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Windows 7: Windows 7 Partitioning Limitations

3 Weeks Ago   #1
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 Partitioning Limitations

I was just trying to reduce the size of my C Drive and was not able to reduce it lower than 251558 MB out of 476838 MB? I was quite sure I had done this a few times before so what gives? I'm using the inbuilt Disk Management which I've also used before, but maybe not in this same way.

I was trying to bring it down to about 150GB and use the other space for a Linux Install. Again, computers make me feel so stupid.

Operating System
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz 30 C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 051FJ8 (CPU 1) 28 C
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DELL U2412M ([email protected])
Intel Microsoft Basic Display Adapter (Dell)
WD Black 2.5 500GB Laptop Drive




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3 Weeks Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

The answer lies in the message: the volume cannot be shrunk further where there are unmovable files present.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can try a 3rd party defrag - sometimes they can help.

Certain way is to use 3rd party partition manager - Aomei standard version will probably do. Pretty sure there is also Aomei partititon assistant Pro version giveaway atm.

How to Resize Partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant?

giveaway

Free Partition Manager Software - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

Free edition is included in this boot media:

17514x86.iso
17514x64-v11.iso
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

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3 Weeks Ago   #5
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
The answer lies in the message: the volume cannot be shrunk further where there are unmovable files present.
That would be true if there were less available free space. There is clearly 423.73 Free Space out of 465.66, so I should be able to do this no problem.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I will use a third party tool if needed.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nasty7 View Post
That would be true if there were less available free space. There is clearly 423.73 Free Space out of 465.66, so I should be able to do this no problem.
Windows does not know how to move unmovable files when you have free space, which is why I posted the links above
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I understand johnhoh. I decided to do a Disk Cleanup and a Defrag to see if that would help. I wish I would have done a Drive Format before I did a Reinstall. I used a Drive that had Linux on it and don't know if that would matter or not. Maybe some of you can tell by looking at the Defrag Report.

Under File Name at the bottom Left, can any of you tell me if this is a Linux File, though it does say "System Volume Information" to the Right, I wouldn't know if that matters.

I guess I can just move forward with the Third Party tools to Re-Partition, do you guys think this will break anything, and is this somewhat Normal, have you guys seen this before?

I also wonder if I can, or should, make these pics smaller, or don't it matter?


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3 Weeks Ago   #9
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

I don't think that a defrag will help because if windows thinks that it can't move a critical file, it won't. Since they integrated resizing starting with Vista there has always been that limitation. Third party programs don't have that limitation because they perform all the work when windows isn't running. I've used Eausus. Free partition manager software to resize partitions - EaseUS(R) Partition Master Free
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That is what I'm going to do, I just want to know if I did something wrong that causes this? I normally don't wipe a drive until Install, then Delete all partitions and make sure the drive is ALL UNALLOCATED before moving forward.
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