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Partitioning a single partitioned Hard drive

Q: Partitioning a single partitioned Hard drive

I am running a Lenovo z50-70 laptop which is running on Windows 10.
It currently has a single partition hard drive ( i.e , it only has Local Drive C: ).
I want to make multiple partitions on it, but I am being told since all the memory has already been alloted to C during setting up of windows , its not possible to re-partition the drives without losing data/ re-installing windows.
My main intention to partition the drive is to install Elementary OS ( Ubuntu ) on it.
Is there an alternative of doing this?

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A: Partitioning a single partitioned Hard drive

I just recently split my Windows 7 hard drive into equal partitions so I can install and run Windows 10 independently in it.
Depending on how much computer knowledge you have, the process can be easy or difficult or impossible.
Just make sure you know what you're doing and your personal data is backed up before you take the plunge.
This Microsoft article will get you started.

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A:Single 240gb SSD Drive - Best Partitioning MBR or UEFI/GPT?

Use GPT. It isn't faster (or slower) but doesn't have the limit on partitions (4) that MBR has.
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A:Partitioning a single sata drive with Win7 on it

Hi disneynut, welcome to the forums.

You might want to look at Partition or Volume - Shrink

It'll tell you exactly what you need to know.

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A:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.
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A:Hard drive partitioned

No.. Your F drive will be just fine... nothing will change, your data is safe..
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A:Partitioned 1Tb Hard Drive and 2 OS.

It should be possible to do this.  However I have to admit I haven't set up a dual boot system on one disk since Windows 7 era.  It could be there are some extra complications.  One of which is that Windows 10 seems to create more partitions for itself than older versions of Windows (I have 4).  If Windows 10 is 32bit, then the disk will be in MBR rather than GPT format.  You can check this in Disk Management.  In Disk Management, right click the drive and choose "Properties" and choose the "Volumes" tab.

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A:partitioned hard drive

If you mean from the factory, your "everyday" drive, usually C: is what you're using. The D: retores your computer to the way you received it. Other letters would be for other drives like your optical drive.
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A:Partitioned Hard Drive

System manufacturer and model?

When using a recovery/restore disk to reinstall Windows...the instructions, explanation, etc. for how that all works...are determined by the system manufacturer.

Some such disks also utilize an additional partition on the hard drive (which they created during the install of XP) which is necessary in order for the recovery/restore mechanism to function properly.

You would have to consult either your system documentation (owner's manual) or the manufacturer's website...for specifics regarding such.

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Yes you can. Follow this procedure:
Start>>run>> type "cmd">> format C:
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A:partitioned slave hard drive


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A:Hard drive maybe partitioned inefficiently

You're basically going to need some partition software so that you can decrease the size of your D drive and increase the size of your C drive.
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A:Question regarding a partitioned hard drive

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A:Partitioned laptop hard drive

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A:hard drive is not partitioned how do I partition it?

what happens if you continue?

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A:Partitioned Hard Drive Question

If you used partition magic do not use it again. I would suggest using gparted it is a Linux based partitioner program and is free and 100 times better than the other ones. You can resize the partitions on both drive with out screwing up the drives but to be safe I would backup all of the important data first. Remember every time you turn your back the computer will give it too you royally so be safe backup first.

GParted - Gnome Partition Editor
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A:partially partitioned hard drive

Try this if you're using windows XP or 2k.
Right click on the "my computer" icon , choose MANAGE option.
New window cames out and in the left panel will see a "DISK MANAGEMENT' entry ( it's under the storage). Once you click on DISK MANAGEMENT in the right panel should see your external hard drive. Right click on it and choose FORMAT option.
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A:OUT OF SPACE on partitioned Hard Drive!

Hi... welcome to TSG
I have tried moving programs from C to D, but I don't know if I am doing it right, because it just looks like it is copying them over to D instead of moving them thereClick to expand...

