Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:17 AM
Hi, can anyone help help me with this? I have a 40 GB hard disk, which has 3 partitions-Windows XP, 5.62 GB free space and windows 7 rc, but i cannot extend the windows 7 partition since
the 'Extend Volume' is greyed-out.
Thanks, Raymond C
- Edited by Raymond HC Chan Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:20 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:17 AMRaymond -
Just because you've got 5.62 GB of disk space doesn't mean you can change a partition's size. It depends on WHERE that 5+ GB is located. If you've got files fragmented all over the partition, some bits may be stored toward the end of the drive. You can check to see where the files are located in Windows XP by looking at the disk defragmenter's analysis screen.
But before you go thorough this - why not get a bigger hard drive? Hardware is fairly cheap these days. 40 GB at this point is really pushing it for two OS's - XP and Win 7 - both of which can get to be quite huge...
- Marked As Answer by SaMcp1123 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:12 PM
Friday, December 02, 2011 9:04 AMUse a good Windows 7-specifc partitioning tool (that's also free), like EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition.
I just used it to grow the size of the C volume on a new Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit laptop after deleting two other volumes and ending up with both 'Unallocated' space to the left and 'Free' space to the right, which I could not extend into with the Windows Disk Management.
1. Download and fire up EaseUS Partition Master.
2. Click the Resize/Move button.
3. Extend the C: partition size into either one of or both the left-side and right-side disk space, hit OK.
4. Go to exit the program and you'll be prompted to run the unsaved changes and reboot.
While rebooting you'll see an EaseUS boot screen with a partition resizing progress indicator for a couple of minutes, then Windows will load normally.
Thursday, March 07, 2013 2:15 PM
It isn't necessarily enough to have free space available, it also has to be immediately to the right of the partition that you want to extend.
e.g., if your drives look like so, in Disk Management:
You can expand C, but not D.
On the other hand, [C:][D:][5GB_FREE]
would allow you to expand D, but not C.
To rearrange where your disk space is, use a tool like gparted_live (it's free; Google or Bing it). It allows you to move partitions and free space around.
Of course, if you're only adding 5GB of space, you might as well pick up an inexpensive additional hard disk. You can add a 1TB for less than $100 these days.