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What happens if an external hard drive that is part of a set of spanned discs in windows is powered off?

Does anyone know what would happen if an external hard drive that was part of a set of spanned discs was powered off whilst the computer was running? Also what would happen if it was turned off before ...
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How can I stop Windows changing order of physical disks at every reboot?

I have to use some physical disks in a Linux machine virtualized with Virtualbox in a Windows 7 host environment but the order of physical disks keeps changing at every reboot and I must reconfigure ...
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Why do partition managers need their own drivers?

Why do so many partition management tools, like EASEUS Partition Master, Acronis Disk Director, etc. require their own drivers in order to run? In other words, what do they need to do that cannot be ...
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Cloned smaller SSD to its larger SSD replacement (as Win 7 C: Drive). Want to use first SSD to supplement new SSD's capacity. [closed]

Present System (see below at ) State: Old SSD = ~60GB OCZ Vertex 2 (A) New SSD = ~120GB Samsung 830 (B), presently "overprovisioned" (for speed/longevity) leaving ~100GB effective available storage. ...
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Windows 7 keep renaming my drive to a different letter when I have my external hard drive plugged in

I have 2 external hard drives. Both are 2 TB and I connect them with Firewire 800. I boot Windows 7 in Boot Camp on MacBook Pro so I have 2 partitions on my hard drive. One is my Windows partition ...
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Which takes more time: Shrinking or Expanding a partition in Windows 7?

Which takes more time to do (given that all other hardware are the same), shrinking or expanding a partition and why? This is using the Disk Management utility within Windows 7. I have no idea ...
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Is It Safe to Unmount Disk 1 Debian Linux From Disk 0 Windows 7

Background: I have an Asus P67 Sabertooth motherboard. The motherboard supports 6GB SATA. I have two 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 64MB Cache SATA Drives. I have a Plextor PX-880SA CD/DVD ...
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External usb harddrive appears in disk managment but can't assign drive letter

I have a small nas from iomega. Two drives 500 gb each. This one. The two harddrives in the enclosure were configured in a mirror with the iomega software that came with product. It worked for a ...
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Problem with formating an unformatted partition

I'd like to format my black unformatted partition into another NTFS-partition, but it seems like it's not possible format it as I'd like to. If I use diskmgmt.msc, it says: will be formatted into ...
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Enlarge a partition without losing data with Windows 7 diskmgmt?

I have a 320GB hard drive currently partitioned as below: A long time ago, a computer expert formatted my hard drive like this because I wanted to install Ubuntu. I'm now ready to do this, but ...
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Small, Empty Partition

I was installing Gentoo when I ran into out-of-room errors, so I had to go back into Windows to do some partition resizing. In the Disk Management tool, I noticed that there is a small, empty ...
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Cannot initialize disk

I have a drive which has no bad sectors, and when I control panel/computer management/disk management (in Windows 7) it reports as not initialized. When I attempt to initialize, it says that the ...
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Restoring ASR/Disk Utility NTFS image on OS X

I used the OS X (10.6.7) Disk Utility to make an image of an NTFS partition/volume. The resulting DMG file was imagescanned. Now, when I come to try to restore the image to a new partition on the ...
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Disk Management problem; “ The service cannot be started,”

I am trying to shrink a volume on Windows 7 Professional using Disk Management but get the following error: Virtual Disk Manager The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled ...
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Changing CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive Letter from D: to E:

I read this, but it doesn't address one question I've had about this (I'd comment on it, but my rep isn't high enough): When changing the ODD Drive Letter from D: to E:, I get this message in Windows ...
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System Reserved partition no longer marked as System

I recently posted a question to Super User about accidentally marking my external HDD's partition as Active and how I could undo my accidental mistake. I followed the instructions provided and they ...
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How can I unmark an external hard drive partition as being active?

I accidentally marked my external hard drive partition as active in disk management. I meant to change the drive letter but hit the wrong button. Whoops. What are the consequences of having done that ...
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“New Partition” option disabled in Disk Management - Can't create new partition on new hard drive

I need some help creating a new partition in a new hard drive. I'm running WinXP. I know I can only create up to 4 partitions. I have created 4 partitions before, but the hard drive of two of those ...
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Trying to remove Windows from my boot disk…?

I had Windows XP installed happily on my C drive until I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 via an upgrade to Windows Vista. However, something went wrong on the second step with the install to Windows ...
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Software RAID for several HDs which retains files on each HD

Is there some kind of software/driver that would enable me to create one big volume out of several hard disks but retain the file structure on each HD? This would be in case where one hard disk ...
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Extend Windows 7 partition to use free space before it

I have some unallocated space before my Windows 7 partition. Can I move the Windows 7 partition so that the free space is after it instead than before it, and then extend the partition to use all ...
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Phantom Local Disks appearing in my drive list

I seem to have several phantom Local Disks mapped to different letters that are of 0 bytes in size. Strangely, they do not show up when I view my drives through Windows Explorer. But if I open an ...
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Disabling partition just for one OS on multi-boot system

Regarding to the solution there: http://serverfault.com/questions/36385/how-can-i-mount-a-hard-drive-as-read-only-on-windows-xp I have a system with three partitions. One runs windows 7, one runs ...
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How do I split the system partition (C:) in Windows7 without creating a dynamic drive?

I just recieved a new laptop, and for some reason the manufacturer decided that one great C: drive and no other (user available) partitions was the way to go. I would like to have two partitions - one ...
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Volume on spare drive marked as system partition

I have an odd situation. I have 2 drives in my computer running Vista, the OS drive (C:, E:) and a storage drive (D:). In Disk Management the C: volume is listed as the boot partition and has all of ...
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Converting dynamic to basic disk

I converted basic disk to dynamic on my laptop. However, now I cannot install Windows 7 on another partition. I just get message that installing them on dynamic disk is not supported. Is there a way ...
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Why can't I format a 10 GB partition in Windows 7?

I had Ubuntu installed in a 10 GB partition of a 120 GB hard drive on my laptop. I then installed Windows 7 on the 110 GB partition. Now inside Windows 7, I want to reformat the 10 GB partition and ...