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Windows 7: unable to reduce size of partition

22 Jul 2010   #1

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unable to reduce size of partition

I am unable to reduce the size of my OS(C) partition to desired size. I've written my recovery disks in case of any problems.

The Shrink C box shows available shrink size is 0. I understand this is because there are unmovable files in the way. One post I saw said to disable system recovery. This is a brand new machine that I want to make dual boot Windows and linux. Want only about 80GB for Windows and 300 for linux. I also saw where someone suggested to use ghost program, then wipe C drive clean and reinstall Windows OS on smaller partition. Sounds drastic.

TIA.

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22 Jul 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rawlins02 View Post
I am unable to reduce the size of my OS(C) partition to desired size. I've written my recovery disks in case of any problems.

The Shrink C box shows available shrink size is 0. I understand this is because there are unmovable files in the way. One post I saw said to disable system recovery. This is a brand new machine that I want to make dual boot Windows and linux. Want only about 80GB for Windows and 300 for linux. I also saw where someone suggested to use ghost program, then wipe C drive clean and reinstall Windows OS on smaller partition. Sounds drastic.

TIA.
This is easily done with a third party app like parigon disk suite.


Ken
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22 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I just tried Partition Wizard. Set it to reduce the size of C, expand a new partition, and delete the recovery partition. After it did its thing, it no longer booted. I'm now using recovery disks to reinstall to factory settings. Probably need a solid, foolproof "how-to" to get this done correctly.
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23 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 
deleting recovery partition on Windows 7

I've been able to resize the main C partition and have a linux OS installed in dual boot. Now would like to delete my recovery partition and add that space to the main Windows partition before going further. As I mentioned I have written my disks. Wondering if I should attempt to delete it using the linux gparted tool. Prefer not to have to purchase software. Was unable to delete Recovery partition using the disk management tool, which was not unexpected.
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23 Jul 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Not sure why Partition Wizard did not complete, but it cannot fail if you didn't turn off Data Safe. It simply restarts and tries again until you interrupt it at prompt and then it should start to Windows 7. Did you use CD version?

Post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, tell us what is where and exactly what you want to do and we will give you the steps. Use SNipping Tool in Start Menu.
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23 Jul 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rawlins02 View Post
I am unable to reduce the size of my OS(C) partition to desired size. I've written my recovery disks in case of any problems.

The Shrink C box shows available shrink size is 0. I understand this is because there are unmovable files in the way. One post I saw said to disable system recovery. This is a brand new machine that I want to make dual boot Windows and linux. Want only about 80GB for Windows and 300 for linux. I also saw where someone suggested to use ghost program, then wipe C drive clean and reinstall Windows OS on smaller partition. Sounds drastic.

TIA.
Please make a snapshop using the Snipping Tool of the output of DISKMGMT.MSC

Attach that snapshot to your next post.

Also run DISK CLEANUP

Run CCLEANER.

Set the page file to 0

At a command prompt, run
POWERCFG -H OFF

Run Defraggler.

Now try to shrink the partition.

Defraggler - File and Disk Defragmentation - Free Download

CCleaner
CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

Free. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC.
Removes unused files, can clean traces of your online activities, contains a registry cleaner.


Run DeFraggler.
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