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Can't extend volume in disk management..

Q: Can't extend volume in disk management..

Hi all, my English isn't so good, so i'm sorry.
one of my disk split to 2 volume, when I try to extend the volumes in disk management, I had error "there is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
What can I do

A: Can't extend volume in disk management..

Hello danorgad mate just so I have it right you want to use that unallocated partition?

My other query is I see there are two OEM partitions (top and second drives in list) what is that all about??

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Hello, i can not select extend volume as it is grayed out. im wanting to extend my windows 7 partition into the unallocated space to the right of it, but cant. i also have a small 30mb partition left over im wanting to extend the xp partition into it, this is also grayed out. please help.

A:Disk Management - Cannot Extend Volume - Grayed out

Hi there,
If you want to extend volume, you should make sure there is no partition between the original partition and free space (PS: it will not work if the free space is in "Extended partition"). Attached a simple screenshot in my test machine:
If you have dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7, I suggest you create new partition with left free space and mount this partition as a folder to XP (or Windows 7 ) partition which is quite easy.
What do you think about it?

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I have been running bootcamp on my IMac for quite some time now, and I've began to run out of space on my C: drive. I have shrunk the size of my Mac OS partition, however I cannot extend the Windows 7 partition into the free space. I would prefer to do this without external programs, as I have had trouble with them before.
Also, here is an image of the Disk management window when I try to get it to extend.

A:Cannot Extend Volume In Disk Management On Bootcamp

Welcome to the forum,

Unfortunately you will have to resort to a third party program because windows disk manager won't let you extend to the left.

The partition wizard bootable CD is a good choice,

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I'm using Intel Rapid Storage Technology to implement a RAID 5 array. I just added a 4 disk drive to the array. Everything wnet OK until the final step: Using Windows disk management to increased the volume size. I've posted a screen shot below. The volume is named 'Media". When I right click it, the extend volume item is grayed out. I've checked everthing I can think of, and can't find anyything wrong. I am running as administrator.

Please help!

Tom Dingwall

A:Disk Management won't extend volume size after adding to RAID 5 array

Been reading up on Raid again to try and help you. Cant find an answer for you but you should be able to rebuild the Raid without losing data.
Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will come along to help you

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I have a C: drive which I want to increase in size. Under disk management there is 20GB of "Free space" - (right next to the C: partition). But neither disk management or EASUES partition manager will allow the partition to use this space. How to I change "free space" to "unallocated" so that it can be used ?

A:Cannot extend volume (disk management) although "free space" exists

Can you post a snip showing what you have? An image makes it easier for us to help you. For example, you said that there was 20GB of free space next to your C: partition. What you didn't say was whether it was to the left or right of it.

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I am am running Windows 7 64, and my C drive was 150GB, and the other drive was 450GB. I decided to extend or expand it by deleting one of the volumes. However, I have come across a speed bump while doing this. After deleting my unused partition which was 450GB, and right clicked on the C drive to extend, but the extend option is greyed out. The shrink volume seems to be clickable though.

Any help would be great!

A:Can't extend volume in Computer management..

Just to confirm, these are two partitions on the same hard drive, correct? If so, there IS free space available in the partition adjacent to c: drive, is that also correct?

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why wont disk management allow me to extend my C: partition ??? when i right click on the c: drive the extend volume is grayed out.

A:disk management wont allow me to extend my partition

Hello Tremaine,

That is because your partition is out of space. The next 47MB are part of an extended partition. Basically, it sees from the 47MB partition on to the end as one, larger partition.

Hope this helps,

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Hi guys, so i'm having some trouble with disk management program.

I have virtually 100GB of unallocated space that I want to add to C: however when i'm trying to extend the volume of C: I am unable to do so.

See pic

any help would be much appreciated! Cheers!

A:Disk management problem, unable to extend C:

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Hello Experts,
My hard drive is partitioned as shown in the attached screenshot. I am trying to extend the D:\ drive to include all the unallocated space after it, but the Extend option is dimmed. I am on an HP laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate (not the OEM Home Edition). I appreciate if someone would please help me to fix this.


A:[Disk Management] Unable to Extend Partition

You could do it this way......

Create a folder on the desktop of C: (Windows) then copy and paste all the data from D: to it. It will fit.

After you verify it all copied ok, then you can......

Delete the D partition down to unallocated space. Create a new partition from all of the unallocated space.

Copy the folder back to D and verify, if happy, delete the folder from C.

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I am experiencing problems as I try to extend dr O:\ 65GB of a portable HD to use all the unallocated space (9.77 GB) on my Disk 2.
Disk 2 also has dr M:\ @ 35GB.

My problem is the error message as seen in attachment #2.

I then made a Simple Volume and tried to extend O:\ but "extend" was grayed out and not offered. I then returned the 9.77 GB to an unallocated state. Everything is backed up so losing any data is not a likely risk.

I do not know what to do in Win and before I try to use cmd prompt I wanted to ask for advice.
I assume if I have to use cmd I will extend and the unallocated space will automatically be used up, correct?

The PC Magazine Vista book I have offers no help. The terminology is confusing me.

Any help is appreciated.
Regards, Mark..

A:external hd disk management extend problem

Hi Mark989. Welcome to BleepingComputer.Vista is not as good as Win7 for adjusting partitions so I would be inclined to use something like Partition Wizard which I have used successfully in the past.. As you are not booting from this drive, you can safely ignore the warning.In your case, what I would do is 1. Remove the new Drive N:. 2. Extend the M: drive into the spare space. 3. Shrink the M: drive into right hand side, leaving the unallocated space next to the O: drive, and then 4. Extend your O: drive.Do each of these tasks one at a time and reboot between each task. luck. Let us know how you get on.

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I have received my laptop with a 250GB HDD partitioned into two primary partitions (well there is actually four with only 512MB called NVCACHE and another of 1GB as EISA Configuration). One of the partitions is a system, boot, page file ... partition containing the OS (Win Vista Home Premium and contains about 35GB space) and programs. The other is a partition for all the data (~198GB). I am now starting to run low on disk space on the OS partition (<3GB) and wanted to add some more space. I tried to use Disk Management but this did not work because there is no adjacent unallocated space on the same disk next to the OS partition. There is only space at the end of the data disk partition, which I cannot move to the OS partition (at least I do not know how).

Is there a way to increase the disk space for the OS partition? Both partitions have following set out:

Layout: Simple
Type: Basic
File System: NTFS (except for the small NVCAHE which is FAT32 and the EISA does not have any File system)
Status: Healthy



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I took my Acer Laptop to the computer shop to get my SSD fixed and when they finished it and got it home i noticed my drives where split into 2 drives of 50GB approximately; C: & D:.
I have been trying to merge or at least give some space to drive C: , but my extend volume button in the partition manager is gray, even tho i have allocated space.
please give me some advice.

A:Extend Volume on C: Drive grayed out, can't extend volume.

Disk Management will not do the extension, but Partition Wizard will do it.

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I sometimes come across computers where Disk Management is unable to shrink the system partition as much I as would like. (This seems to be mainly on computers that have been in use for a while. New computers are not generally a problem).

Are there any workarounds or free partitioning software that will do what Disk Management cannot do in these instances?


A:Disk Management cannot shrink volume enough

Quote: Originally Posted by Vincenzo

I sometimes come across computers where Disk Management is unable to shrink the system partition as much I as would like. (This seems to be mainly on computers that have been in use for a while. New computers are not generally a problem).

