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Resize a Partition for Free in Windows 7, 8.x, or Vista

Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1, and Vista include a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions. No more 3rd party utilities needed! It’s worth noting that many third-party utilities will be more feature-rich, but you can do the very basic stuff in Windows without adding anything new.

To get to this utility, open up Control Panel, and type in partition into the search box.. you’ll immediately see the link show up:

If you are in Windows 8 or 8.1 you’ll need to use the Start Screen search:

Shrink a Partition

In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select “Shrink Volume” from the menu.

In the Shrink dialog, you will want to enter the amount you want to shrink by, not the new size. For example, if you want to shrink your 50gb partition by roughly 10gb so that it will now be roughly 40gb, enter 10000 into the box:

Extend a Partition

In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select “Extend Volume” from the menu.

On this screen, you can specify the amount that you want to increase the partition by. In this case, I’m going to extend it back to the roughly 50GB size that it was before.

Note that the extend partition feature only works with contiguous space.

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  • Published 01/7/13

Comments (288)

  1. Luke

    Works great. Thanks!

  2. wes

    Nice to have better than nothing, but not much better than nothing.
    Very limited in it’s ability especially consider there is no partition
    tool that can be accessed during vista install. The work around is to install xp and use the xp partition tool then upgrade to vista. As currently there is no retail vista partition utility available currently.

  3. Leigh

    Hi I read this article with interest, but I’m wondering how I can resize a separate xp partition under vista.
    I have C: 149 GB NTFS (Vista)
    B; 78 GB NTFS
    F: 29 GB FAT32
    and 41 GB free space.

    How can I absorb that free space into F? When I right click on the partition under disk management, it doesn’t allow me the option to ‘expand volume’. Would be very grateful for any help.
    Leigh.

  4. hossein

    hi. how to format Shrink Partition in vista.

  5. Eric

    Hi what do you mean by:
    “Note that the extend partition feature only works with contiguous space”

    I shrink 10GB from the C drive – hoping to expand the D drive with this space. however the expand function is still greyed out. please help. thanks.

  6. Alan

    I resized my c:\ partition and added and f:\ partition. I put my Windows XP disc in the CD drive hoping to install it to the new partition. But windows says I have no hard drives installed. What gives? I have a new Compaq Presario C5600. Thanks.

  7. triet

    thanks

  8. getmeout

    Hi

    I have 2 partition C drive with 100GB and D Drive with 10 GB other 10 GB is backup by dell manufacture, and my os is window vista. I was trying to shrink my C drive where Os is loaded. It allow me to shrink using computer manager but when I try to make new volume to this unallocated space it gives me error message ? there is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation ?
    will any one help me how to partition in window vista . I don’t mind to reinstall the OS as well.

  9. bill

    same problems please help

  10. Sundararajan

    Everything is fine upto creating the second partition and add OS entry. But when I try to install XP, it gives me error as

    please disable BIOS memory option such as Caching and Shadowing. I’m not able to proceed. Please help.

  11. Borbacle

    It’s very limited as all microsoft built-in tools. You can resize but you cannot FREE space that is being used for “system files” … the resize should let you should the size you want for the new drive and relocated everything to another space.

  12. I got bug after resizing partition

    when i created new partition by resizing my partition from 80 gb to 69gb+2GB+7.8gb

    Now i made 2nd part. active.
    & installed xp
    from xp i cannot resize my 2gb partiton ,even , partition magic shows following error…
    —————————
    Error
    —————————
    Disk 1 (76316MB 10337c 240h 63s) appears to have partitions created using a different
    drive geometry (255h 63s). This serious problem can lead to data loss.
    No partition manipulations should be made to this disk using this
    product or the operating system’s products. You should back up
    the data on this disk, delete all partitions, create new partitions under the new
    drive geometry, and then restore your data using the backup.
    —————————
    OK
    —————————
    what to do???

    ***********warning while resizing***********
    is it due to some kind of specialized partition tech. that vista had done which other cant understand!!!

    how can i now resize my xp partition as i have lost my active partition from vista to xp(which i know was not recommended but let’s talk abt partition resize)

  13. Nick

    Your note about only being able to extend partitions into contiguous space doesn’t seem correct, just shrunk my C: drive using your excellent tutorial on getting around the shrink volume restrictions. I’d hoped to add this free space to my D: drive, but alas, Vista’s free disk manager too won’t let me as the “extend volume” option on the D: drive is greyed out. It will let me re-extend the c: drive into that space though…

    I could delete the D volume and re-create it using all the space as a friend suggested, but I’d rather not since I don’t have space to back up the data that’s on there (it’s not critical data, but it’s nice to have). Any suggestions?

    A Diagram of my current partitions:

    | C: drive | unallocated space | D: drive

  14. The Geek

    I should have written that more clearly… it only works with contiguous space -after- the partition.

    Any one of the commercial utilities will allow you to move the partition, or the gparted live cd should also work.

  15. Bill Blackburn

    You didn’t say, but I assume this is a distructive procedure (erases files/folders on the partition being resized)?

  16. Kevin

    I cannot manually partition my HDD’s via diskpart.exe or Vista shrink. It states I only have 9MB free space when I have 50GB of free space left on my Main HDD, how can I fix this and have vista recalc my HDD space.

    I really want to install Ubuntu on a 6-10GB partition(Vista/Ubuntu *dual boot) but am unable to create a partition even with PartitionMagic which gave me several errors after reboot trying to complete my partition I luckely had a recent restore point from earlier today which allowed me to get out of the infinate partition loop from PartitionMagic.

    Wow, I don’t think I have ever said “partition” this many times ever ;)

    If you can help please do!

  17. Ming

    How can i expand my Drive C? It only allows for shrink.
    Thanks.

  18. daniel

    i have 13 gb on c which is almost full and i have 90 gb on d. i use windows xp. should i expand c (and if so, how?) or should i incorporate d into c (again, how?) what is the purpose of having 2 drives? thanks for your input.

  19. Deb Cartier

    Resize a Partition for Free in Windows Vista Inquiries….

    Check out this microsoft page for answers to partition creation, shrinking, etc.

    Love your forum. Keep up the good work!

    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/d9a4d35e-efdf-406c-a049-0860180129a71033.mspx#EFB

  20. Mike

    Thanx for the link. Took me 5 minutes to create a new logical drive.

  21. Jim Bechrakis

    Thenks i was looking for a program becouse i didnt know that vista had a tool thenk you.
    it took me 30sec to done with it.

  22. emil

    hi

    i got a system with Windows Vista installed on it and ONLY one partition (C:)
    of course i want to have at one more partition(D:) but i don’t want to reinstall everything
    in this case the best option is to SHRINK system partition C

    do you think that is possible with windows disk management ?

    thx

    emil

  23. Vinh

    The Properties of my C: drive shows 15GB of Used Space and 40GB of Free Space but the Shrink
    utility show 0 for the available shrink space!
    What is the cause of this?

  24. ayush

    I have 2 partition C drive with 100GB and D Drive with 10 GB other 10 GB is backup by dell manufacture, and my os is window vista. I was trying to shrink my C drive where Os is loaded. It allow me to shrink using computer manager but when I try to make new volume to this unallocated space it gives me error message ? there is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation ?
    will any one help me how to partition in window vista . I don’t mind to reinstall the OS as well.

  25. Trent

    Wow, what a “great” feature. It allows me to shrink my 188GB partition by a whopping 159MB!

    How does Bill do it!!???

  26. JC (Minion #1)

    Many thanks for the info.

  27. Manoj

    I have 2 partition C drive with 100GB and D Drive with 10 GB other 10 GB is backup by dell manufacture, and my os is window vista. I was trying to shrink my C drive where Os is loaded. It allow me to shrink using computer manager but when I try to make new volume to this unallocated space it gives me error message ? there is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation ?
    Please help…

  28. Trent

    According to M$,Ttat s not an error, but a “feature.”

    Enjoy.

  29. jaybaz

    I have 2 partitions:

    C drive with 220GB – windows vista.
    D Drive with 10 GB is backup by dell manufacture

    I was trying to shrink my C drive where Os is loaded. It allow me to shrink using computer manager but when I try to make new volume to this unallocated space it gives me error message ? there is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation ?

    This happens if I try and shrink just a 30Gb partition… i can create it but not allocate it as a New Simple Partition.

    This has been asked a few times here but no answer?

  30. Gyokumen_Koushu

    Im having the same problem as jaybaz. My sys is Dell M1530.

    C drive with 220GB – OS
    D drive with 10 GB – Recovery by dell manufacture (MS Work)
    Hidden drive with 78MB – Primary partition (EISA Configuration)
    Hidden drive with 2.5GB – Primary partition

    Question1: Cant create new partition with the unallocated space i managed to get after shrinking C:

    Question2. When i wanted to delete the 2.5GB hidden drive, i’ve got a prompt: This partition is not created by windows and might contain data recognised by other OS. Can i delete this drive ?

    I believe i cant create new partition cz sys only allows 4 primary partition. Correct me if im wrong. Thx in adv.

  31. Mohamed Said

    I have a toshiba with a 200 GB single drive running under Vista OS. I want to add partition the hard drive to three more partitions. I’ll be grateful for your assistance.

  32. Juwari

    I have a toshiba with a 120 GB and after Vista installation size in C :105.71 GB single drive running under Vista OS. I want to add partition the hard drive to two more partitions. I don’t mind to reinstall the OS as well.
    Can disk management shrink C (OS disk drive ) safely?
    How to do it (new size in C and D disk)?
    I’ll be grateful for your assistance.

  33. Kumar

    Understanding the error message “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation? when you create a volume
    Shrinking volumes is a cool feature of Windows Vista, but we’re starting to see an interesting side effect—the inability to create a new partition in the newly created unallocated space. Customers who face this problem almost always have a new computer that shipped from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) with 4 primary partitions on the disk. As you may know, hard disks configured as basic disks are limited to 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition and multiple logical drives. Customers who try to shrink their operating system partition find that they can’t create a 5th partition due to this limit. Unfortunately the error message is not helpful and we are working to correct this in SP1.

    Deleting the partitions created by the OEM is often not possible due to the way the OEMs configure the partitions. Therefore, our advice to customers is to extend the operating system partition back to the original size to regain use of the unallocated space. If additional storage is needed, consider adding an external USB hard disk.

