A:Windows show low disk space, win dir stat shows different space

In My Computer, click the Tools menu then on Folder Options then click the View tab and tick "Show hidden files and folders" then untick "Hide protected system files and folders", click Apply and OK.

Then, go into c:\ windows and delete all the files in blue which statr with a $ symbol. They are only folders that once contained Windows Updates you no longer need to keep. Then scroll down to the Software Distribution folder and to Download. Empty that folder.

Look in Control Panel>Power options and make sure Hibernation is turned off then in System, adjust the size of System Restore so it takes up only 4% of the disk space.

Restart the computer and see hwo much space you freed up.

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Am I the only one to notice and complain over this in W8.1.

This morning a new Adobe Flash update has appeared, KB3079777. The update is sized at 17.9mb. Nothing is running on the PC, its idle and with no disk activity. Free space is 55.4GB. I apply the update and free space immediately falls to 54.9gb. This behaviour is consistent with every such patch applied. Now over time, that space will return which suggests that something else is going on here. But what ?

A:Free disk space & space used by a single Flash Update.

Looks like it is just me then. Today brought a 4.6Mb W8.1>W10 computability update. My free space changed from 55.2Gb to 54.7Gb.

Sounds about right. Ho hum....

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i wanted to copy a cd image (4.18GB ISO format) from partition F: (NTFS 9GB free) to partition D: (FAT32 12GB free space) and windows gives me that crap there is not enough space and i should do a disk clean up..ok i made a disk clean up to partition D: and there was 3GB of system restore files!!! maybe coz i deleted 6GB earlier anyway i deleted the system restore files and i turned it off so i have now 15GB free space on partition D: and yet it tells me there is not enough space..

i tried a trick i thought i can use winrar to archive the ISO image and select the destination folder on the partition i wanna move it to..but at like 80% winrar popped up a message that only NTFS partions can have files with file size more than 4GB..i hope theres nothing wrong with my windows or my hard disk..and i wanna know if theres a way to move that ISO image..thanx in advance.

A:Solved: 15GB free space and it tells me not enough disk space??!!!!!

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Hi everyone!

This is my first post on this forum

My Hard Drive is almost full but I don't understand why. I've check how many space was left on my C:\ with its property windows and it says "22GB left" but when I enter the C:\ drive and I select all the files and then toggle the property windows, it says that only 92.5 GB is used...Is there any "invisible" files that I don't see?

Check the attachement (in french sorry ) for more informations


A:Disk Space doesn't show real used space

Quote: Originally Posted by holytoutant

Hi everyone!

This is my first post on this forum

My Hard Drive is almost full but I don't understand why. I've check how many space was left on my C:\ with its property windows and it says "22GB left" but when I enter the C:\ drive and I select all the files and then toggle the property windows, it says that only 92.5 GB is used...Is there any "invisible" files that I don't see?

Check the attachement (in french sorry ) for more informations


A free utility named "Folder Size" will show you the disk space used in an easy to view GUI;

Folder Size - Freeware file size analysis. Check the directory sizes, folder sizes and file sizes on your computer with this freeware tree size analysis tool.


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We just placed a new Dell Dimension. It has a 40 Gig hard drive.

User keeps getting this message:




This machine has over 30 gigs of free space. It's impossible that there is a disk space issue.

Any ideas what could be causing this? Some sort of mis-communication or setting?


A:Disk Space Error - 30 Gigs free space

It should be a configuration setting. I'd call Dell if you just got this machine. Their "english" is a little suspect though. It sounds like some hokey Dell software reminding you to back up your drive. When does the message appear? After it boots?

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How do I merge the 18 gb system drive, that has no drive letter, with my c: Drive.

See screen shot:

A:Runnig out of disk space...7% of free space left.

You can not merge it. Right click on it and try to shrink it to about 350MB.

