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Primary Partition and Free Space Questions

Q: Primary Partition and Free Space Questions

I have 2 SATA drives installed on my desktop i.e. h/d 0 & h/d 1

I had the second h/d Partitioned into several Partitions but have now deleted all of these leaving only one Partition with the rest of the drive being designated "Free Space" This is coloured green in Disk Management. The remaining Partition is a Primary Partition coloured dark blue in D.M. The Primary Partition is formatted in NTFS and contains data.

I now want to have this h/d created into a single un-partitioned drive without loosing the data stored at the moment on its Partition.

How do I go about this ?

Is the "Free Space" here still formatted in NTFS as it was before I deleted the partitions contained there ?

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I'm not too sure what to do as of now, the free partition that is worth 66gb is just there. I right clicked my Primary Cdrive partition to try extend it but it was greyed out and so i couldnt merge the two..

Help is greatly appreciated!

A:How do i Merge a free space partition to my Primary C drive partition? IN VISTA

You can't modify the partition that has Windows installed on it because doing so would destroy your Windows installation.

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I am trying to extend a primary partition into part of what was a logical. I have already shrunk the logical, created a new partition in the new space, copied the data from the left to the right, then deleted the left drive to try an leave space for the Primary to extend into... but it won't give me the option! The old logical partition is still somehow there, with a green surround. I am not sure what the green line means! See picture:

A:Cannot format free space to extend a primary partition.

I find that Windows Disk Management is not all that capable for partition management. It's great for displaying information, and manipulating drive letters, though.

I use EaseUS FREE Partition Master Home Edition and it's light years ahead of the Windows utility. What you're trying to do would be a snap with EaseUS.

I think the green line outlines an extended partition, within which you have your G partition preceded by unallocated space. What you'd want to do with EaseUS is drag the left handle of the green box up to the beginning of the G partition (i.e. eliminate the unallocated space from the extended partition) and then drag the right handle of the E partition to expand into the newly-made-available unallocated space.

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I have my Windows format disc and I want to create another partition with it. I tried to create one, but it said something like "You have no more space to create another partition because you used up all your space on your Windows primary partition". See, when I reformatted my computer a while back I just created 1 partition for Windows and applied all the space onto that partition.

I was wondering if there is a way I could remove some space off of my Windows primary partition and create another partition with the space I removed. I want to do this so I can put general things in my other partition such as documents, music, etc. and just leave the other partition for Windows and programs. This way, my computer will possibly run faster, etc.

Could someone tell me how to do this?

A:I want to create a secondary partition, but I added all space on primary partition

You didn't mention what operating system you have.. that could make a difference... Vista has made it a little easier to do.
I'll assume you have XP.

1.) First defrag your drive.

2.) Then back up everything, because partition changes can easily wipe out your whole drive.

3.) Then, use a program such as Parted Magic, Partition Logic, or Partion Magic to change your partition sizes.
I'm not sure this will help you that much that it's worth doing, but good luck with it.

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Hey guys -

I'm trying to clean up my C drive, (Windows Drive), so that I can possibly install a small SSD in the near future. I have a 1TB secondary drive that isn't only about half full, so I have plenty of room to move things around.

I'm currently sitting at about 58GB on the windows partition, and 5 or so GB on the default RECOVERY partition.
First, can I just delete that partition? I'm not really sure how windows uses it, so I'm not sure if it is necessary. If I do need it, can I move it to a new partition on my second hd?

​On my boot drive, the windows file is only 15 or so GB. Add to that the 4-5GB from my program files folders (normal and x86), puts me at 20. Adding in my "AppData" folder (which I'd like to move, but everything I've read seems to point towards editing the registry to do so, and I'm not comfortable with that) puts me at like 24GB.
When I select "all" in my C drive, it shows 26.1 GB for all the files and folders. My question is, where does that other 24GB come from? I would assume that windows would take up some space other than what is in the "Windows" folder, but twice my used drive space is invisible. Not hidden, just invisible.

​This is probably something stupid that I'm missing, but I'd like to drop my used disk space into the 40-50GB range at a minimum. I've moved my documents, cleaned out old temp files, and reinstalled almost all my programs ont... Read more

A:Clearing Space on Primary Partition

Most PCs now come with a Recovery partition as the only way for us users to ever "install" the OS fresh; actually the Recovery partition "recovers" to the factory condition (the way the computer was when you bought it). Read your PC manufacturer's documentation on it.

If you have already installed a different OS you've probably already lost the ability to use the Recovery partition; if so, doesn't hurt to delete it. If you do have Recovery disks that you made from the Recovery partition or bought, or have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or rely on disk images to "restore" the OS to a previous point in time, then you can delete the Recovery partition.

If you use Disk Cleanup to get rid of file shadow copies and all but the most recent System Restore point you may recovery a considerable amount of space.

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My internal HD was partitioned into two equal halves, Windows and Linux. I managed to delete the data in the Linux side, but the partition is still there, empty. I want to add that hard disc space to my primary C: 'drive' (the Linux partition on my hard drive never had a name, as far as I can tell - my machine asks me at startup which system I want to boot, Windows or Linux).

