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Partition of hard disk

i have been trying partition hard disk of my toshiba L20 in order to increase its performance speed. i have been facing a problem of not getting an option for partition of hard disk on DISK MANAGMENT. kindly guide me through this process

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Why do you think that partitioning will increase speed? Memory is the only true way to increase speed or get a faster processor. Partitioning is for dividing up space on your drive and saving data in other places or Dual Booting. You will have to use Partition Magic software of some other software if you operating is already installed. You will stand the chance of losing Data if you do not know how to do partitioning. There is no way to properly tell you how to do a partition when your computer is loaded. Now if you want to re-format your hard drive, and start all over with everything that is a different ball game. That again is not very safe if you do not know what a partition even is. I am curious. Where did you hear that this will improve performance? I will explain how you can improve performance. Do the following.

Turn the system restore off. System restore keeps everything in restore. Meaning......... If you have spyware or a virus, it will stay in your system. Run Spybot S&D (This program is free and is better than using msconfig as long as you go through the settings and change everything to the highest settings.) Then do the same with Adaware 2008 (sounds stupid to use 2 things for spyware, but one catches what the other one does not.). I have links on my website ( These links go directly to the download so you will not get the run around. You would do good to try a program called Window Washer ( This is a great program that completely cleans anything in your computer that you do not need. It will not clean out anything that you have to have. I have used this for years to clean out my customers computers and have cleaned as much as 3 gigs of trash out. If you contact me I will give you some tools that I have for free that will do a great job on your computer. I have them ready to download and I will give you the link. (

Send me the complete specs of your system and I can help you more. I hope that this helps you. There is no reason the really buy a program for spyware when there are free things to use that work great. Free AVG is a great Antivirus and yes it is also free. It will check your e-mail coming and going. It will also let your friends now that the E-mail does not have a virus. It also has a spyware program that is free. This day and time with all of the spyware out on the net you can never have too many programs for spyware. I would not run all of them at the same time though. Make sure that you do not use your computer during any scan. Defrag is also something to do after you do everything else. Some people will tell you that should not reload your computer. If nothing seems to work then sometimes that is the only good way to get it repaired right. Most of the programs that come pre-installed on a store bought computer is useless and most are even trail software that causes problems when they expire. Let me know if this helps at all. Please rate me if it helps.

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Dear sir i have seagate ST3160215AS 160gb sata hard disk. in bios it shows 160 gb but in actual it gives only 149gb. i have tried to dm it but no dm matches it. then i tried ontrack to it. it shows 160 gb....

the hard drive might be damaged bad sectors
the operating sytem will take/use a certain ammount of space onyour hard drive
click start right click on my computer you should see your drive usually C: select properties click tools check now tick both boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery on any bad sectors or you could tick one box and wait until its finished then return and tick the other box
then select check now start should schedule this task when restart

do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer
then defragment your hard drive,0.aspx when you download partition magic you will have the option to make rescue to disks to boot from make these disks then change your first boot device your to floppy drive this will give you options to partition then partition only the good sectors of your hard drive and install an operating system to the good partition
Partition Magic 8.0 description
Partitioning your hard drive plays an essential role in maintaining your computer-preventing conflicts, protecting data, improving efficiency, and increasing performance.
PartitionMagic allows you to create, resize, merge and convert partitions without destroying data. Award-winning

PartitionMagic Pro from Symantec is a leader in hard-drive partitioning software. PartitionMagic Pro allows you to create, resize, move, and convert partitions without destroying your data. You can quickly and easily create partitions, which can act as file drawers on your hard disks for storing valuable information such as data files, applications, and operating systems.

Storing information in separate partitions helps you organize and protect your data, safely run multiple operating systems, and reclaim wasted disk space.
click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to recovery any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive there are many ways of running the chkdsk utility

hope this helps you

Oct 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet


Enhncing your computer Performance

Hi guys,

There are several ways b ding which one can enhance the computer speed without any cost.
Some of the ways are:-

1.Emptying the tmp directory.
Just go to run Start button and type %temp%
Now select all files and press SHIFT+DELETE button to remove the files. This will increase your computer speed.

