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    Partition W7

    Hello everyone;
    In my netbook (250 GB HDD), running W7 Home Premium, I have the C:\ partition (100GB) and another D:\ at approximately 132 GB; I imagine the rest is MBR plus some space W7 reserves for their business, etc.
    I would like to re-size C (maximizing it as possible).
    In the past (when XP), I used Partition Magic 8, (from Powerquest), but it is no longer available.
    I would appreciate members of the forum suggesting me two or three names of recommendable S/W I could explore before buying.
    TIA.

    Daniel Rozenberg

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    Daniel,

    I'd recommend either
    Partition Wizard or
    Easeus Partition Master Home Ed

    Both are Free.
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    Hi Daniel,

    Their is nothing too wrong with the partition sizes you have, it's all down to how you use C: Drive. IMHO its just on the large size, meaning any 'Backups' you make will take longer to make. My C: drive's are only 45GB, on this pc (Laptop), their is over 33GB free space. I only put a few MB's of files on it. I have them plus a lot more stored on 3 external hdd's.
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    Hi RG,
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    Gentlemen;

    Thank you very much for your replies.

    I would dare ask a rather silly question (or rather stupid, if you want to see it that way):
    With XP, resizing C: at the expense of other partitions was straight forward for me: Partition Magic was asking me "from which other partition is the space to be taken"?

    Now, as I am a newcomer to W7, (again) I dare ask to your experience:
    Is the "enlarging" of C: a legitimate operation? Will W7 allow me to do it?

    TIA again;

    Daniel Rozenberg.

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    Now, as I am a newcomer to W7, (again) I dare ask to your experience:
    Is the "enlarging" of C: a legitimate operation? Will W7 allow me to do it?
    You should be able to enlarge the "C" partition at the expense of the "D" partition with the use of Windows 7's built-in "Disk manager". [diskmgmt.msc]
    If not, a free third party tool will do the job nicely. (If the "D" partition is full you will not be able to do this; Ensure you have the space)

    With any partition operation, ensure you that have backups of all your data in the event of an unforeseen failure.

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    My C partition (with Win 7, Office 2010 Pro and many apps) is approx. 75 GB and only about 1/3 full. I could cut that back to 50 GB without a problem. I would also decrease the size of the C Drive a little and reclaim that space in the D Drive. I have both the excellent apps RG mentioned above and both will handle this problem equally well. The Win 7 disk manager will work nicely to downsize the C Drive, but will not be as effective at increasing the D Drive to gain that space. Remember when you increase the D Drive to unallocated space in front of it, the partitioning app needs to move all data presently on the D Drive forward on the HD to reclaim that space. For this chore choose a 3rd party partitioning app.
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    Thanks AGAIN for all your replies.

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    The Win 7 disk manager will work nicely to downsize the C Drive

    It often won't work well for that either. I've tried it a few times and each time it reports that it can only shrink the partition less than desired because of what it calls immovable files. One either has to do some special disk defragmenting or moving of files prior or just go with a 3rd party vendor to get the job done.

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    Perhaps that's why I do not use it for anyhting but basic examination. It did work for down sizing for me, but failed miserably at recovering unallocated space in front of the drive. The 3rd party apps just work so nicely and easily.
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    Re: Windows Disk Management tool:
    I've tried it a few times and each time it reports that it can only shrink the partition less than desired because of what it calls immovable files
    That's almost certainly due to your Page Files, the Registry and NTFS file-system data that can't be messed with while the OS is active.

    I prefer the range of tools from Easeus as mentioned by Retired Geek earlier for all but the most simple partitioning tasks.

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    Yes, I have both EaseUS Partition Magic and Partition Wizard and have used both very effectively.
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    In its day, Partition Magic 8 (the last version of that program) was a very handy HD maintenance tool, but.....
    it was never revised for the newer formats used by Vista, Win-7 and now Win-8. If it doesn't error out first,
    it could make a real mess of the newer drives.

    Just add PM8 to your list of "Old Favorites".

    Newer programs like Easeus Partition Master Home work fine however.
    I just used it a few days ago, to repartition the drive I have Win-8DP installed on.

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    Ok Dr. FAT32 FDISK!

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