So I have a HD that is still partitioned - it's just that the second partition is now empty. I want to get rid of it altogether, so that my HD is no longer partitioned. Do I have to reformat to do this? Won't I lose all the data on the C: part of my drive (which is essentially my whole computer, since I didn't use Linux much at all).

I did a search and found this thread


but this guy has his partition on an external HDD.

Thanks for any help

A:adding HD space to primary partition

Same answers for both an internal and external drive. Get a utility like Partition Magic to do it or back up all data, wipe out the partition and make a new one containing the full drive size, reformat.

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I was just wondering how I can merge my unallocated space on my hard drive to my primary partition. Is there any way I can do this? I've seen some solutions online but I haven't seen anything quite similar to what I have.

I have a screenshot of the situation. Thanks for any help.

A:Merging Unallocated Space to Primary Partition

Partition Wizard bootable CD can do that,

MiniTool Partition Wizard Boot CD.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hello all...
I have problem that i cant solve for days.. I did most of the things that i found on different forums, used some partition programs but still cant solve this...

1st, here is the picture and i will explain:

I made that unallocated space from partition E and I would like to merge it with partition C, bcs as You can see, i have only 120MB free there... Neither Disk Manager nor some other program can merge it... Also, when i make unallocated space from D partition, then it is between D and E partition and still cant merge with C...

Is it possible to merge that unallocated space with C? I really need more space on C...

TY in advance for help...


A:Merging primary partition with unallocated space

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I have an external hard drive with the configuration shown in image 1. When I first got it, it came with some software pre-installed, which I have since deleted. I went into disk manager and assigned the drive letter M to the drive.

The drive works generally (recognised in Windows and can write to it) except when I put it into my backup program it complains that there is an error reading a sector of ?disk 2? which is the equivalent of ?disk 1? in the windows environment.

I now see in disk manager there is 33Mb of unallocated space on the drive. Right clicking on this and looking at the properties it is the GUID. I don?t know too much about this, and I didn?t even know if I could simply reformat the whole drive to recover this space, but with my limited knowledge I gather that it might be something required so I haven?t touched it.

I note also that the ?M? has been assigned to the primary partition, but the unallocated space is black and has no letter assigned.

I?m unsure as to whether the read problem is because this part of the drive has no letter assigned and can?t be read, or whether the issue is a bad sector on the primary partition ?M?.

I am currently running a chkdsk on it, but it takes a long time and it has been hanging at 10% for nearly half an hour.

Assuming I get chkdsk to complete and if it finds no errors or finds errors and corrects them but I still have the problem, I am wondering about reformatting.

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I'm doing a fresh clean install of Windows 7. In the select partition screen, I saw there were two:

-100 MB of type "System information", or something like that.
-700 GB of type "Primary", my current partition and the one I want to install Windows 7 in.

Anyway, since I didn't know what the first partition (100 MB) was, I decided to delete it (which probably was a mistake), expecting it to automatically merge all that space with the primary partition. However, this didn't happen, and now I have a 100 MB partition called "Unallocated Space". I don't want to have 100 MB unusable and I know there must be a way of merging this space with my primary partition using DISK PART (which I can access from the Windows 7 installation wizard by pressing shift + F10), but I have no idea of which commands to use to accomplish what I'm trying to do. Any help? Thanks!

A:Adding unallocated space to primary partition during install

What a mess. Deleting something that you don't know what it is was not very swift.

This 100MB partition was your system partition and contained your bootmgr. Since you mucked it up, you can probably not boot any more.

Do you realize how little 100MB is - it is 1/1000th of 100GB, and you have 700GB. What were you trying to accomplish.

The situation can be fixed, but that is probably beyond your skill level. You better reinstall the system and leave the 100MBs alone.

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Hello all,

I've got a 100 gig hard drive divided into a primary C partition and a second logical partition (E drive). (I also have a separate hard drive, which is D, which I use for backups). This is a dual boot system - the C drive has Windows ME on it, which I don't use anymore, and the E drive has Windows XP Pro.

The C drive is FAT 32 and the E drive is NTFS. I'd like to be able to delete all data and programs from the C drive and just leave the ME operating system there, so as to free up as much free space as possible. Then, I'd like to shift the free space from C into the E partition.

I'm not sure if this is possible to do. Can I use Partition Magic to move FAT32 free space into the E partition, which is formatted as NTFS? Can folks tell me if this is possible to do and what steps I need to take, using Partition Magic, in order to accomplish it.

I'd appreciate tips and suggestions! Thanks very much. Please feel free to also e-mail me directly: [email protected]

A:Using Partition Magic to Free up FAT32 Space for NTFS Partition

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Dear Group,
  I am writing to let you know, perhaps as far back as 2011.. I got three hard
drives with this 'odd' ( ------- ) partition that shows up when I was using
Copy Wipe 1.14. It appears on ALL of the IDE hard drives I have used this
program from a BOOT CD and I am unable to remove, delete (F6) the
mysterious impervious to DEBUG command partition killer. I have
tried the DEBUG subroutine with no effect, and even this computer I am
reporting this also has the similar virus/worm infection. I don't know
if this is the w32.lecna.h or mutant variant. It does show the RECYCLER
and the System Volume Information on both drives. I also notice the
CMDCons on my back up drive D: with my storage stuff.
I used Copywipe 1.14 and found this mysterious partition that
can not and will not be removed, and used the program to find
similar instances on my other hard drives. I press F4 to remove and
it won't remove. Oh well.. has anyone found the same instance on
SATA drives and using Windows 7? 
I hope there is a cure for this.. I don't want to lose my data and pics.
I wish there is a BOOT CD to purge this w/out losing data.

