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Windows 7: External Hard drive cannot shrink volume to partition


08 May 2011   #1

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External Hard drive cannot shrink volume to partition

Hi,

Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else, but I cannot find a suitable answer anywhere. I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .

I do not want to format the whole drive as I've got an older version of Windows that might not recognise the files (am I correct in thinking this?).

Any advice really appreciated

Thanks,

Lucia


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08 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace View Post
Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else,
Well, this probably belongs in the "hardware" forum where disk drive and partition questions normally go, but I'll respond here. An admin may move this thread to the "hardware" forum later.


Quote:
I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .
Can you please post a screenshot from Diskmgmt.msc, maximized and with columns spread so the text contents in each column are readable in the screenshot.

Once you post this screenshot, we can recommend a proper course of action or suggest a possible "recipe" that might work, or maybe ask more questions.


As an excellent alternative to Windows Disk Management, I suggest you try Partition Wizard... either standalone boot CD or using the installed program under Windows 7. PW should have no problem dealing with this drive, and being able to resize partitions, format partitions to NTFS, or if necessary being able to "delete all partitions" and then you can "create partition" and format to NTFS, etc.

Partition Wizard can be used to do anything Diskmgmt can do, and more. It also has a standalone boot CD which can be used for more significant drive/partition work... involving the OS's C-partition... which cannot be completed while actually running under Windows but which must be done at re-boot time (or using the standalone boot CD for PW).

You can get [free] Partition Wizard Home Edition v5.2 from here.

You can download the ISO for the standalone boot CD from here, and then use something like [free] IMGBURN (which you can get from here) to burn the ISO to CD.
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09 May 2011   #3

windows7 starter 32 bit
 
 

Sorry for posting in the wrong forum. Anyway, I'll try the course you suggested. I'm working on a notebook without DVD drive, so, maybe I'm a bit limited!

I'll try to post a screenshot of the problem.

Thanks for now.

Lucia
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09 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace View Post
Sorry for posting in the wrong forum. Anyway, I'll try the course you suggested. I'm working on a notebook without DVD drive, so, maybe I'm a bit limited!
Well if you don't mind spending $29 (and it's WELL WORTH IT, believe me) you can get the Partition Wizard v6.0 Professional Edition, instead of v5.2 Home Edition which is free.

The Professional Edition of the product includes a "bootable flash drive" option, in addition to the standalone bootable CD option.

So the absence of a DVD drive on your notebook shouldn't be a problem, assuming you do have a USB port which I assume you do.

Partition Wizard is an excellent resource to have in your arsenal for all hard drive and partition needs.
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09 May 2011   #5

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Thanks so much for your help. Downloaded the free edition for now and managed to create a partition !

I'm now creating the ISO on the external HD and I'm still hoping I'll never needed anyway.

Thanks again.
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09 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace View Post
Thanks so much for your help. Downloaded the free edition for now and managed to create a partition !
Just for closure, can you please post a final screenshot from Diskmgmt (or from Paritition Wizard itself) of your now completed multi-hard drive setup?

Don't forget to first maximize the program window first, and then spread the columns horizontally so that everything important and as much as possible which would be relevant is visible. Then take the screenshot and post here.

I'm curious to see the result.


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I'm now creating the ISO on the external HD and I'm still hoping I'll never needed anyway.
Don't quite understand what you're saying here, but maybe it's just the semantics.

The ISO file is a "disk image" packaged single-file version of a CD (in this case). It's a single file which can be input directly to a program like IMGBURN, which can then expand its contents and write them to a blank CD. Similar to a ZIP file, but it represents a CD/DVD image.

There are programs like WinMount and others (like WinRAR), that can look inside an ISO file (like they were looking inside of a ZIP file) and even extract the inner content folder/files so that you don't have to actually burn that ISO to a CD/DVD in order to get to the files.

Perhaps that's what you're describing that you've done temporarily... namely expand the ISO file onto new space of your external drive that is now available, to someday BURN directly from that expanded folder structure that came from the original ISO file. Yes, that will work as well for data-only, but not for a "bootable" CD/DVD like this one.

That's why you really do need to actually "burn it, from the ISO file itself, using a tool such as the IMGBURN program". This will produce an actual "bootable CD" as was intended by this particular ISO file, not just the folder/file structure on the burned CD. It's not just data... it needs to be bootable to be usable in the standalone Partition Wizard environment for which it was intended.

