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Windows 7: Disk partition shrink & expand

04 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Disk partition shrink & expand

Hi, Running Win 7 x64 My primary drive has 2 partitions: C & D(recovery). D is approx.14.5 gb of which approx. 7.5gb is used. I went into disk management to shrink D partition which went fine. I then went into C to expand to capture space from D shrink. Will not allow me to expand C, where to click to expand not function. Anybody know how to capture this unused space in D into C? This 7.5 gb is just useless as now configured. Any help much appreciated!!! Thanks

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04 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

First you have to make the space unallocated before you can reclaim it, also if it's to the right of D: then you can't reclaim it to c:

PS If you would post a screen shot of your disk mgmt it would help solveing your problem.
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04 Mar 2011   #3
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You'll need to use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to shrink to the left.

If you'll post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings we can give you the exact steps and also look for any potential problems.
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06 Mar 2011   #4

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06 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Sorry it took a couple days to reply but just got back home. Thanks
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06 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

We need to see the Disk Mgmt drive map with listings. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.

use Snipping Tool in Start menu.
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06 Mar 2011   #7

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06 Mar 2011   #8
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Please maximize the Disk Management window so that we can see all of the drives and listings.

There is no unallocated space showing where you shrunk D - did you undo it?

Have you made your Factory Recovery Disks off that partition before messing with it? It isn't recommended to change its size as it may not run - unless you want to get rid of it and rely on the Recovery disks if needed to recover.

Many tech enthusiasts use a clean-copy Windows 7 DVD installer when needed to re-install windows 7. If you want to move in that direction, you dont' really need the factory OEM partition either since a clean reinstall wipes out the useless factory utilities which have better versions built into Windows 7.

Another consideration is to move storage to an external or secondary HD and limit C to OS/Programs and User folders - although even User folders can be linked to another HD or partition.

Tell us if there is anything else you'd desire as the tool we use can do anything at all that you want with your partitioning.
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06 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

HI Again, I have another idea regarding the D partition recovery. Is it possible to just delete the recovery data and leave the partition in place. I am thinking I would put a Linux os in this space if this is possible. If possible, could you tell me how to delete data and leave partition. Is 14.6 gb big enough for Linux and browser and other add ons. Also, could you rec. a Linux os system that is easy and made for real non-teckkie. I am fairly new to computing but have no problem trying different things. Sorry for the lane change but this just came to me. Thanks!!!!!
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07 Mar 2011   #10

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