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  1. Well, I made a boo boo after building my PC.... I forgot to make partitions in my HDD .... So, my question is, Is there any way to do partitions now, I have a lot of data in the hard drive, so I am scared... Please do let me know...
  2. Hi everyone, I recently dug up an old Plextor 128gb SSD ( oh boy I got this when it first came out for about 200$ hehe) and was going to use it to revive an aging laptop that I have. I was going to wipe it but I didn't know how to go about it, since it was used in a Windows 7 system back in 2012. I loaded it up and noticed that it still has it's MBR. I read before that drives with old MBRs could inhibit itself from reinstalling fresh, and was wondering how I could install Windows 10? Any help is greatly appreciated! Here is a picture of said drive Disk0 being my current boot drive
  3. Motherboard: Asrock z370 Killer SLI/acCPU: Intel i5-8400PSU: Corsair CX600 (600W)RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHzGPU: Gigabyte AORUS RX 580 8GBOS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium Hi, so this is a build of brand-new parts, besides the PSU & OS from last dead computer. As I awaited for my RX 580 to arrive, I could see that the CPU only running on Windows 7 worked fine with fully-functioning desktop. The only strange issue at that point was I had no Intel Graphics manager which even my old i3-2100 had if I recall. I also couldn't run the games I tried (Fallout New Vegas, Oblivion, Devil Daggers) all crashing. It gave me the vibe that something about the onboard graphics wasn't working, as when I go to "display adapters" in "Device Manager", it said "standard vga..." instead of "Intel UHD Graphics 630". When the RX 580 arrived I installed it firmly into motherboard to point of clicking, screwed it in, connected a single 6+2 PCE-I splitter cable (this card only has 2x4 pins). When I power on the card lights up and the fans spin, however the monitor stays black - no bios screen. I've tried the HDMI slot of the GPU and of the motherboard, aswell as both PCI slots. When I remove the RX 580, the computer functions again, but I'm shown a new screen after bios of "select operating system" with the only option being "Windows 7". I'm kind-of at a loss for what to do. I've looked through a lot of threads and maybe I just need Windows 10, but I keep hearing that Windows 7 is supported by the card and my motherboard. I send an inquiry to Asrock, but haven't got a response yet. I don't think it'd have an effect on bios showing up or not, but I wonder if the trouble I was having to get my Windows 7 to install in UEFI is the issue. I've tried several times to install it as UEFI and drive as GPT, but it must not work as my 4TB drive will only show up as 2TB, and I don't see the "EFI" labeled on this screen - . I'm currently trying to reinstall Windows in UEFI mode. On that, right now I'm on a fresh installer screen and got to the drive partition "Where do you want to install Windows" section. I reformated and deleted all partitions, started a new one, opened "diskpart" in command where I did "clean" and "convert GPT" for the only SATA drive inserted labeled as "Drive 0". Now it is split in 3 partitions: Partition 1 System 100Mb, Partition 2 Primary 2047.9Gb (says that but it must mean Mb), with a third partition of unallocated space with 1678.0Gb (Mb). I tried the "extend" option on Partition 2 Primary, but it just combines everything in a single large unallocated space. Clicking "new" again returns things as they were, but when I try selecting "new" again on the seperate 1678.0Gb (Mb) unallocated space, it says "Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space [Error: 0x80042468]". I went back to "diskpart" in command prompt and entered "list disk" to see the drive is still not marked as GPT as is shown here - https://sawinternal.blob.core.windows.net/gds-images/su... . Mine has no asterisk under GPT, even though I entered "convert GPT". So currently I'm more-or-less at a stand-still, some help would be awesome!
  4. So im about to buy a new laptop but it only has a hard drive with linux on it. I want to add a M.2 ssd to it and install windows 10 on the ssd. So my question is, when installing windows, i will get the option to choose where to install it and there will probably be a list of partitions from the hard drive. Should i delete them and more importantly, what do they have in them? My friend told me they have drivers in them, so if they really do have and i delete them, will i have to go and download them again? Also, i got told that i should remove the hard drive physically, install windows, and then put it back in. Wont that cause some issues because it has linux on it and will windows even recognize the hard drive?
  5. Hello, Hoping someone can help with this question: I have few a debian servers, xeon based, with SSD as main drive, which have a swap partition (created in the normal fashion through the installer). I have upgraded / bought a new server and have just moved the drives from one server to the other (probably not the best thing to do, but was in a bit of a hurry). On one of the servers/SSD nothing out of the ordinary happened, everything is working no problem. But, on the other, everything is fine except that the swap partition can't be activated/used. Swapon -a posts the following: swapon: /dev/sda5: swapon failed: Invalid argument I have checked with fdisk, blkid and fstab, and everything looks completely normal there. Any ideas or suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thanks
  6. After the most recent Windows update another volume was created named F:. It has a 450mb capacity and uses ~400mb of that even though there are no visible files on it. When I go to my partition manager it shows as a healthy OEM partition with no delete option. It is on the same SSD as my C: volume. When some disk management software I found it shows up and I can delete it in the software but nothing else happens. Does anyone know if/how I can delete this drive? I constantly get messages from windows telling me it's almost full and that's pretty annoying.