Anyway, as long as you've now conquered the original external hard drive problem with the Windows 7 version of the program (and never really did need the standalone boot CD version anyway) I'm happy (as I'm sure you are).


Incidentally, I recently purchased the $29 Professional Edition version of PW, having used the free Home Edition for many years. In addition to the "bootable flash drive" feature, it also has a "merge partition" feature which perhaps might come in handy some day as a simpler way to reconfigure things than if that feature was not available.

But I was most pleased to find that some of the rigid and inflexible GUI interface aspects of the free Home Edition are actually no longer rigid and inflexible in the non-free Professional Edition. This has made me VERY happy!

And finally, I really did want to reward the author for this very fine product. I'd made a "donation" previously, but have now decided that my use of the product way more than justifies actually "buying it" for the extremely reasonable $29 price... not to mention (a) merge partition, (b) bootable flash drive, and (c) GUI interface improvements.


Anyway, glad your problem was finally solved.
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09 May 2011   #7

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Hi,

Sorry, I'm really thick. How do I post a PrtSc?

And though confused, I think I know what you mean re the ISO, but I've got no DVD at the moment, so I can't burn a recover disk. Will do as soon as I buy some. Does this make any sense or am I completely off the mark once again?

Cheers,
Lucia
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09 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace View Post
How do I post a PrtSc?
Many forum software products provide a shortcut button to post an image, in one way or another.

(1) My own approach which seems to work for ALL forums (independent of built-in button shortcuts that may or may not also be available) is to first upload the image to a "hosting site", such as ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting or similar.

These image uploads may specify a default "resize for 800x600 screen" option, but you can change that. I have "resize for 1024x768" specified when I do an upload, so that the result is clear and visible when the image is shared and seen inside the forum posts into which I've linked that Imageshack-hosted image via its URL.

The image upload to Imageshack provides a URL (http address) for a variety of presentation forms for that image. I copy the "direct URL", so that the image itself... exactly as I uploaded it and possibly resized for nice looking display presentation on a 1024x768 screen... can be inserted instream in a forum post somewhere.

Now... to actually use that Imageshack URL in a forum post (like here), I manually surround the http URL address that I COPY'd from Imageshack's "direct URL" provided to me for the uploaded image, between [img] and [/img] which I manually type on a blank line in my forum post, preceded and followed by one blank line.

The result of this is to actually IMBED the image I'm wanting to include INSIDE MY POST, between normal text like I'm typing now, placed between paragraphs or sentences appropriately so that it is readable and visible quite understandably. Text above and below it, and the image in the middle, just like an illustration in a book.

Simply surround the http URL obtained from an image hosting site for the image you've uploaded to that image hosting site between [img] and [/img], and your image will appear just like in illustration, imbedded into a forum post.

This [img] - [/img] technique seems to work on 100% of the forums I participate in, even though they may have their own buttons to accomplish a similar result to insert images in your response.

(2) On this forum (and most other forums), there is also a way to post an "attachment"... which can be a JPG and other common (non-dangerous) file type extensions.

At the top row of the composition window for your reply (which I'm typing in right now) on this forum, there are two rows of buttons and other controls for fonts, highlights, indentations, conversion of selected text into active URL links, etc. Well there is a "paperclip" icon which is actually the "attachments" feature.

If you click on the paperclip you'll get a second window, where you'll be allowed to upload an image from your local hard drive and attach it to this post. It will then become available as an "attachment link" at the bottom of the post. The uploaded image is actually hosted by the forum itself, and you can upload multiple attachments.

I normally don't use this approach even if available, because the attachment link(s) get placed at the very bottom of the post and not "imbedded inside of the post", where the actual image would be seen like an illustration.

As attachments, they also may be converted to thumbnail shortcuts possibly and arranged side-by-side at the very bottom of the post so that they can each be clicked on to open in another tab or window of your browser.

Anyway, "attachments" work on this forum. But they don't give me the results I really want... which is to imbed an image in the midst of my text, as an illustration (since a picture's worth 1,000 words). That's why I prefer the [img] - [/img] method of imbedding an image uploaded to a secondary image hosting site, pointed to between the [img] and [/img] boundaries by its URL.
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09 May 2011   #9

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11 May 2011   #10

windows7 starter 32 bit
 
 

Once again, thanks!

Here is the shot which I simply attached this time, but will try to use your other suggested method in the future.

I hope it's OK.

Cheers,
Lucia


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