Extending partition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Vol, Aug 8, 2007.

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    Vol Guest

    I've found my way into the disk manager. It reads as follows:

    1st - 47MB - Healthy - EISA Configuration (system area, I'm guessing?)
    2nd - 14.65GB - Unallocated
    3rd - C - 218.13 GB NTFS (approx 200 GB free)

    I'm wanting to absorb the unallocated area into my main C drive, but I think
    it's giving me problems since that space is BEFORE the formatted drive. Is
    that correct? If so here is my plan of attack, as ugly as it is:

    Shrink C by 30 GB
    Rename C to D
    Format newly "extra" space as E
    Move all my files onto the new E
    Format original unallocated space as C
    Delete D & E, which will now be AFTER C
    Expand new C to absorb D&E's now-unallocated space

    That sure sounds like a royal pain-in-the-you-know-what. 2 questions.

    1 - Will it work?
    2 - Is there an easier way to skin the cat?

    Vol, Aug 8, 2007
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    Lord Takyon Guest

    Someone should be able to suggest a free or cheap partition manager, that
    would be a pretty simple option.
    Lord Takyon, Aug 8, 2007
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    Vol Guest

    That would be great. I don't plan on buying anything since it's only for a
    single use.
    Vol, Aug 8, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    You appear to be wanting to remove your OEM Recovery partition, and the area
    making it bootable. Is that what you want to do? Have you checked out the
    options in your OEM's Recovery Manager? You may be able to use that wizard
    to make restore DVD's, and then have the wizard remove the partition.
    dean-dean, Aug 9, 2007
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    Vol Guest

    I think that summarizes it. It's a Dell PC that came with all sorts of
    pre-installed junk. First thing I did was fully format the machine with a
    fresh copy of Vista & then manually installed only the software I needed. I
    only recently realized this extra partition was there & now I'm trying to
    figure out how to get rid of it.

    I'll try your method to see what happens, but I'm also interested in a
    "freebie" partition manager if anyone can point me to a decent one.
    Vol, Aug 9, 2007
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    JerryM Guest

    You can download- BootIt NG,
    that will let you use it for 30 days free!

    You have to install it to do your partitioning,
    and then remove it when you are finished.
    JerryM, Aug 9, 2007
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    Vol Guest

    BootIt did the trick!!!!! It was really spooky monkeying around with
    partitions containing live data, but it worked like a champ. BootIt has a
    "slide" feature that allowed me to move the C drive backwards. Once the
    unallocated space was at the END of the drive, the native Vista tools pulled
    it right in.

    Once again, all is well in the PC world (at least until the next little bug
    pops up!)

    Thanks for the great suggestion.

    Vol, Aug 9, 2007
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    JerryM Guest

    You are welcome, Vol.
    Glad it did the job for you.
    JerryM, Aug 10, 2007
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