PartitionMagic Help (Resizing a partition)

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Matt.21

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I am having a lot of trouble in resizing a partition that I created a few days ago. I stupidly wasn't thinking when I created it and made it a total size of 7.8MB (very helpful). I have tried to resize that partition (Drive P) to make it bigger by taking space from my primary drive (Drive C). Drive C: is 140GB and has 13GB free space.

My problem is that when I select Drive P and then click on "Resize/Move Partition" in the side menu, I am told that both the minimum and maximum size of the drive is 7.8MB and clicking the arrow buttons on any of the options won't change the numbers in them. Basically it won't let me put a "New Size" in for that option. Also, both partitions C and D, are NTFS. I am not the best when it comes to computers but any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance
 

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You may want to download "GParted" (live CD) and use it instead of PM. PM has created problems for some users. "GParted" has been endorsed here at TSG.

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You can download G-Parted from here!!
I have used version 0.3.1 to good effect !

You will find these screenshots useful !

Download the iso, and burn the image to disk. then boot from it !

all the best

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How many partitions are on this hard drive and how are they configured. If there isn't a partition right next to your P partition that can be reduced in size, there's not going to be a way to increase the size of the P partition.
 

Matt.21

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There are 3 partitions on this hard drive - Drive C, P and D. Drives C and P are both next to each other and are of type NTFS. Drive C is primary and P is logical as that was how I was told to make it. Drive D is FAT32 and also a primary drive which came with the computer when i bought it and is named HP_RECOVERY. I have never touched it as I think I'm better off leaving it alone.

Also drive C has 13GB of free space so you would think that would be enough to put around 8GB across to drive P which is all I want to do.

Thanks for all the replies guys, I'm gonna go and have a look that G-Parted iso now and hopefully that program will make things possible for me. Will mounting it with Deamon Tools work just as well as burning it? I'm guessing that would be fine...?

Thanks :)
 
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GParted works well with one proviso. Your drive needs to be completely defragmented before you try to resize an NTFS partition with it or you may end up with a disaster.

It is a better idea to partition when Windows is not running, i.e., from the boot CD. I wouldn't run it from an emulator.

If you are using Vista, stay away from the Linux tools altogether and use the Vista tools to resize, if possible. Boot from the CD or DVD, get a command prompt, and run diskpart.exe.
 
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First you have to reduce the size of your C partition to create the amount of unallocated space you want to add to your P partition.

Then, keep in mind, that your logical P partition consists of an extended partition with a logical partition within it. That means you've got to expand the extended partition first before you can expand the logical P partition within that extended partition.
 
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