  34. Sudheendra

    Thanks Kumar,

    My search for a solution to this problem ends in your reply. If possible include this as a message with in a patch in Windows update and there by helping people who keep trying the same down the line.

  35. shubham

    I have a single drive of nearly 120gb
    i want to create partition using the disk management tool
    but i want
    to make it sure that my data is not lost
    can i please get some information regarding the same

    thanks

  36. Ramesh

    Hi

    I have windows vista operating system.In my harddrive 160 GB in the one desk .I want to make two it into two drive ( 80 + 80 ).Can u guide me to do partition in windows vista.

    Thanks and ragadrs,

    Ramesh M

  37. Ian Cuthbert

    I had the same problem with a 120G drive which my son had formatted as Drive C 20G and Drive D as 100G. I also found that whilst the Vista Disc Management allowed Drive D to be shrunk, it wouldn’t allow me to expand Disc C into the space.

    Last night I downloaded Paragon Software Partition Manager Version 9 Personal Edition for about £22 and this afternoon resized disc C to 50G with Disc D at 70G (in round figures) with no effort on my part. I’ve achieved what I wanted. The proportions were my choice – Partition Manager appeared to be able to accommodate any ratio to include additional partitions but I haven’t investigated the latter.

    Ian

  38. srp

    I need help.

    Ihave used Partitiom magic with Windows Vista and and one of three deseapered. Whar to do?

    Sorry for bad english.

  39. Ashkan

    I created an additional drive (volume) by shrinking drive C. New drive is created and is 80GB. On Computer Management screen it shows that new drive is “unallocated”. When i try to allocate a drive name using New Simple Wizard i get the bellow error.
    “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation?
    I have tried all the available options of the Wizard but the same error occurs. Since this drive is not allocated, it cannot be seen. pls help me.

  40. Ali Alsagoff

    Hey there,

    Really need ur help… i just bought a MaxtorOneTouch4 250 gb ext hdd. It is in NTFS format and i just transferred 150 gig of media to it so that i can get my PS3 to detect it but i just found out that PS3 only reads in FAT32 format… How do i change part of the hdd to FAT32 format without transferring back the 150 gig into a pc??

    Tnx in advance

  41. Hussain

    I am trying to install xp on a computer with vista.I followed your instructions on shrinking the c:Drive and am trying to allocate 20 GB on another drive.Everytime I try to name the drive D and follow the steps it doesnot accept and gives me an error at the end.i would like to take out or del the Unallocated space or assign a da s adrive and I am not able to do so.
    1.How do I assign the unallocated space of 20GB as drive D and then partition it or how do I go back to square one and del the unallocated space.

    Thanks

  42. Gupta

    great, its working……………

  43. vivek

    all those who had trouble splitting your partition, try disabling system restore, pagefile, (in advanced settings in computer properties) and hibernate option (in power management). it frred up some of my hard disk. i am still working on it.

    don’t forget to turn them on back later.

  44. Eshwar

    Need urgent help!!!!!!!!

    Iam trying to install lot of applications which cannot work on vista ,so i want to do partition and want to install XP on other drive and make it as a dual Boot ,

    I have only one C drive of one 160 gb
    Note : please tell me wheter i would lost the data in the C drive or not
    Please guide me how can i do that.

  45. Mark Priest

    Although I have not had any problems with Vista’s Partition Manager, I have heard others who have. I found a great utility online for free…”Partition Magic Live.” After you download the ISO image and burn it CD/DVD, it runs as a boot up disk in a linux kernal. Very nice!

  46. Dave

    I have Vista Ultimate 64 and I don’t get any search result entering partition in the Control Panel search box

  47. Brice

    I’m probably repeating what has been said many times in this post but nevermind :

    For Extend Partition feature, it is necessary to have the partition to resize and the Unallocated space CONTIGUOUS.

    e.g. If you have C with for example 50GB, then D with 20 GB and then 20GB unallocated, you will be able to extend D but not C.

    To extend the C drive, you will need to backup or copy to the space unallocated (after formatting it) and then delete the drive D to become an unallocated space.

    Then the C and prior D will become contiguous and you will be able to extend the C drive just fine !

  48. Alex

    Same in here, on 64bit , can’t find any result for the partitioning tool.

  49. Lee

    I had an IDE drive with 2 partitions. one with data the other newly formatted. I extended the data containing partition to use the whole drive and now can’t access my data! I have done nothing else since I extended this partition.

  50. aman

    hi
    i m a vista ultimate installed in drive C (25gb).
    other three two drives are D (15 gb) and E (30 gb).
    i want to merge drive D with primary partition ie drive C, so to have drive C as 40 gb hard drive .
    please suggest me ways of accomplshing the same.

  51. Pras

    The partition mechansim in Windows Vista is very bad. It has many limitations. There is no way to create more than 4 primary partitions. If you try to create more than four primary partions, then we will get an error “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation” which is not at all related to the acual cause. I dont understand what kind of testing has been done before its release.

  52. Trent

    Why you do you think M$ buys everything instead of producing their own stuff?

    Only thing M$ has produced on their own is MS Bob.

  53. chalamba singh

    i have a desktop with windows vista installed. drive size is 150 GB with three partition(c drive 25GB in NTFS, d drive 15GB in FAT32, and e drive 119GB presently visible as raw primary partition). my problem is that i like to make use of e drive which has the maximum space capacity,but unable to use, denying the access to this drive. i tried to format this drive from administrative templates also but denied. now no format no delete no access what to do. how to make it useable please help

  54. David

    Tnx Brice.

  55. Martyn

    I wondered why no body made partition managers for Vista, I mean I tried Paragon but it doesn’t support 64 bit and I tried Cute but it just couldn’t burn it’s boot disk.

    I then stumble across this forum and find that all along Vista had a manager built in. I just used it to partition & format my new (hence raw) slave drive and within seconds I now have a slave drive that Vista can access.

    In response to Pras comment I use Linux alot on a second system and GParted is also limited to only 4 primary drives unless extended partitions are used.

    And for those who can’t find partition in the search, i couldn’t either; go to administrator tools and select computer management. The partitioner is in there (I also run Ultimate x64)

    Great work, keep it up.

    Nice one lads,
    Martyn

  56. jimmy

    Installing XP on new partition:

    For those of you installing XP on a new partition and getting an error that is somthing like “No Drive” found, the problem i am suspecting is in your drive type… Windows XP Install CD’s do not come with SATA drivers… it has no way of seeing these drives and assumes it is installing to an IDE drive unles you go through some pre boot driver install stuff that is more complicated then i want to explain.

    it’s even harder to find the drivers needed to do it then actually do it.

    have fun…

    also keep in mind that XP is not designed to deal with multiple core processors to well… so that might also be another problem for you

  57. urb1972

    I wouldn’t put XP and Vista on the same physical drive. It can cause nightmares…

  58. Zissou

    I have a 160 gb sata drive partitioned into 2 drives, and i have been able to install xp with no problems (other than looking for drivers since no OEM drivers were provided for xp). It is working fine in dual boot and the only occasional error is xp overwriting bootmgr.exe (about once a month). This is easily repaired from the cd though. Its running fine with my T7500 cpu as well. Ill be trying Debian next.

  59. kunle

    Hi, i had a similar problem on my Dell laptop (creating an extra volume after resizing my drive C). My turnaround was to delete the last partition (which was empty) and it merged with the new volume i created from the drive C. This left me with 3 partitions and an extra unallocated space. Now i was able to create a new volume from this unallocated space

  60. rcs27

    Ok

    Maybe this has been answered but I saw a similar problem above and couldnt find the answer.

    When I try to create a New Simple Volume I get the error message “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation” I have looked around and found people with the same problem but no solution!!!

    Please help!!!

  61. Ram

    I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 250G hard disk storage on it. Apparently they did not partition the way I wanted it to be (not in their policy), but it came with 3 partitions (c: for OS, d: as a recovery of 10gb; a logical partition for media direct). I tried to reinstall the from the scratch as I wasn’t aware of the shrink feature, and got into a problem of this unallocated space when partitioned the C: of 220G into 100 + 120g. I installed the OS (vista premium) on C: and then tried to use the unallocated for d: drive. However, it wouldn’t allow me to do so and i was left with 100g with main drive.

    I reached this post and noticed a comment [ http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/#comment-31645 ] and realized of installing OS from the scratch again. I deleted a partition (recovery d:) that OEM had created, and combined both unallocated storage spaces and then partitioned as 2 drives as primary. I still have the media direct logical partition, I hope it works ok when I completely install the Premium again.

    I hope I have all the drivers required once the installation is complete now. wireless did not work after I reinstalled previously, hope it works fine with this new re-install now.

    will update this post, in case it helps any one here.

    -Ram

  62. raghesh

    I tried to resize the C: drive of my new Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. I was able create a new partition of 20 GB but could not format it. I restarted the system but could not boot into it. Could anyone help me as I am not interested to reinstall Windows Vista as important data is present on the C: drive.

  63. Kaye

    I understand from the above that Dell sets up 4 partions when it installs Vista and Vista only accepts 4 partitions. I was hoping to add another partition to my gigantic 500 GB hard drive. Is this possible. I like to have all the data files which I create (dbase, spreadsheets, writing, etc.) on a separate partition so I can just backup changes to these quickly to my portable drive. If I crash (which has happened dispite serious surge protectors), I can just reinstall the operating system and software and I’m in business.

  64. YonY23

    greaaaaaaaaaaat…nice post…thanks…solve my problem without third party software:-)

  65. niklas

    if you wont be able to shrink because windows says you have to less space (when you actually have plenty of space) you just have to put off system recovery, do this with this guide: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001111912274039?Open&tpre=se?Open&docid=20050620085607924&nsf=SUPPORT%5CINTER%5Ctsgeninfointl.nsf&view=01ae6bfe9ea2884588256d0a004be5b1

    me myself couldnt shrink my partition and i followed that guide and tadaa i have 30gb available space to shrink to a new partition.

    good luck

  66. Ram

    I had left a comment here before [ http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/#comment-50350 ] –> as i had planned after reading this post, I deleted the extra partition (10G) Dell had made, cleared other partitions except the media center partition, re-created the partitions C: and D: as I needed. Re-installed Windows Vista Dell had sent me along with the computer.

    Drivers:
    Although Dell support center software on the machine had the list of all the drivers required and had Tickmarked by those items, my assumption was the tool identified all the available drivers on the machine and tickmarked, but that turned out wrong when I called up Dell Tech Support. Dell representative walked me through those drivers, and I installed each one of those as appeared. My system was back to working condition including the wireless, audio, video etc within an hour on that call.

