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how to get rid of 7MB unallocated partition on new seagate 80 gig


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westcparts

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XP pro

installed a new 80gig seagate using seagates wizard, but xp or whomever
partitioned a 7MB unallocated partition. How do we get rid of it and format
the entire disk as one partition in order to clone our C: on D: as a backup
with Ghost

Thank You :tazz:
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Hi westcparts!

The 7MB of unallocated space is used by the hard drive. Hence why you probably see on the box the hard drive came in that it has an 8MB buffer. This buffer allows hard drives to respond much quicker then if they didn't have it. All newer hard drives have at least a 2MB buffer, but almost all nowadays have at least 8MB if not more.

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Thank You

Hmmm, well we can't clone the drive with ghost 9.0 because of that
partition, is there a way around the situation ?

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The 8mb buffer is dynamic RAM, it is an onboard ram cache on the drive that stores info for quicker access, it has nothing to do with the unallocated space.

The unallocated space is actually set aside by Windows when you format an ntfs drive in anticpation of you perhaps changing it to a dynamic drive in the future (this is a special windows extension that allows you to, among aother things, create dynamic volumes for RAID configurations.)

That said, this 7mb should not in anyway prevent you from ghosting the drive...

Is Ghost giving you an error message? I am cloning a drive this very second with the unallocated 7mb of space (using true image though).

I have used ghost in the past (not version 9) and not had an issue
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we have use Ghost 2003 in win 98se & no problems

but xp pro an ghost 9.0 well..

it almost completes the copy and at about 98% it errors off with the following

cannot copy source drive to dest drive location
ERROR EA3905FE cluster not allocated 0xEA390FE
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did you run a thorough chkdsk on the drive before cloning (always a good idea)


start > run
cmd
<enter>

type
chkdsk /r
<enter>

say yes to repair on reboot

Sounds more like a disk error than a ghost error
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