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Win8 disk manager won't allow me to extend empty 82GB volume

January 12, 2013 at 21:46:16
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 503 MB

I have a 500gig hdd , recently had a problem with a corrupt OS so I re-installed.
Trouble is now Im left with a 418gig hdd, and an empty 82gig volume. disk management will not allow me to extend the 82gig to the 418gig hdd. What do I do ?

When I click on prperties for the empty 82gig , the extend space is grayed out. Do I have to do a re-install using Fdisk ?

Currently the re-installed windows 8 is working OK but I want to re-claim the lost space.


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#1
January 12, 2013 at 23:00:53

A 500 GB should appear as 465 GB in Windows. But acc. to you, it is a full 500 GB. This is one thing.

Second, is there another OS besides Windows 8 such as Win XP Pro, as your specs point out ?

Other than the above, to be able to extend space, the spaces to be joined should be next to each other. The important thing here is, why is the space to be joined grayed out ?

Do you have an UEFI motherboard ?

CoolGuy


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#2
January 13, 2013 at 00:15:18

You need to use a third-party partitioning tool that loads from a bootable CD, so that you can manipulate the volumes without having Windows running. Try this one:
http://www.easeus.com/partition-man...

Don't mess with your Windows volume though or you risk screwing it up.


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#3
January 13, 2013 at 07:10:05

"A 500 GB should appear as 465 GB in Windows"

Exactly right. I don't know how he's coming up with 418GB + 82GB?


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#4
January 13, 2013 at 14:19:09

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here is the screen shot, sorry about the size thing


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#5
January 13, 2013 at 14:21:18


re-http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/
This is the program that stuffed it up in the first place.

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#6
January 14, 2013 at 05:07:46

It will be interesting to see the screenshots because a 500GB HDD has an actual capacity of approx 465GB. The only way you could have 500GB of actual capacity would be if the HDD is larger than 500GB.

http://www.ussscctv.com/harddrivesi...

As for EaseUS "stuffing things up", it's impossible to say if the software had a problem or if you did something wrong. All I know is I've been using EaseUS for years & have never had a problem.


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#7
January 14, 2013 at 14:39:52

http://w1funurl.webs.com/screen.jpg
here is the screen shot, sorry about the size thing



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#8
January 15, 2013 at 01:58:00

You have UEFI motherboard. I think your only recourse is to re-install the OS. During re-installation, you must remove/delete all partitions and then proceed with the installation. Windows will install one small partition for boot files and the remaining will be assigned to OS.

If you are the type of person that often adds/removes hardware and resizes partitions, then do not install with UEFI BIOS capability. You cannot play with hardware easily, I believe, if you install Windows with UEFI BIOS.

Install normally.

CoolGuy


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#9
January 15, 2013 at 14:26:29

the windows disk management will not allow me to delete any partitions. Do I need to do an Fdisk ? or use a third party program to do this ?

Before I do this I must create a windows setup disk because I do not have one at the moment , all I have is a Dell usb Restore.

would be good if there was a video clip of how to delete the partition.

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#10
January 16, 2013 at 10:21:14

Now that you got the drive capacity figured out - approx 465.5GB, not 500GB - your original question is null & void. So what is it you want to do?

Looking at your screenshot, the EFI partition is required & the C partition is required. I'm not sure what the 39MB A partition is & I'm guessing D is the Recovery Partition?


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#11
January 16, 2013 at 14:43:35

it is a Dell Inspiron 3520 notebook.

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#12
January 16, 2013 at 14:46:24

I want to extend the 46 gig to the c:418gig

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#13
January 17, 2013 at 07:27:22

What is in the D partition? If it's the Recovery partition & you wipe it out, you won't be able to reinstall Windows using the Ctrl+F11 option. If you created the Recovery discs & you're 100% certain they work, you can format D, then merge it with C. I'd use EaseUS Partion Manager Home Edition to do it, but apparently you don't like that program?

Why do you want one huge partition anyway? It's not the best way to configure the HDD. It would be better to reduce the size of C & increase the size of D, then use D for data storage.

Advantages of Multi-Partition Drives


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#14
January 17, 2013 at 14:30:09

there is nothing in the D: partition. I have been searching on the internet how to do a clean fdisk or format *.* .With the windows XP setup used to be included , it would first ask you if you want to re-format the whole hdd.

there is no recovery partition currently on the hdd.

the reason -I want one huge partition anyway, is because thats how the hdd originally was before I tried EaseUS Partion Manager.

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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#15
January 17, 2013 at 15:13:25

"I have been searching on the internet how to do a clean fdisk or format *.*"

Have you tried gparted? http://gparted.sourceforge.net/


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#16
January 19, 2013 at 18:28:47

I will try gparted.

Also I have some new screen shots after I deleted the empty partitions and clicked properties -
http://w1funurl.webs.com/new-screen...

and
http://w1funurl.webs.com/efi-proper...

like I asked , how do move the volume ?
2) Move the C: to the left into the space that was occupied by D:how do I do this , its not letting me move anything


1) delete the D:I have deleted volume A and D.
2) Move the C: to the left into the space that was occupied by D:how do I do this , its not letting me move anything
3) Expand C: to use up the empty space the the right, where it used to be. You mean extend c: correct ? it is grayed out , see new screen shot

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?


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