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Question: volume shrink and new volume but convert basic to dynamic

hi i would like to ask you how to shrink volume and then create new volume so that it will convert from basic to dynamic. is there any method in windows 10 thnx i will wait for your reply.

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I'm hoping someone can help me please. I have an HP laptop running W10 and want to convert from HDD to a Samsung SSD. The cloning utility from Samsung will only work if the volumes on the HDD are basic, but for some reason on this particular HDD they are dynamic. How to I convert them from dynamic to basic?
Thanks in advance.
 

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Hello all,

I unintentionally convert OS basic drive to dynamic volume here is my current situation



please suggest how to convert back to basic ( i prepare for dual boot); otherwise , if i reinstall will it change back to basic by default?

Please advise,

Answer:Unintentionally convert OS from basic to dynamic volume

Take a look at this tutorial:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Recently, i shrinked the E drive(Total drives 3 C,D,E) and created a new volume F as a dynamic disk.
After i restarted the laptop, it is not booting .....


PLEASE ANY HELP APPRECIATED AND REQUIRED....

can i re-install the os with a copy of installation disc..


-abhi

Answer:i shrink E drive and created a new volume(dynamic)After ItIsNotBooting

Hello and welcome aboard, Abhi .

If there are more than four primary partitions in a disk, it must be converted to a dynamic one, and you havent counted the hidden system reserved partition in count while partitioning more. So it happened.

You cannot boot from a Dynamic Disk . You are to convert it to basic first. Follow the tutorial Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk .

But it will wipe the entire HDD, and you will loss all your data.

There are paid third party programs that can do it without any data loss . See it : Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic without Data Loss!

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I have a 160 gb sata drive which is showing up in computer management as a dynamic drive (149.05 gb unallocated online (errors)I need to convert this to a basic drive but nothing I have tried works . It is a Western digital and I have used their data lifeguard which shows it as "9 Gb Smart status ? not available". I have dowloaded test disk but I am not sure how to use this.What I want to do is use this drive to install windows on ( am presently using an old 40 gb ide drive) The sata drive is not new and I don't need to save any data.Hope you can understand this.

Answer:convert dynamic volume

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Have a play with Disk Management in Computer Management, here are a few questions if somebody can enlighten me

1) What is the major difference between Dynamic and Basic Volume
It seems Dynamic volume can let you change the size of the volume up or down when there is an adjacent unused physical space, without impairing the files already stored. However Partitions (Basic Volume) can only be extended, and will always requires reformating.

Is there anything else I missed?

2) It seems that Dynamic Volume has a lot more overheads, so it may be a little slower and actual file stored will be less, any opinion on that?

I did notice one of the Dyname Volume started to show massic missing storage space, e.g. Used Space of 30GB only has 7GB realy files on it, absolutely no hidden files there because I created the volume. This happens after shrinking and expanding it up and down a couple of time, BUG?!! If so it is a serious one.

3) Dynamic Volume must be used for Mirroring?

Answer:Basic vs Dynamic volume

Hello ffrree, welcome to Seven Forums!


It is really a bad idea to fool with Dynamic on a Operating System Hard Disk Drive, it has the potential to disable Windows and a clean install is often the only way to correct for that.

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i am attaching the pics of the disc management and there in the type of the drive like c , d , e etc there is ''dynamic'' . but in some pc i have seen there is '' basic''. so how my drive type changed to the dynamics>? is there any draw back being dynami type drive? if yes then how can i change the type of drive from dynamic to basic. please help

regards to all helpers

Answer:what is the difference between basic and dynamic type of hdd volume

This article may help explain the diffrence between basic and dynamic discs.

The Difference Between Basic and Dynamic Hard Disks - PC Hardware - Find Free Computer Help Tips Online

After a basic disk is converted to a dynamic disk, it cannot be converted back without losing your data. If you want to go back make sure to back up your files first. You must first delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk.

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Hi: I have both Acronis 11 and Norton Ghost 9. I have recently installed a new Western Digital 1 TB HD and want to clone all my files to the 1 TB drive from 3 other samller drives and make it bootable for XP. Here is the catch. Acronis will not recognize the drive for copy because XP SP3 will only let me create a simple partition for this 1 TB drive (set for RAID only). I cannot get XP to let me convert the volume to dynamic and, as such, neither Norton nor Acronis will allow me to copy wil the drive in it's current state. Is it an issue with the size of the dirve for XP? In "Disk Management" if I right click on the 1 TB drive I get no conversion option. Thanks!

Answer:Coverting basic(simple) to dynamic volume

why do you have it in raid when it's only one disc?

I don't know if this helps

[how do you change a dynamic disc back to basic and still keep the data?] - Computers

HOWTO: Convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk without data loss

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Hello all.

I have been researching this to no avail.

Here is the TL DR;

Old computer died which had two 400GB sata drives that houses a lot of family pictures and MP3s. The drives were dynamic and a 745 GB volume spanned across the drives. I now know these drives are also RAID-0, but I wanted to see if I could see any data on them and I had a USB sata dock. Learned the hard lesson that a dynamic disk wont be visible via USB no matter what (at the time I didnt know it was also a RAID-0) . I put the drive (which just happened to be the first drive) in my dock and somehow the drive got corrupted and became a basic disk. Pop up came asking if I wanted to format which of course I didn't. Odd thing is that the partition is intact (745GB) which causes the issue of not allowing me to convert it back to dynamic. It would seem if somehow I could just get it back to dynamic everything would work again or would be a heck of a lot easier to repair.

The issue is I cannot convert directly back to dynamic because it appears I don't have enough "free space" due to the partition reporting a 745GB volume which is correct.

I have tried multiple pieces of software mostly from Acronis, EASEUS, and Runtime (Disk Director, GetDataBack NTFS, Raid Recovery for Windows, and Data Recovery Wizard). Problem is these products don't fully solve the problem and I cannot reliably get the data off. The one product Runtime does have is raid reconstructor - but I am not ready to spend ... Read more

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My Windows 7 was installed in Drive C: in Primary partition.

I only have another drive D:, which is also a Primary partition and 200GB in size.

I need to create another drive. So, I use 'Shrink Volume' on Drive D: and free 30GB.

Then 30GB become free space and when I right click on that, I choose to 'Simple Volume' and then format it as NTFS and assign the drive letter E:. All of a sudden after I did that, all the partitions(C: and D now no longer say "Primary Partition". The blue color on top of the partitions also changed to a yellow/brownish color. My guess is that they have been converted to a Simple Volume too.

Well, then I just restart my PC and astonished that my windows 7 can't load. Only a blank screen come ahead to me. No error message given.

I use my Windows 7 DVD and in repair windows section, I use command line and by 'diskpart', i found, my all partition (C: and D: and E present their and there file system is: 'NTFS' and Type is "Simple". No drive there marked as a 'System' or 'boot'.

What should I do now, to recover my Windows 7?

Any kind of help will be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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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
I dont care if I have to format my Hard drive I already made a System Image of t... Read more

Answer:Solved: Win7 : how to change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

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Hi,

Do you recommend "basic" or "dynamic" volume/partition method in Windows 10?

I plan to format a new 4TB HDD to be used for 3 purposes:

1. A secondary disk for windows paging file. Size = 3xRAM = 50 GB
2. Data drive (mydocs, music, video, photo, downloads, etc.) ~3.45 GB
3. Space for a image of my OS + apps of ~500GB

The OS and apps are on a separate SDD.

Thanks

Answer:"Basic" or "Dynamic volume/partition method for HDD?

I'd keep the page file on SSD (you want it on the fastest drive you have) and have one partition on the new drive. There is no need to create a separate partition for system images - they can just go in their own folder.

