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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    Hi,

    The simplest way to add more space to your Vista drive is to take space from the Music drive on it's right.

    1. Defrag the E drive - Vista's defrag will be very slow - d/l the free Auslogics program and use that - it could still take awhile depending how badly fragmented it is.

    Disk Defrag - Reclaim the Speed Of Your Disks

    2. In Disk Manangement, right click the E drive and select Shrink - this will tell you how much you can shrink it by.

    If you are lucky, it will be 230gb or more. Shrink it by the max it allows. You now have unallocated space of that size ( black bar across the top ).

    3. Right click the new unallocated space and select New simple Volume , it will suggest a drive letter ( probably H which will be fine ) also select Quick Format.

    When the format is finished, Restart the pc. You now have another partition ( it will be green in Disk Management, which means an extended partition - don't worry about that , it's fine for storing data )

    4. In Explorer ( not disk management ) copy the entire contents of the E drive to the new drive, H. That will take a while. Check it has all copied across to your satisfaction.

    5. You can now go into Disk Management, right click the E drive and select Delete. This will now be unallocated space.

    6. Right click the C drive and select extend to incorporate all that unallocated space into a much larger C drive.

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    I see what you are saying. This is very interesting and I do still have some more questions before I start.
    Will I be able to get my drive E back with the name E.
    I just want to make my c drive another 50 GB or so not much more than that unless you think there is a need to have it larger.
    Drive E is now 110GB full. Let's see if I have this straight though. I will shrink it as much as I can. I will select New simple volume and whatever letter is suggests with a quick format. Copy entire contents to new drive letter and check. Go into disk management and delete E. Go into C and extend. Simple.
    Questions though. This means that my C will now be 110GB larger. Can I go in an move some stuff over to another drive for now and make it smaller so that when I do this my E will be only about 50GB or so? I think I may have some more questions before I do this but thanks soooo much for your time so far. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    Quote Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
    I am running vista 64 and want to add more space to my os partition. I have my hdd partitioned to dual boot XP(which I don't really use anymore) and Vista Ultimate 64 bit. I then have documents etc on the other partition with about another 400GB of space left. I have had to add some more things to my vista os and with sp1 and sp2 coming out shortly I would like to add some more of my unused space to it. What programs do people use for vista on this? Thanks.
    Hi,

    U can use the extend partition option in vista. The only thing is if u want to icrease the os partition u should delete all the other partition except the os partition.

    Step1- back up data in all other partitions usin externel hard disk(or u can copy those files in to ur os partition also).
    Step2- delete all other partitions,
    Step3- extend the os partition using extend partition option,
    Step4- create partitions and restore ur datas.

    Let me know the result

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    Hi I ngeborgdot,

    Sure, you can make a folder on another drive, move some (70 -80gb ) , or all of the contents of your E drive on there. There's plenty of space on your backup G drive for that.

    You will be able to Shrink E much further, make a bigger new partition H - and be left with a smaller E.

    You will be able to delete that smaller E , then extend C to include that now smaller unallocated space.

    You could Rename the H to E as that letter is not being used.

    It would take along time to shift all that music to another drive and then onto the new partition , of course.

    Hope it helps

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    There is another way to do it.

    Use a bootable partition manager - either Linux Gparted, or the Dos one Echrada posted earlier may be simpler -( make sure your mouse is installed in a ps/2 port as some don't support usb mouse connections ).

    It gives a window somewhat similar to Disk Management.

    You then grab hold of the left edge of the partition you want to shrink, and drag it 50gb to the right. Press Apply or Next, and wait ( a long time, an hour at least )- it will move that 100gb of music data 50gb across to the right.

    You will then have that 50gb unallocated space between the C drive and the smaller E drive.

    Then use Vista Disk Management to extend the C partition to incorporate the 50gb unallocated space.

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    What if I would get rid of everything in the E drive and move it to my G. That would take a lot less time than doing with Gparted. Then do the Gparted move. When done add all the stuff back to the E drive.

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    Quote Originally Posted by ingeborgdot View Post
    What if I would get rid of everything in the E drive and move it to my G. That would take a lot less time than doing with Gparted. Then do the Gparted move. When done add all the stuff back to the E drive.
    That would work.

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    Hi,

    If you are going to move everything from E onto G - that would be fine.

    You wouldn't then need Gparted.

    1. After you have moved /copied all from E onto G, go into Disk Management and rt click and delete E.

    2. Rt click C and Extend another 50gb.

    3. Rt click the remaining unallocated space, create New Simple Volume, assign letter E, select Quick Format. When done, restart.

    All you need to do then is copy/move your Music from G back to the new E.

    That is very simple, but moving all your Music twice will take a long while.

    Hope it helps

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    Re: How to add more space to my Vista partition

    All done. Worked great. Thanks for the help.

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