Are there any workarounds or free partitioning software that will do what Disk Management cannot do in these instances?


Give this a try. A lot of folks here use it. BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

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I am trying to clean up a messy disk configuration by deleting two volumes from a disk and then extending the C: drive to occupy the entire disk.
I have deleted the first volume successfully but when I try to delete Vol E I get the error message that "The partition Vol E (E:) Simple Volume is currently in use."

At one stage there was music and video on there but that is long gone.

I can't figure out what is trying to use Vol E. How do I go about tracking down what is looking at it?

Any guidance would be useful.


A:Cannot delete volume in disk management. The partition is in use...

You're looking to delete it anyway, and I get the impression you've emptied that volume to add it to C.
So, don't worry about what may be trying to use it.

Just force the deletion, and go about with what you want to do.

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Windows Disk Management hangs when I hit Shrink Volume.
I have never had this problem before...
Plus this is a new computer, haha.
Any ideas guys?

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
HP p6823w

Thanks in advanced,

A:Windows Disk Management hangs when I hit Shrink Volume.

Check whether the 'Disk Defragmenter' service is set to 'manual'. If not, set it to manual.

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Windows Disk Management utility has provided Extend / Shrink volume support. I got to know that FSCTL_SHRINK_VOLUME ioctl and other APIs are provided for supporting shrink volume feature.

I am interested to know what support is provided by File system driver and other storage modules to achieve shrink volume feature.

Actually Linux does not have support for online shrink volume.
So interested to know what are the support provided by Windows storage stack.

Please share your ideas and related links/documents.


A:Shrink volume support in Windows 7 Disk Management

the second pink box in the link explains a little bit about the restrictions of shrinking a volume: Partition or Volume - Shrink - Windows 7 Forums

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Windows Disk Management utility has provided Extend / Shrink volume support.
I got to know that FSCTL_SHRINK_VOLUME ioctl is provided for supporting shrink volume feature.

I am interested to know what support is provided by File system driver and other
storage modules to achieve shrink volume feature.

Actually Linux does not have support for online shrink volume.
So interested to know what are the support provided by Windows storage stack.

Please share your ideas. please share materials / links regarding this.


A:Shrink volume support in Windows 7 Disk Management

Most Partition Tools under Linux and Windows allow expanding and shrinking of partitions.

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I am using two partitions on my Disk
C: Total Space 390 GB , Free Space: 215 GB

D: Total Space : 75 GB : Free Space: 13 GB

I run windows 7 through D Drive
Is it possible if I shrink almost 100 GB from C Drive which has 215 GB of Free space currently and add the same 100 GB to D Partition ?

Is it possible through Windows Disk Management or I have to use and install additional full version softwares Partition Magic or Paragon Manager?

I have tried few demo versions like Easus PM but for full functionality full Pro version is required.

Please suggest solution

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There is pretty much space on C drive, but it does not allow me to shrink. Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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I'm trying to create a new simple volume in 130 GB free disk space. There's no obvious reason why it would refuse to do so - I'm not at the hard limit on number of partitions or anything - but disk management MSC is consistently returning "Not enough space" errors.

The only thing I can think of is something to do with the partition order, but if so I have no idea how to fix it non-destructively. I'm in the middle of backups on it, so deleting partitions is a no-go. At the moment I don't understand what's going on.

DISKPART output (Win 7 x64):

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 232 GB 134 GB

DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 43 GB 1024 KB
Partition 0 Extended 188 GB 43 GB
Partition 2 Logical 54 GB 178 GB

DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 E DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
Volume 1 C SYSTEM W NTFS Partition 43 GB Healthy System
Volume 2 D DATA NTFS Partition 54 GB Healthy
The disk structure is: (1) primary p... Read more

A:Disk management tool won't allow new simple volume, no obvious reason.

Post a screenshot of the Disk Management snap-in. If it was me, I'd nix all the extended partitions completely, and also keep it to two total partitions. One primary for C and one primary for D. I have always used primary so they have no links or ties to each other.

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I've an external drive that has two partitions. I wanted to merge them and Clicked Delete Volume on Windows 7 Disk Management......but on the wrong partition.

There's no undo feature :-(

I've seen this but understand it only works on Windows 2000 and XP. How To Recover an Accidentally Deleted NTFS or FAT32 Dynamic Volume

I've also seen this Free Partition Recovery Wizard - recover deleted, lost partitions with EaseUS Partition Master.

I havn't done anything to the drive and don't want to do the wrong thing in case I start loosing data.

Has anyone used "EaseUS Partition Master" once it's restored the partitions are all the files intact? Or do I then need to use a file undeleter? I had about 91GB of data on the partition and don't have another drive at the moment with that much free?

Are there other software downloads that can help me?

Many Thanks

A:Clicked Delete Volume on wrong partition in Disk Management

I took a gamble.....

The key here was that I did not do anything with Windows or the drive, once I deleted the Volume.

Recover Deleted Partitions. Undelete Partition. Unerase Partition. Restore Partition - EaseUS Partition Recovery and Partition Table Doctor was perfect.

EaseUS Partition Recovery for free restored the partition and this included all files on the partition so no need for an undelete too.


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I have an external 15gb drive I'm trying to get some old files off of and I only have my laptop so I'm using an external enclosure. I can use it with other drives perfectly but I can't access the volumes from within my OS (Windows) on this drive.

A:External drive shows up in disk management but doesn't moutn a volume

Are you getting any error messages??

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I was just checking my new disk in Disk Management, and I was about to extend the volume I already had, when I miss clicked and deleted the whole volume. After some research it seems that I can recover it, because the data isn't lost yet, but I didn't find any solutions for win7 yet.
Source: How To Recover an Accidentally Deleted NTFS or FAT32 Dynamic Volume

I looked for Dskprobe.exe but it seems to not work in win7.

In the attachment you can see that I have three disks made into C: and X: I have already gotten that far in my reconstruction (as I read in the link)

But I don't know what to do know, can someone please help me? I kinda lost gigs of work and almost a TB of media

If you need more information, I'll be here updating this thread every minute

Maybe this one should have gone in the Software forum, please move it if so.
Looking forward for any support.

Kind Regards

A:So I just miss-clicked "Delete Volume" in Disk Management

I am now using EASEUS Recovery Wizard Pro to get my files back, and transfer them to another disk. It takes ten hours to recover the files, plus the time it takes to copy the files. It does not look like there's an easier way to do this. If nobody has any solutions?

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I've scoured the net to try to solve this. It's a very simple inquiry with a very definitive answer (i.e. this is solved when I can make extended/logical partitions in disk management).

When I select unallocated space in disk maagement All I get is "New Simple Volume" option.

how do I create an extended partition and then logicals on it? I can do this ever so easily in gparted and may resort to that but a bit infuriated at how clunky this seems in disk management.

A:Logical Partitioning in Disk Management Only "Simple Volume"???

Windows disk management is very basic in that you have to create three primary partitions first before creating the fourth, which will be an extended partition that will then let you create logical partitions within it.

You may want to create a Partition Wizard bootable disc, which is far more flexible than Windows 7's disk management utility.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hello,I got 3 equal disks which were a dynamic Raid-5 before. I want to create a Dynamic Raid-5 again in Windows 7 but it's greyed out in the context menu. I can create a mirror, stripped or spanned volume. But no Raid-5 volume.All disks are dynamic disks already and unallocated.Anyone able to help?