Aliases: W32/Lecna.A WormVariants: W32.Lecna.H, W32.Lecna.CClassification: MalwareCategory: Computer WormStatus: Active & SpreadingSpreading: SlowGeographical info: North AmericaRemoval: EasyPlatform: W32Discovered: 31 May 2006Damage: Medium... Read more

A:A Weird Partition.. (------- Partition B6 114471 MB Free Space)

You need elevated help with tools than can’t be used in this section!  
Please follow the instructions in the Malware Removal and Log Section Preparation Guide starting at Step 6.
If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next.
In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create two logs. (Note: Windows 8.1 Users will not be able run DDS and create a log)
When you have done that, post your logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team.
Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log(s) along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. If you cannot produce any of the required logs, then still start the new topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happened when you tried to create them. A member of the Malware Removal Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer.
After doing this, please reply back in this thread with a link to the new topic.
But if you are sure that this is  W32.Lecna.A !! 
Backdoor Trojans, Botnets, and IRCBots are very dangerous because they compromise system integrity by making changes that allow it to be used by the attacker for malicious purposes. They c... Read more

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Hello All : Before I used a program to resize resize c: partition from extra space on d: partition , looks like I need to do it again , but can't seem to remember the program I used . It was free , if that helps . Thanks for ideas ..

A:resize c: partition from extra space on d: partition . free ?

Maybe EaseUS Partition Manager? Get the free version.

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Hi folks,

Lately I have downloaded a fair few movies, TV shows, concerts etc and I have started to become mindful of the dwindling amount of space available on my hard drive. I hope someone can help me with what are probably some pretty dumb questions...

I am wondering what others more expert than me do in this regard to free up disk space... do you burn those clunky video files that are taking up space on your hard disk to DVD-R's, and delete those files from your computer? I have probably got a fair amount of stuff in the 'non-essential' category that would not devastate me to delete from my computer, as long as I first burned to disc.

This is probably an even dumber question: I do regular weekly back-up to a 1 TB external hard drive. Having backed up lots of my clunky video files to an external hard drive, if I then delete those files from my computer, does this also delete the same (backed-up) files from the external hard drive?

Apologies for my ignorance. I am just hoping an expert or experts here might be able to give me some tips for 'best practice' for freeing-up disk space. Thanks in advance for any help offered!

A:Best way to free up disk space? Some dumb questions...

Running out of disk space means that you need to get more. You can put it off, try to recover space on the drive, copy things to DVD, and so on. But eventually, if you want to save things, you need to cough up the bucks.

Movies can be easily stored on DVD's. I usually store them in their original avi or mpg formats since I can get many of them on a DVD. External drives are really a good idea because not only do they give you storage space, but you can make periodic images of your internal drives. Then, when your drive fails, and it will, you don't lose everything, including your operating system. You jst get a new drive and restore everything from the image that you made.

Look on the external. Are your videos still there? that should answer your deletion question.

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I have 3 partitions on my Laptop 40GB HDD. These were freshly created and reloaded about a month and half ago:

C: OS -10GB
D: Program Files -10GB
E: My Documents -20GB

in the OS section there is only about 2.2GB free space. OS is XP Pro and about 3.0GB but then theres also programs which seem to work better when in the OS partition as opposed to the Program Files partition. They're consuming the rest of the space.

I've read that XP slows down when it has less than 50% free space. I'd like to know how true this is.
I've also read that having the OS separate from the Programs has few advantages because if you need to reinstall OS programs won't work. I understand this. I'd like to take the space I have on E: drive and put it into C: drive to make it larger or possibly just merge the C: and D: drives. Although just merging these two would still yield around a 50% free space situation.

What are some of your thoughts? What might you do?

I've tried using Acronis Partitioning Trial Software that hasn't worked for me because of the limitations of the Trial Version. Same with Partition Magic 8. I'm afraid to try the Ranish Partition Manager because its DOS based and I'm not familiar or comfortable with that. I also can't justify to pay for the full version of the previously mentioned Programs. Can you please recommend something?

A:OS on Partition with < 50% Free space

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I am very new to Windows Backup and have a few questions. Actually, my first question is not really specific to Windows Backup, but I notice it whenever I go to Disk Management to view my backups, so I hope it's okay if I ask it here.

Partition Question:

I have the following partitions on Disk 0:
100MB - 70% free
C:906.34GB - which has 82% or 739.03GB free
25.07GB OEM partition which is listed as 100% free

Isn't that 25GB OEM partition the Recovery partition? If so, why is it listed as 100% free? And what is the 100MB NTFS partition for?


Now for my Windows Backup questions:

I ran Windows Backup for the first time Thursday night morning. I chose the "Let Windows choose, recommended" option - "Windows will automatically select user files... A system image will be created including system files, drivers, registry settings, Windows and all of your programs. These items will be backed up on a regular schedule".

