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Windows 7: HDD divided into 2 simple volumes with same drive letter F

08 Feb 2015   #1
magruseR

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
HDD divided into 2 simple volumes with same drive letter F

Hi!
So I have a 1TB HDD that had an old back up partition of 175GB on it and a storage partition of 755GB. I used disk manegement to clear/delete the smaller volume so I could create a new back up for my recently installed OS. Somehow, (never tinker whilst looking after a screaming baby) I now have 2 simple volumes, both labelled as drive F.
I have about 700GB of stuff on the original larger partition and not to keen on having to buy another HDD to back that up. I also tried EaseUS Partition Master but the option to "convert to basic disk" is not there maybe because there are 2 very small (..MBs) unallocated partitions that seemingly only EaseUS can detect?

I would like to return the drive to a basic disk and create a backup partition on it without losing all my data, is this at all possible?
Thanks in advance


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08 Feb 2015   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Someone else will have to help you with the two volumes having the same drive letter (weird, that).

However, it's not a very good idea to have a backup installed inside your computer, let alone on the same drive. If the computer or the drive should ever fail, there goes your backup with it. Backups should be on an external drive (or an internal type drive in a dock) and connected to the computer only when updating the backup (which should be frequently). It's also a good idea to have at least two backup drives since even a backup drive can fail unexpectedly (ideally one would be kept onsite and the other offsite). An easy way to have and maintain an offsite backup would be to use a food good cloud backup storage, such as Carbonite.
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10 Feb 2015   #3
magruseR

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The drive F is not my OS drive I have an SSD for that, the 1TB HDD is specifically for backing up only. I will take your advice and get an external for an OS backup too thanks. Stil, l would like to get the F;F drive back to basics though
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10 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I suggest you post a picture of your Disk Management for further analysis.
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11 Feb 2015   #5
magruseR

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks whs I hope this helps ...


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11 Feb 2015   #6
magruseR

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

..the second pic is the readout from easeUS ...
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11 Feb 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The two F partitions on Disk 1 are a spanned (dynamic) volume. Convert them back to basic disk and you will be OK.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
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12 Feb 2015   #8
Hallimon

Windows7*64
 
 

The spanned volume(dynamic) isn't allowed to convert basic disk. You could try to resize two F: volume (including the unallocated space) into one volume on EaseUS Partition, then convert to basic disk.

Click right F: (175.78GB) -> resize/move partition -> drag partition to fill full the unallocated space, as long as there is no unallocated space, two F: partitions would be one F volume.
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12 Feb 2015   #9
magruseR

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

here's a screenshot of easeUS, it only has the 4 operations listed in the left panel available to me for F... the unallocated partitions have no operations available


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21 Feb 2015   #10
magruseR

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have tried to use partition wizard as instructed and this is th result I got; apparently it will only convert simple or mirrored dynamic volumes back to basic however it doesn't specify what I have ... please can anyone help there must be a simple solution to this all I did was try to resize a partiyion in disk management and all this dynamic nonsense happenned.
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