Resize Partitions

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    <SPAN class=postbody>The release of Windows Vista will bring a number of welcome enhancements to the built-in set of system tools, including the ability to dynamically resize partitions. Prior to Windows Vista, the ability to shrink and extend disk volumes has only been available through third party tools such as Partition Magic.

    Although not as full featured as some third party partition management applications, Windows Disk Management console will allow users to shrink, extend, create, and format partitions. The new resizing features will allow users to shrink a single partition with unused space, and then create a new partition in the resulting free space, as well as extending a current partition if there is available free space after it.

    To access Disk Management, right click on My Computer, and select Manage from the context menu – this will open the Computer Management console (alternatively, Disk Management may be accessed from Control Panel&gt; Administrative Tools&gt; Computer Management).

    From the Computer Management console, click on Disk Management which is located under the Storage section in the left hand pane. To shrink a current volume, locate the partition to be resized from the Disk Manager, right click on it, and from the context menu select Shrink Volume.

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    A Shrink dialog box will open from which you can enter the amount of space in MB to shrink the partition. This dialog box will also show the current size of the partition, the size of available shrink space available, and the total size after shrinking. Once you have selected the amount of space to shrink the partition by, click on the Shrink button.*Note: the size of the available shrink space can be restricted due to page files, restore files, and hibernation files.

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    Once the Shrink operation has completed, you will now have the selected amount of unallocated free space available immediately following the shrunken partition.

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    To extend a current volume, locate the partition to be resized from the Disk Manager, right click on it, and from the context menu select Extend Volume. The Extend Volume Wizard will then open, click Next. You will then be given a dialog box to select the disks to extend. Select the amount of space in MB to extend the volume, and click next. The selected partition will then be extended by the amount of MB selected. *Note: If the partition you want to extend is a boot or system, or cannot be converted to dynamic, you will only be able to extend the volume to the immediately adjacent free space.

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    Once volumes have been resized, a new partition can be created and formatted in any unallocated free space by right clicking on the unallocated space in the Disk Manager, selecting the type of volume to create, and completing the New Volume Wizard.

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    With the new enhancements to Windows Vista Disk Management, shrinking and extending partitions is now easily accomplished. As always, when making changing to the partition structure, users should ensure that all important files and data are backed up. </SPAN>

    <SPAN class=postbody>Source: ProNetworks</SPAN>
     
    Jason, Jun 20, 2006
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    nice one.... ;)
     
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    wow damn thats something I will enjoy :) Thanks
     
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    Hey !!!!

    Thanks for the guide !

    Is there any way the extend the "C" partition !? The extend options can not be selected for the "C" driver....

    - oxy
     
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    I was just about to install P.Magic to dual boot with Ubuntu...this won't format to any Linux type of partition but at least you can resize your windows partition to leave room to make linux partitions during installtion. sweet tool.
     
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    Thanks for pointing that out, that is a really good tool that i'll use at somepoint, nice to see MS put in some extra functionality into windows!
     
    kingofnexus, Sep 17, 2006
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    I'm testing it right now. I use a fat32 second partition to whipe vista off the machine and then burn a fresh vista iso image to dvd before reinstalling vista again.



    Gonna see if vista will bork the fat32 partition or if it can resize the partition at all.
     
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    hey seems to have worked quite nicely. only weird thing is the new fat32 partition is now drive F: instead of drive D:
     
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    Unfortunately it doesn't work for me.

    I have c:\ mce and f:\Vista ( same drive )

    While I can shink c: or f: I can only expand c:

    Even after shinking c: (about 6gigs ) as a test, It showed unalocated space at the middle, The option to expand f: was greyed out.
     
    goldy, Aug 28, 2007
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    well I found a solution to my delima ...

    Paragon Partition manager "8.5" (download version) cost about 30 bucks but it worked with a bit of fooling around.

    So now I have 14 gigs on mce and 42 on vista.

    Note the store version (8.0)doesn't work with Vista. Since I never used it before and I got the online version I didn't think to check to see if there was an upgrade available for those that already have it.
     
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