    -Ram

  67. dot

    Worked for me…………… THANKS

  68. tom thomas

    one doubt pls,

    if we shrink the drive by this method, can we save the data on drives other than the o.s drive if an o.s fail occurs.to be more clear suppose that the operating system fails and requires a reintall due to some virus attack or some other fault, after the reinstallation will we be able to retrieve the data stored on the disks other than the o.s disk?

    pls answer my email id is metomthomas@gmail.com

  69. raju

    I have window vista in my laptop with 160GB having 1 partition is it possible to partition my hard disk so that i can have unix & vista.Plz suggest me.

  70. tom thomas

    will be very much thankful if anybody could answer to my previous question that is listed above

  71. The Geek

    @Everyone

    Please, Please, Please leave questions on the forum, where your threads will actually be seen and responded to.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/

  72. mirwais

    i think it was just lovely. it did help me a lot. it was exactly what i was looking for ages ago.

  73. Alan

    If you want to resize the primary partition (the non-contigeous part)with the operating system on, take the hard drive out and put it in another PC with Vista. As the PC is not booting from this drive you can work this space. I have found you may have delete and re-install extended partitions, but then usually its easy to copy the data to the PC you are working with to carry out resizing.

  74. Victor

    one question:
    i have already got 4 partitions.
    knowing that vista only support 4 partitions, if i shrink one of my partition to free up space, can i use that space to install another system such as ubuntu?

  75. Jerry

    have C: 250 GB NTFS (Vista)
    C; 270 GB NTFS
    d: 13 GB FAT32
    and 14 GB free space.

    How can I absorb that free space into D? When I right click on the partition under disk management, it doesn’t allow me the option to ‘expand volume’. Would be very grateful for any help.
    Thanks Jerry & Gerald

  76. Andy

    Quote from Nick 25/8/07
    “Nick
    Your note about only being able to extend partitions into contiguous space doesn’t seem correct, just shrunk my C: drive using your excellent tutorial on getting around the shrink volume restrictions. I’d hoped to add this free space to my D: drive, but alas, Vista’s free disk manager too won’t let me as the “extend volume” option on the D: drive is greyed out. It will let me re-extend the c: drive into that space though

    I could delete the D volume and re-create it using all the space as a friend suggested, but I’d rather not since I don’t have space to back up the data that’s on there (it’s not critical data, but it’s nice to have). Any suggestions?

    A Diagram of my current partitions:

    | C: drive | unallocated space | D: drive”

    That’s exactally the same experience that I have had with Vista, @ present C: has 289.02gig and D:Recovery has 9.07. Now all I wanted to expand D: for was to create more space for the backup as 9 gig just ain’t enough and I have sucessfully freed up 50 gig from C: but this tool will not allow me to expand D: with the unallocated disk volume. I have then tried to create a new partition F: with about 50gig on it and then to delete the D: drive, no luck with that either.

    I don’t see where the problem lies with this “contiguous space -after- the partition” and would be grateful if “The Geek” could shed some more light on this and yes I have been to the forum looking for answers but there is not one definate one on how to expand when vista does not allow it.

    Peace out

    Andy

  77. Ilya

    Initial situation
    ———————

    Vista only allows to shrink C: by half (and I want to shrink it by 90% to free up space for Linux)

    The following have worked for me:
    ———————————————–

    Tools: I used perfectdisk (note they have a free 30-day trial). perfectdisk can consolidate free space AND it can consolidate free space taken by system files/data AND it shows a map (unused/used/MFT/etc) of your drive (it does not show though which file is taking a particular spot)

    “Offline run” below means perfectdisk’s “offline run” mode (which is done when computer reboots BEFORE the main os boots).

    Steps
    ——-

    Some of these steps may not be necessary, (and some may eat your data. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK)

    0. Disable pagefile and remove pagefile.sys (maybe wasnot necessary)

    1. Disable hibernation (maybe was not necessary)

    2. Run perfectdisk defragmenter in “consolidate free space” mode: a lot of space in the middle of harddrive is marked as “excluded” and does not move

    3. Run defragmenter offline (this is needed to consolidate system files) No perceptible changes
    in disk layout

    4. Disable restore points, run defragmenter offline. Most of stuff in the middle of the disk is gone, but metadata is still there right in the middle of the disk

    5. Now use VIsta’s “shrink the volume”. This shrinks the volume by 50%

    6. Run defragmenter in offline mode ONE MORE TIME.

    7. And now metadata is again in the middle of the disk, But the disk has shrunk! And so Vista agrees to shrink it by another 50%! (and by 75% from the original size)

    I guess, you can repeat steps 6 and 7 as needed

    Some obvious conclusions
    ————————————–

    It seems that Vista needs/uses some special-purpose area on the disk. When Vista starts up, it tries to reuse this area, if it’s not there, the area is allocated anew somewhere around the middle of the drive. Offline defragmenter can move this area and forces Vista to reinitialize it.

    So it seems likely that just doing: shrink/offline defragmenter run/shrink/offline run, would solve the problem in fewer steps.

    keywords: shrink volume, partition, resize, Vista, Linux

  78. Hassan

    i have a Dell M1530
    C drive = 220 GB
    D drive = 10 GB which is for backup by Dell

    i am trying to partition my c drive via disk management, but when i open the shrink volume for drive C. it shows only 21 MB available for shrinking. i have about 140 GB of free space on my C drive. can anyone tell me why is this happening?

  79. saurav tomar

    hi…
    i have (Vista home premium)
    C; 120 GB NTFS
    d: 20 GB FAT32
    and 19 GB free space.

    How can I absorb that free space into D? When I right click on the partition under disk management, it doesn’t allow me the option to ‘expand volume’.what should i do? Would be very grateful for any help.
    saurav..

  80. Aishwarya

    I have a toshiba with vista installed.
    there are 3 partitions,
    1. primary system boot : C
    2. primary :D
    3. logical : F
    their structure is C | D | F
    i want to shring F and extend C by that much space.
    C D are full.
    Using the windows partition mgr does not help. allows me shring F. but does not even show me the extend option in C or D.
    what can I do? I NEED to extend my C partition .
    Please help..

  81. anonimul

    Complete information about Windows Vista’s Disk Management tool can be found here:
    http://www.vista4beginners.com/How-to-manage-your-disks-using-only-Windows-Vista-Disk-Management-tool

  82. ricardo

    works good

  83. Anand

    I have 250 GB HDD I have shrink 50 gb from it, when i format that partion i got a error like ‘ You can not create a new volume in the unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partition ‘.
    I tried most site did not see the answer, but many people had faced same problem. Please share steps if anyone have.
    PS. I am able to do the same task successfully on XP. Only Vista blocks it.

  84. FJK

    Unfortunately Vista tells lies, you CANNOT cut a large drive in half creating 2 similar sized partitions in Vista… what you can do is create measly partitions of perhaps up to 20 gb – now who is their right mind will want to create a pathetic 20gb partition on a 250 gb hard drive ?

    You simply cannot create “real” large hard drive partitions with Vista, so its really a question of “back to Partition Magic or similar”

    Sorry, Vista sucks, and now knowing this it sucks even more…

  85. sagar biswas

    i have my hard disk 250 GB installed with window vista without any partition it has only c drive i want to make new partitions without lossing any data or formatting programs.please give me solution.

  86. SHABD

    Hi,
    Actually iwnted to expand my C:drive ,from D:drive in windows vista, please help…..

  87. shahnawaz

    Thanks Alot

  88. Tauqeer Ahmed

    Hi i tried this thing in vista it shrined the volume that i wanted to do but was not showing the expand option in which i wanted to expand

  89. Hadji

    There are some (lost) files at the end of the harddrive. So you cant shinrk more than few hundrerds.
    Try easus it’s free end you can resize your partition.
    I call it partitionning for Dummies. No need to know how to boot.

  90. Naomi

    Fantastic!

    Thank you for this great resource :)

  91. wonjun

    To do what writer said in vista follow this orders:

    1. click control panel.
    2. click administratives tools.
    3. click computer management.
    4. after step 3, ocmputer management window will pop up. disk management is on the left side of the window.
    5. you just have to right click the part you want to shrink or expend volume.

  92. wonjun

    additional: if anyone have problem that saids “not enough disk space” while installing vista, you should follow the order:

    1. click control panel.
    2. click administratives tools.
    3. click computer management.
    4. after step 3, ocmputer management window will pop up. disk management is on the left side of the window, click on it.
    5. right click any drive you want to clean and click properties.
    6. in the general section, you should see pie diagram of capacity and disk cleanup button should be right next to it. click.
    7. select the program you want to remove to make extra space.

  93. chandra

    My vista 64 bit runs on the c drive (65 gb). I have two other partitions 65 gb each. I want to increase the size of c drive. can i do it without formatting the whole drive?

  94. robert gross

    I have a 500 G hard drive that has 455 in C Drive, 10 in D dive Recovery, and an E Drive. I would like to increase the the D Drive Recovery to about 50 G. How do I do it. I have Viata Home Preminum

  95. Ike

    I want to resize my hard drive but it tells me that size of available shrink space can be restricted if snapshots or page files are enableed on the volume. What will I do?

  96. Vladimir Nikolic

    My 2 cents
    My configuratin before extending was C:50GB D:80GB, also i had linux partition resolved by Windows 7 as unkown space.
    What i did is to delete linux partition, and after that i did format of newly created partition.
    So i had C, D, F(20GB)
    I ve tried to extend D, so i can have 100GB on D. But extend option was greyed out.
    Then i righ clicked on F, same case. I delted F partition, since it was empty, and when i clicked on D extend became clickable. I clicked and in 2 seconds i got D-100GB :)
    IMPORTANT!!!
    DO NOT DELETE any partition if you are not sure tthat there is any data you need!!! Backup files you need first!

  97. Krishna

    how can i make partition in my computer (with xp) without formatting.Presently i am having c drive is 100 gb and d drive is 100gb and now i want to make it c drive as 50 gb and d drive as 150 gb

  98. mahaveer singhvi

    i am having dell inspirion laptop. i am having 3 drive C drive 220gb, D recovery drive 10 gb and logical drive. i want to partioned my c drive and i partitioned using shrink volume in window vista. and finally a message appear that”You can not create a new volume in the unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partition”.
    this problem is faced by me as well as most of the dell laptop users.

