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Extend disk space on basic disk volume

Q: Extend disk space on basic disk volume


I have received my laptop with a 250GB HDD partitioned into two primary partitions (well there is actually four with only 512MB called NVCACHE and another of 1GB as EISA Configuration). One of the partitions is a system, boot, page file ... partition containing the OS (Win Vista Home Premium and contains about 35GB space) and programs. The other is a partition for all the data (~198GB). I am now starting to run low on disk space on the OS partition (<3GB) and wanted to add some more space. I tried to use Disk Management but this did not work because there is no adjacent unallocated space on the same disk next to the OS partition. There is only space at the end of the data disk partition, which I cannot move to the OS partition (at least I do not know how).

Is there a way to increase the disk space for the OS partition? Both partitions have following set out:

Layout: Simple
Type: Basic
File System: NTFS (except for the small NVCAHE which is FAT32 and the EISA does not have any File system)
Status: Healthy



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I have a C: drive which I want to increase in size. Under disk management there is 20GB of "Free space" - (right next to the C: partition). But neither disk management or EASUES partition manager will allow the partition to use this space. How to I change "free space" to "unallocated" so that it can be used ?

A:Cannot extend volume (disk management) although "free space" exists

Can you post a snip showing what you have? An image makes it easier for us to help you. For example, you said that there was 20GB of free space next to your C: partition. What you didn't say was whether it was to the left or right of it.

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Hi all, my English isn't so good, so i'm sorry.
one of my disk split to 2 volume, when I try to extend the volumes in disk management, I had error "there is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
What can I do

A:Can't extend volume in disk management..

Hello danorgad mate just so I have it right you want to use that unallocated partition?

My other query is I see there are two OEM partitions (top and second drives in list) what is that all about??

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Hello, i can not select extend volume as it is grayed out. im wanting to extend my windows 7 partition into the unallocated space to the right of it, but cant. i also have a small 30mb partition left over im wanting to extend the xp partition into it, this is also grayed out. please help.

A:Disk Management - Cannot Extend Volume - Grayed out

Hi there,
If you want to extend volume, you should make sure there is no partition between the original partition and free space (PS: it will not work if the free space is in "Extended partition"). Attached a simple screenshot in my test machine:http://cid-9c88b7cb6fa32a48.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Extend.jpg
If you have dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7, I suggest you create new partition with left free space and mount this partition as a folder to XP (or Windows 7 ) partition which is quite easy.
What do you think about it?

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I have been running bootcamp on my IMac for quite some time now, and I've began to run out of space on my C: drive. I have shrunk the size of my Mac OS partition, however I cannot extend the Windows 7 partition into the free space. I would prefer to do this without external programs, as I have had trouble with them before.
Also, here is an image of the Disk management window when I try to get it to extend.

A:Cannot Extend Volume In Disk Management On Bootcamp

Welcome to the forum,

Unfortunately you will have to resort to a third party program because windows disk manager won't let you extend to the left.

The partition wizard bootable CD is a good choice,

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Computer: Laptop HP Pavilion, 2017
system: windows 10, 64-bit

Please, could any one learn me How I can extend C partition of Disk 0 by that Unallocated 626.06 GB of Disk 1? (see attached please)
thank you

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Here's the story. I bought this new Samsung 840 250GB SSD.
I first did a clean install of windows 7 on it and it worked fine. Windows installed without much problem and everything. Then something didn't look right about the partitions. It looked like because I had all my HDDs connected while installing windows on the SSD the windows created the system reserve on the old HDD rather than the SSD. So I went back and decided to start from scratch with all the HDDs except for the SSD disconnected. I tried reinstalling windows on it but this time it didn't work. I tried formatting the SSD and it just gave me an error saying windows couldn't install on a GPT disk. I went into bios, made sure the PC was booting from the UEFI DVD drive and it still kept giving me the same error.

So I then booted up my old HDD. I tried formatting my SSD and now I can't delete the partition!
This is what my disk set up looks like:

If I click "extend volume" on the "New Volume (G" disk, it says "there is not enough space on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
If I try to create a "new simple volume" on the "unallocated" partition, it says the same...

Have I destroyed my new SSD now?! I just want it to work like a new clean disk...

