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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Shrink


22 Jan 2009   #179
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Partition or Volume - Shrink

How to Shrink a Partition or Volume in Windows 7

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08 Feb 2013   #180
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Pragnesh,

Sometimes it may take few moments for the DISKPART prompt to appear.

Especially if you have Windows set to turn off idle hard drives while it waits for them to spin back up first.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

EDIT: Great news.


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08 Feb 2013   #181
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Thanks.

By the way, would you recommend me shrinking and then partitioning my hard drive via Windows or should I do it while installing Ubuntu and the one it provides for partitioning. I already have Windows 7 installed and I am trying to dual boot it with Ubuntu.
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08 Feb 2013   #182
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm afraid that I'll be of no help with Ubuntu, but you might great a new thread in the Installation & Setup forum area for this to see what we can do to help.
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19 Apr 2013   #183
TheNothingNZ

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Shrinking C:

Hey I have just finished building my PC and am wanting to create a partition to install my game files etc onto. I've never done partitioning before but the plan is to have my operating system on one partition say 50GB and the remaining as a Data drive for installing my games. Is this the right Idea? and is it safe to shrink a volume that contains System files? I find the help file in computer management difficult to understand.

I've attached a screenshot of what I see in disk management below. I've noticed I don't have the system reserved partition of 100mb that everybody else seems to have. is it ok to just go ahead and shrink the C: drive despite this?


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19 Apr 2013   #184
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Yes, its perfectly OK. You can go head and shrink the C: without any trouble.

Regards,
Golden
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19 Apr 2013   #185
TheNothingNZ

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Cool thanks. And what size roughly do you think I should keep for that C drive?
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20 Apr 2013   #186
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello TheNothingNZ, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It depends on how much you plan on installing and saving to it, but the more the better since this is your OS partition.
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01 Apr 2014   #187
elvinkoay

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hi Guys,

I did a shrink volume on my external 3tb HDD yesterday.
Here are the details...
Shrinked 1tb of space
Now i have 3 spaces in diskmgmt,
I: (1.92TB)
Unallocated (252gig): I named this, so it is called E: now.
Unallocated (756gig)

So my question is, i have been trying to extend E: to use up the 756gig, so that i will have 2 partitions of 1.92tb and 1tb. But the option to extend in E: is greyed out.

Can anyone advice me where did i go wrong?
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01 Apr 2014   #188
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Elvin, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go and post a screenshot showing this in your Disk Management before we continue so we can be accurate.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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01 Apr 2014   #189
elvinkoay

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks Brink.

I am not at that computer right now, but i illustrated how it looks like.

The Extend Option on E: is greyed out.


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