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Windows 7: Partition an unallocated hard drive??

07 Sep 2013   #1
imcanadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Partition an unallocated hard drive??

I was confused with trying to partition the hard drive since last evening. Here is my computer specifications below:

Acer Aspire M3450M-ER20P Desktop
3.3GHz AMD FX-6100 Processor
8GB DDR3 system memory; Expandable up to 16GB
2TB hard disk drive
16X DVD+/-R/RW optical drive
Windows 7 Home Premium operating system
AMD HD7570 Graphics with 1GB dedicated memory

OK I type " Disk Management " in Search programs and files after click " Start" on taskbar.

No problem to show Disk Management on the screen and right click the hard drive to shrink. To my surprise that I only had 532 MB to shrink the main hard drive with Acer (C: -- 1844.92 GB (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition -- Healthy) and two other hard drives that have partition as well. One is with System Reserved -- 100 MB (Healthy) and other is 18.00 GB Healthy (Recovery Partition).

I want to create a partition hard drive for RAMDISK with 6 GB but I don't have enough to create a partition hard drive. Because after the shrink report that I only have 532 MB in Acer C: hard drive. Is 532 MB not enough to create to 6 GB hard drive? I think so but could be wrong.

Your help would be appreciated how to make a partition hard drive for RAMDISK.

Thank you,

John


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07 Sep 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Try defragging C: before the shrink operation.
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07 Sep 2013   #3
imcanadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I did this twice last night. So how many times do I have to defrag the hard drive before get a better number of megabytes or gigabytes? I was surprised to see that I don't have enough MB or GB in the hard drive to create a partition hard drive. Which program would be the best to defrag the hard drive? I know Disk Defragmenter takes a while to defrag but any freeware disk defragmenter would be helpful and faster to get the job done.

John
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07 Sep 2013   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Possibly some screen shots would help,
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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07 Sep 2013   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imcanadian View Post
I did this twice last night. So how many times do I have to defrag the hard drive before get a better number of megabytes or gigabytes? I was surprised to see that I don't have enough MB or GB in the hard drive to create a partition hard drive. Which program would be the best to defrag the hard drive? I know Disk Defragmenter takes a while to defrag but any freeware disk defragmenter would be helpful and faster to get the job done.

John
Look for one that shows the unmovable sectors. It's possible there's an unmovable sector near the end of the partition. That would block you from the normal shrinkage. There are ram disks that don't require a dedicated parition to store the info during shutdown. Many just write out an image file.
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07 Sep 2013   #6
imcanadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Anyway here is my Screen Capture Image of Disk Management with file attachment:


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Partition an unallocated hard drive??-my-disk-management.jpg  
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07 Sep 2013   #7
DocBrown

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

You need to make the Disk Management screen snip full screen so we can see everything.
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07 Sep 2013   #8
imcanadian

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Double click the picture and you will see the whole picture then click the arrow <-- on top of the webpage back to normal.

Smile,

John
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07 Sep 2013   #9
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

We know He is asking you to maximize disk management window.
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07 Sep 2013   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

5. This step is the most important. Maximize the Disk Management window so it fills your entire screen. Resize the window components so the status and sizes of the partitions are clearly shown.

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