Solved Can't resize partition on HDD

Dell / Optiplex 980
September 27, 2018 at 21:36:05
Specs: Windows 10, core i5 8GB DDR3
I tried to resize D partition on the HD by using the shrink volume command on disk management in win 10 but I got the message: the service for such action is not installed!!. How to handle this issue? Is that the reason why 2 other partition software failed to do the same job? Any ideas?

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September 29, 2018 at 15:26:34
At the moment Gentleman I can't think of anything else that will help you, if you can't merge space into your C drive.

Do you know a neighbor/friend/relation/workmate who is very good with computers, that can help you?



#1
September 27, 2018 at 23:23:05
I need to dig deeper, with this.

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
If we have to run Farbar more than once, refer this SS.
http://i.imgur.com/yUxNw0j.gif
Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the Desktop.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt) on the Desktop.
The logs are large, upload them using one of these. No time delays/Captcha-I'm not a Robot/account/registration needed. Give us the links please.
http://www.fileconvoy.com/index.php


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#2
September 28, 2018 at 02:07:25

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#3
September 28, 2018 at 02:32:13
"Is that the reason why 2 other partition software failed to do the same job?"
More than likely.

Lets begin by trying to get some space back, even though you have CCleaner installed. Let me know how much was reclaimed.

Step 1: How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...

Step 2: Run Wise Disk Cleaner ( Run the 1st three tabs, left to right. I use default settings, leave boxes that are unchecked, unchecked ) Reboot when finished.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Wise-D...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://www.wisecleaner.com/download...
http://i.imgur.com/Jecnfvb.gif
http://i.imgur.com/0xHwdom.gif
https://i.imgur.com/q8GRvVw.gif
https://i.imgur.com/ImAsNPL.gif
https://i.imgur.com/ad7SEKM.gif

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#4
September 28, 2018 at 12:06:23
Also a screen shot of Disk Manager would be helpful to see what you have drive/partition wise.

Note, if this is a manufactured system then your D drive is your recovery partition, in this case, you may be blocked from effecting it based on that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
September 28, 2018 at 18:54:34
@johnw:The cleaning didnt release much space. I tried to use an external method like G parted CD but the one I have is too, old for xp only and didnt work with win10. Any newer resources like that?

@Fingers: I divided the disk from the beginning myself so it is not from the manufacturer. It has c,d and e volumes


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#6
September 28, 2018 at 19:09:24
"Any newer resources like that?"
I use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Partit...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://www.extend-partition.com/fre...

To keep things as simple as possible & avoid these sort of problems, I only have one partition & backup to a second media.

"I divided the disk from the beginning myself so it is not from the manufacturer. It has c,d and e volumes"
Extract from your logs.

"Drive c: (Windows) (Fixed) (Total:46 GB) (Free:0.21 GB) NTFS ==>[drive with boot components (obtained from BCD)]
Drive d: (Data) (Fixed) (Total:209.39 GB) (Free:116.58 GB) NTFS
Drive e: (Storage) (Fixed) (Total:210.19 GB) (Free:73.23 GB) NTFS

\\?\Volume{000dc470-0000-0000-0000-100000000000}\ () (Fixed) (Total:0 GB) (Free:0 GB) "


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#7
September 28, 2018 at 20:46:26
If the drive is made by Western Digital then you can download a copy of Acronis from their site and use that but you have to have at least one drive by WD installed to use it (free).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
September 28, 2018 at 21:47:56
@johnw: I noticed that AOMEI Partition Assistant is the same as easUS which I tried and failed. I am looking for a program that boots from CD. any such program?

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September 28, 2018 at 22:39:37

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#10
September 28, 2018 at 23:01:11
Another to try.

IM-Magic Partition Resizer
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Syste...
https://www.resize-c.com/
With the bootable media supported, users can make bootable CD, DVD and USB flash drive for partition resizing.
https://www.resize-c.com/howto/boot...
https://www.resize-c.com/howto/part...


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#11
September 29, 2018 at 05:23:45
Don't overthink it, it's a very simple procedure, but there are several steps & they must be done correctly. I assume you want to decrease the size of the D: partition so that you can increase the size of the C: partition?

Using Easeus, highlight the D: partition & click resize/move. Click & drag the ball at the left end of the bar toward the right, stop when you've created the amount you want to free up. After doing so, you will be left with the newly resized D: & unallocated space positioned between the C: & D: partitions. You will then have to create a new partition from the unallocated space, format it, & then merge the new partition with the C: partition. Simple. The system will probably reboot to complete the process.

https://images.filehippo.net/img/ex...