A: "New RAID-5 Volume..." greyed out in Disk Management

Sorry for late reply.
After confirming with our product team, it says that RAID-5 is only supported on computers running Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server,  Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 Operating Systems. In Windows 7, only hardware-based RAID is supported.  Thus I recommend that you check your computer to see if it meets this requirement and visit the motherboard?s support web site to download the RAID drive controller drivers.
Best Regards
Dale Qiao

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Here's the story. I bought this new Samsung 840 250GB SSD.
I first did a clean install of windows 7 on it and it worked fine. Windows installed without much problem and everything. Then something didn't look right about the partitions. It looked like because I had all my HDDs connected while installing windows on the SSD the windows created the system reserve on the old HDD rather than the SSD. So I went back and decided to start from scratch with all the HDDs except for the SSD disconnected. I tried reinstalling windows on it but this time it didn't work. I tried formatting the SSD and it just gave me an error saying windows couldn't install on a GPT disk. I went into bios, made sure the PC was booting from the UEFI DVD drive and it still kept giving me the same error.

So I then booted up my old HDD. I tried formatting my SSD and now I can't delete the partition!
This is what my disk set up looks like:

If I click "extend volume" on the "New Volume (G" disk, it says "there is not enough space on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
If I try to create a "new simple volume" on the "unallocated" partition, it says the same...

Have I destroyed my new SSD now?! I just want it to work like a new clean disk...

A:If I try to "extend volume" it gives "not enough space on the disk(s)"

Hiyya Tracing try doing it with Partition Wizard mate Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
Brilliant tool if you can't do anything with the partition them just wipe the disk mate and start over with this SSD Alignment

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I have a Drobo system with 16 TB of hard disk. Windows has it allocated as a 2 TB and a 14 TB for some reason. I formatted the 2 TB as seen in the first screenshot. I then Right click in the computer management window and click on Extend Volume. This is seen in the second screenshot. I then click Finish and get the message seen in the last screenshot.. I know that a 16 TB disk is OK since I have had it before. What is going on here and how do I extend the volume?

A:Can't extend volume

To use the entire size contiguously, you must configure the drive as GPT not MBR.

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I want to combine some unallocated space with a partition, but it wont let me, but it will let me with a different one.

A:cant extend volume

I take it you are trying to extend D:\?

You can only extend from left to right using W7's software.
You will have to use 3rd party software like Partition Wizard - Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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Well !
My aim is shrink volume of 8 gb from D drive and that extend to C drive.
I had successfully shrink volume of 8 GB and able to see as Free space.
Now i tried to extend this Free space to C drive. When i right click on C Drive the " Extend Volume" option is invisible. The same if i right click on D drive also.
Please help me out.

A:Extend Volume

You cannot change the size of the drive that you're currently using because it's locked for Windows. In order to resize your C: drive you'll have to use another tool (outside of Windows) to resize the partition - make sure that the tool is Vista compatible so that there's no issues with the resizing.

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I'd like to increase the capacity of my C drive which contains the operating system (142GB; 39% free space) by either deleting or shrinking my D drive which is empty (143GB, 100% free space).

I've read several post from users who found that the 'extend volume' option is greyed out and found that this is the case on my laptop.

I have yet to delete or shrink the D drive so there is currently no unassigned space on the disk.

Attached is a screen print of the Computer Management window showing the current situation.

What is my best laid plan?


Andrew Baxter.

A:Extend volume

Have you had a look in the tutorial part of the site to see if there is anything there that can help?

My thoughts would be that you would have to go into the D partition and delete it which would put it as unallocated space, then you should be able to extend the C partition into that space.

Hopefully the experts will see this post and give you all the information you need and say if I got it right or wrong

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I am using Vista x64 with a 3ware 9650SE raid controller as a redundant raid5 data drive. I added a 4th 1TB harddrive, and I am trying to extend the volume to merge with the new space currently available. I can't seem to do that though because "Extend Volume" is greyed out, and I can't figure out what is wrong. Can anyone please tell me how to fix this? Attached are screenshots that may help.

A:Cannot extend volume

Hi craziplaya21 and welcome to Vista Forums

Sorry, but that cannot be done without erasing and rebuilding the array. This article explains RAID and the different arrays available. RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Hello. I'm a New Member on this forum. Nice to Meet U Everyone

I have something to ask about my partition problem here :

That's my partition list, and I want to extend Unallocated drive (that I recently used for Ubuntu) to drive C or D, but I can't do that because I can't click "Extend Volume" at drive D.

Any ideas ? what I supposed to do ?


A:Can't Extend Volume

Minitool partition wizard will solve your problems and its free.
You'll probably need to move the empty space next to the partition you want to expand it to.

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In "Windows 7 In Depth", discussing Disk Management (page 718), the authors say:

Caution: If you shrink your system's boot volume, you cannot extend it (unless you want to connect your system's hard disk to another system running Windows 7).

Is this true? If so, it seems rather an oversight. Has anyone tried it? The book might be referring to Dynamic Disks, or Basic Disks, or both, I cannot tell.

A:Extend Boot Volume

I have never encountered this problem...


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hi peeps, how can I extend my C drive volume? i tried using disk management, but the "Extend volume" option for C drives fade off, but not other drives. any idea how to extend the drive?

A:how to extend my C drive volume

I would try Partition Wizard free version. It's more versatile than disk management. From the screen shot it looks like C: is right up against D:. With disk management to expand a partition you need free space immediately to the "right" in the diagram. It's probably easier and safer to use Partition Wizard to move the other partitions and give the new free space to C:. The main consideration may be if D: is installed games you may want to check with the publishers to make sure moving the partition a bit doesn't mess up any registration/copy protection/licensing schemes the games use.

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I have a Sony Laptop running XP professional.
The Hard drive was partitioned into C drive and D drive when it arrived.
The C drive is where everything is, and there is a space 3 times as large on the D drive .
I wanted to eliminate the D drive and expand the C to include all of the empty space.
I went into the Disc Management section of the Computer Management window.
I was able to delete the D drive, but when I try to Extend the C volume to include the now deleted D volume. It will not let me.

any Help ?

A:Extend a basic volume

Welcome to TSG....

Of course the system will not let you and if it did you would destroy every bit of data and programing on the drive doing it the way you where going too....

First thing you have to do is make a backup of everything on the computer using something like Acronis True Image = this is the absolute best of the best at doing this purchase it and follow the instructions and you will have the backup done and your data will be safe.

Second thing you do is get the following: gparted a free partitioning program and this blows Partition Magic away so far you never will see it again;

GParted - Gnome Partition Editor

When you download this you will have to burn the ISO file to a cd and it will be bootable then you reboot and use this to resize the partition to what you want. Make sure you read how to use it before you use it or you will have to use the backup from Acronis to fix it.

Have fun!

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Hi guys, is there a third party app that would allow me to extend the volume of my C: partition from the 102 MB Unallocated partition?

A:Can't extend partition volume

Hi !

I'm not completely sure, but I think Windows cannot extend the partition hosting the system.

However, you could try with a boot CD like Gparted, wich should be able to do shuch a thing. It would of course require a CD or DVD.

Best regards,

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I want to use that 4.88 GB and allocate it into any of the 4 drives... but the extend volume option is grey and i cannot select it.. since the unallocated space is at the right of all drives i should be able to use it, right? plz help me out...

