Originally Posted by mrduke
I've been using FD-ISR for quite a few years, and think it is great. I would like to shrink the size of my system (C) drive that has Windows Vista and FD on it to make room for another partition to store just data on. I have both Vista and Win 7 on this drive, and would like to make all the data available to both. Is there anything special that needs to be done to shrink and then create a new partition on this drive for FD to continue working?
I used W7 'Shrink volume' to downsize my system partition. It took several shrinks to get from 160GB down to 55GB as I wanted to move from an HDD to an SSD.
I didn't have a second partition, just the c:.
In your case (or anyone else's) you could archive and then remove the Vista FD snapshot and just 'shrink' the W7 snapshot, then restore the Vista snapshot from an archive which would have to be on a second physical drive of course.
Personally, I use a second drive for my data which makes it available to either my W7 or XP FD-ISR snapshots and that would be what I'd recommend, i.e. leave your system drive alone, add a drive, copy everything you want shared and you're all set. The second drive can be anything, internal/external. If you use an external docking station, you can easily have as many data drives as you can afford. And if you have a dual docking station, you can easily backup data from the active data drive to the backup data drive. Which is what I do
The trouble is that drives are expensive right now... I was lucky to buy my 2TB drives when they were only $75.
'Shrink volume' is found in Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management. Right click on the drive and you will see the "Shrink..' option. It tells you the smallest size that it will allow, run that even if it's not small enough. Then repeat until it is small enough (or can't be any smaller).