Partition Management--How do you label Partitions via Disk Mgmt's Rt. Click to maximize options?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Chad Harris, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Chad Harris

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    Recently a poster (Andy ) wrote in response to someone who was trying to
    format with DiskMgmt and found the format option to be ghosted:

    "Using Disk Management, mark the 64-bit Vista partition as active.
    Then repair/create the new Boot Manager files.
    The old system partition can now be deleted."

    I've encountered many times when the format option was ghosted for other
    drives when you aren't trying to format the drive you're on which you can't
    format while on it, and I've never seen the Disk Management Option to extend
    a drive unghosted and viable in XP, Vista, or Win 7.

    I have 3 questions whose answers may clarify why some options have
    been ghosted using diskmgmt.msc in trying to either format, or grab some
    unallocated space for a partition with Disk Management in Vista or Win 7
    which has driven me to using G-Parted.

    I have 3 partitions on one box, from two HDs that aren't setup with a RAID
    card, or in any software RAID array and this is what Disk Management calls
    them; and all of them are formatted NTFS.

    D:\ Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
    E:\ Healthy ( Primary Partition)
    C:\ Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

    Given these labels, would you try to right click and designate E:\ and C:\
    as Active, and if I did would it afford me any more options.

    1) I notice that E:\ and C:\ can theoretically be shrunk to slice
    unallocated space.

    2) I've never seen Windows' Disk Management tool have an active right click
    option that will "Extend Partition". What's up with that? Does anyone know
    how to make extend partition work. This is even when there is a generous
    amount of space adjacent to a partition on either side.

    Do you know why in the world they have a ghosted option that never becomes
    unghosted and as far as I have seen never has the ability to actually extend
    the partition?

    3) Can someone please clarify for me what you do when you mark a partition
    "active" that enables you to get done what you want? Are their other terms
    that might come into play on a menu there that can facilitate formating or
    shrinking a disc? I ask this because even the definitions/explanations of
    terms like
    "healthy primary partition" and "active partition" seem to need down to
    earth explanations to understand themselves. I also have one partition
    labled "healthy, active, crash dump partition."


    Chad Harris, Apr 23, 2009
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