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Windows 7: Creating Partitions

18 Sep 2011   #11
Birdulike

VISTA HP UPGRADED TO WIN7 HP
 
 

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No worries. Post back to inform us whether it worked or not.
Got as far as see pic... not sure what to do about it!

Right I've Got 73Mb to play with...but I've got 285Gb free on C!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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18 Sep 2011   #12
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Two approaches, both of which I've used:
1. Use Partition Wizard CD and use partition wizard to shrink. We have a couple of tutorials on using Partition Wizard. Just search the tutorial index for Partition Wizard

2. Use Win 7 Backup and Restore to make an image backup of C.
shrink the partition
Use Win 7 Backup and Restore to restore the image.
immediately shrink the partition.
Repeat the backup and restore until you get the partition down to where you want.

There is still another way but which is quicker but I'don't want to be responsible for any goofs.

If you use the Win 7 Backup and Restore, then first set to no paging file, turn hibernation off, reduce number of restore points to 1 and then decrease the space for restore points to just over the amount of space the 1 restore point needs., seartch of %temp% and delete everything found.

Win 7 puts some key files at about 1/2 of size of space available so that even if you had only 50gb of data,etc, if your disk was 1 TB you end up not being able to shrink past 500GB.

Now maybe you see why the repeated save the image. shrink, restore the image, shrink.

The easy way out is to use Partition Wizard, but you are going to need to make a backup first just in case anything goes wrong.
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18 Sep 2011   #13
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Right. How much space did you shrink the C: drive by? In Disk Management is there some Unallocated Space equal to the amount you shrunk?
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18 Sep 2011   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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The best way to backup is use to two separate Hard Disk Drives, one for OS, & one for Backup.
Thanks but my disk is 1 Tb
If you backup to the same HD Drive & the HD Drive goes down you will lose the backup also.

Take note of the WARNING.

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18 Sep 2011   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
Right. How much space did you shrink the C: drive by? In Disk Management is there some Unallocated Space equal to the amount you shrunk?
At all steps of the way, you shrink by as much as allowed until you've got things down to a size you want.
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18 Sep 2011   #16
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I'm confused. Creating a partition on C won't create more space than the drive has. If left as is the room is there for more programs.

You are correct. You will gain nothing. The only thing I see wrong is the letters on disk 1.
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