A:If I try to "extend volume" it gives "not enough space on the disk(s)"

Hiyya Tracing try doing it with Partition Wizard mate Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
Brilliant tool if you can't do anything with the partition them just wipe the disk mate and start over with this SSD Alignment

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I read up a bit on this on other threads but none of them are exactly specific to my issue.

I need to expand my C partition by utilizing the free unallocated space on disk D (a separate disk) that I just made by deleting the only partition on there.
I guess this is not possible through windows disk management tools but I didn't want to start downloading any 3rd party software for this before I got some guidance from here.

Please take a look at the following screen and let me know if using the 238.38GB of unused (unallocated space) I can extend the C partition without having to delete that partition, having to backup the files on it or making images. I already backed up everything I had on the D partition and then went ahead and deleted it through the computer management tool.



A:Can't Extend Partition C into unallocated space on separate internal disk


Disk Management is fairly basic and can only do certain things. For doing what you want that can do it and preserve the data you would need a 3rd party program. There are many free ones on the web but as I haven't used them I cannot say how good they work. I use Acronis Disk Director. If you had pgram like TrueImage you could take a image of the operating System and files then format the HDD to one partition you want and then re-image the HDD.

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I'm using Intel Rapid Storage Technology to implement a RAID 5 array. I just added a 4 disk drive to the array. Everything wnet OK until the final step: Using Windows disk management to increased the volume size. I've posted a screen shot below. The volume is named 'Media". When I right click it, the extend volume item is grayed out. I've checked everthing I can think of, and can't find anyything wrong. I am running as administrator.

Please help!

Tom Dingwall

A:Disk Management won't extend volume size after adding to RAID 5 array

Been reading up on Raid again to try and help you. Cant find an answer for you but you should be able to rebuild the Raid without losing data.
Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will come along to help you

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I recently formated my desktop, I have everything saved on the (F) partition, and i formatted the primary partition (C) which leaves me with huge chunk of Unallocated space that is unable to use. Everytime i try to create a new partition, it says that space is not enough ( i even tried creating the min amount of space 8mb) when the space available is almost 500 Gigs.
I tried researching the web but no help... please help me im running out of disk space and i dont want to delete anything

A:Unallocated disk space error, Can not partition volume space

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I was setting up a Win7 new build with an Asus P8B75-V and an SSD. Although I previously have done clean installs with UEFI motherboards and SSDs, this time the install DVD created a GPT volume on the boot disk (much to my surprise and which I discovered opnly after loading all the apps, moving the email, etc, etc.).

Knowing a lot more about basic MBR volumes (and how to fix problems), I would like to convert the GPT to a basic volume. I have Acronis DiskDIrector 11 which can convert the GPT to MBR, but when I tried that, it rendered the disk unbootable. (The conversion resulted in a 124MB unallocated space, followed by a 100MB FAT32 volume (!?!?!), and then the rest of the drive as NTFS.)

Is there a way to convert a boot disk from GPT to basic and have it be bootable? Is there anything that can be done with the converted HD to make it bootable?

A:Can a GPT boot disk be converted to a basic volume?

Update re: Disk Director 11. According to Acronis, "DD11 does not support EFI." The EaseUS software which claims to have the option on converting partitions from GPT to MBR does not seem to actually have that option and the menus on the web do not match the (most recent) downloaded version. I am concluding that it cannot be done. (Sigh)

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I tried to install a .exe file (in order to support ArchiCad 12) onto my laptop (Gateway NV79). I get a message saying "Out of Disk Space -Volue 'D:'". It should be installing onto the C: drive. My D: drive is my cd/dvd drive. I am not sure why it is doing this and cannot figure out how to correct this (I am in no way a computer expert). Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get this to install?

A:Out of Disk Space- Volume D:

Are you getting a chance to specify where the program installs to? Where are you running the .exe file from?

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any body can help how to solve this? iwant to make unallocated space to basic disk. but a problem is occuring

A:How to make unallocated space to basic type disk

Review this,
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
There are some related threads listed on the bottom of your questions page as well.