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Hi,

Do you recommend "basic" or "dynamic" volume/partition method in Windows 10?

I plan to format a new 4TB HDD to be used for 3 purposes:

1. A secondary disk for windows paging file. Size = 3xRAM = 50 GB
2. Data drive (mydocs, music, video, photo, downloads, etc.) ~3.45 GB
3. Space for a image of my OS + apps of ~500GB

The OS and apps are on a separate SDD.

Thanks

Answer:"Basic" or "Dynamic volume/partition method for HDD?

I'd keep the page file on SSD (you want it on the fastest drive you have) and have one partition on the new drive. There is no need to create a separate partition for system images - they can just go in their own folder.

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Ok, so I got my Maxtor 300 Gig SATA Hard Drive and used the XP utility to create it. This is the first time I did that--I was so used to using Fdisk, I always did it that way in the past. Anyway, I'm using it as a data drive and followed the wizard in XP and ended up with a "Dynamic" volume instead of basic. I guess that's the default when you go through the wizard--I just kept clicling the "next" not even really paying attention to the choices as I usually do since I'm impatient!

Anway, I Googled and noted you need this for RAID drives and its not recognized in OS other than 2000 and XP, but is there any advantage to it? I'm not running a RAID configuration and my main OS disc is "basic". Does it matter? I can change it to basic it seems pretty easily according to MS article on it.
 

Answer:Can't change "Dynamic" to "Basic" volume on SATA drive

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Hi,

I did something two days ago without thinking it through and would now like to undo it.

I have three hard-drives with Windows Ten on the C drive.

I saw that my E drive was 90% full but I had plenty of free space on my F drive.

For whatever stupid reason, I was thinking of partitions and not drives.

So I used a program to move empty space from the E to the F drive.

And it did it, but it turned the E and F drives into Dynamic drives which I don't want.

I like to clone a couple of times a week and my program can't clone dynamic drives.

I'd prefer to do what I should have done in the first place, just move some files from the E to F drive.

So how do I get back to where I was?

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:Convert Drives From Dynamic To Basic

What program did you use? You should be able to use the same program to revert the drives back to Basic.





redbourn said:





So I used a program to move empty space from the E to the F drive.Click to expand...

This is impossible.
 

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I was in the process of using Disk Management to create a partition from unallocated space. When the process was complete, I discovered that the new partition, and all of the others as well, were dynamic. A genie did this. I have no idea how it happened. I didn't even know what a dynamic disk was.

I did some research and could not see any benefit to having a dynamic disk. And the only way to get back to basic is to delete all of the volumes on the disk after backing up the contents. Fortunately, I already had all the contents backed up.

However, there is one little glitch. There was one little partition on the primary drive of this recently acquired (refurbished) machine that was only 2 gb which, when you right click on it, the open and explore options are greyed out. I was told this partition contained boot information. When you choose the "delete volume" option, you get "windows cannot delete this partition."

In troubleshooting the problem, I lost the ability the boot into Windows. Although I was able to repair the system using a purchased copy of Easy RE, that created a return to the factory system. When I looked into Disk Management, not only was that 2 gb partition still there but it was still dynamic, causing all other partitions to be dynamic.

I thought I might be able to live with dynamic, but when I tried to create a new partition the installation disk wouldn't let me.

One thing that worries me is: What effect will ... Read more

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Hi everyone, I bought internal seagate barracuda 3tb, and since I installed it inside my PC, I went to disk management and saw this


then I made it in one partition and converted it from dynamic and MBR to basic and GPT, then I stored files in it,
the problem is, after I installed windows 8 over windows 7 -which is in a separate drive not the seagate- I faced the same problem in the image above, windows couldn't dedicate the hard drive because it's dynamic and MBR. it has my files now. I want to convert it to basic and GPT without losing data because they're very important.
could you please help me?

Answer:How to convert seagate 3tb from dynamic to basic?

Always best to backup first.

Using Paragon 11.

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I'm trying to install Windows Vista on a separate 50GB partition which is dynamic (A brownish-yellow color in Disk Management) but Windows Vista doesn't accept this unlike 7 so I'm trying to convert it to a Basic Partition (Blue in DM) anybody knows how to do this. Please tell me, P.S I cant format my main hard disk, only the partition TIA

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I was partitioning when I clicked some I dont know but it turned yellow I but I didnt really care because I didnt know what it ment so i didnt care but I now I cant convert them.

Answer:Convert Dynamic to Basic disk

Make sure you backup first.
Take look at this tutorial:
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hey guys,

I would like to post my question here.I wanted to make a new partition on my hp laptop on the only disc it hasso as to create a system image.Unfortunately,because it came with already 4 partitions I accidentally turned the disk into a dynamic disk.Now its booting normally but I cant load the system Image that I have created before the partition.Other than that the pc is running smoothly.
As I said this is the only disk on the system.Is it possible to convert the disk back to basic?After a lot of googling I found some exmples but all of them assumed you had a second disk on your system.Is it possible to convert the disk back to basic without having to reinstall windows?(I have no windows cd)

Thanks a lot,
Aris

Answer:Convert dynamic to basic disc

The only way to non-destructively convert a Dynamic disk to Basic is using free Easeus Home Edition or free Partition Wizard version 4.2 which still offered this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.
Download and burn ISO to CD using ImgBurn, boot, click on HD # to Convert to Basic from Disk tab.

Here is a video tutorial: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

If you created the fifth partition you may need to delete it first using PW CD to get it to convert.

I would save your backup image externally since it may need to be used to recover a failed HD.

To create new partitions, post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk mgmt drive map and listings so we can advise you which Primary partition to Convert to Logical which will allow you to add as many Logical sub-partitions as you want. In most cases this will be C if it is not marked System Active since the System boot files cannot reside on a Logical partition.

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I have a Seagate Free Agent GoFlex USB HDD 1.4TB which I have been using in the last 3-4 years for my backups. Presently I probably have about 300GB of backup data on it which I would prefer to keep

Four days ago I bought a new Asus K750JN laptop with windows 8.1x64 and as I just discovered to make an image of the OS (laptop came with no OS DVD) I must use a 16GB min USB. Furthermore it says that all data on the USB will be erased

I would have liked if possible to shrink the volume on my Seagate USB HDD to make two partitions: the root will be to copy my Asus OS and the other partition will be for my existing backups.

I assume that if I can shrink the Seagate existing volume I should be able to keep my existing data but if not I could transfer them to my desktop PC (long process but can be done)

I also assume the Asus utility which will copy the new OS to Seagate root partition will not erase the second partition

I could buy a 16 or 20GB new USB but since I have the large Seagate USB I think it will be waste of money

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:USB HDD Volume Shrink

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Question: Shrink Volume

Hi Folks,

My image shows the present settings for my friends new pc.
How do I shrink the volume without affecting the pc to add one new partition only giving me a C:drive about 50-75gb.

Answer:Shrink Volume

In the past, I've tried to change partition sizes or add partitions. I've had to run Disc Defrag before Windows would allow the partition to be shrunk.

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I deleted all shadow copies, first via Disk Cleanup and then via vssadmin, all per your instructions. It didn't help. I then went in and disabled System protection. It didn't help either.

Disk manager still says I only have 462756 MB shrink space out of a total of 953867 MB (NTFS), leaving 491111 MB after shrinkage. That's not enough - I need to shrink the C volume to 96 GB, because I want to move to my empty RAID SSD (2 disks/mirror) with 107.13 GB (NTFS).

Can it be done?
(I assume the reason I cannot use Seagate's disk utility to execute the move is that it cannot move from a larger partition to a smaller, but it hasn't actually told me that - it just doesn't follow instructions.)

Bjorn

Answer:Still cannot shrink volume

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Resize to desired size.

