Disk Management - Delete and Extend

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ByLine
How to Delete and Extend a Partition with Disk Management in Vista
Synopsis
When you Delete a hard disk partition (volume) you turn that partition into a unallocated (unformated) partition. You can then use this unallocated partition to Extend another partition to a larger size.
How to Delete and Extend a Partition with Disk Management in Vista

information   Information
When you Delete a hard disk partition (volume) you turn that partition into a unallocated (unformated) partition. You can then use this unallocated partition to Extend another partition to a larger size. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Partition and Understanding Disk Partitioning

Partition Type

Description

Primary Partition

A type of partition created on a hard drive that can host an operating system and functions as though it were a physically separate hard drive. Also called a volume. Only up to four primary partitions, or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition can be created on a single hard drive. Primary partitions can be used to install and start an operating system. If you want to create more than three partitions, the fourth partition is created as an extended partition. See: Windows Help and How-to: What are system partitions and boot partitions? and The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog : Understanding the error message "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation" when you create a volume

Extended Partition

A type of partition on a hard drive that should be used if you want to create more than four Primary partition. Extended partitions can contain multiple logical drives that can be formatted and have drive letters assigned to them. An extended partition is a container that can hold one or more logical drive. Logical drives function like primary partitions except that they cannot be used to start an operating system. This option has been removed in Disk Management for Vista. For how, see: The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog :How to create an extended partition in Windows Vista (Click Yes for Security Information)

Note   Note
This can be handy, for example, if you have one hard drive with two partitions and would like to Delete the second partition and Extend the first (boot) partition with Vista back to one large partion (volume).
Tip   Tip
The default location for Disk Management is C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc.
warning   Warning

  • You will not lose any data on the partition (volume) that you are Extending. The partition you want to delete and use to extend another partion must be to the immediate right of the one you want to extend. You can cannot extend a partition from a deleted partition two or more partions to the right of it.
  • All data on a partition will be lost when you Delete it. Be sure to back up any files that you want to save to a different location before you continue.
EXAMPLE: Before and After
New_Volume.jpgOne_Volume.jpg





STEP ONE
To Delete a Partition

1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View)​
A) Click on the Administrative Tools icon.​
B) Click on Computer Management.​

2. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
3. In the left pane, click on Disk Management under Storage. (See screenshot below step 4)​
4. Right click on the volume (EX: E:\ ) you want to delete that is just to the right of the partition that you want to extend, and click on Delete Volume.​
NOTE: If your hard disk is currently set up as a single partition, then you cannot delete it. You also cannot delete a system partition (OS isntalled on), boot partition, or any partition that contains a virtual memory paging file, because Vista needs this information to start correctly. You will have to use the Vista installation disk to delete it.
Disk_Management_Delete.jpg

5. Click on Yes to the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will leave the partition as unallocated (blank) with no drive letter.
Confirmation.jpg






STEP TWO
To Extend a Partition

6. Right click on the partition (EX: C:\ ) the is just to the left of the unallocated space that you want to Extend it into, and click on Extend Volume. (See screenshot below)​
Disk_Management_Extend.jpg

7. Click on Next for the Welcome to the Extend Volume Wizard window. (See screenshot below)​
Extend_Wizard.jpg

8. Select the amount of space in MB you want to use from the unallocated partition to use to Extend this partition. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you want to make one partition again, then select all of the available space for that one disk. If there were other drives with free unallocated space, they would be shown under the Available selection.
WARNING: It is advised that you do not extend a volume on one disk with free space from another disk. If one of the drives has a hardware failure, then all the data on that partition (volume) will be deleted.​
A) Click on Next.​
Select_Disks_Space.jpg

9. Click on Finish in the Completing Extend window. (See screenshot below)​
Completing.jpg

10. You will now see the Disk Management console with the new Extended partition volume ready to be used. (See screenshot below)​
Disk_Management_Finished.jpg

11. Close Computer Management.​
12. Click on Computer in the Start Menu and see your new Extened partition volume. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: In this example, we will have one large partition from the same hard disk now.
One_Volume.jpg

That's it,
Shawn



 

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Morphene

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This method would not let me extend the volume with Vista on it (C:\) the Extend... was grayed out, but it would let me extend the D:\ that has my XP installation on it... ALL are on the same disk!
how do i get around this? I followed the instructions to a T.