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I have a Sony Laptop running XP professional.
The Hard drive was partitioned into C drive and D drive when it arrived.
The C drive is where everything is, and there is a space 3 times as large on the D drive .
I wanted to eliminate the D drive and expand the C to include all of the empty space.
I went into the Disc Management section of the Computer Management window.
I was able to delete the D drive, but when I try to Extend the C volume to include the now deleted D volume. It will not let me.

any Help ?

A:Extend a basic volume

Welcome to TSG....

Of course the system will not let you and if it did you would destroy every bit of data and programing on the drive doing it the way you where going too....

First thing you have to do is make a backup of everything on the computer using something like Acronis True Image = http://www.acronis.com this is the absolute best of the best at doing this purchase it and follow the instructions and you will have the backup done and your data will be safe.

Second thing you do is get the following: gparted a free partitioning program and this blows Partition Magic away so far you never will see it again;

GParted - Gnome Partition Editor

When you download this you will have to burn the ISO file to a cd and it will be bootable then you reboot and use this to resize the partition to what you want. Make sure you read how to use it before you use it or you will have to use the backup from Acronis to fix it.

Have fun!

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Help ! Free Partition / disk converter ? how do i change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

i have a

HP Pavillion Dv6-2150us
Windows7 HomePremium 64-bit

This all happened when i wanted to create a partition for XP so i can daul -boot

(ok me not knowing anything about this)
I accidently changed my main hard drive from basic to dynamic in the partition manager
on my windows 7 home premium 64-bit I wanted to create a new partition but for some reason it gave me a strange message about changing the volumes from "basic to dynamic" so i accepted
it asked me this when i wanted to create a new volume for my allocated space

when i tried this on my other laptop which has the Windows 7 home premium 32 bit IT NEVER ASKED ME to change the volumes to Dynamic from basic(primary) and i made a new partition with no problems and they all stayed basic

so what the heck is going on?????

how can i change my disk back to basic from dynamic?

i already tried using Dynamic Disk Converter (every article online says to use it) but the program doesnt seem to work on my laptop

I already made a backup of my entire hard drive so it wont matter if i have to reformat

but is there any free software out there that would let me convert it for free? the only ones i found that do this make you pay for it

If there is any free software or any method for converting this back to basic from dynamic i will try it
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A:Solved: Win7 : how to change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

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This is an old problem on Win7 - a search of this forum showed no solutions - even though the same issue has been posted for years.

This machine has made system images for about 3 months without issues - last one was yesterday. Used space on the system reserved partition was always about 32 Mb. Suddenly this used space went to about 70 Mb which results in the error. I have no clue how this occurred.

Restoring an older system image apparently only restores the original files, does NOT deal with the excess cruff on the partition. [restoring ANY earlier image still results in 70 Mb as used on the system reserved partition].

How does one clear the useless trash that is located on the system partition so that system images can be made again?

I need a Windows7 based solution - NOT an aftermarket imaging program. [acronis, clonezilla etc.]


A:Not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy ...

I think we need to see how much free space you have on drive "C".
Please use this Tutorial by Golden. This should help other members help you. Hang in there. Others should be by to help.
Please follow instructions so we can see the complete disk management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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There is pretty much space on C drive, but it does not allow me to shrink. Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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I done a lot of reading on this topic but everything i try does not seem to help, now i found this really nice topic from HP to fix this problem. But the main problem is after i done what they said it did not look like i have anything to delete in the Recovery D, So i am not 100% so could someone tell me if there is anything that can be deleted in my recovery D i will show the Image of it.


Here is a link to photobucket showing the recovery D full.

http://i1195.photobucket.com/albums/aa389/TheCenter2012/Windows Vista/RecoveryDfull.jpg
And here is a link of what inside the recovery D as i look inside as it said from the HP link above.

http://i1195.photobucket.com/albums/aa389/TheCenter2012/Windows Vista/FilesinrecoveryD.jpg

Close up pic of the files here the link.

Now is there anyway to solve this problem ?

A:Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery (D:) For Vista,

Hi and welcome

We could use a screen shot of the drive D partition but probably your backups are stored there and you can delete the oldest to free up some space. Make sure you have another before you delete it. That partition is tiny bTW 9 gigs is way too small to be effective.

Ken J

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I cant seem to extend my E drive... E drive is supposely not with any OS
C is my Win7 and D is my WinXp ... so why i cant extend my E drive???

