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Windows 7: Resize partition with unallocated space in the front

18 Nov 2010   #11
SIW2

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http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html

d/l the bootable iso separately from:

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly ...

Both are free.


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19 Nov 2010   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have used both CD boot and resident partition wizard mini tool (look the same). In attempting a large copy/move operation the resident version (with no other app running) failed. The boot CD version performing exactly the same task worked without a hitch.

This is the error using the resident version. Note that the Elements B2 component on the bottom right was part of unallocated. So the total unallocated was large enough for the task. I also have 4GB ram.
Conclusion: Maybe the OS loaded can affect some of the larger operations. The boot CD may be preferable.


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20 Nov 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

This is because it has to remember the full size of the partition to do the copy/move. Not a prob using boot CD.

This is why we always recommend free Partition Wizard CD.
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20 Nov 2010   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is because it has to remember the full size of the partition to do the copy/move. Not a prob using boot CD.

This is why we always recommend free Partition Wizard CD.
Not sure I know what you mean, can you elaborate?
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20 Nov 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

If you choose Move using PW in Windows it has to commit the entire partition to memory to move it, frequently resulting in that error since there is not enough memory to spare.

At least this is what I remember from when I googled the error the first time I got it, which was about the last time I used PW from Windows.

There are multiple other reasons to use PW CD instead of the installed version.
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20 Nov 2010   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you choose Move using PW in Windows it has to commit the entire partition to memory to move it, frequently resulting in that error since there is not enough memory to spare.

At least this is what I remember from when I googled the error the first time I got it, which was about the last time I used PW from Windows.

There are multiple other reasons to use PW CD instead of the installed version.
If this was the case it could only move small partitions. I expect it to use RAM as buffering and fill the unallocated which is what it did using the boot CD version.
In principle, working on an external HDD, the move/copy should work using both the resident and boot CD.

For some jobs the resident version would be more convenient. This is the second problem I've had with the resident version so:
Use the Partition Wizard Bootable CD.
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