Unable to split my drive C partition in Windows Vista

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  1. cobra967

    cobra967 Registered Member

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    Hello, I am using Disk director v.10 (build 2160) to split my drive C partition and I am unable too. I have a HP computer which has a 320GB two partition. Drive C is used for the OS and drive D for the recovery system only. The computer has few other drivers which are card readers and not HD. When I try to split my drive this is what happens: I go trough the process in windows to split the partition C and then when I "commit" the change the system ask me to re-boot the computer. When the computer re-boots, the system goes trough a couple cycles in checking disc, partitions and whatever else is doing. Then, when the cycle it is finally done, I log back in windows and my partition C is exactly the way it was, did not split at all. I am not getting any error message when the cycle takes place. What's wrong?
     
  2. MudCrab

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    Have you tried booting from the rescue cd and trying the procedure?

    Do you have a backup of your drive in case something goes wrong with the split?
     
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    1. No
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    In that case, I would recommend both.

    Many times booting from the rescue cd and doing a procedure will work when starting it in Windows doesn't.

    Make sure you have backed up all your important files. The partition procedures are supposed to be safe and not cause any data loss. However, there is always the chance that something may go wrong.

    If you have True Image a full drive image is good. If you have a copy of your important files elsewhere (USB hard drive, for example) and you have your HP recovery cds/dvds then you could always restore from that if needed.

    I have used DD for partition manipulation many times with only one time causing a problem (Windows still booted though, so I'm pretty sure it could have been fixed). I didn't want to bother fixing it so I just restored my TI image.
     
  5. nbfrisch

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    is the rescue CD the DD10 disk, or is it something i need to create?
    how?
     
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    Yes, the rescue cd is the DD 10 disk. (I have TI and DD on mine.) If you've updated to the most current build (2,160) and haven't updated your cd, you can make another one by using the Acronis Media Builder program.

    If you have the retail version, the cd is probably an older build.
     
  7. Bostski

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    I bought Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 build 2160 specifically to partition my new Vista C Drive and as other people I found on the internet who were unsuccessful, I was totally frustrated. I tried using the built in Vista partition first, but it did not let me partition as much of the free space as I wanted into the new partition.

    After two weeks of trying use the Disk Director Suite, I had tried many times from within Windows where the first time it rebooted and looked it was going to work but did not work right. My system would not boot and it asked me if I wanted to fix the program, when I said yes but it was unable to fix it so I just tried running as it was and somehow it still ran luckily. I had backed up everything with Acronis True Image and backed up my data separately on another external drive also just in case but since it was still running I left it alone. I am still crossing my fingers as there seems to be no real problem in the system so far. The other times I tried within Windows it did not even reboot or attempt to do anything. I made a bootable CD from within the program and it said it did not recognize any hard disk drives. I wrote an email to Acronis support and the emailed me an image of a boot CD which had the same problem. After two weeks I was about to give up when I stumbled upon a webpage which said that sometimes you have to “right click” on the program icon and “select run as administrator” referring to windows XP. This sounded odd to me as my login is already set as an administrator in Vista, but it said that in the early days of XP, this odd function was to keep people from accidentally messing up their computers. I never had XP until later when it probably had been updated since I never saw this on my XP computer.

    Anyway, I right clicked on the Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 icon and selected “Run as administrator” and tried to partition my C drive. I crossed my fingers as it rebooted, and fortunately it worked. I now have partitioned my C drive. What was weird was when the first unsuccessful attempt did not work, the space used on my C drive went from about 30Gb to 60Gb so I decided to set the C drive partition at about 100 Gb. When I successfully partitioned my drive it went back down to 30Gb. Hopefully whatever screwed up on the first unsuccessful attempt to partition the drive got fixed when it was successfully partitioned.

    I do not know if this will work for everyone but hopefully it helps.
     
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