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Windows 7: Failed to create partition : no unallocated space

22 Oct 2011   #1
cloud1strife

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Failed to create partition : no unallocated space

This is my first thread.. sorry for my bad english
Yesterday I tried making partitions in my hard disk, and I failed

Here's what I did:
1. run compmgmt.msc
2. Shrink C: drive
3. my hard disk' capacity shrunk from 451GB to 260GB
4. an error window appeared ("I/O device error" I think)
5. it left me no unallocated space to create partition

using compmgmt I can't extend my hdd back to 451GB, so I used MiniTool partition wizard to restore it (btw, shrinking with MT PartitionWiz resulted the same, no unallocated space)

So how do I solve this problem? thanks in adv.


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22 Oct 2011   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Can you post a screen shot of the disk management display?
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22 Oct 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cloud1strife View Post
This is my first thread.. sorry for my bad english
Yesterday I tried making partitions in my hard disk, and I failed

Here's what I did:
1. run compmgmt.msc
2. Shrink C: drive
3. my hard disk' capacity shrunk from 451GB to 260GB
4. an error window appeared ("I/O device error" I think)
5. it left me no unallocated space to create partition

using compmgmt I can't extend my hdd back to 451GB, so I used MiniTool partition wizard to restore it (btw, shrinking with MT PartitionWiz resulted the same, no unallocated space)

So how do I solve this problem? thanks in adv.
How did you use Partition Wizard?

If you downloaded it and installed to to your hard drive, and then tried to use it, the operation will most likely fail.

What you need to do is download the ISO and burn that to a CD then boot into it rather than Windows.

When you're done, you just exit from PW and boot back into Windows.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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22 Oct 2011   #4
cloud1strife

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Can you post a screen shot of the disk management display?
I forgot to ss it, in the volume list, my hard disk capacity becomes 265GB, while in graphical list (below), it's still 451GB, nothing changed..

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post

How did you use Partition Wizard?

If you downloaded it and installed to to your hard drive, and then tried to use it, the operation will most likely fail.

What you need to do is download the ISO and burn that to a CD then boot into it rather than Windows.

When you're done, you just exit from PW and boot back into Windows.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
I did install it to my hard drive, and my computer restarts after using PW (not with compmgmt)

Thanks, I'll try that tomorrow
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22 Oct 2011   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums. Click the , Right click Computer, them manage. Click Disk Management in the left pane and post a snip of that window. Here's how: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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22 Oct 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

Test your HD with maker's diagnostics/repair extended CD scan: HD Diagnostic

Then run a full Disk Check.

Please run Disk Mgmt again to post screenshots before and after the shrink operation: Partition or Volume - Shrink

While the bootable version of PW is recommended always for safest partitioning operations, you need to fix the problem your describe if it repeats using Disk Mgmt.
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26 Oct 2011   #7
cloud1strife

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Test your HD with maker's diagnostics/repair extended CD scan: HD Diagnostic

Then run a full Disk Check.

Please run Disk Mgmt again to post screenshots before and after the shrink operation: Partition or Volume - Shrink

While the bootable version of PW is recommended always for safest partitioning operations, you need to fix the problem your describe if it repeats using Disk Mgmt.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums. Click the , Right click Computer, them manage. Click Disk Management in the left pane and post a snip of that window. Here's how: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Sorry for the late reply, now I can't seem to shrink my HD (diskmgmt became unresponsive a moment after I click "shrink")

and I heard creating partition may result in data loss? If so I prefer to have no partition rather than losing my files (again)
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26 Oct 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

What are the results of the HD diagnostics extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check?

Can you try a similar operation using on another HD, to eliminate Disk Mgmt as problem?

Either way, run SFC -SCANNOW Command to check System File integrity.

There is no real risk of file loss while shrinking to create using Disk Mgmt or free PartitionWizard bootable CD, but you must back up your files anyway. I would do this before doing anything.
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26 Oct 2011   #9
cloud1strife

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What are the results of the HD diagnostics extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check?

Can you try a similar operation using on another HD, to eliminate Disk Mgmt as problem?

Either way, run SFC -SCANNOW Command to check System File integrity.

There is no real risk of file loss while shrinking to create using Disk Mgmt or free PartitionWizard bootable CD, but you must back up your files anyway. I would do this before doing anything.
haven't done diskcheck yet. I'm not sure about hd diagnostic, I downloaded seatools program, and my drive passed all the tests

as for SFC - SCANNOW, a window popped, saying "You must be an admin running a console session in order to use the sfc utility"
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26 Oct 2011   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

On the cmd.exe, right click and select Run as Admin, then it will work.
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