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Primary Partitions Changed to Simple on Accident?

Q: Primary Partitions Changed to Simple on Accident?

So, there was some unallocated space on my hard drive and I tried to create a new volume out of it using Windows' Disk Management, but I noticed that the color key for all the partitions suddenly changed from dark blue (primary partitions) to olive (simple volumes)... I canceled the action after that because it was asking me to format other drives. I wasn't trying to change those, and I've used Disk Management dozens of times before in the same way without something like this happening.

Anyway, now I can't change them back to primaries... I'm afraid of restarting because I don't know if Windows will be able to boot from this now. It also changed my Linux partition to a simple volume and I don't even know if that will boot properly now.

Is there any way I can change these back to primary partitions without formatting them and/or potentially losing all the data?

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

A: Primary Partitions Changed to Simple on Accident?

You have to remove all data and delete each partition and recreate it

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wondering if this is a limitation of having 4 primary partitions.

my lenovo came with 4 primary partitions (all tagged with dark blue color in diskmgmt):
200mb hidden system
650gb OS

I can shrink the 650gb by say 300gb, and it will make a 350gb unallocated partition.
If i try to create a new simple volume from the 350gb, disk mgmt throws errors saying 'not enough space to complete operation'
please explain to me, having 4 existing primary partitions does not allow creating any type of additional new partition (logical or extended) ?

Can I retag one of the primary partitions as extended using something like ptedit, and then will that allow me to create more logical partitions?

A:4 primary partitions. Shrink works. But can't create new simple volume

Hello Link,

You will not be able to create another primary partition since you already have the limit of 4. However, you could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a logical partition with the unallocated space.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,

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I have a 2TB external hard drive and a 1TB external hard drive.
I got a new 2TB internal hard drive and was installing Windows on it.
On the screen where it showed the connected drives, I stupidly forgot the 2 external drives were still connected. I thought somehow it was breaking up the new 2TB internal drive into 3 separate partitions. I clicked on the two external drives and deleted the partitions because I thought it would merge them. I DID NOT format luckily.
I am in the middle of running the Analyzer using TestDisk on the 2TB external. Since it is a 2TB hard drive, it is analyzing about 10% of the disk per day. So I guess it will take 10 days to finish. Small price to pay if I can recover all the data on these drives. One has all our home movies and photos and the other has all our scanned documents in PDF format. Sigh.
I am wondering if I am doing this the right way with TestDisk? Is there a faster way? When I deleted the partitions, the process took less than a second. The drives were partitioned to used 100% of the drive space. I read the page TestDisk Step By Step but still not sure if there isn't an easier way for my particular blunder. Nothing should be corrupted. Just deleted.
Thank you!

A:Deleted Partitions By Accident Please Help

Yes it should be faster. I thought there were two levels to the restore deleted partitions and only the deeper level involves scanning the surface for old deleted partitions.

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Hello, I recently purchased Dell XPS 8700 that came with a 2tb harddive formatted with GPT. The computer came with Windows 8, and I wanted to downgrade to Windows 7. However the windows installer wouldn't install on any of the current partitions, so I deleted every partition with gParted and proceeded to install Windows 7 successfully onto the one giant partition. Since I deleted all the GPT partition information (Idiotically), I am unable to make more partitions and dual boot.

So my questions are: Is my harddrive as of right now in MBR or GPT? And how would I add the GPT partitions back, as in the primary and secondary GPT headers?

Edit: I am attempting to dual boot with Xubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 Professional, both 64bit and the computer has the UEFI, I think. Am I better off using MBR or GPT to dual boot? I only want two OS's and a shared data partition.

A:Deleted all the GPT Partitions by accident

Since I deleted all the GPT partition information (Idiotically), I am unable to make more partitions and dual boot.

Deleting all GPT partitions is a recommended step to downgrade "Windows 8" as "Windows 7" is known to not much liking GPT based UEFI boot mode. Although "Win 7" 64 bit edition may boot from a GPT disk, i prefer MBR partitioning especially in case of dual booting with Linux.The only mistake you made here is not to partition the disk at the time of install. Fortunately you can split the single large "C" partition to two or three small partitions with the help of "Partition Wizard" free edition.
Download link : 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.
What you need to do is first shrink/resize "C" and create one or more new partitions using the free space.
How to shrink partition : Shrink Windows partition with partition manager - MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Video guide : How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

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I just bought a cheap laptop from Walmart yesterday with windows 7. I am not a fan of it so I wanted to see if I could dual boot windows xp. Luckly it is a IDE machine not sata. So I Downloaded a copy of windows xp (I have a license key for all the people who would shun me for it, it is paid for). Well when I was making a new partition to install windows xp on I set the new partition to active, rebooted and wala, my computer won't boot because I'm a bone head sometimes. I have access to another windows 7 comp that is Extremly slow and I put emphasis on Extremly. What is the quickest most direct path I can take to get my comp booting again. Other comp has a cd burner and I have an external hd if I need it.

A:Set blank partition to active primary on accident, now won't boot.

Obviously, you need to move the Active flag back to the original volume.

You can do that if you attach your other comp to it so you can see the volume - then use disk mgmt or diskpart, or any partition manager to do the job.

Otherwise, you will need to get something that you can boot on your sick comp - PW free cd is pretty good.

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

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Dont ask me how, but I ended up installing Windows7 twice on two seperate partitions. I now have two "Windows 7" options when my boot screen comes up. I obviously only ment to install it once so I want to get rid of the second Windows 7 option on the boot screen (and the bootscreen itself aswell actually).

How do I remove the Windows7 installation thats on partition "D"?


A:Installed Win7 twice by accident (two diff partitions)

Hello Rets, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While running the Windows 7 that is installed on the first C: partition, you can removed the second Windows 7 on the D: partition using this tutorial below.

Afterwards, you could format the D: partion from within the Computer window to use to place backups on, or delete the D: partition and extend C: back into it to have one larger drive again.

Hope this helps,

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I was going to check if my external HDD needed to be defragged. I was in the wee window that asks about checking the disk for errors and decided to do that, there's always two options, one is always automatically ticked and there's another one that said something about find and attempt to restore corrupt files, that is never ticked and I never choose it, until today. All I noticed was it found 1024 files, and I clicked proceed, it processed or fixed etc and i went back to the pc after an hour and decided just to cancel as it seemed to be stuck at 2025 files checked.
Once i clicked cancel I couldn't get access to my external HDD and when I right on 'My Computer' it says it's NTFS files and is full but windows can't get access to it, i thought i'd try restoring it and i can see that out of the 1TB I have used 330GB which is what my disk was like before my mistake.
as with most people I have all my most important stuff saved there away from my C drive.
Ok, sorry for waffling on, can anyone tell me if I am able to restore my drive back to what it was (Would that have been FAT32 files?)

A:Changed HDD to NTFS by accident

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Hi all, I am new here so nice to meet you.
I have annoying problem. I was reinstalling xp and I created a new partition (not very familiar with what this means), and so now my c drive has changed its name to e. I have been to windows website none of the processes work (disk management ect), the computer just wont let me either delete the new partition or change the names of the drives. I know this is touchy buisness so I dont want to proceed until I know what I am doing.
Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Changed C drive's name to E by accident

Personally, I'd find it much easier to figure out what's going on here if I could see what Disk Manager says. You don't seem to have a very good grasp on disk terminology, so if you could take a screenshot of a fully expanded Disk Manager, (right click My Computer, select manage, on the right side of the screen choose disk management) then I can get back to you with much more specific advice.

Edit: To take a Screen shot, press print screen on your keyboard, and then paste into an image program such as paint. Save the resulting file, and then upload it to a site such as photobucket which will host the image for you for free. (You have to sign up for a free account first.) After uploading to an image hosting site, the site will provide you with several links that you can use to post the image here on this forum.

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Hi everyone,
1st of all I am sorry if this the wrong section to post this and, im BEGGING you to please help me. As the title says, i lost my partition table.

Here is what i did and help me please,

For past couple of weeks my hp g6(spec is filled on my profile. See below if it is necesory pleas) notebook was lagging and having one or two bsods everytime i turn it on. As I was having my semester exams, i kept it in sleep without shuting down regularly due to this errors.

And today, i decided to restore to a image whch i had saved just after clean win instalation and essential software like antivirus, firewall and office.

So I boot into winpe enviorenment with macrium rescue disk. And i did folowing things as usual. Bt except for one.

1. I formated my c: partition which i had windows installed.

2. I formated my 100mb reserved area and after formating, as usual it showed 86mb of free space.

3. Then, i wanted to clear wipe my c: completly becuz of I had once restored one of recent image but it didnt solve the problem.

4. I opened command prompt in WinPE and launched disk part console.

This is where i screwed up.

5. So I selected my notebook drive, which is disk 0 and then, I thought that I have selected my partition 1( i was reading some more commands in console and thatz why i got confuced i think).

6. I executed clean command ( without any parameters, not clean all. ONLY CLEAN) :'(

7. Then I saw my all partitions are gone and this is what i ... Read more

A:diskpart/clean by accident....need to recover partitions,begging :'(

Hello mate ... I just can suggest you only one thing, try the Partition Recovery Wizard . (there is a video link too, on how to do it) of the Partition Wizard Bootable CD . Download it using any computer , burn the downloaded iso in a blank disk, and boot your computer with that disk.

It might take a long time, so please have patience.

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my windows 7 stuffed I can't use my main pc I changed the extensions from exe to RAR archiver.accident.

I can't restore late point because i changed all of extension [exe]

does anybody know where is application exe ? so I can change it back .
help me please

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I'm far from a computer expert, other than games I don't know much at all.

I was trying to get a file for a game to work so I turned to google for help, It looks like I've gone onto something I shouldn't have.

The instruction on the website was to click start and type "Shell32.dll" into the search box.
The next instruction was to open it with Notepad, which I did... The box saying something like "always open using this program" was ticked.

After spending time googling what I'd just done it seems like that was a huge mistake, I have no idea how to change it back to its original state.
So far everything seems to be fine but from what I read on another site the shell32.dll file has something to do with the start up so I haven't turned my laptop off yet.

