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Windows 7: My drive0 is "Unallocated Space" How do I format it to NTFS ?

17 Aug 2012   #1

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My drive0 is "Unallocated Space" How do I format it to NTFS ?

Drive 0 is "Unallocated Space" as shown in Disk Mgt attachment.

How do I format this into NTFS . There is no "FORMAT" command when right clicked ?



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17 Aug 2012   #2
whs

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Right click on the space and define a partition. The wizard will guide you. One of the steps during this process is formatting.

You can only format partitions - not any unallocated spaces. This is not a USB stick.
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17 Aug 2012   #3

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Showing the 8 MB partition might mean you have been messing with Win XP. But for some reason they seem to show up. You might think about getting rid of it before your format the drive.
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17 Aug 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Right click on the space and define a partition. The wizard will guide you. One of the steps during this process is formatting.

You can only format partitions - not any unallocated spaces. This is not a USB stick.
Ah , as Michael Cane the English actor was won't to say :- "Not many people know that " - myself being one of them !

Thanks for the gen .
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17 Aug 2012   #5
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Hello.


If you just want it for storage, have a look at this tutorial linked below for some ideas.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives


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17 Aug 2012   #6

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[QUOTE=Saltgrass;2054412]Showing the 8 MB partition might mean you have been messing with Win XP. But for some reason they seem to show up. You might think about getting rid of it before your format the drive.[/QUOTE

Thanks for the reply but I have some software installed there .
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17 Aug 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello.


If you just want it for storage, have a look at this tutorial linked below for some ideas.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives


I did and , even more important , I'm glad I did !

Thanks very much for the suggestion .
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19 Aug 2012   #8

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This is a general reply to all who have kindly replied.

I refer to my Drive 0 which is almost completely Unallocated except for an 8 Mb Primary Partition which I am reluctant to delete as it contains software by TerabyteUnlimited which I use frequently.( See Attachment in OP)

What is happening here is each time I right click this unallocated Space and then follow the Wizard to format this - this seems to procede OK and the space is formatted in NTFS as required as a Primary Partition.
However , after each subsequent boot , this space reverts again to UNALLOCATED. except , that is , for the small 8MB Partition as shown in Disk Management attached here.

Do you think I should follow the link given by Bare Foot Kid and make this an Extendeed Partition instead as I only require it for storage ?

Would that work and remain permanent.

Does the reason it reverts to Unallocated here have something to do with the number of Primary Partitions thus created ? If you count the External drives , I have more than 4 in that case ?
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19 Aug 2012   #9
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There can be 4 partitions per HDD, either 3 Primary and an Extended or 4 Primary.


Why can't you move that SW from the drive 0 or will that break it's connections.
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19 Aug 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
There can be 4 partitions per HDD, either 3 Primary and an Extended or 4 Primary.


Why can't you move that SW from the drive 0 or will that break it's connections.
Sorry I don't understand "SW" . If you're referring to the 8 mb Partition , I explained why in my last post.
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