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Disk Management shows failed disk?

Q: Disk Management shows failed disk?

I just cloned my OS HD to a new Crucial M4 128Gb & it is working just fine.

I later noticed a failed disk - that is about the same size as the new M4. Screenshot is attached.

Do I dare delete this failed phantom disk? Please - no guesses!

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A: Disk Management shows failed disk?

OK - I went ahead & deleted it. No ill effects.
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A:HDD shows "Import failed" in Disk Management

Oh my god!
When I right clicked the Disk and clicked "Offline" in Disk Management, it showed some error but the partitions are now back:

But one partition is still missing. And you can see it as "Unallocated space" in Disk Management. How do I recover it?
Anyway, I got these 2 partitions. Now, I'm confident that I'll get the other one too. Thank god.

EDIT: The partitions which came back are now shown as Read-only. How do I change it to Read/Write?
I still need help. Please help me.

EDIT: The last partition also came back after I rebooted my PC. Now the only problem is that these partitions are Read-Only. How do I change it to Read/Write? Please help me.
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A:new ssd shows in bios but not disk management

In order to help you, you need to post a LOT more info; exact system specs, exact drive you are having problems accessing, if your board has more than one sata controller, what controller you are using for the drive, etc, etc.
Post a screenshot of disk management.
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Desperately trying to get back family pictures and

Thanks so much for your help!


A:500GB HDD only shows 3.86GB in Disk Management

I've not seen any responses, I suppose either the drive is really dead or no one has seen this kind of error before?

Anyway, thanks for this forum
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A:Win8.1 Disk Management shows two OEM Recovery drives

Since the partition does not show up in Disk Management graphical representation, or Diskpart, I would say it was a glitch in Disk Management. If you notice, it does not show a file type on the first listing in the upper window of Disk Management.

What makes me wonder is most systems show the last partition as hidden and a Recovery partition. Since there is no way for me to know how it was originally designated, I cannot say for sure the system is completely normal.

Since you know how to use Diskpart, how about selecting the partition and doing a det par command and then copy and paste the results in your next post. Maybe someone else has an HP system who would know how the partition is supposed to be set up.
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A:2nd hard drive shows in BIOS but not Disk Management

Check if your sata drivers are the latest here : ASRock > Fatal1ty Z87 Killer
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Please see this thread in the forum: 1tb HDD only shows 523gb
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A:Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management

Can you show a screenshot of File Explorer?
it is usually impossible for a drive to have a letter in File Explorer but not in Disk Management.
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Is there a reason the disk to drive letter is changing?

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A:Disk Management (Snap in) shows swaped Disk0=D and Disk1=C

On a SATA controller there is no order to attached drives. All SATA drives are treated the same and managed (initially) by the BIOS/UEFI without any preference to one over another. Old folks like me who remember IDE drives and the importance of Master/Slave positioning get hung up on the drive order, but we will learn!
So the short answer is fugetaboutit.

Long answer: The BIOS/UEFI is only concerned with finding the bootable drives and locating the boot manager files. Once a boot manager is found it hands off control. The OS then controls the partition management and disk order. Each physical hard drive has a unique identifying number that the system and OS can keep track of. Windows will assign Disk 0 to the first drive it encounters and record it that way by identifier. You would think the first drive it would recognize would be the one plugged into SATA port 1 but that is not always the case, sometimes it is just the drive that is ready and accessed first.

So if you really need to arrange the drives "in order" then the thing to do is to shut down > disconnect all hard drives except the one with the OS > Optional: make sure the drive is connected to SATA port 1 > start the computer and let Windows load fully > check DM to see that the one hard drive is Disk 0 > Shut down again > connect the hard drive you want to be Disk 1 > Start up, and so on.

The "correct" order should stick after that.
Hope that helps!
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How does it show up in Disk Management? Does it indicate normal operation and a valid format?
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Are you getting any error messages??
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A:[SOLVED] disk management console failed

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Regards Colzie
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A:My data drive not in Disk Management, listed as an Invalid Dynamic disk in DISKPART?

If you are OK with data loss on disk 0 you can do the following,
diskpart> sel dis 0
diskpart> clean
diskpart> conv dyn
This would reactivate your disk.
Invalid occurs due to many reasons like on spanned volume,
suppose few sectors have gone bad. So you are going to lose that data and as such disk becomes invalid.
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has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
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Read this tutorial on how to covert back from Dynamic. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
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A:Disk Management - Online/Offline function/Dual Disk OS

You can go to Disk management and remove the drive letter for "D".
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A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

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A:disk not initialized in Disk Management. Device Not Ready.

I submitted this post in tenforums and sevenforums on an old thread. Its better to start a new one. THis is the reply from jumanji from the sevenforums thread. I will continue posting replies on this thread instead
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji

I am still trying to understand your system.

