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Windows 7: Extend a partition ?

24 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Extend a partition ?


I want to extend a partition on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit system.

The HDD is at 150Gb. I have it at 2 partitions at the present.

I shrinked the second partition with 10Gb.

How do I extend the first partition C:\ with the 10G's from the second partition D:\

I have attched a view dump from the manage.


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24 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Windows native disk management will let you extend a partition only when there is unallocated space IMMEDIATELY to the right of that partition. That is not so in your case, so use partition wizard. Heres a tutorial.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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24 Oct 2010   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

Using Partition Wizard on the fly doesn't always work -- sometimes you'll get a message - insufficient memory -- and in any case if it DOES get hosed up you've lost data so ALWAYS backup FIRST -- and this is my EASY method.

EASY way but you need an external device to save data to or a second internal HDD.

1) create bootable media of "imaging backup software" I use Acronis

2) create bootable media of GPARTED or FREE PARTITION WIZARD -- your choicef Partition wizard -- you can download the Partition wizard .iso file and even make a bootable USB stick of it if you prefer.

3) backup entire disk as an image using something like acronis to an external HDD - use high compression.

4) boot GPARTED / Free partion wizard to re-partition your disk with the sizes you want.

5) boot the backup software media you made in step 1

6) restore partition images you made in step 3 but use the new sizes.

Ensure the C partition is set to ACTIVE unless you have the small system partition of 100MB which should be set to active -- if this partition exists then in step 4 you need to make 3 partitions.

7) boot new system -- if it DOES fail -- unlikely but it IS possible just boot the W7 recovery disk and it will fix any boot problems -- you migght have to re-boot 2 or 3 times.

I've done this LOADS of times without fail.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

Many thanks to both of you for valuable suggestions.
I will report back, when done the work
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