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Windows 7: Can't extend my W7 Partition(I Looked at the tutorial)

18 Aug 2009   #21
saiarcot895

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gheeD View Post
Thanks, i allmost got it to work :/

First, succesfully backed up the D:, then i moved it next to C, now i could Resize E:. So, i selected move/resize, selected all the unallocated space, then hitted apply, but it said that programs on E: is currently in use, close them or reboot computer and let wizard finish resizing. I selected reboot, but when it started loading partition wizard, it loaded it succesfully, but somekind of light blue screen flashes, and then it continues loading windows. Argh. It didn't do anything, still unresized. Now, i first closed all programs that were on E: partition from task manager (i looked up every one of the programs folder), but still it said same error message.

What now?

Regards, gheeD.
Since you are modifying all three partitions, you have to restart it and run it in boot-time mode.

As for the light-blue screen, that might be a BSOD, although I don't know if you can get a BSOD at boot-time.


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19 Aug 2009   #22
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gheeD View Post
Ill post a pic of what it says: Sry for late reply.

I havent tried running partition wizard on D: partition yet, gonna do that tomorrow.
I can see this one but, the small window is covering most of the hard drive information.
But, Looks like there is nothing left to do!

The first 1.00 MB of unallocated space is so small I wouldn't even worry about it. If it's really buggin you expand your first 100 MB partition into the 1 MB unallocated space.

What's the first partition (100 MB)? Diagnostics?

From what I can see from this partially viewable attachment and info you've posted in this thread, I will write what I think you have on your Hard Drive 1:

1.00 MB Unallocated space, this is not being used by anything, it's too small to worry about.

100 MB Hidden partition, likely Diagnostics.

C: Win 7, 50 GB total, 9.32 GB free space (9.32 GB free space in C: drive just not used yet) I wouldn't make this any smaller or you'll start having OS problems.

D: XP, 49 GB total, 2.85 GB free space (2.85 GB free space in D: drive just not used yet) I wouldn't make this any smaller or you'll start having OS problems. It already has a small amount of free space.

E: Games, 368 GB total, 194 GB free space (194 GB free space in E: drive just not used yet)

There is no 180 GB of "Unallocated" space. "Free" space is un-used space in the partition.

In the 'Partition Wizard' attachment, the outline in pink is the total partition (or Drive), the yellow shaded area is the part of the partition that is being used (OS, Programs, Files and Folders), the white shaded part is that partitions "Free" space, not being used at this time, 'available for use'.

From what I can see of your first attachment (it's very small and when I click on it I can only see the header, no information) the "unallocated" space has been moved to the E: drive.

So, looks like your good to go!

If you have any other questions or want to try something else on you Disk1, just reply to this thread.

Glad you got it set the way you wanted it.

Dave
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19 Aug 2009   #23
gheeD

Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

That screen might be confusing. Partition wizard shows what the hard drive looks like after partition, so actually 186gb of that 190gb is unallocated space, that i am trying to apply, as the screen shows. the 100mb was somesort of Win 7 recovery etc. space, that it had to make when installing windows (dunno why, but it asked to do so, i didn't deny)

Heres another pic, after loading partition wizard up, no changes made. Gonna try starting Partition wizard from D: now.

Edit: Installing Partition wizard on D: didnt help. Same error.


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20 Aug 2009   #24
Dave76

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gheeD View Post
That screen might be confusing. Partition wizard shows what the hard drive looks like after partition, so actually 186gb of that 190gb is unallocated space, that i am trying to apply, as the screen shows. the 100mb was somesort of Win 7 recovery etc. space, that it had to make when installing windows (dunno why, but it asked to do so, i didn't deny)

Heres another pic, after loading partition wizard up, no changes made. Gonna try starting Partition wizard from D: now.

Edit: Installing Partition wizard on D: didnt help. Same error.
Try it from D: drive. Looks like what you setup in the previous screen shot should have worked. If your doing multiple partition changes try an extra re-boot after each change, make sure it's not doing anything, be patient wait for 5-10 minutes after re-boot to ensure it's not actually completing the requested partition changes.
Drag E: drive left into the unallocated space, or use the adjustment boxes, be sure all programs are closed then click 'apply', wait untill the window appears and select 'close programs and re-start'. If it seems to hang ot not be doing anything, wait for 5-10 minutes, just to be sure.

Let me know if it works or doesen't.

Dave
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20 Aug 2009   #25
gheeD

Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Wierd. It worked now! I dunno why last time it didnt work when i tried on D:. But, thanks for your advice and support, i couldn't have done it without you. I actually didnt even have to reboot for it to do the resize, now it just started working after pressing apply, without giving error message about the E: being in use. Well, i finally got it to work, so no more problems.

Thanks, Gheed.
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21 Aug 2009   #26
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gheeD View Post
Wierd. It worked now! I dunno why last time it didnt work when i tried on D:. But, thanks for your advice and support, i couldn't have done it without you. I actually didnt even have to reboot for it to do the resize, now it just started working after pressing apply, without giving error message about the E: being in use. Well, i finally got it to work, so no more problems.

Thanks, Gheed.
Your welcome,
Glad you got everything the way you wanted it!

Dave
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09 Sep 2009   #27
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

I was having almost the exact same problem above, but with the heads up about partition wizard and all the people here it's now exactly how I wanted it. just wanted to let you know you're helping someone else, Thanks to ALL of you. derekimo
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09 Sep 2009   #28
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eurosport360 View Post
Hello to all,
So I have 30Gigs on my W7 Partition, which was fine for a while, but I want to use W7 more extensively now so I wanted to extend my partition. I have looked at the tutorial posted in the tutorials, and its as simple as right-clicking the partition and clicking 'Extend Volume'. Well the problem is that no matter what I try, this option is always grayed out. Whenever I right-click any of my partitions, all of the options are available except for 'Extend Volume'. Am I missing a step here, or am I not doing something right?

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Thanks
I use Acronis Disk Suite. It works PERFECT in Win 7 x86. I do not use x64.
but with Acronis you can move extend, shrink any partition that has a Name / letter attached.
Acronis also have a very well written tutorial attached.
I use all the time and never a problem never an ERROR.
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09 Sep 2009   #29
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

I agree with snuffy. I always use it as well
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10 Sep 2009   #30
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
The initial problem was that you had no unallocated space in that drive to extend your partition into, that's why it was greyed out.
You would have needed to consolidate any free space in one of the adjoining partitions and then "Shrink" that partition to get space to extend your Win7 partition into. You can't get unused space from formatted partitions for extending another partition using the Windows tools...you have to have some available (unallocated) first.

Sorry about your probs with Paragon...I am kinda cautious about Paragon too after an issue I had with it in Vista.
I have Paragon Partition Pro 10 here and it will not let me move free space to the other side of an active partitition. I use Easeus Partition Manager for that, although you do need to be prepared to lose your data if it involves moving an OS at all.

Just the other night, I shrank my C: XP partition then tried to move the free space to the right of the D: Win7 partition to make an E: Recovery Image partition. In the process of doing this I lost my boot, even though XP holds the boot and wasn't moved at all. I ran Startup Repair off my Win7 disk but it still wouldn't start, so I used the old fallback command line bootrec.exe /fixmbr and then /fixboot which saved the day. Now I just leave the Recovery Image partition in the middle (why not?)...
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