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Windows 7: Partition issues....HELP!!!

08 May 2009   #1

Vista / 7 RC 7100/Virtual XP
Partition issues....HELP!!!

Hi all.....Having a problem after dual-boot install of Vista & 7RC. My HD is 250GB, of which 225GB is used on the Vista partition. When I shrank the volume to create space for the 7RC it only would give me 7.62GB;tried over and over to make a bigger space, that's all I could get. Now the partition for 7 is pretty much full; only have 296MB left...while the Vista part used 158GB out of the 225. I read that you could delete the pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys to make more space available...Should I??? What would happen to my PC if I did so??? Thank you for any help!!!

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08 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

You might try a third party partition program like

Easeus is free and does a good job
Easeus Partition Manager - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET

Paragon is good too

They will move the files and create what you want.

32 bit or 64 bit of the OS is also an important tidbit to put in your system specs so we know how to help.
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08 May 2009   #3

Vista / 7 RC 7100/Virtual XP

Thanks for your quick reply....I have a 32-bit system/ I have Easeus and tried it but it always says there's an error. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I also updated my PC specs; they should be listed. Thanks again!!
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08 May 2009   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

The error is the free Easeus doesn't come with a boot disc.

You can't move system files with the windows GUI while you are booted into the o/s partition, neither can you move them on the System partition that way.

There is a bootable partition manager attached to this tutorial:

Dual Boot using free partitioning software - Vista Forums

If you post a screenshot of Disk Management we can advise how to proceed, like this:

Partition issues....HELP!!!-diskmanagement2009-02-04_031947.jpg

Also , do you need to keep your existing 7 installation, or would you be happy to reinstall after reorganising the partritions.

You don't have to reinstall, you can keep both installations by repartitioning and shifting - it's just a couple more steps are needed.

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08 May 2009   #5


I have tested Acronis DiskDirector Suite v.12 on several systems, Vista and XP, on IDE and SATA HD. It has always been able to adjust partitions as I needed... both ways, up or down...
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08 May 2009   #6

Vista / 7 RC 7100/Virtual XP

Whichever way is easiest, but it's no biggie if I have to reinstall;already did it twice already. Trying to get a screenshot of my disk management;how do I do that? I have a ScanDisk CruzerMicro 2GB USB Flash drive; noticed that in the disk management ,when it's plugged in it shows as a 1.88GB FAT healthy (Active primary partition). Can I use that to help me? I can show it to you, if you explain how to take a screenshot and post it on here....
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08 May 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Take a jpeg screenshot of the Disk Management window - use whatever screen capture tool you have, or the Snipping Tool.

Click the Go Advanced button at the bottom of this page , then follow Step 8 onward of this tutorial:

How to use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums

Hope it helps
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08 May 2009   #8

Vista / 7 RC 7100/Virtual XP

Ok, I'm downloading Paragon Partition Manager Express as I type (takes about an hour and some min) and I figured out the Snipping's the screenshot; any ideas on what I could do? I appreciate your help!!

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08 May 2009   #9

Win 7

WOW! the windows 7 setup let you install on a partition that small, that should not happen.
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08 May 2009   #10

Vista / 7 RC 7100/Virtual XP

Well it did and i've had no problems with it....WEIRD!!! I got it from the Microsoft site directly and used ISO Burner and burned it to a DVD+RW/4x 4.7GB 2hr disc, then created the partition and installed it; no probs at all...maybe there's some sort of compression involved here I really don't know....what's your take???
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