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Can't shrink active partition in vista

  1. #1


    Bruce Wayne Guest

    Can't shrink active partition in vista

    hi,

    I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available shrink
    space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)

    any ideas?

    cheers,
    bruce



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  3. #2


    Mark Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    This is what worked for me:
    Ensure you have a complete backup!
    Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.

    Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out there on
    the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go less
    than this used space even though there's lots of free space available.

    "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx

    > hi,
    >
    > I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    shrink

    > space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    >
    > any ideas?
    >
    > cheers,
    > bruce
    >
    >


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  4. #3


    Bruce Wayne Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    That's it - thanks mark, genuis

    "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:e$JDi5U9HHA.5840@xxxxxx

    > This is what worked for me:
    > Ensure you have a complete backup!
    > Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    > Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    > Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.
    >
    > Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out there
    > on
    > the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go less
    > than this used space even though there's lots of free space available.
    >
    > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx

    >> hi,
    >>
    >> I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    > shrink

    >> space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    >>
    >> any ideas?
    >>
    >> cheers,
    >> bruce
    >>
    >>
    >
    >

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  5. #4


    Bruce Wayne Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    Aargh - now I'm getting "There is not enough space available on the disk(s)
    to complete this operation"
    Any ideas on this one?

    "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:e$JDi5U9HHA.5840@xxxxxx

    > This is what worked for me:
    > Ensure you have a complete backup!
    > Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    > Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    > Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.
    >
    > Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out there
    > on
    > the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go less
    > than this used space even though there's lots of free space available.
    >
    > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx

    >> hi,
    >>
    >> I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    > shrink

    >> space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    >>
    >> any ideas?
    >>
    >> cheers,
    >> bruce
    >>
    >>
    >
    >

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  6. #5


    Mark Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    You made it too small?
    40-45GB is just the OS. If you also install all your apps there, you'll need
    more.

    Somethings I do:
    Move the Pictures, Music, Downloads, Documents folders to another
    partition.
    Create a partition on the second drive and force your page file to work
    there.
    Limit the number of restore points that can be made.

    By doing this, your "C:" drive won't ever change much and can stay one lean
    size all the time.


    "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:45752C43-E810-445B-8EC2-8B0B5EDB1DF5@xxxxxx

    > Aargh - now I'm getting "There is not enough space available on the
    disk(s)

    > to complete this operation"
    > Any ideas on this one?
    >
    > "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:e$JDi5U9HHA.5840@xxxxxx

    > > This is what worked for me:
    > > Ensure you have a complete backup!
    > > Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    > > Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    > > Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.
    > >
    > > Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out
    there

    > > on
    > > the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go less
    > > than this used space even though there's lots of free space available.
    > >
    > > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx

    > >> hi,
    > >>
    > >> I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    > > shrink

    > >> space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    > >>
    > >> any ideas?
    > >>
    > >> cheers,
    > >> bruce
    > >>
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    >


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  7. #6


    Bruce Wayne Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    Nah definitely not too small (it limits you anyway on the dialoy) - can't
    even reduce it by 700meg!
    Here's the answer:
    http://groups.google.co.uk/group/win...b38d01ab3f089d
    am going to try a 3rd party tool though (bootit, acronis or partition
    manager)
    Cheers again!
    - Andy

    "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%23jpr$dV9HHA.3940@xxxxxx

    > You made it too small?
    > 40-45GB is just the OS. If you also install all your apps there, you'll
    > need
    > more.
    >
    > Somethings I do:
    > Move the Pictures, Music, Downloads, Documents folders to another
    > partition.
    > Create a partition on the second drive and force your page file to work
    > there.
    > Limit the number of restore points that can be made.
    >
    > By doing this, your "C:" drive won't ever change much and can stay one
    > lean
    > size all the time.
    >
    >
    > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:45752C43-E810-445B-8EC2-8B0B5EDB1DF5@xxxxxx

    >> Aargh - now I'm getting "There is not enough space available on the
    > disk(s)

    >> to complete this operation"
    >> Any ideas on this one?
    >>
    >> "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:e$JDi5U9HHA.5840@xxxxxx

    >> > This is what worked for me:
    >> > Ensure you have a complete backup!
    >> > Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    >> > Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    >> > Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.
    >> >
    >> > Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out
    > there

    >> > on
    >> > the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go
    >> > less
    >> > than this used space even though there's lots of free space available.
    >> >
    >> > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> > news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx
    >> >> hi,
    >> >>
    >> >> I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    >> > shrink
    >> >> space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    >> >>
    >> >> any ideas?
    >> >>
    >> >> cheers,
    >> >> bruce
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >
    >> >
    >>
    >
    >

