Cannot shrink partition, despite doing (I think) all the right thi

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Paddy Landau, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Paddy Landau

    Paddy Landau Guest

    I wish to shrink my C drive (which has 50Gb free), in order to expand my
    other partition.

    Following advice on these and other forums, I did the following before
    shrinking my C drive:

    1. Disable hibernation.
    2. Disable virtual memory and delete C:\pagefile.sys.
    4. Delete and disable system restore points.
    5. Disable indexing on the drive.
    6. Check disk.
    7. Defragment with both Vista's built-in defragmenter and, in Safe Mode,
    Auslogics Disk Defrag.

    Despite all this, I've increased my available shrink size from a mere 2.7Gb
    to 3.2Gb. I was hoping to shrink by 20Gb.

    From looking at the map on Auslogics, it seems to me that the end of the
    partition has some non-moveable disk files.

    Do you have any suggestions as to how I can solve this problem and shrink my
    C partition?
    Paddy Landau, Dec 29, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    All those steps were completely unnecessary. The problem, as Auslogics has
    shown you, is a locked immovable file. You won't be able to shrink the
    volume beyond the point on the disk where that file lies, and it cannot be
    moved while Windows is running. The solution is to use a third party program
    that works outside of Windows, ie: runs from a bootable disk, and it should
    be able to manipulate the volumes safely (thought there is always an
    inherent risk to manipulating volumes, backup data before beginning). Some
    that can do this include terabyteunlimited's BootIT NG, and Acronis' Disk
    Director. The first can run from a bootable floppy without installing, and
    has a free trial period.
    Rick Rogers, Dec 29, 2008
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  3. Paddy Landau

    Paddy Landau Guest

    Thank you for your advice, Rick.

    What a pity that Vista's own shrink program doesn't work!

    I'll have a look at those programs that you recommended.
    Paddy Landau, Dec 29, 2008
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