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how to extend c drive on windows 7?

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  • i have 500 gb hard disk.im running windows 7 enterprise.my c drive was allocated a space of 30 gb at the time of installing the os.now it was almost full.i have D,E,F,G and H drives.among them D drive is of 97 gb it is free now.plz give a suggestion to for my problem.thank you.
    Sunday, February 19, 2012 4:54 PM

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  • C can only be extended into free space immediately following it.

    If D is immediately after C, in Disk Management delete D and then right click on and extend C into the space created.

    If there is any other layout you need a third party partition manager such as http://gparted.sourceforge.net/. Be aware that there are (low) risks involved and you should back up your data before using a partition manager.

    From the number of partitions you have it is clear that you must have an Extended partition containing logical partitions. This may limit what you can do without third party tools.

    Sunday, February 19, 2012 5:49 PM
  • Hi,

    First please back up all data in partition D, then delete D and extend partition C, and recreate partition D with remained space.

    Another method is to extend the system partition by using the command line.

    The article can be referred to .

    Extending the System Partition in Windows 7
    http://www.petri.co.il/extending-the-system-partition-in-windows-7.htm
    Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:01 AM

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  • Here is a walk-through for your scenario: http://www.petri.co.il/extending-the-system-partition-in-windows-7.htm


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    Sunday, February 19, 2012 5:11 PM
  • C can only be extended into free space immediately following it.

    If D is immediately after C, in Disk Management delete D and then right click on and extend C into the space created.

    If there is any other layout you need a third party partition manager such as http://gparted.sourceforge.net/. Be aware that there are (low) risks involved and you should back up your data before using a partition manager.

    From the number of partitions you have it is clear that you must have an Extended partition containing logical partitions. This may limit what you can do without third party tools.

    Sunday, February 19, 2012 5:49 PM
  • If by chance you need a third party ultility, the 2 listed below will do the job. You can either shrink the front of the D: partition and extend the Windows 7 into the "Unallocated space made available or just delete the D partition.

    ------------------------ Partition Management Utilities -----------------------------

    Partition Wizard Home Edition:
    http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
    Note: There is also a bootable CD or bootable Flash drive versions:
    CD: http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html
    Flash Drive: http://www.partitionwizard.com/bootable-flash-drive.html
    Some of the features and Functions include: Create partition, Delete partition, Format partition,
    Resizing a partition, Move partitions, Restore Partition after accidental deletion,
    Convert partition, Explore partition, Hide partition,
    Change drive letter, Set active partition, partition explorer (View contents).
    Note: To complete any task use the 'Pending Operations' box located in the lower left.


    Alternative to Partition Wizard (Somewhat easier to use but both Partition Wizard and EASEUS have nearly identical user interfaces)
    EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition (Free):
    http://www.partition-tool.com/
    ALL-IN-ONE partition software and the most convenient hard disk partition manager toolkit
    Includes Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (32 bit and 64 bit).
    It allows users to Resize/Move Partition, Extend System Drive, Copy Disk & Partition, Merge Partition, Split Partition, Redistribute Free Space, Convert Dynamic Disk, Partition Recovery and much more.



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    Sunday, February 19, 2012 9:27 PM
  • because you have a larger D drive, this made the problem much easier. you could directly shrink the D partition and merge the unallocated space generated to the system partition. try Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition and it is free for use.

    The article tutorial: http://www.extend-partition.com/resource/free-partition-magic-for-windows7.html

    Monday, February 20, 2012 3:24 AM
  • Hi,

    First please back up all data in partition D, then delete D and extend partition C, and recreate partition D with remained space.

    Another method is to extend the system partition by using the command line.

    The article can be referred to .

    Extending the System Partition in Windows 7
    http://www.petri.co.il/extending-the-system-partition-in-windows-7.htm
    Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:01 AM
  • Hey, guys! I know this post is really old and the question must be resolved. But, I am so excited that I just cannot help wanting share my experiences with you.

    In fact, recently, my C drive is also nearly full and only the F drive has some free space for extending this system drive. But, the extending process has just failed for the grayed out “Extend” option in Disk Management. So, I just followed your guys’ suggestion to try some third party partition managers.

    Actually, over the internet, I just have found a great number of similar partition managers:

    GParted

    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

    IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free

    http://www.resize-c.com/

    Partition Wizard Home Edition:

    http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

    Most fortunately, I have also found a video that tells how to extend a drive partition step by step:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jCeT7CbsKk

    It really helped me a lot.

    Thank you for reading my answer. 

    Friday, January 03, 2014 1:26 AM