Expand Hard drive with Acronis

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  1. CRoz

    CRoz Registered Member

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    If this is possible to Expand Hard drive with Acronis?

    In my hard drive I have two partition one is primary drive C: (for OS) and logical drive D:that i used for music but i need in my C drive more space so i think if this is possible to ADD 10-15 Gb from Logical D drive to drive C without harming my OS partition!!!!!!!!!

    Any help would be appriciated.
     
  2. K0LO

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    CRoz:

    You will need partitioning software to do this. You can use Acronis Disk Director or other equivalent software. What you will need to do is:

    1) Shrink your Logical D drive by 15 GB.
    2) Move the D partition to the right, leaving 15 GB of free space between C and D partitions.
    3) Resize the C partition to make it larger, thus including the free space into the C partition.
     
  3. shieber

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    Can't he create a Secure Zone taking space from D and then remove the Secure zone, which offer sthe choice of where to add the space back, and add the space to C?
     
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    That might work. I forgot about that method. Secure Zone needs a primary partition, which usually gets added to the end of the disk. I assume when you remove it, the partitioner will shuffle things around properly (move D to the right; expand C to the right). If so, that'll work fine.
     
  5. GroverH

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    Isn't Partition Restore with Resize another possible option?
    This is partitially illustrated via my guides listed on line 3 of my signature below.
    The illustration is not exact to his needs but the basic premise is there.

    Note the pre-requirement is for a disk backup which includes all partitions.
    This method will NOT work if his only backups are individual backups of each partition.

    Assuming there are no hidden partitons , etc......

    If he has a disk type backup which includes all data from both partions in one archive file,
    Use the option to restore C. Use the partition resizer and make the C smaller
    use the option to restore D. use the partition resizer and make the D larger
    use the option to restore Track 0

    The result should be what he wants. If for any reason it is not, then he could use his existing "disk" backup and perform a disk restore which would be return him to his present state.
     
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    Except that CRoz wants to make C larger and D smaller. When you go to restore the C partition you won't be able to make it any larger if D is still present. I guess you could, if brave, use Windows Disk Management to first delete the D partition in order to make this work:

    a) Delete D partition using Windows Disk Management
    b) Restore C partition and resize it larger
    c) Restore D partition to the remaining space

    Track 0 restore is not needed if you're just running Windows and no boot manager.

    Lots of ways to do this.
     
  7. GroverH

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    Boy did I miss mis-read his first posting. :oops:
    Right again Mark:)

    As you say, there are many ways to accomplish this task.
     
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    I actually did this only yesterday ... so I can confirm that it does work. :thumb:
     
  9. MudCrab

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    I also thought of doing a restore with resize since using the SZ isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

    However, I would consider either way (using a partitioning program or restore with resize) to be a risk and would recommend that an Entire Disk Image be created prior to beginning the procedure. If you go the resize route, you already have your backup.
     
  10. GroverH

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    I believe the "Partition Restore with Resize" is still an option--but as K0lo stated, it is not the only option.
    This procedure utilizes TrueImage Home without any additional software.
    Sample illustration
    Both partitions are 100 GB..... Goal= make System(C) drive 20 GB larger; and Drive D 20 GB smaller.​
    If he has a disk type backup which includes all data from both partitions in one archive file.

    Begin the partition restore

    1. Use the restore option to restore Drive D first.
    a. Use the partition sizer function to create the 20GB of free space at the beginning of the partition.
    ...This will cause the existing drive D to become smaller by the same value.
    Code:
    .........................Partition D resize
    ....................Before-resize------After-resize
    Free Space Before.........0...............20 GB
    Partition Size..........100 GB............80 GB
    Free Space After..........0................0
    b. Continue working your way through the restore function screens. Then restore/resize Drive C next
    Code:
    ........................Partition C resize
    ....................Before-resize------After-resize
    Free Space Before.........0................0
    Partition Size..........100 GB...........120 GB
    Free Space After.........20 GB.............0
    After clicking the Proceed option and getting the successful completion screen.

    Partition order remains unchanged. Drive C remains the first partition as seen in Disk Management

    I performed the actual resize as above on a test drive using Version 11 Trial CD.
    A view of the test disk in Disk management before the change displayed the old values.
    After the restore, DM showed the new values with no unallocated spaces.
    I did not try to boot from the test disk but the test disk appeared to be functioning properly.

    This is partially illustrated via my guides listed on line 3 of my signature below.
    The illustration is not exact to his needs but the basic premise is there.

    Assuming there are no hidden partitions , etc..
    and that the Drive C system drive is normally the first partition....

    The result should be what he wants. If for any reason it is not, then he could use his existing "disk" backup and perform a disk restore which would be return him to his present state. Note the pre-requirement here is for a disk backup which includes all partitions.
    This method will NOT work if his only backups are individual backups of each partition. Since his computer is still functioning, he has the capability of creating a new "disk" image before starting this procedure. The ideal test would be to do this on a another test disk.
     
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  11. K0LO

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    Grover:

    doh! :oops: Of course...

    I am used to doing these steps with Acronis Disk Director and keep forgetting that the same resize module is used by TI, so yes, you can resize either end of the partition.
     
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