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Change partioned Hard Drive Help

Q: Change partioned Hard Drive Help

OK, after I did a clean install on my daughters Dell E310, Win XP Home Edition there are now a C drive and a D drive. Partioned how?????

I know I can go to my Computer and manage to delete one drive, but what happens if I delete the drive that has the important files to run the OS?

Any help would be appreciated thanks and have a great day....

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In theory, as I understand it, the machine will start up and rewrite new corrected data.

A:Re-partioned the hard drive

Welcome to the Seven Forums! marossity

That's one reg value you have to keep for sure. The registry wouldn't be the place to start with anyways.

If 7 came preinstalled moving the recovery partition wasn't a good idea to start with since that is configured to repair and even restore the preinstalled Windows and offsets aby factory recovery options. Once you make changes to partitioning on any drive the checkdisk utility will fire up automatically being a builtin tool found in Windows itself.

You could try running the "chkdsk /r" command in the command prompt to manually start up the checkdisk utility while booted in Windows with the repair switch added. That may fix the problem and result in Windows creating a log showing that.

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Originally Posted by Riptorn

I am using Windows Vista 32 Bit, laptop, it came with a with a Crive & a Drive, is there anyway to remove or delete the Drive,as I do not use ut at all. I do not want it.Any ideas? Thanks Rip


the d:\ dirve can be deleted but make sure your system backups, and OS re-install may be hidden there

If you want to delete it you may need to use a 3rd party disk amangement app like paragons disk suite.

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My apologies if this comes across as a silly question.A while back I reverted a Vista system to XP on a secondary HD, which named itself N:I did have plans to get a dual boot working but have no need to, so I would like to format the C drive, to remove any confusion my PC may have about having 2 operating systems installed (Even though it only uses XP). The C drive also has a recovery partition D, as its a HP system. I no longer need this and would like the drive to be whole again.When I try to just format the drive in File Explorer, there is an error "Windows was unable to complete the format". I'm guessing this is some kind of safeguard in Windows. So I guess I need to boot to DOS using a boot disk? I have no floppy drive, can I make a DOS boot disk on a CD? And do I need to include a CD driver or something to get it to recognise it or is that all in the BIOS these days?Also, would there be any risk to my system, having a clean C drive? The other option I'm considering is to install XP on the C, swap the data off the N then format it, so my drive structure is normal. But concerned the 2 installs of XP would conflict. My problem is I have about 1.5TB of data to shuffle around and only 1TB worth of external storage (1.5TB space between the two internal drives), so I can't just clean the lot and start again. Unless I buy another external I suppose ... *insert whinge about how slow it is to copy to and from* Oh dear, is this an operating system question or a hardware question?!Anyway, I really appreciated the help on this forum last time I had a problem and look forward to hearing from someone who can make sense of my post.Thanks in advance.2.5TB of storage? I wish I had that =PAnyways, Windows will sage guard its operating systems, meaning if it finds an active OS on the drive it will not format it.Now if your talking about renaming your main OS (WinXP) drive letter from N:/ to C:/ you usually can't do that. I haven't been able to do it when I tried, It would change a lot drive mappings and render a lot of programs if not the operating system useless.I would back up all important data and format/install the operating systems how I'd like. However remove your external hard drive when installing Windows or it may install your External Hard drive as C:/ (Happened to me about a week ago)If you boot a Windows XP disk you should be able to format both OS off your hard drive without problem.Oh, and this was an Operating system question not a hardware =P
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Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

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A:change system hard drive

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Create a bootable pendrive with Lucid Puppy on it, boot from it and check whether you can access and retrieve your files from the external HDD.

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A:change hard drive boot order??

Quote: Originally Posted by msongs


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Hello Jarrod, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if deleting the desktop.ini files and seeing if one of the methods in the tutorial below will allow you to change the drive icon to what you want instead.

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hi jonych, and welcome to sevenforums,

check out this thread: How to change icon for external storage
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Yes, the tutorial below can help show you how to change the drive letter back to I.

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From what I have heard about those drives, it is a problem with the proprietary setup of the drive. It is classic HP stupidity. The drive is coupled with junkware, which eventually fails to work properly.

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Hi and welcome to SevenForums.

I'm not sure I understand. These two internal hard disks are in another computer? What operating system is running on this other computer?

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Right you are using 2 different drives. Manually Assigning letter to one of them Restrict those letter from being used on the other. When you switch them out the letters have to be manually assigned again. That is how it is suppose to be. Windows Remembers each Drive serial # and or some other drive parameter and sees them as different drives, which they are.

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Welcome to Seven Forums

No, Windows 7 won`t self activate.

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Welcome to the Seven Forums

Yes that is possible to change that is just a image.

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Hello Jassie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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A:Change a Dynamic/Invalid Hard drive to Valid

Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens


I have new PC and when I attach my 2TB external USB attached hard drive it does not show up in explorer, it does show in Disk Manager where it says it is Dynamic and Invalid.

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If you like, add that folder to your Pictures library. It should then be available to browse to and select.

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I don?t have this notebook model but usually SATA controller mode options in BIOS are either AHCI or compatibility.
I presume it is set to AHCI.

Your notebook has SATA HDD so I don?t understand why do you want to change anything. Using AHCI mode HDD can run with ?full speed?.
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You can use the command line tool "convert" to convert a FAT32 volume to NTFS. Example:

convert X: /FS:NTFS

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Quote: Originally Posted by al4x

i currently have a hdd with vista and W7 on it

vista was on it originally and i shrunk this partition to allow me to put 7 on

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It will be fine.

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This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

1. Use the 20g for the os and housekeeping utes such as av, spyware, etc only, nothing else goes on that drive.
2. Use the 160g for apps installs.
3. Use the 200g for data.

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