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Windows 7: How do I extend my HD partition using redunded 27gb partition

29 Aug 2012   #1
graham35

Windows 7
 
 
How do I extend my HD partition using redunded 27gb partition

Hi, some help required please, I have trawled the forums but cannot find anything that clearly answer my problem - so here goes

I have a new Acer Revo RL70 nettop, which I am using mainly for XBMC for my movies and music and some web surfing etc.

It came with a version of linux installed, with the hard drive partitioned as follows

27gb for Linux (operating system) there was also a 2gb partition within that which I think was the recovery partition for Linux

The remainder of the drive (750gb) was another partition
I believe thats how the hard drive was configured by Acer, but I did not do a check on that before I installed windows 7 onto it.

I installed windows 7 ultimate onto the drive, which boots perfectly and runs well, it shows a 100mb recovery in the main partition (C drive) as normal with windows.

After running my RL70 for a few weeks and loading it with my films etc, I checked the hard drive structure and noticed the 27gb partition, and thought that would be better use for my films etc. I did think that installing windows 7 would have cleared the partition as it gave me the option to install into that partition, which I chose not to do.
-hd-partitions-rl70.jpg
So now when I try to remove or merge or extend the partition (see screen shot) it will not allow me to do it.

Can anyone here please help.

Many thanks Graham




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29 Aug 2012   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Graham, welcome to Seven Forums!


To help us help you better, please post a maximized snip of Windows 7 disk management, though the use of Linux does hide certain partitions from view so we'll do what we can.
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29 Aug 2012   #3
graham35

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Bare foot kid
Thanks for your quick reply

Here is the screen shot you ask for below
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Thanks for your help, I may be off line for a bit but I will be back as soon as I can today

Cheers

PS... I am now using windows 7, The screen shot shows everything I believe


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29 Aug 2012   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Are you still using the Linux partition, is Grub still there or have you over-written Grub?


Have a look through this tutorial linked below for some ideas.


Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

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29 Aug 2012   #5
graham35

Windows 7
 
 

The Linux partition is empty, I deleted the contents of that partition = 27gb (26.96gb) 100% free space, as confirmed by my screen shot in my second post.

I will look at the link you provided to see if I can sort it out, but I do tend to get a bit lost by some of the "how too" help pages - its an age thing lol
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29 Aug 2012   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It's not too hard mate, just take your time and do it a single step at a time then move to the next step; if you need further help just post it up.
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29 Aug 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If D is empty, the typical method would be to delete it and then use Partition Wizard bootable disk to reassign that 27 GB to C.

You can likely delete D with Windows Disk Management, but would need Partition Wizard to reassign the space---so you may as well use PW for both tasks.
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29 Aug 2012   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If D is empty, the typical method would be to delete it and then use Partition Wizard bootable disk to reassign that 27 GB to C.

You can likely delete D with Windows Disk Management, but would need Partition Wizard to reassign the space.

That's exactly what the tutorial I linked him does mate.
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29 Aug 2012   #9
graham35

Windows 7
 
 

I notice the small partition (system reserved 100mb) center one on my screen shot is listed as active, not the main C: drive section, so would I still have to mark the C: partition as active before doing anything else.
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29 Aug 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by graham35 View Post
I notice the small partition (system reserved 100mb) center one on my screen shot is listed as active, not the main C: drive section, so would I still have to mark the C: partition as active before doing anything else.
No. System Reserved should be active.
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