  99. hopethathelps

    Okay, here is the solution that i found. IT REALLY HELPS

    IF u have for example a drive C containing the OS VISTA or whatever and u have another eg E. ANd you want to extend C right? here is what u do?

    1. Go to Admins tools – Computer Mgt – Disk Mgt then Format the drive E
    2. Then again right click on drive E and again click on “Delete drive”
    3. Then right click on the drive C and choose “Extend drive”
    4. it will b extended with all the available free spaces which u gained by deleting E
    5. u r done.

  100. Jonathan

    Hi,

    When trying to shrink my volume it says ‘parameter is incorrect’. Also in my overview at the top of disks it says my D drive has a capacity of 90,24GB while in the detailed overview at the bottom it says my D drive is 99,05BG big. When going to my computer it also says 90,24GB while it should be 99,05GB big… any suggestions ?

  101. Javstar

    Thanks Geek!
    I keep forgetting where this is located….

  102. Dipesh

    I have a partition C: with 200GB with WIN 7 and want to create a partition and install WIN XP on that as WIN 7 doesn’t run with most of the software just coz.. its a news OS.

    I need help in creating a partition and installing WIN XP without formating the computer.

    Please help!

  103. Jurij

    Worked like a charm… Thanks. Shrinking is a great WIN 7 function.

  104. vikal

    i have laptop of dell and in this there is a primary partition of 298.89GB and i want to divided it into 2 or 3 part how can I divide it and create new partion.

  105. bashkim

    danke

  106. shawn

    Awsome help but you should have put in the part about creating an entirely new storage space to put all the shinked space.

  107. babak

    hi
    i istalled windows 7

    now i cant format and have a 117 gigabite from free of my hard
    c-d-e-f-g-h = 380 gb and my hard capacity= 500 gb

    120 gb i losed i i want to faound it and format it and have 7 drive . now i have 6 drive=380 gb
    thx
    babak

  108. Sara

    hi help me i have a pc with OS win7 i have many problem after i cracked my OS (i live in Iran and there isn’t orginal OS in Iran)1) IE in my system can’t open some webpage ex websites that include script code for recognize 2) i want to extend two partition to one partition but i can’t element extend is n’t active help me thx can you send your answer to my Email? please

  109. herman

    how to extend c: drive

  110. Neki

    How can i expand my Drive C? it is full, on D i hav memory, for C It only allows for shrink.
    Please help..

  111. chinua

    Thank you, your post is very very useful!
    Thanks

  112. Clinton

    Thanks guys you made partitioning like a walk in the park after I spent a couple of days trying to use “Partition Wizard” and “Partition Magic” with no success.

  113. Goose

    Thanks for this article. I followed the instructions, and the only point that needs clarification would be that, after vista (I shrank the partition right before upgrading to windows 7) shrinks the partition C:\ it will mark the unoccupied area as disc casheable. Meaning that the free space is not marked as unallocated.

    To create another partition for install, you need unallocated space on the drive. Not an empty partition. Remember that Microsoft programs need to be on the first primary partition (primary=bootable) for the entire hard disk to be readable\installable for the microsoft boot-loader.

    Some general rules are;
    1. There are three possible boot partitions on any hard-disk drive.
    2. Use the oldest partitioning OS first, as older operating systems don’t read later file systems.
    3. Have a bootable disk that can put a bootloader on the system, and write to the MBR install by microsoft often wipe the MBR to their own ends.

    Having Windows XP go bad on another computer led me to buy a terrabyte drive. With a fresh drive I used the Ubuntu bootdisk to bring up the partition program. Created a bootable primary in NTFS at 299 gig size, I left a 2 gig empty space in front of that because there are emergency programs that can install themselves there.

    Next was a 300~ gig drive in EXT3 file system that I thought Ubuntu would install on. the rest was free-space. Ubuntu install from CD does not let you decide how the install goes. It didn’t touch the free-space in the front, or the 2 partitions with file systems on them. It created an 8-gig cache sector at the end of the free-space and installed on the unallocated free-space that was left in front of that.

    So the 3 partitions I have; 1 with a clean WindowsXP at the front, the second is a reserved partition with a file system on it, then there’s the Ubuntu with it’s cache sector at the end. What’s interesting is that the hard disk that still has the disabled XP on it is readable from the new install of Ubuntu, and the WindowXP fresh/clean install calls it drive D:\.

  114. Nilanj

    How can i make partition of Drive C: in windows 7……….
    Windows 7 allows me to make partition under d: or any other drive but does not allow me to shrink Drive C:

  115. Keystone

    Those of you who are complaining about not being able to expand a volume.

    Check and make sure the space is labeled unallocated, not free space.
    Free space means free extended partition, which means there is a volume there. Right click and delete the free space.

    Unallocated supports extending a volume onto it.

    Regards to all

  116. Sushil Kumar

    I m using window 7 ultimate 32 bit,

    Extend Volume is not highlighted, i was check this with as administrator account, please help

  117. kaa

    I am using windows 7, and I have two drives. I want to increase drive C: dimension and the Extend Volume is not highlighted. Please help

  118. Maxwell

    My pal has an iMac 24″ and Disk C is 450 GB. I want to put C at 100GB for Windows 7 and keep the rest for a DATA partition. But it won’t let me…only wants to allow me to shrink by 222100. Disk C only has 17 GB used so far. WTF?? Argghhh!

    So here’s my #s:
    Total size before shrink in MB: 451559
    Size of available shrink space in MB: 222110
    Enter amount of space to shrink in MB: 221110 (this was automatically inserted and I can’t increase this value)
    Total size after shrink in MB: 229449 (greyed out)

    So, why can’t I put that number to 350000?????? Any1 know of a resize tool for Win7?? I’m gonna have to relieve Disk Administrator of its duties.

  119. Nezar

    That is a great … It took me 5 minutes to creat a new partition

  120. joao

    AWSOME THKS

  121. SANDEEP SHINDE

    I created an additional drive (volume) by shrinking drive C. New drive is created and is 70GB. On Computer Management screen it shows that new drive is “unallocated”. When i try to allocate a drive name using New Simple Wizard i get the bellow error.
    “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation��?
    I have tried all the available options of the Wizard but the same error occurs. Since this drive is not allocated, it cannot be seen. pls help me.

  122. tester

    Honey I shrunk my hard disks!

  123. kushal

    thnx i am very happy my problem is soll

  124. Sugih

    Why can’t apply at Windows7 (32 BITS) Home Basic ?

  125. omair

    wow its done,ive made a patition without doing a fresh installation………..thanks

  126. PCMBC

    I still have A problem I need more volume on my C drive to install windows 7
    my Partition on my hard disk is ON Drive C = 29.2 GB and free space left is 4.51 GB
    and it is compress to save disk space
    Drive D = 239 GB and free space left is 219 GB

  127. Dave Gibson

    Vista problem.

    I shrunk D: with a view to increasing C:. The space shows up as unallocated.

    However, when I try to extend C:, extend is greyed out.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Dave.

  128. chris

    This info has been great, totally helpful.

    but i have a problem,
    i am trying to put xp on my windows 7 laptop, for all the programs i want to run which don’t work on windows 7.

    my drive already has 3 primary/bootable partions. the main one with the os on it, the 100mb reserved one and a system recovery one (which i didn’t create and can’t change, although i would like to use system recovery on window 7)
    how do i create a bootable partition from here??

  129. Karan

    Hey buddy thanks…I just forgot about Disk Management tool…thnx fr reminding me ha…!!

  130. Count Vampy

    @Chris
    Theres “XP mode” (Microsoft Virtual PC) to cater for your programs that work on XP. No need to install the whole OS!

  131. kinnari

    thank youuu soo muchh …!!!!

    i ws so worried abt my c drive space ..it worked nd now i hv enough space ….

    thnks a lot

  132. Lynn Bearden

    thank you ..you guys are life and computer savers.i have a ACER ASPIRE S7352.when i got it showed c/drive data/drive..but no matter what i tryed it always showed the data/drive after i would reboot my system.i tryed going and deleating the data/drive aleast 20 times.but no matter what acer said to try or what best buy said to do..i was ready to just get another hard drive.by far your advise fixed everything i tryed but had no good outcomes.THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR KNOW HOWS .AND HOW TO”S
    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH..LYNN BEARDEN

  133. ravi

    hey plz help
    Iam able to shrink the volume but iam not able to give it any drive path nor is it being detected when i open “my computer” I am usingwindows7 starter edition

  134. Avinash

    thanq :).. it worked me !

  135. nishant

    HI,

    i have a 32 bit machine and had xp and windows 7 installed on c and d respectively. recentely i decided to keep only one os so i deleted both c and d and installed a fresh copy of win 7 on c, but when i try to format the d drive from the disk management utility it shows error “there is not enough space on the disk(s) to complete the operation”. disk management shows 75 gb as free space. and on right click of the all the option shows greyed out except create simple new volume. sm1 please help
    thankx

  136. niraj kumar pandey

    really helpfull forum.

  137. niraj kumar pandey

    i have windows7 installed in c: of my lappy.there are other two primary partitions. in additiom to that the system has nerly 41 Gb of unallocated space. i want to install ubuntu in that free space. but while installing, free space is not shown separtely from other 2 primary partitions i.e.D and E. Plz help me in istallibng ubuntu in unallocated space.

  138. Eik

    Thanks a lot, that drove me nuts.

  139. Stylo

    I’m Unable to extent my primary hard drive

  140. smilburn64

    Look I know this may have been siad already, but i noticed people are having alot of problems shrinking and resizing drives. Well when they say contiguous space, please remember your old defrag attributes: fragmented files and contiguous files. Try Defragging your hard disks BEFORE you shrink the first patition and then again AFTER expansion of the second partition. This way you ensure that all space freed by the shrink is contiguous on the hard disk and not how it shows on the partition manager. Most disk management tools supplied with windows have hard drive faults natively because they use multiple different operations in the one manager. When shrinking and expanding, make sure you use the serapate Disk Defrgmenter otherwise windows will have a hard tme seeing the free space as contiguous.

  141. THEcreationist

    I was able to shrink my drive (60 GB) in size to make 29 GB of unallocated space. But, when I use the “New simple volume” feature to make a new partition from that drive, it simply says there is not enough space on the disk.

  142. Vikram Reddy

    I am really greatful to this website. It helped me a lot.

