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Re: my c drive has a red line through it

Post by Jan2011 on 21st May 2012, 6:37 pm

How about that! I didn't know that you could do that in Vista. I've always used Disk Director.

So what you have to do is to shrink the D partition to free up space that can then be added to the C partition. Once there is some free (unallocated) space available, use that to extend the C partition. Try 20 GB.

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Post by suzonka on 22nd May 2012, 2:11 am

@Jan2011 wrote:How about that! I didn't know that you could do that in Vista. I've always used Disk Director.

So what you have to do is to shrink the D partition to free up space that can then be added to the C partition. Once there is some free (unallocated) space available, use that to extend the C partition. Try 20 GB.
wouldnt I have to shrink the C first, thats the drive with low space ?

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Re: my c drive has a red line through it

Post by Jan2011 on 22nd May 2012, 2:33 am

nope. D has lots of extra space that's not being used. Shrink D by 20 GB. Then you will have 20 GB of unallocated space. It's unallocated because it's not being used by either C or D.

Now, C needs the extra space because it's full. Expand that C into the unallocated space.

Think of it as C and D are rooms in a house. C is a small rooom full of furniture. C is a large room with lots of space that isn't being used. So to make the C room larger, you're going to make the D room smaller by moving a wall. Once the room is made smaller by moving the wall, the C room can use the space that was once in the D room.

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use that to extend the C partition.

Post by suzonka on 22nd May 2012, 5:52 am

@Jan2011 wrote:nope. D has lots of extra space that's not being used. Shrink D by 20 GB. Then you will have 20 GB of unallocated space. It's unallocated because it's not being used by either C or D.

Now, C needs the extra space because it's full. Expand that C into the unallocated space.

Think of it as C and D are rooms in a house. C is a small rooom full of furniture. C is a large room with lots of space that isn't being used. So to make the C room larger, you're going to make the D room smaller by moving a wall. Once the room is made smaller by moving the wall, the C room can use the space that was once in the D room.


Ok now that I can shrink the D drive, how to I use that to extend the C partition.. I never extended a partiton ? and when I do this will this free up the C drive to make the red line go away?

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Post by Jan2011 on 22nd May 2012, 11:49 am

Well, it's going to take some work. You'll have to read the link you posted:

http://www.lytebyte.com/2007/02/19/how-to-partition-in-windows-vista-extend-and-shrink/

Follow the instructions to shrink a partition and then the instructions to extend a partition.

It's a bit involved, but it is straightforward.

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Re: my c drive has a red line through it

Post by suzonka on 22nd May 2012, 12:28 pm

@Jan2011 wrote:Well, it's going to take some work. You'll have to read the link you posted:

http://www.lytebyte.com/2007/02/19/how-to-partition-in-windows-vista-extend-and-shrink/

Follow the instructions to shrink a partition and then the instructions to extend a partition.

It's a bit involved, but it is straightforward.
ok thank you again foe al your help

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