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Windows 7: Please help with disk management - can't delete 14GB free space


18 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Please help with disk management - can't delete 14GB free space

Here's my issue. I had three partitions, but I turned one of them into "free space" to be merged into my "C" disk.

So in the picture, it would be the 129.84 GB plus the 14.33 GB partitions. The 4.89 GB is for Ubuntu.



However, when I go right click on the free space and select "delete partition", it gives me the error:

There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.

What does it mean?? Please help.


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18 Jan 2011   #2

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You can't merge the right 14GB back to C with the 4GB in the middle.
C can't be split in two partitions.

You can put the 14 and 4 together.

If Ubuntu isn't installed yet you can remerge everything then split off a partition for Ubuntu by itself on the right end.

Mike

1- Partition or Volume - Delete

2- Partition or Volume - Extend
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This would be simplest I think.
You can also shrink the 14GB to 5GB. This will put the 5 on the right and make the middle 14GB.
Partition or Volume - Shrink

Then add the middle back to "C".
Extend the C to include the 14GB.
Partition or Volume - Extend
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18 Jan 2011   #3

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Joules

You can't merge seperated partitions.

The partitions have to be next to each other in Disk Management to be merged.

Mike
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18 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

the problem is...I can't even change the "free space" that is green into "unallocated space" which is black. (key on the bottom left)

so why does shrinking the 14 make the ubuntu partition (4GB) go to the right? yes ubuntu is already installed, and I'm duel-booting. I can't delete the 4 cause then I will delete the GRUB too.
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18 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Right-click menu:
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/6113/48211749.png

After creating a new volume, then shrinking from 14G to 5G
http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/2741/13941627.png

My goal is just to combine the 14G with my main 129 GB.
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18 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

The second partition has Ubuntu on it plus GRUB. We're getting off topic here.

I just want to delete the last partition, the 14 GB free space, so that it becomes an "unallocated space".

Then, I should be able to merge that with my main 129 GB partition.

What I want:
1. My main 129 + the 14 GB free space together
2. A 4 GB partition for Ubuntu + GRUB

I DON'T want to delete ubuntu on the second partition.

As for Partition Wizard, I got the premium version but still was not able to merge the 14GB partition with my 129 GB partition.

image attached:

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/6...ionwizardi.png

Do I need a CD version instead? Will that work?
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18 Jan 2011   #7

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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"Merge" all the unallocated space. Then recreate the 4gb partition for Ubuntu.

Or Move the 4gb partition to the right of the Unallocated space, then "merge".

EDIT - sorry - got interrupted mid-post.

I have put "merge" in brackets , because although you will in fact be merging in the English sense, the Partition Wizard Merge function applies only to two partitions that are side by side.

To "merge" or Incorporate Unallocated space, use the Partition Wizard Move/Resize function. That is for incorporating unallocated space into the partition next to it.

If you move the 4.8 gb to the right of the unallocated space , then all unallocated space will be on the left of the 4.8gb and can be incorporated with the Move /Resize function.

If you move two areas of unallocated space so they are next to each - it will show as one single larger unallocated space.


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18 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

SIW2, thanks for your post. So how do I move the 4.8 over to the right of the unallocated space?

Right now, the Move/Resize isn't working for the 129 GB, probably because it's not adjacent to the 4.8. darn

So how do I move it? Will i have to delete my 4.8 partition (one with ubuntu/GRUB on it)
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18 Jan 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Rt click the 4.8gb, select Move/Resize.

In the next window , use the mouse to grab the 4.8 in the centre and drag it all the way right.

Click OK. Click Apply.

Might take a couple of mins as it moves all the data on the 4.8 over to the right.
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