  143. santosh kumar

    I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 250G hard disk storage on it. Apparently they did not partition the way I wanted it to be (not in their policy), but it came with 3 partitions (c: for OS, d: as a recovery of 10gb; a logical partition for media direct). I tried to reinstall the from the scratch as I wasn’t aware of the shrink feature, and got into a problem of this unallocated space when partitioned the C: of 220G into 100 + 120g. I installed the OS (vista premium) on C: and then tried to use the unallocated for d: drive. However, it wouldn’t allow me to do so and i was left with 100g with main drive.

    I reached this post and noticed a comment [ http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....ment-31645 ] and realized of installing OS from the scratch again. I deleted a partition (recovery d:) that OEM had created, and combined both unallocated storage spaces and then partitioned as 2 drives as primary. I still have the media direct logical partition, I hope it works ok when I completely install the Premium again.

    I hope I have all the drivers required once the installation is complete now. wireless did not work after I reinstalled previously, hope it works fine with this new re-install now.

    will update this post, in case it helps any one here

    santosh

  144. kapil

    I have windows 7 installed.
    there are 3 partitions,
    1. primary system boot : C
    2. primary
    3. logical : F
    their structure is C | D | F
    i want to shring F and extend C by that much space.
    C D are full.
    Using the windows partition mgr does not help. allows me shring F. but does not even show me the extend option in C or D.
    what can I do? I NEED to extend my C partition .
    Please help..

  145. Priya

    hi..i have a dell computer with windows 7..i want to expand my c drive by shrinking d drive.
    how can i do that without affecting the windows files on c drive?plz help..

  146. alinnemarie

    Extend Volume option is disabled for C drive :(
    How can i extend my C drive, because i am running out of space…
    (Shrink option worked just fine. I am using Win 7.)

  147. Deepak

    I have vista on my computer , there is two drive
    C:=60 GB
    D:= 70 GB
    I wana merge D drive into C drive . Is it possible without use of any third party software . Is anyone can help me about this topic

  148. muyiwa

    i have WIN 7 on my computer. its hard disk = 232 is already partitioned into :
    Recovery partition 10.24
    C 197.33
    and D 25.32
    i want to increase the size of that D because the available free space is now 379 MB.
    i have tried to extend it. it didnt allow that but display for shrinking of it.
    however, how can i extend it

  149. Suraj Rai

    Hi,
    i bought hp pavillion dv4, with pre-installes windows7, with 300gb c drive partition. the other 2 partions are Recovery (D) and HP_TOOLS (E).
    i am fan of linux computer and want to install ubuntu10.04 in my machine with dual boot configuration, i want free space partiotion with arounr 50 gb, is it possible to shrink the the size of my C_drive without damage of my windows 7?

  150. Kirk

    Note to site Admin and everyone coming across this web page looking for a way to resize partitions.

    There’s a problem with this web page!

    “Windows 7 and Vista include a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions. No more 3rd party utilities needed!”

    This web page suggests “Resize a Partition for Free in Windows 7 or Vista”… It’s not a possible option to resize a partition without a 3rd party partition manager. This post shows you how to resize a volume which is formatted space within a partition. You cannot resize the partition but you can resize the volume!

    In all the illustrations, they keep stating “Volume” not “Partition”

    With the windows disk management utility you can create and delete up to 4 partitions per disk and you can create, manage and delete volumes within those partitions.

  151. chetan

    hi,
    i m using window 7 but there is a problem dat i hve only 1 drive i.e c: with 320 gb hard disk i want 2 make partition with out formatting my com. plz help me

  152. alan

    i have 9 gb free space on the hard drive but it not in a format how can i pot it in my C drive, i have tried to extend volume but it wont allow my is there any over way to do it ????

  153. syed

    I have windows 7 64 bit OS, after shrink volume, the unallocated partition is not getting format. how to format or merge the unallocated space in c drive?.. Pl let me know. thanks

  154. haresh

    when i was trying to do the partition in the hard disk but its showing the there is only 27GB is pending and actuly there is 250GB space is there and then also i tryed to do with 10GB its showing there is no space this type of error.
    please help me out..

    thanks,

    haresh

  155. Karan

    Hi frnds it really works i make a new partition by using this trick and it works great
    thank u

    Karan yadav

  156. pani

    hiezZ frdz

    i jst perchaced lenovo laptop i that c:drive havind 400gb space but i need 2 partiotion that drive by using partition manger after shinking from the c drive the reaming spce is in “un allocated spce” i cant create it to drives format plz help me what 2 i dooooooo

  157. farid hamidi

    hi . how create partition in windows 7 on dell laptops?

  158. nadim

    hey man this is great thnx man i really needed to extend my partition without formating and alll

  159. nadim

    @pani @ farid: go to disk manager , you will see one black labeld box ..where as others will be with blue which are your partitions////// take your cursor to that black box block right click there and you`ll get an option to create new simple partition mention your size partion and there u go/..!its ready!

  160. Varinderpal Singh

    Hi

    I have on query
    DO ALL THE DRIVES (FOR SHRINK OR EXTEND) TO BE OF NTFS TYPE?????????

  161. Vix

    I didnt know we had this feature in built within OS. I was searching for a tool to resize my primary C partition- By the way I hv Vista n was also getting that annoying message “Low disk space”. Fortunately a had some reserve of unallocted space and I was lucky to bump into this forum. Vista did it 5 seconds!!! Amazing. Hey, thanks a lot and keep up the good work guyz.

  162. Richard Fisher

    I had formatted a 1tb sata drive on an xp machine to 300GB with a external usb enclosure. I transferred the drive to a new windows 7 machine. The new machine would not see the remaining 600 GB. With your info I was able to recognize the remaining space. Thank you!

  163. JPatel

    Hi Guys, I used GParted to increase the drive space in C the drive was in a raid 1 config, and had a 20gig c partition with the OS on it. THe other space was unallocated. I thought this would be pretty straigh forward, but the process failed in Gparted. once I rebooted the system “my computer” showed the original size (20gigs) Disk managment showed the full size of 126gigs… Command prompt only showed original hd space.

    Anyway to fix this without reburning the server?

    Thanks,

  164. tine

    thanks!! this was really helpful.. :))

  165. UTTAM HALDER

    I have WIN 7 on my computer. Its hard disk = 74 is already partitioned into :Recovery partition 1.24 C 33.33
    and D 40.32
    I want to increase the size of that D because the available free space is now there.
    I have tried to extend it. It didnt allow that but display for shrinking of it.
    however, how can I extend it

  166. kanthbatttula
  167. nithin

    .I have a laptop of Compaq with configuration

    C drive with 220GB – OS(windows 7)
    D drive with 10 GB – Recovery by Compaq manufacture

    * I do shrinking C drive .and rename all other drive and make a 80 Gb D drive
    then also i create another drive from c drive (shrinking) that is E(now recovery function is in F drive) .

    after all partition making i installed some softwares in c drive then i do some works in the system.
    when i try to shut down not book there showing logging off during 2-3 hrs but that is not shut down .
    then i tried to off power off button and close it but after power on now showing same way(ie logging off)
    kindly help me . what can i do

  168. Alien

    Hi and thanks a lot of,
    Windows of my computer is Win Xp .
    I decide to change my windows and install windows seven (7).
    but system say to me that; don’t create more then 3 partition and I had to create 3 partition (only)!
    and what’s happens for my system?
    This way you can increase the number of partitions?
    information of my computer is:
    RAM: 2 Gb
    CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.2GHz 2.2GHz
    H.D.D: 500 Gb
    thanks!
    (if my grammar is false, sorry because I’m Iranian)

  169. azhar

    thank i was worried from four days ….. i did it atlast

  170. mdsadriz

    thanks for help, because I founded.

  171. Puneet

    have win 7 installed…
    comes up with 320 gb hd…and 13 gb recovery
    and i want 2 partition my c drvi(285gb) to 2 drives…but its showing mee som restrictions that u cannot create partition more than some amount…how can i fix it

  172. Mohan

    yes this article rely help me & thnks …………………

  173. zach

    on my windows vista, whenever i try to shrink a partition, it says the amount of MB that i can shrink by is 0, and it never allows me to shrink any partition, even though i have 144 GB free. how should i get around it?
    PS. i knew it was too good to be true to get a decent partitioning utility from microsoft. always errors and crashes with microsoft

  174. devilishtiger

    really i want to thank you for this method
    it helps me very well.

  175. philip wary

    hi i am Mr. Philip wary and i am using windows 7 original basic verson 64 bit
    and i am unable to create new partition by unallocated space, when ever i try to
    make new partition with my unallocated space 135.32 GB, the problem shows
    dynamic disks are not supported by this operation system or server configuration,
    dynamic disks are not supported in clusters, so kindly send me a solution regarding partition
    and other partiton related things thank you.

  176. Nirav Adesara

    Hi

    Today i bought Dell Inspiron 15R. My hard disk size is 500gb but it only shows me 455gb in C drive and no other partitions. Even i cannot see my Recovery Drive partition. can someone explain why i can see only 455 gb? How can i get my full 500gb hard disk

  177. Cam

    Hi,

    I was wondering if i could plz be sent an email giving me a step by step guide on hot to (un dual boot) my pc.
    I currently have Windows XP and Windows 7, and i just want to have windows 7
    i saw from your tutorial that i have to expand my C dirve after i have formatted the XP drive.
    OH By the way when it says to fill in the gap, what does that mean?
    After i have formatted and expanded does that mean i will be able to reinstall Windows 7 on my desktop pc to give it a fresh start?

    Thks Cameron.

  178. Cam

    soz i meant how :)

  179. abhay

    i am using preinstalled win7,there is only one drive C:/ which is about 298 gb,but when i shrink this volume it shrink only 45GB.how can i shrink maximum volume(about 150 to 200GB).pls help me to resolve it.

  180. Fred

    I am using a windows 7. I shrinked my drive c and there appeared system . i want to see this as drive d on my computer. how do i do that. Moreover the system is now the active and the drive c is not.

    can i partition my drive without having to go through the old way of partitioning and reinstalling all programmes. is this possible?

  181. hani

    realy it is smart work but their is no perfect programm bcz u find the basic disk contain extended capacity without ablity to partionate all of it ..in this matter the program is not flexible .

