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Windows 7: Shrinking Volume


31 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Shrinking Volume

Today I defragmented hdd have 298 gb drive with 262 gb free. Reebooted and went to disk management to shrink drive and free up about 50 gb. When I try to shrink it is allowing a maximum of 662 mb. What must I do to increase this amount.

Henry

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31 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Henry,

Could you post some screenshots of Disk Management showing this? It may help determine what is happening.

Does the drive that you are trying to shrink have any VHD files from a virtual machine on it, page file, or system protection turned on for it? If so, then they would allocate space on the drive not allowing it to be free space available to shrink from.
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31 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I looks like disk management wont allow any more than that you will have to use a partitioning program that allows you to resize a partition during boot mode to whatever size you what. I would first though make sure you have a good image backup of your system. To go about doing this I would use a program like Macrium:
Imaging with free Macrium
and to shrink your volume follow this guide:
Partition or Volume - Shrink
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31 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Will try to send screenshot. As for resizing, I do have parted magic on cd. Problem is I don't have backup media, just a couple of 4 gb flash drives.

Henry
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31 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

See if this shot got thru.

Henry


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31 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Turned off system protection, and other services. Everthing back to normal. Thanks for all your replies.

Henry
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31 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad you got it worked out..
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31 Aug 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Henry. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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