A:Solved: Changed Shell32.dll to notepad by accident!

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With the Nvidia Forceware, I accidently changed the screen refresh rate of my desktop to 75. As soon as I did it, my LCD monitor just went black, and said "No Signal". I can see that the computer is still working, because I managed to get it to restart by guesswork and the help of the windows key, but theres no input going to the monitor!
I'm running Windows XP Media Centre

Please help!

A:Solved: I changed my screen refresh rate by accident!

Boot to Safe Mode or Enable VGA mode and see if that will let you set the refresh rate back to what your LCD will handle.

Tap F8 during startup to get the Startup options menu


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I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I have two primary partitions (C and D).
Is it ok to have two primary partitions or should I convert D drive into a logical partition?

A:Is having two primary partitions ok?

Hello Nishadrox,

Yes, that's perfectly fine.

MBR disks supports up to 4 Primary partitions or 3 Primary partitions and 1 Extended partition with up to 128 logical volumes in the extended partition.

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Hey, I am sorry if this is in the wrong category, But I didn't know where to place it.

I was wondering if there is any way to have more than the default 4 primary partitions. It's not me having 4 partitions up running, but it is my HP computer. What I have on my partitions:

C: My main drive.
HP_TOOLS: Eh.. I don't know
RECOVERY (D) : My recovery partition. I am not allowed to access it or delete it.
SYSTEM: I think that this is the partition windows stores the files needed to launch.

So, All my 4 primary partitions are used up by my PC.

What I need another primary partition for? Well, I want to have windows 8 AND windows 7 running on the same machine. I will buy Windows 8 if I like it. And/or have Linux running on it.

Please help me, If it even is possible. If it isn't possible, It will be time for me to buy a new PC with Win8 pre-installed, and use this PC as testing PC.

Windows 7
500 GB harddrive

A:More than 4 primary partitions?

Please post a screenshot of disk management window, like this:

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I can't create 4 primary partitions on my hd, why? I can only create 3 primary partitons and an extended one.

A:Why only 3 primary partitions?

I have resolved by creating partitions in Vista Setup.

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My new HP came with Windows 7 installed. I would like to allow my computer to dual boot, but Windows 7 has already installed four primary partitions (SYSTEM, c: WINDOWS, d: RECOVERY, and HP_TOOLS). I am not sure what my options are. Can I merge two or three of the partitions? Is HP_TOOLS important? Can I delete it? Other suggestions? Any help would much appreciated!


A:too many primary partitions

Quote: Originally Posted by tyme


My new HP came with Windows 7 installed. I would like to allow my computer to dual boot, but Windows 7 has already installed four primary partitions (SYSTEM, c: WINDOWS, d: RECOVERY, and HP_TOOLS). I am not sure what my options are. Can I merge two or three of the partitions? Is HP_TOOLS important? Can I delete it? Other suggestions? Any help would much appreciated!


Hello tyme, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

The simplest solution would be to add a second hard drive.

For other options, could you take a screen shot of your Windows 7 Disk Management screen and attach it to a post?


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Well i just recieved my new 80 Gb Hard Drive, and installed it, put on Win XP etc etc, and i looked in XP's Computer Management and it says that i have 2 primary partitions on the one drive - is that normal??? I don't think so...

This is what it says...

.......................|.......................| -----Extended Partition-----|
Primary Partition | Primary Partition | Logical Drive | Logical Drive |

It doesn't report any errors, neither does Partition Magic 7.0...

I thought you were supposed to have 1 primary partition, and the rest was an extended partition containing logical drives???

Or am i a complete buffoon, and this is all normal and ok???

Hope i explained myself properly....

A:2 primary partitions???

Yes, that's just fine.

There are a limit of the number of primary partitions you can have, though.

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Hi, I have a question. When formatting my HD with Diskpart and I'm setting up the partitions do I need to list them all as primary or do I list the OS one as primary? If I list only the OS one as primary what do I need to list the others as?

A:Primary partitions

Hello n10669, welcome to Seven Forums!

Windows needs to be on a Primary so it is bootable as the Windows "System" boot files can't be hosted on an Extended partition; though there is another storage option presented in Method One of this tutorial linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

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I?ve just bought a new laptop - an HP G62 with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled - on which I had been hoping to dual boot Linux. Imagine my dismay then when I discovered that HP in their wisdom have used up all four primary partitions as follows:

1. System 199MB
2. (C:) 219GB
3. (D:) Recovery 13.56GB
4. (E:) HP Tools 103MB

I am seriously considering therefore whether to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch and partition the drive the way I want it, rather than the way HP thinks I want it. As I assume there is no way of extracting the Windows operating system from the files on the recovery partition, I need to give some thought to how to achieve this.

I already have a desktop computer with Windows 7 Home Premium, for which I have the proper MS installation DVD. Both the desktop computer and the new laptop have OEM product IDs in the form of xxxxx-OEM-xxxxxxx-xxxxx, so would it work if I used the desktop?s DVD to do a fresh installation on the HP laptop - but obviously enter the laptop?s Windows Serial Number? Would MS accept that when I activate the installation? I realise of course I would need to download all the necessary hardware drivers for the laptop from the HP site as I assume they too are not separately extractable from the recovery partition. Don?t these computer manufacturers make life hard for us!!

I have created my own Recovery Discs using HP?s Recovery Manager, so I am not bothered about losing the recovery partition. I should be extremely grateful f... Read more

A:HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions

Hello Marrea, welcome to Seven Forums!

As you have created the HP Recovery Disks and I assume you have everything backed-up that you want to save from the lappy. Have a look at these tutorials at the links below, to first, over-write everything on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) so that you have the best possible space to install Windows 7 to and then do a clean install to that space.

You can use the activation key on the sticker attached to the PC to activate the new install though you may have to activate by phone.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Clean Install Windows 7

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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I'd like to post my problem here, don't know for sure if It's the correct forum.
So if I'm wrong, sorry in advance.

I have been through a bunch of forums these days, but none of them seemed to provide me with the answer I'm looking for.

I also found a lot of contradicting answers and views from experienced users/techs

I bought a HP Pavilion dm1-4100ed Netbook with pre-installed W7 and I'd like to partition the HDD.

The current state of my HDD:
* System, active, primary
C:Windows, boot, primary (aprox 483 GB)
D:HP Recovery, primary
E:HP-tools, primary

I tried to shrink C:, that worked....
But, then I ran into the problem that all the pre-installed partitions are primary,
And I'd like to split up the 483 GB into a w7 OS part and a data-part.

Since W7 disk management did not provide me with answers, I installed the freeware partition manager from EaseUs.

I need to convert 1 primary into logical to split up the 483 GB, but Which one?

I'd say C:, but since it is recognised as Boot, I can't convert it.
EaseUs doesn't allow to convert system or boot-drive into logical.

And is it safe to convert a primary recognised as boot (is C: really the Bootr in QW7?) into logical

I also read on numereous forums I should leave the HP recovery-partition alone, as well as the HP-tools....

My questions;
How can I get out of this situation?
Which partition could I convert safely without losing function?

does anyone have a bit of advice?

Thanks in advance.

A:HP netbook with 4 primary partitions

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to convert C to Logical, then in the shrink space next to it create a Logical NTFS partition. Video help on how to set partition as Primary or Logical.

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On another forum I saw this disk management picture showing 7 primaries on one drive. Is that not a bit odd? The man double boots with Linux - maybe that did it.

A:7 primary partitions on one drive

That's strange...I have also dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 but I got only 2 primary partitions.

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I'm looking into setting up a dual boot and I discovered that I have 2 Primary partitions on my hard drive in addition to the backup partition. One of the Primaries is my C: (main) drive and the other is un-named. My question is, can I repurpose the un-named primary partion? I have included a screenshot (in attachment) for clarification.

A:2 Active Primary Partitions?

Yes. Have a look at this.

Partition or Volume - Delete

How to Re-Partition a Hard Drive - YouTube

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First I'd like to say that this is my first post on this site, if I've posted on the wrong forum do let me know. I picked general discussion because it seemed to be the most correct one to post this kind of issue.

I have an Acer Aspire 5920G from way back which originally came with Vista, but I upgraded to Windows 7 a while ago as I like it more and it is compatible according to windows 7 upgrade advisor.

I want to know if can put all the stuff I need to keep the laptop up and going into one of the drives(C drive), and format the other drive(D drive) for personal use.

I want to do this because at the moment they both have used space but I don't know for what. I'd like to use the C drive for all the stuff the laptop needs, and empty the D drive and only put stuff in there of my own choice. Like my private files, pictures, university documents etc, and I have 100GB+ of those. I have been mingling around with the laptop recently myself as well, like removing the windows.old folder and some minor changes here and there(dont know if that is of importance or not).

Under computer-manage-disk management it says that both drives are primary partitions.

Here is a picture of the disk management;

You can see the C and D drive, but I have no idea what the two empty ones above them are.

Please keep in mind that I'm IT illiterate. If there is any information regarding the laptop that I can give to aid the question, ask away.

A:How to combine two primary partitions into one.

Ideally, that`s what you want, a drive for windows and a drive for your stuff and maybe an image.

Here is how to post a proper image of disk management, you have no link there.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Are you sure you have 2 hard drives ?

Or do you mean 2 partitions on 1 hard drive ?

Post the pic of disk management for us.

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Recently I make new partition using "AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition 5.2"
but my both new partitions goes to logical how can I make them back to primary because I wanna install windows xp on new partition but setup shows an error while installing " you have no hard drive to install the windows xp...
please help me friends.

here is screenshot:

A:Logical Partitions to primary

1. You cannot make another primary because you already have 3 primaries plus 1 extended partition. That is the maximum. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PLAY WITH IT. You will regret it because all your partitions would be converted to dynamics - a real problem.

2. You do not need a primary partition to install XP. A logical partition will be OK because the XP bootmgr will go into your D partition. That looks like the 'active' partition. Check in Disk Management.

