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Windows 7: Extending my Windows 7 Partition

18 Aug 2009   #1

7 x64/ Back-Track 4
 
 
Extending my Windows 7 Partition

Okay :P Lets see how i can do this I have Vista Home Prem. x64 on my C: drive. That was my original OS. I shrank(shrunk?) that by 40 GB. My Windows 7 Ultimate x64 is now on my 40 GB partition X:. I now wanna give my X: drive more space from my C: drive. I have 37.2 GB free on my C: drive. How can i give 20 of those 37.2 free GB into my X: drive(Which is my Windows 7 one)
:P Thansk ^^

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18 Aug 2009   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkDavil View Post
Okay :P Lets see how i can do this I have Vista Home Prem. x64 on my C: drive. That was my original OS. I shrank(shrunk?) that by 40 GB. My Windows 7 Ultimate x64 is now on my 40 GB partition X:. I now wanna give my X: drive more space from my C: drive. I have 37.2 GB free on my C: drive. How can i give 20 of those 37.2 free GB into my X: drive(Which is my Windows 7 one)
:P Thansk ^^
Click on the "Start Button" and type: Disk Management - ENTER. Right click on the partition you want to modify ie: Shrink C: Extend X:



Robert
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18 Aug 2009   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it may take a long time though, particularly if the partitions are badly defragmented - defrag them first.

(although i have often wondered whether it's worth defragging before doing this sort of thing - it seems a good idea, the partitions will be resized faster if defragged, but as it takes a long time to defrag in the first place....how much time (if any) do you gain?)

(sorry if i'm rambling, it's 1.42 am and i've had most of a bottle of red )
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18 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You'll run right into problems attempting to shrink the Vista primary any further especially if booted in the Vista installation when trying to start off. First you may run into the lack of memory error when booting into the Vista installation later simply from possibly not having enough free drive space if you should add anything further as far as programs, files.

The second would be the obvious recommendation to back everything up from the drive since the resizing if that should go bad will effect the entire drive. If you manage to shrink the Vista C primary while booted in 7 to use the Disk Management tool there you will still need to move the 7 primary forward afterwards where that will not only take some time but usually need the use of a 3rd party drive tool to start with.

While the 17+gb should still leave enough drive space for Vista a 3rd party tool for seeing this done would allow one operation to follow the other instead of booting into one to do something with the other. If you need a free drive tool for this GParted live for cd can shrink the Vista primary, move the 7 primary forward to fill in the then empty drive space(gap between primaries), and later expand the 7 primary to fill in the space it was moved back from at the rear of the drive.

GParted information and instructions,
GPARTED DOCUMENTATION - GENERALITIES

Latest release in iso disk image form,
Browse GParted Files on SourceForge.net

Some additional screenshots can be looked over at GParted -- Screenshots

For multibooting on multiple drives and resizing, moving partitions GParted has been quite reliable here.
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18 Aug 2009   #5

7 x64/ Back-Track 4
 
 

Hmmmm. Im not sure about using that Gparted stuff. But I will resort to that if worst comes to worst Here are the(my) facts.
1. My C: drive and also my X: drive are fully defragged, courtesy of Auslogics :P
2. WHen i went in to shrink my C: drive, it would only let me shrink my C: drive (Size of 37.2 GB) by 9113 MB so thats only like.. 8.899 or 8.9 GB. (1024 MB = 1 GB yea? :P)
3. Now i have created a new partition. How can i expand my X: drive into that space of 8.9 GB? Help would all be appreciated :0
But anyway, rep for you all ^^



massive :P


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18 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

GParted works without Windows being loaded and won't run into any unmovable system file problems if you are trying to shrink the Vista primary while booted in Vista. Once you have worked with it a few times you won't be going back to the disk management except for taking some screenshots. That's the difference seen there.

For what you are trying to see done there you will likely end up needing a 3rd party drive partitioning program. When first running the 7 beta builds you can see how the hard drives here looked where XP and Vista were still seen in a "quadruple boot" setup at the time.

From there once the RCs first became available XP was the first to go followed by Vista when installed on a virtual machine. That was followed by the present when focusing on custom setups seeing the 32bit RC on another virual machine with the eventual two main 64bit installations and one temp to be removed to restore Vista there.

That amounted to quite a bit of repartitioning and even resizing the former XP/Vista dual boot to allow for the 32bit and 64bit beta builds initially.


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18 Aug 2009   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkDavil View Post
Hmmmm. Im not sure about using that Gparted stuff. But I will resort to that if worst comes to worst Here are the(my) facts.
1. My C: drive and also my X: drive are fully defragged, courtesy of Auslogics :P
2. WHen i went in to shrink my C: drive, it would only let me shrink my C: drive (Size of 37.2 GB) by 9113 MB so thats only like.. 8.899 or 8.9 GB. (1024 MB = 1 GB yea? :P)
3. Now i have created a new partition. How can i expand my X: drive into that space of 8.9 GB? Help would all be appreciated :0
But anyway, rep for you all ^^



massive :P
Yes, when you use the Windows 7 Disk Management utility to shrink a partition, it will not allow you to shrink it too much and cause problems. It only allowed you to shrink C: by less than 10GB. When you did that, you did not create a new partition, you created empty space, or unallocated space. Now, right click on the X: partition and "Extend" it and it will absorb the empty space you just created.

You are doing good!

Robert
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19 Aug 2009   #8

7 x64/ Back-Track 4
 
 

Well... It wont let me extend my X: drive, Only will let me extend my C: drive.. I'll show screen's. Im on my Vista when taking this :P I dont kno how to take the screen shot of me right-clicking my X: drive, using the sniping tool. Maybe this lil' issue will show it?
Extending my Windows 7 Partition-yo-faceums.jpg

See how my C: drive says System Boot and Pagefile.. etc. etc.
my X: Drive says none of that, it only says Healthy Partition. Any Idea wuts up?


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19 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That's because once you shrink the Vista primary down you have to "move" the 7 primary towards the front of the drive in order to first fill in that space. Once that is done you now see vacant drive space at the back end of the drive you fill in by expanding the 7 primary at that time.

To simplify things here when having to shrink the former XP primary down a bit while still running the 32bit beta on the second primary initially created for that the same thing had to be done in order to grow the 7 beta primary into the empty space seen once the primary was moved forward on the drive. And that's what takes the real time moving partitions!
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19 Aug 2009   #10

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi all

I'd attempt this another way.

1)
Use Acronis True Image to backup your partitions (don't forget that sometimes there's a small "hidden" system one as well).

2) create the bootable acronis backup media so you can boot from a CD / DVD / USB stick.

3) run the restore from the CD.

In this you can delete existing partitions when you restore and can change sizes.

NOTE - if you have the small hidden partition this must be restored as type ACTIVE whilst the others are PRIMARY.

If there isn't a "hidden" partition then your Windows partition should be set to ACTIVE.

It's all quite easy in the Acronis restore program.

Whilst the program is not free its a good robust backup and recovery program -- and you should be taking backups shouldn't you anyway.

A typical 30 GB Windows 7 partition on reasonable hardware only takes around 15 mins to backup / restore so it doesn't take a lot of time.


Cheers
jimbo
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