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Why can't I partition my hard drive more?

Q: Why can't I partition my hard drive more?

I'm trying to partition my hard drive, when I click shrink, it takes me to the shrinking window and it says:

Total size before shrink: 704749 MB
Size available to shrink: 7185 MB
Enter the amount of space to shrink: 7185 MB
Total size after shrink: 697564 MB

I don't understand how I have so much space, but I can only shrink it 7185. It is an NTFS.
Here's some screenshots

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A: Why can't I partition my hard drive more?

Some files that are read only are preventing you from shrinking beyond a certain point while those files are open.

My suggestion would be to use partitioning software that is bootable. Boot to the disk and shrink your partition without windows running.

There are several freeware apps available to select from. The one I use is Partition Wizard Boot CD.
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A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

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A:Hard Drive Partition Without Effecting Recovery Partition

I think the easiest way to accomplish that is to shrink your C: partition. That will create unallocated space. And the unallocated space can be used to create a new partition.

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A:Cloning a hard drive partition onto a smaller hard drive

Hi there

1) download something like FREE macrium and boot it up.
2) Image the OS
3) Restore the image to the new HDD --if it's a Laptop you can do it with a USB==>SATA cable without installing the new HDD first
4) swap the drives if it's a laptop
5) Boot.

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I suspect you are installing an SSD -- EXCELLENT MOVE -- you won't be in any way disappointed. You can connect the 110GB SDD to the computer via a USB==>SATA cable - very cheap so you can restore to SSD BEFORE physically changing the drives. Even if it isn't an SSD the methodology applies -- ensure though the BOOT partition is ACTIVE !! or the system won't boot.

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A:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.
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A:Hard drive problem with partition. Even after a new replacement drive.

Check all the cables.

Check your HD.
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
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A:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

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A:unable to access a partition drive of hard drive

The virus likely corrupted or deleted the partition information. I've used a few apps in the past with mixed results, you can give Partition Table Doctor a try.
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A:Hard Drive Partition - C Drive filling up!

Hello Matt

There are a couple of things you can do to get more space

1. System Restore uses huge amounts of space in Vista. If your system is running well at the moment you can delete all but the most recent Restore Point and recover a lot of space. Then reduce the space allocated to System Restore

2. You can try to make the Vista partition bigger. How much space you can gain will depend on the way the system files are placed on the hard drive

Delete all but the most recent Restore Point
1.Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup.

2.In the dialog that appears choose "Files from all users on this computer".

3.If User Account Control prompts you to confirm the action, click on "Continue".

4.If asked which drive you want to scan, choose the drive in which Windows Vista is installed on, and then click OK.

5.Disk Cleanup will scan your hard drive and then display a list of options.

6.In the Disk Cleanup window, click on the "More Options" tab.

7.Under "System Restore", click on the "Clean up..." button.

8.When asked "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?", click on "Delete".

9.Close the Disk Cleanup window.

After you have performed these steps, check your disk usage in the Computer window. I think you'll be a bit surprised.
(NOte. Also set Disk Cleanup to delete all temporary files)

Reduce the space allocated to System Restore

Make the Vista partition bigger
1 Click the Start button

2 From the Start menu click Control Panel

3 In Control Panel click the Administrative Tools Icon

4 In Administrative Tools click the Computer Management option

5 Because Computer management requires administrative privileges you may find the the User Account Control will pop up. If it does then enter the required information (if you are not the administrator) or, if you are the administrator, click the Continue button

6 In the Computer Management window look at the list of options on the left of the window. Under Storage you will see the Disk management. Click on this option

7 When the Disk Management window opens Right Click on the partition you want to extend and, from the drop down menu click on the Extend Volume option

8 The Extend Volume Wizard will now run

9 Click the Next button

10 Type in the number of Megabytes you want to extend the partition and then Click the Next Button

11 Windows Vista will now start to extend your partition.

12 Finally Click the Finish Button

You might not be able to increase the partition by as much as you would like to. This will be due to where the Vista files are placed on the hard drive.
It is a good idea to defrag the drive before attempting this.

