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repartitioning hard drive in Windows 8.1


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#1 dmh

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:22 AM

I want to repartition my 2T hard drive to shrink the C drive from 1T to .5T so I can make the other partition where I keep my data 1.5T. The C drive will still be more than half empty. I understand that, after optimizing the C drive, I can shrink it around the operating system without loss of functionality. My question is can I add the freed up .5T to the other partition without loss of that data or will I have to reformat that whole partition? I already back up the data to an external drive but want to know if there's a way to do this without having to go through the many many hours it'll take to restore 900G of data files.

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 01:19 PM

You can do this with a third party partition manager like Minitools Partition Manager. All steps are virtual until you hit the apply button so you can cancel if you make a mistake. You would resize/shrink the C: partition and then resize your data partition into the unallocated space. Pick the partition you want to resize then drag the arrow with a left click. As with any partition movement all your data should be backed up as you already know.

 

Make sure "Use Enhanced Data Protection Mode" is checked.



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 11:03 PM

Thank you! I'll try it when there's enough time left over to recover from the seemingly inevitable mishap!

 

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