It took 6 or 7 hours to complete. When it was done, my 1TB external hdd had 661.51 GB free space. I was surprised because my 1TB desktop hdd still had 742 GB free space. I didn't anticipate the backup to take up more space, and I'm hoping someone can explain to me why it does. Is it because it copies virtually the entire hard drive and then also makes a specific image of the operating system, registry and installed programs?

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A:Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

Were I you and I'm not, I would keep my personal data and Windows in separate partitions. Maybe 60 or 80 gigs for Windows and the other 880 or whatever for data.

Then image the operating system and data partitions separately, so you avoid this confusion.

You aren't anywhere near the first person to be confused by Windows imaging--that's why many have given up on it. There are free alternatives that are much more flexible and straightforward.

The 100 MB partition you refer to was put there by Windows and is used in certain recovery operations. With luck you won't ever need to use it. You can hide it from view I think. You can even avoid it during an installation. Most people just ignore it and possibly hide it.

I can't explain why your OEM partition is shown as empty. Offhand, I wouldn't necessarily believe it is empty. Hang on to it at least temporarily.

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I just got a new PC with following configuration and have made 9 partitions on my 500 GB hard disk and

have 2nd 500 GB HDD as slave with 2 partitions, one has Win -7 Ultimate & 2nd partition is where I store Movies & Video Files.

The OS Partition is 100Gb & I have installed all applications in OS Partion.

All the applications with Win -7 Ultimate 64 bit has taken up 50 GB space.

I do download some stuff everyday & it goes in Downloads folder & takes up upto 25 GB of space.

Thus I am left with 25 GB free space.

In order to have a lightening fast performance, how much free space should I leave in the OS Partitions ?

Here are the specs of my system :

Intel Core i-7 2600 Sandy Bridge ( 3.4 GHz ) Processor

8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz

Windows -7 Ultimate ( 64 bit )

500 GB Sata 3.0Gb/s HDD

Second 500 GB HDD which I am using as a slave drive to store Movies etc.

Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi? Xtreme Audio

HauppaugeŽ WinTV-HVR-1200 Hybrid Analog/Digital TV Tuner

1 GB NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GT420 as default video card.

Thank You.

A:How much free space should I leave on OS partition?

You need to leave room on your HDD for your virtual memory/pagefile/swap file. The recommendations on the size range from 2GB to 1.5x your installed memory. It really depends on the type of user you are and if you want room for full memory dumps in the event of crashes and BSOD's. Can I ask why you made 9 separate partitions? just curious.

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This is my first post to any forum, a good friend of mine recommended you and thought you may be able to help.
My Laptop was setup with 2 partitions, Local Disk C: and a DATA F:, it has been working fine like this for the past 12 months or so and everything was ok about 3 days ago.
However....... yesterday when i tried to copy some pics from my phone to data drive I found the partition had gone!! I'm now left with 167GB of free space that used to be my data drive e.g. pictures, software, music.....

I've had a quick look but don't want to go too far and risk causing more damage without some guidance

Things I've tried

Ran HP built in Hard Drive Test (Passed)

Tried to recover the partition using EaseUS, Partition Master Free but the only partitions it found using the complete scan were about 3mb in size, I can supply a picture if it will help.

Any help or advice will be much appreciated.



A:Partition now shows as Free Space

Hi Ryan,

Good to see you here.
I'm sure someone will be able to offer some assistance soon enough

I don't want to offer too many suggestions as i wouldn't want to compromise the abilty to recover any data from the Free Space.

@Ryan, if you can post a screenshot of the Disk Management screen i think that would be helpful.
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I partitioned my hard drive into a C drive with 60GB and a U ( for Userdata ) with 140GB of space thinking 60GB was more than enough for Windows 7 and any ancillary requirements ( email, user settings, etal. ). The U drive contains my pictures, music and so on.

I now have only 5GB of storage free on my C ( System ) drive and I am wondering if this will cause me problems with performance ( page files for example ).

I do not have any issues with performance today but I am wondering what ( if any ) problems I might encounter to decide whether or not to enlarge this partition or not.

Any and all comments welcome...

A:System Partition with 5GB free space

Hello .

You may find / free-up some space using the suggestions outlined in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Free Up and Recover Hard Drive Space

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recently i tried to install linux ubuntu and replace win7 on my dell 1420, then i choose the option "replace windows7" , but i cancel it (i'm not installed ubuntu yet), and i restart my laptop, and then the windows is gone, then i try to reinstall the windows, but when on the partition menu, the C: and D: is gone! There are just two partition and no free space at all, the only option i can choose is delete the partition. Does anybody here can help me to fix this problem without delete the partition? Cuz there are so many files that very important
Sorry for bad English

A:[Help] my windows is gone and partition has no free space

Does your PC boot now? What is on your Hard Drive that is filling it up?

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Hi everyone,
First of all excuse my future mistakes and if I posted in wrong forum section. Secondly, I currently have 836 MB free in Windows particion, C:, which overall has 24.4 GB. The problem is that when i select all folders and files from C: and i check properties to view size of them, all together have 13.4 GB. So I am missing 8GB from partition.
Other strange thing is that, for example,when i woke up i had 1.06GB free in C:, and now (after ~30 mins) I refreshed to check free space again, and I have only 836 MB. So what happened? How is possible that?

