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Windows 7: Windows 7 Partitioning Limitations

21 Jun 2019   #11
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I think I will look at this later and try to follow it.
Can't shrink a volume with lot's of empty space


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21 Jun 2019   #12
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You know what to do. The instructions were posted earlier. 3rd party partition programs, such as Aomei Partition Assistant will move the files. It has be done from outside of windows, e.g. boot media.

An alternative is to make an image using a 3rd party program, e.g. Aomei backupper ( free version will do the job), or macrium, or O&O or Diskgenius, and several others. Then use boot media to delete the existing windows partition, which then becomes unallocated space. Create a smaller partition from that space. Restore the image to the smaller partition.

Partitioning and Imaging programs will make their own boot media.
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21 Jun 2019   #13
SIW2

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On reflection, you are probably best advised to use the imaging method.

That means if something goes horribly wrong several months down the line, e.g. hard drive failure - you have that image to go back to. Most likely, once you have got the hang of it, you will have made images since - which is even better.

Windows has a built in imaging function, which is pretty clever, but not very flexible. Not really suitable for what you want to do.
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21 Jun 2019   #14
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

#6 I already said that I would do this. What I want to know now is why did this happen? Everything else I got handled. I don't like the fact that there is now 5.88GB in the middle of that drive. I know this happens but had never seen it on one of my own drives till now.
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21 Jun 2019   #15
SIW2

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Shadow copies, possibly. You can delete them. See if that helps.

vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all
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21 Jun 2019   #16
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Done, I can't be bothered with making things perfect this time around, the partitioning is done.

Luckily this is not my Main pc and will be torching it at some point if it gets messed up. That being said, I just installed Windows 7 and didn't want to reinstall again right now. I'll beat it up for a while and see what happens. I will be using it for Linux also and copying customer files, which are sometimes questionable. It will be Imaged also, but you know how it goes, I may get lazy and forget to image.
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21 Jun 2019   #17
SIW2

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Quote:
Done, I can't be bothered with making things perfect this time around, the partitioning is done.
What did you use to do it?
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21 Jun 2019   #18
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

MiniTool

Before using MiniTool I deleted Shadow Copy Files via "Disk Cleanup" then after using minitool I don't see the Unmovable Files anymore from Disk Defrag.
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