Can't Extend Primary C:

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  1. bnelsonFSO

    bnelsonFSO Registered Member

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    I have attached a screenshot but basically I have windows vista on my primary partition C: that is currently 40gb in size with 9gb free

    I have 20gb unallocated that i want to extend to the C: drive to make it total 60gb.

    I orginally tried Gparted, but it won't allow me to extend, so I found out about Disk Director, bought a copy and now im having the same problem.

    How do I extend the primary partition to use the 20gb unallocated space with this product?

    Any help would be great!
     

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  2. MudCrab

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    Re: Can't Extent Primary C:

    It might help to see the graphic at the bottom of the screen too as it shows the partitions in order.

    Do you have current backups of both your partitions? It's strongly recommended to have current backup images before making any partitioning changes in case something goes wrong and you need to restore.

    Are you getting an error message from DD?

    Have you tried Moving the D: partition to the end of the drive first? That should place the Unallocated space between C: and D: and C: should be able to be resized.
     
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    Re: Can't Extent Primary C:

    how do i reorder them because that must be the problem since the unallocated is at the end of the drive. Here is a screenshot.
     

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    bnelsonFSO:

    Here is how to move the unallocated space next to your Vista partition:

    1. Right-click on the D: partition and choose "Resize"
    2. In the graphic resize display, click and drag the center of the partition to the right. You want to move it so that there is no unallocated space after the partition, and all of the unallocated space is before the partition.
    3. Click on the checkered flag to commit the operation. Since there is a lot of data in your D: partition it may take a while to move it all.

    After doing this you should have all of the unallocated space located between the two partitions. Now you can resize the C: partition larger. However, you should not attempt to resize the system partition while Windows is running. Instead, you will need to boot your PC from the Acronis recovery CD. If you haven't made a recovery CD yet, use the Bootable Media Builder application on the Tools menu to make one. The recovery CD runs a self-contained operating system (Linux) and will allow you to work on the Vista partition when Vista is not running.

    Next, boot your PC from the recovery CD and resize the C: partition as follows:
    4. Right-click on the C: partition and choose "Resize"
    5. Click on and drag the right border of the partition graphic to make the C: partition larger until there is no more unallocated space after the partition.
    6. Click on the checkered flag to commit the change.

    Finally, reboot into Windows to check your results. You may be prompted to reboot again. If you have any problems with doing the first three steps above from the Windows version of Disk Director you should do them from the recovery CD. Windows may not let you resize the D: partition if you have a paging file on it, for example.

    Have a Vista DVD handy. If one of your operations moves the starting sector of the Vista partition, you will likely see an error message when trying to reboot. If you do, use the Vista DVD to run an automatic repair to fix. If you don't have a Vista DVD, post back and I'll pass along the commands that you can run beforehand to avoid boot problems.
     
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