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Hi,
I have just installed windows 7 on an old windows XP partition. It was big enough for XP but too small for 7. I can not use my Partition Magic as it is incompatible with 7, is there a free partition tool to resize my partition without problems like partition magic worked on XP?

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Windows 7 itself contains a program that resizes the partition. If you can install Windows 7 then go to Control Panel --> System and Security --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management Then right-click on the partition you want to shrink and click Shrink Volume. At that point I'm not certain if it was expand the c: primary partition or create yet another partition.

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Windows 7 itself contains a program that resizes the partition. If you can install Windows 7 then go to Control Panel --> System and Security --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management Then right-click on the partition you want to shrink and click Shrink Volume. At that point I'm not certain if it was expand the c: primary partition or create yet another partition.

This is what you will see;


http://i26.tinypic.com/302mem8.jpg

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Windows 7 itself contains a program that resizes the partition. If you can install Windows 7 then go to Control Panel --> System and Security --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management Then right-click on the partition you want to shrink and click Shrink Volume. At that point I'm not certain if it was expand the c: primary partition or create yet another partition.

shortcut to all that is right click on mycomputer and click on manage, then diskmanagement ,and this is what you see if you click on to shrink volum ,you pick the size ,but i think bob needs to expand his volum ,in the picture i posted you will see a link to go to the help section of diskmanagement just click it and read on extending a volum.
love that snipit tool in win7

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Hi all, thank you for your help but I had tried the windows 7 method and it only allowed me to shrink the other partition and gave me unallocated space. it would not let me increase the size of C. I used a partition tool in DOS at boot and it did not know that it was a windows 7 partition and it did everything I wanted. All is good now,
again thank you all.

Edited by Bob_180_Bob: spelling

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Ancient dragon "At that point I'm not certain if it was expand the c: primary partition or create yet another partition."
As I said in my earlier post, it only makes unallocated space, it will not let you increase the size of any partition. Whatever partition you sellect, the only option is to shrink. Herin's boot CD worked wonders again.

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Ancient dragon "At that point I'm not certain if it was expand the c: primary partition or create yet another partition."
As I said in my earlier post, it only makes unallocated space, it will not let you increase the size of any partition. Whatever partition you sellect, the only option is to shrink. Herin's boot CD worked wonders again.

Hi Bob,
Just some added info, in Vista and Win 7, you can extend a volume, it has to be the unallocated space after the partition you want to extend.
If the unallocated space is in front of the partition you want to extend, then no it can't be done.
I've done this many times, resizing, shrinking partitions and extending, just to see what the system can and cannot do.

Don

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I shrank "C" then shrank "D" (which is after "C") and both tasks gave me unallocated space (about 50GB) after "D" (which is after "C") and I then went back to "C" and the only option was to shrink "C" again, expand was not a highlighted option. But as I said in my earlier post, it is very easy to do from DOS as DOS has no idea it is a Windows 7 partition and you can do what you want with it. If I try and load the same program in Windows 7, it tell me that it is incompatible and will not load.

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I shrank "C" then shrank "D" (which is after "C") and both tasks gave me unallocated space (about 50GB) after "D"

If that's what it did, that's why you couldn't extend "C"
Not sure how to explain when you re-sized "C" it put the unallocated space after "D"

Well, at least you have something else that helped you out.

Don

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Bob_180_Bob,

Windows 7 will allow you to resize / extend the size of your partition to a certain extent. To utilize this feature, navigate to ""Computer Management"" and select ""Disk Management."" There you will see the current partitions on the installed hard disks; if you right click on any partition you will have the options to ""Extend"" or ""Shrink"" the size.

Also should you require additional assistance with this process Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro/ . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads there for additional support.

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team

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Bob_180_Bob,

Windows 7 will allow you to resize / extend the size of your partition to a certain extent. To utilize this feature, navigate to ""Computer Management"" and select ""Disk Management."" There you will see the current partitions on the installed hard disks; if you right click on any partition you will have the options to ""Extend"" or ""Shrink"" the size.

check post 5 he's says extend is greyed out ,also i have win7 on a 80gig hdd and i can shrink it ,i have a 160gig ,partitioned into 2 equal parts and its greyed out on that two , i can shring but not extend

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Wierd. Maybe its a "pro" feature because i can shrink C on Server 2008 R2?

I/we can shrink went cant extend ,and i will assume i will beable to extent the one drive i have partitioned when i format one of the partitions

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Hi,
I have just installed windows 7 on an old windows XP partition. It was big enough for XP but too small for 7. I can not use my Partition Magic as it is incompatible with 7, is there a free partition tool to resize my partition without problems like partition magic worked on XP?

Here is a free tool which can help you to work as a Partition Magic free alternative: http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/resize-partition-windows-7.htm

By the way, it can also help you to arrange a dual-boot system with both XP and Windows 7.

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I/we can shrink went cant extend ,and i will assume i will beable to extent the one drive i have partitioned when i format one of the partitions

my second drive is a 160 gig ,it was partitioned in 2 equal parts ,i only got the extend option in the first partition after i formatted the 2nd partition,it had available about 40 gigs to extend the first partition but would not do that ,i had to move data and format it first .

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it is been a long time since the thread started, now there are several free partition software avaialbe now, like partition assistant, partition wizard, etc., if someone is reading this post, hope it is helpfule for him

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@Luis_Frutos, thank you. Even if this post was solved. i took anvabtage of the info. provided in this post.

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