Partitioning Problem

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Alex Ethridge

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Running Windows XP and Paragon Hard Disk Manager 6.

I have one hard disk that is divided into two partitions. The primary, bootable partition is 25 Gigs and there is an extended partition with one logical drive in it that is 200 Gigs. I want to take 15 Gigs from the 200-Gig partition and add that 15 Gigs to the primary, bootable partition.

I have no problem sizing down the extended partition to 185 Gigs; but, I can't get the 15 Gigs of "Unallocated Space" added to the primary bootable partition. I see no option to do that.
 
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Alex, you've shrunk the size of your logical partition but you need to also shrink your extended partition. Once you've done that you'll have better luck resizing your primary partition.
 

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Well, I about had that figured out as I have run into this before; but, I don't see any selections in the partitioning program I am using that let me shrink the extended partition.
 
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As you may know, 6 is pretty old now. It will certainly not have support for the new partition types from Vista onward (though it should still work fine for XP which used the old type). What version of Windows created those partitions originally?
 

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I'm not sure which version of Windows created the partition; but, it's running Windows XP Home now. At one time, the machine was running Windows 2000 Professional; but, I don't remember if we repartitioned when we installed XP (from scratch, not an upgrade) several years ago. It has always been NTFS, though.

What's different about NTFS between XP and Vista/7?
 

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MS cannot agree with itself about what NTFS should be like, so they keep changing it ;) perhaps to try to persuade people to upgrade.
Anyway, just to be on the safe(r) side I always try to use a tool that supports the latest version of Windows partitions, but whenever I can I do changes from a standalone CD.

Easeus do a very good free partition manager that runs in all (NT style) Windows and supports most of the common partition types ( inc Linux).
 
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