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Windows 7: Re-Partition my HDD


12 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, 6.1 build (7600)
 
 
Re-Partition my HDD

Hello again fellow Windows 7 fans.

Il start by saying im trying to alter the allocation of space on my HD to partitions. My laptop has been partitioned in an annoying way from factory.

C:SYSTEM - 116GB
D:RECOVERY - 116GB
HIDDEN - 400MB

Right, im trying to reduce the D partition space to 20GB and move the space it frees up onto the C partition so becomes:

C:SYSTEM - 212GB
D:RECOVERY - 20GB
HIDDEN - 400MB

Obviously they are not exact figures etc but you get the idea, I wanna take space off'f D and add it to C! SIMPLE?!

I need free software to this, ive tried 1 or 2 recommended ones on here but some of them don't support 64bit systems. I downloaded a partition wizard recomended on here by lots of people and it took the space off the D drive no problem and set it seperate as unallocated space, one problem, the software had a "merge" function but weren't available in the free version.

Can anybody just tell me a free software package that will take space off D and merge it with C?

Thank you in advance

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12 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Paragon can do it. I've used it myself and it works.

Free license software - free backup, partition freeware & data recovery
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12 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, 6.1 build (7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Paragon can do it. I've used it myself and it works.

Free license software - free backup, partition freeware & data recovery

That's one of the ones I tried and it says 64Bit not supported in free version
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12 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Have you tried the built in Disk manager?

It should be able to accomplish what you want with no need to DL anything.
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12 Jun 2010   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Codie View Post
Hello again fellow Windows 7 fans.

Il start by saying im trying to alter the allocation of space on my HD to partitions. My laptop has been partitioned in an annoying way from factory.

C:SYSTEM - 116GB
D:RECOVERY - 116GB
HIDDEN - 400MB

Right, im trying to reduce the D partition space to 20GB and move the space it frees up onto the C partition so becomes:

C:SYSTEM - 212GB
D:RECOVERY - 20GB
HIDDEN - 400MB

Obviously they are not exact figures etc but you get the idea, I wanna take space off'f D and add it to C! SIMPLE?!

I need free software to this, ive tried 1 or 2 recommended ones on here but some of them don't support 64bit systems. I downloaded a partition wizard recomended on here by lots of people and it took the space off the D drive no problem and set it seperate as unallocated space, one problem, the software had a "merge" function but weren't available in the free version.

Can anybody just tell me a free software package that will take space off D and merge it with C?

Thank you in advance

Once it is removed from D:, you dont really want to create another partition. You just want to increase the size of C:

The problem with your concept however is that you wont have the space on D: to do more than one backup. NOT Good

Ken
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12 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, 6.1 build (7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Codie View Post
Hello again fellow Windows 7 fans.

Il start by saying im trying to alter the allocation of space on my HD to partitions. My laptop has been partitioned in an annoying way from factory.

C:SYSTEM - 116GB
D:RECOVERY - 116GB
HIDDEN - 400MB

Right, im trying to reduce the D partition space to 20GB and move the space it frees up onto the C partition so becomes:

C:SYSTEM - 212GB
D:RECOVERY - 20GB
HIDDEN - 400MB

Obviously they are not exact figures etc but you get the idea, I wanna take space off'f D and add it to C! SIMPLE?!

I need free software to this, ive tried 1 or 2 recommended ones on here but some of them don't support 64bit systems. I downloaded a partition wizard recomended on here by lots of people and it took the space off the D drive no problem and set it seperate as unallocated space, one problem, the software had a "merge" function but weren't available in the free version.

Can anybody just tell me a free software package that will take space off D and merge it with C?

Thank you in advance

Once it is removed from D:, you dont really want to create another partition. You just want to increase the size of C:

The problem with your concept however is that you wont have the space on D: to do more than one backup. NOT Good

Ken
Good point.........................

I have already backed up the system from new onto D and also backed it up to an encrypted external HDD, I might have 50GB on Recovery then, still wanna alter the partitions though cus im strting to run outta comfortable space on C.

Also, ive encrypted my external HDD with TrueCrypt and I was going to encrypt my C drive aswel and auto-mount it on boot and auto-dismount on stut down, Let me guess.... Bad idea?
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12 Jun 2010   #7

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

I use Partition Wizard BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

Read the following instructions to Move/Resize a partition. You do the D: first and then the C:

It supports Win 7 64bit.

Resize Partition for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 €“ Move/Resize Partition safely

You do not use Merge for this.

Jim
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12 Jun 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would delete D completely and then extend C with this (then unallocated) space. That can be easily done with Disk Management. For imaging I would then use a sufficiently large external disk. A 20GB partition does not really buy you anything in that context.
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12 Jun 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I second the recommendation of whs.

Please make a snapshot (you can use Windows 7 built-in Snipping Tool) of the output of DISK MANAGEMENT.

Please maximize the DISK MANAGEMENT display before making the "snip".

To run DISK MANAGEMENT,

WIN key | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER key

To maximize the display, use following: ALT + SPACEBAR combo | X key

the win key is the one with the funny looking wavy flag on it.

WIN | type SNIPPING TOOL | ENTER
will run the snipping tool.
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13 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The Recovery partition on the hdd is meant to restore the computer to the factory default state, should there be problems with the installed OS. Once you delete that partition or maybe even fiddle with it, that functionality will be lost. Make sure you have created and tucked away the Recovery DVDs before deleting that partition.

If that bridge has already been crossed, then make sure you image your system using an app like macrium. That way you can just restore the image whenever required without the need for tedious driver reinstalls or reactivation. WHS has a good tut on using macrium.
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