This week’s email newsletter article is:
- Hard Drive Partitions Problem
Subscriber Mike G wrote with a question about hard drive partitions, after getting a new computer that was set up strangely:
I thought I understood disks and knew how to partition them.
I got a new system with Windows 7 already installed. It has a large partition of about 682 GB in addition to the other partitions:
• System Reserved — primary
• Windows 7 boot (C) — primary
• Temp (T:) — a logical drive
• Comm (D) — primary
The large partition is shown as unallocated.
I wanted to change it to "free" and then add another partition from it, logical if necessary.
However, the Disk Management tool under the control panel will not let me do anything with it.
I get the message that there are too many partitions when I try to take / make a smaller partition from the big one.
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
Windows 7 had (and has) a really convenient way to get to many of the functions — customizations and tools — that are available in its Control Panel.
Accessing them via the Control Panel, you have to know (or figure out) where to find them. Using the Master Control Panel, or Master Controls, or God Mode (as some people call it), makes it easy to find these items.
Window 8 has the same Master Control Panel available, too — and you can get to it the same way. […]
Windows has a great feature for handling unknown files — or even files that it does recognize.
When you right-click on the file, you can pick Open. If Windows has a program associated with that the file’s filename extension (e.g., .xlsx), it will open the appropriate program (e.g., Excel) and then open the file in the program.
But, if it doesn’t have an associated program for a file, you can still open the file in several ways […]
We’ve all had that "Oh, No!" moment. We just deleted a file and realized that we deleted the wrong file.
It should be an easy step to get it back, right?
Windows has included a Recycle Bin for many years. When you tell Windows to delete a file, Windows changes the entries in the drive’s table of contents to flag the file as deleted — but it’s not really destroyed at that point […]
One of the features that was introduced into Windows as of Windows XP is an invaluable resource called System Restore.
We’ve all seen the program installations that flash a message that they’re creating a Restore Point. Windows makes a Restore Point whenever you install a new driver. It also makes a restore point periodically based on elapsed time.
While System Restore and its Restore Points do not protect data files, it protects Windows’ system files and the Windows Registry. That way, if you install something that totally messes up Windows […]
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