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Windows 7: Cannot create partition

24 Jul 2014   #11
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Do the following

1) download something like GPARTED or even a LIve Linux CD / USB
2) create bootable copy of it
3) boot it up. If using a LINUX system start GPARTED otherwise the GPARTED program will, start from the stand alone copy.
4) Re-size C partition to what sizes you want - your choice - but I'd keep only the OS and pgms on the OS partition -- even a large windows install shouldn't be larger than around 60 GB. With GPARTED just slide the C partition until the space is sufficient to what you want
5) Now in the unpartitioned space create a new partition and format it NTFS. It should ideally be a PRIMARY partition. Creating a partition will be on the menu.
6) Now you should be able to install the second OS. Exit GPARTED / Linux system.

If your "C" partition is already a LOGICAL partition we'll need to do some other things first so post back if that's the case.

I'd always AVOID wherever possible using the Windows built in "Shrink / re-size" partition options -- it's highly inflexible and often doesn't work at all.

Cheers
jimbo


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24 Jul 2014   #12
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Backup HDD/SSD Image

Before resizing, create a backup HDD/SSD image first.

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24 Jul 2014   #13
ninetailz

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Multiprocessor Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
First try Partition or Volume - Shrink

followed by Partition or Volume - Create New.

If this fails or doesn't give enough space use Partition Wizard to Resize Partition - Video Help. Use the bootable CD which is safest, burning iSO to CD using Windows Image Burner.
My shrink space is showing 0, i tried defragging but doesn't do anything (also disabled system restore, paging, kernal dump)

i tried the bootable minitool partiton but it doesn't want to shrink space (whenever try to enter value it enters the whole partition size)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

Do the following

1) download something like GPARTED or even a LIve Linux CD / USB
2) create bootable copy of it
3) boot it up. If using a LINUX system start GPARTED otherwise the GPARTED program will, start from the stand alone copy.
4) Re-size C partition to what sizes you want - your choice - but I'd keep only the OS and pgms on the OS partition -- even a large windows install shouldn't be larger than around 60 GB. With GPARTED just slide the C partition until the space is sufficient to what you want
5) Now in the unpartitioned space create a new partition and format it NTFS. It should ideally be a PRIMARY partition. Creating a partition will be on the menu.
6) Now you should be able to install the second OS. Exit GPARTED / Linux system.

If your "C" partition is already a LOGICAL partition we'll need to do some other things first so post back if that's the case.

I'd always AVOID wherever possible using the Windows built in "Shrink / re-size" partition options -- it's highly inflexible and often doesn't work at all.

Cheers
jimbo
I heard gparted messes up your patition table?
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24 Jul 2014   #14
gregrocker

 

Are you using the PW boot disk? This is critical since it may be System files which are in the way and they cannot be running.

If PW boot disk cannot Resize by as much as you want, which I've never seen in five years here, then I would immediately do a Partition surface test with Partition Wizard.

If it shows bad sectors then use the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to determine for sure the condition of the HD, as I've already suggested once.
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24 Jul 2014   #15
ninetailz

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Multiprocessor Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you using the PW boot disk? This is critical since it may be System files which are in the way and they cannot be running.

If PW boot disk cannot Resize by as much as you want, which I've never seen in five years here, then I would immediately do a Partition surface test with Partition Wizard.

If it shows bad sectors then use the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to determine for sure the condition of the HD, as I've already suggested once.
First i tried to shrink with disk management which shows 0 avaiable shrink space. Then i tried with partition wizard to resize but as i said before it doesn't let me enter custom value, just selects the whole partition.

And i cannot find my HD makers diagnosis tool, its not in their support site.

I will do a suface test now, and update this post if i find any bad sectors
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24 Jul 2014   #16
gregrocker

 

I asked if you are using the Partition Wizard boot CD. Yes or No? The Windows version will not work any better than Disk Mgmt since System Files are running.

What is your hard drive brand?
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24 Jul 2014   #17
ninetailz

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Multiprocessor Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I asked if you are using the Partition Wizard boot CD. Yes or No? The Windows version will not work any better than Disk Mgmt since System Files are running.

What is your hard drive brand?
Yep, i am using a boot cd
its Toshiba
Surface test result:
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24 Jul 2014   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You have 214 GBs free on your C partition, there is no reason you can`t resize it using the Partition Wizard Boot CD.
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24 Jul 2014   #19
ninetailz

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Multiprocessor Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You have 214 GBs free on your C partition, there is no reason you can`t resize it using the Partition Wizard Boot CD.
this error was the problem

i was confused with the options of partition wizard but after i understood and tried to create the partition the error popped up. Can anyone tell me what should i do about it.
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25 Jul 2014   #20
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I've never had ANY problems with GPARTED - download either the stand alone version or download any decent Linux live CD and start it from the command line ==>GPARTED -- It's a graphical program - any Windows user shouldn't have any trouble in using it.

Screenshot (Although this is on a Linux Host the GUI and menu is identical when used on Windows). Handles NTFS / FAT32 etc partitions also - no problems -- just adjust partition by re-sizing the partition space to get the size you want -- works perfectly.

Cheers
jimbo


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