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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Extend

18 Aug 2012   #190
Win7Kid

Windows 7 64
 
 
A little Different Not Sure

In Disk 0 I have a Healthy recovery partition which I do not want to touch. I suspect that is my factory restore partition. I'm not sure what System Reserved is? What I need to do is increase the size of Gateway C.

I suspect I wll need to take space from Disk 1 Data D. I'm just not sure how. I need C to be a bit larger then 45b closer to 300. Screen added.




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18 Aug 2012   #191
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no way to extend C. The whole Disk0 is only about 60GB. If you need such a large C partition (I really wonder why), you have to install the OS on Disk1.

Btw. Do not touch the System Reserved partition. That contains your bootmgr. If you corrupt it, your system will not boot any more.
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18 Aug 2012   #192
Win7Kid

Windows 7 64
 
 

Thank you WHS....Why can't you increase it out of curiosity, to maybe even 100G? I have an application issue, that's why I'm looking for some support.

The application is called Pro Tools SE. During the install it wants to write to C only (there is no way to pick a directory) and at 7 gigs in size, it is taking up more of C then I want.

Why is it so "strict" on this option? Is there another solution like having C and D link with the use of changing drive letter paths?
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18 Aug 2012   #193
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
....Why can't you increase it out of curiosity, to maybe even 100G
Look at your disk0 in Disk Management. The whole thing has less than 60GB. How are you going to fit 100GB onto it? Try to put 3 gallons of water into a 1 gallon jug.
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18 Aug 2012   #194
Win7Kid

Windows 7 64
 
 

I understand the current limitation of Drive 0, so there is no way to increase Disk 0 as a whole. I wonder Gateways recovery is done this way. Thank you for the response. I'm sorry, just a little frustrated.

Thank you.
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18 Aug 2012   #195
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have 2 possible options:

1. Create a big partition on your Disk1 (where you have plenty of space) and transfer the OS to that.

2. Buy a larger disk to replace the Disk0 and transfer the OS to that new disk.

If you want to persue one of those options, post back and we'll help you with the OS transfer.
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18 Aug 2012   #196
Win7Kid

Windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You have 2 possible options:

1. Create a big partition on your Disk1 (where you have plenty of space) and transfer the OS to that.

2. Buy a larger disk to replace the Disk0 and transfer the OS to that new disk.

If you want to persue one of those options, post back and we'll help you with the OS transfer.

This is a fresh factory restore, and all on one large hard drive, so can you please provide me the information needed to perform step one.


I have a side question, every time Windows7 perform an update isn't that C:Gateway Partition just going to keep getting bigger and bigger. This is why I feel that during the initial setup the size should be closer to 100 and not 50. I will post a screen so I have a better understanding of what needs to be done. Sorry for the trouble.

If I have to make additional partitions in drive D now. I would be happy to do that also. Thank you for your support. I don't know if I should be mad at Gateway or Pro Tools :-)


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18 Aug 2012   #197
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you worry too much. I have 6 systems and none are over 30GB. If you want to reduce the size of the OS and data in C, you can do 3 easy steps:

1. You can delete the hiberfile because you most likely do not use hibernation. The command is

powercfg -h off

This will save you as much disk space as you have RAM.

2. You can reduce the pagefile to 1 or 2GB

3. Move all your user data to the big drive.

As far as updates are concerned, there is hardly any growth in the system because the updates usually only replace existing code.

Some growth can come if you often install and uninstall programs. Each program comes with a certain amount of .dlls and they stay in the system even after you uninstalled the program. That makes your winsxs folder grow. But it rarely goes over 10GB.

Before you move your OS, take the above points into consideration. Moving the OS is not a big deal but the 45GB of space on your C partition should be ample. Problem is that it will run slower from the big disk. If I were you I would leave things as they are and make the adjustments I suggested above.
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18 Aug 2012   #198
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

In addition to the whs advice. Is your 2nd HDD (Disk 1) a 2TB external. If so I wouldn't put any system files on it including pagefile. Any Windows image will want to include your 2 TB HDD as well !!!

You can put all your non installed/"portable" programs on the external as well as large data.

For this PC I'd just live within the 60GB constraint and follow the whs advice.
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27 Aug 2012   #199
Win7Kid

Windows 7 64
 
 

Thank you all. It looks like I have a 64gig SSD drive on this system. It would have helped if I looked at the specs early on.
This works sometimes powercfg -h off. Sometimes if I look at my drive I see up to 16gigs of free space available. Now I only see about 1.8gigs. Not sure what to do to keep that permanent.
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