Why won't DD10 partition my harddisk?

Discussion in 'Acronis Disk Director Suite' started by tombuur, May 25, 2007.

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  1. tombuur

    tombuur Registered Member

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    I have spent hours trying to split a 120GB harddisk in two to have XP and Vista for dual boot.

    Sometimes I manage to tell DD10 to split at 60GB. I then go through several reboots only to find that nothing has happened. Absolutely nothing. There is no new partition.

    I have also tried using some unallocated space and then sometimes I get a new partition. However, I can't change its size at all. DD10 protests and says it can't be done.

    All this in XP. But when I finally gave up and just installed Vista 64 I had similar problems there.

    So far I have not at all got from DD10 what I bought it for. Only it has been a help for me changing dynamic disks to basic and keeping data. But that was not my primary purpose for buying it. Luckily True Image has been a help by restoring things for me during several experiments with installing new XP or Vista these days.
     
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    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    If it DD doesn't work properly when you start procedures in Windows, boot from the rescue cd and do it that way. For some reason starting partition operations that involve system partitions in particular often don't work correctly when initiated from Windows.
     
  3. mangoman

    mangoman Registered Member

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    tomburr, listen closely to MudCrab!

    The 1st thing I learned about DD is do not try anything from the desktop icon! The only thing it is good for is to create a bootable recovery CD! I tried to use desktop DD and it wiped out my clean Vista notebook twice on simple Resize and Create Partition operations. Maybe you can use the installed DD to view some properties, but do not >Commit any actions, you will probably be sorry. (I am pretty bitter about this.)

    The 2ed thing I am learning is make sure to install both DD and OSS before you try any dual boot operations. The DD "suite" install does not support dual boot operations unless OSS is also installed. This is not intuitive to me! It seems first time users should be able to create a new partition from DD and install a new op system on it without errors, then have OSS detect them when it is installed. Or automatically install DD and OSS together.

    Or, if OSS is not present DD should prompt to install it. Or, if you try to do any operations from the current DD build without OSS installed there should be a warning, "If you proceed your existing hard drive structure will be destroyed and you will have to do a clean install of your operating system, do you want to continue?" (I am pretty bitter about this.)
     
  4. tombuur

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    I too erroneously installed an XP over another because DD10 interfered during install and I thought everything was okay. Luckily I had a full backup so recovering was possible. During this process I learned that you can only recover from basic disks, so I had to solve how to do this when my backup was on a dynamic one ...

    I think Acronis should produce a quick start guide for those of us who just want to get up running to do a few things. Among the things it should say is: We recommend to run all Acronis operations from a bootable cd, preferably the safe versions. Also, put all your backups in basic disks, not dynamic ones.

    I have now managed to make a partition that hopefully can be used for Vista. Still there was some unallocated space on my c drive that would not convert. DD10 locked up again. So I had to take the space from the XP partition.
     
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