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Windows 7: Partition way to big


15 Dec 2010   #1

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Partition way to big

Hi guys,
I attached a screenshot of disk management where you can see that my C-drive partition is to big. Is it possible to shrink it, let's say to 100 GB which is still to big I guess, without using any third party application? Notice that the Data partition next to it is also a primary partition.
Thanks for any reply! I will appreciate it.


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15 Dec 2010   #2

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Take a look this thread
Partition or Volume - Shrink
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15 Dec 2010   #3

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Hi StalkeR and thanks for your reply.
Any idea what will happen to the data partition next to the C-partition?
Will it just grow bigger or become unallocated?
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15 Dec 2010   #4
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You can Resize the Data partition from the left using free Partition Wizard bootable CD if you need.

Disk Management should offer to make the new partition Logical Extended which is a good idea since you can only have four Primary Partitions, so if you ever need to add a fifth partition you'd have to convert a primary to Logical.

A logical partition can add as many subpartitions as you want until letters run out.
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16 Dec 2010   #5
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Hello pare.



If you use Windows disk management to shrink the C: partition the D: data will not be bothered and will be left intact, here's the second half of the tutorial Stalker posted; though Windows will probably not allow the C: to be shrunk to 100GB.

How to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7



If you want to explore the use of the free Partition Wizard boot disk, have a look at this tutorial at the link below for links to the program download and ideas on its use amd be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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16 Dec 2010   #6
mjf

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
so if you ever need to add a fifth partition you'd have to convert the a primary to Logical.
Are there any advantages in staying primary with your 4th partition if you don't plan for any more?
and
Are there any downsides in converting from primary to logical if you do need more later on?
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16 Dec 2010   #7
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
so if you ever need to add a fifth partition you'd have to convert the a primary to Logical.
Are there any advantages in staying primary with your 4th partition if you don't plan for any more?
and
Are there any downsides in converting from primary to logical if you do need more later on?

Hello mate, have a look through this one.

The 4 primary partition problem
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16 Dec 2010   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pare View Post
Hi StalkeR and thanks for your reply.
Any idea what will happen to the data partition next to the C-partition?
Will it just grow bigger or become unallocated?

The Data partition will remain untouched.
Using Windows Disk Management you should end up with unallocated space when you shrink the C partition.
You can then make a logical partition from the unallocated space.

Disk Management may not let you shrink it as much as you would like, Partition Wizard will shrink it to any size you want.

You have excellent info and links from the other members above.
Any reason you don't want to use third party applications?

There are some very good free apps,like Partition Wizard linked above, that can do this easily, they are safe and tested by many of the members on this forum.
They are highly recommended.

Before doing any partition manipulations it's a good idea to make a image backup, just in case something goes wrong.

Another free application Macruim Reflect can make image backups and is very reliable.

Here is a tutorial explaining how to use it: Imaging with free Macrium

It's recommended to keep your backups on a seperate physical hard drive, if your hard drives fails you will lose your backup with it.

If you don't have another hard drive then keeping a backup on your main HDD is better than not having a backup.
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16 Dec 2010   #9

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Oo waw, how nice of you guys willing to assist me.
Well Dave, the only reason to be hesitant about the using of third party applications is that I am new to this computer technician experience. Although I must admit that I find it fascinating. Besides I am verry interesting in learning how to protect and maintain my own PC.
Well guys I will give it a try with this partition wizard CD. I have indeed read a lot about it in this forum.
Pardon me if I don't get back to you guys right away, because as I mention above, since I am a newbee it will take some time. This imaging backup will also be my first time but I am verry confident that with your tutorials it will work out. Give me a day of two. LOL
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17 Dec 2010   #10
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see we were a help and be sure to post back to keep us informed.
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