Harddrive Partitions

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  1. whitedragon551

    whitedragon551 Registered Member

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    I want to partition my laptop HD. Its a 250Gb HD. I download random things all the time usually by bittorrent software since its much faster than most companies FTP servers. I want to have 25Gbs of storage on a seperate partition. When I go into the Disc Management console in Vista it says I can only shrink the main partition by 180Mbs when I have 172Gbs available. Any clue on what I can do?
     
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    Hello

    Some explanation here as to why Vista seems to 'misreport' shrink-space availability, along with a few suggested solutions.

    HTH

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    FWIW, I have just removed all SR points and killed hibernation. I then queried the max by which I can shrink my 50GB system partition.

    It came up with 11GB - so about 20%. If you do the same, you might get the 10% you're looking for...?

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    SR isnt on at all. I disabled the Page File. Cleared all temp files with Disc Cleanup and CCleaner. None of it worked.
     
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    How much of your HD is currently used?
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    I said that in the OP.

    Its a 250Gb HD. 272 free Gbs available. Its only showing 180Mbs as the most I can shrink it.

    I found the problem, but I dont know how to fix it. The MFT is at the end.

    Ive disabled the pagefile. Cleared pagefile on shut down via registry tweak. And used multiple defrag tools and none can move the MFT. Im still stuck with 180Mbs.
     
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    How can you have 272/250 GB? I think its supposed to be 172GB left.
     
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    whitedragon551 Registered Member

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    You are correct. Typo on my part.
     
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    If Vista will still only give up 180mb, maybe you could try to 'dislodge' the MFT by running a smartplacement defrag (see pages 3/4) with the trial version of PerfectDisk 10.

    This worked on my Vista machine at work.

    On my Vista laptop, a single pass with JKDefrag 3.36 (setting: fast optimise) worked for me.

    After running either of the above, try querying shrink again via diskmgmt.msc

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    I got it. I did an aggressive fill space with PD10. It allowed to me to create the 25Gb partition as now the largest free space chunk was 113Gbs.
     
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