3. On any system you really only need 1 primary partition - for the 'active' partition.

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Hello everybody

I just got myself a new Tecra S11 with Win7 64 and there's one thing that wonders me a littlebit.
There are four partitions in total, for sure there's the Recovery one (1.46 GB) and the System one (256.38 GB), but then there are also two primary partitions (8.86 and 31.38 GB) without any displayed use or file system. There's no non-allocated space.

Can somebody tell me what these two partitions are for ? Because I want to split the system partition up to store my data on a separated one, if possible I also want to use that "unknown" space then ;)

Besides that: Don't worry, I already made recovery DVDs.


A:Tecra S11 - What are the two primary partitions for?

This is funny: I just recreated the entire Harddrive using the recovery DVDs, now the two primary partitions are gone and the space is integrated into the system one, lovely :)

Is this maybe a faulty pre installation ?

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My Boot Partition (C Drive) is around 97.5GB and I want to extend the volume to around 150GB. So I made into partitions. Look at the picture. I want to merge both the C and G drives. When I select C drive and the select merge partitions, it shows that it can only be merged with D drive. I can't merge C and G drives. Please someone help me!

A:Merging Two Primary Partitions.

That`s because it`s not next to C, just extend C into D (but D is a Logical partition, so that may be an issue.) You can change it to a Primary partition if you want to, but do not try to do it with windows disk management, it won`t let you, use the program you have there, and please read any warning messages before proceeding.

If you try to make more then 4 Primary partitions on a MBR disk, it will turn that disk from Basic to Dynamic ( YOU DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN ) and you will certainly get a warning message before you try.

I recommend using Partition Wizard over any other partitioning program.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

What is on G and why is it marked Active ?

Please post a full shot of Disk Management before going any further.

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My Boot Partition (C Drive) is around 97.5GB and I want to extend the volume to around 150GB. So I made into partitions. Look at the picture. I want to merge both the C and G drives. When I select C drive and the select merge partitions, it shows that it can only be merged with D drive. I can't merge C and G drives. Please someone help me!

A:Merging Two Primary Partitions.

That`s because it`s not next to C, just extend C into D (but D is a Logical partition, so that may be an issue.) You can change it to a Primary partition if you want to, but do not try to do it with windows disk management, it won`t let you, use the program you have there, and please read any warning messages before proceeding.

If you try to make more then 4 Primary partitions on a MBR disk, it will turn that disk from Basic to Dynamic ( YOU DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN ) and you will certainly get a warning message before you try.

I recommend using Partition Wizard over any other partitioning program.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

What is on G and why is it marked Active ?

Please post a full shot of Disk Management before going any further.

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Is it better to make all partitions on a disk primary partitions, even if they do not contain an operating system, i.e., they are data partitions? (Presuming that you don't need more than 4 partitions on a disk.)

This is the way I'm setup now - all my partitions are primary partitions - and it's based on something I read about two years ago. Of course, technology never stands still, so it may be that the original reason for doing this no longer applies. (Or possibly I misunderstood the advice I read. )

According to what I read: The starting and ending sectors of a primary partition are listed in the partition table, so these partitions are easy to find (and back up). The start and end sectors of a logical partition are stored in the previous and current logical partition. Logical partitions are then strung together in a chain, with the current logical partition pointing to the location of the next logical, etc.

This is not an issue until you have disk problems. Let's say, for example, that you have six logical partitions. Something happens on your disk to corrupt logical partition 3. The result is a corrupted logical 3 partition and an inability to find logical partitions 4, 5, and 6. They are still on the disk, but it may take forensic tools to recover them.

Is the above correct and, therefore, it is better to have primary partitions by default?

A:Are Primary Partitions Preferred?

I have not heard of that issue, but........

I don't see any reason NOT to use primary partitions unless forced to logicals. I'm not aware of any obvious advantage to having logicals for data partitions.

I'd like to hear about advantages to logicals myself, if any.

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I wish to hold some programs and some data on non-system partitions with no boot requirements.

What are the benefits (performance and otherwise) of using a partition :-
Logical on my MBR style HDD
Primary on my MBR style HDD
Primary on my GPT style HDD

I have adequate unused space on both the HDD,
My system is on an OCZ SSD
My motherboard is not uEFI capable hence cannot boot GPT.


A:Benefits of GPT vs MBR Primary and MBR Logical Partitions ?

From the user's standpoint there really is no perceptible difference in partition type for user data and installed programs. In everyday use the F: drive is the F: drive and neither you or the system give a hoot about it's type.

The main benefits of GPT partitions are compliance with the requirements of UEFI systems, the recognition and use of partitions or hard drives larger than 2.2TB, and the ability to have up to 128 primary partitions.
If none of the partitions on a data hdd are larger than 2.2TB then you do not need GPT to use them.

The main benefit of a MBR primary partition is the ability to boot an OS from it.
Windows creates primary partitions first by default. The reason: "why not?".

The main benefit of a logical drive is that it allows a MBR disk to have more than 4 partitions, since a MBR disk is limited to only 4 primary partitions.
A logical drive does not perform any faster, slower, or differently than a primary partition.

Be careful when creating that 5th partition on a MBR disk. You do not want the system to create a Dynamic Disk. Make sure it is going to create a logical drive.

So you just decide what you have and what you need to do. Don't over-think it.
Hope that helps!

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I am trying to install Fedora OS on my laptop for dual booting because I need to use Linux for work. However, from what I found on the internet, I am only allowed to have 4 primary partitions on a hard drive.

Currently, I have four primary partitions ( my laptop came with two partitions C:\ and D:\ and two hidden partitions. A 16 Gb recovery partition and 200 Mb partition. See attached. )

I am tryin to install Fedora on the unallocated space at the end of the hard drive, but am pretty sure I can't because I already have four primary partitions.

Is it possible to maybe combine the 200 Mb and 16 Gb partitions?
Or is it possible to change the D:\ drive into an extended partition and install Fedora as a logical partition in the D:\ drive?



A:Can I Reduce the Number of Primary Partitions?

I have no idea if Linux will run from an extended partition.

But you can get rid of that recovery partition if you have no intention of ever using it or if you have made a set of recovery disks that serve the same purpose.

And you can get rid of that system reserved partition if you first move your boot files from it to C.

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I just bought a new laptop - an ASUS N550JV - with a single 1TB hard drive. I specifically sought a 1TB hard drive because I intend to store a lot of photos on the laptop and already have over 600GB of photo data to store.

When I got the laptop the first thing I did was to go through the windows update process to get everything up to date, then I upgraded to Windows 8.1 (the laptop came with Windows 8), then I ran the windows update again until everything was up to date.

It was only then that I opened up file explorer with the intention of setting up a basic folder structure for the files I planned to transfer to the laptop. I was dissapointed, at that point, to discover that instead of a single 1TB C: drive, I saw a 370+ GB C: drive and a 530GB + D drive. I confirmed with system information that there is indead just a single drive, and that it thus came partitioned into 2 primary volumes (which, btw, still don't add up to 1TB BTW!). This setup really doesn't work for me, because the "larger" volume is still too small for all my photos, and it would be illogical and inconvenient to have to split up the photos so that some were on the C drive and some on the D drive.

I'm not super tech savy, so I asked a somewhat more tech savy family member if I could somehow merge the two partitions back into one primary drive, or at least re-size them so that the D drive had at least, say, 750GB, and shrink the C drive accordingly. He pointed me to the Disk... Read more

A:How can I merge primary partitions with recovery between?

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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So, I want to have Windows 7 Home Premium 86x and 64x versions installed on my PC with dualboot. I have 86x version of Windows 7 installed already. So, for 64x version, I have to create a new partition. The problem is, I already have 4 primary partitions, so I can't create a new one (I read somewhere that Windows have to be installed on a primary partition). Here is the picture:
(Don't mind disk 2, it's just the external drive).

If I try to create a partition on "Unallocated", Acronis Disk says this:

My question is, which of these partitions on disk 1 can I safely convert to logical? If I am wrong here and I still won't be able to create a new primary partition for Windows to be installed on, please let me know. I'm really not so good at this things.

A:Changing primary partitions to logical

This tutorial will help you to make the new partition as logical.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

The local volume can be converted to logical safely. At first you are to back the entire data of the volume up . Then Boot into Partition Wizard live CD (download link is there in the tutorial). Now format the partition as logical .

Edit : I guessed that windows is not installed in Local Volume; it is in boot. I dont ues acronis. If you cam post a snip of your disk management window it would be easier to understand the situation more properly .

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Hi everyone,

I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on my Acer V3-571G and I've decided that I want to install Windows 8 on a separate partition and setup the system for dual booting. My problem as the title states is that 4 primary partitions already exist on this HDD. The recovery partition and the system reserved are 2 of it. The C drive is where my current OS is installed and the F drive is where I have my movies, files, games etc stored. My plan was to reallocate some of the space of the F drive to a new partition which is where I'll install windows 8. But I can't create a 5th primary drive.
I thought about changing the F drive to a logical drive but I'm not sure whether that will destroy the files stored in it and I don't currently have another medium to backup up my data to. Plus I heard that an OS can't boot from those so now I'm at lost. I've attached a picture of the disk management to help you all. I also have Paragon Hard Disk Manager if that helps.


A:Need to dual boot Win 7 and 8 but HDD already has 4 primary partitions

Hello mate, as a start have a look through the Method Two of the tutorial linked below for some ideas.

The second tutorial may also be a help.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions

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I accidentally converted my Primary Partition into Simple Volume. Please view the exact story in the attached image files, and tell me how can I revert my partition to be Primary Partitions.

A:Primary Partition Became Simple Volume

Did you mean to say you made your disk Dynamic ?

Didn`t you get a message warning you it could turn to Dynamic ?

You can`t have more than 4 primary partitions on 1 hard drive in windows, or it will turn the disc to dynamic.

