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Old 05-15-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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Different partitions of a drive behaving differently in Windows


I have a memory card of my Nokia N73 attached to laptop. There are a few partitions.
Why all partitions behave differently? As clear from the attachments, for some partition, delete option is disabled. See 'Disk 1' which is my memory card.
Here, patition 'G' (CHECK), i created in windows. The partions of 21 and 50 MB is created in Linux.
The one with 1.79 GB, I deleted here in windows and its showing as unallocated. There are no options for this partition enabled like format,etc. How to make it free and merge with other partition. How to use unallocate space.
Why only partition G can be opened/accessed in windows and not others?
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:07 AM   #2
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You will want to use Gparted live cd to reformat those partitions
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
 
Old 05-16-2013, 04:04 AM   #3
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Drive G is in use and mounted. trying to format a partition in use/mounted by the OS would be a really bad idea. It would have to be unmounted before you can format it. The other partitions are not FAT32 or NTFS partitions. Windows can only ever make sense of these 2 partitions. Anything else it will see but it doesn't know what it is. therefore you can only delete them in windows to interact with them as mentioned you need to use gparted which also has functionality to grow /resize and move your partitions
 
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:50 AM   #4
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Thanks pgpython, it was a clear reply which I wanted.
I would like to add: Why is it that when I opted to format the drive, it only formatted the 1st partition though I was expecting either it w'd format the complete drive or it w'd have options to select which partitions I wanna format. But it only showed the 1st partition to format.

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Old 05-16-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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You can't format a drive. It doesn't make any sense. You can only format a filesystem to which a parition holds. If you tried to format a drive how would you know if you wanted if you meant format the whole hard disk as filesystem or format each filesystem in turn or if you meant something else entirely. More to the point you would risk losing your files on annother partiion by accidently click the format drive option! As for why there is no option to select which ones you want to format. Don't know as I didn't make the OS and whatever my opionon is on what features are available or not available I can assure you they don't make a difference
 
  


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