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Windows 7: HDD / Partition / Volume question


12 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
HDD / Partition / Volume question

I got my system built and while I waited for my Windows7 order to come in I loaded a XP Pro build and Ubuntu. Apparently when I did this I partitioned the 1TB drive approximately in half, and didn't know what to pick when I loaded Windows7 over the whole thing.

This is what I ended up with (attached picture), and cannot figure out how to allocate that extra "free space" back to my main parition.

Thanks in advance for your input folks!




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12 Jul 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

You can allocate that "free space" into it's own partition or back into your main partition using any partition management software.

My favorite is Partition Wizard.
Partition Wizard Home Edition (FREE)

warning   Warning
You should always backup your information/hard drive before peforming any hard drive maintenance/partitioning, even if you're simply shrinking or expanding a volume.


The process shouldn't hurt the data that's already on the hard drive, but you never know what'll happen so back up if you can.

How to resize your partition:
  • Choose the main partition [C:]
  • Choose resize partition (On Left)
  • Resize to whatever size you wish to use, the "free space" should be available. That is, you should be able to increase the size of this partition to include the free space (given that it's on the same hard drive)
  • Confirm
  • Apply

How to create a new partition out of the free space
  • Choose the free space.
  • Choose create partition (On Left)
  • Adjust slider to whatever size you wish to use.
  • Confirm
  • Apply

If you need a alternative to the traditional Windows Backup / System Imaging utility, I suggest that you try out Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will allow you to create a carbon copy (image) of any drive and store that copy on an external drive. Once you've done this you must create a Linux Live CD through the software which allows you to boot via this media and then restore any partition of the required size to that image's original state.

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13 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can also create the partition from the DM itself. Beaware though you can only have 3 primary partitions per disk. Then you have to create an extended partition and logical partitions inside that.
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13 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks very much, I will give that a try this evening. I really just wanted a single partition for the entire HDD.

I appreciate the replies!
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13 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm surprised Windows' disk management doesn't have the tools to do this.
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13 Jul 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s3v3n us3r View Post
I'm surprised Windows' disk management doesn't have the tools to do this.
You can use Disk Management. Just right click on C and Extend Volume.
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13 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks all!! I was able to solve this using Disk Management.

I deleted that 10GB volume, then that 455GB partition, then extended the primary 465GB partition to the rest of the available space.



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14 Jul 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks good. Have fun.
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