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Windows 7: Hard drive partitioning problem

06 Aug 2014   #1
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Hard drive partitioning problem

I recently loaded an image of Windows 7 onto a new (larger) hard drive. The process seemed to go smoothly. However, a map of the new hard drive indicates a lot of unusable space in an "Unallocated" partition.

Here is what the drive looks like in Disk Management

Hard drive partitioning problem-2014-08-06_11-36-22.png

and here is another look at it from Windows Explorer and Properties

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Notice I only have access to 100GB of the more than 300GB total space on the drive. I believe this is just the way the image process works when you go from a smaller drive to a larger drive. The original drive is a 100GB and the new one is 320GB.

I aborted an attempt to "Expand" the 100GB (C) partition, fearing I might create an unrecoverable problem. The process was not all that intuitive and I really know enough to be dangerous here.

I'm relatively sure there is a simple solution to the problem, I'm just not sure what it is and I'm afraid to do something I will regret.

Thanks




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06 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You were on the right track when you aborted.

You need to add that unallocated space to C. You do that in Windows Disk Management by choosing C and right clicking, which is probably what you did to "expand".

What are you going to do with Disk 1, the old drive?
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06 Aug 2014   #3
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Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

That worked. Here is what it looks like in Disk Management now. However, I need to change the name of the drive.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
What are you going to do with Disk 1, the old drive?
I have several older laptop hard drives that are close to being sent to the bone-yard and this may be one of them.

Thanks very much for your help.


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06 Aug 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Senator View Post
However, I need to change the name of the drive.
Looks OK to me. You can rename with a right click in Explorer.
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