The Windows disk partitioning and management utility; can be used to assign drive letters and create, delete, format, and resize partitions.

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How to Expand this unallocated space?

From what I understand you can only have 4 partitions on a single disk. That's fine but how would I add the unallocated space to one of the other drives? I have heard you can use 3rd party tools but ...
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Unable to disable pagefile and thus unable to change device letter under Windows 10

I just found one of the most weird bugs I have seen in Windows. I needed to disable the pagefile in one of my partitions so I could change its letter. However, the dialog box is missing the set button,...
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Windows 7 showing fake/aliased drives

Some years back I used a tool (sorry, can't remember the name) to migrate a Windows 7 install off a spinning drive to a new SSD. I think the old drive had two partitions, one for the system and one I ...
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Is there any way to know that partition size has been changed in Windows 7

We have a Windows 7 desktop and want to know that did anyone resize the partition recently. Is there any way to do that? Will there be any logs in Event Viewer? We try to find events in Event Viewer ...
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Disk Manager is not showing correct HDD space

My hard disk space is 500 GB. I recently installed Ubuntu 16.05 LTS on my system. Unfortunately I selected the option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" while installing Ubuntu. After installation I ...
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How can I increase my shrink space in disk management?

I have a 900GB HDD, but for some reason it will only allow me to shrink like 2500MB of it. In the past, I could shrink to my desired size, but for some reason it is giving me a problem now. I have ...
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Can we accumulate more space into an existing drive partition without format?

I'm using the Windows 10 and I'm curious to know that is it possible to accumulate more space into an existing drive partition with affecting data? I know about the "shrink" feature of Disk ...
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Unable to boot after removing disk

Since I removed disk 2 I'm unable to boot. I get “Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key.” I cleaned up my BIOS. There is only one BOOT ...
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External Hard Drive does not appear in Computer

I am using a WD My Passport external Hard drive. The drive does not appear in Computer, Device manager nor in Disk Management. How may I bring it "back to life" or at least restore the data that was ...
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Vhd image of computer reduce unallocated space

I took an image in vhd-format of my entire pc (windows xp). Bith disks are in de one vhd now. Os and data. Afterwards when i try to retrieve this vhd i saw that I have a unallocated space of 300 gb. ...
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Windows 10 Disk Manager Showing Disk That Doesn't Exist

I only have two drives in my computer (not including my optical drive), a 1TB SSD and a 6TB HDD. However, Disk Management says that I have a third drive, an empty 3540.91 GB drive with no volumes. ...
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Make fixed USB drives dynamic disk

So at the moment I'm trying to RAID0 a pair of USB sticks I have. They show up in Disk Manager as Fixed Disks because of some driver filtering and it allows me to create a new striped volume, but at ...
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Unable to format disk: 'The system cannot find the file specified'

I have a USB flash drive, which I may have mucked up, so I used DISKPART's CLEAN to clean it up. I created a simple volume, and tried to format it. (This is all using Windows' disk management.) I was ...
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Windows 10 Failure to Boot From FATS Formatted Hard Drive and USB Drive

As in subject my OS is Windows 10 and I have a Lenovo labtop. My goal is to have a dual boot Zorin version 11 on my current windows machine. I have tried two methods. One method, I tried to use ...
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TestDisk - getting Structure: Bad when trying to restore partition table

Unfortunately the Disk Management tool from Windows 7 corrupted my partition table on one of my disk, when I tried to set the active (boot) flag on a partition. The original structure of the ...
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Unable to access disk space in Windows

I have installed Windows 10 in external HDD for my Mac Book and here is the steps followed. When I installed windows in bootcamp, I have selected only 30GB space and restored to external 1TB hard ...
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How to prepare SSD drives for shrinking partitions in Windows?

I was trying to shrink a partition (Windows 10). For traditional hard drives, I can use the Optimize Tool to defragment the hard drive to free up disk sectors towards the end of the HD and shrink the ...
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Why I can't format 500 GB drive as FAT32 under Windows 7? [duplicate]

What can cause Windows 7 to prevent me from formatting 500 GB (actually 465 GB) external USB disk as FAT32? No matter, what I did (Windows Explorer, Disk Management), the only options I was presented ...
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Moving (non-C:) Program Files from soon-to-be-nuked partition to another

Problem I have near-critically low levels of free space on the Windows' partition. I have a bigger partition right next to it, and a new disk with enough space to move it. Bigger partition has a lot ...
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Device not initialized, can't reformat

So I'm unable to access my flash drive because it doesn't initialize when I plug it into my computer, and when I try to initialize it I get "device not ready." There's nothing incredibly important on ...
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Windows not recognizing CD/DVD drive

I have an Acer Aspire laptop running Windows 7. It has (suddenly) stopped recognizing any CD/DVD that I put in the drive. When I insert a disk, it seems to be processing it for a couple of seconds ...
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partitions lost drive letters in windows 7

i have following problem with my HDD in my laptop, i have win 7 my partitions are gone hide and not visible in my computer, when i try to look them in disk management the partitions which are hidden ...
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ULTRABOOK using de SSD: is the SSD available for data storage?

I recently installed W8 Professional in my SAMSUNG ULTRABOOK. When I finished I executed Disk Management Tool to create a new partition and I saw that the SSD volume appears as "Unallocated". What ...
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Unable to detect Seagate Expansion hard disk

I am in big trouble. After searching over internet, I realised that my PCI Driver not installing because of Virus Probably. But I can see that system is detecting device And In Disk management, ...
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How create and format a new partition

I wiped my laptop and I am repartitioning its 1TB hard disk. I created four primary partitions without problems. But I cannot create a fift primary partition. When I try I get a message stating: disk ...
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Increasing size of possible partition - deleting content index file

Trying to create a new partition from within Win7 to install a linux system on. I disabled the page file, disabled hibernation, disabled restoration (intending to re-enable them once the new ...
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Is this very large recovery partition necessary?

