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I have been running Windows Vista RTM since it was released to MSDN a little under a week ago. So far, it has been bliss. Nothing major, or even close to major has made me want to switch back to XP. I have had to make some adjustments, but most have been the fault of those who have not made their software compatible (cough Zune) or who have compatible version coming out shortly. But I digress . . .

I filled up my 20 GB C: partition pretty quickly once I migrated all of my data over. And there sat my lonely D: partition with not much data on it. In the past I would have fired up Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director and shrunk the D: partition and then expand the C: partition. As happens with new operating systems that introduce a new version of the NTFS file system, disk partitioning utilities are slow to update official support on their products. It might work, but push come to shove and you are not supported. My next thought was to use the cool new ImageX from the Windows Vista WAIK (also now RTM) and image the installation up, re-size the drives, and then image it back down. Of course, I was looking at an hour-plus to get that done.

I then decided to Live Search (it just doesn't roll off the tongue like Google does) for partitioning tools that were Windows Vista ready and my results led me to a post by Microsoft UK employee Matt McSpirit. He chronicles the new built-in ability for Windows Vista to re-size its own partitions. Built-in! Free! No reboot needed! Amazing! Its a good thing Symantec is diversifying as Windows Vista has now taken a large swipe at three product lines: Symantec Ghost (ImageX), Symantec Anti-Virus (OneCare or ForeFront Client Protection) and now Symantec Partition Magic (Computer Management -> Disk Management).

Did I mention I was able to shrink my D: volume and expand my C: (system no less) volume on the fly without a reboot? Rock on Vista, rock on!

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 1:12 PM Vista | Back to top


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So you had C/D on same disk, shrunk D and expanded C. that works.

However I had the opposite. I wanted to extend D. So I shrunk C fine (although had to use a disk fragmentation tool to move the ntfs metadata. Grr. vista wouldn't do that).

However I could not extend D as that would involve moving the partition - something the built in tool doesn't support.

grr.
Left by nigel on Jan 31, 2007 11:33 AM

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How did you get Vista to allow you to expand the C drive? Expand does not seem to appear as an option when I tried to add the free space to C.
Left by AJ on Apr 24, 2007 2:01 AM

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Are your drive partitions all primary or are the logical? I think this might make a difference to the tool. I will have to look that up when I get time.
Left by Chris Haaker on Apr 24, 2007 8:21 AM

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why do people who should be reading 101 articles write reviews, these features have been around for a while and instead of commenting on the total design flaw with them (being that you cane extend a partition, due to the fact when you shrink the adjacent partition it only takes space from the end therefore stopping you from expanding the previous partition.) so eventually you will be able to do nothing but shrink and not expand. So instead you write about how these features are wonderful, i am no vista power user yet even i can see this is a waste of time for everyone else who is up with the play
Left by spyda on May 13, 2007 1:38 AM

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amen, spyda.

Left by klt on May 20, 2007 4:39 AM

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I am installing my Vista from Toshiba Recovery CD. During the installation i can create only one partition.
Anyone know how to create another partition (D:\) for my remainin HDD space.
Left by Jim on Jul 29, 2007 9:12 AM

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I want to break the EISA Partition of my acer Aspire 4920 and I want to install Windows XP. How can I do it?
Left by Shah Fakhrul Islam on Nov 24, 2007 11:05 AM

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I HAVE A LAPTOP WHICH HAVE A DISK PARTITION AS "C:140 GB"& "D;10 GB" & I HAVE VISTA HOME PREMIUM OS.... CAN ANY ONE GUIDE ME TO SHRINK PARTITION AS C WITH 40 OR 50 GB AND D DRIVE WITH 100 GB,,....
Left by SAJJA JANARDHANA GANESH RAO on Feb 27, 2008 7:38 AM

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I have windows vista on my laptop i have only one drive i wanna create one more partition can any one suggest any free tool for this.
Left by zaheer akhter on Mar 21, 2008 2:13 AM

