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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Extend

01 Nov 2012   #200

7 Ultimate

My old emachine is a ancient pice of history! How ever, due to years of upgrades (mother boards, case, processor, memory, fans, yada yada yada) I LOVE 7 ULTIMATE! It actually got me off of Linux (for the most part). The disk management tool in 7, it just Rocks! Simple, fast, EASY! What more could you ask for? so far to date for me, no data loss (at all), super fast and in a few clicks, DONE!

Peice I meant - must be time for a new keyboard?!?

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01 Nov 2012   #201

7 Ultimate
So smaller is better for the OS only?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I think you worry too much. I have 6 systems and none are over 30GB. If you want to reduce the size of the OS and data in C, you can do 3 easy steps:

1. You can delete the hiberfile because you most likely do not use hibernation. The command is

powercfg -h off

This will save you as much disk space as you have RAM.

2. You can reduce the pagefile to 1 or 2GB

3. Move all your user data to the big drive.

As far as updates are concerned, there is hardly any growth in the system because the updates usually only replace existing code.

Some growth can come if you often install and uninstall programs. Each program comes with a certain amount of .dlls and they stay in the system even after you uninstalled the program. That makes your winsxs folder grow. But it rarely goes over 10GB.

Before you move your OS, take the above points into consideration. Moving the OS is not a big deal but the 45GB of space on your C partition should be ample. Problem is that it will run slower from the big disk. If I were you I would leave things as they are and make the adjustments I suggested above.
So a smaller drive for the OS only is better? Thats GREAT INfo! I have my smallest drive with my OS on it, all othe drives carry files and external drives hold my software packs, pics, music, movies etc - and she runs like a top! Re - for the OS doesnt need to search a, lets say, 300 G drive just to run?
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23 Apr 2013   #202

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Allocating space vs. deleting a volume or partition

It is inaccurate or misleading to say you must delete a volume or partition as the first step in extending a volume. The point is you need to ensure that there is space allocated to extend into. It might be there already, in which case you don't have to do anything, you can get it by shrinking a volume, or you can get it by deleting a partition or volume (the most extreme case). To state that the most extreme case is an absolute requirement was very confusing to me and initially I thought I was going to have to do something very convoluted.

Please change the wording to make it more clear to others.

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23 Apr 2013   #203

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello uscholdm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

How's it look now?
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07 May 2013   #204

windows 7 35
volume extend

can anyone tell how the space of my Windows C disk can be increased because only 1 gb is left and then it will make problem . pleaase help
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07 May 2013   #205

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello amanhacker, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window. This way we will be able to see what we're working with.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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05 Sep 2013   #206

Windows 8.1 (x64)

not sure if anyone asked..
but i spent hours in Disk Management trying to extend my C Drive.
It was impossible because i have a D Drive right next to it.
The empty partition is next to D Drive.
Thus, C Drive could not use the empty partition.

I had to use Partition Manager.
- free
- easy
- got it done w/in 20 minutes
- no dos prompts

My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
it works for both architecture.

Visit their website here
- simply burn the ISO to CD
- then boot with it
- once inside.. you can use your mouse and extend regardless of where the empty partition is.
- click "Apply"
- w/in a few minutes.. you're done.
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07 Sep 2013   #207
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Good tip. Same can be done with Partition Wizard. But for manipulating the C partition, you also have to use the bootable CD version.
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04 Jan 2015   #208
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Okay I have been goofing around and ended up with this.
I have been using various tutorial with and without cmd prompt. Not having any luck. I need the C partition to extend to the left. Nothing seems to be working.

Partition or Volume - Extend-disk-managment.png

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04 Jan 2015   #209

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hey Jack,

Since the unallocated space is not immediately to the right of the C: partition, you won't be able to extend C: into it using Disk Management or command prompt.

Instead, you'll need to use a 3rd party disk management program like the free MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition.

Instructions: How to Move/Resize Partition | MiniTool Partition Wizard Tutorial
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