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Windows 7: Unable to extend my C drive partition from unallocated space

14 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Edition x64
 
 
Unable to extend my C drive partition from unallocated space

Hi All,

New to the forums and need some help here as I'm lost. I just got my new laptop and noticed that the C drive (O/S) was getting full and wanted to add more space. I deleted the recovery partition of 25GB so I could extend my C partition.

However, I do not have the option to expand my C drive, see the print screen link below:



I also tried using minitool partition wizard which looked to be successful but upon reboot I got an error.

For info, I have a 160GB SSD

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14 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I had the same problem when I was trying to make room for my ubuntu partitions by shrinking my windows partition idk if this will work since your are trying to extend it and not shrink it but just give it a try. The problem is that you have unmovable files located at the end of your hard drive, so what you need to do is defragment and optimize your hard disk so that it moves those files towards the beginning of your hard drive. I recommend the program Smart Defraggler 2. It has the three options defrag, defrag and fast optimize and defrag and fully optimize. I recommend doing the defrag and fully optimize option at least twice.

Good luck!

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14 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hi fermanagh

You cant expand to the left using disk management in windows.Partition Wizard bootable Cd will do the job for you though. Download the Partition Wizard bootable ISO - http://www.partitionwizard.com/parti...otable-cd.html and burn to a Cd whilst one of the partition experts is free to help you.

Danny
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14 Aug 2011   #4
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

You may try it ... but better you back your C drive up first .

Resize Partition for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 - Move/Resize Partition safely
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14 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

You could free up at least that much space by removing detritus and saved pics\vids etc to your other drive. 135 Gb is quite a size for your OS partition.
I would expect around 100 Gb to be my max before I start clearing up.
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14 Aug 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello fermanagh, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look at Step Three of this tutorial at the link below to see how to extend the left side of the C: partition into the unallocated space and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

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14 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Edition x64
 
 

Hi,

@ Maxpayne: This is an SSD so defrag is not a option here

@ xxxdannyxxx: I've uploaded another screenshot using partition wizard and cannot expand my drive. As per my original message, you'll see that I tried this



@ barefoot kid: as you can see in the screenshot below, i attempt to extend C:\ but upon reboot i get an error:



The weird thing here is that the C partition where my O/S is installed only contains the Windows installation amongst other programs that were already installed when I got the laptop. I've emptied the temp folder and ran a cleanup on C:\ but it doesn't seem to clear much space...
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14 Aug 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.


As good and reliable a program as Partition Wizard is, I would not trust the installed version for the operation you need, use the boot CD as suggested and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

First download the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) ISO file to the desktop, be sure to get the PWBD and not the installed version; scroll down to see the download link for the Bootable CD ISO file at this link below.
Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

Then use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD, at no greater than 4x speed with a verify; it was designed for use and works best from a CD rather than a DVD; then boot the created CD to make the changes, it doesn't take any input from the user to setup, just relax and let it load.
ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software
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14 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Edition x64
 
 

Hi there,

I'll give that a go and see what happens. However, the last time I burned a DVD was a long time ago and I don't have any to hand. Will it work via a USB stick?
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14 Aug 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes, have a look at this link below.


Partition Wizard Bootable Flash Drive
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