Any other partition manager - installed or boot CD - besides PW and Disk Mmgt can fail risking data loss.

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Question: Shrink volume

I want to shrink volume c: and extend volume e: , but problem is that I can shrink volume c: just for 3879(3.5gb)

Is there any workaround?
I know there are some programs, but I never used any of them, so if there is easy one, please write it down.
pm: If anybody have problems with: "Volume disk manager wont start..", enable Disk Defragmenter too...

Answer:Shrink volume

You can shrink with Partition Wizard.

If you want to use the Windows disk management, try disabling hibernation and the page file and defrag.

To disable hibernation: Open a command prompt as admin and enter powercfg -h off.

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Hi,I want to shrink my hdd but I get this error:there's not enough space available to complete this operation.

Answer:Can't shrink volume

can you post a screenshot of your disk management service. ?

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Hello everyone! I was trying to dual boot windows 10 and ubuntu and before i can do that i have to make a partition for it and i have a hard drive in my laptop that is over 220 GB big but when i go to create a partition it says the biggest i can make the partition is 6 GB!!! and i have a ton of free space. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated because no other site has helped.

Answer:Need Help With Shrink Volume!

If you are using a HDD, then the files could be fragmented. Try running windows disk defragment or try using defraggler.

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Does Shrinking My HD on "Disk Management" will affect my OS ? How can I turn it back to normal without Affecting my OS ?
 

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My System contains two partitions...




As shown in above figure, my os partition size is 222 GB. Free space in OS partition is 85 GB. I want to Move 80 GB free space of OS partition to second Partion(F:) to do this, I tried to Shrink the OS volume. But size of available space for shrinking is only 707 MB.




But there is 85GB free space in my OS partion. why this occurs? How can i reach my goal? please help... i am waiting for your responses... Thanks

Answer:I cant shrink volume please help...

Sorry I cannot see the picture ... for some reason tinypic doesnt load for me

If your first disk (DISk0) contains less than four primary partitions, you can do the job using Partition Wizard Bootable CD . . For how to do it tutorial, follow the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , it will work for shrinking from the right side, too.

EDIT : If there are four primary partitions already, dont try it. First convert a non-system partition to logical (Partition wizard can do it), and then try the above. Sorry again that I cannot see the pic you posted .

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I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate RTM and I want to shrink ANY of the volumes so I can dual boot with another OS. The problem is, when I go control panel>administrative tools>create and format hard disk partitions, and I select a volume to shrink, I get the "Querying" box for a second and then right after, it says:

"The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it."

I know for a fact that virtual disk service is enabled and running. Any idea what it could be? I just need 10-20gb of space for this second partition that I want to create, and I have ample space. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Cannot shrink volume

There are free tools available that should be able to accomplish this if you can't get 7 to do it.

One that comes to mind: http://www.partition-tool.com/
 

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I've installed a new hard disk drive 750GB and trying to resize the volumes using disk management but the resizing is in MB I can't just simply put the size in GB.

C:/System Files (40GB)
D:/Documents And Settings (80GB)
E:/Personal Files (300GB)
F:/Backup (300GB)

Answer:Shrink Volume In GB Instead of MB

Yeah, it uses MB. Ten GB is Ten Thousand MB. You have to adjust your thinking to allow for the difference. Do some experimentation with the control and you should get the hang of it.

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Question: Shrink OS Volume

I want to shrink the OS partition on my internal drive. I'm getting tired of my Acronis backups taking two hours to complete. The size of the drive is 1TB, formatted NTFS. The first partition on the C Drive is labeled OEM (39MB) and I have no idea what it contains. The second partition is labeled Recovery(11.96GB) (System, Active, Primary). The third partition is labeled OS (794.23GB)(Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary). The fourth and final partition is my Acronis Secure Zone (125.29GB) (Primary). I don't back up either of my external drives, as both of them contain the same information so that if one of them takes a crap on me I have an exact duplicate on the other one.

I would like to reduce the OS partition to 150GB, allowing 50GB for the Shadow Copies. All my Windows Backups (full backup only, overwritten) go to one of my external drives. All my Acronis backups (full backup only, overwritten) go to each of the external drives and the Acronis Secure Zone. All my files (pictures, videos, music and copies of downloaded software) are stored on the external drives.

I attempted to shrink the OS partition (794.23GB). Once the drive was analyzed it showed:

Total size in shrink in MB: 813,292
Size of available shrink space in MB: 128,196
Total size after shrink in MB: 685,096

I don't understand why I cannot substantially shrink the OS volume beyond 128,196MB. I don't understand what type of immovable file(s) would prevent me from doing so but then again, I can't understand ... Read more

Answer:Shrink OS Volume

You'll likely need the Partition Wizard bootable CD to do your shrinking. I guess you have tried Windows Disk Management--it doesn't always allow you to shrink as much as you would like.

Get it here:

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

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Dear All,I have HP Pavilion DV6 Laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium.The Partition size of C:\ Driver was 400GB, So i shrink the volume now its 350 GB am unable to shrink it further because of some unmoveable system files.Please suggest some third party tool for this.Secondly, i have taken system image of C:\ Drive, Now, if i resize the C:\ Partion will that image work or not.Your suggestions will be highly appreciated....Thanks and regardsKaleem Ullah Bilal

Answer:How to shrink volume further..

I have shrunk Win7 to 20GB using EASEUS Partition Manager. You can resize the image after you restore it.

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Hello.I want to shrink my volume,create a new partition so I can install windows xp on top of windows 7 and use em both using dual boot.
Is there any way I can fix this? Thank you!

Answer:Can't shrink volume [SSD]

Defrag your disk and try again.

Most XP programs can run under Win 7 on compatible mode. Did you try to install them under Win 7?

To install win XP you should do it on a Virtual Machine as you probably wont find the drivers for your system.

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I'm on W7 now, and wanted to have Windows XP too.
So I decided to make another partition and install XP on that.

But the problem is I can't shrink the volume, it will give me this error all the time.
The Virtual Disk service and everything connected to that is enabled and running.

.
^Thats the error.

Answer:Can't shrink volume.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Hatashi


I'm on W7 now, and wanted to have Windows XP too.
So I decided to make another partition and install XP on that.

But the problem is I can't shrink the volume, it will give me this error all the time.
The Virtual Disk service and everything connected to that is enabled and running.

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^Thats the error.


You cant shrink the OS partition from within itself. To shrink that you need a 3rd party app like Paragon disk suite

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Question: Shrink Volume

My HDD partitions currently look like this:I would like to shrink the Vista partition and add the space onto the XP partition.I know Vista has it's own partition software 'Shrink volume'.Firstly I assume that this shrink volume can do what I want to do, can it? Secondly if I do this then is there any chance of me losing data from any part of my hard drive? There's always people who mess up partitions, but ignoring them, should this be a straight forward risk-free process?Thanks.

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I'm not sure if this happened with 5.55, but with 5.56, when I hit the volume up or down on my keyboard to turn the sound down for everything, it turns down winamp's volume bar too. Sometimes I can move winamp's volume bar up and down and it won't even be working. What causes this? It's pretty annoying for the music to turn down twice as fast or winamp's volume bar to not even work at all.EDIT: Moved to a more appropriate forum

Answer:Volume keys turning down computer volume and winamp volume at the same time?

Bump

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I fixed it.

First Delete all the partitions of selected disk.
then I converted it.

Works like a charm. Thanks.
 

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Hello,I pulled 2 30GB hard drives out of some bad IMacs and put them in my Windows XP computer. The problem is I can only make them dynamic disks. I want them to be basic, primary disks so if I ever format my Windows partiton, I won't lose anything on the dynamic disks. I have tried using the disk management tool in Windows XP, and I tried using disk management through the command prompt also, but they will only recognize as dynamic disks. They have both been formatted through disk management as dynamic.

