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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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Why is there a 16gb blank volume space on my primary partition on C: Drive?

TL:DR - Can I delete the 16gb volume on my c: drive that isn't assigned to anything, without bricking my system? It is to the left of my "Healthy (EFI System Partition)" The only reason why ...
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External Hard disk not showing in disk mangement but show in device manager

Yesterday when I was copying over over 130gb data from my internal hdd to external hdd using my laptop, the copying stopped at 20% says that the external hdd is not found. Then I tried unplugging it ...
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Unexplained partition gap after Windows installation

I used Windows's MediaCreationTool21H2.exe to make a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 10 on the SSD 2TB of my PC. The installation process starts by asking you which paritition you'd like ...
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trying to install openSuse Leap 15.3 alongside existing windows10 on my surface pro

Device Spec Windows Spec Disk Partition in Windows Now, when I restart and boot using a openSuse Leap 15.3 bootable USB, i expect to see a 100 GB disk that I could partition as required (root, home, ...
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Marked and then unmarked an external hard drive partition as active- will this affect my pc bootup?

I accidentally marked my external hard drive partition as active and then immediately unmarked it. So far my PC seems fine, but I'm not sure it'll boot up from my system partition as I can't find it ...
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USB device showing 'Insert a disk' message [duplicate]

Here is the story. I got this usb today and I did format it with default settings (only changed its name). Then I copied some files into my usb. Without ejecting it (I think), I disconnected the usb. ...
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Unable to shrink volume by needed amount despite available space in Windows Disk Manager [duplicate]

I am trying to create a new partition on my SSD and need to shrink my C: partition to do so. According to the "this PC" page, I have 36.1GB available on my C: drive. However, when I attempt ...
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How do I fix an issue with Disk Manager that is causing a Windows Boot Manager Error?

A user of my desktop erroneously clicked 'make drive active' on the C: drive in Disk Manager. This has caused a Windows Boot Manager Error when I try to restart the computer. Here is what I do not ...
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Unmovable file stops me from shrinking partition

I am trying to shrink my main NTFS partition to get some space for a Linux partition. Howver, the Disk manager tells me the following when I try to shrink: You cannot shrink a volume beyond the point ...
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How to format an USB drive having multiple partitions under Windows 11?

I have an USB stick totalling 8GB. It has three "partitions": 41 MB Unallocated D: 2MB Fat the rest is unallocated I want to completly format the USB drive. Yet when I do right click on D:\...
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Automate unmounting and remounting volumes in Windows

I often want to work around BitLocker (to make read-only external drives read-write). To do this, I run the following to disable BitLocker Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\...
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windows: Is the term "basic disk" the same as "Simple Volume"?

While doing some disk management operations with 4 SSD drives on my windows-10 machine, I read some Microsoft documentation 2022-01-10 that says "dynamic disks" (i.e. Disk Management's "...
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How to restore (normalize) HDD spinoff timeout in LXLE?

After the last update on my system, the timeout setting for turning off the hard disk was broken. This problem manifests itself as a constant shutdown and spinning of the HDD motor at intervals of ...
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Option to extend volume on windows 10 disk management greyed out for no reason

Alright, I was trying to use this external 4TB HDD as a live disk for Linux, it worked but now I have to reformat it. However Disk Management, in it's infinite wisdom, has decided to grey out the ...
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I think I deleted my partition, but I can still see it in Windows 10 "disk management"

Okay so, I downloaded on my Windows 10, Ubuntu and I successfully achieved a dual boot system with Ubuntu. Because I need to re-install Ubuntu, I wanted to delete it, from my windows. I found online ...
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Unable to delete files in D drive

Following is the content of my D-drive. The folder is empty. But when I try to delete them, it says I don't have the permission - D-drive-contents message-when-clicked-on-delete I wanted to clear ...
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extending disk partition with other partitions in the way

I want to extend my C drive partition after upgrading it, but the 2 partitions have partitions in between them. I'm not sure how to extend it and the extend button is grayed out.
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diskpart shows one partition as two different ones

I want to convert my hard disk from MBR to GPT via mbr2gpt, but for it to work, I can have a maximum of three primary partitions and diskpart is labeling the same partition as two separate partitions [...
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Shrinking C: partition in windows didn't unallocate the space

I'm trying to do a dual boot on my computer with Linux but my laptop only has 1 drive. I wanted to shrink my C: drive so I can make a new partition for Linux. But when I shrank my drive this happened: ...
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How can I merge a partition with unallocated space? (In Ubuntu)

I'm stuck as to how I can fully utilize all my free space. I have 1TB of storage. A few months ago, I installed Ubuntu 20.04 into it. Then something happened (my fault really) and Ubuntu stopped ...
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How do I determine properties of disks from a live USB?

I'm currently using Clonezilla to restore previously-created disk images (Windows) to a variety of small computers - an Intel Compute Stick (two versions) and an Asus Vivo Stick. Obviously the image I ...
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I accidentaly removed a dynamic disk from disk management and cannot seem to find it again

My setup consists of 3 disks. Disk 0 is an SSD from where windows boots. Disk 2 is an empty HDD, and I have another Disk (currently missing from disk management) who is also an empty HDD. Here is a ...
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Windows 10 reassigns drive letters on reboot

Through being forced to for a software program my company uses, I recently switched from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Now, every time I reboot, my computer decides to assign letters E, F, G, and H with ...
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Dual-Boot Ubuntu 18.04/Windows 10 No Room [duplicate]

I am trying to dual boot my Dell Latitude D7270 with Windows and Ubuntu Desktop 18.04. When I enter I look at my storage in settings it says my C: drive has 98GB free (230 GB Total). Yet when I try to ...
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Cannot delete volume on drive that was originally a windows installation?