A:Unable to extend volume

you will have to delete the unallocated partition to turn it in to free space and 4 partitions on a drive is rule of thumb just checking for you

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Hi, rarely post here (more active in the 7forums). Anyways, I cannot extend my C: Partition.

Before I had Windows 7 RC (x64) installed, then shrank it and installed Vista SP2.

Then I deleted Windows 7, and now it doesn't let me extend C: (vista) with the unallocated space.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Unable to extend volume

hello, your question is simple,I recommnd the Partition Assistant to you, you can try it.

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someone give me the solution to this problem cause it is driving me crazy, i do not care about losing data, third party... whatever it takes.
-how do I move the unallocated space from disk 1 to disk 0?

thank you.

A:Extend Volume is greyed out.

Quote: Originally Posted by Jobean777

someone give me the solution to this problem cause it is driving me crazy, i do not care about losing data, third party... whatever it takes.
-how do I move the unallocated space from disk 1 to disk 0?

thank you.

There is no simple way to do it. You can set up a raid and span the disks if you mobo supports it but there are costs.

Why do you want to?

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So I want to add/extend two disk into one:
Disk 2 to Disk 0 (I want to extend C drive)
Disk 3 to Disk 1 (I want to extend D drive)
Can I add them without formatting C/D drive?

Here is the screenshot

A:How do I add/extend volume to C drive?

I use a program called Paragon Disk Manager for all my HD tinkering. I'd make new partitions on the raw disks of the size you want, then clone the existing C / D onto the new partitions (or backup and restore to the new target partitions.) You might have to reset your BIOS to correspond to the new boot drive, but that's not too difficult (Press DEL / F11 at boot.) Then, you'd have the partitions (drives) like you want them, and also have backups too if you kept the old partitions.

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Hi, I am currently running Windows Vista Ultimate x64.
It is installed on Disk C: I had another partion which i have formated and make into unallocated free space. I want to add this free space to my vista partion but when i click on the C: partition, the Extend Volume option is there but it is grayed out and so i can not select it.

Anyone know what the problem is and any other ways in which i can add the free space to the partition.

I dont want to have to buy any 3rd party software before anyone suggests that.

If you need any details of my computer please ask.

Thank You :)

A:Cant Extend Volume In Vista x64

hi this should take you through the steps needed to finish your task please read through

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I have three Partitions for my 250 GB HDD, which name Respectively as C, E, F. just I want to increase the size of ?C? partition. I shrink 20 GB space from the ?F ?Partition. I want to merge this space and C HDD Partition.
Can this is possible.

A:How to Extend the volume of a HDD Partition

It is possible. Please post a full picture of your Disk Management so that we can discuss the options.

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I've seen a few postings referring to extending volumes. Surely it is possible to extend the system volume? Can you create an NTFS boot disk and then run diskpart from that?



A:Extend System Volume

Yes, but I'd suggest using a tool designed for this purpose (such as Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director) rather than doing it from the diskpart command.

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Hi All,

I just got a new 60GB SSD and a new 3TB HDD for my computer. I planned on using the SSD as my boot device and the HDD for my storage device. I installed Windows 7 on the SSD with no problems. Once I opened Computer I didn't see the HDD so I went to Disk Management to assign the drive a letter.

Inside Disk Management I noticed that the HD was separated into 3 partitions:
1. 100 MB System Reserved
2. 2047.90 GB Unallocated
3. 746.52 GB Unallocated

I wanted to combine the two unallocated partitions into one but since they were not formated all my options were grayed out. So I formated the first unallocated partition and then I went to the Extend Volume.. option and it was still grayed out.

For some weird reason I have no control over the second unallocated partition. I cannot format it or change the size of it, it gives me no options. No matter what I do with the first partition it still won't let me do anything with the second one. I have even downloaded third party programs the combine the partitions and they still won't give me control over the second unallocated partition.

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong here? I feel like I am over looking something very simple. Any help at all would be much appreciated.


A:Can't Extend Volume Partition on HDD

When you installed Win 7 on your SSD, you did not disconnect the HDD from the motherboard. The System file was written to the HDD. It should be on the SSD. There are two things you can do. Reinstall Windows again on the SSD and this time disconnect the HDD. You can also attempt to transfer the System file to the SSD using this tutorial Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD Let us know how it goes. This is not the answer to the question you asked, but this needs to be done first and then we can tackle any other problems.

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Added a second Hard drive to the kids PC. Would like to extend the volume on the C drive to the new drive. The C was low on space. Instead of puting software on what is now E would just like to extend C so all new software can go to the default of a C drive. Is this possible on XP Home. If so what and how do I do it.

A:Extend a volume in XPHome

So what your wanting to do is use the new HD to add space to the C drive .. In essence creating one giant partition utilizing both HD's ... ? , If thats what your wanting there is no way that I know of to do this with a standard IDE connection configuration.

I'm not positive .. best to wait for a few more responses before giving up hope. :)

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I have W8.1 x64, I have a 1TB drive attached on USB 3.0 port, the disk has four partitions, two are not allocated, I am trying to extend the volume on one of the active partitions, a Healthy, Primary partition but I get a message
"The operation you selected will turn the selected disk(s) to Dynamic disk(s).

I'm not sure what it means but how do I get the extended volume to be a Basic volume?



A:Cannot extend volume on External Drive

There's no such thing as an "unallocated partition". There is allocated space (partitions) and unallocated space. The latter is OUTSIDE any partitions.

Since you already have 4 partitions, any attempt to create another is going to force the conversion of ALL the partitions into Dynamic Disks.

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Once I have installed OpenSuse OS on my HP laptop. Now I removed it. I have separate partition left with it. I want to extend it to my C Drive but after shrinking it, I am not able to extend that partition to my C drive. I have very less space left with my C Drive. Please tell me how to extend that partition to my C Drive.


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I cant seem to extend my E drive... E drive is supposely not with any OS
C is my Win7 and D is my WinXp ... so why i cant extend my E drive???

A:I have unallocated space but i cant extend the volume

Hmm, problems.

I'm pretty sure that once created an Extended partition (containing the logical partitions C: and E: in your screenshot) cannot be resized. I had a similar problem and had to delete the logical partitions first, then delete the Extended partition, create the logical partitions again with bigger sizes. With Windows 7 in one of those partitions, that does not look like an option for you.

You might be able to create a brand new partition and move some folders from E: into it

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I just changed my laptop drive from a SSD 180 GB to a 500GB + 8GB NAND Flash hybrid drive. I cloned the old drive successfully and now need to extend the Windows partition to include the unallocated space. When I try to using GParted, the Disk Management tools in Windows, and Magic Partition, I get errors.

A:Unallocated Space--Cannot Extend Volume

Could you post a shot of disk management.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have just installed a WD 6TB Green Hard Drive for storage as I have an SSD as my C drive. A 5-minute job, I thought! Wrong....... Here I am, 4 hours later still looking at the screen!

The problem is: I have 3541.03GB of unallocated space and when right click to extend the volume, the 'extend volume' is greyed out.

I don't know why this is happening or how to fix it.

This is a brand new drive and there is no data on it at the moment. I enclosing a screen shot of the problem.

Anyone got a clue please ???

Thank you.