A:I have unallocated space but i cant extend the volume

Hmm, problems.

I'm pretty sure that once created an Extended partition (containing the logical partitions C: and E: in your screenshot) cannot be resized. I had a similar problem and had to delete the logical partitions first, then delete the Extended partition, create the logical partitions again with bigger sizes. With Windows 7 in one of those partitions, that does not look like an option for you.

You might be able to create a brand new partition and move some folders from E: into it

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I just changed my laptop drive from a SSD 180 GB to a 500GB + 8GB NAND Flash hybrid drive. I cloned the old drive successfully and now need to extend the Windows partition to include the unallocated space. When I try to using GParted, the Disk Management tools in Windows, and Magic Partition, I get errors.

A:Unallocated Space--Cannot Extend Volume

Could you post a shot of disk management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I'm trying to use disk manager to extend my C: partition into 20gb of unused space. The extend option is faded. When I try to delete the 20gb of free space, I get an error telling me I don't have enough disk space to delete the volume. I can format the 20gb volume and mount it, but I cannot get rid of it and extend my C: drive. Is it some default setting that some portion of the HDD must be an extended volume?

I have my 500mb set aside for critical boot files.

A:Cannot Extend C: Volume into Free Space

The free space has to be adjacent to, and to the right to extend into the free space with DM. Yours is to the right, but not adjacent to the free space. You may look at this and some of the other tutorials linked at the bottom to see if this will help. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

if nothing else works, copy everything off of the 2 partitions between C and the free space, delete the partitions, extend C as much as you would like to, recreate the partitions back and copy their contents back on them. It is unclear what they are, from the screenshot.

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I have a Lenovo G580 - It comes with it's own OneKey Recovery system which doesn't work. But neither does Windows 7 recovery.
When I try to back it up, it does but then it stops half way and says there is not enough space in the D drive to back-up. So I went into Disk Management and saw that it was limited to 25GB - So I tried to extend the volume but it has been greyed out so I cannot select it. What can I do?
I can't back it up or anything! I also had an error message which is the above: 0x80780048
Thanks in advance

A:Cannot back-up, not enough space, but then I cannot extend volume?

there are two methods for you. 1, you need to delete your OEM partition to change it into an unallocated space, and then use extend the volume funtion to extend D drive. Windows built-in disk-managment tool can only extend a volume when there is an unllocated space right behind it. 2, you can use a free partition software, AOMEI Partition Assistant, if you don't want to delete the partition. it can help you merge two adjacent volumes without data loss.
really help the above-metioned methods can help you.

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hei guys
i want to increase my disk C: from 50 GB to 55 GB
disk C only have free space 1,5 GB, so if work it should be 6,5 GB free space
so i shrink my disk D: with the help of easeus partition

so the process will be shrink -> extend -> restart
my disk C increase and its become 55 GB
but the problem is free space still 1,5 GB that should be 6,5 GB.

is there i can do to get back my 5 GB free space

A:Why Free space not increasing after Extend Volume

The free space could have easily been sucked up by system restore, the page file, or the hiberfile without you even knowing it.

Did you reboot after you extended C ?

Check system retsore, make sure it`s only using a small percentage of the hard drive to save restore points. I turn it completely off and just make frequent disk images.

If you don`t use hibernation, that can be turned off as well.

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Hey people,
So I wanted to install Ubuntu (or some other linux os) alongside Windows with dual boot and all. After going through some problems, I found out that my disk is dynamic and that was what was causing all the issues. I tried looking for ways to convert dynamic disks to basic ones without wiping them, but no luck. There were some programs that supposedly do that, but when I tried using them, the option wasn't there or returned some error. Is there some way around that? I really want to install a linux os, but I don't want to delete everything.
Any help is appreciated :D

A:Converting dynamic disk to basic disk Dell inspiron 15R 5537

Have you tried AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter? I once used it, and it went successfully. it provides 
 two options to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. 
Method 1: Convert a dynamic disk back to basic disk. Safely, directly and time-saving (only take 3-10 seconds) revert a dynamic disk back to basic disk without losing data. Method 2: Convert any dynamic volume to basic partition. Sector by sector clone simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume and RAID-5 volume from dynamic to basic disk.

