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Windows 7: Windows Disk Management hangs when I hit Shrink Volume.

14 Jul 2012   #11
CProgrammer3088

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Note to self!!! always make sure you put SYSTEM back to active after you do this!


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17 Mar 2015   #12
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CProgrammer3088 View Post
Well... that didn't work.

But I did find a fix!

Step 1: right click your partition.
Step 2: Mark as active
Step 3: hit yes.

And done

Thanks,
CProgrammer3088
I have apparently stumbled onto this problem as well, but marking the drive as ACTIVE did not help. I am having trouble shrinking the partition. What else to do?
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17 Mar 2015   #13
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 119baystate View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CProgrammer3088 View Post
Well... that didn't work.

But I did find a fix!

Step 1: right click your partition.
Step 2: Mark as active
Step 3: hit yes.

And done

Thanks,
CProgrammer3088
I have apparently stumbled onto this problem as well, but marking the drive as ACTIVE did not help. I am having trouble shrinking the partition. What else to do?
I stand corrected it did work, but the system partition only shrunk by 15 Gb when there is over 160 Gb free space available. What is the issue now? Should I run the DEFRAG to see if files are UNMOVEABLE?
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17 Mar 2015   #14
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Windows Disk Management has certain limitations on what it will let you do.

You can try a more advanced program, such as Partition Wizard; a free download.
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17 Mar 2015   #15
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CProgrammer3088 View Post
Note to self!!! always make sure you put SYSTEM back to active after you do this!
YEP, I did the same thing. OUCH
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17 Mar 2015   #16
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Windows Disk Management has certain limitations on what it will let you do.

You can try a more advanced program, such as Partition Wizard; a free download.
YEP, I have PARTITION WIZARD. It failed to shrink the volume as well. I am currently DEFRAGGING & will attempt to shrink further afterwards.

I will report back.
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17 Mar 2015   #17
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 119baystate View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Windows Disk Management has certain limitations on what it will let you do.

You can try a more advanced program, such as Partition Wizard; a free download.
YEP, I have PARTITION WIZARD. It failed to shrink the volume as well. I am currently DEFRAGGING & will attempt to shrink further afterwards.

I will report back.
I performed a DEFRAG & it rreports back 0% fragmentation. I then attempted another SHRINK volume & I cannot SHRINK any further. PARTITION WIZARD reports 155Gb is still free.

Any suggestions?
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17 Mar 2015   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If PW cannot shrink the partition, it must be an unusually situation. Is that the OS partition or a data partition ?
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17 Mar 2015   #19
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 119baystate View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 119baystate View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Windows Disk Management has certain limitations on what it will let you do.

You can try a more advanced program, such as Partition Wizard; a free download.
YEP, I have PARTITION WIZARD. It failed to shrink the volume as well. I am currently DEFRAGGING & will attempt to shrink further afterwards.

I will report back.
I performed a DEFRAG & it rreports back 0% fragmentation. I then attempted another SHRINK volume & I cannot SHRINK any further. PARTITION WIZARD reports 155Gb is still free.

Any suggestions?
I was able to shrink the partition by 1st booting from a rescue disk & then run PARTITION WIZARD from a USB flash drive.

Why is this the case? I could swear that I have reduced system partitions in the past without going through this extra hurdle. Also, I noticed PARTITION left 1Mb unallocated space at the beginning & end of the disk. I cannot get rid of those. Why is that?
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17 Mar 2015   #20
CProgrammer3088

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad to hear that it is working for you, that is quite strange about the 1MB of unallocated.
I don't think you should worry about it (since it is so small of space)

Thanks,
CProgrammer3088
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