Another solution: Um. 55GB (yes, GB) System Reserved Partition?! Solved

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HELP PLEASE... uninsstalling software...not enough disk space...please free space

when i try to install software it comes up with (drive)not enough disk space..when i have 30gb left..

when i attempt to create a restore point twice 1st came up with 0x80070070 and 2nd was

when i load a picture it says not enough picture please close some apps/free up disk space

when i uninstall a software it says an error occured while writing installation information to disk.check to make sure enough disk space is available, and click retry or cancel end the ..

my computer has 1 harddrive split into C and D partitions...its an ACER 57357 with 4gb ram,2.16ghz-667mhz fsb-1mb l2 cache, 320gb harddrive, 4500m intergrated graphics

A:HELP PLEASE... uninsstalling software...not enough disk space...please free space

Originally Posted by npm1

HELP PLEASE... uninsstalling software...not enough disk space...please free space

when i try to install software it comes up with (drive)not enough disk space..when i have 30gb left..

when i attempt to create a restore point twice 1st came up with 0x80070070 and 2nd was

when i load a picture it says not enough picture please close some apps/free up disk space

when i uninstall a software it says an error occured while writing installation information to disk.check to make sure enough disk space is available, and click retry or cancel end the ..

my computer has 1 harddrive split into C and D partitions...its an ACER 57357 with 4gb ram,2.16ghz-667mhz fsb-1mb l2 cache, 320gb harddrive, 4500m intergrated graphics

We could use a screenshot of your disk management console


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So I was always able to run a game called pirate101 by kingsisle on my mac and its virus free so I know its not the problem. One day it stopped working and I kept getting told to install and download Mcafee virus protection but I don't understand whats
wrong. It said I had 29.00 GB of disk space available but now it says there's only 21MB available I don't see how this is possible.

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 I have a computer that has their "c: drive" almost full (221 gb drive). Every time it boots a message comes up saying "Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occurred with your paging file configuration when you started your computer. The total paging file size for all disk drives may be somewhat larger than the size you specified." So first I tried adjusting the Virtual Memory BUT, I only have a drive C and a previous drive that is no longer there. So I am not for sure what drive to set my virtual memory to because there is not enough space on C drive with it being almost completely full and the one drive is non-existent. I am sure its a easy fix and im missing a step but i appreciate the help guys   Thanks!

A:Low Disk Space "Temporary File Space Error"

I would type Run in the search box. Start it and then in the Run box type %temp%. This will open up the temp folder for the current user. These files are safe to delete. Log in to every other user and use the same command. Once those are deleted, use Ccleaner to clear all the browser cache then set the Paging file to 1.5 times the RAM on the system.

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Setting up a new box, Vista sadly to say. Installed MS Office XP Pro and get the following error when closing MS Word ONLY. Excel saves without any errors.

The disk is full. Free some space on this drive, or save the document on another disk. Try one of the following:
*Close any unneeded documents, programs, and windows.
*Save the document on another disk.

I've moved the file location and same error. I cleaned up the drive including removing all restore point except the last one.

Now this thing has a 250 gig drive but it is also used for security in a mini mart with 8 cameras. There are about 145 Gigs of video from the security cameras on this box. At this time I am just setting it up, no cameras are connected, and the security program hasn't been set up yet. I just moved the files from the old drive to this one. BTW the old drive crashed.

I've tried the detect and repair in MS Word and no help. I have uninstalled MS Office and reinstalled and no help and even went into Properties and set the user up on quota with no limits and still no help.

So now I am at a loss and have no idea what to try next. Really don't want to delete the security files because it took 6 hours to transfer them to this computer and unless all else fails this isn't a option I want to use.

Now on the old box, which had XP Pro this, was not a problem so on Vista it should not be either but then Vista is a MS Software so this is understandable. Actually, the old box had a 15... Read more

A:disk space is full. Free some space on this drive

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This sounds straight forward, but I can not figure this out I am new to this. I have a Etower 500 MHz with 192 mb's of memory and 4 gig hard drive. I used partition magic 3.5 to partition the drive inorder to try and install DOS and win98 and maybe linux. I am following the instructions from this web site here>> I am using the disks that I made from downloading from this site referring to REUEL Boot disk this disk took me through the entire process. It all went great until I rebooted and I keep getting Non-System disk or disk error I have no disk's in the drives. I even installed win98 and all it did was go straight to windows. With in windows I could see the drives I partitioned all of them except the one that windows was actually on. I have done this again and again trying to see if I did anything wrong. Anybody know what is wrong?
Also can anyone tell me how to get free dos I can not figure out what files to download. The one that I am trying to install now is suppose to be mini dos 6.22. I am really new to dos so I am doing a lot of guessing.

