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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Extending Partition

14 May 2013   #1
AJAB

Windows 7 Home Premium - 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 - Extending Partition

I have been trying to free up some room to make a dual boot of Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, I have a bit of a problem, and while I doubt there is a fix that would suit what I want I thought it was worth a try.

I have the default RECOVERY partition, which was shrinkable by 10GB, so I shrunk it in the hope to extend it to the C drive, giving me more space. However, once I shrunk it I can't extend it to the C drive and the only option to extend this now unallocated free space is to the recovery partition again.

Is there any way to extend the C drive to this free space?

Thanks.

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14 May 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

I would not shrink a Recovery partition that you intend to keep bootable.

However the presence of a Recovery partition means you are using and intend to keep using the factory preinstall which is a corrupted version of Win7. That's why most tech enthusiasts prefer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get Win7 native perfect performance without the bloatware and useless duplicate utilities smothering it.

If you use this preferred method you can save your Recovery disks in advance and no longer need the Recovery partition, so can delete all partitions to create New during reinstall.

If you wish to keep it as it is then I would not shrink Recovery as it may not run from boot. If you insist then the tool you want is Partition Wizard Resize Partition Video Help.
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14 May 2013   #3
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Firstly, never mess with the recovery partition. In doing so, it can have dire ramifications.

If this were mine, I would re-allocate the newly created partition back to the recovery drive. Then partition the C driver to about 100 gigs. Then install your 2nd OS on that partition.
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14 May 2013   #4
AJAB

Windows 7 Home Premium - 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply.

That's a good point, I mean the recovery partition has always been on the drive since I got the laptop since I got it, but I disabled most of the backup functions as I never really need them. (I know if something goes wrong... but I keep important documents backed up and I'm not that fussed about save games or programs.)

But anyway, thanks for your help, think I'll just partition it back, move the D drive files to C and partition some of the D drive for Windows 8.

Thanks.
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14 May 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

I'd unplug the WIn7 HD when installing Win8 to D HD. Then after install boot your choice using the BIOS Boot menu key at boot. This will keep the two independent to come and go as you please.

However if you want the Win8 Metro GUI Dual Boot menu then leave the 7 HD plugged in.

There is nothing comparable to a Win7 Clean Install, so if I were you I would do that first so you have the best possible install instead of the worst one. By comparison with Win7 perfect Clean Install, Win8 is a phone app with buttons you can't press.
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