  7. Hello fellow techies, so here's what I'm working with; The computer I use is a mid-2015 macbook pro w/ 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB of DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz AMD Radeon R9 M370x 2GB (2048 MB) Here's my dilemma, I am getting into the "tech industry" by going back to school online for a BS in networking, I know a lot of the field is primarily using Windows as the "primary" operating system. So I am considering bootcamping my MBP because it has 500 GB in SSD, is it worth it? If so, what runs better, Windows 7, 8, or 10? And my final question, how do I make a usb stick into a bootable drive to install windows (whatever version) onto my computer in an OS X environment? Pls help, I have used windows pretty much forever before I got this computer (in mid 2015) and I am finding that the gaming performance isn't the best in OS X anyways compares to "similar" (I use quotes because my testing/observations are on similarly spec'd by "the numbers").
  8. SSD issues

    My mate has given me his new SSD as he does not have a copy of windows, I said I would clone my bootable SSD with windows on, to his SSD. I used EaseUS to clone the drive but the BOOTMGR was missing, I also discovered it has partitioned the drive into 2 halves, 121GB and 111GB. I cannot for the life of me get the partitions to go back together and delete the recovery partition. I tried creating a simple volume and extending to absorb the unallocated space but this just gives me an error message saying that there is not enough space. Many Thanks
  9. Hi, I am going to build a new pc with around 2500$ budget and I am getting a 4tb hdd WD blue and 500gb ssd. My plan is to use the ssd for os + multiplayer games and the hdd for singleplayers games. So is it necessary for me to partition my 4 tb hdd?
  10. I'm building my first pc today, but I'm curious to know if i should partition my ssd for windows 10. My boot drive is a 500GB 960 Evo, and all my games and stuff are going on a 2TB WD Black. When my friend had his PC professionally built at our local Fry's Electronics, I noticed that's what they had done. Should i do the same? If so, how would I go about doing that? I can't seem to find any decent answers elsewhere online.
  11. hello, I want to install 2x linux mint OS and a separate disk partition on my PC. The second OS is only for redundancy in case something breaks. I already started the 1st installation and chose the erase disk and install new. I later read an article that recommends using the "something else" option. Once installation completes, I want to install the 2nd. Then, create a new partition and link all home, documents, download, etc folders to that partition. Can I still do that with gparted or do I really need to use the "something else" option? Also I am going to make a couple of costumizations that I need to do on both OS. Is there a way to configure both at the same time? And how much disk space should I provide for the OS? thank you, Pumbaa
  12. Hello!I installed Linux Mint on my laptop as a dual boot with Windows 10, using the guide from here. Everything was fine, but I wanted to have a partition to use with both windows and Linux. So I tried to format /home from ext4 to fat 32, but I could not unmount it or format it because it said it was still in use. I got annoyed and just went into Windows and format it into ntfs from there. After that, Linux Mint would not boot, showing this error message . I went into a live usb session and formatted that partition as ext4, but linux mint still wont boot.I went to see the etc/fstab file and compare it with the partition data shown by sudo blkid and this shows. The partition in question is nvme0n1p9. I read on the Ubuntu forums that I should edit the fstab file to be the same as what sudo blkid shows. Hoewever, I don't see anything in fstab that I can recognise as a partition. What do I do to fix this?
  13. Why are there two unallocated pieces of my main drive (501 MB and 470 MB) and what is the the other 470 MB partition on my main drive labeled: healthy recovery partition, should i leave that one alone ?
  14. hello. I thought windows 10 installer gave you the option to shrink the volumes on a drive, but i only see extend. is there a way to get a shrink/split partition? asking for a friend who has a desktop with a single drive with data on it, and he doesn't want to lose anything. i suggested splitting the drive because it would not tamper with old data. i followed along in a vm the process of installing win10 and got stuck when we saw there was no shrink/split partition.
