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Windows 7: Need help to repartition hard drive but to keep all installed software

17 Jan 2012   #11
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it's pretty bullet-proof - so long as the power doesn't cut out halfway through the process, you'll be fine. even then, things can be restored.

over the years, i've done it many many times on lots of machines with zero problems.

it's a bit worrying the first time, but after you've done it a couple of times, you'll be doing it like a pro.

all you need do is make F: smaller, making sure that the free space gets created next to the C: partition, then make C: bigger by extending it into the empty space.

it may well take some time (several hours) as a lot of data has to be shuffled around.

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17 Jan 2012   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Who owns this laptop you or the company or organization? From you first post.
several months ago my laptop's hard drive was repartitioned by our tech services/administrators without consulting with me.
If it belongs to a company/organization and that is the way they want it I would leave it alone until you get permission from them to change it. If it's yours I recommend installing a larger hard drive for now and for future needs. IMHO 140 gigs is not much room to work with.
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17 Jan 2012   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Layback Bear makes a valid point.

If the computer is your own it would be helpful if you upload your fully expanded disk management layout so that we can give you best advice - Mickey's graphics explains things rather well though.

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I repeat, I do think you or your company should invest in more hard drive space. By today's standards, 140 GB isn't a lot.

Providing you create a system image backup first, repartitioning your hard drive is not a difficult task.
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17 Jan 2012   #14
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Yes.


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I don't know if I have enough space on disk left to install it ...
It's kind of scary, what if I mess up my machine completely
How about just downloading the standalone bootable CD ISO to your F drive, and then burn the bootable CD from that ISO image file on F. Eventually you can/should also install the normal Win7 version but for the immediate issue, the standalone bootable CD is safe and 100% usable.

And besides, in order to enlarge C (your Win7 partition) you'd need to be out of Win7 and booted to the standalone CD anyway.

So you just boot to the standalone bootable CD you just burned, and you can do the resizing that's been recommended: (a) shrink F by moving its left edge to the right, and (b) enlarge C by moving its right edge to the right to pick up all space freed up by the shrinking of F.

The Partition Wizard GUI is truly intuitively obvious.
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17 Jan 2012   #15
webgirl

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 32 bit
 
 

mickey,
thank you so much for letting me know about this program. I used Mini Tool Partition Wizard and it did the magic. I have plenty of space now.

Hugs !!!
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17 Jan 2012   #16
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

happy to help - i told you it was easy!
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17 Jan 2012   #17
webgirl

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 32 bit
 
 

Thank you everybody for your answers !
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17 Jan 2012   #18
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

cute avatar!
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17 Jan 2012   #19
webgirl

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 32 bit
 
 

It was a cartoon from my childhood ..
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17 Jan 2012   #20
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you're russian?

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