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Windows 7: partitioning trouble

16 Jan 2010   #1
august north

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partitioning trouble

i'm having some trouble with partitions. I've got over 50 gbs of unallocated space, and when i try to make it into a usable drive, it won't let me. I'm using the partition tool that came with Windows 7.

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These are some snippets of my dorian. I guess what I'm wondering is, should I try another partition tool? or am I doing something wrong? or, God forbid, should i reinstall windows? I appreciate any help, even if your dumb. Thanks.

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate, and I installed it a few weeks ago onto my sony vaio. The model number is pcv-rs530g. I have an intel pentium 4 processor.


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16 Jan 2010   #2

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That's a mess of partitions.

It can be fixed, but not with the Windows tool.

You have C out in the middle of the partitions and you also have some logical partitions, which complicates things.

You need guys like Gregrocker or SIW2 to straighten you out with tools like Partition Wizard or Paragon.

They are on these forums pretty much every day, so don't do anything in the meantime other than try to find Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2.2. It is free and online. Google it, download it, and wait for those guys or maybe others. I personally haven't operated the software.
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16 Jan 2010   #3

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi August,

Would you like to add that space to an existing partition, or do you want to have another volume?

You need a 3rd party tool.

Paragon PM2010 free is good for this Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition
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16 Jan 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Select Full Scale Launcher, then select the Partition Tab.

Rt click the Extended partition and select Move/Resize:

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Drag the edge of the partition all the way right to include the Unallocated space. click Yes , click Apply:

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Rt click the Unallocated space and select create partition - choose the size ( presumably all of it , and NTFS, and a letter ) OK , Apply

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16 Jan 2010   #5

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit

There's a limit on how many partitions you can have in one harddisk with MBR type partition. You should backup all data, repartition using GPT if you want to have more than 4 partition in a disk (I suggest you don't create more than 2 partition per-disk).

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16 Jan 2010   #6
august north

windows 7

siw 2, i couldn't be happier if id just done grass with the dahli lama. thanks a million. thanks ignatfsdafklj, i get the feeling that if some day we meet in a coffee shop, i'll probably like you rather than dislike you. and zzz2496, thanks for taking me up on that "even if you're dumb" thing. you guys rock.
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