Please furnish the following Information.

1. You have a Windows 10 System. Is it a custom-built one? Built by you?

2.In the Windows Disk Management I see three drives.Disk 0, Disk 1 and Disk 2. All three Internal?

3. You are now trying to plug-in /connect two drives. But both of these cannot be accessed. Right?

Now the crucial question. 4. Where were these drives before? Please give the history of both drives. Both drives data drives? What happened to the system from which they came?

I may not be able to deal with the drives connected to Windows 10 - for I don't know how it will treat alien drives. As I see it both drives are bad ( In Windows 10).

I do understand that you have a SATA to USB adapter. Can you just take one drive - mark it as No 1 --, connect it to a Windows 7 system and post the screenshots of Windows Disk Management and PW screenshot? Always post full screenshots with all information seen and not truncated/cut screenshots.

Mark the other drive as Drive 2, unplug drive No.1 , plug in drive No2 and again repeat the screenshots. We shall not mix drive 1 and drive 2 together. It will lead to confusion. We shall deal with only one at a time.

I would rather prefer to work within a known environment.
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A:Attempting to delete disk partition in disk management

I suggest that you follow this tutorial carefully. partitioning - How do I remove my Ubuntu partition from Windows 7 and reuse the space? - Ask Ubuntu
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A:Disk management converted only disk to dynamic, will it boot?

From what I've read, the only major difference with dynamic disc's is that it's more flexible, in that it allows you more options in manipulating the disc itself. See link. You are fine with either setup.

Basic Storage Versus Dynamic Storage in Windows XP
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A:Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS)

You might try going to the Services panel (services.msc) and looking at the properties for the Virtual Disk service. Open the Dependencies tab and check that those three services are also running or can be started.

Have you done anything with the utility lately like mount a .vhd or .xvhd file? Is there anything which might be corrupted and causes problems for the Utility with it tries to scan the drives?
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Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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A:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.
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What is the exact number of your multiple physical drives?
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I am attaching the screen shot.

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Thanks Jim.

So what's the sol.?
How can I create a new non-primary partition?

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As far as the icons go, the following tutorial covers the procedure to restore both the icons you mentioned: Desktop Icons.

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Please attach a screen shot of Disk Management so we can see what your seeing.
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Seems like your hard drive has failed. You may have to replace the drive and reinstall Windows. Please use these instructions for testing your hard drive.*Works even if your PC doesn't boot to Windows.    If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon. If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!
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A:no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

Hi @Jimmy56,Welcome to the HP Support Forums! I understand that you had a "no boot disk has been detected"  type of error on start up, and that you replaced the hard drive and have the same issue. I am happy to help with this. If you put back the original hard drive you can use the following to test the hard drive. It is possible there was a connectivity problem and just re-seating the hard drive could make a difference. HP PCs - Hard Disk Error Displays before the Computer Starts As to the newer hard drive you put in, if there was not an operating system installed you are going to get the same type of message. You could do the same hard drive diagnostics from the above link, just to be sure the drive is good. Please let me know the results, but if just installing the original hard drive back in to the system works, and it starts up properly, then please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated.
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Windows is using this drive for page filing, DO NOT DELETE.
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In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
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A:SATA disk failed and Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed

Hi there @nmulji,  Thank you for joining in on the HP Support Forums and Welcome! This is a great place to ask questions, find solutions and get help from others in the community! I read your post on the HP Support Forums and understand that the Hard Drive in your HP ENVY TouchSmart 15t-j100 Select Edition CTO Notebook PC failed the Short DST Check.  SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System) uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to tell you when a hard drive failure is imminent. Have you tried to Restore the BIOS? If not, please try this step first. Then, just to be on the safe side, back up your data that way it does not get lost. However, there might be certain conditions that cause a hard drive failure message to display when a problem does not exist (a false positive). To fix false positive hard drive errors, please try updating the hard drive firmware. You can check whether an update is available by going to the  Get software and drivers page. You will need to put in your Model Number and then click the links that pertain to the computer configuration and see if a hard drive update is available.  You could also try to do a  Disk Defragment to consolidate files and move them to another section of the drive where errors are less likely to occur. Did this reply resolve your issue or answer your question? If yes, then please share the good news! Let others know this reply was helpful by clicking the Accept as Solution button. You can also show your appreciation by clicking the Thumbs Up. If you require further assistance, I would be more than happy to continue to help you. Please re-post with the results of the troubleshooting. Thanks!
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Why would you not include the Disk Mgmt drive map so we can see where these partitions actually are? Please maximize the window and include everything so we can answer you best.
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Is there a method to lock in a drive letter? Just curious.
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A:disk management

