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Windows 7: partitioning

17 Nov 2010   #1
Wazkb

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I have windows 7 with 300Gb of harddrive, I shrink it and thus create another partition, now here is the problem ....I cannot allocate this partition (132.57Gb)..It says :- "there is not enough space available on disk to complete this operation.
Any ideas what I am doing wrong kind people


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17 Nov 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Reduce it slightly - lets say to 130GBs. Its funny, but sometimes Disk management tries to allocate more space than it has shrunk. Read all the numbers after the shrink and you may see it.
If that does not work, use this program BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS. It is far more flexible than Disk Management.
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17 Nov 2010   #3
Wazkb

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Hi WHS , the first suggestion did not work, so I download that program and tried it and it said :-

No free MBR slots

what ever that means
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17 Nov 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If you could post a picture of your Disk Management, we may be able to find out what this message means. It may have something to do with the active partitions.
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18 Nov 2010   #5
Wazkb

64bit windows 7 home
 
 

hello there whs , I have just read that you can only have 4 primary partitions (mbr slots ) so is it possible to change to logical partition for OS ........cause at the moment there is the Os and 3 recovery partitions all Primary
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18 Nov 2010   #6
James Colbert

 
 

Create the new partition as an extended partition. You can then create additional logical drives inside that extended partition. The top paragraph at the link below will give you a working definition of the different types of partitions, what their limits are and how they relate:

http://www.real-knowledge.com/extended-partition.htm

James
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18 Nov 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wazkb View Post
hello there whs , I have just read that you can only have 4 primary partitions (mbr slots ) so is it possible to change to logical partition for OS ........cause at the moment there is the Os and 3 recovery partitions all Primary
If the OS partition contains the MBR (if it is the active partition), it must be a primary. If, however, you have the little 100MB partition as active partition, then it need not be a primary and can be a logical. If you post a picture of your Disk Management, I can tell you what's best to do.

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Create the new partition as an extended partition. You can then create logical drives inside that extended partition.

If he has already 4 primaries, he cannot do that - won't work. He will end up with dynamics which are a mess.
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18 Nov 2010   #8
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

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Create the new partition as an extended partition. You can then create logical drives inside that extended partition.

If he has already 4 primaries, he cannot do that - won't work. He will end up with dynamics which are a mess.
Ah, missed that. Pardon the intrusion.

James
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18 Nov 2010   #9
Wazkb

64bit windows 7 home
 
 

Hiya guys , you both rock
I have it sorted , I shrunk the C drive and created a 132Gb extended drive and then created 2 logical drives and everything is now working fine.
I have learnt alot from this forum and off google , plus the download and sites you suggested....many thanks.....
way to go
thanks again
Waz
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