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    I would like to extend my Windows 7 primary partition to use the free 86 Mb on the same disk, but the extend option is grayed out in the Disk Management utility. Is there a way to do this?

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    Hi Richard, and welcome to the Lounge!

    You will find a third party partition manager more useful in a situation like this. Try Partition Wizard here . It is compatible with Win7 32 or 64 bit editions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Silverberg View Post
    I would like to extend my Windows 7 primary partition to use the free 86 Mb on the same disk, but the extend option is grayed out in the Disk Management utility. Is there a way to do this?

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    Richard, I would also like to welcome you to the Lounge.

    Is there a compeling reason to keep the Win 7 RC as well. I see that also occupies approx 86 GB of space, but now that you have Win RTM installed, you might want to consider reclaiming that space as well. I also use Partition Wizard (Free). It is very user friendly and will reclaim space both behind the primary partition and ahead of it. I used it to reclaim the manufacturer loaded recovery partition (Vista) since I never want to go back to Vista again.
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    Hello Ted. You wrote : I also use Partition Wizard (Free).

    Good on you. I use gParted and I find that when resizing a partition, it takes a long time. I realize that it has to "slide" down or up the addresses of the next sectors for continuity. Is Partition wizard also slow in this regard ?

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    It's been a while since I used it, but if my old memory serves me it was reasonably fast. I was pleasantly surprised how well it performed. I found Gparted somewhat techy and less user friendly.
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    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    I use the above tool (this one only works for 32bit, not for 64bit). It takes about 5 minutes to reduce the size of a partition, create and format a new partion in the unused space. (It does have to reboot the computer to do this and I am not counting the restart time)

    The above is taking a 250gig disk that is in one partion, reducing the primary partion to 100gb and creating a new 150gb secondary partion and formatting the new partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Silverberg View Post
    I would like to extend my Windows 7 primary partition to use the free 86 Mb on the same disk, but the extend option is grayed out in the Disk Management utility. Is there a way to do this.
    Another way to do this would be to delete the "M" partition, extend the "G" partition to the left and then shorten the "G" partition from the right. Finally extend the "C" partition to the left. At any rate, this will have to be done in stages.
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    Thank you all for your excellent suggestions. I am now ready to proceed with Partition Wizard to recover the entire drive for Windows 7. However, I'm a bit nervous about re-sizing the disk with my operating system! I would like some assurance that this procedure is really safe. My data is, of course, backed up, but I would be very, very unhappy if I had to re-install Windows and all my apps. Thanks again!
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    I have never experienced destruction with resizing when the proper tool was used. However, before making ANY major changes, spending 30 minutes creating an image is pretty cheap insurance.

    I use the following...


    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

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    Make sure you have an imaged back up your data. No one else will be responsible for your data loss.
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    I used Partition Wizard with no problems. I have repartitioned, recovered space and never lost any apps or data. This is perfectly safe. The app works fantasticcally. Definitely image first.
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