2.defragmenting the hard disk.
ime to time defragmenting the hard disk will improve the computer performance.
Just right click on any hard disk partition like C or drive and click on the Proprties and go to Tools. Now click on the defragment Now button to defragment that partition.

It wll surely improve the performance of your computer.

3 Creating a Restore Point
Whenever you feel that the computer is working very nicely, just create a restore point from Control Panel meu and later when you feel that the computer speed is not upto the mark then restore your computer to that particular earlier restore point.

4.Wallpapers: They slow your whole system down, so if you're willing to compromise, have a basic plain one instead

5.Minimizing: If you want to use several programs at the same time then minimize those you are not using. This helps reduce the overload on RAM

Thease are the some tricks which can improve the performance of your PC without costing a penny on any hardware.


on Apr 07, 2010 | Computers & Internet


How To Increase Computer Speed And Performance

Many computer users are worried about their computer‘s performance. After spending lot of bucks, still they cannot have that charm of using PC as they had expected. Here I am going to explain some major tricks which are used by many computer users which help them to take efficient use of their CPU.
These tips could be of little importance for people who are already using processors with speed more than 2400 MHz but people using computer with less speed and little older mother boards and processors will enjoy these tips. They will realize significant increase in their computer‘s performance.
Here are these tips:
1. Operating system choice:
You will be amazed to know that your choice of choosing right windows or operating system could play a significant role on your CPU’s performance. For example if you are given 5 bricks to carry them to next apartment and then 10 bricks to do same. Think how would be your performance if compared with both situations. Obviously you would perform well when carrying only 5 bricks.
Same is the case with Microsoft windows. The lighter the windows you have, higher the performance will be shown. Now this does not mean that you should install Windows 95. Here is the order of Windows weight: Windows XP (any addition) > Windows 2000 > Windows Me > Windows 98 (the lightest one). So if you have Pentium 4 with good ram then I would recommend you to use Microsoft Windows XP. People using Pentium 3 computers could use windows 2000 or if they have ram more than 256 MB then they can use windows XP too. All other lower speed users should use windows ME or 98.
You would have to compromise between speed and quality. You can decide now which operating system you should use now.
2. Partitions:
Before starting this topic I would like to give you a simple example. Suppose in one case if 100 items are placed in a house having only 2 rooms and you are required to find item no. 89, from second room. You will have to scroll through 50 items in room two to find item 89. In other case if same 100 items are placed in house having 4 rooms and you are required to find item 89 from room 2 then you would have to scroll through only 25 items present in that room and you would spend less time.
Same is the case here for partitions. If you are having more number of partitions, it would help your windows more to find required data easily from your hard disk, when you run any file or program. I would advice you to have more partitions each having at least 5 GB memory and maximum 20 GB.
You should be very careful while partitioning your hard drive and believe me many people make mistakes when they partition hard disk and lose all of their important data. Here is a free resource Windows Setup Guide that can help you to learn about partitioning, formatting hard disks and installing windows.
3. Defragment Your Hard disks:
Your partitions become more fragmented when you create or delete folders, save new files, delete or move them and they become scattered on you hard drive and as time passes, windows become slower and slower due to time needed by the system to find required file on hard disk. You can learn more about why volumes become fragmented by using “Disk Defragmenter” Help.
My main point is that your computer becomes lazy with time. I am sure many of you have observed that after installing windows, computer become slower gradually with time. So I would strongly recommend you that you use Disk Defragmenter regularly, at least a week. I know it is quite boring process but while taking bath, lunch start it. Believe me you will feel the difference later.
4. Frequency of Changing Windows:
I would like you to compare the difference between speeds of your computer when you freshly installed windows and now. I know your answer! Obviously now you will be feeling your PC lazier than before.
This is all due to many factors such as file fragmentation; increasing of windows registry size, increase in number of files and folders in your primary partition and also because of some viruses and spy wares.
I would strongly suggest you that you should reinstall windows after formatting your primary partition at least every 3 months. That will keep your computer always efficient. Many people think that formatting hard drive is not good. That is almost a wrong illusion. Formatting your partition every 3 months and installing fresh copy of windows will considerably increase your computer‘s performance. Same website Windows Setup Guide could help you regarding this matter.
5. My last tip:
Finally do not save junk, programs, movies, games and almost anything you can on your windows partition that is usually C: and believe me your computer would show optimal performance for longer time and provide fewer errors.
It is better you make your “My Documents” folder in other drive than C: as well as make also Program Files folder so install everything like Microsoft office e.t.c there not in windows installation drive. Do it and feel the difference.
Always check for your programs which automatically run at startup and use your computer‘s significant resources. Try to disable them carefully and feel the change in performance. Here is a way to check which programs and processes start automatically when windows starts.
Go to START->Run then type “MSCONFIG” then you can see which your memory consuming programs are.
If you do not want to do anything above and want shorter way with shorter improvements then create new user account and delete previous one. You will observer a slighter change and this also removes many errors if present in windows.
If you cannot even do this then why you wasted your time by reading this article and do something else ;)
I have tried my best to show all possible ways that could help you all to improve your computer performance.