  15. SSD Boot filling up...but why?

    Ok LTTC (Lius Tech Tips Community ) I always feel bad about asking questions but you guys pretty much always keep from making me feel too stupid, but if you can't tell from the title, my issue is my boot drive, more specifically the partition on my ssd I use for booting, is filing up and I am not understanding why. The reason I'm not understanding why is because A) whenever possible I choose a different drive to install programs on, B) this is basically the same but I try to only download on my Hard drive, and C) way back when after installing everything I went into the Windows 10 settings to the "Change where new content is saved" section and changed all the different options to different drives. I've got like 2 questions but really I guess as long as the second one can be answered that will be fine for me. 1) Is there some way to make sure that programs are being installed on a different drive? I mean, it's gotta be making sure you choose the location that it's installing on right? Maybe it's just a fluke I'm having this issue. 2) The most important question is How do I move them to a different drive? or maybe better put What is the best way to move them to keep from having issues opening saved files after I move them? I know it may sound stupid, the second part of the second question, but the reason is because before I got the second ssd I was using the "move" option after right clicking program files to put them on my hard drive and when I went to open saved files it would say "file cannot be found" or something like that. I'm adding this so I'm gonna put it in a different color. I just realized that Drive A is showing almost completely unused, but I know that any program I've installed in the last 2 months I've selected (during the installation process) to do so in Drive A. I've even made a file there called Programs. Alright guys, sorry if I sound like a super newb. Let me appeal to your vanity and say even though I may test as genius, I am begging for YOUR help. Yes, YOU are better than me. Remember to see the humor in life, Andrew Just to make it clear: Drive C is a 100GB partition on an SSD Drive A is the rest of that SSD, apprx 365GB Drive E is a 1TB Hard Drive
  16. Hey guys, have a question. I have two hard drives in my PC atm.The old one that is partitions C and E, and the new one that is partition D. I would like to install new windows on my pc, but i would like to do it on my new hard drive because the old one is on the edge of dying. So my question is can i somehow split my D partion into two so i can install widndows on the new HDD, but without losing the data i already have on my D partition. Oh and if that is possible and i do it,can i later merge current partitions C and E into one single partition.
  17. My hardrive got nuked

    I have two drives, C drive - SDD 128GB and D drive - 1TB WD HDD on a laptop. I installed Ubuntu on a pendrive (Sandisk Ultra 32GB) and was running Ubuntu for a while, then I switched to windows, sill seeing everything fine, seeing both the drives on the pc working, when suddenly I notice D drive unmounted and when I went into manage, it says create a new partition. I reckoned that the drive's nuked, I made a partition of it without formatting but no hits. Now I need to recover my hundreds of GBs of really really important data. What can I do?
  18. So I am soon going to be upgrading my rig with Ryzen 2000 (see my signature) and I am wondering once I have my M.2 NVME SSD, what software or method should I use to transfer all my data from my old SATA III SSD to my new NVME drive? I am not new to this, originally my system was installed on my old 540GB SATA III 5400 RPM HDD, and when I bought my upgraded 240GB SSD I did successfully transfer my data onto the SSD, however there were noticeable problems, so I would like some advice on how to do it better. I began by removing as much unnecessary data as possible by uninstalling programs and copying music and video files to an external drive along with a full backup and Windows system restore point. Once the data on the 540GB HDD was less than 100GB, I was confident in being able to transfer the data to the 240GB SSD. I downloaded a free partitioning tool and created a bootable drive out of my 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive. I booted into the USB and created a new partition on the HDD that was used to take up the remaining space larger than 120GB (So I now had 120GB partition with all my data on it and a 420GB partition that was empty space). I copied the partition over to the new SSD and then unplugged the HDD and booted into Windows. Windows was completely corrupted and completely unstable, so I plugged in my external hard drive and found that my backups would not work either. Ugh, seriously... So then I gave up all hope and decided to full reset Win 10 and start out with a new copy. Luckily this went OK and my system has been running great on this new SSD for over a year now, but the process of troubleshooting this whole mess took multiple days of work and I was terrified that my Windows Licence Key was corrupted and I would need to buy a new copy of Windows 10 (which would really suck since I have the professional edition). So now it is nearly time for my Ryzen 2000 build and I want my data transfer onto my new 512GB NVME Drive to go much more smoothly. What software do you guys use to upgrade your boot drives? Is there a different way that I should be doing this?
  19. i have asus g752vy laptop and i am trying to install fresh win 10 through usb but when i reach to the screen where it shows disk partition, format drive, delete and create new its only showing my hdd but not showing my ssd in that screen . i got preinstalled windows in the ssd and i want to install the new windows in ssd only how can i do that .
  20. Partition Help Needed

    Hi All, Firstly, sorry if this isn't the right place to post, and also thank you to anyone who can help me out. I recently upgraded my laptop by adding an SSD, and wanted to wipe everything and start from scratch with windows10 now on the SSD. I managed to get the OS onto the SSD, but I was going about wiping the hard drive when I noticed that there is a partition on it named "recovery" which is the active partition. My understanding is that this is active because it contains files necessary to communicate to the hardware where to find the OS (i.e. how to boot properly). I'm guessing then that normally this partition would be on the same drive as the OS, but for some reason (perhaps to do with the fact that my hard drive and SSD were both plugged in during windows installation) this partition was left on the hard drive. Should this partition be on my SSD? If so is there a way to move it? Normally I believe these partitions are only supposed to be a few MB, but mine is 15GB, also it seems to be stopping me from merging the other volumes "storage" and "new volume" on the hard drive. I'm more concerned also because if the hard drive fails or i want to replace it, I won't be able to boot to windows on the SSD... Any help on this is really appreciated! I've attached below an image of the Disk Management screen.
