Deleted partition with disk management, can't get it back!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Dan, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    1 harddrive, 3 partitions: C(80GB)-vista, D(20GB)-xp, E(200GB)-storage

    I decided I didn't want xp partition anymore so I used disk management in
    Vista to delete the volume. It shows up as "Free space" now. When I attempt
    to make a new simple volume in the free space (also using disk management) I
    get error "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete
    this operation." What's up with that? Please help me get my 20GB back!

    PS - I've tried extending my storage partition but it says there's not
    volume to extend it to (diskpart)
    Dan, Mar 9, 2007
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  2. Dan

    Dan Guest

    So I just tired to repartition while booting off the Vista CD, but when I
    went to make a new partition with the unallocated space, I got this error
    "error 0x8004240f". Did vista just screw up my hard drive?
    Dan, Mar 9, 2007
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  3. Michael Jennings, Mar 10, 2007
  4. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Dan, Mar 11, 2007
  5. You did not typo the error code. I apologize for my misstatement.

    Disk management gave me an error when I tried to format
    raw space (green bar) rather than unallocated space (black bar).
    Which do you have - raw or unallocated? If raw, delete it, create
    a simple volume and format it. Delete again until you get back
    to unallocated, then extend into the space from either side.
    Michael Jennings, Mar 12, 2007
  6. Dan

    Dan Guest

    It is raw (green bar) but I am unable to delete it again. When I right click
    on the block the only option I get is "New Simple Volume". "New Spanned
    Volume", "New Striped Volume", and "Delete Partition" are grayed out.

    The disk is a "Basic" disk. Does this make a difference? If it has to be
    dynamic, is there any disadvantage to converting my only disk (holds OS and
    storage) into a dynamic disk?
    Dan, Mar 12, 2007
  7. Your objective is to turn it into unallocated space. I don't know why
    "delete partition" is grayed out - it wasn't for me. The partition should
    not be marked boot or system if it's raw, but XP had files in there.
    Maybe Vista is protecting its bootup, secretly living on D:? When
    you select New Simple Volume do you get the error immediately?
    Is there time to select *against* a drive letter and file system? Does
    that complete, resulting in raw space? Then does delete work?

    Since dynamic disks are complicated, and you want simple, I don't
    think you want dynamic but I can't advise because I haven't tried them.

    If it's still stuck there, try diskpart from a command prompt:
    Start Search
    list disk
    select disk # (where # is probably zero)
    list partition
    select partition # (where # is your target 20G)
    (Try "delete partition" without using the "override" parameter)
    delete partition
    (If that doesn't work, use the "override" parameter)
    delete partition override

    *Make sure* to put in the correct partition number in when you select it.

    You might have to DVD repair the Vista boot.
    Michael Jennings, Mar 12, 2007
  8. Dan

    Dan Guest

    When I select make a new simple partition, I can get all the way though the
    prompts (selecting size, drive letter, format option, summary etc.) but when
    I click finish that's when I get the "out of space" error i reported in my
    first post. So it never completes and the space is still "Free Space" and
    never changes. Delete is never an option except for the very first time when
    I deleted it when it was still an XP partition.

    I tried using the diskpart command line prompt and I still cannot do it
    because the 20GB of free space doesn't even show up when I do a list
    partition. When I do list disk, it does show my disk and say that there is
    20GB of free space though. List partition just shows my Vista and storage
    partitions. It just seems like that 20GB of free space is lost.

    I also attempted to use the Vista boot CD to repartition it, but I got that
    error that I reported in my second post.

    Is my 20GB lost forever? =(
    Dan, Mar 13, 2007
  9. Dan

    John Barnes Guest

    Have you tried to partition it using a small initial space, say 2 gig. Use
    quick format. You can try to expand the partition later.
    John Barnes, Mar 13, 2007
  10. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Yes, I have attempted creating a 10GB and 1GB partition in the 20GB free
    space, same errors =(.
    Dan, Mar 13, 2007
  11. Michael Jennings, Mar 13, 2007
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    patsypoo Guest

    The EXACT SAME THING has been happening to me! Has anybody been able t
    figure out how to get this memory back - only difference is mine i
    30Gb... I've also tried all that has been suggested on this thread
    Please can somebody help?
    patsypoo, Apr 13, 2008
  13. Dan

    patsypoo Guest

    The BootItNG thing worked perfectly! Got my 30GB back and everything's
    working well!
    Having spent all this weekend trying to sort this thing out, it feels
    like a weight has been lifted off my tiny little shoulders!
    Thanks a lot!
    patsypoo, Apr 13, 2008
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    ian_spliffy Guest

    ::Hiya, I hear you seem to have the same problem as me, yet I think
    may know what is wrong and how to fix it. I am currently running Window
    Vista Ultimate after upgrading from XP Home and have partitioned my har
    drive to multi-boot them. Now I have decided to run MAX OS X Leopard a
    well... I know... its near impossible due to the BIOS but I think I kno
    what to do.

    Anyway, one very strange thing on my machine that I have only ever see
    before on Norton PartitionMagic is a green box around my last tw
    partitions, that appears to be the sign for an extended partition. Thi
    will only allow the contents inside the box to be used for storage an
    not for booting (which seems a bit strange to say it used to be used fo
    XP... but it is still possible.

    If yours has a green box surrounding that partition, then you can no
    look for this instead of asking the question from scratch... at leas
    you may know a bit more about the problem.
    ian_spliffy, Jun 25, 2008
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