I've seen some other questions asking if they can delete their recovery partition. Most of these have been <1GB in size. Mine however, is 16GB and I'm not sure why. I've installed Ubuntu a few ...
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Four NTFS partition + a ex4 on a MBR partition scheme

I'm about to install Linux OS in my computer. Using Windows' Disk Management, I shrunk a partition for Linux. After pressing OK on making a simple volume, Windows request to make the disk to dynamic, ...
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How to solve Windows Disk Management showing duplicate drives?

For some reason diskmgmt.msc is showing "repeated drives" (click image for full view): As can be seen, RECOVERY (D:) has two rows, one stating "File System" as NTFS and the other showing blank. ...
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Where did my system partition go after cloning from my previous hard drive?

I recently bought a 250GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD for my laptop, and used AOMEI Partition Assistant to clone my previous hard drive. One completed, I physically replaced swapped out the two drives, booted ...
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Editing partitions on USB drive disabled

I recently bought a 128GB USB drive, on which I'd like to make 4 partitions, but when I use Disk Management (Windows) and try to edit the main partition, the items in the list when right-clicked are ...
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How to resize (enlarge) C: partition in Windows 8.1 | MiniTool, Paragon, and Disk Management all failed

ISSUE SUMMARY Can't resize Windows 8.1 system partition to utilize unallocated drive space. DESCRIPTION I am having a heck of a time with this one and have been chasing this for days. I have an HP ...
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windows 8 on external drive: how to make a volume bootable?

I want to install Windows 8 Release preview on an external drive. When I selected a partition from my external HD, it displayed Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Setup does not support ...
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windows 7 creating extended logical partition in disk manager causes computer not to boot (black screen)

I searched around and could not find a post or solution for the same situation I am having, so I am going to describe what happened/happens below: I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on my Medion ...
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Laptop hard drive not working on Windows

I'm having a very odd problem. I have a new Asus laptop (Model:A550J Board:X550JX) and I bought a caddy to change the DVD drive to a hard drive or SSD(older model, but roughly same casing), I tried ...
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How can I make my XP recognize my new internal hard drive?

[ This question is a spin-off of My new internal hard disk doesn't appear in Disk Management, but BIOS and Device Manager recognize it ] I bought a new internal Seagate hard disk, connected to ...
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Flash drive not recognized

I was copying some files to my flash drive and removed it from my laptop.  When I plugged it into my PC, it didn't recognize it and it doesn't show up in disk management, and I can't find it in device ...
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Cannot format 8GB USB Drive Partition

So, I have a 8GB USB thumbrive I am trying to format so I can use all 8 (or 7.27 to be exact) GB in a single partition. The drive already has a 943 MB partition, which I figured I could extend to ...
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Disk Management shows incorrect volume size

Earlier I shrunk drive C using Disk Management but ran into "The parameter is incorrect" error. I now have the following situation: According to the top pane in the following screenshot, Disk 0 (...
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Does “Offline” in Disk Management actually turn off (spin down) the disk?

There is "Offline" menu in Disk Management. If I click that, the disk becomes offline and not accessible. My question is that, does "offline" actually turn off (spin down) the disk for good (until the ...
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Big discrepancy in used size between Drive Properties and All Files Properties

I have two different microSD cards which show a big discrepancy between the total size used when shown in Drive Properties and when shown in All Folders/Files Properties. Below is an example. ...
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Normal amount of Recovery Partitions and how to know their content

I just bought a new pc and noticed that the available capacity of my C: drive was a lot less than the advertised amount. Taking in account that Windows counts 1 GB = 1024^3 bytes, my pc should report ...
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How to fix a Corrupted USB

My USB stick has suddenly stopped working. It's a Busbi 4GB. My USB used to be G:/ but as soon as I plugged it in, I used to get a pop up box showing that it was plugged in. Now, when I plug this in, ...
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Merging non-adjacent partitions in Windows 8.1 [duplicate]

I don't know why, but somehow I ended up with ~8gb partition on my tablet pc's main drive. This is a problem because the drive is only 64gbs, so losing 8gb is a big deal. The problem is that the ...
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Disk Management label disk (not partition)?

I know how to label a partition. I am not asking for that. Disk Management displays all disks in "Disk #" and its capacity. I have to admit I once had formatted a wrong disk with the same capacity ...
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How to display byte sizes with binary prefixes?

For as long as I can remember, Microsoft DOS and Windows have been displaying byte sizes with decimal prefixes, instead of binary prefixes. This has plagued at least two generations of computer users ...
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Why do I have four free partitions besides by C drive?

I was about to partition my hard drive today when I found that in Disk Management I have four partitions other than my C: drive that have 100% free space. What are those partitions? Can I get rid of ...
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Why does the Windows Disk Management tool display my partitions as logical?

Firstly, I own an Acer laptop originally having Windows 7, now upgraded to 8.1, & initially had 3 primary partitions (that is PQSERVICE, SYSTEM RESERVED & Acer (C:)). I decided to migrate my ...
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Mounting EFI partition on Windows [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount the EFI Partition from Disk Management but all the options for the EFI partition are greyed out, so I can't do anything.. here's a screenshot from the problem :
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Need to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Without Formatting

My hard drives got converted to Dynamic in order to increase the number of partitions. I tried Partition Wizard Server Version, but its not working. I need to convert the partitions to basic to ...