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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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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 ...
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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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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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Windows 7 system reserved drive autorun popup

I have several drives attached to a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional machine. In the last week, I am getting repeated, constant autorun popups for a new drive, with the label 'System reserved'. Before I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can't delete free space partition or merge with other partition

Few days ago i installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS alongside my Windows 7 64 Bit. I installed Ubuntu through live CD installation, but instead of giving it a partition of 200 GB i gave Ubuntu more than a ...
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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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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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What do the icons in Windows Disk Management mean?

i have three hard drives (and one DVD-ROM drive) in my Windows Server 2003 machine: For some reason, Windows Disk Management seems to think i have four hard disks (and one DVD-ROM drive). The ...
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Why are two different hard drives listed as one disk in Disk Management?

I feel like there's something going wrong with my hard drives on my computer... Yesterday two I use for storage (M: and H:) stopped working altogether. Today they came back and seem fine, but now I ...
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Use Volume label rather than drive letter

My home system changes quite often, particularly, drive letters get reassigned. e.g. My large volume of music is on (Neptune) K:\music. That's where Windows media player expects it, today. Is there ...
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Windows 7 Extend C Volume to Unallocated Space

A while back I installed Ubuntu and then later uninstalled it by I think deleting the partitions and recovering the windows 7 boot loader. I am not that experienced with partitioning yet. As you can ...
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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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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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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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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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Unable to assign a drive letter to my Ubuntu partition from Windows

I recently reinstalled Windows 7 and backed up my files on my Ubuntu partition. Now I would like to retrieve them, but the Ubuntu partition isn't visible from my file browser. My research revealed ...
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Windows 8 does not recognize DVD drive

I have recently installed Windows 8 Enterprise edition on my Lenovo Z580 laptop. After I have mounted an ISO image to install Visual Studio 2012 by Hyper-V, my DVD-drive disappeared. I unmounted and ...
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I want to split my (C:) into two volumes, install win8 on the new volume. Is it possible?

I have win7 installed on my main drive (450~ GB). Is it possible to split it without ruining the HDD? Right now I'm running Computer Management to actually do the deed, but some things seem weird. ...
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Can I change a disk from drive to mounted?

I added a disk to a W2K8R2 machine, and gave it a drive letter: X I want to change that, and mount it as a folder now. Is that even possible? How?
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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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Does windows 7 disk manager mirror disk or partitions?

My servers Raid 1 disappeared when I did a bios update, And now in order to get it back I have to format my 2 * 3tb hard drives. Which isnt really a solution for me. So I have desiced to try and make ...
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Helping with partitioning a hard drive

I'm starting to use Windows 8. I have only one partition on my hard drive. And I want to create two individual partitions. But I don't have much experience in partitioning disk. When opening Windows 8 ...
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External HDD not showing in explorer, only have “Delete Volume” in Disk Management

my external hard disk is not showing up in Explorer. In Disk Management, all of the options are grayed out except for "Delete Volume". I tried right-clicking on the Disk and selecting "Convert to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Extending fourth extended partition to occupy more space

I've got four partitions on my 250GB hard drive: (primary /dev/sda1, NTFS) Windows 7 Recovery partition (17.05 GB) (primary /dev/sda2, NTFS) Windows 7 Boot Menu (100 MB) (primary /dev/sda3, NTFS) ...
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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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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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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 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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Windows 8 my computer not showing correct disk space

My computer has two partitions named as C and D drive (as shown in image). The Disk management window shows D drive size as 365GB and capacity as 340GB. what happened to other 25GB? PS: Before, I ...
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How do I delete a previous Windows partition?

I had previously installed Windows 7 on my D: partition. I don't know why('twas a long time ago) I re-installed it on my (currently) C: partition. But I use the one on my "C:" drive. I want to format ...
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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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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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alerting you when a hdd is missing with software windows raid

So I open up Computer Management on my file serving computer in what has to be the first time in months or maybe even over a year and see that the mirror I had created of my 1TB HDD has "failed ...
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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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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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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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Assign USB drive the letter “A:” in windows XP mode (on windows 7)

Is it possible to assign the drive letter "A:" to a USB pendrive? I've tried it using the SUBST-command, mapping a network drive and via the diskmanagement console. But none of them seem to accept A: ...
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Extending a partition to unallocated space on the LEFT?

I want to extend the partition C (without losing it's content) by adding the extra free(Unallocated) space before it; but as you can see the extend is disabled;(I know that extend will be enabled when ...