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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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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How to delete a partition on a USB drive?

I have a USB drive that I accidentally partitioned when trying to put Ubuntu on it. It's a 16 GB Kingston flash drive but it is now split to two partitions, 7.30 GB each. How do I combine the two ...
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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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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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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 I'...
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Why can't I extend this partition into the unallocated space?

Check out the screenshot below, I want to extend my C partition (where Windows is installed) into the unallocated free space shown. This space was cleared up by shrinking the D partition. I can extend ...
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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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How to add more disk space to the local drive?

I am using Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit. I have > 350 GB Unallocated space in my hard disk. I want to add this > 350 GB unallocated space to C: drive where Windows is installed. I have checked ...
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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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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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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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My new internal hard disk doesn't appear in Disk Management, but BIOS and Device Manager recognize it

I just connected the new disk to the motherboard and started the computer. BIOS has listed the new and old disks. Then I went to Disk Management to format it, but it doesn't appear. But I can see it ...
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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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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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Out of Band Disk Partitioning and Tables [closed]

Our current methods of disk partitioning involve storing the partition layout on the disk itself, right along with the data. It's easy to screw up the data in a disk : just wipe out the partition ...