The rest of your space probably stayed unallocated in Disk Management, post a screenshot of it as described in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

You should be able to extend to the free space to the right of current partition, still post that screenshot so we can guide you accurately.
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A:disk management

when you format/partitioned the drive in the original set up - did you enable
the large disk support.? LDS
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A:Disk Management

Originally Posted by sachien

Hi All,
I am havein Vista Home Premium instaled on mu laptop.
there are three partition on my Hard disk
C: 31 GB
D: 5 Gb (Recovery disk)
E : 75 GB
I wan to format my system and want to merge C:\ drive and E:\ drive as single drive. I have recovery disk with me.
I dont bother if data is lost on either drive. I just want to reinsitall every thing and create single drive.
Please help

Sachien, IMO it's not a good idea at all. Instead, you should move your data folders like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, pictures, etc., to drive E, so that if in the future, you need to reinstall the OS and format your primary partition, you do not have to worry about the data. Check this out: Move Documents,Desktop,Videos,Pictures,Downloads to new location in Vista | Windows Reference
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A:Disk Management

Do the disks show up in Device Manager and in the BIOS?

I think I'd be inclined to run the system file checker making sure you've backed everything up first.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If that doesn't find anything try a full anti-virus scan in Safe Mode.

Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free download that removes viruses and malware from your computer

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A:Help: Disk Management

With just one reading I couldn't really understand what you are describing and for what help you are asking. And I am not going to try to read those fly specs again. Could you tell us your current situation and what it is that you want to do? (But, don't bother doing that for my sake if you are going to use a non-default font.)
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A:Disk management

Try this util, it should help you extend the C partition: News
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A:Disk management gone bad

Uh, Oh.

Chances are that the files are still there. But getting them back may be a problem.

Try booting from this floppy (Run the program to create the floppy) and running "pr.exe" at the prompt. Try the option to scan the drive for partitions. See if it can recover anything.

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A:Disk Management

Hi Sarge,

Long time no see and glad you are still around and kicking. Anyway, the only way that I know you can do that is to move the total disk to a temp file on your hard disk, then copy or burn a CD with the files that you want on each disk. Don't think there is any automatic way to revert them back without this process.
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A:Disk management

In "My Computer" ... Right click on the F drive and choose to create a shortcut.
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Combining the partitions will require software ....
sure you wouldn't rather install a bigger HD instead ??
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A:Disk Management

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A:disk management help

Hello jay1623, welcome to Seven Forums!

From what you say the "Free Space" was part of an Extended partition and not compatible with a Primary partition, what I'm sure the other paratitions are; using Windows disk management to create a fourth partition it will be an Extended partition by default.


Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire Windows disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

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A:help with disk management

Hello F17ZY,

In Services, double check the services listed below to make sure that they set this way:Plug and Play - Started - Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) - Started - Automatic
Virtual Disk - Manual
Hope this helps,
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A:Disk Management - Need Help, Please

Have a looky over here pal

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A:Help with disk management

Hello Bob, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you have not already, then I would recommend that you create a set of recovery discs from your partition for the "Vista Recovery Disc" and "Applications and Driver Disc". This way you can reinstall Vista on your computer if you ever decided to later. Once you delete the recovery paritions, you will not be able to without these discs.

Dell - Support

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Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

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A:disk management

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A:Disk management challenge

You can do it either inside of Windows but I prefer to use Partition Wizard. 
Delete the E: Partiton
Resize your C: Partition
No steps are done until Apply is clicked as all steps are virtual which allows you to exit out of Partition Wizard if you make a mistake.
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here is the screenshot.

A:disk management problem

Hard for me to read ... but ... it looks like from your screenshot that you already have four primary partitions assigned. IF that's true, and you're trying create another -- you can't. Four Primaries is the maximum number.

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A:Disk Management Problem!

Hello Looi76,

I'm not sure that you will be able to shrink the C: partition without having to use a 3rd party program. You may be only to shrink that amount space due to unmovable allocated space for System Restore, page file, shadow copy, etc.. Vista Disk Management is basic and limited in what it can do. Only a 3rd party disk management program can move this allocated space to allow you to shrink the partition.

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A:Disk Management Window

Post a picture of your disk management. Then we'll see.
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A:2nd HD (IDE) not detected by disk management

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A:disk management error

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A:Disk Management never starts

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A:Disk Management Issues

there may be ways to force it to install but I don't know. I do know I had the a lot of similar problems before when trying to install apps when main drive was NOT c.
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A:Bad drive? Fun with Disk Management

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A:Disk management problems xp

When you right click on it, you should have the option to initialize

If you are going to install a operating system once it is in the laptop, you can format it then