My Laptop Specs:
Lenovo Windows 7 PC
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU m 460 @ 2.53 GHz
Installed Memory: 4GB (3.8GB usable)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Operating System
I am neither too technically qualified nor am I a computer illiterate. So please help me accordingly! Here's my issue...
My Laptop has Windows 7 Home Premium pre loaded. When I bought the laptop, there were only two drives (C Drive of 275 GB, on which OS was installed and D drive of 175 GB).
I have a lot of data to be stored and did not want to keep anything in C drive (as I have experienced loss of data during times of OS crash). Hence I wanted to shrink the C drive to about 100 GB and make the remaining as a separate drive.
3 days ago, I read a lot of tech forums and did it on Computer> Manage> Disk Management. I shrinked the C drive volume to 147 GB (which was the maximum I could shrink it to). I tried to make a separate drive of the remaining space. But it
would not allow me to. It gave me an error message "Cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains maximum number of partitions". I tried to expand the D drive, but the option "Extend Volume" was not highlighted.
After a lot of reading tech forums, I understood that Windows 7 OS allows only 4 partitions.
So I downloaded a third party Partition Manager called Mini Partition Wizard Home edition and installed it on the system. I tried creating another drive using this wizard but was unsuccessful. So what I did was, I used the Extend Volume option and expanded the D drive to cover the unallocated space, it took a while to apply the changes but after i rebooted the system, I was very happy to see that my C drive was 147 GB and my D Drive was 303 GB.
After the next reboot, my D drive was missing!!! I wanted to see what went wrong and when I checked the Disk Management, it said there was 303 GB Unallocated space!
Anyway, I created a simple volume on that unallocated space now and made it D drive. I copied back all my files to it.
It worked fine till today. All of this morning, I worked on the laptop with the files which were on D drive. But after rebooting, I see that the D drive had gone missing again!! The same thing happened!! In the Disk Management, it said Unallocated Space! I have allocated that to a new drive and formatted the drive once again.... But I am scared to save any data on that drive now because I am not sure when it will go missing again!!
Here is how it looks:
(In Disk management, after I re-created the D Drive, this is how it reads:
Volume Layout Type File System Status
_ Simple Basic Healthy (Primary Partition) 14.75GB
_ Simple Basic NTFS Healthy (System,Active,Primary Partition) 200MB
D: Simple Basic NTFS Healthy (Logical Drive)
C: Simple Basic NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
Also in My Computer, there is "Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 (Protected) (Q: ) mentioned.
1. Why is the D drive going missing time and again? Why is it showing as Unallocated space and why is it that I have to create a new simple volume each time and format it!! Why doesnt it stay like it always did earlier?
2. As I mentioned, my system came with preloaded Windows7 and MS Office 2010. I was not given any CDs for softwares or Drivers at all.
a) If I have to format my entire hard disk, and make partitions according to my convenience, how should I install it? I mean, I know how to install an operating system from a bootable CD. But how on earth am I gonna make a fresh installation on a pre loaded system and how do I go about formatting the disk?
b) Doesnt pre loaded software mean it is stored on the hard disk? How do I know where it is stored?
c) If I format the hard disk completely and make fresh partitions, am I not losing the OS and MS Office softwares? What should I do to keep it but still make the desired changes successfully?
d) I assume that the pre loaded softwares can be taken into DVDs? If yes, how do I do it? And is it possible for me to make it pre-loaded after formatting the disk?
e) I have the product key for my Windows 7 OS mentioned at the bottom of my laptop. I do not have any product keys for MS Office 2010 that also came as a preloaded software on this system! So if I do a fresh installation, where should I find the product key for MS Office 2010? As of now, it says Miscrosoft Office Starter (Q
Thanks in Advance...