I have three drives in my system Disk 0, Disk 1, and Disk 2. Disk 1 and Disk 2 were originally installed in the system, the former was my windows installation and the later my storage drive. I cloned ...
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External HDD freezes computer and does not show up in Disk Management

I have a Seagate 1TB external hard drive. I was doing a full reformat of the drive the other day and unfortunately, my pc crashed while it was at 94%. After a reboot, my pc was completely stuck and ...
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Is it safe to delete the recovery partition?

I am trying to grow my C: drive to use the unallocated space on Disk 0. Is it safe to throw away the Recovery Partition (i.e. make it unallocated)? And if so, is GParted an ok tool to do that with? Or ...
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How to get rid of weird disk partitions on a Windows 10 on C drive

I am having an issue were I am unable to delete the weird partitions in C drive. When I right click, I get only the Help option available. For the first partition, other options are greyed out while ...
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Explain the partitions please

I am new to this. I want to identify which is the BOSS Linux OS and which is the Windows OS and if I want to keep Windows and remove BOSS, which partitions should I be removing. I am on Windows OS and ...
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Extend unallocated space to my `C:` drive?

I am using a machine with Windows 10. After shrinking the size of the partition D: using Disk Management, I got 215.78GB Unallocated. Now, I want to Extend the Volume of the partition C: with the ...
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root partition doesn't have all space available

It's been 10+ years since I've done any server admin work and now I have installed on an old laptop an Ubuntu 20.04 server and I have some problems in making all space available in the / partition ... ...
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Disk Management format vs command line format

I have read in many places that, since Windows Vista, the command line format command writes zeros in each sector of the disk (not for quick format). Edit : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/...
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Hard drive issues after setting to offline and disconnecting the hard drive

I used Disk Management to set my hard drive to offline (method). I shut my computer off then disconnected the SATA cable and PSU cable from the hard drive. I rebooted and used my computer for a few ...
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Booting is messed up when tried to clone my main HDD to SSD

Im trying to upgrade an old Dell pc and clone the old HDD drive with an SSD I have connected the new SSD to the connections of the optical drive and used the "MiniTool partition" app to make ...
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Are there pitfalls of extending a partition to a space before it in Windows 7 (after Windows 10 upgrade)?

Several years ago, it was impossible to extend a partition to a space directly before it, using Windows 7's built-in Disk Management (case #1 from 2010, case #2 from 2012). This has been possible for ...
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Unable to extend Windows 10 system partition after restoring disk with Clonezilla

I restored 60 GB disk on 120 GB using Clonezilla. Now I want extend system partition labeled with C letter. In WIndows 10 Disk Management I see: C: 54 GB NTFS 529 MB one 56 GB unallocated I don't have ...
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Disk management unable to connect to virtual disk service

On Win 10 in Computer Management (local), I click on Disk Management and see "Unable to connect to Virtual Disk Service". The obvious thing to check was whether VDS was running. It was not, ...
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what does start and end refer to in the disk managment on linux

I have started learning basic IT and Disk management on Linux for a program I am writing. I started with the parted tool and when creating a disk it requires start and end values for creating ...
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hard drive not detected in windows but in ubuntu it is detected

I have a problem with my hard drive . After I reinstalled my windows to Windows10 ,there is no sign of my internal hard drive in windows.(I have 128G SSD (2x64 GB RAID0) and 1TB SATA hard drive) There ...
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Can't extend my drive: “There is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation”

“There is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation”: Why am I getting this error? I've just decided to run linux on a VM to speed up the change between OS and ripped of my ...
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No option to delete or shrink volume in disk manager

I can easily copy and delete files into my 13.72GB partition(E:) using windows explorer but I want to extent my D: by merging the space of E (13GB) onto the D: drive but there is no option to do any ...
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Add a new disk as mirroring (raid 1) to existing disk

I have disk1 with Windows Server OS and all my applications and DB installed and configured. Can I now add a fresh disk (disk2) to this existing disk1 and make it as mirroring disk (raid1) using ...
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Disk Management: Not able to make a new volume

I am not able successfully make a new volume from unallocated space in disk management. I will try to explain you all through points and screenshot. What I did: shrink space from Local Disk (E:) [...
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I cant see the disk I removed from an external canon harddrive CS100

I had a canon external hard drive that I could upload photos from WI-FI at home. The power supply stopped working and I now want to get the photos off the hard drive. I have removed the drive and ...
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how to create dynamic disk mirror in windows 7?

I have 2x 16TB HDDs. One of them has data on it and is a dynamic disk. The other is unformated. It has one giant 16TB unallocated partition. In Disk Management, right clicking on the disk with data ...
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WD 2TB External hard disk is detected in disk management but not showing in windows explorer

I have WD 2tb external hard drive. It seems to be detected in disk management but does not show up in windows explorer. In disk management, right clicking on the disk partition only one option is ...
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Windows 10 how to fix drive letter on my micro SD cards?

Recently, my micro SD card stopped showing up in Explorer on my Surface pro 6. I opened the Disk Management tool and the disk does get recognized (as Disk 1 below), but the main partition does not ...
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Does it matter if a drive extended in Disk Management (W10) looks like different partitions?

After installing a new HDD to be my primary storage drive, I deleted a couple of now redundant partitions on an old HDD and tried extending the data partition into those two partitions after each ...
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Is it an issue if my drive is assigned to B:?

I have read that drives are not typically assigned to B: because it used to be assigned to floppy disks in MSDOS. IS this still an issue? I partitioned my new SSD to the B: location.
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Running VM of a physical hard drive

I have an old hard drive with Windows XP on it from very long ago. I want to get back into the OS and see it. I'm trying to get run it in a Hyper-V machine on my workstation/gaming PC (Windows 10 Pro, ...
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