Change Partition size

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Ernst Kessler, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Hi experts
    I have a Vista Ultimate laptop with drive C: 76GB NTFS basic for programs,
    drive D: 15GB NTFS basic for my data and 14GB not allocated. C: is full and I
    would like to expand the size. The 14GB resulted from a reduction of D: I
    assumed it will be added automatically to C: But all wrong!!
    How can I proceed to enlarge C:?
    Ernst Kessler, Mar 26, 2008
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  2. Ernst Kessler

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Ernst,

    To expand C: into that free space, it must be contiguous and at the end of
    C:, not the beginning or behind D:. In short, you should see in Disk Manager
    C:, free space, then D:. If not, then you will need to move or slide the
    volumes around to accomplish this. A volume can only be expanded into free
    space that is physically located immediately after it. This operation cannot
    be done with Vista's drive tools, they can only shrink or expand, you need a
    third party one like Acronis' Disk Manager or terabyteunlimited's BootIT NG.
    Rick Rogers, Mar 26, 2008
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  3. Ernst,

    you already got a good answer. Let me take your problem as an
    excellent example for the self-incurred problem of partitions.
    One solution would have been to put just one partition on the
    drive in the first place, not two or more.

    I see that it is too late now in your case, but others may learn
    from it. More info here:

    Should a hard disk have multiple partitions?

    Hans-Georg Michna, Mar 26, 2008
  4. Ernst Kessler

    Bob F. Guest

    If you have one drive, when Vista came up you should have had C as you main
    store and D which Vista used for recovery purposes. Don't do anything with
    D. Don't add files there either. If you want, add a second drive and use
    it for more data store.
    Bob F., Mar 26, 2008
  5. to create partions especially on a light travel laptop with limited disk
    space is really questionable (I realized too late). Nevertheless I could
    reasonably solve the issue by copying the data from D: to the empty 14GB at
    the end (temporarely named G:), than empty and deleate D:, expand C: into the
    old D: space and finally renamed G: back into D:.
    Thanks and regards
    Ernst Kessler, Mar 26, 2008
  6. Ernst Kessler

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Yes, that would work as well. Make sure to backup critical data before
    manipulating volumes as this type of work always carries a risk of something
    going wrong.
    Rick Rogers, Mar 27, 2008
  7. Ernst Kessler

    mcarew Guest

    It appears your hardrive is partitioned for C: & D:. Appears to b
    approx. a 100G drivby. 1. visit site 4 hdd mfg i.e. seagate, maxtor etc
    They may have a hdd utility to adjust the partition, deleting D: drive
    This will delete all info on D: but increase C: by dding the size of d:
    Copy your files from D: to C: b 4 u delete D: drive. U may review W
    Data Lifeguard Tools to give u ideas
    mcarew, Oct 28, 2009
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