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clone a hard drive will delete all the data on the destination drive. You'd better clone all the partitions on the drive that clone disk.
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A:Hard Drive Partition


When did it stop working and how? Have you tried it on another machine?

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A:hard drive partition

Hello Jim,

Before we go further, please go ahead and post a screenshot of your Disk Management window showing the full layout of this hard drive to make sure that we give you accurate suggestions.

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A:Can't partition new hard drive

As for your C: drive, that is normally your system drive, and Disk Management can't manipulate your system drive; that's why the Delete Partition choice is grayed out.

As for your New Volume, it is already partitioned into one big partition. You can't partition a partition; you can only partition unallocated space on a disk. In order to divide the one huge partition into smaller partitions, you must first delete the one huge partition in order to create unallocated space.

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A:Un-partition a Hard Drive?

Music can add up fast.

You can't merge that unallocated space without partitioning tools (or the Vista DVD, if you have one available). But you can assign it a drive letter and put it to use.

Right-click Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-click the space and partition it (if need be), format it, and change its drive letter if you want.

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How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP

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A:Un-partition Hard Drive

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A:Partition hard drive?

Yes partitioning is a very good idea. Phantasm posted a link to a very informative artical here a little while back. Its a very good read if you can devote a few minutes to reading it.
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A:Hard Drive Partition

Hello love2photou, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would just need to convert Disk 1 from dynamic back to basic. Since there's nothing on it, you could use Option One in the tutorial below to do so if you like.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Forums

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A:Partition hard drive

All drives must have at least one partition to be usable.

Your choices are to get another drive or delete something from the existing drive.

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A:How to de-partition a Hard drive

right click My Computer-->Manage, in new window select disk management. delete both partitions. create new partition, then format.
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Did you shrink the existing partition to make room to add a partition ("unallocated space") ???
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yes, The other partition can be used as a backup.
yes, It could be infected by a virus.
yes, You can format the other partition without affecting the other partition.
ie. format c: ect.
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I triple boot Linux Mint, Linux Crunchbang and Vista Home basic. The partition for Linux that you plan is very generous, I've given 10gb each to my 2 Linux - so you've got room to move there if you wish.
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Quote: Originally Posted by kfl989

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This might be a big stick approach, but you might like to try booting Windows (from your install disk, select boot with command prompt, and then running diskpart.

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lenovoman123 wrote:
How do I partition a hard drive for a B50-70?
I would like to install Linux and keep Windows 8.1 too.
Will this affect the factory software example: back up hard drive function, OKR?
Any problems associated with partitioning B50-70s?
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What would happen if I got rid of the Windows 8.1 OS?
Thanks in advance.
Machine details:
Model name: 20384
Windows 8.1

I would strongly suggest making your OKR disks before you attempt to do anything else...  Also - the distro of Linux you chose does make a differnce when you are trying to set it up in "dual boot" mode.  Most of the time I defaut to checking in with the developers of the distro and their forum for help with this subject.
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I tried to partition my GB Vista hard drive using the following quot Resize Partitions with Vista Disk Management Posted by Steve Sinchak - Total Views - Views Today In Windows Vista it is now possible to resize partitions without any data loss in the new Disk Management console Resizing Partitions with Windows Vista Click on the Start Button and right click on Computer and select Manage Expand the Storage section and select Disk Management Then just right click on any partition and select either Expand or Partition Hard Vista Drive Shrink to change the size of the partition This will allow you to safely resize your partitions without any data loss quot I had a GB C partition and a GB D Recovery partition as well as a GB Blank partition I tried to partition the GB C partition Using the above instructions I was left with Partition Vista Hard Drive a GB C partition Gb D Recovery partition a Gb blank partition and a GB unallocated partition When I tried to allocatate the GB using the New Simple Volume Wizard an error window popped up saying quot There is not enough space on the disk to complete this operation quot so now I have GB of space unallocated I can boot the PC and use the programs with no problems Would like to allocate the GB as another partition Any help appreciated Thanks Phil B Dell E Inspiron Gb Ram GB HD Vista OS

A:Partition Vista Hard Drive

"Understanding the error message ?There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation? when you create a volume
Shrinking volumes is a cool feature of Windows Vista, but we?re starting to see an interesting side effect?the inability to create a new partition in the newly created unallocated space. Customers who face this problem almost always have a new computer that shipped from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) with 4 primary partitions on the disk. As you may know, hard disks configured as basic disks are limited to 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition and multiple logical drives. Customers who try to shrink their operating system partition find that they can?t create a 5th partition due to this limit. Unfortunately the error message is not helpful and we are working to correct this in SP1.

