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Solved: GParted Expanding Resizing Partition

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by webmanoffesto, May 7, 2011.

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  1. webmanoffesto

    webmanoffesto Thread Starter

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    I have a System partition which is running out of space. Using GParted I took 1GB from the Data partition and made it unallocated. Now, how do I add that to the System partition?


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  2. TerryNet

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    The "System" partition is /dev/sda2? It looks like you can resize it to add the unallocated 1 GB.
     
  3. webmanoffesto

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    That's not correct
    "/dev/sda1" is the System Drive SYSTEM_DRV
    "/dev/sda2" is the data drive
    "unallocated" is space I "removed" from the data drive which I want to add to the system drive

    How can I do that?
     
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    To try to avoid getting incorrect or confusing advice you want to be careful of your terminology. You have a partition labelled "Data" but you are using "data" to refer to the partition on which Windows 7 appears to be installed. :)

    You can move sda2 1 GB to the right (which puts the unallocated 1 GB between sda1 and sda2) and then resize sda1.
     
  5. DVOM

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    You can only add to a partition with space that is directly contiguous, meaning directly next to the partition.

    So, instead of taking 1G from the right end of sda2, you need to take 1G from the left end of sda2. That way the resulting unallocated space will be directly next to sda1.

    The difficulty with that is that GParted will have to move the 103G of files that are on sda2, that will probably take at least a couple of hours or more.

    And considering the time investment this will take. I'd recommend freeing more than 1G.

    Another option is to get rid of the system partition (sda1). To do that you absolutely need 2 things:
    1) You need a Windows 7 DVD to do a startup repair.
    2) sda2 absolutely needs to be a primary partition.

    The procedure would be to "hide" sda1 with GParted. Right click on the drive and "manage flags" then check "hide".
    The reason you're "hiding" it is so you can reverse the procedure if needed.
    That will leave your Windows 7 unable to boot, so you then need to boot to your Windows 7 DVD and do a startup repair. That will put all of Win7's boot files on sda2 and change sda2 to the "boot" partition.
     
  6. webmanoffesto

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    Wow, just slide the slider to the right. That is so cool. It worked. Thanks for the help. Now I love GParted, which I ran off of [name deleted by mod].

    I can't wait to try out other cool stuff on that disk.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    You're welcome. :) Note that I simply answered your question. DVOM's advice makes a lot of sense, but there is one possible catch. If you can still boot to the Recovery partition following his advice will probably destroy that.

    Regardless, you should make your set of Recovery DVDs if you have not yet done so.

    I deleted the name of that other disk. It includes pirated software. GParted is free and available here as well as being a part of some Linux distributions (e.g., Puppy Linux)..
     
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