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Windows 7: What's the best tool to resize Win7 X64 partitions?

02 Nov 2013   #1
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
What's the best tool to resize Win7 X64 partitions?

I have to increase the size of my C: drive partition. I could use Acronis True Image Home to image the drive and then reapply the image into new partition sizes, but I was hoping for a tool that could do this well - and safely! - while running. In particular I'd one that will allow me to "move" one partition so I can create unallocated space immediately behind the partition I wish to extend. What would be the best tool for this?

Of course I will image my drive before attempting this with whatever tool can do it.


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02 Nov 2013   #2
ecurrey

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02 Nov 2013   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Tony.

Since you want to resize C: eventually, you need to use the bootable version of Partition Wizard. You can also try EaseUS Partition Master, which will resize C: when you are booted into Windows, although a reboot is required for EaseUS to complete the partition manipulation.
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02 Nov 2013   #4
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ecurrey View Post

Will this tool work for my C: drive? It seems from what Golden says I will need a bootable version of whatever I use to eventually do my C: drive.
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02 Nov 2013   #5
ecurrey

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If you are doing C: it will reboot to take care of the partition.
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03 Nov 2013   #6
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Tony.

Since you want to resize C: eventually, you need to use the bootable version of Partition Wizard. You can also try EaseUS Partition Master, which will resize C: when you are booted into Windows, although a reboot is required for EaseUS to complete the partition manipulation.
Golden, the EaseUS free version seems to have a lot of users unhappy with the way it installs a lot of bloatware, some accusing it of being malware. A number of reviewers indicated that a careful unchecking of these options during installation will cause them not to be installed, but others suggest stuff gets installed anyway. Is it possible to do a clean install of EaseUS free edition without any of this extra stuff getting installed?
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03 Nov 2013   #7
sammyone

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have been using Easeus Partition manager for some years now and can confirm that they give you the option to do an express install which installs the bloatware... or Custom Install where you get the chance to untick the stuff you do not want.

BUT I can now recommend Minitool Partition Wizard Home... FREE...
as it also supplies an ISO version to burn to Disk or USB stick so you can deal with your disks without popping into and out of Windows during Drive manipulations.
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03 Nov 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Partition Wizard bootable CD is required for resizing C. Here is the link - last box (Home) on the webpage. Download this ISO and burn it to CD. Then boot the CD with that CD.

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

And here is a PW video tutorial how to use it for extending a partition.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/video...partition.html

You do, of course, need unallocated space on the disk in order to extend a partition. That unallocated space can come from shrinking any partition on the disk. Shrinking can be done with Disk Management.
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03 Nov 2013   #9
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I decided to do it using the tool I've been using - Acronis True Image Home. Probably took longer that it would have using one of these other tools, but it seemed to have worked (took about 5 hours). I first made an exact clone of my disk to my backup, then checked it by booting off of that one. Then I used that as the source to clone back to my original disk, but this time using the partition resizer and mover in True Image to get the sizes changed. After it was done I rebooted and things loaded up okay. So the question now is: how do I check the integrity of the installation to make sure it's all good?
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03 Nov 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

There is no reason to go to that kind of trouble to resize partitions, which is as easy as moving a slider around to borrow space from any other partition even if it's not adjacent, using the cool new feature to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

It's always best to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can check it over and give you any pointers.
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