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#12
September 29, 2018 at 06:50:52
@johnw: After struggling with partion magic to boot with it, it gave an error message and didn't recognize the HD at all. The IM-Magic Partition Resizer claims it is free but it requires payment to make a bootable media. when running it from its installation it claimed it will apply changes upon restart - the same claim made by EasUs before - but nothing happened at all. So we are still at square one trying to find a way to change partitions from CD not from an installed program

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#13
September 29, 2018 at 15:26:34
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At the moment Gentleman I can't think of anything else that will help you, if you can't merge space into your C drive.

Do you know a neighbor/friend/relation/workmate who is very good with computers, that can help you?


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#14
September 29, 2018 at 15:40:39
Read response #11 again.

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#15
September 29, 2018 at 18:02:53
@riider: as I mentioned earlier, Easeus didnt do anything at all. there seems to be something in my system that stops such programs from doing their job.
@johnw: In my circle, no one knows about this problem . I am going to look for a Gparted CD that is compatible with 64 bit system and try again Truly grateful for your tries to help

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#16
September 29, 2018 at 19:06:16
Ultimate Boot CD - UBCD
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Syste...
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Many choices.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
This is one.
Ulitmate Boot CD & Ranish Partition Manager
https://www.haiku-os.org/guides/ins...

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September 29, 2018 at 19:25:45

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#18
September 30, 2018 at 01:06:02
Whew, that's good news Gentleman.

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#19
September 30, 2018 at 03:59:54
@johnw: I think that tells you that nothing worked. The supposedly booting CDs didn't boot so I am still reviewing my options.

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#20
September 30, 2018 at 05:13:28
"The supposedly booting CDs didn't boot"
You are altering the bios to boot from the CD first?

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#21
September 30, 2018 at 06:17:12
The F12 key gives mo choice where to boot from. when I choose CD it doesn't boot

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#22
September 30, 2018 at 08:26:37
"The F12 key gives mo choice where to boot from"

Don't use F12. Enter the BIOS & change the boot order.

"Easeus didnt do anything at all"

An explanation of what it does or doesn't do would be helpful. Will it install or not? I dropped back & had a look at file list you posted in response #2. I don't see where johnw addressed it, but you sure have a lot of crapware installed.

- Are you logging on as MD? All the other accounts are shown as limited & the Admin account is disabled.
- You have Avast installed but it's disabled. Why is that?
- You have a ton of suspicious programs & Schedulued Tasks. I'm not going to go thru the entire list & ask why you installed them, but many of them are questionable - 8GadgetPack, Ace Utilities, Crack 3.x.x, Driver Booster, TeamViewer, etc.


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#23
September 30, 2018 at 15:08:15
I will be addressing the problems listed in post #2, once we have some room on C drive to maneuver.

If you still cannot get the partition to Merge, take the drive out, hook it to another computer & do it there.
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#24
September 30, 2018 at 16:47:17
@riider: All partition programs I used installed well and and started doing the job but upon restart didn't do anything. My original question was about the error message I got when trying to shrink volume D. Iam now giving up and reinstalling windows from scrash. The installation was crashing a lot recently anyway. I thank all participants.

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#25
September 30, 2018 at 17:06:28
"Iam now giving up and reinstalling windows from scrash"
Make sure that during the installation, you Delete all the partitions, keep hitting Delete until it & Format are greyed out & you are left with Unallocated.

No other drives should be connected during the install.


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#26
September 30, 2018 at 18:15:25
ok, got it. Thanks

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#27
October 5, 2018 at 21:29:46
In case anyone is interested in a feedback....When I reinstalled windows from scratch I went back to the shrink volume command on disk management and this time I got a dialogue box showing options how to proceed. However, like many stupid functions by Microsoft, this function lets me only shrink the space on volume D near volume E not making space for volume C. When I used IM magic resizer it worked perfectly. Obviously there was some registry damage that prevented this function and obviously all partition software use this windows service to work properly.
I suspect the damage was done by Zonealarm firewall who falsely claimed it was free but that was a lie. When I tried to uninstall it I started having crashes and troubles. The other stupid function by Microsoft, system restore, didnt work at all to save the situation. That led to the events that followed.

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