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Windows 7: Unallocated Space Issue

11 May 2010   #1
Sacred

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Debian Linux
 
 
Unallocated Space Issue

I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Debian Linux. I created a new partition, about 100gb. It says unallocated. I tried to allocate it, make it into something I can actually use, but it says I've reached the maximum number of partitions on Disk1. I tried to delete it and it won't let me. It is wasting 100gb that I cannot use at all. I tied to put something on it so I could delete it. Nothing would go on it, said it was unusable. How can I delete it? Is there a way? I don't like wasting 100gb of hdd space.

All help appreciated,
~Sacred


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11 May 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sacred View Post
I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Debian Linux. I created a new partition, about 100gb. It says unallocated. I tried to allocate it, make it into something I can actually use, but it says I've reached the maximum number of partitions on Disk1. I tried to delete it and it won't let me. It is wasting 100gb that I cannot use at all. I tied to put something on it so I could delete it. Nothing would go on it, said it was unusable. How can I delete it? Is there a way? I don't like wasting 100gb of hdd space.

All help appreciated,
~Sacred

What are you trying to delete it with? the built in win 7? How many partitions do you have on that HD?
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11 May 2010   #3
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

How many partitions are there on the disk? Can you post a screenshot of your Disk management view?

zzz2496
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11 May 2010   #4
Sacred

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Debian Linux
 
 

Here:

Drive C: is the one with too many partitions. Disk 0 is the one with the unallocated space that will not go away.

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11 May 2010   #5
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Ahh, I know what's the problem...

I bet your HDD is initialized using MBR style partition. MBR can only contain 4 partition max, may it be all 4 primary partition, or 3 primary partition and 1 extended partition. Either you expand the "C:" partition, or delete one of the partitions and create an Extended partition in it's place.

zzz2496
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11 May 2010   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

You can't delete unallocated space.

You could delete the 95gb and the 2.5 gd partitions.

Then you would have about 200gb unallocated.

You could then make 2 partitions of 100gb each, or however you want to split up that 200gb or so total unallocated space.

If you really want another partition on that drive - you would need to get rid of the 100mb system reserved, or make an extended partition and split that into logical drives.
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11 May 2010   #7
Sacred

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Debian Linux
 
 

Thanks guys All your answers were very helpful ^^ My problem is now solved
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