Answer:Convert Dynamic to Basic disks in Windows XP

I figured it out. I can't believe how easy it was to fix now. I think Windows couldn't see or delete the Mac partition. So Windows was forcing them to be dynamic. I just zero filled the drives and they work! Yay!

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I need to convert a hard drive from dynamic back to basic on a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, but appear not to have the option in Windows unless I delete all the partitions and lose everything on the hdd.

I have partition wizard 5.2 (free version) but it won't allow that function.

I hunted down a copy of 4.2 after reading a previous post that this does have the option but requires free registration, I clicked on the link to do this goes to partition wizard's website but a 404 error is displayed, not allowing me to obtain the free registration code, I suppose this is because 4.2 is no longer supported.

Can anyone help me out of this situation and provide me with the code which was free for a free bit of software?

Failing that how about someone give me an alternative solution or another package that is free and can do the same job.

All advice appreciated, this is somewhat urgent so the sooner the better.

Kind Regards,

Carl.

Answer:Convert Dynamic disk to basic w/o wiping

Hi, Carlos37, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Even if you find a free alternative (there are a few out there) you should back up the data before proceeding else you will risk losing it.

There are many paid disk management utilities available as well but, again, back up the disk first, please.

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I have an XP comp that has 2 partitions on it according to disk management 55mb Fat and 75G NTFS I want to create an extra part on the 75G NTFS Partition but if I either go through Comp management or via the Diskpart command I am unable to convert it.

I have only one disk according to diskpart and when selected it confirms that I this disk is now the active disc. But when I type in the convert dynamic it comes up the selected disc cannot be upgraded? is this because their is a part that is FAT 32 (this comp was supplied with this configuration pre loaded)

Is their a way round this,would it mean converting the disc to basic and then having to convert to dynamic?

If someone could shed some light on first of all why someone would set it up like this with a small part of FAT32 and if indeed the above is a viable solution, or is their another way

Thanks

Answer:Unable to convert Basic to Dynamic disc

Sounds to me as if the smaller partition may be a logical partition, which is part of the larger partition...but that's a wild guess.

Please post a screenshot from Disk Management.

How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot, LH - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html/page__gopid__2493350

Louis

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I have a partition that is dynamic and is spread across my harddrive. I've been trying to find a partition program that will work with dynamic disks from Windows 7 but nothing seems to be able to read the partitions. anyone know of a working program that will let me rebuild the partiton without data loss?

thanks

Windows 7 x64 build 7077
 

Answer:Windows 7 convert dynamic disk to basic

If I remember correctly, you can't go backwards without wiping the drive/partition and reformatting it. If you gave more info as to how the partition is configured, we could go on, but XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc should all be able to read a dynamic partition just fine.
 

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Hi,One of my hard disks contains Vista. It's a 250GB disk so I'd like to Shrink the volume to free up some space to make a Partition. However, when I use the shrink option, it says:Total size before: 229334 MBSize of available shrink: 78117 MBI want to leave enough space for Vista (15GB I believe?), other programs, and any other OS updates etc.I am surprised that I can only free up 78117 MB on a volume that is 77% free (176587 free MB's), however, I understand that this has something to do with unmovable files. If I decide to shrink by the maximum allowable, will that mean that there remains 151271 MB for Vista or programs etc or will the unmovable files etc impose limitations on the available space?Cheers

Answer:Shrink Volume on Vista

The shrink partition utility can only decrease the partition size down to the first unmovable/locked system file. To get round this, temporarily turn off System Restore, do the shrink and turn System Restore back on. Running a defrag may also move some of the ?unmovable? files. Alternatively, you can shrink partitions by running the diskpart command from the Vista DVD, which avoids the occurrence of locked files.

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Hi peeps,

I was looking to install Windows 10 preview as a dual boot option, so reading up online, it was suggested that I do a shrink of the volume to create ample space for Windows 10.

Anyway, I did this via Windows 7's diskmgmt. So I proceeded with the instructions. Before shrinking, my drive was 100GB in total capacity. However, afterwards, it is now only 75GB!

I've basically lost 25GB of my hard drive - what on earth just happened?

Any help would be really appreciated.

Thanks.

Answer:Shrink volume error

Nevermind, just realised the "missing" 25GB is actually an unallocated partition, which I need to create.

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Okay:

I am trying to shrink my volume to create a new partition suitable to install a separate OS. Here is the deal:

My total hd capacity is 320GB with a total FREE space of 198GB.

According to disk management, the maximum I can shrink the volume by is 20mb.

Question: The is probably, most likely, due to large fragments of data written to the disk which is taking the 'continuous' space down to that 20MB number.

I've used both the Windows 7 defrag program as well as Defraggler and can't get that number higher. Are there any programs or recommendations you can offer up that will allow me to get the FREE continuous space to a few gigbytes, at least?

UGH!!

Thanks for any help out there...
 

Answer:Can't shrink volume by more than [email protected]#$

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When I installed windows 7, I accidentally had my storage drives plugged in, so the system reserved partition went on a different drive than my OS boot drive. I'm trying to move it from the storage drive to my boot drive. I'm trying to shrink the volume of my boot drive to transfer the existing system reserved, but it says 0MB for the volume size. It has 17GB of free space. I'm only trying to make a 100MB partition. I ran CCleaner, Windows Error-checking, and Defraggler.

Disk Specs:

x1 OS boot drive (120GB SanDisk SSD)

x2 Storage drive (500GB WD)

Answer:Can't shrink volume of C:\ drive

If you download EaseUS Partition Master Home - EPM which is (FREE) and install it...

Download EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition - MajorGeeks

Withall normal drives in place...

Open/Run EPM and when the Disk map is opened - click on your C: drive > Choose resize and
DRAG the LEFT side towards the right... just over 100Mb > click OK

Right Click the 'empty' 100Mb and choose Create - choose PRIMARY NTFS > click OK
Right Click the 'empty 100Mb and choose Format > click OK
Right Click the new 100Mb partition and choose re-name > name it SYSTEM - click OK

So far nothing has happened you've only told the program what to do...

Now click the TICK on the top menu (Apply) - it will reboot the computer to carry out the tasks...

When Windows is running again...

Make sure all hidden and system files are visible (Tools > Folders menu)

Using Windows Explorer... Copy the contents of the 'wrong' system reserved files to the C: drive SYSTEM partition

Using EPM again - remove drive letter from SYSTEM (it will 'hide' it) > close EPM and -

With your WINDOWS Install DVD in the DVD Drive and selected as first boot - Restart the computer...

Do NOT Install Windows... do a Start up Repair... when it finishes... your computer should restart as normal.

You can then delete the D: Drive system reserved files partition AND expand the D drive to use those extra 100 Mb using EPM...

Hope this was helpful - I just had to do it myself - for the exact same reason as yourself... Read more

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started with a 500 gig hard drive, was able to shrink it to half. My goal is a partition size of 100 gb. The entire contents of drive is less than 50 gb. I did away with the page file so as not to cause a problem as a none move able file. No hyber.sys file either.

So right now the size of the partition is about 238 gb, but when I try to shrink it further it tells me that it can only be shrank by 7 more megs. any suggestions

Thanks in advance

Answer:I am trying to shrink the volume size which contains the OS. win 7 64b

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Windows 7's disk management is very basic in that it will only let you shrink a partition once, as you've just found out.

A far better bet is the Easeus Partition Wizard bootable CD: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Download the ISO and burn the image to a blank CD.

http://www.imgburn.com/

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Hello,

I'm wondering if i should shrink my volume (C:) with about 50gb, so i can use that space for Linux.

