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post #1 of 15
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I am currently using a 500GB WD hard drive, when I first got it (I am pretty sure) all 500GB was allocated to one partition, C:\. However, my C:\ partition is currently only 200GB and even with 46GB 'unallocated' and 139GB 'free space' I cannot extend the partition past 200GB.

This is very annoying as I want all the space on one partition as I am currently not dual booting and I am using up 195GB of space on my primary partition..

Is there any way to restore the original 500GB to one partition, or at least exceed the 200GB 'barrier'?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 15
Paragon partition manager will let you do all sorts of flash resizing without need to reinstall

Free version here - http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/
post #3 of 15
paragons backup and recovery will let you do that kind of restore I think, depending on how you did the backup in the first place.
post #4 of 15
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Tried it. Same problem. The max I can extend C:\ to is 199GB, the max D:\ can go to is 123GB, leaving me with 140GB unallocated space. So essentially I HAVE to have 3 partitions of 123GB, 140GB and 199GB. Why can't I have just 1 partition?
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You could try using GParted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/) or a Linux LiveCD.
    
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How are the partitions and free space located on the drive? Can you open up your partitioning software to show us? Something like the following is what we are looking for. That might make it easier to tell us what recommend you try next.

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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by veblen;13421454 
You could try using GParted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/) or a Linux LiveCD.

if this doesn't work, backup data to external drive then repartition and reformat.

A hassle I know but sometimes its the only way.
post #8 of 15
Before we waste time doing it the long hard way, let's see if we can determine the partition placement on the drive first. I'm betting that has something to do with it.
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I re-installed windows on D:\ for now. C:\ still has all my stuff on it.

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post #10 of 15
So you have Windows installed on two different partitions? That is part of the problem. You can try using Easeus Partition Manager Free http://www.partition-tool.com/ to see if that will allow you to extend one of the partitions into the unallocated space. I've found it easier to use and more versatile than the Paragon version. You might have to use the self booting CD though that you create from the program as that sometimes works better than resizing partitions from within Windows itself.

But at this point after installing a send version of Windows your best bet is to backup all of the data, wipe the drive, then install a fresh install of Windows to a single partition. By doing that second Windows install you made it more difficult to do what you wanted to do.
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