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Windows 7: HDD Partitioning query

03 Apr 2010   #11
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

tomween1,
excellent. You are almost there.

Right-click on the 'K" drive.
Choose Delete volume

Right-click on the space where the K was.
Select Delete Partition

right-click on your C drive area
choose Extend volume

Next your way out (in other words, take any defaults presented)


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04 Apr 2010   #12
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

I must be missing something: Microsoft's TechNet says that a system or boot partition cannot be extended.

Extend a Basic Volume
Extend a Simple or Spanned Volume
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04 Apr 2010   #13
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The reason for issues in adjusting windows system partitions, is often due to things such as the pagefile, hibernate file, and basic fragmentation - the built in disk manager is ultra conservative in this matter, and therefore will often state that the change is not possible.

It is however normally possible to perform these changes with third party solutions. For system partitions I always recommend a bootable disk option as you do not want to change the system that you are running from .

The partition wizard software mentioned above provides such a disk and will work on system partitions, although it does advise against it.

What I advise is that you back up, everything you cannot replace and have a windows install DVD handy, as even after a successful system partition change it may be required to perform a start-up repair.
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04 Apr 2010   #14
tomween1

Windows 7 Premium, SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
The reason for issues in adjusting windows system partitions, is often due to things such as the pagefile, hibernate file, and basic fragmentation - the built in disk manager is ultra conservative in this matter, and therefore will often state that the change is not possible.

It is however normally possible to perform these changes with third party solutions. For system partitions I always recommend a bootable disk option as you do not want to change the system that you are running from .

The partition wizard software mentioned above provides such a disk and will work on system partitions, although it does advise against it.

What I advise is that you back up, everything you cannot replace and have a windows install DVD handy, as even after a successful system partition change it may be required to perform a start-up repair.
Would I benefit from creating a digital image, rather, would this be the best way of protecting my existing Windows set up? Further, do you recommend a decent Dig Img software?

Thanks, Tom
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04 Apr 2010   #15
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

An image of the system would be a good failsafe solution, though you have to be sure that the image can be restored to the new configuration (changed partition). some older image software had issues with this type of thing.

I can personally recommend acronis products that I use myself but as these are commercial products you may prefer a free solution such as Macrium which is highly regarded by members here.

Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

I would probably do a separate data backup in addition to the system image as I like to be totally secure.
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04 Apr 2010   #16
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Free version of software is here ....

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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04 Apr 2010   #17
tomween1

Windows 7 Premium, SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
An image of the system would be a good failsafe solution, though you have to be sure that the image can be restored to the new configuration (changed partition). some older image software had issues with this type of thing.

I can personally recommend acronis products that I use myself but as these are commercial products you may prefer a free solution such as Macrium which is highly regarded by members here.

Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

I would probably do a separate data backup in addition to the system image as I like to be totally secure.
Thanks. Since my last post I have been looking into Imaging software. There is a lot of hype about Windows 7 version, is this one to stay away from?
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04 Apr 2010   #18
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Not sure what you mean by Windows 7 version, but if you are talking about the built-in disk management applet then I would say that it is a usable tool for basic tasks that do not involve system partitions, but 3rd party solutions are a lot more powerful and often more pleasant to use
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04 Apr 2010   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
I must be missing something: Microsoft's TechNet says that a system or boot partition cannot be extended.

Extend a Basic Volume
Extend a Simple or Spanned Volume

Been doing some testing in the shrink volume area lately.

Have shrunk, extended, restored all kinds of volumes in last two days. Null Problemo. True, one needs to know the ropes but they can be extended.
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04 Apr 2010   #20
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

hi Karl,

my experience with the built in software has been a little mixed - with non system partitions, no issues but with system partitions, sometimes it's fine, sometimes it's not. Because of this and the success I've had with other software I only tend to use the built in software for a quick check on systems without other options installed, and then fire up a boot disk to do the work
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