I just went through quite the ordeal attempting to get Vista back into working order on an HP machine. I actually posted about it here a little while ago, and anyone interested can (view the post here).
Essentially, my old hard drive died. In order to fix my computer, I cloned the hard drive, put the image on the new hard drive, and used the undamaged recovery partition to recover Vista into a fresh installation.
However, the side effect of that is that C: is now the size of the old hard drive's C: drive (about 300 GB), when the new hard drive is 500GB. There is about 200 GB of space that is "missing" or unallocated and I can see it in the disk management tool. I am tempted to expand the C: drive to grab the unallocated space, but at the same time I am a little worried about doing that after reading (here)
that it can cause Vista not to boot up again without a recovery disc. After it taking so long to fix my computer in the first place, I am determined not to let it die on me again.
If I use the Disc Management tool instead of something like GParted, can I avoid the ills caused by fiddling with the disc size? Should I just make a third partition to make the space "usable" and be done with it?
If anyone has any words of wisdom, they would be greatly appreciated.