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Unallocated disc space in Vista

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#1 cassiearmand


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Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:16 PM


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.

Thank you!

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:18 PM

Should I just make a third partition to make the space "usable" and be done with it?

I think you would be amazed at how many responses you'll get with people telling you to use that unallocated space as a storage area, in other words create a separate active partition there and store your extra data such as music or videos.

I can not guarantee 100% success, but I have used programs like Gparted and EASEUS Partition manager to perform such tasks, just make sure you back up your data FIRST just to be on the safe side.


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Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:53 AM

The safest option is to simply create a third partition in the unallocated space, using Windows Disk Management.
That will avoid any disasters with your Windows partition.

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 08:25 AM

In Disk Management, you should be able to right click on the partition and select "Extend Volume".

However, simply creating another partition in the unallocated space is a perfectly viable way to use the drive's full capacity.
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 12:15 PM

Thank you for the advice, everyone. After reading your responses, and considering all of the issues I have had with the computer, I opted to create a new partition instead of expanding the current Windows partition. I didn't want to risk the stability of the Windows partition. Thanks again!


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