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colmack
09-02-2010, 05:53 PM
I have bought a new PC, with Win7. I want to partition the 500GB hard drive into smaller volumes. I would like my C drive to be about 60GB - however, I can't shrink the existing C-drive volume to anything smaller than 244GB. What's happening here?

pctek
09-02-2010, 06:20 PM
Well, repartition and do a fresh install

Grimy
09-02-2010, 08:19 PM
I have bought a new PC, with Win7. I want to partition the 500GB hard drive into smaller volumes. I would like my C drive to be about 60GB - however, I can't shrink the existing C-drive volume to anything smaller than 244GB. What's happening here?

Same here. When I looked at partitioning my 1Tb drive (930 odd Gb free), using the W7 disk management, it would only shrink it about 50%, to 460-odd Gbs. I guess we need to use a non MS tool to go smaller?

TeejayR
09-02-2010, 08:28 PM
You could try EASUS partition master (http://www.partition-tool.com/) if your windows 7 is not 64 bit - worked for me on an XP drive

Grimy
09-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Mine is W7 Home Premium 64 bit.

KarameaDave
09-02-2010, 08:44 PM
Boot a Gparted CD and use it
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

jwil1
09-02-2010, 09:05 PM
Just use Disk management to shrink the C drive as much as you can - if it won't go small enough, try a defrag.

pkm
10-02-2010, 10:59 AM
Is it one huge partition? I hate that its ridiculous when you need to put your data somewhere while you obliterate windows

I use puppylinux with Gparted. I have heard of people causing vista to not boot by modifying existing partition sizes though.

Chilling_Silence
10-02-2010, 08:08 PM
Yeah I'd defrag it first, fully, then boot a LiveCD and have something like Gparted defrag it and shrink it again ..

mzee
10-02-2010, 08:15 PM
Check the C drive for a big swap file & or a hiberfile. Switch off Hibernation and reduce the swap file to a custom size, say 200mb. Reboot and then try again.

Left to its own devices W7 will make a hidden 1st partition of about 100mb which it calls a system partition, then the 2nd partition which is the 'C' drive. I have 3 computers with W7. One I let setup partition the drive & the other 2 I partitioned with Gparted in the normal way (1 system primary only). They all perform very well so its optional.

linw
11-02-2010, 09:24 AM
Check the C drive for a big swap file & or a hiberfile. Switch off Hibernation and reduce the swap file to a custom size, say 200mb. Reboot and then try again.

Left to its own devices W7 will make a hidden 1st partition of about 100mb which it calls a system partition, then the 2nd partition which is the 'C' drive. I have 3 computers with W7. One I let setup partition the drive & the other 2 I partitioned with Gparted in the normal way (1 system primary only). They all perform very well so its optional.

So, is it the large pagefile that limits the ability to shrink the C: drive?

mzee
11-02-2010, 10:04 PM
A large swap file & hyberfile will take a lot of space. Without these files you could probably shorten the partition. You can re-set the swap file later. I find that a 29g partition is ample for W7 and a lot of software and is easy to back up.

If you use Puppy Linux with G'parted you will able to delete these files, but they should delete or resize on rebooting if Hibernation & Swap file are disabled.

Make a backup Image of the system before you do this, just incase things go wrong.