Solved Do you know how to extend Windows 7 partition?

June 10, 2014 at 19:33:58
Specs: Windows 7
I hope I come to the right place to post my problem. In fact, recently, I have updated my computer operating system from Windows XP to Windows 7. And then, I have installed many interesting games there. However, when I am trying to install another game, a low disk space message is given and asks me to extend it quickly. But, I don’t know much about computer stuffs and don’t know how to extend a partition space. Do you have any idea for me? My F partition still has about 50GB of free space. Does that help? Please, help me in details! Thanks!

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June 11, 2014 at 19:06:19
Yes, you absolutely can add the 50GB free space to your system partition.
Firstly, open your Disk Management, right click this F partition to shrink its space and then right click this system partition there to extend it.
But, if you get a grayed-out “extend ” option there, don’t worry, that often indicates your free space is not adjacent to this system partition. In order to extend it successfully, you may have to try some partition resizing tools online.
No matter which one you choose, always firstly back up all important partition data in case of unwanted data loss troubles.
Here is a video tutorial that talks how to extend a partition space step by step:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jC...
It may help you somehow.

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June 10, 2014 at 20:01:09
It would help to know the size of the hard drive, how many partitions there are, & what the partitions are being used for. More than likely, the space is just being poorly managed. Do you have System Restore enabled? If you do, how much space are you allowing it to waste use? Have you uninstalled all unnecessary programs? Do you regularly empty the Recycle Bin? Unless the bin is emptied, the files in it are still taking up drive space. Do you use a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim?

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

As for re-partitioning, try EaseUS Partition Master Free edition, but make sure you know what you're doing:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_e...


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June 11, 2014 at 00:34:35
OK! In your case there are often three ways for you to go on:
1). Delete some unnecessary files or programs on your C system partition to free its space.
You can have many ways to free up this partition space, like deleting some useless files/folders, uninstall some unnecessary programs and running the Disk Cleanup tool, etc. But, this way often doesn’t keep long.
2). Extend your C drive in Disk Management
Back up everything important on another drive, shrink your F partition with enough free space and extend your system partition by right clicking it in Disk Management.
3). Apply some partition resizing tools.
If you are not so familiar about the partition resizing tuffs, you can directly use some partition resizing tools like: GParted, IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free, Active Partition Master and more.
PS: Always back up everything important well before resizing partition in case of data loss.

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June 11, 2014 at 01:18:55
Just to emphasise.... Safeguard - as in copy - "all" your personal files somewhere safe (all the "stuff" you wouldn't wish to lose) before you touch the drive in terms partition tweaking.

As suggested, "copy" to an external hard drive, or DVD. Verify the copies are accessible/readable from at least one working system before proceeding withe rest of yor project. If possible use both an external hard drive and DVD to safe guard all your files; as "no" storage medium is fully fail proof.

Note that although the term backup is used by many, what is generally meant is copy. Copies are simply file copies, readily accessible by any compatible OS; whereas a true backup is actually not so - is in effect a whole slew of "code". It is not easy to access/read by all OS.


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June 11, 2014 at 08:14:09
To add to the above comments, I have found the Windows 7 resizing tools to be more restrictive than the after market ones. If memory serves me correctly the Window 7 version will only allow you to exchange space with the adjacent partition. That may not be helpful in your case.

I prefer to keep most installed programs (games) on a separate partition anyway. If you have another partition with space you could simple uninstall and reinstall on that partition.

The purpose of having multiple partitions is to speed up the backup process. Your installed programs probably don't change nearly as often as your Windows installation and your personal files that reside on the C: partition. So the backup intervals will be different.


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June 11, 2014 at 19:06:19
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Yes, you absolutely can add the 50GB free space to your system partition.
Firstly, open your Disk Management, right click this F partition to shrink its space and then right click this system partition there to extend it.
But, if you get a grayed-out “extend ” option there, don’t worry, that often indicates your free space is not adjacent to this system partition. In order to extend it successfully, you may have to try some partition resizing tools online.
No matter which one you choose, always firstly back up all important partition data in case of unwanted data loss troubles.
Here is a video tutorial that talks how to extend a partition space step by step:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jC...
It may help you somehow.

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June 11, 2014 at 19:56:00
Since you only have 50GB free space, consider a more permanent solution.
If this is a desktop (or laptop with a second drive bay), add a new larger hard drive and move all of your personal files/folders over to it. Then delete the current partition that is for your personal files. Then use partition tools to move partitions over and make room to extend your C drive as needed (and others if needed). Remember to back up all files.
If this is a laptop (single drive bay), purchase a new hard drive significantly larger than your current hard drive, clone the drive over to the new one and move/extend your current partitions as needed to make things work for the long run.
As a final option (only if you have the room to add a drive), purchase a reasonable sized SSD drive for just your operating system and your most used programs. Clone the C drive over to the new SSD drive, extend to use entire drive (look up tips to optimize SSD drives), disconnect original HD and perform Start Up Repair if if will not boot to SSD drive when alone, reconnect HD, delete original OS partition and move/extend other partitions as needed.

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


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