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Windows 7: Adding free space to existing drive?

23 Nov 2010   #1
eilhart

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Adding free space to existing drive?

Hi. I'm wondering if I add free space to one of my hard disk drivers would it delete all the data in it formatting it?

I have a free space of 50 gbs unformatted. I want to add this space to my F: drive using disk management through right click menu "extend partition" (right clicking to F: drive) though I'm not sure if all the stuff in F: drive would be deleted if I do that.

I'm using Win 7 Ulti 32bit. Btw, you have great forum. I've been using the forum for many of the tutorials on 7 stuff. Checked tutorials section before registering and posting this. I couldn't find a related question or tutorial in the forum.

Thanks in advance.


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23 Nov 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Eilhart, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Before we are able to give a proper answer, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window showing all of your drive's layout?
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23 Nov 2010   #3
eilhart

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Great! Instant answer

Adding free space to existing drive?-disk.jpg


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23 Nov 2010   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Eilhart,

Yes, but you will need to first delete the Free space partition one more time to make it unallocated space. Afterwards you will be able to extend F into the unallocated space. You will not lose anything on the F partition.

If for some reason you are asked to convert Disk 0 to a dynamic disk, do not do it. Doing so will make Windows 7 unbootable.
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23 Nov 2010   #5
eilhart

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well, it can't be deleted again as it's greyed out.
Adding free space to existing drive?-disk2.jpg
So, I created a new volume (H) and then tried to delete it twice to make it unallocated space but I could only delete it once again. Still green free space.

I also tried to delete it through elevated command prompt after creating the H volume again. Diskpart successfully deleted the volume (volume 6 in my case) but still green free space not unallocated space. I don't know what's wrong here


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23 Nov 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

See if using the free program Partition Manager Free Edition to see if it may be able to delete and extend F for you.
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23 Nov 2010   #7
eilhart

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It worked. The free space was shown as unallocated space in the program before I did anything though disk management still showed it as free space. I moved the slider and it was done in seconds and nothing deleted as much as I can see now. Thank you very much.
Adding free space to existing drive?-success.jpg


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23 Nov 2010   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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