Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Remove Old OS partition, extend into usable space

20 Aug 2015   #1
crosbytr

Windows 7
 
 
Remove Old OS partition, extend into usable space

I installed windows 7 on my computer a few years ago and abandoned an old XP partition. I would like to have that usable space back (completely remove the XP partition). I have attached a screenshot of my disk management. My windows 7 is my active OS, the winXP was abandoned a long time ago.

I've removed partitions from dual boot systems many times. Normally I just delete the unused partition, run windows recovery and restore the boot record, then expand the existing volume and everything seems to work fine. I would even accept the loss of the 5 GB if I could expand my existing into the 19GB unallocated, but I can't do it through disk management or diskpart.

I'm using an old Dell desktop (about 12 years old, but runs perfectly for what I use it for), with 2 physical serial ATA hard drives installed (one 80GB, the other is 1.5 TB). The 80GB contains the boot record and OS, the other is strictly storage and a work in progress drive.




Attached Thumbnails
Remove Old OS partition, extend into usable space-dm.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
20 Aug 2015   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Disk Management cannot extend an existing partition into another partition that is on the left (crazy limitation) but 3rd party partition management software can. Try this free one: Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Remove Old OS partition, extend into usable space




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How 2 extend/merge unallocated space to C: partition in odd position
The screenshot of my arrangement can be seen from: http://puu.sh/iSWdE/0e06d4c9ca.png The D: partition contains an XP files 'dump'(which I'd like to get rid of but contains non deleteable stuff - it wasn't an XP dual boot set up) when I installed Win 7. The C: is to the right of the...
Hardware & Devices
add unallocated space on one hdd (Extend greyed out)
Hi all I've just got rid of my Samsung recovery partition data and made the space unallocated. I want to add this free space to the C;\Drive partition, but the extend option on the context menu for C is greyed out. I assume it's because there is a tiny partition in-between the other two,...
Performance & Maintenance
Unallocated space on left, Cannot extend partition.
Hello everyone, I recently formatted my laptop and re-partitioned it. I ended up making some Unallocated Space on the left of all the partitions. Here's a screenshot of the Disk Management window- http://www.freeimagehosting.net/q6iqq I want to extend with whole of the unallocated space....
Hardware & Devices
Unallocated Space on Left, How to merge/extend partition?
Hi, Windows 7, Professional Edition How to Extend partition, if unallocated space is on left, e.g in this case i want to combine partition C and partition H, without loosing contents of C drive...
Hardware & Devices
Unable to extend my C drive partition from unallocated space
Hi All, New to the forums and need some help here as I'm lost. I just got my new laptop and noticed that the C drive (O/S) was getting full and wanted to add more space. I deleted the recovery partition of 25GB so I could extend my C partition. However, I do not have the option to expand my C...
General Discussion
Extend into Free Space
I had Fedora Live installed on my computer for a class that I was taking, I was dual booting with Win 7. I know longer need Fedora so I deleted or cleared it from the partition. I want to extend the "C drive" into it like was before, but I can't. I have tried the command prompt and attempted the...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:35.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App