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#1 Ant S

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:25 PM

Hi,

Iím having trouble extending the size of my C: partition because, it seems, Windows is reporting two different sizes for the partition. I have a 40GB disk that yields an effective capacity of about 37GB.

Windows Explorer is reporting 30.01GB capacity drive. This is the size I remember last extending the partition to and itís presently also all I have access to. The main window of Microsoft Management Console (i.e. the Disk Management option in Window's Computer Management tool) also reports the C: drive having a capacity of 30.01GB.

However, just below, the graphical representation of disk allocation in the console reports C: drive as having 37.25GB capacity. The horizontal bar extends to the end and there is no reference to any 'unallocated' space on that disk, implying that the partition at its maximum size. I've attached screen shot.

When I try to use diskpart.exe to extend the partition, it too reports the C: volume as having 37.25GB. When I use the 'extend' command, dispkart tells me "Diskpart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid for extending." I'm guessing this is because it thinks the partition is already at its maximum.

One of these two reported partition sizes must surely be wrong. Either I'm being prevented from extending the partition when space is available or I'm being prevented from fully using a partition that is already fully extended.

Does anybody know why this is happening and how I can fix it? Or am I missing something? A short while ago, I did have a couple of viruses that infected the Master Boot Record of the disk. (The disk is now clean.) Could the inconsistency lie in the MBR?

I usually extend the partition by running both my laptop and diskpart from a second disk and connecting the first via a caddy. I follow the instructions in Microsoft Article ID: 325590. I've used diskpart successfully with these disks several times before.

My operating system is Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3 and Microsoft Management Console v. 3.0 with Disk Management Extension v. 1.00. The partition I want to extend is on a Seagate ST94019A 3.5" disk.

Help would be much appreciated!

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:54 PM

The fact is...you don't have sufficient free space on tha Windows partition...for it to function properly.

In general, at least 15% of a given Windows partition should be free space.

You need to move data files (graphics, videos, music) from that partition until you have at least 15% free space...then see how your system is functioning.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:01 PM

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.

Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
  • List Minidump Files
Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:07 PM

Thanks for replying, cryptodan. The MiniToolBox log is below.

Louis, thanks. I've also run Microsoft Management Console from the second disk, which is a 10GB disk with at least 6GB free space, with the same result. I did some quick cleaning anyhow leaving 1.6GB free space but the problem persists.


MiniToolBox log

MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 14-01-2012
Ran by Ant (administrator) on 25-05-2012 at 23:44:17
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************

========================= Event log errors: ===============================

Application errors:
==================
Error: (05/25/2012 11:07:51 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:58:16 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:47:40 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:37:31 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:20:51 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:16:58 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:11:40 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 10:05:55 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.

Error: (05/25/2012 08:42:26 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application speccy.exe, version 1.14.0.288, faulting module kernel32.dll, version 5.1.2600.5781, fault address 0x00012afb.
Processing media-specific event for [speccy.exe!ws!]

Error: (05/25/2012 00:20:41 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission) (User: )
Description: EventType mptelemetry, P1 microsoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094), P2 4.0.1526.0, P3 timeout, P4 1.1.8403.0, P5 fixed, P6 1 _ 512, P7 5 _ not boot, P8 NIL, P9 mptelemetry0, P10 mptelemetry1.


System errors:
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Error: (05/25/2012 00:51:44 PM) (Source: Microsoft Antimalware) (User: )
Description: %NT AUTHORITY60 has encountered an error trying to update signatures.

New Signature Version:

Previous Signature Version: 1.127.524.0

Update Source: %NT AUTHORITY59

Update Stage: 4.0.1526.00

Source Path: 4.0.1526.01

Signature Type: %NT AUTHORITY602

Update Type: %NT AUTHORITY604

User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Current Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY605

Previous Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY606

Error code: %NT AUTHORITY607

Error description: %NT AUTHORITY608

Error: (05/25/2012 00:42:58 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The Application Layer Gateway Service service failed to start due to the following error:
%%1053

Error: (05/25/2012 00:42:57 PM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the ALG service.

Error: (05/25/2012 00:33:12 PM) (Source: Microsoft Antimalware) (User: )
Description: %NT AUTHORITY60 has encountered an error trying to update signatures.

New Signature Version:

Previous Signature Version: 1.127.524.0

Update Source: %NT AUTHORITY59

Update Stage: 4.0.1526.00

Source Path: 4.0.1526.01

Signature Type: %NT AUTHORITY602

Update Type: %NT AUTHORITY604

User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Current Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY605

Previous Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY606

Error code: %NT AUTHORITY607

Error description: %NT AUTHORITY608

Error: (05/24/2012 09:15:00 AM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: The Application Layer Gateway Service service failed to start due to the following error:
%%1053

Error: (05/24/2012 09:15:00 AM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the service.

Error: (05/24/2012 09:14:59 AM) (Source: Service Control Manager) (User: )
Description: Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the ALG service.

Error: (05/22/2012 10:18:17 PM) (Source: Microsoft Antimalware) (User: )
Description: %NT AUTHORITY60 has encountered an error trying to update signatures.