The harddrive is 500gb, and i've used 210gb, so.. I am wondering if there is any chance that i will lose data if i shrink the volume? Because i don't want to lose 210gb.

Answer:Shrink Volume Question.

If you shrink the volume using the Vista disk management you will not lose any data because Vista calculates and displays how much space you can safely shrink. Since you are using 210G of a 500G harddrive you can probably shrink it a lot more than 50G. The unallocated space will appear after your C partition and will need to be formatted before you can use it for anything.

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When i am using shrink volume option this error is prompting,"The volume you have selected to shrink may be corrupted .Use chkdsk to fix the corruption problem,and then try to shrink the volume." please help me what to do 

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Hi, a few weeks back, I had created another partition to install Win 8.1 on it. I created that Win 8.1 partition with 150GB. I would like to shrink the Win 7 partition and add more volume to the Win 8.1 partition. I checked out the disk management window and had shrunk the Win 7 partition, but it didn't let me add more volume to the Win 8.1 partition. Is this possible? I must be doing something wrong. Thanks

Answer:Want to shrink volume and add it to other partition.

Don't know that much about this stuff Blind man but try this program out it might help.

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.

This may be of interest too Partition or Volume - Shrink

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Hey guys I just went a created an account on here because I have searched for hours and haven't found anything. And everytime it's something to do with people who have exceeded the maximum amount of partitions they can have which is 4. The problem is not this, I have no partitions on the selected drive AT ALL. I have about 105GB free of space and when I try to partition 25GB it says there isn't enough space available when there is! For some reason though I can get up to like 18GB and it works but if I go over that it just says no space?

Screenshot by Lightshot
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I really do hope someone can solve this problem asap. This drive is not my system drive, it's an extra I have in my pc and I run my OS on an SSD and have tried using 3rd party programs and have had no luck.

Thank you for reading and hopefully I could get some much needed help.

Answer:Cannot shrink volume, not enough available space when there is?

The problem is there's a system file that's unmovable on that partition. Most likely the MFT-mirror. Solution: Use Partition Wizard HOME to resize the partition. It's free!

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

How to resize Partition for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 or Windows XP/7/Vista with partition magic manager software? Move/Resize Partition Help.

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Hello everyone!

I have a 1TB HDD. My D drive is almost full now and I want to make another big partition from C drive. My C has a total capacity of 570GB which is too much for just OS-supporting software.

I opened Disk Management and chose the option to shrink volume but I only had about 280GB available to shrink while the free space on my C is 455GB!

I read some tutorial about using Partition Wizard Boot CD to shrink larger space. In the tutorial (on sevenforums), I found that in order to use this method I must have 3 or less primary partition on my HDD. This is where the trouble arise. In Disk Management, I see that I have 5 partitions on my HDD, they are:

1. C drive
2. D drive
3. Healthy (EFI Recovery)
4. Healthy (Recovery)
5. Healthy (Recovery)

So I have 5 partitions on my HDD which I think will prevent me from using the Partition Wizard method! The 3 recovery drives is 100% free at the moment so I tried to delete those volumes but I can't. The options either didn't appear or appeared in grey when I right-click on the 3 recovery volumes.

Please help me If you can!

Thanks in advanced!

Answer:Space available to shrink volume is too low

Originally Posted by Kooplelele


I opened Disk Management and chose the option to shrink volume but I only had about 280GB available to shrink while the free space on my C is 455GB!



Windows Disk Management - You cannot shrink the disk volume down more than 50% of original size.







Originally Posted by Kooplelele


I read some tutorial about using Partition Wizard Boot CD to shrink larger space. In the tutorial (on sevenforums), I found that in order to use this method I must have 3 or less primary partition on my HDD. This is where the trouble arise.



Instructions are for MBR partition table. Your hard drive has a GPT partition table.

Here is info about UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style): link







Originally Posted by Kooplelele


3. Healthy (EFI Recovery)
4. Healthy (Recovery)
5. Healthy (Recovery)



Windows does not start, if you delete the EFI System partition.

You can't Refresh or Reset, if you delete the recovery partitions.

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Hi, everybody, iam new here in this forum. I hope that you can help me.

I have an Laptop, with Vista on it. But on local disk C: are 240 GB and in Local disk D: are 10 GB. I have red many Tutorials and i know how to shrink Local disk C:, and tu create another. I go to Computer Manager, click on Storage and than on Disk Manager, and than they apear the hard disks. I click on lacal disk C: with the right taste, and go to Shrink Volume, i got an window, but the problem is that in the window the SHRINK button is Grayed out. I red in some tutorials that need to Defragment the C: Drive, and i did it but it helped not. What can i do??? Please help me!!!!

Thnx a lot for your help

Answer:How to shrink Volume C: in Vista?

How to resize a partition in Windows Vista | Vista Rewired
Partition Magic
Partition Manager

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I'm trying to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk.

Before the disk was basic, but I accidentally made it dynamic and offline, just out of curiosity.. I managed to get it back to online, but I can't convert it back to basic.

I've already tried too convert it but it shows the disk in Disk Management as Dynamic with Errors. I've tried countless times using diskpart.exe but it won't work when converting it.

The hard drive is already formatted and is empty right now. It doesn't show in Explorer either.
 

Answer:Solved: Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic | Win7

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So, I was derping around with my partitions a while back, and I somehow managed to change my hard disk to a dynamic one. I've seen some tutorials on how to change back to dynamic, but none of them seemed to cover how to do it if your OS is installed on the dynamic disk. Is there any way to change back to basic without losing my data? If not, what's the best way of changing it back to basic? If I just run DBAN or something and reinstall Windows, will my new partitions be basic? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 installed on dynamic disk, how to convert to basic?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Probably your installation will be lost .

In a single disk, if you try to make more than four primary partitions, it will be converted to a dynamic one .

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I am trying to shrink my C partition to get more space on my Data partition.

My C partition is 191 GB and shows 65GB free and I assume 126GB of used space but when I total up the size of the files on the C drive (in the show hidden files mode) I only get a total of 99GB. The math doesn't add up.

Before trying to shrink C, I defragged the partition using W7. When I then attempted to shrink the C partition by querying the volume for available shrink space it showed that I could only shrink it by only 304 MB!

Is there a way I can overcome this problem? Perhaps by using another software program.

See screen shots below

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Hey all,
Tryin to get a dual-boot setup going.

Currently using Windows 7 32-bit and want to add XP dual boot.

Per instructions, first step is to go to Disk Management in 7 and shrink the C: volume but the amount of space available to shrink is only 1047 MB. I have over 22GB of free space.

Now I read that " virtual memory page file, System Protection maximum storage space size, and hibernation files" can restrict the amount of space available but now, I'm not quite sure how to safely free up the space to create the partition for XP.

Suggestions?

Thanks in advance...
 

Answer:help for dual boot (7+XP) - can't shrink volume

I'm running into a similar problem. I have Win7 installed on a 640 GB drive. The intent was to use Win7 to partition it into 6 equal drives, leaving the OS with over 100 GB of space .But it won't let me shrink the boot drive beyond 50%. So Win7 has 300 GB and I split the other 300 GB down into a few partitions. Any way around this?
 

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I set about creating a new simple volume on a brand new laptop today. You know - they come with one giant C: drive. We want a nice, manageable C: drive for imaging, about 75 - 80GB, but 100 or 125 would do.

Ran up against the "fixed files" limit on shrinking the volume - could only claim 225GB out of 488GB.

I'm wondering- could I (temporarily) turn off the page file, delete all restore points and turn off monitoring, and check for and delete any hibernation files - defrag - and gain some significant ground? Or is a third party partitioning program the only option, as Brink has stated in his tutorials? Has anyone tried this?

(I would like to clean install, but the owner is reluctant.)

