Disk Mgmt partitioning on new lapto

February 18, 2009 at 04:32:52
Specs: 64 bit Vista , 2.0/4GB
I have a new laptop (running 64 bit Vista Home Premium) that has about 260 GB of free space on C: drive. I'd like to partition the C: to be about 50 GB and have the rest be a large F: drive.
In Disk Management, when I right-click on C: and click Shrink, it tells me:
Total Size before shrink(MB): 294000
Size of available shrink space(MB): 131000
Enter the amount of space to shrink(MB):131000
Total size after shrink(MB): 163000
Will I not be able to shrink C: to 50000 MB?

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February 18, 2009 at 13:40:11
You will need a third party partition manager.
Acronis Disk Director Suite would be my choice (about $50US) that works with Vista, there are free ones around, but I don't know if they work with Vista or how well.
Someone else may give you more info on them.

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February 20, 2009 at 17:52:24
For future searchers:
I used Gparted Live CD to reduce my c: partition to 35gb. On the first reboot after the resize I had to let Windows fix itself (it was confused by the change in its system partition) but it finally worked it out and finished booting. I found that some people have had trouble with Windows booting after the resize (like they say it won't at all), even though mine was fine. See here:http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...sta-partition/
Editing the partitions did permanently break the ability to hit f8 during POST to go into Dell Image Restore, (it overwrites/replaces the Dell OEM MBR) but here's a work-around that allows you to still use Dell Image Restore if you need to.
I found out that to access the Dell Image Restore I have to:
-While still in Windows, look at the folders on the root of the Recovery partition. In a step below, you'll need to recognize this drive by the folders you see now.
-boot to OEM Vista CD by inserting it and hitting f12 during POST
-allow several minutes for files to load
-Select language, etc. Next
-Select Repair Your Computer
-After it scans, hit Next
-On menu of options, select bottom option "Command Prompt"
-In the command window, determine which drive (probably d: or e: ) is the repair partition by looking at the contents (remember the first step above)
-Using the drive letter of the recovery partition, set path to this: e:\windows;e:\windows\system32
-At the Recovery partition's drive letter prompt, type: cd tools
-Press Enter
-type: pcrestore
-Press Enter
Now you're into Dell's Image Restore and it will make your c: drive exactly like it was the day the computer was unboxed. Make sure to backup any data you want that is on c: before running the Image Restore because it will be gone.

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