A:Solved: 'Extend Volume' greyed out

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I'm trying to use disk manager to extend my C: partition into 20gb of unused space. The extend option is faded. When I try to delete the 20gb of free space, I get an error telling me I don't have enough disk space to delete the volume. I can format the 20gb volume and mount it, but I cannot get rid of it and extend my C: drive. Is it some default setting that some portion of the HDD must be an extended volume?

I have my 500mb set aside for critical boot files.

A:Cannot Extend C: Volume into Free Space

The free space has to be adjacent to, and to the right to extend into the free space with DM. Yours is to the right, but not adjacent to the free space. You may look at this and some of the other tutorials linked at the bottom to see if this will help. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

if nothing else works, copy everything off of the 2 partitions between C and the free space, delete the partitions, extend C as much as you would like to, recreate the partitions back and copy their contents back on them. It is unclear what they are, from the screenshot.

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Why can't I add my remaining 500GB unallocated space on to my drive C? but I can extend it on my drive D. Any help will be appreciated.

A:Can't extend the volume of Local Drive C

^^^ Very probably because of using Windows' own Disk Management. Works fine under ideal conditions (example, adjacent partition + unallocated space) but can't do more 'complicated' work.

This one > MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server will do it.

Regarding all\any partiton\hd task, 1st part of the job is to always save a disk image (or as a minimum all personal\important files) to an external media.

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Once I have installed OpenSuse OS on my HP laptop. Now I removed it. I have separate partition left with it. I want to extend it to my C Drive but after shrinking it, I am not able to extend that partition to my C drive. I have very less space left with my C Drive. Please tell me how to extend that partition to my C Drive.


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I have a Lenovo G580 - It comes with it's own OneKey Recovery system which doesn't work. But neither does Windows 7 recovery.
When I try to back it up, it does but then it stops half way and says there is not enough space in the D drive to back-up. So I went into Disk Management and saw that it was limited to 25GB - So I tried to extend the volume but it has been greyed out so I cannot select it. What can I do?
I can't back it up or anything! I also had an error message which is the above: 0x80780048
Thanks in advance

A:Cannot back-up, not enough space, but then I cannot extend volume?

there are two methods for you. 1, you need to delete your OEM partition to change it into an unallocated space, and then use extend the volume funtion to extend D drive. Windows built-in disk-managment tool can only extend a volume when there is an unllocated space right behind it. 2, you can use a free partition software, AOMEI Partition Assistant, if you don't want to delete the partition. it can help you merge two adjacent volumes without data loss.
really help the above-metioned methods can help you.

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I've Windows 7 system and space in C: drive is exhausted. I tried to extend the space using disk management tool. 
For this I created freespace adjacent to C: drive, but still the Extend Volume menu item is disabled.

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I have partitions c (for programs), a (for files) and unallocated space thereafter of 200gb. I am trying to extend partition a. I have followed instructions to make sure to the right of the partition there is unallocated space but the 'extend volume' when I right click on partition a is greyed out.

I have tried using Paragon Partition Manager too but don't seem to be able to achieve it either.

can anyone help?



A:Extending partitions - 'extend volume' greyed out

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hei guys
i want to increase my disk C: from 50 GB to 55 GB
disk C only have free space 1,5 GB, so if work it should be 6,5 GB free space
so i shrink my disk D: with the help of easeus partition

so the process will be shrink -> extend -> restart
my disk C increase and its become 55 GB
but the problem is free space still 1,5 GB that should be 6,5 GB.

is there i can do to get back my 5 GB free space

A:Why Free space not increasing after Extend Volume

The free space could have easily been sucked up by system restore, the page file, or the hiberfile without you even knowing it.

Did you reboot after you extended C ?

Check system retsore, make sure it`s only using a small percentage of the hard drive to save restore points. I turn it completely off and just make frequent disk images.

If you don`t use hibernation, that can be turned off as well.

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I don't get the option to extend my logical partition for some reason im trying to create a fifth partition so i took some GBs from my c partition which is unallocated spaced and want to add it to my logical drive to make another partition but the extend volume option is greyout im confused how can i do this?

Thansk for any help in advanced

A:Logical drive does not give the option to extend volume

Hello .

You can use the Partition Wizard boot CD to Move/Resize the left side of the Extended into the unallocated space, this snip below will give you an idea of the process and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

As good and reliable a program as Partition Wizard is, I would not trust the installed version for the operation you need, use the boot CD as suggested and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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First download the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) ISO file to the desktop, be sure to get the PWBD and not the installed version; scroll down to see the download link for the Bootable CD ISO file at this link below. Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

Then use ImgBurn to burn the ISO to a CD, at no greater than 4x speed with a verify; it was designed for use and works best from a CD rather than a DVD; then boot the created CD to make the changes, it doesn't take any input from the user to setup, just relax and let it load. ImgBurn Free ISO Burning Software

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5000 Series Laptop with Windows 8.1. While purchasing I asked for partitions to be created on it. They created 3 partitions C, D and E drives.

Then I wanted to install Ubuntu so I created space on C drive by shrinking the volume. This shrunk my C Drive.

After that I wanted to install Ubuntu. There was an option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. So I thought to upgrade to Windows 10 and then install Ubuntu. I did the upgrade to Windows 10 but forgot to reclaim the unallocated space back to C drive. So after Windows 10 installation, I have this drives. And now I am not able to allocate the unallcoated space to C drive since there is now a recovery partition present between C drive and the unallocated space. And I am also running out of space on C drive.

How is it possible to reclaim space on C Drive by deleting/ shifting the recovery partition and extending the C Drive to claim the unallocated space. And considering the partitions that I have, which drive should I try installing Ubuntu? I want C drive to contain some space , since I need to install programs / games in C drive. Also many software nowadays, dont ask for an install location. but install directly to C drive.

Could someone please help me out?

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I installed Windows Vista Ultimate x64 last night on a 49GB partition of my hard drive, I had Windows XP Pro installed on the rest of the 180GB of space. I cleared that partition after installing Vista, however, I cannot extend my vista partition into the unallocated space.


A:Extend Volume - Greyed out, how can I regain unallocated space!

An excellent 3td software, Extend Partition Home Edition can safely and earily increase the C: drive to get more capacity. For more help reference:

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well its blowing my mind...
im not able to do any thing in computer management-disk management page
my account is an administrator but format, extend and delete volume optiones are grayed (disabled) even when i want to shrink a drive ( not the one with the Vista installed on) i recive an error saying you are not allowed and access is denied .
[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Farzad/Desktop/Capture.JPG[/IMG]i dont understand whats the problem... can anyone of you folks help me?
there two pics attached below one is the error it self and the other one is the disk management snapshot.
thanks before answering

A:computer management-disk management problem

Hi farad4me

Windows is using this drive for page filing, DO NOT DELETE.

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I shrinked volume from disk D (20Gb) to install Ubuntu.I deleted volume, and now I want to extend it to disk D but I can't do it.can you help me?

A:I can't extend disk on Windows 7

Delete the volume, the space becomes 'unallocated'. Then right click on the drive and extend.

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once when I've installed Win7, I've divided my HD to several partitions.
unfortunately i gave only 50 GB to drive C.

Now I would like to extend it, but the extend option is in gray.

my partitions status is attached.

is there anything i can do in order to merge partitions ?


A:can't extend primary partition (Disk C)

Try using a different partition manager. I used to have problems with the default built-in Windows partition manager so I decided to use Acronis Disk Director Suite and my problems were solved. You may also want to try Paragon.

