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Windows 7: How do i expand my c drive??????

14 Jul 2011   #61
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by piezoelectron View Post
ok i got it. should i backup my data, just in case?

That would be a good idea; first extend D: to include the unallocated space to its right so you will have enough to resize the left side of D: to create unallocated space there to extend C: into.


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14 Jul 2011   #62
piezoelectron

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Well, finally, the problem is solved, I guess:


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Just one more thing to be sure: As you can see, the 101 MB partition is labeled to be 'Unallocated' instead of the usual 'System Reserved'. Is this a problem? If yes, how do I convert it to a 'System Reserved' partition?


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14 Jul 2011   #63
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You cannot (re)create the System Reserved partition as things are now as you currently have 3 Primary partitions and that is the total number Primary partitions allowed by Windows, the Windows "System" boot files will only function from a Primary partition.

Though you could use the outline in Option Three of this tutorial to use Partition Wizard to convert the D: or the E: partition to an Extended partition/ Logical drive so the SysResv could be (re)created as a Primary partition, ; do not convert C: to an Extended / Logical because then Windows will not boot at all.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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14 Jul 2011   #64
piezoelectron

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
You cannot (re)create the System Reserved partition as things are now as you currently have 3 Primary partitions and that is the total number Primary partitions allowed by Windows, the Windows "System" boot files will only function from a Primary partition.

Though you could use the outline in Option Three of this tutorial to use Partition Wizard to convert the D: or the E: partition to an Extended partition/ Logical drive so the SysResv could be (re)created as a Primary partition, ; do not convert C: to an Extended / Logical because then Windows will not boot at all.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

ok, i got you, but now that we've come to it, tell me, would it be really worth it to have a SysResv partition? i mean, do i face any serious problem if i don't do so? or are there any special benefits of having a SysResv?
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14 Jul 2011   #65
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The main benefits are if you're using Windows 7 Ultimate and you use the Windows 7 Backup and Restore and BitLocker programs the SysResv is necessary and it adds a link in the F8 Safe Mode startup screen to the WinRE Recovery Console, but the decision is up to you whether you add the SysResv partition back.
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14 Jul 2011   #66
gregrocker

 

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What is on the D Backup partition, the Factory Recovery image? Does it still run? Have you made the Recovery Disks? How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

Even though D is 77% empty it may have greyed out Extend in Disk Mgmt because it contains the Factory Recovery Image. If you've made the disks and don't care about having Recovery remain on the HD, you can always delete it using Diskpart or free Partition Wizard bootable CD then extend C into D's space.

If you don't' use the Games on E you could also delete that to regain its space, assuming it's a factory-preinstalled Games partition and not your own Games storage.

If you have any questions, please post them back. If you want us to take a look at what's on D and E, unhide Hidden Files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View then post back a screenshot of the file contents.
what do u exactly mean by factory recovery image? is it an app(ie can i find it in the D: drive)? i'm ready to reduce both D: and E: drives by ~20GB each, to create the an unallocated volume.
Perhaps you should have waited for my answer as the Factory Recovery image is what is used to run Factory Recovery from boot. If that Backup partition came that way from factory then the 20gb on it was likely the Recovery image and it may not run now after you've shrunk it so much. This is why it is important to have made the Factory Recovery Disks first.

How exactly did you recover or reinstall Win7 earlier?

You can test it now by cueing up Factory Recovery by tapping the key given to run it from boot. If it won't run then you can delete it if you made the Recovery disks.

Of course if this is a partition you made yourself you could have just said so.
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14 Jul 2011   #67
piezoelectron

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by piezoelectron View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What is on the D Backup partition, the Factory Recovery image? Does it still run? Have you made the Recovery Disks? How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

Even though D is 77% empty it may have greyed out Extend in Disk Mgmt because it contains the Factory Recovery Image. If you've made the disks and don't care about having Recovery remain on the HD, you can always delete it using Diskpart or free Partition Wizard bootable CD then extend C into D's space.

If you don't' use the Games on E you could also delete that to regain its space, assuming it's a factory-preinstalled Games partition and not your own Games storage.

If you have any questions, please post them back. If you want us to take a look at what's on D and E, unhide Hidden Files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View then post back a screenshot of the file contents.
what do u exactly mean by factory recovery image? is it an app(ie can i find it in the D: drive)? i'm ready to reduce both D: and E: drives by ~20GB each, to create the an unallocated volume.
Perhaps you should have waited for my answer as the Factory Recovery image is what is used to run Factory Recovery from boot. If that Backup partition came that way from factory then the 20gb on it was likely the Recovery image and it may not run now after you've shrunk it so much. This is why it is important to have made the Factory Recovery Disks first.

How exactly did you recover or reinstall Win7 earlier?

You can test it now by cueing up Factory Recovery by tapping the key given to run it from boot. If it won't run then you can delete it if you made the Recovery disks.

Of course if this is a partition you made yourself you could have just said so.
no, i did restart it and it is working fine. does this image have any specific path?
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14 Jul 2011   #68
gregrocker

 

Please answer the questions asked so we can help you resolve this.

How did you recover Win7 as you stated you did? Did you run Factory Recovery or the Recovery Disks?

Are D and E partitions you created or did they come with the laptop, and if so were they rewritten by the REcovery you said you did?

You say you restarted and "it's" working fine in response to my suggestion to try cueing up factory recovery to see if it will run. How far did you get in the process?

Please post back a screenshot of the contents of D and E, if necessary after unhiding Hidden Files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.
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15 Jul 2011   #69
piezoelectron

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Please answer the questions asked so we can help you resolve this.

How did you recover Win7 as you stated you did? Did you run Factory Recovery or the Recovery Disks?

Are D and E partitions you created or did they come with the laptop, and if so were they rewritten by the REcovery you said you did?

You say you restarted and "it's" working fine in response to my suggestion to try cueing up factory recovery to see if it will run. How far did you get in the process?

Please post back a screenshot of the contents of D and E, if necessary after unhiding Hidden Files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.
i used a recovery disc which i downloaded from the web.

no, D was already there. so was E, but it was deleted by mistake and then recreated by me. i don't know whether they were rewritten. how do i figure that out?

"You say you restarted and "it's" working fine in response to my suggestion to try cueing up factory recovery to see if it will run. How far did you get in the process?"
no, i didn't run Factory Recovery(i don't have a factory recovery disc and recovered my comp as stated above). by 'it' i meant the D: drive.
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15 Jul 2011   #70
gregrocker

 

It sounds like you downloaded and used a Win7 Installation DVD to clean reinstall to C. This is not referred to as a Recovery Disk here. A Recovery Disk(s) is the disk set provided by the manufacturer or made off of the Recovery Partition after PC purchase which is used to Restore to factory condition along with all of the preinstalled junk which comes from the factory.

I was trying to help you figure out if the 20gb on D:Backup is the factory Recovery Partition, which is run from boot as the first choice method to Factory Recover - the Recovery disks should only be used for backup.

But if Factory Recovery will not run from boot as you say then you can delete the D and E partitions as desired to extend C, after backing up any data you have on them.

You can also use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Resize D from the left to make room to Extend C into it.
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