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I installed Windows Vista Ultimate x64 last night on a 49GB partition of my hard drive, I had Windows XP Pro installed on the rest of the 180GB of space. I cleared that partition after installing Vista, however, I cannot extend my vista partition into the unallocated space.



A:Extend Volume - Greyed out, how can I regain unallocated space!

An excellent 3td software, Extend Partition Home Edition can safely and earily increase the C: drive to get more capacity. For more help reference: http://www.extend-partition.com/exte...e-edition.html

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[Apologies if I have posed this in the wrong place; thanks for moving it if necessary!]
Good morning Folks!

I thought this would be simple: 1TB HDD with Two 500GB Partitions E: & Z:. Having available space in E: and needing more in Z: I performed a "Shrink" on E: of 75GB then "Expanded" Z: to the full amount available. I was warned it would change the disk to Dynamic (thus not being able to boot from it; I thought this would not be an issue as it is a secondary data disk). I ended up with 3 visible partitions with 2 named exactly the same and acting as one. e.g. "Properties" on one is identical to the other.
Attachment shows details.
Appreciation to all who read this and those who respond with my next advised move (if any).

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I am in desperate need for your help.
I just bought a new HP laptop (Envy 14) with Window 7 home on it. The hard drive has 500 GB capacity and has 4 partitions already on it.
1. System (199 MB, it does not have drive letter)
2. Partition C
3. Recovery (partition D, 16 GB)
4. HP_Tools (partition E, 103 MB)
I want to partition drive C into 2 parts: one small capacity for all system file and program file, the one large capacity for all data files. I have done this in my previous computers with Window XP and without any problems. I used free software ?Partition Wizard Home Edition? to do it.
My computer still runs fine except I just realize that all partitions now become dynamic disk. I don?t know how it happened. When I try to run Acronis True Image software to create backup image it won?t even see the disk.
Here is the screen shot of my HD current configuration: Partition G is the new one I created for data file.

I read through the posts on this forum and I am still not sure what my options are at this point.
1. If I want to create image backup for the whole system using Acronis True Image or some other software, do I have to converting the dynamic disk to basic disk to do that?
2. I read tutorial on how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. It seems to me that wouldrequire deleting the current disk and all files on it. I have already installed a lot of software on the computer. I really don?t want to reinstall them if I don?t have to. I only h... Read more

A:Urgent Help Needed- Converting Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

There is a tutorial here which may be of help:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

It is late here and this is the kind of thing I like to think through for a while before acting. It's better - and easier - to do it right the first time than try to undo a goof later on. You sound like you are being (very sensibly) cautious, so I'd recommend waiting for some other ideas before acting. I'll throw some ideas out there to get you started.

Do you have an external USB hard drive you can use to copy partitions to?

A quick look at the HP_Tools partition leads me to believe that it might be a candidate for deletion, but I'd check that before acting further. Unless HP gave you several DVDs worth of recovery discs, I'd say that the recovery partition is the only thing standing between you and having to possibly order a set of discs should something go wrong along the way. Does the laptop have a program for making your own set of recovery discs? If so, I'd do that now.

Someone else is likely to come along with some better ideas, but hopefully this will get you started.

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Hi, I have laptop with system (199mb), windows, recovery and tools, so the 4 primary are taken.
I created another partition in unallocated space, and it converted the disk and all partitions dynamic.

If I image the windows partition with macrium, convert the disk back to basic, and restore the image, will it work 100% as if it was imaged on a basic disk, or does the fact it was imaged on a dynamic partition change anything in the image?

Also, can I just move all the folders and files from the system partition to the windows partition, and just run a start-up repair in macrium or paragon, and it will make the windows partition active and bootable?


A:restoring an imaged dynamic disk partition to a basic disk?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hello ,

I have a Dell laptop which came with Windows 7 installed and disk type was dynamic. I need to install Linux(not on a virtual machine) so I have to convert the disk from dynamic to basic .

The problem is that all methods require that I delete all volumes and re install Windows . I have a lot of tools and applications installed that will require a week to re install .

So , Is there a way to change the dynamic disk of my current laptop I am working on to basic disk without having to remove windows and re installing it ?

Or is there way to convert a single volume to basic so that I can install Ubuntu on it ?