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Hi all,

After installing Windows 8 my computer had four partitions; I thought they'd be fine but want to change it to have two big ones, one for Media and one for typical C: usage. I moved everything out of D:\ to delete the volume so I would have free space to the right of C:, which I've read is what you need to do in order to extend partitions using Disk Management. However, the option is still greyed-out when right-clicking C: as shown:

I did this because I've read mixed things about using 3rd-party software to extend partitions; some that don't truly extend it and just trick your computer into merging the two... I like doing things the purest way possible and would like to truly combine C: with the free space to the right of it.

Any idea why the option is not available? Thanks much.

A:Cannot Extend Partition in Disk Man... Stumped.

Use 3rd party software for that. Disk mgmt is limited. You can't extend into another partition, you can extend into unallocated space.

Partition wiz or partition asst are good.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

AOMEI Partition Assistant ? free disk partition manager software, helps you to resize partitions, merge partitions etc.

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I had 19.53gb of S drive wich i formatted and deleted.Now i have 19.53gb of unallocated free space and i want to shrink it into 2 halves and extend my C drive with 1 half and exted my A drive with another half.I'm able to extend my C drive but i'm unable to extend my A drive.I don know what is the reason.Pls help me.I've uploaded the screenshot for your reference.

A:Unable to extend a disk drive

First of all the A:/ is reserved for a floppy drive never use that letter for a hdd, second in disk mgmt you can only extend to the right. There are other free 3 rd party programs such as Partition Wizard that will allow you to extend left. Hope this helps.

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My Local Disk is out of space so i'd like to add additional space from my extra drive but I'm not able to this is what I have under my disk management
even when i turn new volume into unallocated space i still cant extend?
Edit: ive tried using ease use partition but i cant resize c drive please help im not very tech savvy with these kinds of things but ive been looking all over for a solution it might be right before my eyes and i dont realize

A:Can't extend Local Disk drive on 8.1

You can not do this as these are two different disks, you can extend a partition within a drive but not to another drive.

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Boot drive (OS drive): Western Digital 160GB (WDC WD1600JS-00NBC1), clean install of Windows 7 from DVD, nothing else on the drive. Data drive: Western Digital 640GB (WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B0), NTFS-formatted, lots of data from a Windows XP machine. BIOS shows that both are there and connected. Device Manager shows that both are there and working properly. Western Digital LifeGuard diagnostics show that both are there and working properly. 'Computer' section shows only the boot drive. Disk Management shows only the boot drive. DISKPART shows both disks:   Disk ###  Status   Size      Free    Dyn  Gpt   Disk 0       Invalid  596 GB  0 B       *    Disk 1       Online   149 GB  0 B When installing Windows 7, it saw both drives and gave me a choice of which drive to install on. I've swapped drives, swapped cables, no change. I tried having only the data drive connected and running Windows setup again - it did not see the data drive. Tried it on another Windows 7 machine with completely different hardware.  Same problem. How do I make my data drive usable?  I am completely baffled. Thanks, Drew DISKPART Detailed Information DISKPART> select disk 0 Disk 0 is now the selected disk. DISKPART> detail disk WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B0 ATA Device Disk ID: 2777C72D Type   : ATA Status : Invalid Path   : 1 Target : 1 LUN ID : 0 Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1401)#ATA(C01T01L00) Current Read-only State : No Read-only  : No Boot Disk  :... Read more

A:My data drive not in Disk Management, listed as an Invalid Dynamic disk in DISKPART?

If you are OK with data loss on disk 0 you can do the following,
diskpart> sel dis 0
diskpart> clean
diskpart> conv dyn
This would reactivate your disk.
Invalid occurs due to many reasons like on spanned volume,
suppose few sectors have gone bad. So you are going to lose that data and as such disk becomes invalid.

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I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

A:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

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Question before I proceed please :

Have 2 hard drives (SSDs).

Drive 1 : OS Win 8.1 for general web, office and junk running
Drive 2 : OS Win 8.1 for tweaked hobby work; Audio recording etc

Whilst I wish to not physically disconnect the drives on each boot. I would like to have the alternative drive hidden and not impacted when the other drive is running for the OS.

Boot up from Drive 1 this currently shows as Drive C: and the secondary drive with the OS installed as D:
Boot up from Drive 2 this currently shows as Drive C: and the secondary drive with the OS installed as D:

End aim

Boot up from Drive 1 this currently shows as Drive C: and the secondary drive with the OS installed not running or showing on the system and vice versa.

Is the online offline function what I need to use or is this going to put the drive offline for the system as a whole.

Thanks for your help.

A:Disk Management - Online/Offline function/Dual Disk OS

You can go to Disk management and remove the drive letter for "D".

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I am facing problem of unable to shrink c drive in my windows 7 home premium.I have read everyone writing in about not to change the hard disk to dynamic type,but after partitioning one time using disk management now all my partitions are dynamic type & I still have 288gb left in c drive.
I need help.

A:hard disk changed to dynamic type after using disk management

Read this tutorial on how to covert back from Dynamic. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.

A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.


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I've a full system backup and 139 GBs of free disk space, but Disk Management won't allow me to create a new partition to restore the image because I don't have any unallocated disk space. Is my backup image useless?

A:No unallocated disk space in Disk Management and can't create new partition.

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after having an unresolvable problem with my graphics card - i have reinstalled xp and software and was going to image it so if i had to do this again, the problem wouldnt be so severe.

However - I have made my C: drive too small, I need to extend it - I know this cant be done in disk management and partition magic doesnt seem to allow it either. Anyone know any solutions to this - or am I forced to do a reinstall again.

A:Extend boot partition (dynamic disk)?

If you converted to a dynamic disk, you have probably limited your options. When you do your next install do NOT create a dynamic disk, it has no benefits for you, and a lot of disadvantages. You're living with one of those disadvantages now.

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So I've been using Vista Beta 2 (5384) since they announced the public preview, and I've so far had few issues with it. The OS runs fairly smooth, and while being a bit heavy on resource usage, it's performed well in most normal usage.

One small issue I've run into, which so far has me stumped is with the new sound controls in vista. I've figured out the different level management (with levels under the play control properties in my SB audigy 2, and the volume controls available via the taskbar icon) but I'm having trouble with some XP-built apps. An understandable hurdle, but it's troubling, as many of these programs are ones that I use regularly.

So far I haven't had trouble getting Ventrilo, Skype and other such VoIP programs to work, but their integrated sound device controls seem to be inaccessible since vista controls it all quite differently. The bigger problem I'm having right now is with games. So far I've tested SOURCE-based games like HL2 and CS, as well as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, with no problems to speak of, but another title has me stumped. Warcraft 3, once installed (with expansion) and patched, refuses to initialize a sound device at all. It worked decently before patching, but now I can't get sound to work at all. I've tried changing the audio settings in game, as well as running the game in WinXP compatibility mode, but so far nothing's working. I've also had no luck getting War3 to minimize (via alt-tab or ctrl-esc) without crashing. I wouldn't have e... Read more

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A couple of years ago I uploaded Ubuntu and experimented with using it as an operating system for my VAIO laptop. In order to do this I partitioned my hardrive and for a while ran a dual boot system. I didn't take to Ubuntu and decided to stick with Vista, so I deleted it and attempted to delete the temporary partition on my hardrive with no luck.

