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Windows 7: Shrinking C: Volume Problem

12 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
Shrinking C: Volume Problem

All right so I was doing the tutorial thing for dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows XP.
Partition or Volume - Shrink

I was shrinking the volume (500gigs or so in use, 400 available, shrinking that 400), and had a program running. Well the program had an error and froze my computer so I had to restart. When I went back to shrink it said I have 0 free space to shrink (I was 3/4 done with shrinking). I ran defragmentor and recovered 8 gigs of it, still not what I had before. I then ran chkdsk c: /r ; so I could see if that fixed it. Nope, I now have 6 gigs of space for shrinking...

I attached a screen shot of the problem, I sincerely hope that you can help me with this. I don't want to believe I managed to screw up Windows 7 by having a program running... the tutorial (not to place blame) didn't tell me other things should not be running.

Odd thing is I have 524 gigs of space allocated to C: and 406 gigs unallocated... doesn't seem to believe me when I want to shrink... Attached is also my DxDiag.


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Might be an idea to defrag the partition before splitting it in case file fragments are all over the place.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7

What are you talking about? I did defrag it first and after.

The problem here is I crashed and froze during the shrink and had to reboot, and when the computer turned back on, I had lost all free space.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Try Auslogic ( How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Vista - Visualizing Drive Space and Preparing the Drive for Shrinking ). It will also be able to visualize your disk. It is possible that your MFT was moved to the end not leaving any free space.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7

I used auslogic but never noticed it fixed it in the way that I have unallocated room. Whoops, sorry to bring this forward. My dad confirmed that I don't need to shrink at all.

Thanks for all the help!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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