A:Convert dynamic disk of a laptop to basic disk w/o reinstalling win

According to this tutorial, no:

Before you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that dynamic disk. Converting the dynamic disk back to a basic disk requires that all dynamic volumes are deleted on the disk first.

How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hello guys, I am trying to install Win 8.1 as dual boot with Win 7. But all partitions of my disk are dynamic. I went through the tutorial in the help section but few questions are not clear. I have downloaded partition wizard as well.

As shown in the disk layout, there are 9 partitions on Disk 1 which is dynamic.
1) Since basic disk can only have 4 primary disks, 3 primary and 1 extended etc, so will it convert all these disks to primary and extended/logical without any data loss?
2) Which disks would be primary partition and which one would be extended/logical partition?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added partitions.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP System, Recovery and Diagnostics Tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add any partitions adjacent to that. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on the newly created partitions which tipped disk to Dynamic, which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If Win7 won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, delete all partitions you created in excess of four Primary partitions. Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then create any new logical partitions adjacent to C.
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

Finally, you should seriously consider wiping the entire HD to do a superior... Read more

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I was having trouble with my computer on Friday, it would freeze a few minutes after start up. All programs would be "not responding". I would restart it and the same thing would happen.

I ran Rkill in case there was anything malicious running and nothing was found. I ran Malwarebytes as well and nothing was found. I used combo fix to restore my system to a previous date and the problem persisted.

The system would freeze even at the log in screen if I waited more the a few minutes to log on. Time is some sort of factor.

Start up repair "disk metadata test said the root cause was 'Volume on disk corrupt' Repair action chkdsk Error code OxO.

A few other tests that are available (or automatically performed themselves before start up) mentioned NTFS but I did not get a chance to write it down.

NOW when I turd on the computer that scrolling windows progress bar goes by a few times before I get a completely black screen on which I can still move my cursor.

Please Help.

A:System volume on disk is corrupt? (disk metadata test)

Either windows Vista needs re-installing, a Factory Recovery is required, or the hard drive is starting to fail and therefore needs replacing with a new one.

You can test the hard drive with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software. You will need to download the DOS version which runs from a bootable CD. The download contains an ISO file for creating the CD. The links are here: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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I have Windows Server 2012 R2 and it is my file server and it auto syncs user's file every minute. I have 3 disks. The primary partition (Disk 0) and two others (Disk 1 & Disk 2). My question does not include the primary

I shrunk Disk 2 so that I had unallocated space. I then extended Disk 1 using the unallocated space from Disk 2 creating spanned volume on Disk 1 (extended volume on Disk 2). It did not do what I wanted so I want to 'undo' it. Can
I just delete the spanned volume on Disk 2 (space that added to Disk 1)? Or more accurately if I'm going to delete the spanned volume on Disk 2, will it affect my users' files?

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Am trying to convert a 2TB Sata from a dynamic drive to a basic one. Hve followed all the steps... Removed all volumes, etc.

But i right click on the disk and click the Convert to Basic, I keep getting this message, "The operation is not allowed on a disk that is offline."

Cant's figure out why as the disk shows Online. Have also tried it through the Command Prompt using Diskpart. The status shows it is online, has no volumes and Read Only is set to 'No'. However, when I enter the Convert Basic command, I get the same message, "The operation is not allowed on a disk that is offline."

Grateful for any help...

A:Not able to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk

Try wiping the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the boot sector before running "Convert Basic."

If that fails try using the non-destructive conversion tool on Partition Wizard which is still a free feature in version 4.2: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Burn ISO file to CD with Windows Image Burner, boot CD, highlight disk number, from Disk tab select Convert to Basic, OK, Apply.

If those fail then I'd run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by Disk Check on a full disk partition you create.

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I have a 1TB drive with a 50GB system and boot partition and the rest as data storage. I want to convert it to a Dynamic disk. However when try I get the error ""there is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation"

On the system partition there is 10GB free and on the data one about 350GB.

A:Cannot convert Basic disk to Dynamic disk

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Hi i resized my D: partition. It's now 70 GB and there is a 60 gb unallocated partition. When i want to format it windows asks me to change basic disk to dynamic disk. I never did this again. Is there any risks of changing it?

A:Change a basic disk to dynamic disk?