I have to mention that backup files are stored in E:. I have no ideea what is happening here. Where are my 8GB and most important how is possible to have different amount of size in same particion without installing/uninstalling any program.

A:Free space in Windows partition

Quote: Originally Posted by crynowbv

Hi everyone,
First of all excuse my future mistakes and if I posted in wrong forum section. Secondly, I currently have 836 MB free in Windows particion, C:, which overall has 24.4 GB. The problem is that when i select all folders and files from C: and i check properties to view size of them, all together have 13.4 GB. So I am missing 8GB from partition.
Other strange thing is that, for example,when i woke up i had 1.06GB free in C:, and now (after ~30 mins) I refreshed to check free space again, and I have only 836 MB. So what happened? How is possible that?

I have to mention that backup files are stored in E:. I have no ideea what is happening here. Where are my 8GB and most important how is possible to have different amount of size in same particion without installing/uninstalling any program.

It could be:
A restore point or backup
Page file or hibernate file (which grow in size)
Or hidden files and folders.

25 gigs is a very small partition for win 7 especially if you have media or are 64bits

Me current win 7 Partition is 40 gigs and I have no media on that partitions, and am 32 bits.
Ken J

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I have a 200 gig partition on 1 drive that I have dedicated for games. But now it is filled, and even after shrinking my C drive to make space, I find that I still cannot extend my games partition. I've done a little reading and it appears that the issue is due to the free space not being directly beside the Games partition. I'm not sure, exactly, all I know is, I want to install more games and this technicality is preventing it.

Another thing that makes the situation more complex is that I have 2 other partitions on my drive that belong to Linux Mint. One is the main Mint partition, the other is a swap partition (similar to the page/swap file in Windows). I'm hesitant to try to mess around with moving those partitions since I'm not very experienced with Linux and if it doesnt boot I know I'll just reinstall it instead of trying to fix it. But I would like to avoid that in the first place.

I have tried with Disk Management, EaseUS, Paragon, Partition Wizard and GParted in Linux but they all wont let me make the games partition bigger, only smaller.

What I would like to do is to find a way to add free space to the Games partition, but without deleting other partitions or having to reinstall Linux. And more importantly, figuring out how to handle this kind of thing now so that I wont have issues extending partitions in the future. I also just figured I would say that I've converted the Games partition from primary to logical, due to the limitation of 4 primary partitions on ... Read more

A:Cant Resize Partition Even With Free Space Available


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I am running Windows XP Pro, the NTFS file system, and I set up my system so I sent up my primary 30 GB hard drive with several partitions so that my windows swap file is on a separate partition (K:) than is my OS (C:).

I recently wanted to defrag this separate drive (K:) (partition) so I went into my virtual memory settings for my windows swap file and I selected "No swap (or page) file" and then asked windows to defrag the drive that my swap file exists on. I then went to defrag the drive.

Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert) I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)


My latest defrag report for drive (K:) says:

Volume XP Pro SWAP FILE (K:)
Volume size = 800 MB
Cluster size = 64 KB
Used space = 600 MB
Free space = 200 MB
Percent free space = 25 %

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 0 %
File fragmentation = 0 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

File fragmentation
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A:Where's the free space on my drive/partition?

1.Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert)

2.I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)

1. You need something like 12% or 15% free space to defrag....looks like you increased it so you have 25% free space.

2. You increased the size of the partition or did you reformat? If you reformatted you wouldn't need to increase the size anyway because you would have 100% free space. Looks like all you did was increase the size and didn't reformat. Defragging does not remove any files...it arranges them so they can be found more readily.

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Hello, Data (D) (D:) is almost full. How can I make more space?

A:How to make more free space on partition D?

Delete not important data (files) or move it to another partition on the HDD

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As said in the title, I can not delete the free space partition on my external hard drive after deleting the partition. Currently, I'm using Disk Management and I haven't tried other programs. Any ideas? Would a different program do the job?

And to be specific, when I right-click on the free space, "Delete Partition" is grayed out.

A:Can't delete free space partition

I ran into that problem once myself. The way I solved it is to define a new partition in that free space and start anew with the deletion process. Else you can also try BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.. It will probably do it wiith no sweat.

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Today I tried to install Windows 8 so I created a new partition on my 2 TB HDD and it ended up being 114 GB. But when I selected that partition and tried to install Windows 8, it said that it couldn't install on the partition because it's not the required amount of free space. What could be the problem?

A:Partition of 114 GB not required free space

Have you installed any other Operating System in the same HDD and also please let me know the exact configuration of the computer as well.

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I created a new partition of 50.0 MB on an external hard drive from unallocated space using the wizard. I want to copy into it files that total under 38.0 MB. 38.0 MB is listed as the free space in that partition. But when I send the files to that partition, i get a message saying that there is not enough free space.

These show the steps I took:

A:creating new partition, not enough free space but should be enough

It looks like the partition you are trying to save the data to is labeled as 50 MB RAW and needs to be formatted NTFS for Windows to use it. The simplest thing to do might be to delete that RAW partition and create a new NTFS one. You can follow the steps in the tutorial below if you like.

Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hey there:

As far as I remember, I had six partitions when my machine was fresh (I just bought it like 3 months back)
- one for win xp
- one empty (where I would later install Windows 7)
- one where I'd store my documents
- one big empty where I planned to install Linux sometime later
- one big partition where I'd store everything else ('Main' partition)

There was a virus problem with XP - I had AVG installed, and the virus would infect all the exe files on my computr and AVG would simply delete it (the infected exe's) which made matters worse.

Then I installed Win 7 on another partition, and used it for some time without much trouble, except once when I tried some partition manager (so it would be easier when I'd install Linux - for now the Linux plan has been cancelled) when I lost two important partitions somehow (the last two I think, I don't remember exactly). Looking at Disk Management (Computer | Manage | Disk Management), and possibly doing some other things I don't remember I was able to get the partitions back the way they were before (one of them empty).

XP was still there on my PC, I started it once and it damaged the exe files of Win 7 as well. So after a few days I decide to reinstall XP then realised that the drives had disappeared again, this time I wasn't able to recover them. I checked Disk Management, and saw that the two partitions had been merged into one "free space" partition that didn't sh... Read more

A:An empty and a filled partition merged as single "free space" non-partition

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I have just installed two new internal HDs.

In Computer Management, one is listed as Page File, Primary Partition. The other as simply Primary Partition, though I'm pretty sure I did exactly the same installation procedure for both.

What's the difference? Should they both be the same? If so, which and what should I do to make the odd one right? Also, the Page File, Primary Partition drive is slightly smaller, for some reason.



A:(Page File, Primary Partition) and (Primary Partition) - Difference?

From Wikipedia
A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows systems, the system partition was required to be the first partition. Windows operating systems must be located in a primary partition. Other operating systems do not have this peculiar requirement. However, other factors, such as a PC's BIOS (see Boot sequence on standard PC) may also impart specific requirements as to which partition must contain the primary OS.

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Change the size of virtual memory (Page file size) in Vista | Windows Reference

The paging file is actually the virtual memory that is stored in the OS.
In the case of your question it is a hidden primary pattiion.

It not necessary, but if you want to try and see it
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

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In a stroke of genuine, so-real-it's-true, lovingly human idiocy, I allotted myself a measly 50 GB for my Windows installation and program files! Naturally I wanted to extend this, but right ahead of the Windows partition on the drive was an Ubuntu install which took up the entire rest of the drive.

So I set to work, spending over four hours for gparted running from an Ubuntu Live session to shrink the Ubuntu volume to about half the entire size of the disk, then moving it to the end of the disk so that I might have some room to extend the partition. And, lo and behold, it still would not let me expand the Windows part! The listed maximum of 50 GB refuses to budge.

I am pretty good with computing, but partition management is beyond the end of my wits. Can you tell me how to resolve this problem? I'll pay you with hearty thanks!

A:Expanding partition into free space - but it's not letting me?

Hello glyxom, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire Windows disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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Previously I had installed Ubuntu on my laptop but, after running into some issues, had to remove it. After the partition process I ended up with the original partitions the computer came with and a lot of unallocated free space. However, the Windows 7 Disk Management tool will not allow me to expand any of the drives. I would like to enlarge the C partition to use all the available free space but after searching through various threads and articles I cannot figure out how to do so. A screen shot is attached, thanks for any help.

A:Issues expanding C partition into Free Space

Hi, welcome to seven forums!
under programs and features, there should be an uninstall file to ubuntu.
Also under system>advanced settings there should be somewhere where you can allocate this.

Hope this helps!

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I have a HP 15 laptop, with a freshly installed Windows 10. I have a friend that put on the Zorin OS in a dual boot configuration. However, the whole thing was botched (you have to go through the BIOS to access Zorin, plus after a few minutes the whole operating system freezes), and now I want the whole thing gone. Windows at first I thought wasn't affected, but it deadlocked one day on Pocket, but on nothing else so far. When I mean deadlocked, I mean deadlocked. The mouse won't move, the LAN switch doesn't respond, nothing. I had to force restart the whole laptop. Anyway, my friend created a whole new partition for Zorin, the size of which was 100 GB. I want to delete that partition, and extend the volume back over to the primary C: partition. I will include a screenshot of Disk Management so you can see what I'm talking about. I think I need to delete the 99.65 GB partition (Healthy, Primary Partition). Am I right? I would appreciate detailed instructions on how to do this safely, so that I don't delete the wrong partition. Plus if you will tell how to extend the empty space back over. If you will, I hope you can take screenshots of the entire process. Also, do I need to reinstall Windows? And why would Zorin freeze in the first place, and then Windows too?Thanks for all your help! P.S. I want to delete all the recovery partitions, and all the unlettered primary partitions. The whole thing is a mess, and I haven't the slightest clue on how to clean it all up. Can you ... Read more

A:How to delete a partition and extend the free space to the C...

Here is a good tutorial. You should be able to right click on the two partitions (primary) to the right of the C:\ drive one after the other and the select delete volume. This will leave you with like 101-102 gigs of "unallocated space" and you can extend the C:\ drive partition to fill up that space.  http://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-manage-your-disks-using-disk-management-utility?page=1 I seriously doubt doing this will change the way Windows is misbehaving. You should start laying the groundwork for a total reinstall. Back up your data, etc. Post back if you need more help with that. And even before you do any of this go into the hardware diagnostics by tapping F2 as you power up and run the component tests particularly on the hard drive and RAM. 

