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Windows 7: Partition expansion

21 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Partition expansion

I decided to delete the hidden Asus restore partition from my cloned hard drive. The drive had 2 partitions, the hidden one, then the C: drive (with system and data).

This was before I found out that the Windows 7 Disk Management tool will not allow you to expand a partition to the left.

So now I have 15 GB of space at the start of the drive and the only option on the C: drive is to shrink the partition.

Any way using Windows to add that space to my primary partition?

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21 Feb 2010   #2


You need to use a third party tool to move your partition to the start of the drive, then windows will let you expand it to fill the drive.
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21 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

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21 Feb 2010   #4
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The one which works the best with Windows 7 is free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

Boot PW, select 1 for screen res, Rightclick on Windows 7 partition, select Resize, slide grey left border all the way over to the left over deleted Recov Partition, OK, make sure Windows 7 is still Active, apply all steps.

Windows 7 will not boot now as MBR has been moved. So boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair or rewrite the MBR to Windows 7.
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22 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

Partition Wizard also has a Rebuild MBR selection and is what I used when I re-sized my system partition.

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