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 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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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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External HDD is causing my second drive to unallocate (disappear)

I am running Windows 7 x64 and have two drives, C and D respectively. D is within a RAID array running under Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST). The external HDD in question is a CN Memory ...
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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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One of the partitions is not showing on my computer

I have 3 partitions on my PC. But automatically when I restarted my PC, then F drive is not showing. F drive is of 201GB and among 204 perhaps 50GB is used. I tried to restore it from Windows Disk ...
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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 ...
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How to manage space effectively on a small SSD

How do you manage disk space on a small SSD? I bought a new PC that came with a 128GB SSD (local disk) and 1TB internal drive. The OS takes up most of the space on the SSD. From the moment I turned ...
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Drive NAME does not show up when viewing in Explorer but does in Disk Management

Issue: When I have a drive attached to my PC (non-USB) it shows up fine in disk management and shows up fine when checking under "Computer" (where you see all your drives, and I can also use the ...
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partition managing not allowing to expand

I wanted to dual boot Linux + win7. I got to the disk management program and discovered that I can not extend the win7 partition. (superuser also wont allow me to post images so I cant stick an image ...
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Why my new partition disappears?

I use windows 7 Pro. I shrink from Drive C for creating a new partition using Disk Management. After entering the amount of space and pressing Shrink button, the amount decreases from Partition C but ...
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How do I merge two unallocated, non-sequential partitions on the same logical disk?

I'm wondering if I could merge two unallocated spaces as shown in the picture below: I would like to combine the two unallocated spaces into a single space for further partitioning.
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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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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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Windows Server 2012 Missing Disk Space

I'm completly lost here, have no clue where the other 20gbs have gone. Could anyone assist me?