Deleting the partitions created by the OEM is often not possible due to the way the OEMs configure the partitions. Therefore, our advice to customers is to extend the operating system partition back to the original size to regain use of the unallocated space. If additional storage is needed, consider adding an external USB hard disk. "

This was the answer to my problem. Resized the C partition back to what it was and all is well

Phil B.

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Is there any way to recover the partition or at least get my data off of the drives?

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A:how to get Win 8 Recovery partition onto new hard drive

How to Create a Windows 8 Installation DVD or USB Drive

If you have the same "bitness" on your PC, 64 or 32 bit, then that link may be useful. If there's another way to get a Windows 8.x iso file I don't know it. Perhaps someone else will chime in if so.

Edit: I'm not sure but the USB option may give you the choice of 32 or 64 bit.

Edit2: You may want to point out, if the people you are helping are capable of using it, that the way to avoid his in the future is to get an external drive and image the HD to a file on it. There are free softwares like Macrium Reflect.

For a list of free imaging programs see The Free Country
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A:can partition but can't format hard drive

Didn't you receive a Data Lifeguard Disk with your New WD HD,
and the instructions for setting up the HD for use.If you don't have the Data Lifeguard files you can get them from has instructions for and the capability to move the contents of your old HD to the new one.
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I tried EASEUS partition manager but it shows whole external hard drive as unsupported.

Can anyone help me with it please?


A:2.5 TB External Hard Drive Partition

paragon software's partition manager is the only one I know of that handles usb externals properly.
Paragon Software: Download free partition software for home's not a free one though.
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Thank you.

A:W7 Pro x64 - How much Hard Drive space does the OS partition really need?

Well I think the OS itself takes around 30GB and then room for updates and restores is quite alot...
If you play games they can be 10GB each and sometimes even more. I made my OS partition 100GB but that's also for a few games.

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A:windows xp Hard-Drive-Partition

You may use the Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 to fix this by having it merge your both partitions in one.

However, I don't understand why your retailer wants to do the 14G/130G ?

By judging the space you have, that is, 175G, approx which it isn't existed yet.

So my second conclusion is that you are running two hard drives, or a three partitions, one is hidden by the factory default. I suggest you to be extremely careful with the hidden partition. They are most likely to be the recovery partition, which we recommend you not to touch it at all.
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A:Hard Drive partition failure

The screenies are in dutch, if anyone needs a translation of a specific line or anything ask me. Hope its not too big of a problem
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A:Hard drive partition disappeared -_-

You've installed a developer's preview of Windows 8. It isn't even in Alpha yet. You have to be prepared for anything. Sorry.
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Hey guys,

Not really a problem but I'm curious about the way my hard drive is partitioned. When I bought my laptop it said I have a 320GB hard drive. Now, I know it's rare that you ever get the full 320GB, but I thought the 285GB I was getting was a little on the low side so I decided to check out what was going on in Disk Management. I saw the primary and recovery partitions which is what expected to be there; what I did not expect was this third partition that is marked only as "healthy, primary partition." So does any one have any idea as to what this partition is for? Also would it be safe to merge this partition with the primary one? The only hard drive shown in "Computer" is the C drive. Screenshot below. Thanks in advance for any clues.

A:Question about hard drive partition

My guess would be an OEM tools partition of some kind.

They can be cranky to identify for sure.

Any clues in your documentation or start menu/programs?

I assume you bought it new and never made more partitions?
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A:Can't extend hard drive partition

If it was me, I do clean install Windows 7 & full clean of the HD.

Clean Install Windows 7

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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