I have sat on this problem for years, occasionally trying to solve it to no avail. Now my main C drive is nearly full, only 5.59 GB of free space and I need to access this unused partition space and the 9.31 GB of potential it contains. But still I cannot delete this partition, it should be sooo easy, but my system is not operating as text book.

I am in Disk Management, in Computer Management folder.

It is a basic type partition, simple layout that says Healthy(EISA Configuration). But when I right click the mouse over the partition I want to delete, the only icon that pops up says 'Help', it doesn't give me the option to 'delete, shrink or expand volume'

Now I have tried lots of suggestions from the help section, but can't seem to solve why my computer will not allow me to access the necessary options icon to delete this partition.

Can anyone out there help, or has anyone experienced similar challenges?

A:Attempting to delete disk partition in disk management

I suggest that you follow this tutorial carefully. partitioning - How do I remove my Ubuntu partition from Windows 7 and reuse the space? - Ask Ubuntu

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.

A:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.

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I have a internal 3.5" HDD WD Black 2 TB and try to hook it up in the PC but it doesnt not appear anymore in My Computer. It was working few weeks ago. When opening Disk Management it says the disk is not initialized and it didnt state how many GB available on the hard disk (unallocated). Disk Management tried to initialized the hard disk and it pops out the following errors:
1. Virtual Disk Manager: Incorrect Function
2. Virtual Disk Manager: The device is not ready.

I have also tried using a powered USB cable and also connected in directly to the MoBo via SATA but the problem still persist.

I also ran disk part and it shows Disk 3 and Disk 4 as both online but both having size of 0 B

Below is the screen shot of Disk Management. When i right click on the HDD, there are four functions: Initialize Disk, Offline, Properties and Help however the the Initialize Disk function is greyed out.

I have Partition Wizard 9.1 and the attached picture below is the screenshot of the main GUI. It shows bad disk on the particular hard disk
I tried running Partition Recovery Wizard on the mentioned HDD and it shows a partition of only 512 Bytes but none of my files are visible (no preview)

I just need to retrieve the files in the Hard disk as it contains important files and pictures that havent been backed up. Any help and suggestions are welcomed! Thanks

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Hi, I was going to try dual booting Windows 8 on my laptop following a guide I found, and it said to go onto disk manager and shrink a volume to create another volume. The guide after the shrink only had two disks, and I had 5 disks (A recovery disk, HP tools and a blank one, along with my C disk, and the newly made one, named Windows 8 which I have now gotten rid of), after creating the other volume, it said about converting to a dynamic disk, I thought this was normal and clicked okay. After this I researched into dynamic and basic disks and found that only basic disks can contain a volume which is "active", where the BIOS boots Windows from, but because I converted the basic disk to a dynamic, the volume labelled active now doesn't display that it is active. (The guide's disk still said basic)
So now I am worried that my laptop won't boot, so I keep putting it into sleep mode (open and closing it) because this doesn't require BIOS. Please tell me whether it is safe to turn off my computer and turn it back on, I can't afford it not to work.

Here is a picture of my current and only disk on my laptop:

One more thing, I'm sure that the one which said active before was the one with no name on the left.

Thanks for reading :-)

A:Disk management converted only disk to dynamic, will it boot?

From what I've read, the only major difference with dynamic disc's is that it's more flexible, in that it allows you more options in manipulating the disc itself. See link. You are fine with either setup.

Basic Storage Versus Dynamic Storage in Windows XP

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I have a internal 3.5" HDD WD Black 2 TB and try to hook it up in the PC but it doesnt not appear anymore in My Computer. It was working few weeks ago. When opening Disk Management it says the disk is not initialized and it didnt state how many GB available on the hard disk (unallocated). Disk Management tried to initialized the hard disk and it pops out the following errors:
1. Virtual Disk Manager: Incorrect Function
2. Virtual Disk Manager: The device is not ready.

I have also tried using a powered USB cable and also connected in directly to the MoBo via SATA but the problem still persist.

I also ran disk part and it shows Disk 3 and Disk 4 as both online but both having size of 0 B

Below is the screen shot of Disk Management. When i right click on the HDD, there are four functions: Initialize Disk, Offline, Properties and Help however the the Initialize Disk function is greyed out.

I have Partition Wizard 9.1 and the attached picture below is the screenshot of the main GUI. It shows bad disk on the particular hard disk
Click image for larger version.

I tried running Partition Recovery Wizard on the mentioned HDD and it shows a partition of only 512 Bytes but none of my files are visible (no preview)

I just need to retrieve the files in the Hard disk as it contains important files and pictures that havent been backed up. Any help and suggestions are welcomed! Thanks

A:disk not initialized in Disk Management. Device Not Ready.

I submitted this post in tenforums and sevenforums on an old thread. Its better to start a new one. THis is the reply from jumanji from the sevenforums thread. I will continue posting replies on this thread instead
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji

I am still trying to understand your system.

Please furnish the following Information.

1. You have a Windows 10 System. Is it a custom-built one? Built by you?

2.In the Windows Disk Management I see three drives.Disk 0, Disk 1 and Disk 2. All three Internal?

3. You are now trying to plug-in /connect two drives. But both of these cannot be accessed. Right?

Now the crucial question. 4. Where were these drives before? Please give the history of both drives. Both drives data drives? What happened to the system from which they came?

I may not be able to deal with the drives connected to Windows 10 - for I don't know how it will treat alien drives. As I see it both drives are bad ( In Windows 10).

I do understand that you have a SATA to USB adapter. Can you just take one drive - mark it as No 1 --, connect it to a Windows 7 system and post the screenshots of Windows Disk Management and PW screenshot? Always post full screenshots with all information seen and not truncated/cut screenshots.

Mark the other drive as Drive 2, unplug drive No.1 , plug in drive No2 and again repeat the screenshots. We shall not mix driv... Read more

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Hi to all seven forums.
I bought a new 1tb hard disk, and I connected it to my pc as slave, and when I creating the partition in windows seven disk management and right click to creates new partition, it had four option.
1. simple volume
2. spanned volume
3. stripped volume
4. mirrored volume.
plz tell me quickly which option will I click for creating partition..
I want this partitions..
C: 30gb
and the remaining space is equally divided to 3 partition..
plz hurry guys..
I m waiting and stick on this..

A:Need quick help about new hard disk partition on win 7 disk management

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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Unable to start Disk Management. I tried the following without success:

- Check file integrity
- Repair with DISM
- Start the Virtual Disk Service and Volume SHadoy Copy manually and set them to Automatic and Manual (it starts, but Disk Management cannot connect to it)
- Disable Firewall and Antivirus
- Verified that my system is malware free
- Tried opening it in Safe Mode

I'd appreciate any suggestions, thanks

A:Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS)

You might try going to the Services panel (services.msc) and looking at the properties for the Virtual Disk service. Open the Dependencies tab and check that those three services are also running or can be started.

Have you done anything with the utility lately like mount a .vhd or .xvhd file? Is there anything which might be corrupted and causes problems for the Utility with it tries to scan the drives?

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I deleted a partition I had added previously for a Linux OS. After deleting it turned green as in "Free Space" I want that available space given back to C. I have included a screen shot of where I am. I don't know what to do next. The "Extend Volume" Option in C is not activated.

System info included below

Thank you.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name LOGOS-PC
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP G60 Notebook PC
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.65, 12/15/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Logos-PC\Logos1
Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.91 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.27 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.81 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.20 GB
Page File Space 3.91 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

A:"Extend Volume" option on C greyed out. Free space available but how?

