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Windows 7: Can't expand volume without creating dynamic disk

13 Apr 2014   #1
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Can't expand volume without creating dynamic disk

So I have a large HDD which I have been juggling some information on. I am now left with a 500gb partition with all my data, and 1TB of free, unallocated space. However when I now try to expand this volume to use all the unallocated space, Windows disk manager only let's me do so if I create a dynamic volume, which I don't want. So is there any way around this, or any idea what might be causing it?


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13 Apr 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Don't accept dynamic, whatever you do.

It sounds like you need to create an extended partition.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
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13 Apr 2014   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This should be helpful.
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Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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13 Apr 2014   #4
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 



So how exactly does an extended partition work? Will I be able to have 1 partition? Or will I need multiple partitions. In the past when I had this issue I just cleared the drive and formatted it with a new single volume. I might just do that, space is a bit of an issue, but the main thing is what a pain it is waiting for Windows to copy all the files there and back. I'm curious as to why exactly it has to become a dynamic partition.
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13 Apr 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

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Not sure what's going on, but-----it looks like you have enough free space on F to temporarily hold whatever is on M.

If you copy the M stuff to F, you might then be able to better control the partitioning on that large drive with another tool, such as diskpart or Partition Wizard.
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13 Apr 2014   #6
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Right, well I've had this problem with this drive in the past too, I think perhaps there is something up with it, but anyway... I moved everything off the drive, wiped it and created a new partition the full size of the desk, and all is good now. Not the best solution to the problem, but a solution nonetheless. Thanks for the help
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