Extend option ghosted out - can't extend partition? HELP!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by This is so annoying....., May 28, 2007.

  1. OK, so I run Windows Vista Ultimate. I have 3 partitions. One is drive C
    where all my important files and programs, etc. are. Then there's drive M. I
    created drive M specifically for media (that's where the M comes in) -
    Pictures, videos, and music. Then there's drive S which was created by
    Windows BitLocker Preparation Tool so that I can use BitLocker. I have around
    11.5GB of unallocated disk space that I took from drive C and I want to move
    it to drive M because I only have 1.5GB of space left on drive M. The problem
    is, when I right click drive M (or drive S, for that matter) the "Extend
    Partition" option is ghosted out - I can't click on it, which means I can't
    extend the partition. Please help. Thanks.
     
    This is so annoying....., May 28, 2007
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  2. This is so annoying.....

    Rock Guest

    There are limitations in the partitioning capabilities in Vista. The free
    space has to exist to the right of the volume you wish to add it to. If
    that's not the case it won't work.

    You would need a 3rd party partitioning tool such as Acronis Disk Director
    Suite, version 10, or BootIt NG. BootIt NG has a 30 day, full featured,
    free trial version.
     
    Rock, May 28, 2007
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  3. You can only expand partitions to the right. You can not expand partitions
    to the left.

    Windows Disk Management is not an advanced partitioning program. If you were
    to use Acronis Disk Director Suite you could do what you want.

    1. Shrink partition C:

    2. Now expand partition M to the left to utilize the unallocated space.

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
     
    Richard Urban, May 28, 2007
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