  182. hubert

    hi sir/madam

    am using lenovo y510 series.it has
    Local disk-29gb status is full
    lenovo drive-105gb(both basic drives) status is that 54gb free
    my local disk drive is full and want to make use of the free space in lenovo drive as well.
    could you tell me how to do it.can i make both the drives equal in capacity.

    thanks
    hubert

  183. Forest wang

    resize partition, MiniTool Partition Wizard is the firs choice

  184. andy

    hey guys,

    I’m really astonished that this ancient thread is still alive !

    Whatever, I THINK I can help you guys that get the message “there is not enough space”. It’s practically IMPOSSIBLE to fix using Windows-built-in stuff, but please blame Micro$oft for that, not me…

    Supposed you need ONE primary partition, and that’s that. Rest goes to logical:

    ————————————–
    C:…..| D | E | F ||
    PRI | L L L ||
    ————————————–

    C = PRIMARY
    D+E+F = LOGICAL.

    D,E,F reside inside a so-called EXTENDED partition.
    (You can create this manually with the DISKPART program on the command line.)

    You can see the || that I’ve “drawn”?
    Fine.

    The “error” with “no space available” will always come up if and only if the extended partition is SHORTER than the maximum HDD space (w/space taken by your one primary partition already subtracted!)

    THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY TO RESIZE AN EXTENDED PARTITION WITHOUT EXTERNAL SOFTWARE. Scratch that thought. You can’t.

    You will need Acronis Disk Director (caveat: NO version below v11 will support Windows 7!) or Paragon software to accomplish this.

    Once you have resized the extended partition to max size, you MAY again operate without external tools and I’m 100% sure you will no longer get any of those “no space left” error messages.

  185. Sanjay Saini

    Hi,

    Window 7 Enterprises 32 bit is installed on MY Laptop, Now C:/ Drive primary disk have been fulled, now we have more space in D: And E: Drive , Now i am trying to all unallocated space into C Drive but thers its not highlighting any Extend volume option. Request to you kindly help..

    Regds.
    Sanjay Saini

  186. Nand Raj

    sir/madam,
    in my laptop only one partition (c drive 258gb).and now i want to divide in many partition atleast 2 extra partition. how it will b done .without format my system.
    plz. tell me . any software

  187. tejprakash singh

    thanks dude………………………..
    ultimate dude…………

  188. sarah

    If I shrink my d drive which is 397gb will the extra space go into the c drive or will I get some weird random extra space?? Will I have to reload my windows 7 again?? thanks for the help!!!!

  189. Muddasar

    I am in severe problem,
    I have got just one partition in win 7 and that too dynamic,
    and I am unable to change it to basic…..
    pls help

  190. Bucket

    i have a problem,OS-win7Ultamate, my C drive is nearly full, i have 5GB free space on that hdd yet when i go to extend the C drive it is greyed out and can only shrink, why is this so? and more importantly how i can fix this?
    PLZ help

  191. ahmed

    i have 9 GB C partition iwant to extend size to set up programmes but i cannot please help

  192. Manju

    The best way to do partition in Windows 7 & Vista is to do a clean install of your OS as it completely erases all data but take a back up of data u need . My advice is not to shrink volume in Disk manager as it makes the volume created using this a ‘Simple Volume’ and only enables us to store Data & cant be used to install OS in Such partition . Even if u reinstall OS using Genuine DVD & cant convert it to a primary partition On which all activities can be done. HDD has to be Debugged to restore it to its Original State..

  193. Abel

    Very helpfull, I was using other software nd windows 7 have it. hehe. NOw the HDD is working good. Thanks

  194. Bharath

    Thank you so much, I didn’t realize it was that simple. But I wanted to shrink my C drive to much more lesser partition, but the maximum limit was reached i guess. Well, I have 146GB in C drive, but I wanted it to be only 90 or lesser gigs, anyways, I guess now, I may not be able to reduce it any more as I’ve already partitioned it. Let me know if it’s still possible. Thanks

  195. Guillermo Montoya

    Yeah, it’s great.

  196. Vikram Dewangan

    Hello Everyone..
    I have a small problem with disk partition hope you guys will help me soon..
    I am using Visa and have three partitions.
    C:39GB
    D:126
    E:132
    I want to increase the size of C by reducing the size of both D and E in equal ratio..
    What should I do to my job without loosing a single bye of data and with zero future error messages..

  197. bilal

    i have a problem to make partition using this way?
    after shrink drive we make new volume
    after completing process an error occur
    the oprating system did not support dynamic disk
    and then opration been breaked
    ???
    ??
    ? what i do now
    my window is (windows 7 star)
    mini note book (Atom)
    hp Atom
    please reply me soon……..

  198. vv

    ok , firstly i cant find the forum uve redirected us to…

    secondly , majorty of the people are having difficulty in expanding their drives…option is greyed out

    Should we defrgmant our C drive? will the expand option be available then?

    Please reply….

  199. Loren

    I have Vista and found the screen to change the partition sizes, but after analyzing it said there was 0 MB available space to shrink on drive C: My hard drive is only 150 MB but there is at least 60 MB of free space and I was only wanting to put about 20 MB on Disk D: I repeatedly get an error message that it is full. Anyone else experience this? Maybe the clean reinstall might work better. Also, has anyone converted from Vista to Windows 7? If so, how was that? Any benefit in doing that?

  200. hamzeh

    man you actualy save my life great job

  201. manav

    the process u give is correct and i have shrinked one of the volumes on my hard disk but the option of extend volume is disabled and i am using genuin windows vista ultimate plzzz help me

  202. kmsaifseu

    I have a new laptop, I m using windows 7 operating system, I already store so many documents in my hard disk which are very much important for me. but my hard disk have no partition. Now i need to setup my windows again.
    What can i do to create partition without losing any data? Please give me a useful and easy solution.
    Mail me on- “kmsaifseu@yahoo.com”

  203. Starvin

    Possible fix to all with error:
    “There is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation.”…
    I did this after Power Disk Defrag.

    BASICALLY: Repeatedly try asking to shrink volume by smaller numbers.

    Detail:
    I remembered the original portion I was allowed for a new partition through volume shrinking before power disc. Which was about 24g/90g free. After Power Disk I was offered 69/90g…Then I got the error “there is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation.”
    Scrounging through foruums and also found here, everyone says a lot of major company manufactured computers are made to fit only 3 or 4 partitions.
    I have an HP Laptop I think its a G62, Idk…
    So I gave up on 69g and tried my origiinal offer, rather than 24, I asked for shrinkage by 23gs. This worked and made me a 5th partition.

    Not satisfied with 23g still. I tried to Shrink C by a smaller number, 10gs.
    I did this again and again. If I was refused by I was refused by the error message “there is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation” I used smaller numbers like even 1g.
    Every smaller shrinking occurence added to my unallocated space, until I couldnt even ask for 1g
    then I quit.
    I now have 42g unallocated and 47g free in my C drive that it won’t let me touch.
    I set up a New Simple Volume on my accumulated unallocated space.

    But, If you can’t even get a fifth partition, the only other answers I found were…
    -to make a new partition in CMD (Dangerous: I don’t even have the link)
    -Or most people said, erase one of the unecessary partitions, or the entire computer and start from scratch.

  204. yld

    I also just had this problem with expanding a disk size. And I solved it in this way:

    First there is one issue by design(MS): you can only have 4 partitions on a physical disk. I think this is if the PC comes preinstalled with W7.
    This means you might need to delete a partition you dont need.
    Second: A volume can only be expandet if there is FREEE space imideately to the “RIGHT” of the volume you want to expand.

    (Now take a look in your Diskmanagenent):
    This means if you have a disk C: and you want to increase its size and there is a disk (D:) (or any letter) that is a partition(primary or other) DIRECTLY to the RIGHT of (C:) , you can’t expand (C:) because there is no space “directly to the RIGHT”, even thoug there is free space (another free volume) more to the right. (Applause to MS for this). This means you have to delete the first partition to the right of C: (Or the one you want to expand) so it says “Free space” or “unpartioned” or something like that. -Cant remember exact phrase right now. (Move your data avay from this partition befor you delete it!!)
    When there is no more data on the partition you want to expand to, rightclick on it an choose “Delete Volume”. Select yes to confirm warnings.
    After that you can rightclick (C:) or the volume you want to expand and select “Expand volume..”. Follow the wizard an select your own settings.

    Now your (C:) should show up in Diskmanagement with a new size.

  205. kashi don

    aye sari pean yaki ae………………….

  206. mark

    hi
    i m a vista bisness installed in drive C (50gb).
    other drive(partision) is D (180gb) i want to merge drive D with primary partition ie drive C, so to have drive C as 230 gb hard drive .
    please suggest me ways of accomplshing the same

  207. Ben

    when i go to right click on my external hard drive to extend the volume it won’t let me click on “extend volume.” why can’t i do this? i need to partition my hard drive so i can watch movies on my xbox 360

  208. jino

    Hi, I tried to partition my dell vista basic hard disc.
    Maximum space available is not occurring in the ‘Size of space available to shrink’.
    It has been limited to 13GB, where as available free space is actually 95GB.

    Kindly help me, how can I maximize my shrink volume available. Thanks

  209. Lance

    Hi i have 2 partitions in my laptop windows vista is installed in drive C while windows 7 in on drive D but when i’m using windows 7 i cannot see the other partition which is drive C, unlike when i use windows vista i can see the partition and can get my files to windows 7 do you know what can i do so that i can see the partition when using windows 7? i’m really having a hard time to transfer files hoping for your fast replies thanks.

  210. chiranjeevi

    yes this article rely help me & thinks …………………

  211. chiranjeevi

    thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss……………………………………

  212. dodo

    hi
    thank u for your job but i have a question can i extend C (windows driver)
    ?????

  213. Benthere donethat

    Been doing this for years, circa 1989, with SGI Unix, were excellent machines, IBM ‘s Unix AIX. Nice to see Microsoft finally getting up to speed, gee, no wow factor here, just gee, now sad. Now if Sun Microsystems could figure it out. Ratty after the fact OS install via of 3th party software, convoluted, interface.. Sun Microsystems, or is it now Java, like Microsoft, “we have no really need to innovate”.
    .
    Sun Microsystems, like Maytag washers, living off their past glory, the next Commodore 64, changing your name and doing reverse stock split not the way to “innovate”.

  214. Suresh

    Excellent. Was able to shrink an existing volume and create a new partition in Windows 7 in few seconds.

  215. Richard

    where it downloaded?

