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Need Help Extending A Partition W/ Vista


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#1 mrclifton

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 07:59 AM

I read the tutorial on extending/shrinking a partition. I need to add more space on my D drive which is my recovery drive. It's full. I did a shrink of my C drive for some unallocated space. I then was following the tutorial instructions to extend my D drive using the unallocated space. "Extend" isn't an option when I right click on the drive. It's greyed out.

Why would I be trying to do this: My laptop started giving me a warning that my Recovery D drive was low on space. I can no longer download anything or even print pictures using my Adobe Photoshop. So, I explore my D drive to see what's in there that I don't need in hopes of freeing up some space. The only things that see in there are stuff that is needed to run my computer.

Being the computer brainiac that I am NOT, I thought that by doing a "clean" reinstall of my OS that my computer would revert back to the point of purchase and anything added after purchase would be gone. First I copied everything over to an external harddrive and then I used my OS CD that came with my laptop and followed the directions it gave me to reinstall it.

Got it done, then clicked over to see that my Recovery D drive was still FULL!

Guess I should have just paid the geeksquad guy the 200.00 that he wanted to fix it BEFORE I decided I was smart enough to figure it out myself! :huh:

Can anyone tell me where to go from here before I'm no longer able to even turn this bugger on?

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 07:07 PM

Most recovery partitions are designed to be full (so the warning that it was full is probably normal). That way they don't get fragmented, nor do they get corrupted by other programs operating there.

What is the make and model of your computer?
What do you see for partitions when you go to Disk Management? (Go to Start and type in "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter).
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:38 AM

I have a Gateway MT6458


Layout Type File System Status Capacity Free Space % Free Fault Tolerance Overhead
(C:) Simple Basic NTFS Healthy 139.11GB 105.15GB 75% No 0%
Recovery (D:) Simple Basic NTFS Healthy 9.94GB 298 MB 2% No 0%



It's the D drive that I need more space in.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:08 AM

Your recovery drive (D:) is designed to be full, as I mentioned above.
Your C: drive (the one your operating system is on) is 75% free - so there's plenty of room there.

I would suggest that you disregard the warnings about the D: drive. Tampering with the files on the D: drive may break the ability to restore the computer when you need it.

There are ways to disable the low disk space warning, but most of them will disable it for all of your drives (so you won't get any warning when your C: drive becomes full).
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:13 AM

Okay, so then what should I do re: not being able to download or install any more programs on my computer because it says my space is too low? I can't even edit or print from my Adobe Photoshop because it says I don't have enough memory.

It's the most frustrating thing!

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:54 PM

There are differences between having enough memory and having enough hard drive space. From the information that you've posted, you have plenty of hard drive space on your C: drive.

What are the exact error messages that you're receiving? Do they refer to physical memory (RAM) or virtual memory (your pagefile)?
Have you tried saving any downloads to your C: drive?

The Gateway MT6458 comes with 1 gB of RAM (memory) installed. That should be plenty for most purposes - but Photoshop is a very memory intensive program. Have you tried closing all open programs before printing?

Most often these problems are caused by either having too many programs open, or by a corruption of a program so that it doesn't release the memory after it's using it.

I'd suggest checking your Task Manager (right click on an empty area of the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen and select "Task Manager"). Check to see how much of the CPU and how much memory are being used by the different programs. Let us know what the highest one's are (disregard System Idle Process).
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