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#1 mark989

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:24 AM

Hello.. :huh:

I am experiencing problems as I try to extend dr O:\ 65GB of a portable HD to use all the unallocated space (9.77 GB) on my Disk 2.
Disk 2 also has dr M:\ @ 35GB.

My problem is the error message as seen in attachment #2.

I then made a Simple Volume and tried to extend O:\ but "extend" was grayed out and not offered. I then returned the 9.77 GB to an unallocated state. Everything is backed up so losing any data is not a likely risk.

I do not know what to do in Win and before I try to use cmd prompt I wanted to ask for advice.
I assume if I have to use cmd I will extend and the unallocated space will automatically be used up, correct?

The PC Magazine Vista book I have offers no help. The terminology is confusing me.

Any help is appreciated.
Regards, Mark..

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:59 AM

Hi Mark989. Welcome to BleepingComputer.

Vista is not as good as Win7 for adjusting partitions so I would be inclined to use something like Partition Wizard which I have used successfully in the past.. As you are not booting from this drive, you can safely ignore the warning.

In your case, what I would do is 1. Remove the new Drive N:. 2. Extend the M: drive into the spare space. 3. Shrink the M: drive into right hand side, leaving the unallocated space next to the O: drive, and then 4. Extend your O: drive.
Do each of these tasks one at a time and reboot between each task.

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

Good luck. Let us know how you get on.

Edited by rowal5555, 22 May 2010 - 01:01 AM.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:14 PM

@ owal5555 :huh: Problem Solved
Thank-you, worked like a charm. Only tiny hitch was that though M:\ had it's drive letter showing in Partition Magic it was not recoginzed by Vista so I had to reassign it in Vista Disk Management.

Again, thank-you for the quick and efficient reply.

Cheers, Mark.. :huh:

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 06:15 AM

Great to hear Mark.

Thanks for letting us know; it does make a difference.

Stick around and enjoy. There is a ton of info available in the forums - and in the tabs at the top of each page.

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