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I have frequently received the "Low Disk Space" error, even after deleting several files on my PC. I went to Settings-System-Storage, and in my "Other" folder it says there's 648GB of space being taken up, but when I click on it, none of the subfolders show that any of them have that many GBs in them. Thank you for the help!

A:Windows 10 Low Disk Space/Phantom Space

moved to W10 as unlikely to be a malware issue

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i wanna divide the 'C' ,i used the "New simple volume wizard " after pressing finish i got the msg
The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk t dynamic , you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume). are you sure ?

when i press yes i got error msg
" Dynamic disk are not supported by this operating system or server configuration . dynamic disk are not supported on clusters.

can you help plz i dont wanna format plz advise me,,,,plz plz !!

A:partition in basic disk

Hello cherrycool, welcome to Seven Forums!

Do not let it convert to Dynamic, if you do Windows may not boot/start at all.

Please post a snip/screen-shot of a maximized Windows disk management for us to see before we suggest anything; have a look through the information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I am trying to clone a Maxtor N256, 20 GB HDD, HP Pavillion, running Win 98 SE.
Because I am trying to fix the malware problem & want to clone it, that's why!


I put the Maxtor as Primary Slave on a PC running Win XP Pro SP2.

The Maxtor is recognized, in the bios, but not in "my computer". Disk management wants me to initialize the HDD.

If I initialize the HDD, can I keep it "basic"? Win XP Disk Management informs me that a dynamic disk is visible only to Win 2000 & beyond.

Using Norton Ghost 2003, bootable Floppy, with the Maxtor as the Primary Master and a Western Digital, 80 GB IDE HDD as Primary Slave, "no valid source" error 11032 appears.

When trying to clone with Acronis True Image bootable CD, I am informed that there is no data on the disk.


Thanks for your help.


A:Dynamic vs Basic Disk

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Hey yall,

A friend and I were talking today, and he said he got quite a performance increase by switching his drives from basic to dynamic.

I read some on this, and I am very confused.

Would someone be kind enough to tell the pros and cons of this...


--XP Pro / Seagate 40G Master / WD 60G Slave.

A:Basic To Dynamic Disk Xp Pro

I guess my first question, before attempting any sort of explanation would be. What sort of "performance increase" was he seeing or experiencing? Performance increase is a rather generic term, and I would prefer to understand how it applies to the question you ask.Here is an explanation of what Basic and Dynamic Disks are. Click HereAnd here is: How To Convert to Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP ProfessionalBe (Dynamically) SafeDa Bleepin AniMod, Animal

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Which method to use if i ave only one disk and Windows installed on it?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

A:Dynamic disk to basic

Option 4 would work, but definitely back up your data first.

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How do I format a 2nd HDD?

Primary master: WD 80 GB IDE, running Win 2000
primary slave: CD burner IDE

2ndary master: WD 80 GB IDE, no data
2ndary slave: CD burner

external DVD burner, USB 2.

Sempron 2800+; 768 MB DDR; MSI motherboard KM4M-V; I've used the system for > 6 months.

I have installed an SATA board, but no drives are presently attached to it.

In "my computer" the 2ndary master does not appear, because it has not been formatted. The drive will be used only for storage.

I edited the registry per;en-us;317587 in an effort to Disable the Upgrade Basic Disks to Dynamic Disks Functionality. I re-booted, logged on as a member of the Admin group, but the wizard appeared again.

Thanks fo ryour help.


Disk management displays 2ndary master & spontaneously the "write signature" wizard appears.

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