If it copies it onto your D drive, then why not simply delete the original from the C: drive?

if you drag and drop to another drive, windows will (by default) copy it there. if you want it to simply move it wthout cpoying it, then use your right-mouse button and use the cut/paste commands. when you use the cut command, it still copies it but it will automatically delete afterwards

by the way... while there is no problem moving files.... in most cases you cannot copy a program over to another drive. you will have to uninstall it and reinstal onto the D: drive

your partitions are a good setup, but your C: drive should only have windows on it, your D: drive should have everything else. when you install any programs from now on make sure that you direct the instal onto the D: drive
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A:Need drivers for xp on my partitioned hard drive

savy118, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The motherboard has the Intel G41 chipset on it and you can find all the XP drivers for it straight from Intel,
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A:Question about partitioned hard drive

You should be able to use a freeware partitioning tool like Gparted to repartition your drive. See How to boot from a G-Parted-Live-CD(use the instructions to download and build your own Gparted

But be cautious and do your backups first (is always wise)
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A:32 bit or 64 bit version on a partitioned hard drive

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.& made the Startup Repair CD.

IMO, I would go with 64 bit.

For MS Office may/may not have problems with all three installed in one OS.
You may like to post in
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Do make your Recovery Disks.
How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

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A:32 bit or 64 bit version on a partitioned hard drive

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A:Transferring files in partitioned hard drive

Only move user files, like your pictures/word documents. If you need to move software, the headache you could cause isn't worth it. Uninstall the software and install to the other partition. You can move the whole of your my documents, my music, my pictures, etc... Some reference may stop working, but that shouldn't be much of problem. Just create a new folder on D:\ called documents, pictures, etc... and move the files in to those folders.
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A:Moving files in partitioned hard drive

No you cannot move them out of the partition... leastways not easily.
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Creating a dual boot to two or more different hard drives?
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A:partitioned then lost at least 20 or more gigs on the hard drive

I'm guessing that you just didn't use all of the available HD space when you repartitioned.
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A:Partitioned a new hard drive: Getting bootmgr is missing

Work through these steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

Report back results, as you go if you want as we may see other steps necessary.

Don't forget to unplug all other drives.
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A:Partitioned Hard drive formatting question

No you would not lose any data on C if your formatted D, If you system files are on C then windows would not let you format C anyway, It's a very good ideal to do back ups anyway ,as i have learnt at great cost.
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A:Installing old partitioned hard drive in another computer

Win98 won't recognize an NTFS partition without having a NTFS driver installed. I've used NTFS for Win98 from Sysinternals, but when Microsoft bought them they pulled it. However, this site seems to have that program. I haven't tried it myself to confirm it's the same version.

Avira NTFS4DOS Personal might be another option.


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A:Partitioned Hard drive - can only see part of drive

Create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
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Once finished you should be able to use the partition.
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A:Create OS image only for re installation from Partitioned Hard drive

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management for the laptop in question.

The old laptop presumably had a "recovery' partition, which allows restoration to factory specifications---not to be confused with a clean install of Windows. As far as I know, the use of a recovery partition does not require the user to enter a Product Key.

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Why is your Product Key not available?

You can of course make an image of any current installation and later restore it, but I assume you are looking for some other method? An image restoration from an image file is not a clean installation either.
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A:Recover Data from Faulty Hard Drive thats been partitioned

As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..
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A:WD Internal Hard Drive (Partitioned) showing 'Directory Corrupted'

Have you tried checking the wiring to that HDD? Perhaps something is loose, maybe the wire is damaged, does it make any weird sounds like grinding, clicking, whirring or something that doesn't sound right?

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A:How to make multiple partitions from a Single pre-partitioned disk

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

I recently bought a dell inspiron 14r laptop.

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Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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A:Partitioning New Hard Drive

It really boils down to personal preference. I too have My Documents on a separate partition (and drive) just because it is then easier for me to back up just My Documents or just my OS partition. Partitioning can be useful for specific purposes, but overpartitioning gains little except complication.

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A:Partitioning My Hard Drive

I am not quite fully understanding why this is wanted to be done.
I gather you have 2 user accounts and want differant software installed for each account. This does not seem a feasible option as the install will be bound to the operating system that is running on that partition.

The only way that this will truly be possible is to do Dual boot and have 2 instances of Windows and having the programs installed under their own instance of Windows.
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A:re-partitioning a hard drive

WinXP has a disk management utility but I strongly suggest not using it!! I have heard from people that have used it and found it to be full of problems for this task. Your best bet is to purchase third party software for this task. One of the best available and works well is Partition Magic 8.0 found at
Another is called Boot It and can be found here
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Your only other choice without third party software is Fdisk and that will destroy "C" Drive contents.