  216. M.Borhan

    partition magic

  217. M.Borhan

    I wana have partition magic

  218. Andy James

    I just got a new laptop, and it has to 500 Gig hard drivers both split to 250gig each,
    “E & F” drives are part of the same physical drive and i was able to delete the “F” drive and expand “E” drive to the full 500 Gig.
    I then tried to do the same with “C & D” drive I was able to deleted the “D” drive but when i try to expand “C” drive to take up the now free space but it will not let me expand “C” drive

    Is there anything I can do to fix this? or will it not let me expand it because its a the operating system partition?

  219. Laxman

    hi……i have laptop an d my 500GB drive is divided into 2 drives…1 OS which is of 450GB and other RECOVERY 40GB and othr space for TOOLS…i want 2 create partitio of 450GB having OS into 3 drives….without disturbing the OS …how can i????plz help me …i have used partition magic,partition manager s/w but they are of no use to me …help me

  220. Keeper

    I cannot believe how M$ has taken such a trivial UNIX task of making partitions and bootable partitions into a convoluted nightmare.

    I have a 250Gbyte drive I would like to make the first partition as a bootable Win XP OS, the second partition would be Win 7, and the third a UNIX OS. This 250Gbyte EIDE drive is replacing an old slow 40Gbyte IDE drive that I would use as a recovery USB drive for XP and UNIX. The Win 7 OS has a WHS backup/recovery solution. I am running into the issue where the first partition can only be shrunk to half the size of the disk.

    I am looking at Acronis’ “Disk Director 11 Home” to address my issue of shrinking the first partition to 40Gbyte. The trial version will only let me make small incremental (100Mbyte) changes in the partitions. Anyone have any experience with Acronis and shrinking down the first partitions to 1/8 the size of the disk?

    BTW, my 10 year old 40Gbyte hard drive was only 60% full and I don’t normally delete anything unless it is totally non-usable.

    –Keeper

  221. Arturo

    It’s obvious that this forum is full of knowledgeable peaple, so forgive my ignorance in this matter. I have Windows 7 as my OS and i took it to a repair shop and they said that my OS was corrupt and that i needed to reformat my computer. I have the recovery disks, so i will be reformatting the computer myself. My question is, since i back up all my files (docs,picture,videos, etc…) on my external hard drive, do i still need a partition? And, what exactly is a partition for?

  222. Keeper

    In response to Arturo . . .

    The following URL is what Acronis describes as advantages to multiple partitions:
    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/partition-management.html

    From your stated requirements, you may have two partitions already. One for the Win 7 OS and your files. Then there may possibly be another for the Recovery partition, depending on your vendor or options you purchased. If your PC came with the recovery CDs, you may not have the second partition with the OS Recovery files, which will not include your files and any added applications. My laptop (HP HDX 16) came with a Recovery partition and a procedure (higly recommended) to burn ones own Recover Disks in case of a drive failure.

  223. Keeper

    I ended up using a free EASEUS Partition Master 7.0.1 Home Edition to shrink the first partion (NTFS) down to 40Gbytes from a Win 7 OS computer. The drive is readable and appears to have all the files. But I can no longer boot from the drive and I get the message: “Non-System disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready”. If I put the Win XP SP1 CD in the drive, the computer can boot up Win XP SP3 from the the 40Gbyte partition using a “USB 2.0 IDE&SATA” cable. Once the XP SP3 boots up a message flashes on the screen and starts the reboot cycle over allowing me to come up in SAFE mode, which fails in the same way.

    The Acronis “Disk Director 11 Home” has many more feature. But it is on the 40Gbyte partition that cannot boot up.

    I am looking into Windows Recovery Console to see if it can repair the 40G partition or load up the trial version of Acronis on another computer to attempt the repairs.

  224. tauseef

    i am using dv63208(hp laptop ) . i followed ur paths but it says “The operation u selected will convert the basic diskintoto dynamic disk,if you convert the disk to dynamic you will not be able to start the windows
    from any other disks (except the current boot volume.).Are you sure you want to continue” . And when i go for yes it says ” dynamic disks are not supported by this operating systemor server configuration.Dynamic disks are not supported on cluster”
    please help me out what i will do……

  225. jordan-t

    I found there’s a recommendation from microsoft about how to freely resize windows 7 and windows vista partition space easily. May it helpful. ;D
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.06.toolbox.aspx

  226. gugu

    hi keeper, i’ve used eaues partition master before to increase my windows seven system partition. Work well. BTW, i used the server version on my office server 2008. Also do a good job
    Have you tried to degragment the partition and do error-checking before, that may be helpful

  227. Shubham

    i have my c drive = 30 gb (full)
    and another drive 255 gb (free space)

    i wanted to extend my c drive , but the extend option is unavailable….. even after i shrunk drive E by 100gb the extend option is unavailable in the C drive

    what to do ?

  228. AAJ

    I’m interested in this as well. I’ve partitioned my HD to 2.

    C: 55GB free
    D: 650GB free.

    I actually want to increase the space in C by 100GB, give it some more space. When seen in Disk Management, Disk 0, then NTFS, the C, then D. That’s contiguous right? So, if I understand your methods correct I have to reduce D first, and then increase C?

    Thanks.

  229. kittu

    great……….

  230. Muavere.com

    It’s so great! I try to shrink the partition c and i get an unlocated space and then I can use that space for another partition such as d, c,e and it do it just in a second without using any disc tool.

  231. Anhar

    Thanks :) DONE:)
    anyone confuse so contct me alam_anhar@hotmail.com

  232. Brian

    Can’t read all the posts so might duplicate something here – if so, sorry!

    I had volumes C and D, each about 70 GB. I decided that I wanted to add space to C because I was hardly ever using D anyway and was running out of space on C.

    When I shrank volume D, I had a “new simple volume” which I deleted. This turned it into unallocated space. However, I could not add it to C because Vista’s tool will not let you add space “to the left” – only “to the right” in the graphical row of volumes that it shows. When you right-click on C, the menu option “extend partition” is grayed out.

    Here’s what I did:

    1. I quick-formatted the unallocated space and allowed it to be named F (this isn’t important).
    2. I moved everything from D to F.
    3. I then deleted volume D, which made it “unallocated space”, located immediately to the right of C.
    4. Now, when I right click on volume C, the “Extend Partition” option is no longer grayed out.
    5. I clicked on “Extend Partition”, and the tool already has all of the unallocated space (former volume D) “selected” to be added to C (it’s listed on the right side of the window you’ll see). You can “remove” this (moving it to the left side of the menu) and configure a different amount of space, but I wanted to add all of this to volume C, so I just clicked “OK” and it happened instantly. Voila! My C drive now had been extended.

  233. Brian

    P.S. I should mention – after adding the space to C, I now had disks labeled C and F, so I right-clicked on F and changed it to D. You’ll see how to do this.

  234. david

    i was doing this step on my hp laptop.. but unable to shrink the partition.. it come out with this msg.
    (Dynamic disks are not supported by this operating system or server configuration. bynamic disks are not supported on clusters.) I need your help… thousand thanks for those who can help me to fix it out.

  235. Bet

    Works Great. ;)

  236. Paul

    Fantastic, Thankyou
    I could not work out why I could not extend my partion but it was non contiguious.
    Thanks for mentioning this as I almost bought Partion Magic etc.

  237. Elliott

    i tried it and successfully changed the disk c from 30GB in to 60 GB. lol

  238. sunil kumar

    i have gone in troubled for increase the size of c from 30GB to 45GB.But now i successfull

  239. Aditya

    what the hell man i shrinked the c partition now when i clicked on c the extend partition was not active before and after!!!
    please help!!!!!!!!!

    windows 7
    c part-40gb
    after shrink volume- 39gb

  240. Waffler

    After reading / skimming thru these posts, I have reached one conlcusion – Geek is an idiot. It seems to me that people, like me, are heving trouble with partitioning in Vista / 7. It also seem that geek has provided few real solutions to the majority of posters. Is this because s/he does not read the posts, or that s/he deoes not understand what people are asking?

    Anyway, I simply cannot waste any more time on this page. I’m off to look for a page where the answerer knows what s/he is talking about.

  241. neetu singh

    i have dell inspirion laptop with 320gb hdd and 4 gb ram and window 7 but originally installed by window vista. i have tried shrinking in hard drive E and sucessfully completed and again expand the volume but next day i m unable to open my lapi.i think probably my hard drive has been damaged. i have tried all things like fomating and all that and nothing works with my lapi. plz give me any suggestion

  242. Sumps

    Thanks, That’s worked.

  243. parul

    i was able to shrink the volume of my e: drive but the 50 gb remained unallocated when i tried to increase my c: drive size.plz reply sooner..

  244. shadow

    thanq u dude ,nice workit help me thanq very much

  245. mohammed

    i want the partaion magic

  246. Irtasam

    excellent work Thanks

  247. Krushna

    I got a laptop having 4 partition with windows 7(default os)with recovery os option.How to create partitions on that by shrinking C drive.Seem every partion is important for recovery

  248. asad

    Thanks..!!!!

  249. ThisManzzz

    Hi, I tried to make a partition larger but it says it’s an unallocated partition or something, and when I try to do it, it just says, “There is not enough space on the disk to perform this action”. Please help me, i don’t know what I did wrong

  250. www.partition-magic-windows7.com

    Why not try Partition Magic Windows 7

  251. Ranabir

    Hey i have a Dell XPS 15 which has a hard disk space of 750 GB (Accessible = 683GB) …. After installing the basic softwares and browsers etc i have 638 GB left. I used the above method to partition the remaining space to about 550 GB ( for D drive : for my own softwares and also a linux partition) and 133 GB (for drive C).. The problem is that i am not being allowed to partition more than 340 GB out of my C drive. I am told that the only you can do that is if u partition immedietly after receiving the laptop in factory settings condition… Is there an alternative solution to this problem… or is there any software that can overcome the problems associated with disk partitioning in Windows 7.

    Please help… :)

  252. Mike

    To any who have not been able to extend their partitions into the free space following, you may need to do a further delete partition step, right click on the free space and choose delete partition. Then you will be able to extend the preceding volume into it.

  253. hyde

    hi, im just wandering. can i make a partition more than its available MB? fox example i have a 300gb harddrive and i want to shrink it for drive c 100gb. is it possible? ive already shrink it to and half but feel like im wasting alot of GB on drive c.please help.

