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Windows 7: Can't resize my partition

06 Jan 2013   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You may want to try a Bottable Disc of Partition Wizard

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


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06 Jan 2013   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Get rid of that garbage and make yourself a Partition Wizard Boot cd, it never fails.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

There are many videos to show you how to use it.

Simply right click on C: and the drop down will appear with all the options.
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06 Jan 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

Once you have the PW Boot disk, follow these steps for Partition Wizard Resize Partition Video Help.

I would keep the Samsung Recovery partition if you are still under warranty and might need to recover a Clean Reinstall to factory condition to ship it back for repairs as they sometimes require. If not under warranty and you have no interest in the Samsung bloatware, then you can delete it. This is best done during a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to reinstall just the OS without the crap.
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07 Jan 2013   #14
Nayr747

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

With the bootable Partition Wizard disk I'm still only getting the Delete, Copy, and Properties options. All the other options are greyed out on all three partitions. I'll try a bootable defrag program, but is there anything else I could try? What about the rebuild MBR option?
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10 Jan 2013   #15
Nayr747

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I tried IObit Smart Defrag pre-boot and I still can't resize the partitions. Any other ideas?

Also just wanted to warn anyone that might be thinking of trying Smart Defrag that it installs malware no matter what you do during installation. I've been trying to get rid of it all for 2 days now and I still haven't gotten it all off. And don't download it from Cnet because that installs an adware called Coupon Companion. Will be using Softpedia from now on.
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10 Jan 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nayr747 View Post
. The computer came with a backup partition that I incorporated into a single partition a long time ago, so that's the only thing I can think of that could have screwed something up.
Exactly what did you do with the Recovery partition? It must have messed up the partition table badly because I've never seen this type of failure before.

It's very unlikely Recovery will any longer run so I hope you made your Recovery media before ruining the partitioning. What I would do at this point is wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the partition table and boot sector of all code, then Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is a vastly superior install to the factory preinstall which no tech enthusiast would run.
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10 Jan 2013   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It installed coupon companion because you didn`t uncheck it. You need to pay more attention to what you`re doing. Slow down
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10 Jan 2013   #18
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Trucrypt < maybe messing things up?
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10 Jan 2013   #19
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

If not done already, 1st make sure you have a good backup (on external media) of everything important, proceed with the experiments only after that.

If Truecrypt is in use, take a look in TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source Disk Encryption Software - Documentation - Issues & Limitations
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Encrypted partitions cannot be resized except partitions on an entirely encrypted system drive that are resized while the encrypted operating system is running.
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11 Jan 2013   #20
Nayr747

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Exactly what did you do with the Recovery partition? It must have messed up the partition table badly because I've never seen this type of failure before.
From what I remember, it was just a backup partition for Samsung Backup (or something like that), which was one of the bloadwares from the factory. Since I already backup to an external hard drive, I didn't need the backup partition taking up about half the space on my HDD. So I think I just used disk manager or one of those partition programs to delete the partiton and increase the main partition's space. Or maybe I just combined them somehow. I can't really remember.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's very unlikely Recovery will any longer run so I hope you made your Recovery media before ruining the partitioning. What I would do at this point is wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the partition table and boot sector of all code, then Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is a vastly superior install to the factory preinstall which no tech enthusiast would run.
I know it would be better for a lot of good reasons, but it just seems like a huge nightmare. I had to do that once on my old laptop and it took days to reinstall Windows, then try to find all the right drivers, etc., then reinstall all my many many programs, then redo all my customizations. And I'm worried that it still won't work right after all that. If I go that route, should I create a disk image in case it doesn't work?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Trucrypt < maybe messing things up?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
If Truecrypt is in use, take a look in TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source Disk Encryption Software - Documentation - Issues & Limitations
Quote:
Encrypted partitions cannot be resized except partitions on an entirely encrypted system drive that are resized while the encrypted operating system is running.
I do use TrueCrypt, but my entire system is encrypted rather than a particular partition so it shouldn't be a problem according to that. I would decrypt but it takes about 15 straight hours, so I'm trying to find an easier solution before I try that.
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