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#1 Indywar2

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 03:16 PM

Hi everyone.  I'm new to the forum, and hope you may be able to help me add some space to my partitions.  My C drive with my OS is so full I cannot update the virus software and my J drive that I store office files, pictures, etc is approaching capacity.

 

I have gone into "computer management" and right clicked on the partition I want to expand, and the "expand volume" is grayed out.

 

What are my options at this point? 

 

I have a 1TB hard disk that I partition a while ago as follows and in order:

 

#1-"Healthy (OEM Partition)", Primary partition, 47 MB, Healthy (Page file, Primary partition)

#2-"Recovery (D)", 15 GB NTFS,  Healthy (Page file, Primary partition)

#3-"OS ©", 100 GB NTFS,  Healthy (System, Boot, Active, Crash Dump, Primary partition)

#4-"Rob's Data (J)", 350.71 GB NTFS, Healthy (logical drive)

#5-465.76 GB, Unallocated

 

Thanks for any advice you are able to provide,

Rob

 



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#2 Aura

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 03:23 PM

Hi Indywar2 :)

Someone asked the same question as you this, you can see how he proceeded in the thread below. Basically, you'll have to use EaseUS Partition Master Free to allocate the "Unallocated" space to the C: drive if that space isn't directly on the right of the C: partition in the Disk Management :)

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/573917/problems-with-extending-c-partition/

The steps he followed are listed in this post.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/573917/problems-with-extending-c-partition/#entry3687407

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 07:34 AM

Thanks Aura,

 

I have installed the EaseUS partition program and have the same problem with the C drive as I did with the Windows Disk Management.  The "C" drive will not increase.  I tried the "rezise/move partition" and the drag bar is at its maximum and will not increase.  Also, I have tried increasing the value in the "partition size" box, and nothing happens.

 

In contrast, when I perform the same thing on the J drive, the drag bar will allow me to increase the size.

 

Any ideas how to increase the "C" drive size?

 

Thanks,

Rob



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Posted 26 April 2015 - 09:53 AM

Can you take a screenshot of what you see when you try to increase the size of the C: partition and show me it?

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 03:46 PM

Attached are the screen shots from the EaseUS Partitions.  It looks like Word files are not allowed as an attachment.  I have tried saving it as PDF. 

 

Rob

 

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 07:09 PM

The problem is you cannot expand C: because there is no unallocated space to expand to. What you need to do is Move partition J: all the way to the right, not expand it. After moving J: you will now have unallocated space before J: and after C:. Now you can expand C: into the allocated space.

 

I am more familiar with Minitools Partition Wizard but Easeus looks similar. You can do all operations virtually. The steps will be shown in the left pane under pending operations. After doing all operations click apply and Easeus will do all steps. You can always delete a pending operation and redo it if you made a mistake as you are doing all the steps virtually before you click apply.

 

As with all partition moves it is always best to create a disk image to an external drive with something like Macrium Free. Though small there is always a chance something can go wrong, especially if you lose power during the partition moves because it will take a while to finish the steps.



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Posted 26 April 2015 - 08:26 PM

What John said is right. EaseUS have a small tutorial (even a video one) explaining how you to move partitions, and then use the unallocated space to expand the one you want.

http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/help/moving-parition.htm

Let me know if you have any questions and how it goes.

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:00 AM

Thanks to both of you.  I was able to expand both "C" and "J" by following the directions above and the software took care of the rest.

 

At some point I will look into getting a SSD for the OS, but for now I have enough space on the partitions on this current drive.

 

BTW, I did clone my drive before I starting using the EaseUS partition software.

 

Thanks again for all your help.

 

Rob



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Posted 27 April 2015 - 11:08 AM

Glad to see that you got it all solved out Rob, and no problem, our pleasure :)

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