partitioning

Can I Remotely Partition a Hard Drive?

Windows

Episode 1618

Irwin from New York, NY

Irwin is trying to partition a laptop hard drive remotely. But he can't do it and reinstall Windows. Leo says one thing to try is defragging the hard drive to give it all the unoccupied free space it needs in order to reinstall Windows. The Chatroom says one thing to do is use the GPT partition. But Leo advises against it. Windows knows what it's doing when it's installing Windows, so trust it to give it the proper partition. Should he go to DOCSIS 3.1? Leo says yes. It has some power management features that will reduce buffer bloat and save energy. And DOCSIS 4 is on the way.

How can I partition my hard drive and image it?

Spinning Hard Drive

Episode 1613

Richie from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Richie would like to know how to partition his hard drive. Leo says that TerraByte Drive Image is a good one to use (recommended by Steve Gibson) but image your hard drive first, just in case. Other options include Partition Magic, Acronis, Macruyn Refectm, and EaseUS Partition Master. You can even do it from your command line with DiskPart. 

How can I safely partition my hard drive for Linux?

rEFInd

Episode 1382

Mike from Portland, ME

Mike finally installed Linux Mint into his old Dell laptop. When he was partitioning it, Windows wanted 2/3 of the drive for XP. He's not planning on using it that much, so he made it as small as he could, but it won't let him. Leo says he doesn't even need Windows if he's not planning on using it, so he can just delete the Windows partition altogether.

How can I get rid of Linux on my dual boot Windows machine?

Episode 1280

Bernie from Washington

Bernie has a dual boot system running Windows and Linux. He wants to know if he can reformat his hard drive to make more room for Windows since he doesn't want to use Linux anymore. Leo says he won't be reformatting, he'll be repartitioning. That means he'll adjust the section for Windows to make it larger. Windows installer has a partition utility built in called FDisk. He should look into options, find the Linux partition, and delete it. Then he can make one large primary partition on the Windows drive. He can then format the partition to NTFS.

How can I merge the partitions on my Mac?

Disk Utility

Episode 1177

Valentine from Bulgaria

Valentine has a partitioned hard drive and he wants to merge the two together. Leo says that there are two ways to do this. He could do it destructively through the disk utility, or he could do it in a non-destructive way, which is tricky. Disk utility can also do that, but he can also use the DiskUtil command line tool. You need OS X.5 or later. Here's how - http://superuser.com/questions/230901/resize-mac-os-plus-partition-without-losing-data

How can I reinstall Windows?

Episode 1124

Stephanie from Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie bought a Samsung Windows 7 notebook and it's been a disasterous affair. She wishes she had bought a Mac. Leo says that Apple has a much better way to teach users how to use computers with their One to One teaching. She tried to get tech support with a phone number given to her from friends who used remote desktop and now she got infected. Can she wipe it and start over? Leo says sure, if she has a system recovery disc that came with the computer. She should get her data off first, then wipe the drive and reinstall Windows. And she should make sure she updates it completely.

Can I get my photos back after partitioning my hard drive?

hard drive

Episode 1088

Jerry from Los Angeles, CA

Gary put Windows 7 on an old XP machine. Leo says it was designed to upgrade from XP, so that should be just fine. He tried to alter the partition and now he doesn't have access to his photos. Leo says ideally, Gary should've backed up the photos first to an external drive. But once he repartitioned the hard drive, all the data was erased. There are two kinds of portioning: destructive and non-destructive. It sounds like Gary used the Windows partition utility which is destructive, and the photos have been erased. That's why backing up is so crucial.

How can I partition my Windows 7 hard drive?

Episode 1057

John from Waterbury, CT

John had a computer that died on him, so he got a few parts and now the computer is back online. The hard drive has a partition on it and he wants to resize the it, but it won't let him. Leo says that John should try a non-destructive partitioner. Windows 7 may be able to do it if it's in a state to do it. Leo recommends defragging the partition and trying again. There may not be enough space to change the partition, though. EaseUS makes a free partitioning and backup program he can try as well.

Will a virus survive formatting a hard drive?

Episode 1034

Lorraine from Corona, CA

Lorraine is wiping her hard drive and reinstalling, and is worried that if she doesn't partition her hard drive correctly, a virus could survive formatting. Leo says no, that was an urban legend that has since been debunked. There have been cases of viruses that could hide in the BIOS or in the memory of a video card or printer, but Leo's never seen it happen in real life. So there's no real worry.