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Giving Windows 7 more space.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by ToXiCaTioN.d, May 12, 2009.

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  1. ToXiCaTioN.d

    ToXiCaTioN.d Thread Starter

    Jul 2, 2008
    I'm using the RC of Windows 7, and love it. Switched from Vista to it. So, I got 50 GB currently and it's doing well. I just would like to split my drive in two (125 GB) because I rarely (no, never) use Vista, but I do run applications off of it's partition. So, I wanted to split it.

    I figured it would be easy, go into Vista, shrink the volume by around 40 GB and extend the Windows partition. No go, I was only able to get Vista to take 7 GB from it's partition, which is useless.

    I heard a lot about gParted, so I tried that out. I was able to boot from my Flash drive and got into it. I took 40 GB from the drive, and attempted to give it to Windows 7's partition. No go, it wouldn't allow me to allocate more than 3 MB. So I am wondering if there is something I am doing wrong? Just in case I'll list the steps from gParted (I feel safer to do it from something not on the hard drive):

    1. Boot up gParted.
    2. Right click Windows Vista drive and click Move / Resize.
    3. Type in the amount I wanted it to be. (In this case 125 GB - keep in mind this is not how much I wanted to take off, but how much I wanted it to be).
    4. Let it do it's magic until it was "done" unallocating (good thing it doesn't do anything until you click Apply).
    5. Right click the Windows 7 drive and click Move / Resize.
    6. Attempt to enter in the amount I want to increase it by, and try using the up arrow.
    7. Booting back into Windows after failing and writing this.

    So, according to my steps, am I doing anything wrong in the steps to make to partition the drive?

    Thank you!
  2. hulkinator


    May 4, 2009
    I hope you backed your data up first!

    Have you looked into gParted's ntfsresize command? It's not part of the GUI. It may help.

    I certainly don't want to discourage you from this, but in general I have been advised and pass on the advice to avoid messing with partitions. Delete and create all you like, but stretching/shrinking is just asking for trouble. If your resizing utility makes one wrong step the whole partition is toast. It's happened to me- with gParted in fact on NTFS.

    Backup, backup backup!
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