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Windows 7: Expanding a partition backwards


05 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Expanding a partition backwards

Can you do it? I currently have Windows 7 RC1 installed and I just deleted my Windows Vista partition. Now I have unallocated space. I planned to expand my Windows 7 partition to this area, but it won't let me. Any ideas?

Here's what I mean:




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05 Jun 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Windows will not do it. Yoou need something like paragon disk manager suite 2009 to expand to the left. You are like the third person with the same problem today. M$ should really let you expand if you have un allocated space.

Ken
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05 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Do I risk any stability issues if I expand to the left with Paragon?
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05 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

"Hard Disk Manager 2009 Professional Edition does not work under this OS"
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05 Jun 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Thomas,

That's odd, it works on mine. Do you have the right bit version for the o/s you are trying to install it to?

The reason Disk Management has those limitations is to stop users getting into trouble.

If you expand the System partition to the left (into the lower address spaces) - you lose the ability to boot.

You can use the Paragon to do it, but will need to run startup repair to correct the bcd entry afterwards.

Or, use the Paragon "Copy partition" function to copy the C partition into the unallocated space - the Paragon will create the bcd entry for you.

Then mark the new partition active, delete the C you have now and extend the new one to the right.

NOTE: When copying a partition, the unallocated space needs to as large or larger than the source ( obviously) - so you may want to shrink C a little before copying it.
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05 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I REALLY hope someone can help me fix what I did.

I took an image of my OS partition.
Then I opened Partition Magic. I got some errors about compatibility issues, then it asked to fix some problems and I told it to proceed. I think it resized my media/program files partition and now I can't get that to show up and all the programs that I had on it won't load. I went into disk management to try to give it a name and letter in case that was the issue but it wouldn't let me. I received the attached error. I then ran my setup repair disk and it said there were issues so I told it to repair and restart, but it didn't fix the issues.

HELP! That partition has my setup folder (the setup.exe files of all my programs). Also, I haven't backed up since I got home from school and I've acquired much more. I know the files are still on the disk, but I just can't get to them.

Here's the error:


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05 Jun 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Yes partition magic will do that - it is not compatible with the new NT6 (Vista / Win 7 ) partitioning rules.

You can transfer off anything you need with the File Transfer Wizard
on this free bootable app. from the nice people at Paragon:

FREE Rescue Kit 9.0 Express - Don't wait for disaster, get instant data recovery software!

You might try making an image of the partition with the free Macrium Reflect. Then delete that partition - recreate it with Disk Management and restore the Macrium image.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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06 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Parted Magic is a live Linux disk designed specifically for partitioning. It's become an indispensable tool for me.

Parted Magic homepage
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07 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well... it's still going. 10 hours down, 7 more to go! It seems to be working... so THANK YOU SIW2. This Paragon stuff might be worth the purchase.
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07 Jun 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Thomas,

Glad it seems to be working.

You don't specify exactly what you are doing at the moment - 17 hours seems very long.

Are you using a trial version , or something?
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