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Windows 7: HDD Partitioning

12 Aug 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Use the Snipping tool in Start Menu to post up your maximized Disk Management window showing all listings and map.

You may already have four Primary partitions and be at risk of accidentally converting to Dynamic disk if it isn't planned carefully.

As suggested Disk Mgmt is safest for the operations it will do and if it will shrink enough, then free Partition Wizard bootable CD is next best with great flexibility and reliabiity.


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13 Aug 2011   #12
CyberZeus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

sagaman, fill out your system specs: System Info - See Your System Specs
I suggest you to use Disk Management for partitioning, every software that partitions disks has always a chance to lose data. You can also use Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

Hope this helps
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13 Aug 2011   #13
sagaman

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Hi, Thks for all the advise. It has been very helpful.

Anyway, this is the full view of my OS (C) . Can I make a new partition of 250 GB? And which is the best utilities to use; DM (Win7) or Minitool Free Partition Mgr?

Rgds


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13 Aug 2011   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are OK, you have only 3 primaries. I would use Disk Management to shrink C and then create a new simple extended partition in the unallocated space you gain.

You will probably not be able to shrink more than appr. 200GBs. If that is not enough, you can resort to Partition Wizard.
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14 Aug 2011   #15
sagaman

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Hi whs,
I choose Partition Wizard in order to shrink more than 200GBs. However, when I execute the program the attached reminder appeared. Should I proceed with option A...Restart Now? Will there be any harm to my 'C' drive?

FYI , the Partition Wizard program is installed in 'C' drive. And I think ; I have already closed all program. Pls advise...

Thks


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14 Aug 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, you are potentially heading for trouble. Here is what I suggest:

1. As I said before, make images of all partitions on that drive before you proceed. It was with Partition Wizard (which is an excellent program) that I lost all my partitions on one drive once. It was my mistake, but mistakes are easy to make. Fortunately I had all images and could easily rebuild the drive.

There are many imaging options although I prefer this one: Imaging with free Macrium

2. You must not use PW that is installed on your system. Use the bootable CD of PW so that nothing is running from the HDD. It is the last entry on this webpage: Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online Burn it to a CD and load from the optical reader.
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14 Aug 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Always use the free Partition Wizard bootable CD which has never failed in hundreds of complicated partitioning operations we have helped with here.

However when the partitioning can be done using Disk Mgmt, as can be done here, then you should use it as it is failsafe whereas any third party partitioning manager has its risks however small.

Partition or Volume - Shrink
Partition or Volume - Create New

You will want the Extended Logical partition it should offer you, but not a Dynamic one which it should not.
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17 Aug 2011   #18
sagaman

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi All,
I have successfully created a new partition.
Thks for all the feedback and support.
Keep up the good work.
Rgds
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24 Aug 2011   #19
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I think I did mine pretty well. Perhaps it should serve as an example :kidding & bragging:

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