Any advice or ideas are welcome.

Answer:Shrink Volume - Create Partition Q

Try shrinking again using free Partition Wizard bootable CD to "Resize." Partition Wizard.URL

The tool I use if System files still refuse to budge after defragging, turning off page file, restore points, is Perfect Disk 10 trial version to Offline Defrag>Rightclick on C: drive>Select System Files.

Always back up files and/or a System Image when using a 3rd party partition manager as they can fail during resizing, although we haven't had one fail yet in helping hundreds of these operations here.

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Hi Guys!

Can someone help me with my problem. I'm planning to install dual boot in my laptop (Windows and ubuntu) but sad to say my shrink volume is very little. Is there any software or way to increase it. Please help me.

Thank you!

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Hi Guys!

Can someone help me with my problem. I'm planning to install dual boot in my laptop (Windows and ubuntu) but sad to say my shrink volume is very little. Is there any software or way to increase it. Please help me.

Thank you!

Answer:Increase my Shrink volume in partition

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I'd use free mini tool personally
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

I'd also not dual boot on the same disk and share data disks or partitions with linux
If you want to dual boot do it the old fashion way and install linux on it's own drive all by it's self
I use one of these one slot for the iso's and one for data disks
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

I like a simple life and the linux grub there is nothing simple about it when it goes badly

On a laptop there is always cd/ dvd conversion trays.
But it's best to use VMWare and run linux in that environment.
VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

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Hey,
Im new to these forums so my bad if this is in the wrong place.

Im running Windows Vista Home Premium and have a 1TB (1000GB) hard drive with 564GB free.

but when I try to shrink my hard it says I can only shrink it by 7238MB.

Any ideas on how to get around this? I wanted to create a partion for like 50GB.

Any help arould be great!
If you are able to give us a easy soluation I would be happy to send a small thanks via paypal.

Thanks again.
 

Answer:Unable to shrink volume beyond certain limit!

That may mean that there are unmovable files near the partition boundary.

The very best idea would be to defrag with an offline defragger, like Paragon Total Defrag 2008. There are also defraggers on the UBCD4Win CD.

Failing that, try a defrag, anyway, and if you use any commercial defragger, try using its boot-time defrag function. Look at a drive map, too, to see what files/folders are near the boundary. If page file, you may be able to relocate it.

Or use an bootable partitioning tool, like Gparted. Whatever you use, the volume should be checked for errors and defragged beforehand.

Paragon Partition Manager 8.5
PPM Special Edition serial and free registration
 

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I wanted to triple boot windows 10 with windows 7 and 8,
I clicked “manage” and right clicked c drive to shrink drive c to make a new drive.
Clicked shrink drive, a message said “cannot shrink drive as drive c is faulty,
use chkdsk to repair faults”
I ran chkdsk c: /f /x /r.
the problem is, it is “scanning and repairing drive c:” till it gets to 11%,
then it stops , it is not frozen as the circle of dots is revolving,
it just will not move on, it has been showing 11% all evening , all night, and all day.
I do not know how to stop checking drive c: it will not let me back into windows 8.1
I can still get into windows 7

Answer:faulty c drive will not shrink volume

W8 and W10 do not always fully shutdown (so they can reboot quicker).
To ensure nothing is still running try the following
, boot into W7 and Run shutdown.exe /s /t 0 from a command prompt (or Press Windows key and R)
Try chkdsk again from Command prompt before boot.
(chkdsk for C: not the temporary X:)
Try Minitool Partition Wizard and/or the Bootable CD version to shrink the partition.
click here
click here
What was the first OS (supplied when new) on the machine?
ie is it W7 MBR machine or W8 UEFI?
This may be important (I have only skimmed)
click here
The old legacy boot menu may be helpful at some point? (F8 works again, nothing is loaded till you select OS)
click here

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Can you shrink the volume that your OS is installed on in Disk Management without screwing up Windows 7? I thought this was a no no unless you had Partition Magic or some program like that but I really don't know. I would like to create a couple of partitions on the hard disk that comes with a new computer with Win7 installed on it. The drives are so large these days and this computer is not going to have any graphics nor videos stored on it. srloren

Answer:Can you safely shrink a Win7 volume?

http://www.windows7news.com/2009/09...This will explain how to create new partitions with Win 7.

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I have a partition with Vista installed on it that is 140GB in size. Only 16GB is used.
I want to shrink the volume to about 110GB, but when I go into Disk Management, it does not allow me to shrink any of it.

I have defragged the partition and even reduced my page file, but it wouldn't let me shrink it to 110 even though I only use 16GB!!

How do I get around this to let me shrink what I want?

Or do I have to invest in a partitioning program?

Thanks.

Answer:Shrink A Volume In Windows Vista

I think the partitioning tool that comes with Vista is OK for re-sizing the partition before installing the OS.

Once the OS has been installed, I think you'll need a third party partitioning tool.

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I just bought a new gateway with Win7 and a 2 TB harddrive. I wanted to partition the drive. I was following directions on how to shrink the C drive. I right clicked on the C drive in disk management and selected shrink volume. Then I clicked SHRINK without entering anything. I'm not sure if anything changed or not. I would like to get the C drive back like it was with 2 TB.
 

Answer:Solved: volume shrink undo

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Dear all

I have a HP notebook with Windows Vista (Home Premium, 32 bit) Operating System. The capacity of its hard drive is 160Gb and its free space is 24Gb. My hard disk had only one partition, so that I decided Shrink the volume using the Disk Management Utility incorporated in Windows Vista.

My selected value of "size of shrink space" was 15Gb, but after 23 Hour, the action of shrinking the partition is not completed yet!! I think this is not normal.

Is there any way to interrupt the action of shrinking the partition? Or may I restart the computer now? Is restarting the windows (and interrupting the shrinking action) dangerous for my data?

Thanks in advace...

Answer:Cancellation of shrink volume in Vista

Another 6 hours have passed. Has it finished?

Best that I can say is, try to stop the process using task manager, if it will let you. If not, reboot. If there are problems, try a system restore. Always a risk involved in these things.

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os win xp home edition,500 GB hard disk, at present i hve only single drive c:, need more partitions, but cannot find shrink volume option while right clicking on c in disk management.how can i proceed

Answer:cant find shrink volume in windows xp

You cannot alter the C drive from within.To alter the partition structure of the disk you will need a partitioning tool such as Partition Magic run on a bootable CD.I do not particularly recommend that tool over others that are available since I have no hands-on experience with any of them. They all however come with this warning.Back up all your important files to an external location before you do anything, and test the backup. Then be prepared to re-install from scratch as altering your operating system partition carries a significant risk.If it were me doing it I would wipe the drive completely and then create new partitions of whatever size required, then do a fresh clean install of the operating system.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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Hey guys. I want to install the W8 preview. New to this stuff. I see I can shrink my volume to provide the needed space for a new partition. Do you recommend I proceed this way?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Shrink Volume to make new partition?

Defrag disk and then used gparted to shrink the current partition and create a new one for W8.

gparted
 

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Hi all,

I am trying to dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows 10 on my computer. I currently have Windows 10 installed and am trying to partition(split) my D drive to create a new drive for Ubuntu. My D drive currently has 100GB of free space. However, in Disk Management, only 4.85GB is showing up as "available shrink space." Therefore, I cannot make a new drive big enough to run Ubuntu on. Is there any way of getting around this? It might be helpful to know windows says "cannot shrink volume beyond the point where any removable files are located." The defragment and optimization tool doesn't help, I pressed "optimized" but nothing changes

Best, Kevin

Answer:Windows 10: cannot shrink volume (D drive)

The problem is that the MFT is sitting high up on the disk and disk management cannot move it. You have to use a program like Mini tool partition wizard.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html

Here is a little tutoirial

http://www.partitionwizard.com/faqvi...in-64-bit.html

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I have a Laptop with OS Win7 Ultimate 32 bit,in which i have 320 GB hard disk with only one partion C i want to shrink this partition when i try to shrink this partition it is not shrinking

Answer:Shrink Volume C not working in Windows 7

The ?shrink? can only decrease the partition size down to the first unmovable/locked system file. If you?re running System Restore, you can get round this by temporarily turning it off, do the Shrink and turn it back on. Running a defragmentation may also move some of the ?unmovable? files.

