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Shrinking, or extending a volume

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Boothbay, Sep 7, 2015.

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  1. Boothbay

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    never used Disk Management. I had always used Partition Magic..its so old don't even know if it would work on Win 7. That being said and unknownst to D M, I tried to use it for the first time and am stumped even after reading the Help and similar problems shown by other members. I have another hd installed with a partial OS of XP. It shows as Drive F ( 46.97 GB ) and Drive G ( unallocated space ) (38.00 Gb ) of a total 80 gb drive. I wanted to shrink the volume, which would be to the right side, about 24 gb's. The box appears where numbers are shown and it shows 9503 MB...with the drive now 38589 GB...when I try to add to that figure of 9503, it does not move...so apparently, if I am reading it correctly, that is all i can do? Then I tried to extend a volume to the G drive, which is only unallocated and the Wizard won't let me add any numbers at all. It just shows the size of it. I seem to be limited...or denied. What am I doing wrong?
     
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    I'm not understanding. How did you manage to get a drive letter assigned to unallocated space????

    Please attach a screen shot or two to show us what you have.

    Disk Management only does very basic stuff. I mostly use EASEUS Partition Master.
     
  3. Boothbay

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    I really don't know how that drive G got there, when i installed that "F" drive..
     

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    If you didn't create that 29.36 GB logical partition then somebody else must have. It will need to be deleted (or shrunk) if you want to increase the size of the OCTOBER2011 partition.

    If you were trying to shrink the OCTOBER2011 partition more than Disk Management allowed either that was just typical Disk Management or else there really is an unmovable file there.
     
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    I don't understand 'typical disk management'? Never heard of unremovable file. How come I never had these problems when i used Partition Magic? This hd was my old primary drive for XP, but after making my first build I had to get an new sata hd, so I am using "F" and "G" merely as storage. Like the image shows Drive F is 46 gb, and of that amount, only 24 gb is used space. DM after trying to shrink 'October" allowed only 9503 MB's. I also tried to extend the "G" drive and the wizard info comes up only grey..the boxes are empty and i cannot add anything to it. BTW, how do I find the unremovable file? The October F drive was my primary...do u think if I remove the primary factor then i could have more success? Thanks
     
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    Just my sarcastic way of saying that Microsoft's Disk Management utility is very basic (can't do much).

    I don't know.
     
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    Partition Magic is not compatible with Windows versions released after XP. That includes Vista, 7, 8 and 10 !
    Personally I wouldn't use PM with XP either, there are much better free programs now that do everything PM did.

    I can recommend this free program to work on partitions :- http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

    Do be careful if you use it and if you need help just ask.
     
  8. Boothbay

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    I was thinking and someone here recommended the EaseUs Partition Master free software...i was about to install it when i was confronted with all those extra's that they offer. Some you can ignore..ie Pluto TV, which i do not want and then they offered the 360 security software...which does not seem to allow you to ignore that one, so i stopped the installation. Do u know if I would get the same offers with your recommendation and of the 2 which would u prefer?
     
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    Both programs work well but I prefer the one I linked to. I just installed the latest version and it doesn't offer any other stuff during the install.
     
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    Apparently, its just a "Free" download only from what I read, the EaseUS is totally free. I'm tired of paying for ensueing partition programs.
     
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    Thanks...I did it your way and it worked. I had no idea that there were variations on how to download various program, avoiding those add ons.
     
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    Glad it worked for you.

    Some free programs will offer other stuff during the install and you have to watch out for that these days.

    To be fair it's probably a way for them to make some money and keep the programs free but I would rather have to tick a box to say 'yes' than untick a box to say 'no' !
     
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