Win 7 Disk Management didn't allow me to extend my partition

September 5, 2014 at 01:35:39
Specs: Windows 7
Recently, the low disk space problem always stops me installing some new games. So, I start to use some ways to extend my C partition with the space of F partition. However, after deleting this empty partition in Disk Management, it just doesn't allow me to go on extending this C partition. There should be a “extend volume” option for me to use. But, it is just grayed out and cannot be used. Have I done something wrong? Or should I directly change another larger computer driver? Thank you for any suggestion here!

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#1
September 5, 2014 at 02:40:30
Are you highlighting the actual C; partition and not the blank space it is going to use.

The only reasons why you might not be able to extend the C: partition into empty space is because it has already reached its maximum size. That is possible with a FAT32 partition, difficult with an NTFS partition.

Bear in mind that the space that you are planning to use must be next to the partition you wish to extend. If there is anything in between then it wont work.

Stuart


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#2
September 5, 2014 at 08:39:14
You didn't supply any system specs, especially the size of your hard drive & how you have it partitioned. If you have a large HDD, the likely problem is you're managing your files & programs incorrectly. For instance, how much do you have in your Download, My Documents, My Music, My Videos, etc folders? All that data can (& should) be moved to a different partition for safe keeping. And when's the last time you ran a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim?

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

These statements by StuartS are VERY important - "Bear in mind that the space that you are planning to use must be next to the partition you wish to extend. If there is anything in between then it wont work."

And to add to the above, you cannot extend into unallocated space. If you deleted a partition, you will have to create a new one so that the C partition can be extended into it (or merged completely).

Rather than using Disk Management, try EaseUS Partition Master.

http://www.easeus.com/partition-man...


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#3
September 5, 2014 at 09:19:29
And to add to the above, you cannot extend into unallocated space.

Well actually you can, it is the easiest and safest way of doing it. All that is required is to change some numbers in the Master Boot Record. Disk Management will do this.

Merging partitions is a different thing and is normally used when you want to preserve the information on both partitions. Disk Management will not do this but Easeus will.

Stuart


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