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I was trying to install XP onto my W7 80GB hard drive. I shrunck the volume to create an additional partition on the C: drive and ended up with a 65GB and a 15GB partition. Due to a faulty installation I pulled stumps and decided to restore back to original configuration (1 X 80GB volume with W7 installed). I thought all I had to do was format the new 15GB partition which I was expecting to then show up as all one 80GB volume but it (15GB) shows up as free space. Can anyone tell me how I join this free space to the original 65GB C: Drive

A:Recovering Partition which now shows as Free Space


First, you need to delete the 15GB partition from within Setup. Then extend the 65GB partition to fill the whole drive. Alternatively, you could delete both partitions, and create a new 80GB one.

Hope this helps,

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Hi... im having this prob where a total of 40GB of space out of 160Gb in my HD cant be formatted. I were using Windows Vista before upgrading it into Win 7....
I had 3 partitions ( c:, d:, & N... All 3 of it works perfectly. The only problem im facing here is with this 40GB of free space which i couldn't Format in anyway.. it keeps on bugging me with this warning of "not enough space to complete operation" thingy...
Here is an image of it, where the green colored free space (39.06Gb)... cant be formatted.
I tried Formatting it while the w7 installation process, yet, i still couldn't do anything.
Can someone plz help me out.........

A:Unable to Format a free partition space in WIN 7...

I'm in the process of setting up my secondary rig, and haven't done too much more than the installation, and I ended up with an unallocated space ahead of the partitions, much as your's except mine is much larger. I intend to use a third party program such as Acronis Disk Director Suite, or something else to move and resize the partitions. I can't recommend DDS, because it is not W7 compatible, but I already have it, and I think that it would do the job, booting from it's disk.

There are other partitioning tools available that are free, but I haven't used any of them, except Partition Wizard, but I'm not familiar with it enough to say that it would handle this type of problem or not.

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My K partition is of 24.3GB and says that only 3.80GB is free.

However in reality, the data inside is worth only 14.3GB which means 10GB should be free, not 3.80GB.

What could be the problem? I have attached the screenshot too.

Even though there are no hidden files in this partition, I enabled 'View Hidden Items'. And the size is indeed 14.3GB only. So I wonder where my remaining 6.20GB is going!

Abhishek Sharma

A:Partition showing very less free space than actual

There's always some hidden files on a Windows drive, might be part of the Recycle Bin or maybe System Volume Information [System Restore].

Use System Restore to fix a Windows 8 PC or laptop: How to restore a laptop to a previous date - PC Advisor
This is for HP but some can apply to others:
Using Microsoft System Restore (Windows 8) | HP? Support

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Hey guys, I'm looking to be edumacated about this, forgive me if I ask dumb questions (which I will)

Running Win 7 Home Prem SP1 x64, on Gateway NV59C notebook, OEM version came pre-installed with SP 0, hence no installation DVD, but I do have all the recovery DVD's (3 system, 1 drivers & OEM crapware & 1 system repair) burned w/ Win 7's native disc burner...which I haven't used. I have used the recovery partition to restore to factory cond twice since I bought the laptop in Sept '10...once when I bought it (it was a floor model @ Radio Shack) and once in Feb when my first attempt @ installing SP1 went wrong, and on both occasions I am SURE the recovery partition only had about 2gb free space.

What I'm concerned with is that if something goes wrong and I need to restore to factory again (since I don't have a re-install DVD, nor do I have nor can I afford another HDD to make & store backup images) and the recovery partition is "empty" or corrupt, AND the DVD's I burned with WinDOZE' native burner fail. I have no backup to reinstall the OS.

My question is, how do I verify if there's anything in the recovery partition, since Disk Mgmt show 100% free space? And if it is (empty or corrupt), is there a way to repair it? I ran chkdsk /r yesterday, came back clean as a whistle. Disk Mgmt png & chkdsk.txt log attached below.


[attachment=103936:dsk_mgmt.PNG] [attachment=103937:chkdsk_8_5_11.txt]

A:Recovery Partition shows 100% free space

Problem solved, if it should arise. My cousin has a retail 7 Home premium SP1 DVD I can borrow & then activate with the product key from the label on my laptop using the method described by Andre Da Costa @ this link: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/i-want-to-reinstall-windows-7-but-the-recovery/63939520-704a-4db7-8f5e-ed26e7652ed2?tab=MoreHelpAlso good info here: Can I create an OS recovery partition? http://forum.webuser.co.uk/showthread.php?t=93385

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guys, help me pls..

my d drive suddenly missing, there is lot of important stuff inside the partition..
i don't have any ideas what is going, it shown 104gb free space, but I didn't format it..
this case happens when I try to format another drive (labelled A in the picture), and I'm really sure, I didn't formatted a wrong partition..

help me pls

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Hello folks,

I am having a problem where windows system image backup fails because there is not enough free space in the 100MB system reserved partition.

The story is as follows:
Initially there is a 1.5TB hard drive with 100MB system partition and rest is c:
I installed an SSD and used Samsung's migration assistant to copy the os to the SSD.
The original hard drive still has the system reserved partition with 70% free, and the old windows partition.