Dynamic disks are a pain. Do not deal with them. If you would post a snip of your Disk Management, we could have a look what needs to be done. Apparently you already have 4 primary partitions.

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Last night as I was attempting to install Windows 8 RP to test it out, I decided I would do a dual boot incase I didn't like it. It downloaded, burned fined and I went to make a new partition, and this is where things went south for me. It converted every disk to dynamic once I had created the new disk to install it on and for the life on me I can't get it to convert back to basic, so I'm pretty well screwed if something goes wrong.

Things I've done:
1) Attempt system restore - Ok, so I didn't have a restore point created so this is of no help.

2) I followed this guide found here on SevenForums and attempted all 3 methods - nothing worked
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

3) I downloaed EaseUse Partition master to attempt to change dynamic back to basic, and still a no go.

4) Tried to install Windows 8 again and it would not let me delete the current dynamic disk partitions to start over

5) Tried HP recovery tools to set the computer back to factory condition and it wouldn't work.

I have no clue where to go from here. Is it possible to delete everything and start over from scratch or will it still be dynamic? At this point, i want a time machine so I can go back before ever attempting to make a dual boot. I honestly don't have the money to invest in a new harddrive right now so any help is GREATLY appreciated.

A:Cant convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

Hello skyisover. Welcome to the Forum

You can't change the drive structure from any program that is running from the hard drive. You must be using a program that boots and runs from CD or DVD.

Assuming you have backed up all of your data (and even better, have a disk image of your C drive?):

Best: Download and burn a CD with Partition Wizard bootable CD on it.
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
Then boot from the CD and use the tool to do the conversion. This has worked for many people.
How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard magic partition manager?

The nuclear option: You will need to run the Diskpart procedure from your W7 installation disk:
Command Prompt at Startup (Option 1)
Then use the "Clean All" command to wipe the hard drive. "Clean All" will write all zeros to the drive. It is slow but very effective.

When finished you will then have a hard drive with all unallocated space that you can format and use to reinstall W7 clean, and then reinstall all of your programs. It goes without saying that there will be nothing on the drive, so back up what you need.

What happened is that you probably had 4 Primary partitions before you tried to install W8. Creating a 5th Primary will automatically convert the drives to Dynamic. That partition was probably created by the W8 installer that defaults to a Primary Parttition. In the future, create your new (Log... Read more

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I'm using Genuine Windows 7 HP SP1 x64 OEM version in my Acer Notebook.
Nowadays I have a trouble with my primary disk drive.

I Used 3rd party partition management software to shrink my "C" drive. The operation outside the windows wasn't successful and I faced a disk check after that. BTW It goes fine and my whole HDD becomes a dynamic disk. I want to convert it back to basic. But the convert option is inactivated in third party partition management softwares and even disk management utility. So how do I convert it back to basic?

I tried a clean custom windows installation, but I have following errors.

I'm unable to create, delete, extend any volumes here. All options are inactivated (gray) The only option available is "format"

And I was unable to continue Installing windows in the different drive. Then it gives me the bellow error;

Now what can I do to get my HDD back to the previous state?

Please help me.

Thanks in advance before.

A:How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk?

What a mess. First you have to reduce the total number of partitions to 4 - better even 3. Then do this:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

If you end up with 3 primary partitions, then you can create an extended partition under which you can define up to 120 logical partitions.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Note: the 'System Reserved' has to be primary. All others can be logical.

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i was restoring my windows 7 hp computer using a usb bootable disk. i was trying to delete all of the disk partitions on my hard drive and i would not let me delete any of them so i was clicking around and clicked c drive and formatted it. so now i cant install an OS because i have dynamic disks and cant change them to basic because i don't have a OS . thanks .

A:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk without os - help please

How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard magic partition manager?



Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
You just need to re install windows, and stop randomly clicking things.

Clean Install Windows 7

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I recently cleaned my computer with CCleaner and then shortly after, I got this message saying ' You are running very low on disk space on C:. To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click here.'
I'm confused. What I just did was supposed to HELP increase disk space, not to decrease it.
Any help is appreciated!

A:just wiped free disk space, says HDD low on disk space?

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I'm asking this for someone else.

