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Cancelled during partition resize, partition has disappeared. (Using Partition Magic)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by THFS, Jul 12, 2006.

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  1. THFS

    THFS Thread Starter

    Feb 20, 2004
    I have a 250GB drive which I had split into two partitions (F and G). One partition had almost run out of space so I was going to reduce the size of the other and give the free space to this partition.

    I set everything up and left it to run, but it was taking longer than I expected and I needed to leave so I cancelled the operation. The size of the G: partition has been reduced and the drive now has 20GB of unallocated space which I was going to give to the F: partition, but it won't let me do this. Whenever I try to do it it simply says an error has occurred. I can't remember the exact message since I don't have access to the computer right now, but I remember the error code being #508.

    Also, the G: partition no longer appears in my computer, but I can still browse the drive using the inbuilt browser in Partition Magic.

    Since they put a Cancel button on the operation screen I assumed it would be safe to cancel the operation, in that it would undo any changes that had already been made, but apparently it just stops what it's doing and doesn't let you continue from where you stopped. I realise now that I made a mistake, but is there any way to recover the partition (so that I can access it through My Computer as I usually can) and to finish reallocating the unused space on the drive?

  2. THFS

    THFS Thread Starter

    Feb 20, 2004
    Bump, I posted the same thing in hardware but I'm still wondering if there's a more software-orientated way to solve the problem.
  3. bearone2

    bearone2 Banned

    Jun 4, 2004
    you can't take/give from one to another but need to remove the create the partitions in the sizes you want.

    it sounds like you removed the partition, stopped the process by cancelling.
    cancelling in the middle isn't the best way to do things because pm may not understand what it is you want to do..

    next time, make sure you have time to do the whole process at one setting.
  4. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    Partition Magic is so specailized that this is going to be a difficult one to solve. When you stop an operation in mid-stream you are asking for lots of trouble. First question about Partition MAgic, Is this a legal copy of Partition Magic?

    If the answer is yes then I would strongly suggest calling their tech support. If the answer is no then the only way you are going to get help on this is if some one has had exactly the same thing happen and knows exactly how to fix it.
  5. qldit


    Mar 18, 2005
    Good Morning THFS, yes, if the drive has bad clusters the partitioning program may hang.

    The regen program scanner will identify the bads and attempt to repair them.

    If a chkdsk or scandisk utility is run and bad areas detected they will normally be noted as being unuseable or "locked out" this is why I prefer not to run them.

    Large drives commonly develop bad spots and have a reserve of availables to seamlessly allow the operating system to move data, these bad spots are then hidden.

    This problem really only shows when the reserve is used or when a drive clean is done.

    You really only find out what is happening with a lot of these drives if you zerowrite them and then run a disk-surface inspection tool.

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