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  8. #7


    Mark Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    Also,
    (Not know your system setup...)
    You may have a couple of directories that don't need to be there anymore
    such as Windows.Old, Office Setup Files, etc. These are HUGE space eaters if
    you don't need the files anymore.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933212/


    "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:45752C43-E810-445B-8EC2-8B0B5EDB1DF5@xxxxxx

    > Aargh - now I'm getting "There is not enough space available on the
    disk(s)

    > to complete this operation"
    > Any ideas on this one?
    >
    > "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:e$JDi5U9HHA.5840@xxxxxx

    > > This is what worked for me:
    > > Ensure you have a complete backup!
    > > Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    > > Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    > > Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.
    > >
    > > Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out
    there

    > > on
    > > the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go less
    > > than this used space even though there's lots of free space available.
    > >
    > > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx

    > >> hi,
    > >>
    > >> I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    > > shrink

    > >> space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    > >>
    > >> any ideas?
    > >>
    > >> cheers,
    > >> bruce
    > >>
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8


    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    The built-in shrink utility will be able to decrease the partition size till
    it bumps against the first unmovable/locked system file.

    If you want to decrease the partition further you will need a 3rd party Disk
    Management tool. I use Acronis Disk Director suite. The latest posted
    version (ver 10.0 build 2160) is 100% Vista compatible. After installing the
    program, create the
    emergency CD. Reboot the computer and boot up with this CD. Do your
    partition work from there. You will not be hampered with locked files.


    --


    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)


    "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx

    > hi,
    >
    > I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    > shrink space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    >
    > any ideas?
    >
    > cheers,
    > bruce
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #9


    Mark Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista

    Similar idea.
    Hidden, non-moveable files that get created near the upper border of the
    partition that prevent resizing it. I probably didn't have to worry about
    this one since I simply moved the pagefile.sys to another drive.


    "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:37822884-7688-45DC-92C6-8F91CFB2ED8D@xxxxxx

    > Nah definitely not too small (it limits you anyway on the dialoy) - can't
    > even reduce it by 700meg!
    > Here's the answer:
    > http://groups.google.co.uk/group/win...b38d01ab3f089d
    > am going to try a 3rd party tool though (bootit, acronis or partition
    > manager)
    > Cheers again!
    > - Andy
    >
    > "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:%23jpr$dV9HHA.3940@xxxxxx

    > > You made it too small?
    > > 40-45GB is just the OS. If you also install all your apps there, you'll
    > > need
    > > more.
    > >
    > > Somethings I do:
    > > Move the Pictures, Music, Downloads, Documents folders to another
    > > partition.
    > > Create a partition on the second drive and force your page file to
    work

    > > there.
    > > Limit the number of restore points that can be made.
    > >
    > > By doing this, your "C:" drive won't ever change much and can stay one
    > > lean
    > > size all the time.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:45752C43-E810-445B-8EC2-8B0B5EDB1DF5@xxxxxx

    > >> Aargh - now I'm getting "There is not enough space available on the
    > > disk(s)

    > >> to complete this operation"
    > >> Any ideas on this one?
    > >>
    > >> "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:e$JDi5U9HHA.5840@xxxxxx
    > >> > This is what worked for me:
    > >> > Ensure you have a complete backup!
    > >> > Turn off Restore function and delete all restore points.
    > >> > Shrink your drive. (40-45GB minimum?)
    > >> > Turn on Restore function. Save a store point.
    > >> >
    > >> > Store points were filling up a lot of drive space and get stuck out
    > > there

    > >> > on
    > >> > the drive somewhere. They are unmovable, so shrink won't let you go
    > >> > less
    > >> > than this used space even though there's lots of free space
    available.

    > >> >
    > >> > "Bruce Wayne" <batman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> > news:40664D64-B533-4598-B1A2-26348C521587@xxxxxx
    > >> >> hi,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> I cant seem to shrink my active partiton in vista: Size of available
    > >> > shrink
    > >> >> space in MB is set to 0 (was 700 or so before my last defrag)
    > >> >>
    > >> >> any ideas?
    > >> >>
    > >> >> cheers,
    > >> >> bruce
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    >


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  11. #10


    dennis Guest

    Re: Can't shrink active partition in vista


    "Mark" <jmhonzell@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%23jpr$dV9HHA.3940@xxxxxx

    > You made it too small?
    > 40-45GB is just the OS. If you also install all your apps there, you'll
    > need
    > more.
    I hope not.. my C: drive is 40G and has 9G free after installing office 2007
    and VS2005pro and few others.
    6G of the used space is the pagefile and hybernation file.




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