New Signature Version:

Previous Signature Version: 1.127.363.0

Update Source: %NT AUTHORITY59

Update Stage: 4.0.1526.00

Source Path: 4.0.1526.01

Signature Type: %NT AUTHORITY602

Update Type: %NT AUTHORITY604

User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Current Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY605

Previous Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY606

Error code: %NT AUTHORITY607

Error description: %NT AUTHORITY608

Error: (05/22/2012 10:18:17 PM) (Source: Microsoft Antimalware) (User: )
Description: %NT AUTHORITY60 has encountered an error trying to update signatures.

New Signature Version:

Previous Signature Version: 1.127.363.0

Update Source: %NT AUTHORITY59

Update Stage: 4.0.1526.00

Source Path: 4.0.1526.01

Signature Type: %NT AUTHORITY602

Update Type: %NT AUTHORITY604

User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Current Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY605

Previous Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY606

Error code: %NT AUTHORITY607

Error description: %NT AUTHORITY608

Error: (05/22/2012 10:18:17 PM) (Source: Microsoft Antimalware) (User: )
Description: %NT AUTHORITY60 has encountered an error trying to update signatures.

New Signature Version:

Previous Signature Version: 1.127.363.0

Update Source: %NT AUTHORITY59

Update Stage: 4.0.1526.00

Source Path: 4.0.1526.01

Signature Type: %NT AUTHORITY602

Update Type: %NT AUTHORITY604

User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Current Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY605

Previous Engine Version: %NT AUTHORITY606

Error code: %NT AUTHORITY607

Error description: %NT AUTHORITY608


Microsoft Office Sessions:
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Error: (05/25/2012 11:07:51 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:58:16 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:47:40 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:37:31 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:20:51 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:16:58 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:11:40 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 10:05:55 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL

Error: (05/25/2012 08:42:26 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: speccy.exe1.14.0.288kernel32.dll5.1.2600.578100012afb

Error: (05/25/2012 00:20:41 PM) (Source: MPSampleSubmission)(User: )
Description: mptelemetrymicrosoft security essentials (edb4fa23-53b8-4afa-8c5d-99752cca7094)4.0.1526.0timeout1.1.8403.0fixed1 _ 5125 _ not bootNILNILNIL


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========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 70%
Total physical RAM: 495.48 MB
Available physical RAM: 146.41 MB
Total Pagefile: 1154.06 MB
Available Pagefile: 916.21 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1975.89 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

2 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:30.01 GB) (Free:1.71 GB) NTFS
4 Drive f: (USB) (Removable) (Total:1.86 GB) (Free:1.2 GB) FAT

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\SATELLITE1800

Administrator Ant ASPNET
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========================= Minidump Files ==================================

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**** End of log ****

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Edited by Ant S, 25 May 2012 - 06:10 PM.


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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:14 PM

Please perform the following, so that we can get the exact specs of your computer. This will better assist us in helping you more.

Publish a Snapshot using Speccy

The below is for those who cannot get online

Please take caution when attaching a text file to your post if you cannot copy/paste the link to your post, you will need to edit it to make sure that your Windows Key is not present.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 04:10 AM

Thanks again, cryptodan.

Speccy doesn't work on my system. Sadly, it crashes when it retrieves hard drive information. For some reason it just doesn't 'agree' with the Seagate disk I'm using. (This issue isn't related to the present problem. It's been there ever since I upgraded my disk over a year ago.)

I tried copying and pasting what information I could from Speccy instead, but can't do it quickly enough. I also unsuccessfully tried running Speccy from the second disk.

Is there another specification tool I could try?

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:19 PM

Can you navigate to Device Manager and under Disk Drives there should be the model number of your drive, can you post it?

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:21 AM

No problem. It's a Seagate ST94019A (firmware revision 3.09.)

Apologies, in my first post I said the disk was 3.5". It's 2.5".

Edited by Ant S, 27 May 2012 - 03:22 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:12 PM

In the BIOS is there any way to limit the size of the drive or does it show up in the BIOS as 40Gig aka 37.7Gigs?

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:46 PM

Thanks. I went into the BIOS on start-up and although it indicates a hard disk is present, it doesn't give a capacity or any way of limiting the capacity of the disk or any partition. That said, it's not often I go into the BIOS so it's possible I've missed something, though I did check every option.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

Do you have the ability to download and burn a linux live cd?

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:00 PM

Yes, I can do that. What do you suggest?

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:09 PM

I would like for you to download Ubuntu and run it as a live CD, and see what it reports as the full size of your disk, and to see if it can view the entire drive. You are missing roughly 6 to 7Gigs of space.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 05:05 PM

Okay. Just to confirm, I'll be downloading Linux/Ubuntu from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop . It might take me a while to create the disk.

As it happens, I have a Linux/Ubuntu-based Clonezilla live CD that provides command-line access to the shell if that's any help. The build is a couple of years old.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 05:22 PM

Download a more recent version of Ubuntu and run the live version from the CD.




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