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I tried to delete D drive in Vista and expand C drive so as to have one big C drive. D became unallocated space and the option to expand C drive is grayed out. After trawling thru countless forums I found thosands in the same boat. Finally the Microsoft site no less told me to use 3rd party software. How humilating for Microsoft! I have Paragon Partition Manager on order as it says it can do this - Manage disk partitions Easily resize partitions to redistribute free space, expand or shrink the system partition, merge 2 partitions into a single partition. Convert to different file systems and more.
http://www.saversoftware.co.uk/details-6164.htm
Left by CapnX on Apr 18, 2008 12:47 PM

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i have a laptop lenovo with have only one one c drive 144gbwith vista home premium,
what is the possible way to make partition in my pc.
Left by robin thomas on May 09, 2008 9:53 AM

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Hi,
I have got a Laptop with C drive(220 GB) and D drive(10 GB)with VISTA OS. I want to split the C drive into multiple partition so that my OS files remain intact. I tried doing it through the disk manager. I selected the Shrink Option and tried to create a new partition on the unallocated space created but was unable to do so. It showed as maximum no of partition exceeded. Kindly help me out in this regard.

Thanks,
Avinash
Left by Avinash Baid on Jun 28, 2008 1:31 PM

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This all is shit!
Vista Sucks.. My problem is as simple as this.
I have a Sony vaio. I have 176gb allocated in C:/. Which sustains My o/s. I wanted to partion/shrink/ what ever crap your 'technical lingo calls it' I wanted 4 drives totally ( including c;/) each of 32.5 Gb respectively. dont give me any more bull shit that ' vista hs internal built partition crap'. It sucks as much s other shitty stinks of vista. I can't create a partition and tired of listening to 'microsofts remarks - go to My computer- Disk Management- shrink my ... - and yu can't ceate more than two partition. All you loosers stop f.... each other and talk some valid detals.

Loosers!
Left by Akshay on Aug 10, 2008 10:11 AM

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Just bought a Dell. The disk came with 3 partitions - (1) a smallish Dell one (2) c: with Vista and everything else (3) something else without a name or a drive letter.

The c: was about 200 GB. I used the MS partition tool to shrink it but couldn't go lower than about 100 GB. I then naively tried to create a partition but couldn't because you can only have a maximum of 4 primary partitions on a disk and (1) I couldn't find a way of turning the bit I had cut off from c: into a partition (2) couldn't find a way to create an extended partition.

So, as I see it, the MS tool may be free it is pretty close to worthless.
Left by Allen on Sep 04, 2008 8:48 AM

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my harddisk has 120gb in my vista there is one partation is 1.58gb,34.45gb,40.25gb,22.55gb,20.22gb the last 20.20gb cant frmat why plz help error shw ther is already partation in ur hardisk


Harvinder
Left by harvinder on Sep 11, 2008 1:33 AM

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Hi,
I have got a Laptop with C drive(285 GB) and D drive(15 GB)with VISTA premium 64bit OS. I want to split the C drive into multiple partition so that my OS files remain intact. I tried doing it through the disk manager. I selected the Shrink Option and tried to create a new partition on the unallocated space created but was unable to do so. It showing only one partition with 50 gb after that i am unable to shrink C drive again. Kindly help me out in this regard.
Left by Sandeep on Sep 24, 2008 3:44 AM

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I don't have time to fiddle about with computers: I have better things to do with my life. I bought a computer. I can't use half of the disk space because it is partitioned. All I want is simplicity, i.e. one drive. This should be a simple process for us non tech-heads; it isn't. Therefore it's crap! End of story.
Message to Microsoft and all other software writers: make it simple and make it work!
Left by Jeff Simmons on Feb 14, 2009 7:06 PM

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Poor Jeff thinks he has a life. If you want it to work right, get something besides microsoft. Enough said.
Left by ts on Mar 07, 2009 5:02 PM

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Vista really SUCKS. Why the hell they don't make it optional at the shop. I bought the computer from a pc shop instead of internet to be quick, there wasn;t choice. I had to get the stupid vista. Partitioning and getting image of the disk doesn't work. Only people working for MS are claiming it is easy and works. Vista truly sucks and this forcing of selling vista should be illegal. Customers have to pick the OS as a CD-rom, XP or whatever they want. This is a mono-poly that have to be illegal.
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I have three partation.c d &g.
I want to combine c &g.
i was delet g and it turn unallocated space.
It can't combine with c.
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