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I sometimes come across computers where Disk Management is unable to shrink the system partition as much I as would like. (This seems to be mainly on computers that have been in use for a while. New computers are not generally a problem).

Are there any workarounds or free partitioning software that will do what Disk Management cannot do in these instances?

Thanks

Answer:Disk Management cannot shrink volume enough

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Vincenzo


I sometimes come across computers where Disk Management is unable to shrink the system partition as much I as would like. (This seems to be mainly on computers that have been in use for a while. New computers are not generally a problem).

Are there any workarounds or free partitioning software that will do what Disk Management cannot do in these instances?

Thanks


Give this a try. A lot of folks here use it. BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

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Encrypted Volume Check: Volume Info on \\?\Volume{X}Can Not Read

Found this in my Event Viewer on each start/restart. I don't have any Volumes that I have encrypted. Is this malware? I've run everything prior to noticing including Windows Offline Defender.
Not sure if this is even the correct area to post this!
Glenn

Answer:Encrypted Volume Check: Volume Info on \\?\Volume{X}Can't read

I'm going to take a guess, please upload a screenshot of the disk manager (Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter).
Posting the actual entry from the Event Viewer can help.

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Dear Mr/Ms
my name is Tony and i am using the A200 laptop with OS as VISTA
and i formatted it using the product recovery CD after that i have backed up all my data.
It is now working very well except that i realised that now i got only one Volume which is Drive C with 112 Giga bytes.

A friend of mine told me that i can do shrink volume. So i tried it and it worked that i have made up 2 drives....But the problem is that their sizes are not suitable for me and i can't extend their volumes.

To be more clear 112 Giga bytes of drive c is divided into:
drive c : 67 gigabytes
drive d : 43 gigabytes

the thing is that i want to make drive c : 30 gigabytes only and drive D to be the rest of the space.

so can you please tell me how to do this.....

Thankyou and sorry for making my request so tall????

Answer:Satellite A200 - How to shrink volume on Vista?

Have you tried to use the disk management in Vista?
You can find it if you right click on computer => manage => storage => disk management
There you can change current size of the partition.

This could be useful for you:
http://195.182.196.33/kb0/TSB7101OB0006R01.htm

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Ok so I used Vista's Shrink Volume tool and upon rebooting, my computer hangs at the startup screen and does not budge. Even if you try to go into setup or selecting boot device. It absolutely does not want to go anywhere. I've been looking up for solutions and I think it may be that i formatted the unallocated space to ntfs file system and primary partition boot or something like that? :S

Vista Home 6, 32-bit edition

I'm not sure if there's anyway I can go back. Basically I just need a way to wipe the hd so the computer can read my recovery disc.

Thanks for any feedback

Regards,
Jake

Answer:Vista's 'shrink Volume' - Partition = Death

Hi Jake,I see you have a HJT log posted in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum.You shouldn't make any changes to your system, while your HJT log is posted, as that could change the results of the posted log, making it difficult to properly clean your system.At this point, the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.Since you have received no response after 5 days, give them a gentle reminder by posting a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".This topic will now be closed. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM.

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I want a bootable partition of my 80GB notebook drive so i can put XP on it, but Vista's shrink volume feature doesn't work. It says that there is no shrinkable space, even though i have 39GB free space. I defragmented the drive about 4 times, and tried all kinds of things to get it to work (like disable hibernation, system restore, etc.) but still nothing. I tried 3 different defragmentation programs and they all show the last 30% of the drive clean. I know that Partition magic doesn't work on vista (because vista is retarded), so I need some way to make a small (maybe 5GB) partition without screwing up any of my data. Can anyone help?

Answer:Vista shrink volume -- piece of crap

So you followed this?

Resize Partitions in Windows Vista, Shrink or Extend a Partition : Welcome To Tech-Dump

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Hi , I am using Ideapad z580 with 1 tb hard disk space. I partitioned the C drive using Data management - Shrink Volume. Total Shrink Volume was displayed as 432 gb. And later I partitioned the 432 volume into 3 partitions of 144 gb each (432/3 = 144). But the size in C drive after partition is displayed as 449 gb which is Non-Shrinkable. Can you please let me know why I cannot partition the C drive less than 449 gb. (Actually I want to keep the C-drive to 100gb).  Currently my drives are displayed as : Windows 8_OS (C  449gbLenovo (D  24.9 gbNew Volume (F 144 gbNew Volume (G 144gbNew Volume (H 144gb  ThanksAshis

Answer:Cannot Shrink the Volume of C Drive beyond 449 GB in Ideapad z580

Oh my Gosh .... I give the hard disk name followed by a Colon ':' and a Right bracket ')' and it became a smiley here. 

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I've been trying to set up a 2nd partition to put a 32bit windows 7 on, but I can't.

I'm following a tutorial, I get to this stage:

http://i.imgur.com/VelUi.png

But it's not letting me edit how much I want to shrink my drive by. Even if I manually put in a number, the "Shrink" button is gray and I cannot click on it.

Can someone please help me fix this issue?

Answer:Not Able to Create Partition (Shrink Volume Issue)

It would be better, faster and safer to make and use a Partition Wizard Boot cd to perform your partitioning.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Post a shot of disk management so we can advise you.

Is it giving you any amount at all to shrink ?

It`s telling you to do a disk defrag. Have you done that ?

Defrag the disk 2 or 3 times and try again.

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Hi,

Technical specs: I have a Lenovo Yoga 2 with Windows 8.1. Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB hard drive, and 64-bit OS.

I am in the Disk Management system attempting to shrink my C drive by about 20GB to allow room for an Ubuntu install. I want to be able to dual boot my system. The Disk Management says that I have 94.07GB free in my C drive (43% free), yet when I click to shrink the volume of C drive, it says that the "size of available shrink space in in MB" is 6359. This is not enough room for an Ubuntu install, much less for the program I want to run on it after.

If anyone can shed light on what is going on and a possible way around it, help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Not allowing shrink volume over 6GB, but have 94GB free

Sounds like you need a bigger HD.
What does your Properties window look like ?

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Hello,

I cancelled the volume shrink operation while it was in progress. Now I cannot find my other 300+ GB or disk space. When I go to my computer it says I have only 299GB out of 600GB. How do I reclaim my lost disk space?

The first pic lists my drives and partitions.
The second pic lists the available disk space. As shown the total space of the drive is approx 600GB but there is only 299GB available.

Answer:Missing hdd space after cancelled volume shrink in Windows

Show Partition Wizard screenshot as well please.

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I have 6 partitions on my hard drive. Under Disk Management, when I select a partition and then "Shrink" all but one shows the total capacity correctly, along with the amount to shrink and then the remaining that will be left. However on one partition, when selecting shrink, the total capacity is the sum of the total plus the free, and not just the total capacity. As such, I cannot shrink this volume without an error. The capacity is about 350GB with the free about 200GB. When I select shrink, the total of the volume shows 550GB instead of 350GB. The correct capacity of 350GB shows correctly on the Disk Management listing and boxes on the initial screen and also under Properties on the File Manager. It is only when selecting the shrink option that it shows 550GB.

