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Windows 7: How to get back partition created from C Drive to unallocated space?

01 Aug 2012   #1
Suchithareja

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 
How to get back partition created from C Drive to unallocated space?

Hi..
I recently bought a new laptop 500 GB hard drive, which had C:, Recovery (D: ), and HP Tools (E: ) drive. I thought of creating a sepreate drive to keep personal stuff like pics, songs, etc.

I went to disk management, and clicked on "Shrink Volume" on C: Drive. Now an unallocated parition has been created, which I cannot see in "My Computer" and moreover the size of C: drive is also showing as reduced size.

Please help me to create a new drive from that unallocated space or get back the original C: Drive.

Please help me with layman's terms as I am not so familiar with computer terms.

Thanks in advance.


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01 Aug 2012   #2
Suchithareja

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Please find attached the screen shot of the disk management.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Suchithareja View Post
Hi..
I recently bought a new laptop 500 GB hard drive, which had C:, Recovery (D: ), and HP Tools (E: ) drive. I thought of creating a sepreate drive to keep personal stuff like pics, songs, etc.

I went to disk management, and clicked on "Shrink Volume" on C: Drive. Now an unallocated parition has been created, which I cannot see in "My Computer" and moreover the size of C: drive is also showing as reduced size.

Please help me to create a new drive from that unallocated space or get back the original C: Drive.

Please help me with layman's terms as I am not so familiar with computer terms.

Thanks in advance.


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01 Aug 2012   #3
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to the forum,

Here is a tutorial with pictures that will show you how to finish creating your new partition,

Partition or Volume - Create New
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01 Aug 2012   #4
Suchithareja

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Hi..Thank you so much for the prompt reply. It was very helpful.

But, as mentioned in the tutorial, I got a pop-up saying "The operation selected will convert the disk to dynamic... are you sure you want to continue?"...to which i clicked NO.

Now the unallocated space is where it was. Please help. Thanks.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Welcome to the forum,

Here is a tutorial with pictures that will show you how to finish creating your new partition,

Partition or Volume - Create New
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01 Aug 2012   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi Suchithareja, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You have already too many primary partitions, that's why Windows would convert you basic disks to dynamic if you create a new one. To click NO when asked if you would like to do this was a correct decision.

I would recommend you to burn recovery DVD set and then delete the recovery partition D:. To burn recovery disks just select Start Menu > All Programs > HP > HP Recovery Manager > HP Recovery Media and follow on-screen instructions.

When you have the recovery disk set, delete the recovery partition and then follow instructions on tutorial Derek told you, creating a new partition.

A PDF manual for your computer: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02770249.pdf

Kari
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01 Aug 2012   #6
Suchithareja

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Hi Kari,

Thank you so much for the information. I really want to thank you. It was really helpful.

But in the process....I just thought of extending the C: Drive (I did this after a lot of reading, unlike shrinking the volume)....and to my surprise the unallocated space was merged with the C: Drive back. I am so happy now

now my question is.....Can i use C: Drive to store all my personal stuff? as in will it not get heavy and slow my laptop?

Suchi
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01 Aug 2012   #7
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The biggest problem with storing your data on the C drive is that it will make your system images much larger. You do make backup images I hope.
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01 Aug 2012   #8
Suchithareja

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

yes, i do make a copy of the data i store in my laptop in my external hard disk.

I want to again check with you....can i permanently delete the recovery drive after creating a recovery disk? and there would not be any problem in running the laptop in future?

And later if i want to restore my laptop or any data, i can use the disk (that i created on a DVD) without it being there on my laptop?


Suchi

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The biggest problem with storing your data on the C drive is that it will make your system images much larger. You do make backup images I hope.
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01 Aug 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you are certain that your recovery discs work, you can delete the recovery partition. But in any case I would suggest that you take an extra image of your C partition and your System partition (the little hidden 100MB partition) now so that you have an extra safety net. Use this free program: Imaging with free Macrium

But in any case, you can only create an additional partition if you have no more than 3 primary partitions. There are ways to get to this state in your current configuration (keeping the recovery partition) - but that is a somewhat complicated procedure using an OEM live CD. If you are interested, post back and we'll explain.
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01 Aug 2012   #10
Suchithareja

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Thank you for the valuable information.

I think i will go without deleting the recovering partition. My storage use of laptop is limited to storing pics, videos and music, which i'l do in C: Drive only. In any case, I will prepare a recovery disk, and also keep a back-up of my data regularly.

I am not so familiar with the computer terms, installtions and other such things. So, I dont think i'l be in a position to deal with the complicated procedure using an OEM live CD you are refering to Thanks for mentioning it though.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you are certain that your recovery discs work, you can delete the recovery partition. But in any case I would suggest that you take an extra image of your C partition and your System partition (the little hidden 100MB partition) now so that you have an extra safety net. Use this free program: Imaging with free Macrium

But in any case, you can only create an additional partition if you have no more than 3 primary partitions. There are ways to get to this state in your current configuration (keeping the recovery partition) - but that is a somewhat complicated procedure using an OEM live CD. If you are interested, post back and we'll explain.
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