Can not extend partition in XP...

Intel / D945gnt
April 19, 2017 at 08:41:37
Specs: XP Pro, Core Duo 2,58 GHZ /2GB
Hi everybody,
I used Acronis to move from a 300GB disk onto a 1TB one but as I see XP still uses 300GB of the new disk. There are 2 partitions: An active 300 in NTFS and the remaining 700 GB unallocated.
I tried QILING Master Technician Boot disk but failed with an error. Wondered if the unallocated space should have been formatted too, in NTFS so I formatted it with no luck again.
Now I will try AOMEI Partition Assistant...
Any advice? See anything wrong?


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April 19, 2017 at 09:34:54
If XP is booting OK then use its built in Disk Manager to format the blank space; after creating an Extended partition out of the spare 700Gig. Essentially locate that spare 700Gig and choose to format it as ntfs...

This link may be of some guidance in how to use XP Disk Manager

And this a general (slightly dated) listing and guide to assorted third party utils that allow partition tweaking, resizing (be "very" careful...) and formatting etc.

The Disk Manager utility built in to XP ought to be all you need...

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April 19, 2017 at 12:57:35
If you don't currently need the 700GB there is no immediate reason to partition and format it at this time.

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April 19, 2017 at 13:42:51
Storage - for data and backups perhaps? Although I'd ensure anything important (photos are usual number one) is also on DVD too.

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April 19, 2017 at 14:24:14
The 700GB unallocated space must 1st be made a partition, then it can be formatted. You can either do it with Disk Management or try EaseUS Partition Master.

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April 20, 2017 at 20:13:03
It seems like you have done a sector-by-sector clone, which will keep the existing partition state on your new hard drive. Don't worry, the left space is not missing. It is shown as unallocated space in Disk Management. You can extend the partition in Disk Management or just do it with AOMEI Partition Assistant. If you want to add the unallocated space to C drive that is not adjacent to, try the later one.

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April 21, 2017 at 00:46:28
If, as one can, you wish to extend the current C drive/partition into the blank space, it would be wise first to ensure all your personal files are safely duplicated elsewhere. Typically to dvd at least, and verify the copies are truly accessible as well before proceeding with extending the C into the rest of the 1Tb spare space.

Whilst extending a partition is "generally" safe and minimal risk, it has been known occasionally to have not succeeded quite as expected, and data lost... So safeguard your data first. And make it a regular practice too to duplicate (copy/safeguard) critical files to dvd; thus ensuring that if things go pear shaped on the computer you important files (invariably photos and videos) are safe elsewhere.

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