Extending Partition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Z, Nov 19, 2007.

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    Z Guest

    Based on my limited search I get the impression that this dead horse has been
    beaten since the release of vista, but most of the recommended solutions
    (namely diskpart utility and the disk management part of the computer
    management control panel program) have decisively failed.

    I had 3 partitions on my one drive. The first was a paging partition for
    Linux. The second had Xubuntu (Feisty Fawn I believe). Anyways, I've decided
    to extend my vista partition to the entire drive. Recently I re-installed
    vista and saw that as my opportunity. When installing vista I deleted the
    other two drives leaving raw unused portion of the drive but I saw no way to
    merge it with the remaining partition without losing all of my data.

    So now, I ask, is there any way to extend my main C partition to take up all
    of the main drive, or am I screwed to forever having this configuration:

    Disk 0: [Unused portion ~61 GB][C partition (vista installation) ~80 GB]

    btw.. I'm using Vista Home Premium edition
    Z, Nov 19, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    You can only extend a volume when the free space resides at the end of it,
    not at the beginning. What you need to do is use a third party tool to slide
    the existing Vista volume forward to the beginning of the drive. The disk
    management tool included with Vista does not have this capability. I use
    BootIT NG (terabyteunlimited.com) for operations like this. You don't have
    to purchase or install it for this, just boot the system from the floppy it
    makes and run the disk operation from it. Once moved, you can either use the
    disk utility to expand into the free space, or use Vista's disk manager to
    do it.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 19, 2007
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    Z Guest

    sounds good... I dont really have a floppy drive extension for this laptop...
    Right now I'm looking at other free solutions that can move the partition to
    the beginning. Thanks :D
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    Z, Nov 19, 2007
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    Rod Guest

    Z, i have the exact same problem. Did you try BootIT NG? Did it work?
    Please advise.

    Has anyone tried these 3rd party disk mgmt tools and can verify they will
    work with Vista?



    Rod, Dec 9, 2007
  6. The latest version of Acronis Disk Director will work, but the trial version
    has limited capability, I think. To do a proper job, it has to be

    Mike Hall - MVP

    Mike Hall - MVP, Dec 9, 2007
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    Rod Guest

    Thaanks Mike. After i posted this, i read more and i am the process of
    "sliding" with BootiT NG. I'll let you know how it goes - sure takes a long
    time to "slide" 100GB.

    Rod, Dec 9, 2007
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    Rod Guest

    !Rick, this is exactly what i was looking for. Thanks for suggesting bootit
    NG, and explaining how it works! i wasn't sure how this stuff works and
    what i needed until i read your post.

    I'm in the progress of "sliding" my free space now.

    Rod, Dec 9, 2007
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    Rod Guest

    oops. I may have spoknen too soon. I moved the free space (unallocated) to
    the end, but still cannot extend the partition to the left of it. So i have
    100GB that is wasted.

    Do you think its becuase i may have 5 partitions? within vista storage
    manager it indicates i have 4 partitions, but in bootit NG it says i have 5,
    if i include the one that is "unamed". I have no idea what the "unamed"
    partiion is - says its 100GB. I have Raid 0 if that matters. but Vista
    shows only 4 partions, so not even sure if that "unnamed" partition is really
    a partition.

    Partions are: 1) Vista 32 2) Vista 64, 3) recovery, and 4) extra" partition
    that i beleive Raid 0 created. They are two 320MB drives. That's what
    vista shows. When i go into Bootit NG it says i have a fourth called
    "unamed" with 100GB in it.

    Any advice please??

    Rod, Dec 9, 2007
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