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Old 01-27-2018, 05:23 PM
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Can anyone recommend a good one for Windows 7. I have one hard drive divided into disk C which is slap full of programs at 200GB.

The other side is disk D where all my data is and it has 170GB of free space. I need some of that space for the C drive.

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Old 01-27-2018, 05:42 PM
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I am not sure you can partition a drive that has stuff on it already.

might try for redirecting where stuff goes when down loading it
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
Can anyone recommend a good one for Windows 7. I have one hard drive divided into disk C which is slap full of programs at 200GB.

The other side is disk D where all my data is and it has 170GB of free space. I need some of that space for the C drive.

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You don't need a disk partitioning utility. It can be done in windows 7.

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Originally Posted by Alligator4014 View Post
You don't need a disk partitioning utility. It can be done in windows 7.

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The windows 7 disk management utility will let me shrink the D drive but it will not let me expand the C drive afterwords.

Microsoft support says I need a third party utility tool.
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
The windows 7 disk management utility will let me shrink the D drive but it will not let me expand the C drive afterwords.

Microsoft support says I need a third party utility tool.
You need temp storage or enough space freed up on C to move every thing to C and delete D so you can expand C. I can help you make a plan and probably free enough space on C. I do this for a living.
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Top 5 from lifewire... any recs?

https://www.lifewire.com/free-disk-p...-tools-2624950


MiniTool Partition Wizard Free

AOMEI Partition Assistant SE

Active@ Partition Manager

EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition

GParted
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Originally Posted by Alligator4014 View Post
You need temp storage or enough space freed up on C to move every thing to C and delete D so you can expand C. I can help you make a plan and probably free enough space on C. I do this for a living.
Did you say Aomie was a good one?
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ive used easeus. my memory is it worked great. 2 years ago .

that and a couple of others i used show you pretty clearly what they are going to do before they do it.
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https://www.partitionwizard.com/

x2 - free and paid - excellent program!
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I've used MiniTool Partition on windows 2008 severs and it worked great basically the same as win 7
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easeUS is what I've used for stuff like this, probably for a decade or more.
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
Did you say Aomie was a good one?
Yeah
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Originally Posted by Crabcake Tony View Post
https://www.partitionwizard.com/

x2 - free and paid - excellent program!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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There are tools that can do this but I still would not attempt it without backing the whole thing up and at that point you might as well just start over from scratch. Back up the data and use management tools in Windoze to repartition the drive, copy it all back. Personally I would install a separate D: drive. Put all of your "data" on D: and save C: just for the software that gets "installed". You can just copy data but you need to image programs (registry etc)
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IDK. If you are anything like me, you'll be doing the whole juggling for more space in the near future. Might be simpler just to get a new HDD.

Option 1. Get a relatively small SSD HDD (250GB ~ $90), assuming your system is capable of this. Put your OS and software on the SSD. This will significantly speed your system up. Then re-partition your existing drive for data only.

Option 2. A 1TB SATA HDD will set you back ~ $50. A 4TB ~ $100. You can then clone your existing drives to the new HDD and then re-purpose your existing drive either as a spare internal HDD or as an external HDD in an enclosure for backup/storage.

You can leave it hooked up internally if you have room - it will be faster than external. The only down-side to that is if a power-surge/lightning strike potentially fries both your system and backup. I like to clone/backup my system once a month to an external HDD and then turn the external off and put it in a safe. Why so paranoid you ask? I've recently had a near lightning strike wipe out many things including a weather station, irrigation timer, gate - even stuff on USBs with surge protection...

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