Let us know how you are proceeding.

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A:Partitioning A Hard Drive

Have you tried the Disk Management Tool in Administrative Tools? Look under Start> Programs> Adminstrative Tools> Computer Management> Storage> Disk ManagementUse the following article to help you along. If you still need help feel free to post again, here.
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A:Partitioning hard drive

Dont worry, you wont lose any data on shrinking the hard drive. What happens it that it that the existing drive gets shrinked to the desired or available space. The remainign space can be used for creating partition(s)
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A:Hard-Drive partitioning?

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A:Partitioning hard drive

Hello Aethereal, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The items in the WARNING box under step 6 (STEP ONE) in this tutorial below may help you free up the space to be able to shrink it.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition

Hope this helps,
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A:partitioning new hard drive

On that size hard drive, I would opt to make/leave XP in C on its own partition of 12-15 GB. The more expertise input will come in on explaining whys-why nots more fluently than I can- and depending on what you intend to put on your pc, a variety of partitioning setups.
In the meantime here's a couple of links to look over on how-to partition, to further aid you in whether you should or not decide to partition.... or as you'll see, use the disk management tool.
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A:Partitioning a hard drive

There is no performance improvement to partitioning . . Many of us like to separate the Operating System and Applications from the data . . so that if a reinstall becomes necessary, the data is safe on the second partition.

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A:Help With Hard Drive partitioning

first u will have to have enough room for all, make the first partition and then just drag the things to the second partion that go on it then with PT8 u can make the next partion, do the same until finished. hope this made sense.
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I wasn't sure where to put this, but mods move it if it's in the wrongg place.

Anyway, is there some way to Partition my had drive withough formatting it? It's a 40gb HD, and I want it to be 20gb/20gb so I can use one of them for Linux, and the other for Windows. Also, how do I choose which partition to boot up when the PC starts, and how do I change between them?

A:Hard drive Partitioning

Elkchan said:

I wasn't sure where to put this, but mods move it if it's in the wrongg place.

Anyway, is there some way to Partition my had drive withough formatting it? It's a 40gb HD, and I want it to be 20gb/20gb so I can use one of them for Linux, and the other for Windows. Also, how do I choose which partition to boot up when the PC starts, and how do I change between them?Click to expand...

You have to use software like Partition Magic to do it. There may be some free ones, but I don't know of any.

As to the dual boot, Google "dual boot linux windows" and you'll find tons of guides on how to do it.
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Here are the instructions for partitioning during setup from microsoft, see if it will help you out
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A:Hard Drive Partitioning

partitioning is very quick and simple, either using windows' built-in tools, or using third-party software.

it's a good idea to keep your operating system and data files on separate partitions.

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A:Partitioning my Hard Drive

You're going to need to use an unnallocated section of the drive or use something like Partition Magic to break up the current partition into two or more partitions.
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A:hard drive here that needs a partitioning job

One free program that I can think of off hand is Gparted partitioning software.

The programs name is pronounced GEE PARTED

I have used it before to delete an unwanted partition that Linux had created on one of my hard drives and was amazed it seen a partition that windows based software alone could not see or manipulate.

Here is the link to the download and support page.

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A:Hard drive partitioning

Download and install the hard drives manufacturers install software. It will allow you to partition the drive any way possible. I always do the 50, 50 thing
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A:partitioning hard drive

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A:Partitioning a Hard Drive

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A:Partitioning a hard drive

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A:Partitioning hard drive please help

Hello Petamartt,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

You could give this a try. Best FREE Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7. EASEUS free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. or this BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

Links to these and many other useful free programs here: Free Software List for Vista

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A:Partitioning New Hard Drive

Use a third-party partitioner, or use an XP SP2 or greater version of XP. Also, check that BIOS sees the drive correctly.

Are you using XP "Gold"? If so, you need to make an SP3 CD for the installation. It will then recognize drives larger than 137 GB's. Are you using NTFS (I hope)?

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A:Partitioning Hard Drive

Try using a better tool than Microsoft's default. My fav is PorwerQuest PartitionMagic. You definetly can do with that.