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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Extend

21 Oct 2011   #120
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eilhart View Post
Hi. I want to extend my D volume. I have shrank 20 gb from my C volume on which Windows 7 is installed. It is listed as unallocated space.

Now it looks like this;

C, unallocated space (20 gb), D

I have tried "method 2" from the tutorial but it gave an error. It said something like "virtual disk device doesn't have enough memory to perform this operation."

Then I tried two different software (Minitool Partition Wizard, both free home and professional demo, and Paragon Partition Manager 11 Free) extend D with aforementioned unallocated space. With Paragon I can't select the unallocated space when I try to resize D. Minitool can't merge because the volumes to be merged needs to be in NTFS format. In my case unallocated space isn't formatted. I can't format it in anyway since there are already 3 partitions and 1 extended partition in my HDD. D volume is part of the extended drive.

Is it even possible to add this unallocated space to D?

Btw, I'm doing this on my Windows 7 Home Premium netbook.
Hello Eilhart,

Could you post a screenshot of Disk Management showing all of your HDD's layout? This will give us a better understanding of what your options may be.

For now, it appears that you may need to delete D: to be able to have it merged with the unallocated space to the left of it since the unallocated space is not to the right of D: , then create a new partition with the merged unallocated space afterwards.


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21 Oct 2011   #121
eilhart

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

From left to right;

LG Smart On, C (Windows 7), 20 gb unallocated space, D, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Swap, LG recovery Console

If there is another way than deleting D volume, I could use it.


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21 Oct 2011   #122
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Eilhart,

With Ubuntu in the mix, I'm not sure how this may work if at all. However, you could try using either the "Bootable CD/DVD" or "Bootable USB flash drive" option with Partition Wizard to try and extend/move D: into the unallocated space.

If you get any type of message to convert to a dynamic disk during this, be sure to say NO.

Worst case, you most likely will not be able to, but you should still be able to extend C: back into the unallocated space to add it back to C: .
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21 Oct 2011   #123
eilhart

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thank you. I will add that space back to C. I'm not willing to explore more on this with bootable USB. I am going to install Windows 8 Developer Preview to get a feel of it. I will just shrink D for it I guess and free up some space there if need be.
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11 Nov 2011   #124
pootklopp

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
removing unallocated space

I have 10GB of unallocated space that I would like to use. Attached is a screen shot of my situation. I just installed windows 7 fresh from vista. I would also like to make new partition for a recovery image of 7. Could I just use the 10gb of unallocated space to do that? And while I am in here partitioning space and what not, would it be a good idea to partition space to do this? ---> Data Partition

I am new to this aspect of computers so suggestion would be great.


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11 Nov 2011   #125
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Pootklopp, and welcome to Seven Forums.

10GB would not be large enough to keep system image backups on since your Windows 7 partition is using much more than that space already.

If you like you could use the free Partition Wizard program to drag/move the C: partition into the 10GB unallocated space to add it back to the C: drive.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Nov 2011   #126
pootklopp

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

how do I do that, do I have to use the payed version? I am new to the all this and do not want to mess anything up haha
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11 Nov 2011   #127
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

After you download and install the free version at the link above, you would just run the program and drag the C: drive into the unallocated space.
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13 Nov 2011   #128
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pootklopp View Post
how do I do that, do I have to use the payed version? I am new to the all this and do not want to mess anything up haha
This Seven Forums tutorial: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD will help explain how to do this, look at Option Three: Shrink the Left Side of a Windows Partition.

It is the same procedure to shrink or extend. Just move the sliding boundary the other way.
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20 Nov 2011   #129
knightyyz

win 7 64bit
 
 

I must have screwed up. I originally made my c partition much to small. So i shrunk the other part of the same disk by 50gb so i could extend c into that unallocated space. I followed the instructions on the first page and now all the space is gone. It did not get added to the c drive or the original h drive. My 1TB drive only has 930gb space now.
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