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Windows 7: Creating a new partition on my new laptop

30 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Creating a new partition on my new laptop

I've just purchased a new laptop, a HP-DV6. It has a 640 gb HDD, the C partition is 582 gb. I like to have my data on a separate partition to the OS and programs so that I can more easily image and restore the active partition and deal with my data backups independently from the C drive images.
I presume that means shrinking the C drive. Can anyone help me with the maths, and the steps toward a new partition?
In the shrink window it says:
Total size before shrink in mb: 595995
Size of available shrink space in mb: 290572
Enter the amount of space to shrink: 290572
Total size after shrink: 305423

Why am I limited to 290572? I was figuring on a C partition of about 120gb, giving me about 462 gb for data, which is the amount I want.

Is there another way to achieve what I want?

Thanks.

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30 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

There may be data spread all throughout the drive, i.e. non-contiguously so the maximum size of available shrink space depends of that...

To get better results you could try to defragment your drive a couple of times prior to the shrink..

Hope that helps!
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30 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have a brand new Toshiba Ultrabook with 128GB SSD and want to create a D: drive for my data. It already has 4 volumes ("Active, Recovery Partition", "Hibernation Partition", "Primary Partition" and "Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition" - all Simple Basic). I have shrunk the last partition and now have 30GB unallocated. But, if I try to create a new volume (D I get a message that says I am about to convert my basic drive(s) to a dynamic drive(s), with consequences. Others have said this should not be done. So, how can I create a new D: drive?? Or, can't I make the change?
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30 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
There may be data spread all throughout the drive, i.e. non-contiguously so the maximum size of available shrink space depends of that...

To get better results you could try to defragment your drive a couple of times prior to the shrink..

Hope that helps!
Thanks, I thought that may be the case. Gave it a try but it didn't help. Guess I'll just have to have some of my data files on the C drive.
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30 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

I'm sorry that didn't work out Alleyoop,

If you're willing to try out some other Disk management software for shrinking your partitions, give Acronis Disk Director (Hard disk drive management software, partitioning manager and partition recovery utility) a shot, i've had better results using it than the default Disk Management software that comes with windows.... It's not free though (only comes with free trial), but i've had great success using it for other purposes so it's worth the purchase cost for me...
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30 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As you've found, the Disk Mangement tool is somewhat limited when it comes to doing this sort of partition manipulation. This tool can come in handy, providing more flexibility in managing partitions: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD (by Bare Foot Kid)

And the version that runs under Windows 7: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html
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30 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For DavidL: don't do the conversion from a basic disk. You can only have 4 primary partitions, or 3 primaries and 1 extended. Within the extended you can create numerous logical partitions.

One of your primaries needs to be converted to extended first. It would be best if you gave us a screenshot of Disk Management, window maximized and columns/panes adjusted to reveal max info.

Better yet would be to start your own thread for your issue.
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30 Jun 2012   #8
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With HP's what works best to keep Factory Recovery and bootable Tools Diagnostic partitions operable is to convert C to Logical, then Resize it to desired size to create a new Logical data partition in the shrink space. Use Partition Wizard CD linked above.
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

With HP's you also get the worst load of preinstalled crapware in the industry. At a minimum I would Clean Up Factory Bloatware although most tech enthusiasts Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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30 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
With HP's you also get the worst load of preinstalled crapware in the industry. At a minimum I would Clean Up Factory Bloatware although most tech enthusiasts Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
Thanks, a clean reinstall appeals to me. That way I can set it up how I want it. Now is the time, as I haven't begun to load my programs yet. I've taken an image of how it is now just in case.
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30 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Way to go! With nothing loaded on it your timing is perfect for going clean. In addition to an image, make your recovery disks. Keep in touch.
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