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Windows 7: Unallocated Disk Space

29 Nov 2009   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Unallocated Disk Space

Before I installed Win 7, I had a C: drive of about 133 GB and a D: drive partition of the remainder of my 160 GB HD. I removed the partition so I would just have only the C: drive before I installed Win 7. I no longer have the D: drive showing but it appears I am not regaining the space from the D: as I still have about 133 GB on my C:. What do I need to do to regain the unallocated space?


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29 Nov 2009   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Extend the drive.

But Disk Management will not extend a system drive so you need a 3rd party partition manager like bootable Partition Wizard.

Create a backup image as these operations can fail.
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29 Nov 2009   #3
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Did you remove the partition in Disk management or a 3rd part utility?

Could you give us a screen shot of Disk Management
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29 Nov 2009   #4
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Extend the drive.

But Disk Management will not extend a system drive so you need a 3rd party partition manager like bootable Partition Wizard.
Ummm, yes it will extend the system drive and even shrink the system drive. I've already done it plenty of times.
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29 Nov 2009   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Extend the drive.

But Disk Management will not extend a system drive so you need a 3rd party partition manager like bootable Partition Wizard.
Ummm, yes it will extend the system drive and even shrink the system drive. I've already done it plenty of times.
The Extend Volume Wizard never lets me have any more space. Here is the process but it doesn't show how to force more space and Wizard won't let me in past.

http://www.petri.co.il/extend-disk-p...erver-2008.htm
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29 Nov 2009   #6
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Computer Management > Disk Management > Right-click the drive you want to extend > Extend Volume.
Simple.
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29 Nov 2009   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Computer Management > Disk Management > Right-click the drive you want to extend > Extend Volume.
Simple.
Thanks for your help on this. It worked just like you said. I am curious about one thing. My drive is 160 GB. The drive only shows there is space for 149 GB. Is this just space that can not be used? I'm not trying to regain it, just curious where it went to.
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29 Nov 2009   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Bigmck:

The difference in HD size concerns two different ways of measuring HD capacity. Naturally, vendors use the method that is beneficial to them---160 gigs in your case. The other measurement method results in 149 gigs.

I think there is a sticky on the issue on this site somewhere.
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29 Nov 2009   #9
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

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29 Nov 2009   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Bigmck:

The difference in HD size concerns two different ways of measuring HD capacity. Naturally, vendors use the method that is beneficial to them---160 gigs in your case. The other measurement method results in 149 gigs.

I think there is a sticky on the issue on this site somewhere.

Thanks for the reply.
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