Help - noob struggles to fix Vista disk he broke

Discussion in 'Acronis Disk Director Suite' started by nickbell99, Jun 21, 2009.

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  1. nickbell99

    nickbell99 Registered Member

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    Using DDS v10.0 build 2,117

    Have Vista laptop with 80gb disk. Approx 30gb of that is free.

    Disk has one 40gb partition, one hidden partition and the rest empty space. I tried using DD to delete the hidden partition and merge the empty space into one partition.

    I ran thru the steps in DDS and rebooted etc. Experienced error messages and now can't reboot from the disk. So I use DDS on a recovery disk to boot the laptop and am now viewing the disk. It says its properties are 'Pri, Act' which I think is correct for booting from. However, it also says it is completely full (74.53). I seem unable to do anything to the disk with DDS because it says 'the disk is full'. I would like to be able to make a second partition on it so I can use the laptops recovery cd to reinstall vista on that second partition. Any ideas anyone? All suggestions gratefully received.
    I have a spare laptop (XP) and a spare internal/external USB hard disk BTW.
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    You should be using build 2,160 or later for Vista.

    Is DD showing a red "C" on the partition graphic?

    Can you run a chkdsk /f on the partition to check for errors?

    Do you have a current backup image of the drive?
     
  3. nickbell99

    nickbell99 Registered Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to respond. I did some more forum reading after posting and realized then that the old version of Acronis was at fault :mad: . So I quit trying to fix that and just did a recovery using Active@ File Recovery software. Lesson learned!
     
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