Thanks
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi Morphene,

If everything is on the same hard drive, then this would be normal for Disk Management since D:/ is already an extended partition from C:/. Disk Management can only change or use the part of the hard drive that is free at the end of the last unmovable file (allocated space) on the hard drive. (EX: XP installation, Vista Page file, System Restore Cache File, etc.)

The only way around this is to use a 3rd party disk management program like Symantec Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Partition Manager.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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shahnawaz

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hi,
I am a learner... new to computer. While Extending my drives i have deleted D dive (one of the two drives in the pc) where nothing was saved. how can i rtrive that drive. pls suggest asap.

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Brink

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Hi Shahnawaz,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

If you want to remove the D:\ partition and add it back to the other partition to make one large drive again, then you can start at step 6 above in this tutorial.


If you want to maintain the separate D:\ partition, then start at step 8 here to add it back.

How to Shrink and Create a Partition with Disk Management in Vista


Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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zoltaaaan

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The only way around this is to use a 3rd party disk management program like Symantec Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Partition Manager.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I also wish to extend my primary drive since it's only 20GB large, and my free space is dwindling even though i install every single program to another drive...
Symantec claims that their Partition Magic is not yet compatible with Vista, any other suggestions on a third party disk manager?
 

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Brink

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Your welcome zoltaaaan. I'm glad that it worked for what you wanted.

Shawn
 

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migrui7903

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hello, i need some help. i am new to this forum. by the way this is a great site. back to my situation, i am following your instruction on extending my hard drive. i am on step where i need to click on extend, but it is grayed out. what do i do now. i have the lenovo y510 which has a 30 gb main partitioned drive and the rest is 188gb.
thank you

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Hi Miguel,

Welcome to Vista x64 Forums. :party:

When you get to step 6, are you right clicking on the drive partition that you want to make bigger, not the one you deleted, to click on Extend Volume. This will usually be the drive partition to the left of the one you deleted.

Shawn
 

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Brink

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Your welcome acid2k1, and welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Shawn
 

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Tank

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This method would not let me extend the volume with Vista on it (C:\) the Extend... was grayed out, but it would let me extend the D:\ that has my XP installation on it... ALL are on the same disk!
how do i get around this? I followed the instructions to a T.

Thanks
This method worked out fine. As I had one primary partition and 2 logical drives on same disk C:\. I deleted both the logical drives D: & E: It gave me green marked new volume. The C:\ Extend Drive feature was grey then. I dleted the new green volume and then tried Extension of C:\. It worked out fine and now full volume of C:\ is dedicated to Vista.
 

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hasan_hzl

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This method did not work for me. I have C:, D: and E: partitions on the same HDD. OS is on C. I shrinked D: and tried to add this new allocated space to C. But "extend volume" option on C was grayyed. Why cannot I extend my C?
 

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SCSIraidGURU

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Do you have the free space next to C: partition?

C: Free D: E: to have a chance at working.

You can't extend

C: D: free E:

will not work. Free space has to be next to the partition.
 

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hasan_hzl

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Do you have the free space next to C: partition?

C: Free D: E: to have a chance at working.

You can't extend

C: D: free E:

will not work. Free space has to be next to the partition.
It is like C: D: FREE E: Can I change this?
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi Hasan_hzl,

You can make Free a separate partition and copy the data from D: over to it, then delete D: and extend C: into D: to have C: - (new Free with letter) - E: .

It's a bit of a shuffle, but it will work.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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hasan_hzl

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Hi Hasan_hzl,

You can make Free a separate partition and copy the data from D: over to it, then delete D: and extend C: into D: to have C: - (new Free with letter) - E: .

It's a bit of a shuffle, but it will work.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks. I will try:)
 

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Brink

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Your welcome Hasan_hzl.

Shawn
 

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    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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