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Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« on: May 10, 2017, 04:24:21 PM »
I have 5.5 GB left free out of 58.5GB, the bar showing Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit display is red, presumably meaning critically full.

The following method has been recommended:

1) Go to Disk Management

    - Notice that "extend volume" of your C: drive is "ghosted" and you are unable to select it (right click); you need to have "free unallocated disk space" immediately next to this partition to its right.  (As it is likely your D: partition is right next to it - you CAN NOT add the D: partition or part of it to your C: drive.)

 

2) You have to DELETE your D: partition completely (this means you will need to copy/save any files on your D: partition first). Right click on the D: partition and delete it.  This will free up the entire 400+ GB of space on your drive and will create and place the "unallocated free space" immediately to the right of your C: drive.

 

3) You will now see that when you right click on the C: drive that the option to "extend" your C: drive is now available. Click "Extend..." and then option windows will open.  At that point you may choose to allocate all remaining free space to your C: drive OR you may allocate whatever amount you'd like to your C: drive.  You are then allowed to recreate your D: drive with the remaining unallocated free space.

 

Guaranteed that works; I just did it 3 minutes ago.

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Is this safe? 

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 05:56:29 PM »
Yes. One of the problems with partitioning drives is having to re-allocate space when one of the partitions gets full.
Partitioning was efficient in the old days. Not needed any more with today's modern drives.
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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2017, 06:27:00 PM »
I have 5.5 GB left free out of 58.5GB, the bar showing Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit display is red, presumably meaning critically full.

The following method has been recommended:

1) Go to Disk Management

    - Notice that "extend volume" of your C: drive is "ghosted" and you are unable to select it (right click); you need to have "free unallocated disk space" immediately next to this partition to its right.  (As it is likely your D: partition is right next to it - you CAN NOT add the D: partition or part of it to your C: drive.)

 2) You have to DELETE your D: partition completely (this means you will need to copy/save any files on your D: partition first). Right click on the D: partition and delete it.  This will free up the entire 400+ GB of space on your drive and will create and place the "unallocated free space" immediately to the right of your C: drive.

3) You will now see that when you right click on the C: drive that the option to "extend" your C: drive is now available. Click "Extend..." and then option windows will open.  At that point you may choose to allocate all remaining free space to your C: drive OR you may allocate whatever amount you'd like to your C: drive.  You are then allowed to recreate your D: drive with the remaining unallocated free space.

Guaranteed that works; I just did it 3 minutes ago.
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Is this safe? 

I don't know about safe (working with partitions can be dangerous), what I would have thought that the Deletion of Drive D: to be somewhat severe.  But System Tools probably aren't as flexible. I have never used system tools to resize/partition HDDs, I have used partitioning software many times over the years and have never needed to delete a partition to be able to extend drive C:.

There are many Disk Partitioning applications out there some of them free that should be able to do this with possibly less hassle involved. Like resizing the Drive D: without having to delete the data and then extend the C: drive into the free space created. I have used an old program (no longer available) called Partition Magic on many of my old systems.

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2017, 06:30:40 PM »
Disk Management within Windows has always worked for me. :)
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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2017, 07:38:46 PM »
I'm only commenting on the instructions, pasted/written by the OPs whomever may have written them.

Quote from: brompeter
2) You have to DELETE your D: partition completely (this means you will need to copy/save any files on your D: partition first). Right click on the D: partition and delete it.  This will free up the entire 400+ GB of space on your drive and will create and place the "unallocated free space" immediately to the right of your C: drive.

To me that is a nuclear option as you lose what is on your D: partition, unless you have an external HDD to backup the partition. There are tools that don't require the deletion of the drive, just reduce its size and allocate that unused space for extending the C: drive.
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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2017, 07:45:15 PM »
Hi BOB3160

Thanks for posting those diagrams. When the guy wrote "Disk Management" I assumed he meant go to Windows Explorer and right-click on Drive C to see the options he referred to. But that didn't work on either C or D drive.

Unfortunately my Windows system is in German and the nearest option is Systemsteuerung (system management) which gives you 50 different options, but none of them concerned drives on the hard disk.

I would be grateful if you could teel in in plain English how you got to the Disk Management screen you illustrated, tackling the German should be no problem once there:)   

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 07:50:40 PM »
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-open-disk-management-2626080

Not sure if it will work in W7
windows key + X
run > dismkgr

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 08:03:57 PM »
Hi DavidR

My Drive D has a capacity of 90GB only 4GB used, these files are on it (see attachment). Having deleted these (I have no idea what they are) how would I reallocate the 90 GB to Drive C?

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2017, 08:11:14 PM »
Delete the D partition and assign the unallocated space to the C drive.

If D is a physical drive, you can't assign the space to C.

You can do it with the disk-manager or one of the free tools.
e.g. MiniTool Partition Wizard or  Easeus Partition Master
« Last Edit: May 10, 2017, 08:14:25 PM by Eddy »

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2017, 08:17:44 PM »
Eddie

Thanks for the link https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-open-disk-management-2626080 which shows me how to access Disk Management on Win 7.
To delete the D partition and assign the unallocated space to the C drive, I would presumably need to go to Disk Management, not possible via Win Explorer.

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2017, 08:19:06 PM »
Yup, you need to use the disk-manager to do so.

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2017, 11:04:51 PM »
Eddy

According to disk manager and windows explorer my C Drive capacity  has now increased from now 58.5GB to 149.95GB, leaving the 90GB extra from Drive D available. A good result. The result I wanted anyway.
The prompt on  disk manager only gave the option to either reduce or delete "volume" on D, so I deleted the 5GB shown in the diagram to DavidR. As far as I know I did not delete the partition - just what was on it. Drive D no longer appears on disk manager though.
I has no idea what these files were, but I assume they are gone. (It is a second hand laptop I bought because I was not happy with Win 10 and wanted 7...so the previous owner may have put those there...hoping there was nothing system-critical in them).

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2017, 07:49:13 AM »
I failed to verify my "brompeter" account in time, so I am now logged in as "brompeter2" in case there have been additional replies.
Thanks anyway.

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Re: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - Extend volume on Drive C
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 07:59:37 AM »
Sorry you've got issue with your new account.  Maybe someone can help with that issue?

I've never thought it a good idea to partition a drive into multiple drives because:
  • What happens to all of your data when your drive dies?
Now you've lost everything.  And the point of creating a second drive was to safeguard you(r) data.
Always better to install a second hard drive or three and use them as your backups.
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