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Windows 7: Shrink Large Partition

13 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32 bit
Shrink Large Partition

Goal is to set-up dual booting (choice of) OS systems on anaging Gateway laptop utilizing W7 and Linux Kubuntu 15.04. Was followinginstructions found at got to point in “disk management” where objective is to “shrink” thelaptop’s “Disk zero Basic 111.79 GB Online – (C 78.87 GB NTFS Healthy(System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)” attended by32.92 GB of “Free Space” in order to make room to add a “10 GB Raw Healthy(Primary Partition)” intended for Kubuntu use.Problems are: 1) 78.87 GB seems like an unreasonable amount of hard diskspace for the W7 OS, and 2) the shrink volume option reports that the 78.87 GBcan only be shrunk by 7733 MB which is way less than the 10 GB required forKubuntu.How might I proceed, orhopefully pare-down the 78.87 GB primary partition?

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13 Jul 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Partition Wizard is a free tool that is better at the job than Windows Disk Management. Download it and see what you can do.

Windows 7 by itself, fully updated, with no programs installed, might take up 20 to 25 GB.
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13 Jul 2015   #3


The Partition Wizard Extend function can transfer space between partitions whether they are adjacent or not. See How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

Use the boot disk to be safest.
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14 Jul 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32 bit

Ignatzatsonic and Gregrocker,

Thanks for responding. Partition Wizard was able to resize my primary partition by half. So I should be ready to carry-on from here. Much obliged for your help.
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14 Jul 2015   #5


Again, you can transfer as much free space as you want between partitions using the PW Extend function, whether the partitions are adjacent or not. This is an easy way to move space around.
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