The new SSD has a 100 MB partition also, except that it is named "data", and only has 7MB free space. I assigned a drive letter to it to look inside, and I can only see the boot dir of 13.9MB, recycle bin (empty), bootmgr, and "system volume information", which is 48KB.

I also did the thing to delete the USN journal, and it only cleared up 2MB. What is taking up this other space?

PS This is on my Dad's compute with W7 pro

A:not enough free space in system reserved partition

Please follow this tutorial and show us how your disks are configured. Thanks

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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HDD: Total capacity 500GB partitioned to C & D equally.
O S: Windows 7 Pro. installed on C.
Actual space on C: About 223GB.
Space occupied : About 73GB.
Free space on C: About 150GB. (The properties of the partition show so.)

Tried to make another partition out of the 150GB free space on C.
So, I ran an estimation to find out the free space available for a new partition.
After an automatic calculation, report showed only 66MB available.

Properties of the partition show 150GB free space.
Why only 66MB available out of 150GB of free space?

Please help.

Thank you!

A:Out of 150GB free space only 66MB available for partition ?

A screen shot of your Disk Management would help out here, but if you are breaking off part of the available space for another partition, it would reduce your free space left to the existing partition.

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I'm not sure why, but when I do a properties on all the folders on my C: drive - I am showing hidden files and folders - I show 23.5 gig. However, on a 50 gig partition I only show 1 gig of free space. I recently ran disk cleanup to get myself above 1 gig free and just now checking it I have just under 900 mb free.

Where is my free space going? Is there an application I can use to analyze the folders and what's in them, etc.? What can I do to get back the other half of my drive?


A:Losing free space on C: system partition

Windows Explorer is a poor way to find out how much space is really being used.Type the following into the Start Menu, and hit Enter:diskmgmt.mscMaximize this Disk Management window, then take a screenshot using this tutorial. Upload it to the internet (any file/image hosting site will do, I use Imageshack). Then post it here in your topic.

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Not sure if this is the right subforum, but...

I have a laptop, so I shut the lid and put it to sleep after watching a movie. It was plugged in, and I left it for the night while I slept (to charge it).

Next morning, I unplug it and bring it to school. I open the lid and I get a "Preparing system repair" message. After a couple of seconds, It "Diagnoses" my computer and then "Attempts repairs." It fails, and so I go into Advanced Options. Try to exit to Consumer Preview, no go--just repeats the "repairs." It tells me an error happens when I try to refresh or reset, and System Restore gives me an error. I exit to another Operating System and choose Windows 7. My Win 8 drive doesn't show up in Explorer, and looking at it in Disk Management it shows up as Free Space. Is there any way to recover the files or somehow make it work? I've looked online and tried a couple of things (chkdsk complains of a write-protected drive, doesn't show up in any recovery manager) and really need this to work.

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Win 8 partition disappears, shows up as Free Space in Win 7.

Easiest would be to use your last image.

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i have windows 7 professional 32bit and the system reserved partition which is 100mb suddenly became full, i have only 5.8 mb free.When i click to see what is inside there is a folder which name is snapshots and there are 6 .dat files in total 64mb.Specifically their names are:
control_{94e042a7-8691-11e4-98ac-806e6f6e6963}.dat 1KB
control_{af3af67f-7810-11e5-8a1d-806e6f6e6963}.dat 1 KB
layout_{94e042a7-8691-11e4-98ac-806e6f6e6963}.dat 1474KB
layout_{af3af67f-7810-11e5-8a1d-806e6f6e6963}.dat 1248KB
snapshot_{94e042a7-8691-11e4-98ac-806e6f6e6963}.dat 31437KB
snapshot_{af3af67f-7810-11e5-8a1d-806e6f6e6963}.dat 31437KB
So like the title says what to do to return the volume to its previous size?
thank you

A:How to free up space in system reserved partition?

Hi Paul,
Follow this link from MS.

You have at some point given that partition a drive letter and sent the data there. after you have removed snapshot you need to remove that letter.
NOTHING else should be there


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I have Partition Magic 8 available, as well as a few defrag utilities, but nothing seems to allow me to move merge the two big blocks of free space into one, so I can move a very large file without it having to be split.

Any ideas?


A:How do I consolidte free space in NTFS partition

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Hello,,in my lenevo laptop I had 4 drives, but Partition disappeared while in use... now shows as free space??? How to recover my data....

A:Partition disappeared while in use... now shows as free space?

Try Recuva, but it may be difficult. Download Recuva 1.43.623 - FileHippo.com

And here is another option: Free Partition Recovery Software, Deleted Partition Recovery, Hard Disk Recovery, Free Disk Partition Recovery, Active Partition Recovery Software, NTFS Partition Recovery, Recovery Partition, Drive Partition Recovery, Hard Drive Partition Recovery T

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I have installed windows Xp at present. have a partition of 40GB (non windows partition) it has data of about 33 gb on it but the free space showing is only 1.5 gb this problem is with other partitions also. Wer are the remaining space on the partition gone.. How to fix this????????/

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What application should i use to consolidate free space on one partition? The rule is i have to have free space on the begining of the partition - not on the end of it.

A:How consolidate free space on the begining of the partition?

Welcome to the Seven Forums

If it was me I would use 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. and make a bootable CD or flashdrive.


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