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Hi,

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right thread, but a major part of my query is with backing up the data on my hard drive. Please help.

I want to reinstall Windows 7 Home Basic (x64) on my Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop. But I do not have the setup CD and hence I plan to use the Dell Restore Image on the recovery partition. Before this I need to backup the data.

So these are my queries in short:

1) During Dell Factory restore, do I get to create partitions? Coz right now win 7 is in a 441 GB partition, but I want to install the OS in a smaller partition, say 40GB.

2) Before the reinstall, I need to back up the data. Unfortunately, the back up hard disk (on my desktop comp) will fall short by around 50GB. So I came up with this idea:

Cut and paste as much data as possible from my laptop to the desktop. Use Windows disk management feature, shrink the volume, and create a partition from within Windows 7. Move the 50 GB data to this partition.
During the reinstallation, create yet another partition, of 40GB, and install Windows without having to delete the 50GB data. Is this possible?

Please find attached a screenshot of the Disk Management utility. The 12.11 GB partition has LinuxMint and I plan to install XP over it.

Hope I am clear. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Shrink volume and Dell restore to factory settings

The whole idea of Factory Restore is to put everything back to the way it was when it was shipped from the factory.
So no if you use the factory restore option you will not be able to shrink the C drive.

Not sure what Dell does these days. I've only worked on one Dell notebook with 7 on it.
But Dell does included a program to make the system disk from images/ISOs/whatever on the hard drive.
Not sure if those disk you create contain a REAL OS reinstall disk or if it is to do a factory reinstall.
The only way to tell is create them and take a look at what is on each disk.
You might be able to contact Dell and for a small fee have them send you a REAL OS disk.

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I have 6 partitions on my hard drive. Under Disk Management, when I select a partition and then "Shrink" all but one shows the total capacity correctly, along with the amount to shrink and then the remaining that will be left. However on one partition, when selecting shrink, the total capacity is the sum of the total plus the free, and not just the total capacity. As such, I cannot shrink this volume without an error. The capacity is about 350GB with the free about 200GB. When I select shrink, the total of the volume shows 550GB instead of 350GB. The correct capacity of 350GB shows correctly on the Disk Management listing and boxes on the initial screen and also under Properties on the File Manager. It is only when selecting the shrink option that it shows 550GB.

Answer:Disk Management Shrink Volume wrong capacity

I would suggest some sort of fixmbr command that won't reformat the drive. Maybe other people have more suggestions on how to do it without it erasing files from your drive.

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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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Hi,

Windows Disk Management utility has provided Extend / Shrink volume support.
I got to know that FSCTL_SHRINK_VOLUME ioctl is provided for supporting shrink volume feature.

I am interested to know what support is provided by File system driver and other
storage modules to achieve shrink volume feature.

Actually Linux does not have support for online shrink volume.
So interested to know what are the support provided by Windows storage stack.

Please share your ideas. please share materials / links regarding this.

Thanks,
Raphel
 

Answer:Shrink volume support in Windows 7 Disk Management

Wrong.
Most Partition Tools under Linux and Windows allow expanding and shrinking of partitions.
 

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Hi,

Windows Disk Management utility has provided Extend / Shrink volume support. I got to know that FSCTL_SHRINK_VOLUME ioctl and other APIs are provided for supporting shrink volume feature.

I am interested to know what support is provided by File system driver and other storage modules to achieve shrink volume feature.

Actually Linux does not have support for online shrink volume.
So interested to know what are the support provided by Windows storage stack.

Please share your ideas and related links/documents.

Thanks,
Raphel

Answer:Shrink volume support in Windows 7 Disk Management

the second pink box in the link explains a little bit about the restrictions of shrinking a volume: Partition or Volume - Shrink - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi,

I am using two partitions on my Disk
C: Total Space 390 GB , Free Space: 215 GB

D: Total Space : 75 GB : Free Space: 13 GB

I run windows 7 through D Drive
Is it possible if I shrink almost 100 GB from C Drive which has 215 GB of Free space currently and add the same 100 GB to D Partition ?

Is it possible through Windows Disk Management or I have to use and install additional full version softwares Partition Magic or Paragon Manager?

I have tried few demo versions like Easus PM but for full functionality full Pro version is required.

Please suggest solution
 

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Hi,

Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else, but I cannot find a suitable answer anywhere. I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .

I do not want to format the whole drive as I've got an older version of Windows that might not recognise the files (am I correct in thinking this?).

Any advice really appreciated

Thanks,

Lucia

Answer:External Hard drive cannot shrink volume to partition

  
Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace


Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else,


Well, this probably belongs in the "hardware" forum where disk drive and partition questions normally go, but I'll respond here. An admin may move this thread to the "hardware" forum later.





Quote:
I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .


Can you please post a screenshot from Diskmgmt.msc, maximized and with columns spread so the text contents in each column are readable in the screenshot.

Once you post this screenshot, we can recommend a proper course of action or suggest a possible "recipe" that might work, or maybe ask more questions.
As an excellent alternative to Windows Disk Management, I suggest you try Partition Wizard... either standalone boot CD or using the installed program under Win7. PW should have no problem dealing with this drive, and being able to resize partitions, format partitions to NTFS, or if necessary being able to "delete all partitions" and then you can "create partition" and format to NTFS, etc.

Partition Wizard can be used to do anything Diskmgmt can do, an... Read more

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My C drive has lot space, nearly 170 GB free space. I do want to shrink C drive, and allocate that memory to another drive to keep files. To do so I am using shrink volume option in device management window. When I clicked on Shrink volume it showing 0 MB is allowed to shrink, even though it has lot of memory unused. Please help.

Answer:Device Management Shrink Volume is not working on C drive

Hello, check this out please : Disk Management - Shrink Partition

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sir i am buying new sony vaio laptop using operating system are windows8, my laptop HDD capacity are 500gb iam created partition in c drive volume are false to edit 218 gb in c drive , i am need to change the volume to c drive in 100gb cannot shrink disk management. how to solve this problum ? please help me sir , all types of best solution for my laptop( never corrupted OS and software)

Answer:cannot shrink volume in new sony vaio laptop running W8

It would be nice if you had given the model designation of your laptop. Or is it only Sony Vaio ?Anyway, if you an UEFI motherboard and Windows 8 is installed that way, then it is not easy to make changes in hardware. You must first disable the protection in BIOS and make the changes. Afterwards you must reenable that protection.So I suggest you look into the documentation that shaould have come with your purchase of the laptop or online documents.CoolGuy

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64-bit Vista with a 640 gig system drive, 11 gig partition for the factory image, 585 gig partition for the system OS, currently with 465 gigs of free space.

So what I wanted to do was shrink the system partition down to about 185 gigs or so and create a 400 gig data partition. I used the built in defragger and then tried to shrink the volume and Vista will analize the volume fine but then it will only come up with a maximum of 176,169 MB available space to shrink, resulting in 422,887 MB retained system partition, almost exactly the opposite of what I want.

Question is is there a simple fix, a difficult fix or no fix at all (you don't have to give me the non-Vista fixes, I know one or two of those)? "Vista is a great OS" people front and center! Make me believe!
 

Answer:Shrink volume; another poorly performing Vista feature?

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Hello,

Windows Disk Management hangs when I hit Shrink Volume.
I have never had this problem before...
Plus this is a new computer, haha.
Any ideas guys?

Specs:
1TB SATA HDD
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
HP p6823w

Thanks in advanced,
CProgrammer3088

Answer:Windows Disk Management hangs when I hit Shrink Volume.

Check whether the 'Disk Defragmenter' service is set to 'manual'. If not, set it to manual.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Denon-AVR-2...72198?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item588f2f6da6

is there a different product out there that will cheaply let me not get spikes in my volume from my tv?
 

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