Disk Management

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Boblink, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Hi, I created a few Partition on my Vista Home Premium system and
    inadvertently Partitioned an External Hard Drive and now have 18.06GB titled
    Healthy EISA Configuration. My question is, how do I Merge / Combine this
    unwanted partition back with the 65.86BG External Drive?
    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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    Brink Guest

    Hello Bob,

    This tutorial will help show you how to delete that partition and
    extend the other back into it for one drive again.

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/95418-disk-management-delete-extend.html

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn


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    Brink, Sep 21, 2008
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  3. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Thank you for your prompt response Brink, I tried "Right click on the volume
    (EX: E:\ ) your want to delete and click Delete Volume" but when I view Disk
    Management, I see the following "C" (which is a SEPERATE Drive that contains
    the OS), and a 2nd Drive that I Partitions for , "D" (Programs), "E" Data
    files, "F"(Photos), "G" (BU) and "N" (Recovery / Images), and then the 80GB
    External Drive, which is labeled "H" and the 18.06 Healthy EISA Configuration.
    As I previously indicated, I inadvertently created the Healthy EISA
    Configuration and want to MERGE it with the "H" Drive. (which sounds like I
    need to Delete and Extend) but the Healthy EISA Configuration appears to be
    a Primary Partition (I REALLY screwed up when I created it) and when I click
    on it, the only option available is HELP and when I click on FILE or ACTIONS,
    none of them include DELETE so my followup question is how do I Delete the
    Healthy EISA Configuration?
    Thanks again for your help Brink,
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  4. Boblink

    SIW2 Guest

    Hi Boblink

    Could you post back a .jpeg screenshot of the Disk Management window ?

    To post a jpeg , first use your screen capture tool to take a shot and
    save it as a .jpeg .Then click the Go Advanced button at the bottom of
    the thread page, and use follow 7 onward from this tutorial

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/148532-how-use-snipping-tool-vista.html

    Hope that helps

    SIW2
     
    SIW2, Sep 21, 2008
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  5. Boblink

    Kerry Brown Guest

    The Vista disk management console may not be able to deal with this
    partition. You may need a 3rd party program. Try Bootit NG.

    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm

    or Acronis Disk Director

    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/

    You may be able to do this with the diskpart program but it is quite
    complicated. It is very easy to delete the wrong partition with this
    program.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300415

    Whatever you do make sure you have backups of any important data first. With
    several partitions on several drives it is very easy to get confused and
    make a mistake that causes data loss.
     
    Kerry Brown, Sep 21, 2008
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  6. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Could you post back a .jpeg screenshot of the Disk Management window ?
    To post a jpeg , first use your screen capture tool to take a shot and
    save it as a .jpeg .Then click the Go Advanced button at the bottom of
    the thread page, and use follow 7 onward from this tutorial
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/148532-how-use-snipping-tool-vista.html


    I DON'T see a Go Advance button at the bootom of the thread, what I see (on
    the bottom right) are Reply, Print and Top and then after the thread ends
    (bottom of the page) are:

    Return to Microsoft Communities Notify me of replies

    Manage Your Profile | Rules of Conduct | Contact Us
    © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use
    |Trademarks |Privacy Statement

    I have the SCR shot but need directions how to POST it?
    Thank you for help and sorry for not better understanding the Go Advance
    instructions.
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  7. Boblink

    SIW2 Guest

    Hi Boblink,

    It's all the way at the bottom of the page - right beneath this post
    see the attached image


    Hope this helps

    SIW2


    +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
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    |Download: http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6708 |
    +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
     
    SIW2, Sep 21, 2008
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  8. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    I think we may be talking apples and oranges.
    I am using the MS Community Vista Users Board and i think you are referring
    to the
    Vista Forums Board (i.e. Welcome to Vista Forums we are your forum to
    discuss Windows Vista x64 and x86 systems. Whether you need help or just want
    to post an idea you have on Vista, this is the forum for you. Register at
    Vista forums...the world biggest Windows Vista resource) which I was sent a
    link to but have NOT registered.
    Further, when I view the Vista Forum page, I do NOT see the Go Advanced
    button on the bottom of the page. May be it's available to registered users
    and not guests.
    BTW, I used the PrintScreen button on my KB and pasted (and saved) the
    ScrShot via MSPaint and also copied the page using the Snipping Tool (which I
    never saw or heard of until now) so I have the image to POSt, the only
    problem is I can't figure out HOW to attach the image?
    Thanks again,
    Bob
    P.S.-Kerry Brown believes that Visa Disk Management function may NOT be able
    to unscrew my screw-up
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  9. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Hi Kerry, thanks for getting back to me.
    This is a VERY minor problem with my External Drive where I inadvertently
    created a Partition that I don't Need / Want so I view it as a nuisance.
    To correct (undo what I did), I would need to Deleting the Partition that I
    created and the add the Free Space back to the (remaining) Partition on the
    External Drive so I don't think it makes much sense to buy a third party
    program for what will essentially be a "one time deal".
    Are there any Freeware programs that might be able to help in this situation?
    Otherwise, I'll just keep the External Drive as 2 Partitions and move some
    of the older BUs to the 16GB Drive / Partition that I created.
    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  10. Boblink

    SIW2 Guest

    Hi Boblink,

    Yes I believe you need to register to use the full posting functions -
    why not do that - only takes a sec.

    Need to see the screenshot to see what is going on , and if Vista can't
    do it , for whatever reason, the free bootable GParted may be the
    answer.