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I have bought a new 500GB internal hdd. Now I want to install windows 7 on it. I want to create 4 partitions like below:

C: Windows .......... Primary 64.4GB
D: .......... Primary 99.9GB
E: .......... Logical 99.9GB
F: .......... Logical 99.9GB
(System Reserved 100MB)

I have a windows 7 installation cd and also a third party bootable partition software (easus p.m).
Problems I'm facing are...
1. How to create those 2 primary and 2 logical drives?
2. Why the sizes 64.4 and 99.9, can't they be 65 and 100?
3. Can I simply install win 7 on a single 64GB partition and leave the rest unallocated, then create rest of the partitions later?

It's my first time so I'm kind of confused. Any detail guidance would be in my great assistance. Pls pardon any mistakes.

A:How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk

If you install Windows to unallocated space it will create System Reserved and [C] partitions, both partitions will be primary.

The System Reserved will have the boot manager and be the Active partition.
The [C] partition is where Windows will be installed, and be the Boot partition as seen in Disk Management.

If you pre-define a partition to install Windows on, it will be the Active partition having the Boot Manager, and the Windows OS.
That's my experience, with Legacy BIOS, and MBR disks.

I don't know what you are going to use [D] for, and why you want it as Primary.
I prefer Logical partitions for all except the partition that has the boot code, that partition MUST be primary.

You can use Minitool Partition Wizard (free) for better adjusting and fine-tuning the new HD partitions.
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

Make sure you have your current HD, OS, and DATA backed up completely on a different device, before making any changes.
Use a program such as Macrium Reflect free for the creating a Backup Image of the OS partition.

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Hello to all!

Why windows 7 and windows 8 introduced a limitation when using Disk Management, and is NOT possible to create more than 3 Primary Partitions?

However, using DiskPart from command line it is VERY possible, no warnings or notices.

Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: PAINKILLER
Microsoft DiskPart version 6.3.9600
DISK - Display a list of disks. For example, LIST DISK.
PARTITION - Display a list of partitions on the selected disk.
For example, LIST PARTITION.
VOLUME - Display a list of volumes. For example, LIST VOLUME.
VDISK - Displays a list of virtual disks.
DISKPART> list disk
Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 931 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 3818 MB 0 B
Disk 2 Online 149 GB 107 GB
DISKPART> select disk 2
Disk 2 is now the selected disk.
DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.
DISKPART> create partition primary size=30000
DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
DISKPART> create partition primary size=35000
DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
DISKPART> create partition primary size=50000
DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
DISKPART> create partition primary
DiskPart succeeded in cr... Read more

A:Only 3 Primary Partitions, Disk Management windows 7 and 8

Maybe there already are 4 primary partitions and you're thinking only 3?

Let's see a Disk Management screenshot, if interested in posting one.

I recommend latest Acronis Disk Director to manage partitions. Others on here seem to like Easus products.

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This is from a blog post I am doing. The questions are at the bottom

<strong>A Word on Primary/Extended/Logical Partitions
</strong>The difference between primary, extended, and logical partitions, to say the least, greatly confused me. Here's what you need to know. When you partition a drive you have the option of choosing the new partition to be primary or extended.

Primary partitions are partitions
<li>from which you can boot an OS</li>
<li> automatically get assigned to a device location</li>
<li> partitioning them must involve the assignment of a filesystem (ntfs, ext4, FAT32, and the like)</li>
<li>have a maximum number of 4 (you can only have 4 primary partitions on any given single hard disk)</li>

Extended partitions
<li>have unlimited count per hard disk (there's no 4 maximum, like with primary partitions)</li>
<li>do not get automatically assigned a device location (nor drive letter in windows)</li>
<li>do NOT get formatted with a filesystem (filesystems are assigned later)</li></ol>

Here's a very helpful diagram from gparted.

"IMAGE of parittions

Now I made this overly complicated to illustrate the different partitioning types:

<li>Partition 1, NTFS, Primary, 300GB,<strong> 1/4 Primary</strong>
<li>Partition 2, NTFS, Primar... Read more

A:Understanding Logical, Primary, and Extended Partitions

Basically, the
if I do linux (ext4) (must be primary for it to be bootable with linux os, right?)
and a swap. Doesn't the swap have to be primary, too? How could it not?

I liked the idea of doing ONE extended with an ext4 and a linux-swap as two logical partitions within the extended, but then the ext4 with linux os couldn't boot??
BASICALLY: If you make an extended partition, (can one of those logical partitions be used as linux swap)? AND NONE of those logical partitions (nor the extended) one can boot from, correct??

This is slightly irksome and the 4 primary partition limit seems unnecessary.
(please don't bother responding if you've never worked with these three types of partitions)

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Ok i know this sounds stupid (hey, it's windows) but how do I end up with 7 primary partitions? I thought you could only have 4. Anyway, one of my partitions no longer has a drive letter so I can't access anything on it. I'm unable to right click it in disk Management to add one, the option is grayed out (see pic).

1st partition = 100MB win7 boot
2nd partition = the windows OS on it's own 50G partition
3rd partition = 50G FreeBSD Unix (this is a multi-boot system)
4th partition = 500G data partition, the one that lost it's drive letter D:.
5th, 6th, and 7th partitions are Linux partitions and the last one looks like an extended partition by the green outline.

I've used this system successfully since last year when win7 came out. It's worked pretty good but all of a sudden it lost the drive letter for the 500G data partition. I have no idea what happened or how to get it back. Any ideas?

A:Can't add drive letter to partition, have 7 primary partitions

Shot in the dark:

As you said, you can only have 4 Primary Partitions. I suspect that Windows knows this and is therefore saying "Well that can't be right" and assuming its made a mistake and won't let you assign drive letters.

If you get it down to 4 partitions again, it will probably let you assign letters.

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I have four primary partitions (System, C: , D: , E: ) and some free space in my Win10 laptop. Now, I want to make create an extended partition which will hold C, D & E as logical partition. How can I do it without loosing data (i don't have a spare hard disk where I can backup the data).

A:How to convert primary partitions to logical partition

MiniTool Partition Wizard free has an option to set a partition as logical. Not sure how it would work. I would delete that HP_TOOLS partition. I've never used mine. But if you want to keep it, you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard free to move the HP_TOOLS partition to the end of the drive, and that would put the unallocated space next to D: drive where it could be added to D: drive - or D: Drive could then be moved over and the free space added to C: Drive.

Just curious - if you don't want to actually create a new partition, why do you want to convert your current partitions to logical?

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I am trying to create 5 partitions on one of my drives but for some reason I can only get 4 set up. After 4, the last empty part of the drive won't give me the option of making it a partition.
If I try to make the 4th primary or if I make it extended, I can't use that last 10 gb's as another partition. Only if I combine the 4th and 5th part into just a 4th partition will it work out. But I really want this 5th partition.
Windows tells me that I can only have 4 primary which is why I tried to go the route of making the 4th and 5th extended - then logical.

Not working, all I get is details option on that last drive and no create a partition option.

Thanks in advance.

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My machine has one partition with Vista, one 10GB restore partition and one 47MB FAT16 partition. All are primary partitions.

I want to add an XP partition and another Vista partition. I have a Vista CD so I'm pretty sure I can get rid of the restore partition. The 47MB partition seems to be used for Dell diagnostics. Anyone what the consequences might be if a delete that one?

The assumption I'm making is that each OS needs to be installed in a primary partition.

A:Solved: Triple-booting on a Dell - already have 3 primary partitions

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Dear All,

I am new here, just logged in, because I am sweating now, and I need deperate help.

Here is the config for my sys: AMD Athlon 2800+ on a Asus K8V-X MoBo. I owned 40GB and 20GB Seagate PATA. The 20 was my primary master.

I bought a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB SATA a few days ago and have been trying to install it. I have it successfully setup as my primary now, and the Win XP Sp2 is setup up here. (while setup, I had disconnected my other 2 IDEs)

So, then I decided to connect them and transfer all the data to the SATA, since I want to get rid of the IDE HDDs.

I connect the 20GB, while bootup, it takes some extra time than usual. Once XP is loaded and running, I open explorer and theres no 20gb HDD at all! Upon further investigation, it tells me that the 20GB is an 'unpartitioned space' !!! I rushed to my friends PC and there, Win as well as Linux tell me its unpartitioned!!

Holy god! And the same thing with my 40GB too! I don't understand it! Now I'm in deep trouble. Both my HDDs are 'unpartitioned' and I have all the data I have been working on for years on them!

Please please help me. I want to recover my data back as well as understand why this is happening.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Warm Regards,
Rahul Sangole.

A:Just lost two IDE Primary and Seconday partitions to SATA - Help - Please - Urgent

Welcome to the world of SATA and RAID.

If your hard drives were configured for RAID - normally, I would say reinstall every thing the way you used to have it. BUT, since there is no backup of your data, well, you live and learn. In a RAID configuration - if one hard drive goes down (basically speaking) all RAID drives go down. That's why I mentioned putting every thing back as it was.

Contact ASUS tech support - this is your best bet for SAFEMODE DATA RECOVERY in a RAID system.


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I have build in an SSD. The original partitions on the hard drive were C: (Primary), D: (logical), EL (logical) and F: (Logical) end the SSD as H: (primary) and I: primary). Booting the system was done from C: Now as I force my computer to boot from the HDD it still boots from HDD-C: When booting from the SSD I see C: being the SSD, from the HDD I in the explorer I see only the Original D: E: and F: drives. What I want to do is dividing the space now used by the HDD-S: among the D:, E: and F: partition. How can I achieve this without completely cleaning the whole HDD

A:How to remove a primary partition while keeping the logical partitions

It would really help if we could see a screenshot of Disk Management.

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I have problem because during changing drive letters I accidentaly set Storage Driver to
Primary Active Partition. Because of that I have problem to boot one SDD.
Message BootManagerMissing.
With other I Boot normal but have two Primary Active Partition.
I want C to be Primary Active Boot and Storage to be like before.
How to do that.

A:Accidentally Changed Primary Partition

Welcome to the forum,

Just go back in and mark D as inactive,

This will show you how.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

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I posted this on a Toshiba-specific forum too, but I'm thinking I'll get more responses here...

