Partition Tragic....any ideas?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Mainframeguy, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    OK I'm an otherwise happy user of PM but today this is driving me nuts :mad:

    I have a 120GB drive and I want to split it 40 primary 20 data and 60 video. Yesterday I created the video partition fine, but accidentally took the default setting and it "stole" space equally from the others, reducing my data to a mere 6GB (which incidentally is getting fullish!).

    I have tried several times in different permutations to either resize the primary (smaller) the data (larger) or even as last gasp try to redistribute free space between primary and data (which would actually give the sizings I originally wanted!)

    What on earth is going wrong? I notice that PM tells me it has the operations pending, but when I go to reboot it does not do anything lengthy, from which I smell a rat - IE it is doing nothing, which is exactly what the symptoms are after reboot - nothing has changed!

    Someone must have hit this - is there an MSCONFIG service or something I need to check? I've tried the Symantec FAQs but hit nothing there. BTW all partitions are NTFS, which should help. Only oddity I notice is it mentiones the caution about my C: Partition "crosses the 1024 cylinder boundary and may not be bootable" but I do not observe any boot problems and am not dual booting or anything like that. I'll post again after my next try - hope someone knows what it could be! :confused:
     
  2. Mubbers

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    Did you try reducing the size of one of the other drives in one operation only.
    Try that and see if it gives you some unused space to play with...
     
  3. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    been there - done that - and a lot else - PM seems to do absolutely nothing now and I have no idea why not
     
  4. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    even disc scan is out

    just tried scheduling an XP disc scan on the volume and even that somehow gets chopped and goes to the boot screen - something's screwed up somewhere, some kinda timeout value - anyone have any ideas?
     
  5. Mubbers

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    Firstly I'd back up all your data!

    Secondly try using the PM rescue disks, maybe your PM software has been corrupted.

    If that don't work re-install the PM software.

    If that don't work doesn't XP have the facilityto define partitions?

    Thirdly.... reformat!
     
  6. Mainframeguy

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    Firstly data backed up yesterday - safe there
    secondly - good idea, will post back on result EXCEPT rescue is from earlier partition situation and backup is from DriveImage! Not sure where I stand there - may attempt dialog with Symantec as they sell both products
    thirdy - yessss - but that is why I bought PM, to make my life very easy!

    Anyways, good advice regardless and rest assured my data is, or should be, very safe (if I can trust DriveImage!). I am getting an external firewire HD as soon as money allows so that should give me added flexibility in terms of backup security, but for now backup is on second internal HD.

    thanks - Ill let you know - honestly do not suspect my drive for any failure though because it is only four months old... now I guess others may post with their horror stories of newer drives head crashes! :rolleyes:
     
  7. Mainframeguy

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    for resolution

    see here