Disk Management : Shrink Volume from larger partition

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Rajat998

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Hi,

I am using two partitions on my Disk
C: Total Space 390 GB , Free Space: 215 GB

D: Total Space : 75 GB : Free Space: 13 GB

I run windows 7 through D Drive
Is it possible if I shrink almost 100 GB from C Drive which has 215 GB of Free space currently and add the same 100 GB to D Partition ?

Is it possible through Windows Disk Management or I have to use and install additional full version softwares Partition Magic or Paragon Manager?

I have tried few demo versions like Easus PM but for full functionality full Pro version is required.

Please suggest solution
 
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Can you post a screen shot of your disc management window....a complete screen shot. Normally, the C drive by default houses and uses the OS. So I'm a bit confused as to what you actually have going on here.
 
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Yes it's possible but can be more difficult than merely using the disk management sliders. The main problem is the location of files on the drive. It's not like they're all necessarily bunched up at start of the disk. You can use a disk defrag app that shows where the data is and try to get it moved to the start but there are files which cannot easily be moved by such apps.

The main ones are the pagefile.sys, hiberfile, active files created by event logging etc. These can be overcome by turning off paging and hibernation and turned off event logging until you've done it but even then there are likely to be files called MFT files which are harder to deal with.

First thing is to try Disk Management's sliders as is and see how far it will let you go. Then try the things I mentioned and defrag it with something like defraggler so you can see what's happening, and try again. If this isn't enough then you can try Paragon or similar but even that might not do it. Definitely have a good backup before trying offline tools.

One method people use is to do all this and take an image backup, resize the partitition and restore the backup to the partition. Macrium Reflect is one of many free tools that allow restoration to a smaller partition.
 

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The free EASEUS Partition Master should be able to handle this chore with ease. As advised above always make sure you have proper backups before messin' with partitions, and defrag before shrinking the Windows partition.
 

Rajat998

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Can you post a screen shot of your disc management window....a complete screen shot. Normally, the C drive by default houses and uses the OS. So I'm a bit confused as to what you actually have going on here.
As requested, I have uploaded screen capture

C: Drive has Windows 2003 Server installed while Windows 7 is installed in D Drive
 

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You cannot use disk management for that as in Disk Management the free space must be behind that is to the right of the partition you wish to extend
So for instance in your screenshot you could extend D using that 9MB of unallocated space - as that is to the right of D
However when you shrink C using Disk Management the unallocated space will be to the left of D not to its right.

The answer is as given to you by my good colleague TerryNet use the free Easeus it will do the job for you and you do not require to purchase it.
The full functions you mention are for more involved tasks as you can see from here
http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/comparison.html

I have used the free version a few times and if you need guidance post back and I will guide you through it
Basically you shrink C and then on D you move the X cursor to the left from the left edge of D to use the free space created by shrinking C

See the guide
http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/help/resizing-and-moving-partition.htm

Shrink for C
Extend for D
 

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No - not as far as I know
Easeus free edition will deal with it
Free edition cannot shrink or resize dynamic volumes but as far as I am aware it will present no problems

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but if you think it does, I am sure Rajat998 will appreciate your advice and I will of course stand corrected
 

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It was actually a genuine question (partly to myself) as to whether the behind bit applied to logical drives.
I have only ever used 3rd party tools so I don't actually know what Windows built in tools will or won't do (except for the FAT32 fiasco)
 

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You cannot alter the size of your C:\ drive without first backing up all the files, and removing the D:\ partition first
That being said, the only tool that works really well for removing the D: partition first, and then changing the size of an existing System drive is Minitool Partition Wizard.
It's here:
http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
You can generate a boot CD and use it for any modifications.

Before you reduce the size of any System partition, I would strongly advise using MyDefrag to place all available files in the closest location to the center (lowest level of the partition).
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Download MyDefrag from here and Install it : http://filehippo.com/download_mydefrag/
After Installation, run MyDefrag in System Disk Monthly Mode on the C: drive
(Click System Disk Monthly and then check C: drive, click Run)
Wait for it. It goes through 6 Zones. It may take an hour or two, depending on how badly the HD is scrambled.
The Window will be labeled Finished at the top when it is done.
 
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DaveBurnett

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Having looked a bit more, there should be no problem extending D further back into C as long as the space is free and not being used.
The only question that I can see remaining is whether D could still be booted without a boot repair from the install media.

Third party tools would be safest if not necessary.

It is a strange configuration, and not one I would recommend.

BACK UP FIRST!!
 
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