  21. As the title says I wanna merge two partitions namely my D\: and E\: Hard disk drive partitions. but to do so I'll have to format and create new partitions which also means it'll wipe my data. Is there a way to merge two partitions without loss of data. I saw this app called 'MiniTool Partition Wizard' which claims to merge drives without data loss, I am a bit skeptical about it.
  22. Help partitioning alienware laptop c drive

    Hey LTT forums, I'm having an issue dual booting my alienware laptop with linux. I have an alienware 15 (the newest model) with a 120 gb ssd for the boot (103 gb after formatting) and a 1tb mechanical drive. I use windows 10 for gaming and game development but I'm trying to dual boot it with arch linux because I need certain command line tools and because arch is lightweight and my drive space is limited. When I go into the windows 10 disk management it wont allow me to shrink the size of the boot partition. It gives me an error message saying that I don't have enough room to shrink it even though there is clearly 45 gb free. It won't let me delete recovery partitions either. Can I not partition drives in UEFI boot as opposed to legacy bios? I don't want to install arch on my much slower D drive especially because I have a dual-booted desktop already. Does alienware have some weird feature on motherboards preventing from people dualbooting? Any ideas on how I can partition the drives? *Update I tried changing boot mode from UEFI to legacy and then it wouldn't boot into windows. I also corrected a typo above where I wrote NFTS instead of UEFI by mistake. oops.
  23. So I am trying to transfer the data from my old 1tb WD Blue to my new 4tb Seagate Barracuda (keep in mind, not OS disk). I usually use Minitool partition wizard free edition but the free version only supports MBR but in order to get one 3.7 tb volume I need GPT format type, I would normally just go into windows explorer and ctrl-C and ctrl-V to transfer the files but I am getting some abysmal speeds considering they are connected via SATA Directly to another computers MoBo (10-30 MB/s). Does anybody have a recommendation for some software that would work for this?
  24. I really need some help... I've gotten a new Toshiba 6TB internal HDD as a christmas present, which is great 'cause I'm running out of storage space. But after I've connected it to my motherboard, I went into Disk Management (or whatever it's called in English) and tried to initialize it I got the following message: "The specified disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks". If I try to select MBR instead I get the message: "The specified file was not found" (translated from Danish). I've tried switching out the SATA-cable and plugging the cable into other ports in my motherboard, but this doesn't help. Is there any was to fix this or do I have to return the HDD for a new one? Any help, or attempt thereof, would be incredibly appreciated. Specs: Motherboard: Asus Z170-A CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.50Hz GPU: Gainward Geforce GTX 1060 6GB RAM: 2x Corsair DDR4 8GB (can't remember Hz or specific types) HD: Kingston SSD about 250GB (mostly used for the OS) & some generic 1TB HDD (for storage)
  25. When ever I ask people, What is the best data recovery tool, I get a different answer each time. I keep trying people suggestions, but I always find problems with them. There have been countless number of times that I have had a dying hard drive from a friend or client and try and recover data from it. I have tried Easeus Data recovery, and that works great when it does works, It won't work if a drive gets disconnected part way through, and doesn't work when the partition table is missing. I also don't like its interface, doesn't feel like a professional tool. I have tried Piriform Recuva, and that is ok, But takes a ridiculous amount of time. 40 hours is what It took to recover from a 500Gb WD Blue drive. Just one drive!. Some files that it recovers it does not recover properly. I even tried this with a perfectly working drive and it still managed to mess up recovering a powerpoint file lol. I have tried Zero Assumption Data Recovery and I had some hilarious problems trying to get it read the drive. I notice that all these tools are very much windows tools, What are the industry standards for this sort of thing. Are their any bootable linux ones that I should be using? I guess the free ones are all crap. Is it just me, or do all these tools suck, and suck in different ways. Am I just using them wrong, using the wrong tools in the first place. Or are my drives just too dead for these tools to work with. I want to here from the people who work for a business and actually have some experience in recovering data from a dead hard drive. What software do the actual data recovery experts use, I know some will use their own stuff, but What off the shelf stuff can I use that isn't as bad as the ones that I have already tried. I really just want something that can read everything at a bit level, I wanted to use clonezilla but that freaks out the second it hits a bad sector. So far the only thing I can do is wait the 40 hours that recuva demands.