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Windows 7: Hard drive won't shrink

24 Nov 2012   #1
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Hard drive won't shrink

Hi there,

I was hoping somebody could help me here! I have two WD scorpio blue 500GB hard drives in my laptop and both have ~150GB free. I wanted to shrink the C drive (it doesn't have any other partitions, just the main one). So it has a capacity of 465GB and 154GB free. So, I'd like to shrink it, however, the windows disk manager will only let me shrink it a very small amount. I have a screen print attached that will hopefully aid my poor explanation!

Anyway, I hope someone can help, all the best,

Music Guy

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24 Nov 2012   #2

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Did you defrag the disk first? You can't shrink more because:
  • Files are in the space you want to shrink
  • pagefile or hibernation file are there
  • MFT backup is there
Best way to do it, is:
Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online The home version is free!
Then resize the partition using partition wizard How to resize Partition for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 or Windows XP/7/Vista with partition magic manager software? Move/Resize Partition Help.
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24 Nov 2012   #3
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you ever so much! It appears to have worked! Thank you again, problem solved and rep given !
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