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    So my girlfriend recently got a laptop with a single 600GB HDD in it. Which is plenty of space, except that Dell determined that the C: drive should be 58GB and the rest should be the D: drive.

    Well we all know that 60GB doesn't take very long to use up, and even with me telling her to save everything to D it has inevitably happened. No biggy, I decreased the D: drive by 40GB but was still unable to extend (because it was not continuous space).

    So I shrunk the D: drive down to 40GB and used the rest to create the F: drive. I copied the contents of D: to F: and deleted D:. Now even though the C: and formerly D: drives are continuous, why can I still not expand?

    Is it because C: is the system/boot drive or is it because I am not using a dynamic disk? What do you guys think would be the easiest way to do this? I know there are 3rd party tools that are supposed to work better than Windows, but I have never used any.

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    I havent used it myself, but I hear that PartitionMagic is the tool that you want. I always thought you couldnt extend the system volume till I read this article. The guy claims to have done it in XP Pro.

    EDIT: If you have 7 on the machine, people recommend GPARTED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post
    I havent used it myself, but I hear that PartitionMagic is the tool that you want. I always thought you couldnt extend the system volume till I read this article. The guy claims to have done it in XP Pro.

    EDIT: If you have 7 on the machine, people recommend GPARTED.
    Yep, it is windows 7, Home edition I believe. I'll take a look at that link
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    I have done this OK with Pro and Enterprise, so it is possible, it might be a limitation of home but I am guessing that if you have the option you should be able to do it?, how far far you get with the process?
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    I dont think you can extend the system partition while its active (booted into it).

    Do you have a Windows 7 install disc or Winpe flash drive? Boot into one of those, get to command line and you can extend the partition using DISKPART. It's command line though, but that shouldnt be any big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyper-Me View Post
    I dont think you can extend the system partition while its active (booted into it).
    Yes you can, you can extend and shrink volumes as you please and it does it nativly, as does vista and server 2008.

    It is all done through Disk Manager.

    How To Shrink & Extend A Partition (Volume) In Windows 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo_666 View Post
    Yes you can, you can extend and shrink volumes as you please and it does it nativly, as does vista and server 2008.

    It is all done through Disk Manager.

    How To Shrink & Extend A Partition (Volume) In Windows 7
    This article has a little more detail and reference the past limitations and extending C:\.

    Extend System Partition in Windows 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo_666 View Post
    Yes you can, you can extend and shrink volumes as you please and it does it nativly, as does vista and server 2008.

    It is all done through Disk Manager.

    How To Shrink & Extend A Partition (Volume) In Windows 7

    Well heck.

    I was sure it blocked me once when i tried to do it while booted into the OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyper-Me View Post
    Well heck.

    I was sure it blocked me once when i tried to do it while booted into the OS.
    This can happen when shrinking the volume, at least on vista it did, and the solution was using thrid party defrag tools which could take care of system files.
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    I was able to shrink and expand the D partition. And I could shrink the C partition, but the expand option is grayed out and I'm not sure why. If it can be shrunk why can't it be expanded?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsbane View Post
    I was able to shrink and expand the D partition. And I could shrink the C partition, but the expand option is grayed out and I'm not sure why. If it can be shrunk why can't it be expanded?
    Is the contiguous space next to it which you wish to extend on to "unallocated" ?
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    Yep. It goes c: unallocated and then D: Maybe it needs a restart after I made the space to the right unallocated?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsbane View Post
    Yep. It goes c: unallocated and then D: Maybe it needs a restart after I made the space to the right unallocated?
    Possibly, there is no harm in trying, if that does not work might be worth playing about with that space, create a partition or 2 delete it etc.
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    Home is your limitation. Pro and Ultimate is no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenjduke View Post
    Home is your limitation. Pro and Ultimate is no problem.
    Dumb thing. (but in MS defense, a typical home user would have no idea that it is possible to increase the size of a partition).

    I downloaded a live cd last night. Maybe I can try it out after my class tonight. How much danger would you think there is in doing this? Should I do a full C: backup?
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    This is weird... I've got Home Premium on my laptop and home computer and have shrunk partitions to make room for a new partition and then deleted that partition and extended the original back into it's place without any problem.

    If you've deleted the partition it'll show up as "Unallocated Space", just simply right click the C: partition and click "Extend Volume" (all of this is done in disk management of course) and the wizard will automatically set itself to let you extend the maximum amount of space (should be equal to the amount of unallocated space) and just finish the extension process follow the wizard and you should be able to extend it.

    Most of the computer management features that weren't usable in home editions of XP are usable in home editions of Win7, just try it and see what happens. If it still doesn't work then it might be a Home Basic/Home Premium difference depending on whether you have Home Basic or not.
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    She has windows 7 home premium (did they even make a windows 7 home basic??)

    The option is there to extend, it is just grayed out for C:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsbane View Post
    She has windows 7 home premium (did they even make a windows 7 home basic??)

    The option is there to extend, it is just grayed out for C:
    Yeah they have a home basic as well as a starter edition. I've seen the starter on a few netbooks on sale at Wal-Mart.
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    If its greyed out, try it with the diskpart command line
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    Post a screen cap of disk management. Page file, restore points, etc. may be preventing you from modifying the partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earweed View Post
    Yeah they have a home basic as well as a starter edition. I've seen the starter on a few netbooks on sale at Wal-Mart.
    The starter edition is used almost exclusively for netbooks. I don't think I have ever seen it on a notebook.

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    I didn't get a chance to play with it last night. I got home late and she was busy watching her shows and wouldn't give it up. I'll see if I can get my hands on it tonight.
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    I just want to follow up on this, I'm sure you do, but it never hurts to ask those stupid questions as things might just trigger up stairs on something else as you read.

    You do have unallocated space showing in disk management right?

    If not, you have deleted the partition you wish to extend into right? (To do so just right click and then click delete partition).

    I just can't see why it'd be grayed out for you, even with page file settings and all, unallocated space on a HDD is just empty space that you should be able to extend to. The only other thing I can think of is if that unallocated space contains some bad sectors or something and because of that it won't let you extend, but even then, I'd imagine that the option would be there for you to extend, you'd just get an error while it tried to complete the process.

    Just weird stuff, .
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    Yes, there is now a chunck of unallocated space between C: and D:

    There shouldn't be any bad sectors yet, this computer is only about 6 months old. Even if there was, that space was just previously used for storage. I could see it causing an error if bad sectors but the option should be available to try.
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    I got another stupid question, are you trying to extend into a separate HDD?
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    psst.....command line.
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