on Dec 01, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Sir, hard disk is not partioned. so,you may give some idea.

Many laptops does not work as Pc desktops thats why sometimes we need the branded Cd Disk to perform All installation steps using that Cds only (Branded)

If tried with other CDs the Laptop may stop working and error may arise so make sure you are using the branded Cds and perform needed installation if Hard disk does not get partitioned after using the branded Cds then check for the Hard disk slave and master option and Cmos setuputility
you can remove the hard disk and use other system o partition it
this may fix your problem

Feb 08, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My PC is going very slow and keeps crashing what can I do?

Ensure it has plenty of least 2-4 GB,
Perform a disk cleanup found by accessing the hard drive letter by double clicking on My Computer / right click on "C" drive / properties / disk cleanup and tick ALL boxes.
Ensure you have a BOUGHT antivirus and update online / scan.
Download / update and install a free anti spyware program called "Malwarebytes" and scan "all the computer"
If all that does not speed your PC up it is time for a new one!!!!!!

Dec 03, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite L20-S310TD Notebook


Speed up the performance of Photoshop on your system.

To speed up performance of Photoshop on your system.

. Click on "Edit" next to File at the top.

2. Scroll down to the very last option which would say "Preferences".

3. Now choose "Performance" in the Preferences Menu.

4. In the new window look for the options under "Scratch Disks" you can select all the hard drive partitions on your system under that option.
Selecting the hard drive partitions would enable Photoshop to use the empty space on the hard drives as your system memory thus will help in the performance of the software.
You can see noticeable affects of the "Scratch Disks" option when saving very large files which amount in hundreds of megabytes.

5. If you have a good AGP, PCI or a PCIE video card (exclude all integrated or onboard video cards) you can enable the "GPU Settings" which will let Photoshop to use your video card for processing and performance increasing the overall performance. Enabling the "GPU Settings" will largely result into less framing, quicker excution of Filter effects.

The"Scratch Disks" option is available in some older versions of Photoshop also.

on Oct 23, 2008 | Adobe Computers & Internet

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I formatted the c drive with an xp disk, but it is corrupt and will not allow me to reinstall xp pro, how do I get to the partition that has the factory OS so I can reinstall it

Try deleting the partition and then create a new partition on the unallocated space, then perform a clean install of win xp onto it if you want to fix corrupted partition issue. If you want to recover data from your previous partition, you have to use third party utilities. First select another partition from your hard drive, format it (if it mayn't contain important data), if it contains important data select leave the partition intact from the XP setup menu. After setup download a software names "Active file Recovery", use it to recover your previous c drive, and you are done, if you face xtra probs mail me to:

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I want to partition a 500gb on a format for speed

The speed is limited by the USB port rate transfer and hard drive specifications. You will not get a difference with a specific format or partition choice.

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In ur laptop right click the C: and click properties ,then select disk cleanup follow the instruction and delete the unwanted files like temp files, cookies ,etc and ur system will increase its speed

Mar 03, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite L20-S310TD Notebook

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