I`m fairly certain the entire space has to be deleted down to unallocated space, then you can extend C

I recommend making and using a Partition Wizard Boot CD to do all your partition management.

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My C drive has lot space, nearly 170 GB free space. I do want to shrink C drive, and allocate that memory to another drive to keep files. To do so I am using shrink volume option in device management window. When I clicked on Shrink volume it showing 0 MB is allowed to shrink, even though it has lot of memory unused. Please help.

A:Device Management Shrink Volume is not working on C drive

Hello, check this out please : Disk Management - Shrink Partition

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I read up a bit on this on other threads but none of them are exactly specific to my issue.

I need to expand my C partition by utilizing the free unallocated space on disk D (a separate disk) that I just made by deleting the only partition on there.
I guess this is not possible through windows disk management tools but I didn't want to start downloading any 3rd party software for this before I got some guidance from here.

Please take a look at the following screen and let me know if using the 238.38GB of unused (unallocated space) I can extend the C partition without having to delete that partition, having to backup the files on it or making images. I already backed up everything I had on the D partition and then went ahead and deleted it through the computer management tool.



A:Can't Extend Partition C into unallocated space on separate internal disk


Disk Management is fairly basic and can only do certain things. For doing what you want that can do it and preserve the data you would need a 3rd party program. There are many free ones on the web but as I haven't used them I cannot say how good they work. I use Acronis Disk Director. If you had pgram like TrueImage you could take a image of the operating System and files then format the HDD to one partition you want and then re-image the HDD.

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I am plying the "Disk Management" in my Vista to try to increasing the volume of (J. However, I found the "extend volume" option for (J is greyed out!
At the moment, the situation (Disk 0 Basic 298.09 GB Online) is:
55MB Healthy (EISA Configuration)
RECOVERY(D 5.12 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition)
OS (C 250.43 GB NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
1.46 GB Unallocated
OS2 (J 41.01 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive)
Do you have any suggestion?
Thank you so much in advance.

A:"extend volume" option is greyed out!

I don't know how large you want J to be but, since the total disc space is allocated, I think you're going to have to shrink your C: drive to get extra space for the J. You don't have much to work with if you only have 55 Mb of free space.

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i have a C: drive containing operating system,having memory 220.27GB.148.82 GB of this memory is free(not in use).
i tried for partition of my disk.i entersd as an administrater.then i go to the computer management where i click on the disk management.
there i found disk 0 containing four partitions :
(1)118MB healthy(EISA configuration)
(2)RECOVERY (D:) 10.00GB NTFS Healthy(primary partition)
(3)OS (C:) 220.27GB NTFS Healthy(system,boot,active,primary partition)
(4)2.50GB Healthy (primary partition)
now i right click on the OS(C:) and choose shrink shows available size of shrink space 37807 in i enter 25600 amount of space to shrink in MB.
now it shows a unallocated partition of 25 GB space.
now i right click on this unallocated partition and click on the New Simple a new simple volume wizard is opened..i click on the next..then using the maximum simple volume 25599 MB again click on the by assigning the drive letter again click on the i choose FORMATE THIS VOLUME with settings as:
1. file system NTFS
2. allocation unit size DEFAULT
3. volume lable NEW
and then i click on the next..finally i click on finish for completing the new simple volume wizard.
you can not create a new volume in this allocated space because the disk already contain the maximum number of partitions.
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Hello, thanks for reading and any help you may be able to offer.

I have a Western Digital external hard drive. Model WD5000C032 500GB. It's an older device that was working just fine on my Mac (I don't know what OS it was running and do not have access to it any longer). I have brought this HD with me and am now trying to use it on my Windows 8.1 lap top. When I plug it in, the device is not assigned a letter. I can search for it in disk management, but it is uninitialized. I have right clicked on the drive to initialize, and receive an error message "the specific disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks." I searched online and found a thread on sevenforums that suggested downloading and using Partition Wizard. I downloaded the program and opened the wizard, but it does not see my hard drive. The screen shot will display as far as I've gotten.

I am completely at a loss. I am NOT computer savvy and all of this is a little over my head. I'm hoping someone will be able to help.

A:Unable to initialize disk in Disk Management

I have tried basic troubleshooting (rebooting computer, unplugging device from wall outlet, unplugging device from USB, switching USB ports). At first I thought it was a problem with the driver, but the properties states that the driver is compatible and up to date. I do not want to lose any data that is on the drive if possible (lots of photos, music, etc.). Thanks again.

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Hi All

I am try to create a new volume from a free space disk which was earlier have ubuntu installed in it.

I delete the partition and then right click on it and select "New Simple Volume".
I select drive "G" and select format as NTFS.
When I click on finish, it give me error "Not enough disk space to perform this operation".

I am attaching the screen shot.

Can some one help me in this regard?


A:Not Able to Format free disk using Disk Management

Thanks Jim.

So what's the sol.?
How can I create a new non-primary partition?

I want to use this partition. please guide.


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This is my first post in this Tech Support Forum,
When i go to Disk Management i am unable to see any disk partitions in that area only i can see the dvd Rom drive no hard disk and its partitions.
I can access the hard disk from explorer, go to any drive it dosent seams any problem there i can able to do whatever i like to there is no issue.
The only problem is that i am unable to locate my hard drive from Disk Management.
Hope I can able to do justice to the question, as i not a very good at computers so bear with me
thanks for any help regarding this issue
thank you for urs help and suggestions

A:Not able to see hard disk partitions in Disk Management

Please attach a screen shot of Disk Management so we can see what your seeing.

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After adding two new SATA hard drives in my computer, I noticed that Disk Management lists SATA Drive C (which contains Win 7) as Disk 2. The other two drives are listed as Disk 0 and Disk 1.

Since I connected SATA Drive C in SATA port 1, I was expecting to see it listed as Disk 0. SATA drives D and E are connected to SATA port 2 and 3 but are listed before the one connected in SATA port 1. Weird!

And since the computer seems to work fine, I'm wondering if the disk numbers listed in Disk Management matter at all? Please let me know if this is normal or if I should change something.


A:Disk numbers in Disk Management matters?

I had the same issue, physically by connecting sata cables disk 1 for XP, disk 2 for Data and disk 3 for Win 7. When initially booting into XP system and going to computer/properties/manage/disk mgr, it showed XP on 0, data on 1 and Win7 on 2. Booting into Win7 and doing the same, the disks were listed as the same, i.e. XP = Win7 = actual physical cable layout. However, on a number of occassions booting into Win7, the drives can be in any order. Machine works and boots OK, guess they are using virtual drives. BTW W7 seems a million times faster than XP Mike

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I ran Computer Management>Disk Management to see the data on all my disk drives. Although all the drives are shown, when looking down the left column I noticed that the number Disk 7 was missing. In other words:
Disk 5 - Removable (Flash Drive)
Disk 6 - Basic (External Drive)
Disk 8 - Basic (External Drive)

So Disk 7 was missing in the listing. I've never experienced that before and was wondering what it meant and whether it indicated a problem.

Any suggestion/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance........

A:Disk Number Missing in Disk Management

Have you removed an external drive recently? Should there be a disk 7 or was there one recently. The system may not have reset the numbers yet.
Have you tried rebooting?

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