Drive C total capacity is around 24GB, when selecting all files in C:, it shows 12GB used, but only 2GB is left in free space. What's wrong?

A:Solved: Incorrect disk space, low disk space

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Hi peeps and thanks in advance for any help you can give me! My laptop is doing my head in thanks to its new-found ability to chew up free disk space on my C:/ drive. Not sure if this problem has been on-going for a few weeks or something, but it's come to a head now!! A few bits of info that might be handy: Vista Home Premium 32bit, laptop is about three years old, 160GB HDD partitioned into a C: and a D: (both with approx 70GB total space according to Properties).
The story goes like this:

1) Got low disk space warning pop up (something like 300MB left!) - thought that this was entirely plausible since my wife keeps taking videos of our little baby on her camera and saving them on the lappy!
2) Decided to move some User folders from the C: to the D: and in the process moved about 5GB which then freed up several gig of space on the C: drive. Then I noticed that this was consistently dropping and the HDD light was flickering all the time, even when the laptop was not in use.
3) Updated and ran all the following programs: AVG 2011 Free, CCleaner, CWShredder, Malwarbytes - and nothing untoward reported.
4) Booted into safe mode and ran the programs again and still nothing reported.
5) Accessed VSS records via a command prompt and this was set to UNBOUNDED maximum capacity and showing as 16GB in use on disk, so revised this down to 12GB (a cautious approach, I admit!) and freed up a bit more space but this again is slowly being reduced.
6) Ran WinDirStat and this is showing ... Read more

A:Hard disk constantly running (writing?) and disk space disappearing

First, lets find out what is on the drive
JDiskReport or my preference

This link may help and give information.

Scan with your antivirus
Scan with malwarebytes. Did you update, when you ran your report?

Space is probably being taken by restore points, Did you check for that possiblity?

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I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

A:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

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o.k...so heres my problem....im curently defragmenting my HD...i have two partitions...my C: drive and my D:drive.....i have my OS installed in my C: drive and alot of other things.....

So when i first started defragmenting my C:drive....i had 34.0 GB of free space..and i left to go eat taco bell..XD..and when i came back...it was around 70% done but the free space was down to ONLY 2 GB.....

so iv looked evrywhere and foun lots of people had this problem..didnt quite find a solution though....and BTW...im stil defragmenting *** im writing this...but i might just end it becouse it started going really slow.....im assuing becouse i have no free space left on that partition....

Another important thing is that im NOT using the disk defragmentor that comes with the OS....

im using one called "Piriform Defraggler"....and before that i used the default one that came with the os...and it said that it was 0% defragmented..but when i analyzed it with the other program..it said it was like 64% fragmented......

So if theres ny more info u guys need ...just let me know...and i dont know if my HD space will come back after i close the program..but idk..il let u guys know..becouse i might just close it out now..becouse i dont think it will finish any time soon....

so plz help me out with this problem.....and thanx in advance.......

A:Solved: Lost Hard Disk Space After Disk Defragment

KK..im sry guys....i was just doing sum "reasearch"..and found out how to fix it....it turns out i had to resize the maximun ammount or shadow copy space..or sumthing like that....i had to do it in the cmd prompt...so ya...


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I have a windows 8.1 machine with a simple mirror (two disks). Due to the lack of sata ports I can't add more disks so naturally, I have to increase the size of my disks in the mirror. Can I remove one disk, replace it with a larger, sync up the mirror and
then repeat with the other disk? I can't see any option to remove a disk in control panel though


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I've a full system backup and 139 GBs of free disk space, but Disk Management won't allow me to create a new partition to restore the image because I don't have any unallocated disk space. Is my backup image useless?

A:No unallocated disk space in Disk Management and can't create new partition.

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1. I have Win7 64-bit installed.

2. Earlier I installed MySQL and created database (size: 2 GB) in my D: drive (size: 52.8 GB).

3. Then I formatted my C: drive and installed Win7 again. As a result, MySQL got uninstalled and something happened to the database in D: drive.

4. After the new Win7 installation, My Computer shows D: [50.8 GB free of 52.8 GB] but the disk is empty.

5. How do I recover these 2 GBs?

A:Hard Disk space seen as occupied... But disk is empty inside

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management, showing all the details of the D drive.

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