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Windows 7: ** Partitioning in Windows 7 - Help needed urgently **

19 Nov 2009   #11
gladiator

Windows 7
 
 

@SIW2,

yeah i am gonna try it, i'll let u know when i am done.

Thanks


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19 Nov 2009   #12
pat247

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have used the "shrink partitian" feature in disk management, in both Vista and Win 7, on a 500 GB drive with about 25 GB of data. Both times that I have used this built-in feature it was easy and did not cause any problems. When I did this last week in Win 7, I actually did a double shrink, the first cut the drive in half, then I decided to make it smaller so I cut another 100 GB. I then made a new simple volume of the unallocated space that remained. When I made the new simple volume I could have set it to whatever size I wanted so I can only assume that I could have set up multiple partitions. I think this feature work as well as third party apps that were needed in the past so you might want to give it a try before spending any cash.
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19 Nov 2009   #13
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pat247 View Post
I have used the "shrink partitian" feature in disk management, in both Vista and Win 7, on a 500 GB drive with about 25 GB of data. Both times that I have used this built-in feature it was easy and did not cause any problems. When I did this last week in Win 7, I actually did a double shrink, the first cut the drive in half, then I decided to make it smaller so I cut another 100 GB. I then made a new simple volume of the unallocated space that remained. When I made the new simple volume I could have set it to whatever size I wanted so I can only assume that I could have set up multiple partitions. I think this feature work as well as third party apps that were needed in the past so you might want to give it a try before spending any cash.
I agree totally that the built in facility is adequate for basic re-partitioning tasks - where 3rd party solutions are needed is the occasions when you need to do more that basic tasks. Also these 3rd party apps need not cost anything other than the time to download and learn how to use them

The built in app cannot for example move partitions or recover space at the front of a drive - and of course windows has to be running to use the app - this is sometimes not an option
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19 Nov 2009   #14
pat247

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nigel, I totally agree with what you say, third party apps are necessary if you need to get down and dirty and go beyond the basics. I`m sure the built in feature is very limited but a welcome feature non the less.
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19 Nov 2009   #15
Johnson

XP Pro and Windows7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tbernstein View Post
You can use the built in disc manager, but it has limitations. In particular, when you try to shrink an existing partition it won't always let you.
The reason that happens sometimes is because the built in manager doesn't copy and move data that it encounters, so it will stop if the data sits beyond the smaller size specified for the partition.

Defrag before attempting shrinkage.

Using third party managers such as Partitiion Wizard (free) copy and move data within the new size limit.
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19 Nov 2009   #16
gregrocker

 

When I have shrinking problems, I use free Auslogics Disk Defragger to see a map of the defragging. Where it shows a system file way off on the far right side of the partition, sometimes there is only one way to move it:

Download Perfect Disk 2k trial, right-click on your drive, choose offline defragmentation and choose the system files you want to shift.

Here is the tutorial where I learned about this. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...uacy-problems/ Note comments raving about PerfectDisk option.
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20 Nov 2009   #17
gladiator

Windows 7
 
 

@SIW2,

It perfectly worked. I successfully shrinked the drive to 100gb. Thanks for ur advice.

Cheers,
TSG
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21 Nov 2009   #18
tbernstein

 
 

The thing about the built in software is that it's probably best to keep the first partition as large as possible - you can always reallocate later.

This is because, if you have 2 or more partitions and you want to shrink the second or subsequent partition and then use the space to grow an adjacent one, it will only let you expand if there is space on the left of the next partition. But when you use the shrink option it seems only to create space on the right hand (i.e the wrong ) side of the shrunk partition.
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