I have a few questions: (first background questions, and then I'll get to the heart of the issue)

First, on a new Toshiba laptop with factory installed Win7, there are 3 primary partitions - a 1.5GB "MBR-0", a ~10GB "recovery" partition, and the main installation partition. What is the 1.5GB one for, and what's on it? An MBR certainly doesn't need 1.5GB. Does Win7 create that, or is that something unique for Toshiba?

If I'm using a 3rd party boot-manager (BootitNG via an EMBR on its own partition), can I just wipe that 1.5GB partition? And, can the recovery installation be set up to create the Toshiba-Win7 recovery partition (and that 1.5GB one) as extended volumes within the Win7 primary partition, and not to make them as its own new primary partition? But would they function as extended volumes?
And now to the main problem: (the gist of it is, how many partitions will the Win7 recovery disks create? and can I customize it?)

I have a new toshiba c655 laptop that came with Win7 installed. I created the one-time recovery DVDs first thing (it made 4 of them - Disk 1,2,3, and "64-bit environment").

I then wanted to set up a multi-boot system between Win7, and 2 instances of XP (one of which is a fresh install, the other being an image backup off a computer that died). I want each OS on its own primary partition, where each only sees/know... Read more

A:Recover/install Win7 on multiboot system- too many primary partitions?

All of this could be avoided by virtualizing XP in Win7 using Ultimate's XP Mode, Virtual Box or Virtual Player. Most XP apps and drivers which balk can be made to run using Win7 Compatibility Mode

Depends also on how badly you want to keep the current partitioning. The 1.5gb is likely your System Active boot partition (check in Disk Mgmt) containing utilities that you may not even want since Win7 has better versions. You can see what's on it by showing hidden folders. I would also check the free space because you could keep it, since its best to have a boot partition with multi-boots - which can be installed to Logical Extended sub-partitions as long as there is a boot partition marked Active for them to place their boot files upon.

After installing and imaging XP to Logical Extended sub-partitions created as fourth partition in Disk Mgmt, you'll need to add Win7 and the XP image to the multi-boot menu using EasyBCD 2.0 Add OS tab. This will need to be done from the installed XP since it will capture the boot when installed last, or you can mark Win7 active and use Startup Repair from the Win7 Repair CD to start Win7 and add both XP's using EasyBCD 2.0 which works better from Win7:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
System Repair Disc - Create
Welcome to EasyBCD 2.0! &#x2014; The NeoSmart Files
Partition - Mark as Active
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

What I would do is make my Recovery Disks, wipe the HD and clean reinstall Win7 for much better p... Read more

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My new HP Zbook 15 laptop has a 500GB HDD with four primary partitions. Partition 1 is labeled "SYSTEM". Partition 2 is the Windows C: drive. Partition 3 is HP_RECOVERY. Partition 4 is HP_TOOLS. All but the Windows partition are pretty small. The Windows C: drive is 450GB, and the NTFS volume in it was originally the same size.

I turned off hibernation, system recovery, and the page file, rebooted, then used diskmgmt.msc to shrink the C: drive. That appeared to work only partially. The disk management tool shows that the capacity of the C: volume is now 240 GB, but the primary partition that it resides in is still 450GB. It didn't shrink along with the volume.

My original thought was to use the space freed from the Windows partition to create another partition for a Linux LVM. However, since the partition didn't shrink, there wasn't any free space to utilize. I realize now that it wouldn't have worked anyway because there are already four primary partitions.

To get what I want, I think I will have to back up and delete the HP_RECOVERY and HP_TOOLS partitions (#3 and #4), then shrink the Windows partition (the volume inside it is already shrunk), then create a new partition #3 and restore the HP_RECOVERY partition, then create an extended partition #4, create a logical partition in it for HP_TOOLS, then create another logical partition in the extended partition for my LVM volume.

Does that approach sound like it will work? What can I use to back... Read more

A:Backup, shrink, rearrange primary partitions to create extended?

Best thing you can do is post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can better visualize what you described.

Good tools:

Macrium for partition backup via an image file.

Partition Wizard 8.1.1 for creating and configuring partitions.

Generally, when you shrink a partition, you are left with "unallocated space", which you can then reassign with either Windows Disk Management or Partition Wizard.

Have you made a set of HP recovery disks? I'd do that before deleting the HP recovery partition unless you are going on record as never having any interest in restoring to "out of the box" state.

HP may put boot files in some cuckoo location too, so I'd wait for more input on that. On a typical home build, boot files would be in "system reserved", but I'm not sure what HP may have done.

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I tried to hook up my TV as a secondary monitor, but accidentally made it primary. Now my screen on my laptop shows nothing and has no icons. How do I revert back to making my laptop screen the primary monitor? I cannot locate the properties screen when I access it because it ends up on the screen in which it thinks is primary and I cannot access it. Please help.

A:Accidentally Changed My Primary Monitor to TV and Cant Revert

Changing screen on a laptop is useaully done with the FN + ONE OTHER KEYS, you

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Hi there!

I've been trying for the past hours to delete two logical drives so as to obtain some unallocated space that I could (in theory) transform into two new and shinny primary drives, on which I wish to reinstall XP, one as my main partition, the other to try out new programs.

Of course, things didn't work out that way!

So, now I'm stuck with my system on a logical drive (C {Boot},

some free space which I can only turn into a new logical drive

and my data on another primary partition without Windows on it, but still saying (E {System}

Whenever I try using Fdisk from a floppy to create new partitions, they always show-up as logical drives...

Any ideas? The worst thing is that I've done this many times in the past and can't figure out what I'm missing today!



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I am running windows 7 32 bit, my original intention was to dual boot 64 bit, since I have a 64 bit CPU, and just bought 8GB RAM that isn't being utilized. I just got this laptop, used, about a month ago. I just got done uninstalling unwanted software, and installing the stuff I wanted, etc. So I was in no mood to do a fresh install with 64 bit.

I tried to create a partition to install W7 64bit using disk management. I did "shrink partition" hoping to create a 20GB partition for the OS. At the very last box, I get a message saying, If I create a simple volume....blah, blah, blah, something about booting an OS... now this would scare most people off, and it did scare me off, at first.... I downloaded a partition manager program, and tried a few things that way, with no luck. I kept going back to disk management (windows) and finally clicked yes, thinking that the worst thing that would happen is that I would render 20GB of a 500GB drive unusable. However, it turned all of the partitions - now 5 of them, into simple volumes.

So, back to my original query, how bad did I screw things up? Is this "reversible?" I'm sure there is no one easy answer to this, as the "research" I have been doing on partitions shows - it is a pretty complex thing.

A:Just changed my whole HD to simple volumes - how doomed am I?

You shouldn't have a problems with your partitions set at (simple).

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Hello everyone,

This is my first post in this forum. I am glad I found it!

Well, I am having trouble booting my Windows 7 after I've made some changes to my disk partitions. Here is what I've done:

Before my changes, I had the following:

Hard Disk: 500 GB partitioned as follows:
Partition 1: Windows XP (boot)
Partition 2: Windows 7
Partition 3: My data
My Win7 used to have letter C: as system drive and everything worked fine. I then decided to remove Windows XP from my machine so I deleted partition 1 and used Linux Parted Magic to reorganize them so I have now:
Partition 1: Windows 7
Partition 2: My data

The problem was I forgot to flag WIN7 partition as "boot" and had problems to boot. Until I figure it out I tried to boot using Win7 DVD and performed a couple "Repair startup problems". Only after I used Parted Magic to flag it as boot partition I could get a boot loader repair done.

Now, my problem: When I boot Win7, it displays a message "Preparing your desktop" for 5 minutes and after that it displays a blank desktop (I can call Task Manager). It also says it could not find my profile. By opening a Command Prompt window here is my surprise: driver letter is changed to "D:"! Probably it is not finding anything because Win7 was installed with system partition as C.

I don't understand why this is happening. Letter C does not seem to be used by anyone. Anyone knows how to solve it?

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A:Problems with driver letter after partitions changed

First of all , just get a Startup Repair , and dont use parted magic or gparted in this time. As windows 7 is installed in your machine, and just bootloader is missing, it will add it.

Your problem was that your windows 7 bootloader was installed in your xp partition, and it is deleted alongwith xp.

If it is still not working, open command prompt and type "DISKPART' and enter.
At diskpart prompt, type "list disk" and enter.
As you have only one disk, it will show Disk 0. Now tyoe "list partition" and enter.
Type "select partition 1" (if it matches with your windows 7 partition), there will be a messege that partition 1is now selected.
Type "active" and enter to set it active.

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In an effort to remove my drive partitions and to have 1 C: drive like I have always been accustomed to, I messed something up and now have an E: drive and the System Reserved F: drive. I have tried to rename E to C, but I get a Virtual Disk Manager error - "The parameter is incorrect". I also deleted an unallocated drive, but I cannot even combine it with my primary (E) drive. It only gives me the option to "Shrink Volume" and not Expand when I right click on the E: drive.

I also changed the drive to Dynamic, so not sure if that was OK or if there is something I should do to correct that as well?

Please see the screenshot I have attached and let me know what I can do to fix this. Thank you all!

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I have a question concerning the recovery of a system image made with windows 7. When I made the backup image, I had 3 partitions on my disk. But, since I didn't need anymore the third partition, I merged my system partition with this third partition thanks to the disk manager utility of windows 7. So now, I have only 2 partitions : system partition and data partition.

So my question is, if I want to restore my backup image, is it a problem if the number of partitions has changed ? In what state I will find my system after restoring the image ?


A:Restoring sytem image when number of partitions changed

Quote: Originally Posted by Jolan42


I have a question concerning the recovery of a system image made with windows 7. When I made the backup image, I had 3 partitions on my disk. But, since I didn't need anymore the third partition, I merged my system partition with this third partition thanks to the disk manager utility of windows 7. So now, I have only 2 partitions : system partition and data partition.

So my question is, if I want to restore my backup image, is it a problem if the number of partitions has changed ? In what state I will find my system after restoring the image ?


Welcome to Sevenforums, Jolan42!

