resize recovery partition in Windows Vista(Home Basic) ?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Kenn K, May 3, 2007.

  1. Kenn K

    Kenn K Guest

    I got a dell laptop in which there was Dell recovery partition of about 10
    gigs, of which only around 6 were filled. As i was already having 4 primary
    partitions and I could not create new partition for installing XP, i used
    already existing 'recovery partition' for Win XP installation. Everything is
    working fine, I can boot into both Vista/WinXP.

    Now the problem is, when i try to install any program in WinXP, it is
    running out of space.
    Disk Management console wouldn't let me extend my recovery partition(D drive)

    any solution on this?
    Kenn K, May 3, 2007
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  2. Kenn K

    Mamamegs Guest

    Kenn K pretended :
    You can try using a third-party utility like Acronis Disk Director 10.


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    Mamamegs, May 3, 2007
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  3. Kenn K

    Kenn K Guest

    ok..i will try this link.

    Just to mention, partition diiagram looks like this -

    Partition X | D: (Recovery Partition, XP) | C: (Vista) | Unallocated
    space(shriked from C:) | Partition Y
    Kenn K, May 3, 2007
  4. Kenn K

    Rick Rogers Guest


    You'd have to use third party software to slide C: back into the unallocated
    space and then expand the D: volume. The disk tools included with XP or
    Vista are not capable of sliding existing partitions.
    Rick Rogers, May 3, 2007
  5. Kenn K

    Kenn K Guest

    Thaks Rick.
    Could you please suggest any third party softwares (freeware)?
    Kenn K, May 3, 2007
  6. Kenn K

    Rick Rogers Guest


    With freeware, you get what you pay for. BootIT NG from can do this from the bootable floppy that it creates.
    As you don't need to install it, there is no need to register the program.
    If you find it useful, as many do, you should purchase a license.
    Rick Rogers, May 4, 2007
  7. Please start from scratch...

    I also bought a Dell Vista Laptop a few months ago. It is now complaining
    that my Recovery partition is full, and I need to delete some files. What do
    I do?
    Can I expand the partition? How?
    If I want to delete files, which ones can I safely delete? Is there a
    written procedure from Dell on how to do this, and maintain the partition?


    Headscratcher, Jul 11, 2007
  8. I think you need to ask Dell about how best to deal with this. Sometimes,
    these recovery partitions are proprietary and can't always be dealt with
    using standard partitioning tools. You need to consult with them in order
    to make sure you don't corrupt or otherwise destroy the partition and/or the
    day within.
    Michael Solomon, Jul 11, 2007
  9. Kenn K

    Ian Guest

    You can do some limited action through control panel/administrative tools,
    but to really change you partition safely you need a program like Partition
    Ian, Jul 11, 2007
  10. Ian, if this is DelL's recovery partition, I don't think he should do
    anything with it until he has some answers from Dell about what can do and
    shouldn't do with this partition.
    Michael Solomon, Jul 11, 2007
  11. One thing that you don't do is place any data on a recovery partition. That
    is the reason that there is so little empty space. For example mine has 6.39
    GB and only 602MB free.
    Charles W Davis, Jul 11, 2007
  12. Kenn K

    stella Guest

    Recently, Microsoft has released a latest version named Windows Vista.
    Compared with the other Operating Systems in Windows family, Vista
    contains a new feature which allows users to resize partition without
    any additional software. Previously, resizing partition is only
    available by using additional resize partition software.

    In consideration that most of the people still do not know how to
    resize partition in vista. We would like to give you some directions as

    1) Click on the Start menu

    2) Right click on Computer and click on Manage

    3) You may get a User Account Control dialog here; just click Continue

    4) In the left pane, open up the Storage category and click on Disk

    5) Here, you will find your partitions on your disks. Right click on
    the partition you'd like to modify and it turns out a box

    To know the exact steps of how to resize partition under Windows
    Vista, you may
    stella, Sep 28, 2008
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    Jacek Godorowski, Sep 28, 2008

  14. Re the subject, leave the recovery partition as it is..

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  15. Kenn K

    spot Guest

    With this freeware program you can move patitions: 'Norton Partitio
    Magic alternative freeware - FREE EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition
    spot, Sep 28, 2008
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