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how can you increase size of recovery drive

February 3, 2011 at 19:27:13
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb
windows 7 32bit was installed on recovery partition of hardrive with only 14.5gb. vista 64bit was installed originally and now on hard drive partition c (os). just so you know i did not do this trying to help out a friend there is over 200gb left on c drive and none on d. all programs and software are run off d when i delete a program and try to reinstall it it automatically reinstalls to d so want to know if i can enlarge the partition without deleting the whole thing.

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February 3, 2011 at 21:04:13
I very much doubt that Windows 7 32bit will fit on a 14.5GB partition, (my 'windows' folder alone is just over that in 64bit home). What ever operating system is currently running will designate the drive it is installed on as 'C; drive. This means that if you have a dual boot system, then one OS, say Vista is on a 300GB partition then that partition is C drive while you are running Vista. If Windows 7 is on another partition, say this 14.5GB partition (assuming it will fit and allow this), then when you are running Windows 7, then the 14.5GB partition will be designated as C drive within Windows 7. and the drive that is 300GB will be assigned a different letter within Windows 7. What you are describing cannot really happen. Why did you not just upgrade install Windows 7 over Vista? And if you wanted a clean install, why did you not just format the large primary partition and install it there clean. Were you trying to create a dual boot system with both OS's? Why?

Yes, you can shrink one partition and enlarge another under certain conditions, but shrinking the 'first' partition will leave space 'before' the 'second' partition (not 'after'), and I am pretty sure that Windows disk manager cannot 'slide' the partitions or expand to a space 'in front' of a partition.

The main question here, is WHY?

I think you really need to back up your files to an external drive, delete all of the partitions using the Windows 7 install/upgrade DVD (under custom>format/partition) and reinstall it properly on the only or first partition that you will then create. This will immediately be more work, but it will clean up a serious mess and create a solid working computer. (don't forget to reinstall all drivers)

By the way, most program installers will allow you to choose the drive it installs on if you choose the custom option (I have found only a few that do not).

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

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