An image is just that - a true copy of the disk at that time. I once tried to get rid of the manufacturer's junk by doing something similar to what you describe, and when I restored the image, back came the partitions I had deleted.

I would recommend doing another image of the system now that it is configured the way you want it.

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My laptop started with Windows 8 and then I updated to Windows 8.1 around 4 months ago. So, I want to dual boot Windows 10 Technical Preview and I already have the bootable media for it but the issue is, I have to many partitions in my disk. I would like to know which one I can delete in order to continue with the dual booting.

A:Windows 8.1 Update: Too Many "Health (Primary Partitions)"

Actually, can a fresh installation be made WITHOUT any health partitions being made? I can just use the DVD after all.

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Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

A:Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

Originally Posted by Squa190

Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.
I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. Problem is, obviously, different parts. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.
Is there a way to do this? maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? I don't know...any help would be appreciated.

well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

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hi i have 2 partitions on my pc C: OS D: DATA
however it used to have a recovery partition (as far as im aware hidden on c)
for system restore (acer system restore)
which leads me to my query as i have recently performed a format and clean install of vista from retail media and have no need for acer system restore would it be ok to delete this partition/hidden partition and reclaim the HDD space.. and how best to proceed to safely do so..

any help would be much appreciated.


A:partitions hidden partitions recovery partitions

i just found this

Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista ? My Digital Life

does anyone have any experience with this method or can anyone reccomend this method

or would you advise against using this method.


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I am running windows xp. Today my computer accidently got unplug, and plugged back in. When the computer rebooted it would not complete the reboot process. It asked for the system info disc. When that was loading it would not continue on when i tried to complete the install process. It stated that it could not detect any Hard Disk Drives. Don't understand what is happening the cd disk drive is working , or it would not of started loading in the first place. Can someone please help me out here. Not sure what to do...and i don't really have the finances to take it to shop for something simple (which i am praying it is).
Thank you

Just wanted to add...also not detecting secdary slave as is detection secondary says AOPEN CD-Rom. I don't know if this info helps. It also said something about POWER SET UP...not sure what it really said as it didn't come back up. It reverted back to the original message!

A:Lost Primary Master and Primary slave!

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Getting ready to install a replacement hard drive.
Currently had 2 hard drives, cd burner and cd rom.
It was suggested to me by maxtor tech support that the hard drives should be on separate ide channels as primary masters and the cd's should be hooked under them as primary slaves. If this is true it will take considerable time to move items around and reconfigure.
Is it worth the effort or just leave well enough alone.
Everything was working fine before the second hard drive went south.

A:hd primary master cd primary slave

Putting the 2 HD's on separate channels might improve performance a little, depending on the type of system you have. On the other hand, putting CDROM's on the same cable with Hard drives can slow down access to the hard drive since the I/O controller must determine which drive is being accessed and CDROM's are much slower to respond.
I don't think you will notice much difference either way, so it's probably not worth the trouble to switch.
If your happy with the way you have it, stick with it.

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I've been looking all around the internet for 2 months for my answer, yet I haven't been able to do this. It seems simple to me. Why can't I find an answer for this question...

How do you re-format the C drive?

It seems at least simple to me. That's all I want to so. I have two paritions, C and D. C is my system partition, and install Windows XP Pro on it. That's all. In XP setup, it will not let me format it, so to me in theory, I'm at a dead end. So I've installed XP on the C drive three times, all in the same folder, and now it has taken up 10 GB (why?) of space when it only should take no more than 4.

A:Simple question, not so simple answer, reformat C Drive

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One of my friends has a windows 7 computer with an account for himself, his mother and his 2 sisters.
All the home directorys are stored in drive C.
Partition D is shared.
The question is, how to get a partition layout like this?
Partition 1: OS + programs
Partition 2: home partition for himself
Partition 3: home partition for his mother
Partition 4: home partition for his sister
Partition 5: home partition for his other sister
Partition 6: shared partition for some photos.
Has someone an idea how to do this?
Kind Regards,

A:How to create home partitions and partitions for the OS with programs?

This would be a long drawn out affair and there really is no need for it. All users have their own User Space on the C drive in the User folder.

Whether the Users folders and files are stored in the User folder or on some other partition doesn't really matter. As long as all the Users have Admin accounts all files will be accessible to all of them.

The real question is Why do you want to do it? If there is only one physical hard drive in the system all folders and files would still be on that one physical drive even if you have 100 partitions.

As to having a Shared space for photos just make a folder called Shared Photos in the ROOT of the C drive. All users will be able to access it.

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Hello, I was redirected to start a new thread in this section of the forum.

Basically, I have 2 hard drives. One SSD for the primary and one 2TB drive for the secondary.

My secondary drive was partitioned into 4 parts.

In the last month the secondary had been disappearing.
I could see it in safe mode. And when I scanned for hardware via rapid storage technology, it would pop up in Windows Explorer during normal mode.

The only problem besides disappearing after shutting down/restarting was that it would freeze the computer if kept on.
Today I tried to do the old Rapid Storage trick. Everything was visible again, except one drive. It was saying access is denied when i tried to open it in windows explorer.

I tried swapping SATA cables for the current one. I also tried connecting it to other ports.

I read somewhere that flashing the BIOS would solve the problem. I flashed my BIOS with Gigabyte's @BIOS with the latest BIOS. The latest BIOS was for "Better SATA compatibility."
It didn't do much, all it did was cause Rapid Storage Technology to see less ports which I believe were the would be partitions on the secondary drive.
So I disconnected the secondary drive and tried connecting it to the PC with a SATA to USB adapter.
It saw the HDD, except 3/4 partitions were empty. And even in the 1 partition the folders housing the bigger files that took up most of the drive is empty.
Sorry for typing up so much, I just wanted to get everything out there.
If anyone c... Read more

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...but everytime I try to encrypt, I'm unable to access the internet.

Just set up a network in my parents' vacation home (they're here about half the time) and here are the specs:

Two desktops: Dell 4550, Dell 4600 (both about 4 years old) running XP
Router: Linksys WRT54g2
Modem: Motorola Surfboard 5101
Adapter 1: Compact USB Linksys WUSB100
Adapter 2: WMP54gx

Spent lots of time calling Bangalore yesterday (Linksys tech help) and was able set up WEP security, but it left me unable to access the internet. I've had to reset the modem twice now and go back to an unsecured network.

Any ideas about why this is happening?

Is there another way to encrypt, perhaps using software or freeware?

Is a bad idea for my parents to turn off the modem/router when they leave town? (It will solve the problem part of the time, but i'd prefer to have a secured network.)

Edited to add: I brought my laptop with me and have been using that to set up the network using a wired connection.

A:Just a simple girl, setting up a simple network

Did you enable MAC filtering when you set up WEP?

If you did you will need to add the MAC for each wireless NIC into the MAC table on the router.

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I am so sorry folks i should also tell you that i have been using ccleaner the following are my HJT and adsspy logs Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0Scan saved at 3:52:51 PM, on 1/18/2005Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\sdkyz32.exeC:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Lanovation\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYSC:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkbi32.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Documents and Settings\mike\My Documents\Unzipped\hijackthis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\rgxpf.dll/sp.html#14044R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\rgxpf.dll/sp.html#14044R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blankR1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Defaul... Read more

A:My new log since the accident

Please post this log in your thread where I am already helping you, otherwise we get confused.

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I accidently loaded Voodoo 3dfx on my computer and now my video is all messed up I can not read anything. How do I get this straighted out. I am not real computer savy so I really need help...please


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My son accidentally placed the operating disc for Windows XP Home Edition for a PC in his Sony Laptop Originally running Windows XP Professional. How can I remove Windows XP Home so that the computer will recognize everything?


and welcome to the Forum

What do you have now? . . Two operating systems or just Home?

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General Info

Windows 8 pro
Cant do anything on computer
using a different laptop right now

I was in regedit trying to delete an instant savings app that had found its way into my computer. I believe i was in Local_Users and i know i went to the software folder. I accidentally deleted the software folder and I couldnt use any programs. I couldnt use a system restore because it gave me an error so i decided to reboot and go into safe mode and do it there but it didnt work. I have been trying to figure all of this out with windows technicians and didnt get anywhere. I cant do anything on my broken computer because when i boot it up, it skips the boot menu and i cant get it into safe mode or anything. it goes straight to the lock screen and I cant read any texts and can only put in my password. After I put in the password, it gives me a black screen for a few seconds with a blue spinning wheel on my mouse and it goes back to the lock screen. My idea was to load the cd I have with the win8 pro back onto my computer and that would reset the registry but I dont know how to do this because I cant do any functions on my pc at the moment. any help would be great. Sorry for all the bad writing, I am trying to finish a lot of homework and figure out this problem at the same time.

Thank you,

A:Accident in regedit

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So I formated my main partition on my toshiba and I know what your thinking already. That I know nothing of pc's but i learn from trial and error. But my problem is I made a boot disc for windows 7 with torrents, and I got some progress and I have know idea what to do. I boot the pc and it boots up with only freedos settings it says freedos 2006 1.0 and it gives me different ways to boot up but no matter which one I pic always gives me the same error message.
FreeDOS HIMEM64 3.26 [Aug 25 2006] (c) 1995, Till gerken 2001-2006 tom ehlert
himem - always on a20 method used
kernel: allocated 43 diskbuffers = 22876 bytes in hma
freecom version 0.84-pre2 xms_swap [Aug 28 2006 00:29:00]
can not redirect output to file 'temp.bat'
bad command or filename - "temp.bat"
file not found.- 'A:\temp.bat'
checking for cdrom driver or c:\fdbootcd.iso...
El-torito bootable cd-rom driver for dos v1.4,
(c)2000 by gary tong
(c)2001-2002 by bart lagerweij
no booted cd-rom found.
driver not installed
there is no cdrom, or the wrong cd-rom!

if any one has seen this please help.

A:formatting accident

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I accidentally downloaded the incorrect student version from Digital River. I meant to go with the 64 bit but installed the 32 bit. I'd already done the install before I realized my error. I contacted Digital River and they are refunding my money for the 32 bit purchase. I have since purchased the 64 bit version but can't figure out how to install it. I'm getting an error message when I try to do the install. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I'm pretty confused right now.

