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Windows 7: Have unallocated space on F: Need to convert to one NTFS drive help.


23 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
SOLVED-Have unallocated space on F: Need to convert to one NTFS drive.

I have 3 hard Drives, ( C: ) Win 7 installed, ( E: ) NTFS extra storage & ( F: ) NTFS extra storage & two unallocated spaces.

Currently F: has a total capacity of 280Gb of which 200Gb is formatted NTFS & the remaining is unallocated. Currently no data is on this hard drive. I'd like to reallocate & make F: 100% NTFS.

Is there an simple way to do this?


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23 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hello GARoss,take a look this Partition Manager. It should helps you to manage your partitions.
Partition Manager
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23 Jan 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Use Disk Management: Partition or Volume - Extend

If this isn't sufficient post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, so we can advise you better.

The partition manager which works best for Windows 7 for operations which Disk Mgmt can't handle is free Partiton Wizard bootable CD: http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html. I would not use any other.
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23 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Could you also use any GNU/Linux live distro, and run G-Parted? Just saying!
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23 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks everyone.
I've made some progress but have hit a wall. On F: , 1st partition & 3rd partitions are unallocated with NTFS in the middle. I was able to "extend" the 3rd partition because it was on the right (following METHOD TWO of this tutorial, Partition or Volume - Extend
but this doesn't work for the larger 1st partition. Following METHOD ONE using Disk Management I get a warning that I'm not sure about (See attachment) . Basic disk to dynamic disk. Is dynamic disk a bad thing? I just want to use this as 100% NTFS.


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23 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wpurcell View Post
Could you also use any GNU/Linux live distro, and run G-Parted? Just saying!
I have deleted Ubuntu from this computer (this was one of the unallocated spaces on F: ) but still have the Ubuntu install disc. Can this be used in LiveCD mode? GParted isn't installed on the LiveCD or can it be temporarily installed? Is this your meaning?
Thanks
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23 Jan 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Dynamic disk is a VERY bad thing. That means you already have 4 primary partitions on the drive. You have to convert one or more of the existing partitions to Logical partitions which is OK for data partitions ( use this program: BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS. ) Then you can define more extended/logical partitions on the drive.
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23 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I wouldn't convert to a dynamic disk.
Please post a screen shot of your disk management screen.
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23 Jan 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Waiting for the screenshot to help you further.

You'll want to use free Partition Wizard bootable CD which has now been linked twice in the thread. Use Windows 7 tools with Windows 7, not Linux which you just got rid of.

You need to do a partition-specific wipe of the old Ubuntu partition by rightclicking it from PW CD, since GRUB can corrupt Windows 7 until it is wiped from the HD.
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23 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Dynamic disk is a VERY bad thing. That means you already have 4 primary partitions on the drive. You have to convert one or more of the existing partitions to Logical partitions which is OK for data partitions ( use this program: BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS. ) Then you can define more extended/logical partitions on the drive.
Thanks! That did it. And, yes, I've used this HD several times for dual boot which apparently caused the issue.

Thanks to all who offered suggestions.
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