For nearly a year now, ever since Macrium Reflect Pro updated its software for Win8, I've had trouble using it on Win7. Same, for Clonezilla, which heretofore has been my lifesaver. But the problem is quite specific to one machine, specs here. It's a 780 Optiplex with 4 GB RAM, Win7 build 7601, default RAID on but not used. The first four drives in the pic are my internal 1 TB hard drive. But it's really FIVE, as the mbr is secretly the first partition, and I didn't know that when setting up the disk partitions. That's the problem.
For you'll see in the pic, that the 'G' drive is accounted 'logical', which of course it would be, since really the mbr is the first partition. Neither diskmgmt.msc nor diskpart show it, but that's why G: is considered Logical. The 'clone' I tried to make is in the lower row, and it clones fine until it tries to clone that G drive. Then it bombs.
Since September, therefore, I can't get Macrium to clone that partition, nor Clonezilla, but both will backup or image it. EASEUS will copy the partition, and presumably some other software will also.
Yet I want a simple one-disk clone operation, as I use for Macrium on all my other machines (which have 3 partitions total, so all are primary). The G drive contains programs I can easily reinstall, else the rest of the material is just docs or collected Linux iso files, pictures, stuff which could be imaged or copied off. But how to get its 'G' contents all into the F partition in one swoop? Any ideas you care to share?
So the question is, may I MERGE or otherwise move/redo the G partition into F, so I end up with only four partitions? Since September, I did delete G, repartition it (hence the 5 GB overage now), clone back its contents, in an effort to find out what happened. It then worked for awhile, but not now. Chkdsk is fine. Alignments are fine. I know how to use GParted, etc. but it plays games with logical partitions which Windows can't handle. And it's disturbing how the letters are out of order. So seems like the answer is to get rid of the logical partition.
So I guess I'm looking for a Windows-only way to fix this. Do you know of one? What do you think are the best mechanics for fixing this? The larger issue is similar for anyone creating partitions, so to know what pitfalls to avoid, perhaps?
As always, thank you for your time spent in reply; if you think I should not have posted the topic, feel free to delete it. Thank you again!
Edited by brainout, 05 July 2015 - 04:59 AM.