A:Installed 32 Bit On Accident

Quote: Originally Posted by adam42381

I accidentally downloaded the incorrect student version from Digital River. I meant to go with the 64 bit but installed the 32 bit. I'd already done the install before I realized my error. I contacted Digital River and they are refunding my money for the 32 bit purchase. I have since purchased the 64 bit version but can't figure out how to install it. I'm getting an error message when I try to do the install. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I'm pretty confused right now.

Welcome to the forums...

What error message are you getting? And at what point are you getting it?

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For the record: I am Win98 and ME certified and knowledgeable with DOS.
I am a 'shift-del' freak and was cleaning my desktop, 3 weeks ago and accidentally included my coin logs(I've been working on these for 3.5 years). Being an XP user and knowing XP doesn't use DOS, I thought there was no chance of getting them back; I just found out I was wrong and with the proper tools I can. I never did this before, but so need to. Please help.

UPDATE: A friend referred me to "recuva" yoake a recovery, of about 15 files(MSWord), I got back 2 and one was my buff(buffalo coin) logs. However later I discovered;both files will not open. Windows says, "word cannot find compressor for..." I'm clueless here. Plus after choosing to unhide all files and folders, I ran into 2 files that have the names I lost; but they begin with "~$", only have 1K and the icon is light colored. What is this? Any chance of recovery nof these 4 and others.?

A:'shift-del' by accident

there are quite a lot of recovery programs available

I have used a digital camera free recovery on the site and recovered 100 images off a CF card , so i know some of these work well

From a Elvandil Post
Here's a list. If the free ones don't see anything, forget the pay ones. I know Pandora is still around and has updated recovery software. And the other day, someone used the Disk Investigator at the bottom, which is meant to show you how much stuff is still on your drive after you thought you cleaned it, and they managed to get all their files back. Dr. Freeware is pretty new and updated not too long ago, with other useful tools, too.

Here's the list, anyway (I have more if you run out ):

Free recovery applications:

Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
DiskDigger & NTFSWalker
Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
Smart Data Recovery
Recover Files
Roadkil's Undelete
Free Undelete (NTFS only)
Softperfect File Recovery
ADRC Data Recovery Tools
Undelete Plus
Data Recovery
PCI File Recovery
Ultimate Data Recovery
Disk Investigator


O&O Disk Recovery
Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
File Scavenger
Recover My Files
RecoverPlus Pro
Zero Assumption Recovery
[email protected] File Recovery
Final Recovery
Recover4All Professional
Easeus Data Recove... Read more

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Hi all,

I'm not pc savvy at all so this message comes with a tad bit of panic!

My mother accidently hit "log off" instead of restart using windows XP. Now she gets a blue screen that says "Welcome" on the left and my family's name with a chess board icon on the right. There's a button on the bottom that says "turn off family computer". We cannot get to the desk top no matter what we try. We can only shut it down. We think she hit log off-- since it's a family computer we never use this function. Can anyone tell me how to get back to the desktop? (she's quite upset because we're not sure what happened exactly, and not sure what to do)

ANY help or suggests are welcome! Thanks much!

A:XP help-- logged off by accident!

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When I was reformatting my computer i deleted a part of my drive that i think was really important. It was drive E:. After the reformatting I tried to go on the internet. I tried to go on wireless but, I didn't have a wireless internet icon for my wireless card so I plugged it in. Still i could not go on the Internet. Then I tried to open some programs and half of them would load the others I would get error reports from.
I think the reason it doesn't work is because of the drive I accidently deleted. Is there any way that I could get the data back without taking it to a repair shop? Thanks for any help. Oh and I cant put my laptop on standby either.

A:Deleting accident

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Hi everyone.

I am having a very similar issue as OP, but I "accidentally" [STUPID ME.....] did diskpart/clean (only clean) on a remote HD (149Ghz size with no partition on it).

I am still reading through this thread and hopefully I will be able to recover my data on this remote HD. I have been using TestDisk, EaseUS partition recovery to scan (only quick scan so far) w/o any luck yet. At this moment I am running Partition Recovery quick scan now. Since I do not have any partition on this HD, I am not sure if I am doing the right thing.... I only store pictures (tons of them) and some docs on it. I am on Page 9 of this thread, I will keep reading and trying.

Thanks in advance for helping me,

A:Diskpart By Accident

Originally posted here diskpart/clean by accident....need to recover partitions,begging :'(

Moved to allow better help

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hi guys im new to this software i didnt really no what this was all for really and me being one for downloading any thing and trying n e thing ive come across a kinda thing in which i have put my self into a lot of bother.
I kinda did the scan on the hijackthis software and kinda clicked every thing.
in doing so i have stopped them all.
in realising this i turned it all back on. thankfully i did a backup and it worked.
unforatuatly i deleted the back up and then scanned for things i didnt want.
i found a few things and then ticked them.
accidently ticked my firewall or some thing to do with my firewall and now it doesnt work.
ive reinstalled it 4 times and still it wont let n e traffic through.

is there any help i can get from some one so ui can turn it back on.

ps i have a log of wat i scanned just now if thts needed to help

A:accident prone please help

Welcome to TSF.

That's not good. That's the main reason we tell users not to use this program on their own since it can cause damage. Do you have an older log of what you had before you did the fixes? If not, tell us what you fixed if you can remember.

Post your new log you have now and we'll take a look at it. What firewall program are you using?

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a few days ago, I went to the "safely remove hardware" icon and clicked "stop" on the USB Port option.

Today, when I tried to get photos onto my comp by inserting the memory chip into the SD/mini/MMC/RS and the computer wouldn't reconize it. I went to my computer and checked to see if the icons, and none were there.

I tried restarting my comp, but that didn't help.

How do I retrieve the hardware?

A:[SOLVED] Accident

Remove the SD/mini/MMC/RS docking bay and the reinsert it into your PC, this is assuming that the device you inserted the memory chip into is connected through USB.

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Hello-I have a windows xp (version 2002) Asus EeePC and I think I might have downloaded a virus accidentally whilst on a music radio website. I found that it messed up my internet browser and it would directly open to a website called "" Please advise what I should do to clean this up! I have changed the default from the wierd website to "" but it still will default to this website "partner12..." if the domain name does not exist. i used to have norton antivirus but the subscription ran out and i did not renew...I know I should probably get something to protect my computer as well from now on. Thank you

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I'm using windows XP and in network connections I accidently deleted my lan connection icon. (I know that sounds goofy) Then the recycle bin got emptied before I could restore it Since I am using DSL I obviously need this, but it will not even detect the hardware to make a new connection. I've spent hours trying to figure this out, and read everything about LAN in the microsoft help and support.
please help!

A:threw away my lan by accident

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I noticed a slowdown on my computer this past week,
so i stupidly ran combofix thinking it would solve the problem.
i think it may have deleted something very important,
and now my computer wont load passed the:
"start windows normally; safe mode; safe mode w networking; etc" menu.
im afraid there's nothing i can do at this point.
i need help please!

A:ComboFix Accident!

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Thank you for looking and offering any suggestions to cleanse my system.
This is my symptoms:
Sometimes is not possible for me to shut down the computer.
My wallpaper on my XP Home Edition (version 5.1) w/SP2 has changed to a reddish background with three reddish wishbone imags. It also says YOUR PRIVACY IS IN DANGER! DOWNLOAD PRIVACY PROTECTION SOFTWARE NOW!
I also receive different kinds of Spyware Alert pop-up boxes.
My home page is repeatedly being changed to :
More over I found dangerous: XVORFWBD.DLL in C:\WINDOWS
I tried to manually delete the same, but could not do the same.
On startup I receive a dialog box stating the following:
Windows Security Alert
Windows has detected an Internet attack attempt....
Somebody's trying to infect your PC with spyware or harmful viruses. Run full system scan now to protect your PC from Internet attacks, hijacking attempts, and spyware! Click here to download spyware removal for total protection.
When I am not connected to the Internet a box appears asking me if I want to work offline or try again.
--I have downloaded HJTInstall.exe.
After he scanning, it created log file. I am pasting the entire log file here:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:21: VIRUS ALERT!, on 24/06/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.... Read more

A:Wallpaper changed to YOUR PRIVACY IS IN DANGER, Home page changed to

The latest addition to the problems is: The 'All Programs' has disappeared from the 'Start Menu'.
Please help!

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Hi guys, so I have a little problem, I've downloaded FileTypesMan because I wanted to change the .exe files appearance on my computer.

I did this using this program - all .exe file icons changed, however, with them changed ALL the shortcuts to all the programs that I have on my laptop - now they all look the same.

I can't figure out how to change it all back.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
View image: Capture - how my Desktop looks now

A:Programs shortcuts'icons changed when changed exe file icon appearance

Hello Max, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you might see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed exe item in the tutorial below may be able to help. It'll restore the default association and registry entries for exe files.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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I have just installed two new internal HDs.

In Computer Management, one is listed as Page File, Primary Partition. The other as simply Primary Partition, though I'm pretty sure I did exactly the same installation procedure for both.

What's the difference? Should they both be the same? If so, which and what should I do to make the odd one right? Also, the Page File, Primary Partition drive is slightly smaller, for some reason.



A:(Page File, Primary Partition) and (Primary Partition) - Difference?

From Wikipedia
A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows systems, the system partition was required to be the first partition. Windows operating systems must be located in a primary partition. Other operating systems do not have this peculiar requirement. However, other factors, such as a PC's BIOS (see Boot sequence on standard PC) may also impart specific requirements as to which partition must contain the primary OS.

This one may load slow
Change the size of virtual memory (Page file size) in Vista | Windows Reference

The paging file is actually the virtual memory that is stored in the OS.
In the case of your question it is a hidden primary pattiion.

It not necessary, but if you want to try and see it
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

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When my laptop is plugged into an external monitor, the laptop screen is the "primary" display, where programs automatically open, etc. Is there a way to make the primary display not the laptop screen but the external monitor screen? Here's the catch--is there a way to do it *without looking at the primary monitor*?

