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    Default Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    Hi,

    I'm trying to extend my windows 7 partition from 50GB to 167GB. I have 117GB of free space in disk management. I got this free space from shrinking my XP partition. (See screenshot). When I right click on Windows 7, the extend volume option is greyed out. But when I right click on XP, I am able to extend the partition.

    How can I extend my windows 7 partition?

    I have read that I need to change the free space to unallocated and then extend the partition. How do I do this?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    When I've had these sorts of problems I've copied one partition (say XP) to a backup drive, then deleted it from the working drive. This then gives plenty of contiguous free space that you can extend the Win 7 partition into.
    Then you can move the XP partition back from the backup drive into an appropriate space at the end of the enlarged WIN 7 partition.

    Having a spare hard drive that you can clone your working drive to saves an awful lot of angst if things don't work out as planned.

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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    You need to move the XP partition so that there is free space after the Win7 partition.
    You would be better off using Gparted off a bootable CD.
    Computers are like Air Conditioners, they stop working when you open Windows.

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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    But I have got 117GB free already?
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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    Quote Originally Posted by sahilcc7 View Post
    But I have got 117GB free already?
    Get a proper Partition Manager.

    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    It will make life easier and it's free.

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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    Quote Originally Posted by sahilcc7 View Post
    But I have got 117GB free already?
    You have but it is not directly after the Win7 partition.
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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    Quote Originally Posted by Snorkbox View Post
    Get a proper Partition Manager.

    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    It will make life easier and it's free.
    You are better off using one that will run off a bootable CD and the free one above doesn't.
    Computers are like Air Conditioners, they stop working when you open Windows.

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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    With a proper Partition Tool/Software, you have to move the XP Partition to the right, this will then move the current blank to the left, directly after the W7 - then you can extend W7 into the free space.

    X2 with what Mike says, bootable CD would be better.

    You will be safer also, to do one operation at a time - Eg: Move the XP Partition, action it, reboot, make sure every thing loads OK, then extend the W7 partition.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 08-05-2011 at 09:55 PM.
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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebartnz View Post
    You are better off using one that will run off a bootable CD and the free one above doesn't.
    Why, exactly, do you have to have one that runs off a bootable CD?

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    Default Re: Changing 'free space' to unallocated in Windows 7 Disk Management

    Quote Originally Posted by Snorkbox View Post
    Why, exactly, do you have to have one that runs off a bootable CD?
    It's because doing it under Windows means you are using the partition that the partition manager is trying to work on so there is a greater chance of a stuff up.
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