Aah! Partitions! Aah!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ModestCargo, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. ModestCargo

    ModestCargo Guest

    Okay, here's my problem. I had 3 partitions of my 20 GB hard drive. Two were 5 GB each C: & D:, and one was 10 GB E:. The first two are system files and documents C: and program files D:, and the last one is my music E:. Now, I reformat my hard drive about once every two months or so. What I mean by reformat is I erase the first two and reinstall Windows and programs, and I leave E: to back up my documents & music. I do all this with the partition manager on the XP CD. Then I decided it was time to combine C: and D: because I was running out of space on D: and had lots on C:. So I erased both and repartitioned both again (because the XP manager won't let me combine them without erasing E: first for some annoying reason. Then I went into the command prompt and used diskpart to erase D: so there was only free space there and then extend the C: drive so that it would be 10 GB. The problem is that now it says I have C: which is 10 GB, D: which is 10 GB, and 5 GB of free space. So now the total in disk manager says 25 GB which I know is not correct.

    -> Takes A Deep Breath <-

    And then I installed PartitionMagic 8, which doesn't work. I get "Error 117: Partition's drive letter could not be identified". And I'm not trying to back up 10 GB worth of mp3's onto cds. Not gonna happen. I don't have that kind of time on my hands.

    My computer has just decided to ruin my life. Oh joy.
     
  2. gothic

    gothic LinuXPert

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    Just 2 points.
    Partition Magic is the best partitioning software out there. I have found that if you try and use PM8 then fdisk (or vice versa) then you will have problems. Stick to one or the other and all's sweet.

    Secondly I must have many, many gigabytes of MP3s and movies downloaded, and they are ALL on CD!! if my bl**dy harddrive goes down,......well dah!!

    TOK
     
  3. Bob S

    Bob S Guest

    For Gothic...

    I use Partition Magic 7 and it has saved and helped me many times. The question is, a value in getting PM8?

    By the way, noticed your birthday post. I am a young pup who will be 53 on January 5.
     
  4. gothic

    gothic LinuXPert

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    A mere child then!!
    I invested in PM8 mainly for it's new support for the new partitions under linux, with NTFS and Fat32 I think there's little change, the rest is up to you!!

    TOK
     
  5. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    What does Disk Management say about your drive?

    Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage / Disk Management, if you don't know where it is.

    This is really the only utility I use to deal with my hard drives.

    Melon
     
  6. gothic

    gothic LinuXPert

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    You mean to say you depend on something M$ has provided.........................HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
     
  7. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    Sorry to be off topic. This reminds me of the "good ol' days". gothic and melon posting on the same day. Good to see you guys around more. :cool:
     
  8. ModestCargo

    ModestCargo Guest

    As I said in my first post, disk management (I called it disk manager) said that I had C: = 10 GB, D: = 5 GB, E: = 10 GB and 5 GB free space.

    I already fixed my prob though. I just booted from the XP CD, deleted partition C: which reported as 10 GB, and then the free space reported as 5 GB, which I repartitioned as C:. Then I installed XP on C:, installed PM8 and merged the two partitions C: and D: so now it reports C: = 10 GB and D: = 10 GB. Changed the drive letter of E: to C:. I think I will buy PM8 now, it seems to be a good utility. Works like a charm. (I downloaded it from IRC initially. I do that for most software before I buy to see if it is good enough to spend the money on.)

    Man, just cause I'm young doesn't mean I'm dumb. :p

    Now I can get on to installing Red Hat 8. Looks pretty sweet.
    I had PM7 from my dad's office previously but I decided to try PM8 for support for the penguin.
    And if it were my MP3s i would use RWs but they're my dad's and he doesn't want to mess with CDs.
     
  9. ModestCargo

    ModestCargo Guest

    Damn it! I wanted to install Red Hat Linux but when I went into PartitionMagic and clicked "Install Another OS" and rebooted it gives me "Error (Number), Directory flag set for non-directory, file (Number)" I didn't write the error down but I will give the exact details later if needed. Is it just me or is my computer kind of friggy?