I have this strange request because my laptop's screen recently died. I have connected an external monitor, and so can still use the computer--more or less. The problem is that I can't see my start menu, etc--they are all on the laptop screen, ie, the dead one.

I know, normally, how to switch the display: I would right click on the desktop and select "personalize," then "display" But when I do this, it opens the display in the primary monitor (the broken laptop monitor) and I can't see it to change the settings. It's a sad catch 22.

If anyone could help me with this is would REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.

A:Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

Hi nomonitor, and welcome to TSG

Check your user manual for the laptop to see if has has a special key or a Function key that lets you toggle between the internal display and external monitor.

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this is very confusing to me ive never seen it so i found a way back onto the internet by using a shortcut i had.

not even sure how to start this. i dont know exactly what i did but everything was changed. i was going to try to watch a movie thats on my laptop, it said 'avi' and when i clicked on it nothing happened. i dragged it into itunes to see if it would play there, nope. i right-clicked it, picked 'open with' VLC, still nothing. right clicked it again and chose windows media center, nothing happened. i tried transfering the folder with the option available in media center, still didnt play.

when i closed media center i saw all my desktop stuff was changed to open with media center, i knew immediatly i screwed up pretty bad somewhere. i right clicked internet explorer and changed it to open with internet explorer, it then changed everything to open with internet explorer. when i clicked on internet explorer it didnt open, but it did open the download bar as if i downloaded it. it says "Internet Explorer.Ink" or .lnk. when i click open, the window comes up but closes right away.

can someone help me by telling me how to get everything back to normal?

A:[SOLVED] changed one thing to open with a different application and it changed everyt

It sounds like what you've done is associate a .lnk file (shortcut type) with an application and now all shortcuts will run with that application. The avi file you were referring too may be just that as well: a shortcut.

This has also been known to be caused by a malware infection, in which case if you suspect it, you'll have to report it to our security team in the appropriate Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help subforum.

This may help with the situation.

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Turned on my comupter this morning and got the following errors: I have not opened the computer tower, I have not added or removed any drives:

Primary IDE channel NO 80 Conductor cable installed
Flopply Disk 40 missing

Then restarted system and got this message:
"cpu has been changed or CPU Ratio change failed"

Hit F1 to continue or DEL go to into setup

I have gone to CMOS set up and used f7 to optimize and hit f10 to save
come back with the third error.

this computer has always done a memory test when it starts up 99% of the time I let it run, total startup time if I do, 10minutes, if I skip memory test still 10 minutes.

Now slower than ever trying to start up

I have read your various threads and none I found discuss these errors just suddenly apprearing. This computer was a built from scratch by an IT friend of mine who has moved away I have all the documentation that came with it.

I have tried system restore back one week did not work, I was following ASK tech page guide and downloaded REGSERVO program came back with 6800 errors and wanted 39.00, well as you know the economy is in the tank and I do not have the extra money, but i do have the extra time if someone could walk me through what to do.

I use Norton utilities and clean the drive/registries/and explorer weekly.
Please send any advise possible
Thank you

A:sudden error message CPU has been changed or CPU Ratio changed failed

REGSERVO is a Rogue program that tells you, you have problems and "we will fix them for you for $39.00!" "But. Wait! for an extra amount for shipping and handling we will really screw your Windows installation up!"

Of course they make you wait until they find the registry errors to tell you that you have to pay $39.00. I just did a google search on REGSERVO and the only ones that give RegServo good reviews are, and hear is the drum roll, Regservo itself. Stay away from any of these programs that say they will fix your registry then want money to fix the problems they found.

Also there is no need to run any registry cleaner. More often than not it will not help your problem or speed up your computer, and can indeed break your registry to the extent of having to reinstall windows.

If this is the system in yur Computer specs, have you been having any problems with needing to adjust the date and time lately?

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Hi all-
Apologies in advance as I am not exactly technologically sound.
I tried plugging in my digital camera today, and though it did not come up, I hunted down the Removable Disk (E) drive, which I figured would open it. It told me that I had to choose a program to open it with, so I chose some kind of picture viewer. Then all the icons on my desktop turned into said picture viewer, and I cannot open anything but that program from the desktop. Also, when I go into Programs and try to open them, they don't work there either. Help!
I am using Windows 7. I have tried System Restore but it told me that it could not complete it and gave me some kind of error message with 0x80070005. It recommended that I turn off my protection or whatever to complete it, but I have Norton 360 and no idea how to turn it off!
Any help is greatly appreciated- we just bought this computer in November and now my husband is ticked off!

A:Solved: accidentally changed removable disk, now changed every program?

Welcome Tuckersmom !
When I connect my camera to either of our computers, the camera itself indicates on the viewer how to handle the pictures....
To replace the icons on the desk top, right click any empty place and select refresh, I think this should restore them for you.
My daughter uses Norton 360 and we have found that it disables the system restore. She does regular backups with Norton 360. If you have done that, you should be able to restore from one of those backups.
Let us know how it goes.

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This is what I get for trying to uninstall windows messenger...I accidently uninstalled all windows components BUT windows messenger...I since fixed it...Kinda realized something was wrong when half my icons disappeared I managed to reinstall them the same way I uninstalled them...However now something wierd is going on...Saw a program 'bootstraper' and now I'm running 6 more process than before the incident..Not sure if something wierd got on my pc during the fk up, or if its just a screwed up windows...Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:18:51 PM, on 9/18/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC... Read more

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Hi Ngarskel. I do not see any signs of viruses or malware in the log. It is clean.

Everything else looks normal also. You are good to go.



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Hi I accident deleted my photos and a video file on my memory card from my camera is there a way to recover them? The memory stick is Sony MEMORY STICK PRODu0 magic gate Mark2 2GB

The Camera is a Sony Cyber-shot


A:Deleted photos by accident

Take a look here:

No guarantees, though.

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Hey guys, just opened up a link on steam from someone and stupidly opened and ran the file which was a .scr.
From a preliminary search it seems that I may have installed a Trojan, so any help would be appreciated.
Running a Windows 7, with the only security software being Microsoft Security Essentials (which a scan didn't turn up anything awry).
Many thanks for any help!
Edit: here's the logs of the security check I just ran
 Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.91  
 Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x64 (UAC is enabled)  
 Internet Explorer 11  
``````````````Antivirus/Firewall Check:``````````````
 Windows Firewall Enabled!  
Microsoft Security Essentials   
 Antivirus up to date!  
`````````Anti-malware/Other Utilities Check:`````````
 JavaFX 2.1.1    
 Java 7 Update 71  
 Adobe Reader 10.1.12 Adobe Reader out of Date!
 Google Chrome (39.0.2171.65) 
 Google Chrome (39.0.2171.71) 
````````Process Check: objlist.exe by Laurent````````
 Microsoft Security Essentials MSMpEng.exe 
 Microsoft Security Essentials msseces.exe 
`````````````````System Health check`````````````````
 Total Fragmentation on Drive C: 60% Defragment your hard drive soon! (Do NOT defrag if SSD!)
````````````````````End of Log``````````````````````
And AdwCleaner
# AdwCleaner v4.104 - Report created 06/12/2014 at 22:12... Read more

A:.scr file opened on accident, what do I do?

Hi blavongtheung,
  to BleepingComputer.
Did you clean detections of adwCleaner?
Please post the results. 
You can find result log file  at "C:\AdwCleaner"
And hows your system working?
Are you having any issue?

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ive just managed to delete the whole of my lossles music collection by using shift and delete on the folder (wasnt concentrating)

can i get it back? thanks

A:shift and delete accident

Try Recuva: Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

Ideally, you need an external drive to save the recovered files to.

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By Accident I Unplugged My Computer while it was on and now i am worried that my movie files will be corrupted...they seem to play fine...but i am still worried....please could somebody please help by telling me if any of my files will become damaged...thank you

A:By Accident I Unplugged My Computer While It Was On

Unless the files were open and being played or saved at the time of the power loss, there should be no damage.

But remember that power can do out at any time and hard disks die without warning (quite often, these days), so all your important data must be backed up. Since you are so worried it would suggest you have no backup plan. Maybe time to get one?

As an example I backup all new data every day, to a second and totally separate hard drive, then all data to DVD every week. Every DVD is "verified" to ensure that no files are corrupt in the copy process.

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While I accomplished so much successfully setting up my computer in AHCI earlier, I now blew it all.

I had the SMART command failure error with my SSD, and received a new BIOS from my motherboard manufacturer. I applied it and "Loaded Optimized Defaults" in the BIOS as your supposed to. Stupid me, that means the motherboard activates IDE mode, but I installed Windows in AHCI mode.

So... I switched it back to AHCI after booting into IDE by accident and now I'm getting MBR Error. Is there any way to repair this? I have been trying to repair it through the Windows Install disk, using bootsec & command prompt to no avail.

Likely because where the screen pops up that says: "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair" There's no option to select. So I elected to "Load Drivers" using iaAHCI.inf [Intel ICH10R] from the Intel RST installer (I extracted it on my Laptop). It still doesn't recognize it.
-->This is all pertaining to image 3. on the guide on the link HERE

If I HAVE to install Windows again, I have 2 storage drives installed as well, do I take them out to prevent them from being formatted? They are holding My Documents/My Pictures/My Music/My Videos etc.


A:MBR Error, After Booting in IDE (Accident)

Hello again.

You shouldn't have to reinstall, have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it shows how to enable AHCI after the OS has been installed and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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I'm convinced that I accidentally removed the DVD-R driver from my CD-RW/DVD-R drive. I have a Dell Inspiron 9100 and haven't been able to track down or successfully update the driver to fix this problem. Can someone help me? I'm really new at this. Thanks.

A:Removed DVD-R driver by accident

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I made a data disc (CD-R) with nero 5.5 (size of data 400mb) and accidently my daughter did another burn (size of data 2mb) on the same disc, her data is there, have I lost mine completely? I seem to recall reading somewhere that there is a program for retrieving the older data?

A:Data disc accident

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