    SIW2
     
    SIW2, Sep 21, 2008
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  11. You can stop changing the subject every time you post... NOW, please.
     
    Paul Montgomery, Sep 21, 2008
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  12. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Thanks, I think I've got it now hopefully YOU will get it so that we'll
    all be on the same page
    Bob


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    |Download: http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6709 |
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    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  13. Boblink

    SIW2 Guest

    Hi Boblink

    Yes, got it now

    It shows 2 primary partitions, 4 logical drives inside an extende
    partition, then another primary partition which contains your Eis
    configuration - all allocated to Disk 0

    You are asking
    Hmmm, I will ask Oldbloke to have a look - he's pretty expert at thi
    kind of thing

    SIW
     
    SIW2, Sep 21, 2008
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  14. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Glad that we got Posting the scan figured out, I couldn't understand why you
    were telling to look for Go Advanced and I couldn't find it.
    I have a Lenovo system and believe that it has a 30GB "C" Drive (Primary
    Partition) that contains the OS and a 270GB Partition that is for everything
    else.
    I Partitioned the "D" Drive into Programs, Data, Photo and BU and recently
    added another Partition for OneKey (the Lenovo Rescue / Recover) to store
    System Images / System BUs, which is when I ran into the problem that I am
    now having.
    I alos have an External Drive that I BU my Data and Photos on a weekly basis
    and inadvertently partitioned this Drive so that's where I am, trying to UnDo
    what I did.
    Thank you again for your help, I'll be checking the board for a reply (after
    you consult with "the old bloke").
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  15. Boblink

    barman58 Guest

    hi boblink,
    if you can confirm how i see your drive situation.

    you have one drive
    your main drive contains the system partition and six others and is
    working ok
    but shows a primary EISA partition 0f 18.06 GB that you want to convert
    to free space so that you may add it to you backup drive

    firstly the EISA drive partition is your hidden system recovery
    recovery drive ( is this by any chance a dell machine? :) although
    others do use the same system)

    due to the lock on the special EISA partition Disk manager in windows
    will not touch it, nor will many commercial programs.

    the first thing to try check your system documentation is see if you
    can invoke the partition from the initial boot menu before windows boot,
    and if you are lucky you will be able to free the partition using the
    manufacturers utility, You may have to create restore disks to enable
    the option to clear this partition.

    if this is not possible all is not lost if you have a look at the
    instructions 'Here '
    (http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/...en-recovery-or-diagnostic-partition-in-vista/)

    hope the explanation is clear but if you have any questions please post
    back and ask them before you do anything.

    also if you do go ahead with this deletion of the eisa partition then
    windows will not be able to merge it with your backup you should be able
    to extend the last partition (OneKey) into the free space. if you wish
    to merge or move partitions you will need to use something like Gparted.
    If you do go ahead remember the essential three things to be done -
    Backup Backup and Backup:D


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    Regards,
    *Nigel*
    the beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not
    understand.,- frank herbert
     
    barman58, Sep 21, 2008
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  16. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Thank you for your POST Bar-man, the system is a Lenovo (not a Dell) and the
    configuration that you described (one drive your main drive contains the
    system partition and six others and is working ok but shows a primary EISA
    partition 0f 18.06 GB that you want to convert to free space so that you may
    add it to you backup drive. Firstly the EISA drive partition is your hidden
    system recovery recovery drive is almost correct). The 18.06GB EISA is what I
    inadvertently created by Partitioning an EXTERNAL / Irremovable Disk Drive
    (it is NOT part of the Lenovo system). If in fact this 18.06GB Drive is
    Hidden System Recovery that would be very strange since as I mentioned, I
    just created it (ran into the problem and POSTED a request for help).
    The Lenovo Hidden System Recovery program is called OneKey and it resides on
    the "C" Drive (Partition) along with the OS.
    What I wanted to do was create a Drive (Partition) where I could store the
    OneKey images / backups since the "C" Drive is only 30GB (for BOTH Vista and
    OneKey). I confused myself and Partioned the Exteral Drive instead of
    Partitioning one of the Partitions that I created on the Lenovo Hard Drive.
    Hope this explains things a little better.
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  17. Boblink

    barman58 Guest

    OK so you have two drives, but are only showing one physical devic
    drive

    two physical drives I would expect to see as follows..

    [image
    http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6710&stc=1&d=1222026103

    namely a drive 0 and a drive 1 as in my two drive syste

    this is where I get confused as your screenshot shows only one driv

    [image
    http://www.vistax64.com/attachments...9d1222018021-disk-management-disk-manager.jpg

    all this aside if you wish to delete the EISA partition you will hav
    to go down the route using Diskpart.exe as in my original post. onc
    this partition is deleted you should be able to extend the 19GB OneKe
    partition into the free space create

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    barman5

    Regards,
    *Nigel*
    the beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do no
    understand.,- frank herbert
     
    barman58, Sep 21, 2008
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  18. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Thanks Nigel, I am not familiar with Diskpart.exe which appears to be a
    DOS based program. Can you send me a link to instructions for
    Diskpart.exe?
    Thanks, Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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  19. Boblink

    Boblink Guest

    Please disregard the previous note (request for instructions), which IS
    POSTED on the MS Newsgroup board.
    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Boblink, Sep 21, 2008
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    Bootit NG has a free trial period. Diskpart is included with Vista.
     
    Kerry Brown, Sep 21, 2008
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