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Windows 7: Moving C: partition on the left. A possible workaround?

25 Jun 2018   #1
doc06

Windows 7 (32 and 64) / Windows 10 on a laptop
 
 
Moving C: partition on the left. A possible workaround?

Hi all,
I had two different versions of Win installed on my PC: a win32 (the oldest) and a win64. I decided to remove win32 because I don't need it anymore (as a final step, I changed graphic card and win32 is no more supported...).
So I followed really useful instructions of a tutorial found on this site, and now the situation is that I have my HD with three partitions:
- One system reserved (100Mbytes)
- One O: that contained win32 (500Gbytes)
- One C: with the win64 O.S. (430Gbytes), that is the Active&Boot partition

Now I'd like to expand C:, but it means that I should expand the partition to the left (very difficult to do in my understanding).
Is it possibile to proceed as follows?
1. Deallocate O: freeing space
2. Copy C: in the deallocated space
3. Mark the new partition as Active&Boot (e.g. using EasyBCD)
4. Deallocate the old C:
5. Expand the new C: on right

I ignore if this is feasible or not, even because I ignore the behaviour of the backup tools (AOMEI, Macrium, PartitionWizard or whatever...) regarding the labelling of the partitions (e.g. the result will be a new partition or the tool will refuse to copy the partition because a C: partition is already existing?).
Is there a different solution?
Thanks you all,
Francesco


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25 Jun 2018   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

It's very simple you move c to the left into free space were you deleted the 32 bit you can then simple expand c
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25 Jun 2018   #3
doc06

Windows 7 (32 and 64) / Windows 10 on a laptop
 
 

Thank you Samuria... I was afraid that the process was not possible or at least not so simple...
Can I use MiniTool Parition Wizard to do everything?
I'll free the partition and then drag on the left the existing partition. Then reboot and expand...
In any case I have a backup and a bootable USB key with AOMEI Backup Tools, hoping it is not necessary...
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25 Jun 2018   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

The wizard is the best tool you don't need to reboot you can do it all at once. Before you do it can you post a screenshot from disk management so I can see
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25 Jun 2018   #5
doc06

Windows 7 (32 and 64) / Windows 10 on a laptop
 
 

Hi Samuria,


I did it. The situation was the following one:
Moving C: partition on the left. A possible workaround?-hd.jpg


First I deleted the old partition with win32, then I moved the C: partition to left.
After the reboot, partition wizard completed the operation (about 2 hours) and now the situation is the following one.
Moving C: partition on the left. A possible workaround?-hd-after.jpg


Last step will be to resize the partition, expanding it to the unallocated space.
Solved, on a very simple way...
Thank you again,
Francesco


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