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750GB WD cloned hard drive not working


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#1 cosmos600

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:28 AM

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I wondered whether someone could help with cloning of new hard drive. Have upgraded laptop using free ware reflect macrum by cloning old 350gb hard drive to a new 750gb WD hard drive. Process was successful and have switched the hard drives. The laptop is working but with the same storage as before and looked in disk management and there is 400.55gb unused space, what have I done wrong and how can I incorporate that space so it is utilised in the laptop.

 

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:16 AM

You should be able to expand the partition using Disk Management. You don't say what Operating System version you're using, but as a generic sequence, right click on Computer and choose Manage. Select Disk Management, right click on the existing partition that needs to be enlarged, choose Extend Volume and specify the desired size (presumably all of it).


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:06 AM

Hi

Thanks for your.reply my operating system is Window 7 64 bit os. Have tried the extend volume but it does not work can only shrink the size. 

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:36 AM

Windows 7 is supposed to be able to expand a system partition within Windows. Not sure why you cannot do it.

 

You can do it offline with the bootable version of Partition Wizard. Download the iso. In Windows 7 double click the iso to burn it to disk. Boot to disk and resize the partition. As with any partition tool, you should back up any personal data first.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:06 PM

Agreed, if for some reason Windows own tool won't work then a third party utility likely will. Another approach is to create a second partition and use it as a data drive. There are some advantages to doing it that way, such as simplifying maintenance of the system partition (including being able to re-image C: if necessary without affecting data storage).


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

Hi
Thanks for your reply. I have downloaded the wizard partition tool from the link and burnt on cd. It does not seem to work could you suggest another partition tool which is good to use.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:37 AM

When you burn the CD, what is shown on the CD? Is it one iso file or something else? There should be a number of files on the disk. Make sure the Optical drive is the first boot device in BIOS. If you still have the iso file, you can use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive. Select Iso image in the dropdown box, click the folder icon and browse to the iso file. Just make sure USB in BIOS comes before the hard drive.

 

You can use also Gparted Live CD to resize the partition. Please read the Tutorial first. Make sure you are doing the resize on the correct hard drive. The naming convention is different on linux.






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