  254. JELaBarre

    I had a group of 6 identical machines I had to shrink the drives on all of them (2008 Server sp1) I saw this article & thought I’d try this tool on one of them. I had a large drive I had to split into 40G, 160G & 80G. The MS tool would only let me shrink it by 139G, rather than letting me resize down to 40G (I had already shrunk the paging file to 0). And in the time it for the MS tool to shrink the drive *not even as far as I needed it*, I was able to use Parted Magic (yes, Linux-based, open-source) to shrink all the other 5, let the systems reboot, run chkdsk, then restart back into the OS once completed. And these are newer EFI-based machines that take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to boot up.

    So while the tool is able to shrink a volume, I would consider it just about as useless as prety much any other built-in Windows tool. As usual, you have to rely on 3rd-party tools todo even the simplest of tasks in Windows, because MS can’t handle it on their own.

  255. ronb

    Works ok with my D volume BUT……(.lol damn isnt there always a BUT). I need to do something with my C: colume as its only 13.97 and the D is 41.81 I would like to have NO partition ? or a very small D and larger C as all my programs want to run on C:

  256. J

    To shrink and expand drives… well I figured it out kinda I have a C: drive that has vista 100gb
    and G: that has windows 7 64bit… when I’m running windows 7 I can shrink G: but not Grow
    And when I’m running vista I can shrink C: but not Grow same problem… But If im Running 7 and can shrink and grow Vista and vice-versa

    So you cant be Running the drive you want to expand (WTF lol)

  257. sri

    hi

    don’t shrink.. shrink uses available portion from the portion u are using, so it only be used temporarily storing and retrieving data and as separate drive over that partition u are doing the procedure..

    so those who need two OS and partitions then do it from scratch(backup ur data completely.)

    This is the best and good way to do it..

    good luck shrinking(temporarily partition)..

    sri

  258. Caleb

    I shrink 100GB from the D drive – hoping to expand the C drive with this space. But the expand function is still grey. need assistance. Thanks in advance.

  259. JIM

    Thanks so far

    I have 87GB allocated to win 7. I want/will shrink to say 80GB allowing me to load XP
    unconnected to win7

    Have i understood the advice?

    JIM

  260. Amit

    hey guys,

    I need to extend volume of C Boot drive. I try to check with management console but it shows disable extend option.i have C,D,E,F drives and some free space but not unallocated space.C drive is physical drive.D,E and F drives are shows Logical drive.also i cannot make unallocated space from free space or after deletion of any volume.please tell me how can i extend c drive with free space.

  261. Andre

    Thanks for the info, it was able to figure it out in about 5 clicks, it’s much appreciated! Cheers!

  262. Moleg

    Hi all,
    I have two disks drive. I have allocated the partition C (bootable)-22Gb and the partition D (extended)-130Gb on the first disk. On the second disk I created the partition E and F. The operating system Windows 7 64-bit has been installed on the partition C. Recently I have recieved the message “Low disk space on the disk C:” What I done:
    1. copy all folders, files from the partition D to the partitions E,F
    2. from disk manager I deleted the partition D (status unallocated space for this partition)
    3. I made extend volume C to unallocated space and then restart my computer
    4. from disk manager I made shrink the volume C to value which I needed. Restart computer.
    5. Define unallocated space to new volume D and then copy all files, folders to this partition from E and F.
    I hope that this information is useful.

  263. youknowita

    You can extend partition with the partition manager software, it is much easer and efficient,. Based on my own experience, the MiniTool partition manager software is a good one, you can have a try. There are several ways to start Move/Resize operation:

    1. Select the partition you would like to extend» click Partitions in the top menu » click Resize./click the Move/Resize Partition button in the Tool Bar. /click the Move/Resize Partition button under Partition Operations in the Action Panel.

    If the space of the partition is not enough, you can shrink the free space in other partitions to enlarge the capacity of this partition. In this case, the security of data is ensured.

    Your data would not be destroyed or go missing when extend partitions around.

    What’s more, under Enhanced Data Protecting Mode, you can execute the extend operation to system partitions or boot partition without harming the data.

  264. youknowita

    You can extend partition with the partition manager software, it is much easer and efficient,. Based on my own experience, the MiniTool partition manager software is a good one, you can have a try. There are several ways to start Move/Resize operation:

    Select the partition you would like to extend» click Partitions in the top menu » click Resize./click the Move/Resize Partition button in the Tool Bar. /click the Move/Resize Partition button under Partition Operations in the Action Panel.

    For example: Disk is configured as 2 partitions. Partition C & F. C is system partition. Goal is to extend 4 GB free space to partition C.

    Step 1: Create 4GB free space
    Shrink drive F to get 4 GB free space between drive C and drive F. Please select drive F from Partition Wizard, and click Move/Resize button from the toolbar. You will see the popup window like the following screenshot. And then drag the left border of the partition to the right to shrink this partition. And then click “OK” button.

    Step 2: 4 GB unallocated space is created between drive C & drive F. And then please select drive C, and click “Move/Resize” button from the toolbar again.

    Step 3. Position the mouse pointer to the right edge of the partition. Please drag mouse to the right to extend C partition when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. And then click “OK” button.
    And then you could see your drive C is extended.

    Step 4: Click “Apply” button.

    If the space of the partition is not enough, you can shrink the free space in other partitions to enlarge the capacity of this partition. In this case, the security of data is ensured.

    Your data would not be destroyed or go missing when extend partitions around.

    What’s more, under Enhanced Data Protecting Mode, you can execute the extend operation to system partitions or boot partition without harming the data.

  265. raman

    i brought new acer laptop,
    in my laptop their is only one drive (c) is their,and two other hidden drive called system recover and system reserved) i am able tow create one drive called e drive,i want to create on other drive,when i tried ,message is shown that only four drive is made,how i can make other drive.my configuration is
    window 7 premium ,and hd is 500gb,
    please help me to create other drive….

  266. nitin

    i have a desktop ……..in which my c drive was having only 15 gb space of which it is now full with windows 7 so i have shrinked D drive and got 35 gb space ……………and have no idea how to increase the volume of c drive by using the shrinked space……….please help………….

  267. chandrabhan

    sir i install win7 in my pc but i cannot format my other partition
    i have partition of size 24 gb and 48gb and 50 gb
    i delete the partition of size 24 gb and other two partition are not deleted by me
    now the partition of size 24 gb is treated as free space and can`t be converted to a partition
    please suggest me what to do

  268. Santa

    i brought new Sony laptop (CA15FG),
    in my laptop their is only one drive (c) is their,and two other hidden drive called system recover and system reserved) i am able tow create one drive called e drive,i want to create on other drive,when i tried , i shirnked C dirve but it allows me that only 230gb from 500gb for new partiton, why ?
    my configuration is
    window 7 premium ,and hd is 500gb,
    please help me to create other drive….

  269. Chandru.S

    I need this partition software to download so help me to get it.

  270. hollymoon

    try this one, easeus partition manager
    download.cnet.com/Easeus-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html
    may it helpful

  271. sahni

    I have “Dell Ispiron” with window 7 premium O/S.I tried to extend the “C” partition through “Disc management” utility of Window 7.I could shrink “D” drive and make another”unallocated space”..i copied the contents of “D” drive into unallocated space..
    Then The STEP of deleting “D” drive by Right clicking on it is not possible because the option of “Delete Volume/Partition” is “Grayed”.
    The above STEP is apparently important to make the”Unallocated” space CONTIGUOUS to “C” drive.if it is not contiguous then the Option of “Extend” remains “Grayed” and hence can not be used.
    The O/S is original window 7. I tried to reformat( to reinstall a new copy) of window 7 by repeatedly clicking “F8″ key during start up..The process asks for password to go ahead. This Pass Word is also not known.I tried to install the DISC partition utilities downloaded from internet; but the system refuses to install any one of those( three different utilities were tried) by showing the message that the file are corrupted.Any ideas which really would work in this specific instance.Thanking you and regards.

  272. Rajbinder

    This works man!! Thank you so much. You are great.

  273. Shishu

    i brought new Sony laptop (CA15FG),
    in my laptop their is only one drive (c) is their,and two other hidden drive called system recover and system reserved) i am able tow create one drive called e drive,i want to create on other drive,when i tried , i shirnked C dirve but it allows me that only 230gb from 500gb for new partiton, why ?
    my configuration is
    window 7 premium ,and hd is 500gb,
    please help me to create other drive

  274. Noel

    thanks for the above info really great, it works..

  275. Rainbow

    That was great, thank you.

  276. CAJames

    Anyone having the problem where their partition won’t extend, the problem is the following:

    Look at how they’re laid out. That’s their physical location on the HDD. If you extend a drive, you can only extend it to the empty space at the right of it. You can’t extend it to the left, because that’s towards the beginning of the disc stack. In that case, you’d have to transfer the data to the partition to the left, un-allocate the space occupied by the drive you originally wished to extend, and extend the one which now contains your data.

  277. Rama

    Why you tell people do this to? After the run it cause the computer to make the grinding noise all the time. How do this revert to when it work? I wish I do not read your advice. Computer now is broken!

  278. ...

    Great Work… its working fine for Win 7 Professional

  279. billybob

    Hey everybody! It’s really quite simple: If you don’t know what you’re doing, DON’T DO IT! This is why these kinds of utilities are not normally available to users. Do the research, Educate yourself, THEN go and screw it up. That’s what I do, anyway.

  280. Shikha Jain

    thanx.. it helped

  281. Himalayas

    ThankQ very much this article helped me very much

  282. milliondollarnail

    I have a dell inspiron N7010 and my os c: has only 58.5 gb in it and the local disk D: has 397 gb free. And now it is telling me that the OS (C:) has only 3.75 gb free.. this is causing a lot of problems..how do get it to be the other way around?

  283. Amir

    I made 3 partition… one of them is useless and i want to give it to C drive…
    is it possible ?
    if so plz tell me…

  284. mallikarjuna

    hi i read this article very good help to me.

  285. Chaitu

    Hi,
    I have bought a new laptop. My C drive shows 580 GB. How can I leave 80 GB to C drive and create a new D drive with rest of 500 GB?

    Thanks

  286. Amir

    read the article above.

  287. Yury

    DONT USE THIS TOOL IF YOU HAVE ANY UNIX PARTITIONS ON HARD DRIVE (ext3, ext4).
    This tool have just formatted it WITHOUT ANY REASON on my pc! I just resized near ntfs partition, and I have lost whole linux system disk.
    MICROSOFT BURN IN HELL!

  288. Amir

    No body helps me :(

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