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REcovering hard disk space

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by sug55, Jan 26, 2007.

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  1. sug55

    sug55 Thread Starter

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    I tried to reformat my hard drive and did the following.

    Somehow I managed to partition my hd and ended up with a very small c: and an extended drive named F:. I went to disk manager and deleted f: but it did not send the unallocated disk space to my C:.

    My C: remains too small to even use system restore. It is under 200 mbs in size.

    I want to have all of my disk space reallocated to c:. Can you help me?:confused:
     
  2. JohnWill

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    You need a 3rd party partitioning utility to extend the C: partition into the now unused space.
     
  3. sug55

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    I downloaded Acronis Disk director suite but my c: is too small to install. What else can I do?
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    IS there anything you can clean up on the C: drive? Programs to remove that you can reinstall later? Files you can back up to another drive?
     
  5. TechB

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    I think your best bet is to reinstall again and recreate the partitions during the install.
     
  6. crjdriver

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    I agree your best bet is a reinstall however if you do not want to do that, there is another way. Just install acronis disk director to another system. Make the acronis boot CD. Now boot your system with the boot CD and resize your partitions. You are good to go.

    Another way would be to install acronis on your other partition. Nothing says it must be on C.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    BTW I have used the acronis disk director 10 CD to resize my system with vista. Worked fine with no problems at all.
     
  8. jackin0627

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    I remember a tool software can help you. It can reallocate the harddisk space keeping the data in every partitions alive.
     
  9. gurutech

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    How about converting the disk to a "dynamic" disk, then extending the volume onto the reset of the C: drive?

    Or did they remove this feature in Vista???
     
  10. Bob Cerelli

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    Have you even been successful in converting a boot partition to a dynamic disk. Everything I've read and tries shows it can't be done.
     
  11. TechB

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    You can convert a boot partition to dynamic but once converted it can't be extended.
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    Exactly. It won't work.
     
  13. gurutech

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    I've never had to do this either (convert then extend). Don't understand why it wouldn't work though....
     
  14. Bob Cerelli

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    Check with Microsoft's site on this. You might be able to convert to a dynamic disk but you can't extend it because it is your boot drive. Or you can try it and see for yourself that it doesn't work. Don't know why since I am not a programmer or was involved in writing the operating system. Just know from testing that it doesn't.
     
  15. techy689

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    I spent at least three hours using every software there is to try and get my partitions to do what I wanted... I ended up formatting them both, and using the complete space installing.
     
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