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Hey all,

I recently bought a new laptop off newegg. Being the impatient person that I am, I set it up completely and installed all of my software and copied all of my music and pictures onto it without realizing that the 500GB hard drive in it was partitioned. My primary partition (C:\\) is only 119GB, while there is a 330GB secondary partition.

Disk management doesn't allow me to extend the primary partition, I've tried to use gparted to no avail, and I can't seem to think of any way to extend my C drive to use the entire HDD without reformatting and reinstalling Windows.

Any ideas?

TL;DR: How can I extend my primary partition containing my OS to span my entire hard drive?
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Use Partition Magic. Should be some free/trial versions if you seach it.

I'm assuming it's XP.
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Use Partition Magic. Should be some free/trial versions if you seach it.

I'm assuming it's XP.
Sorry, it's Windows 7 x64, specs are on my sig. I tried Partition Magic but get the error "Init Failed: Error 117. Partition's drive letter cannot be identified"
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So, for some strange reason, Disk Management just let me extend my primary partition. For anyone else looking for closure on this, here is exactly what happened.

I first tried to use the built in Windows imaging software. I created an image of my OS, then used an extra 7 install disk to erase the second partition and reformat the drive. I then tried to restore the system image to the now unpartitioned hard drive, hoping I would be able to create a full one, however the imaging software repartitioned my drive to exactly how it was when i created the image. No luck

I then tried to use gparted, but no no avail. It wouldn't even boot.

I tried to use the software mentioned above, but got the results displayed

I then tried to go back into Disk Management. I first chose the option "Delete Volume". For some reason, this caused my computer to BSoD. When it restarted, I went back into Disk management and chose "Delete Partition". Then, miraculously, I was able to select Extend Partition on my primary, which I was unable to do before. Good luck to anyone else having this issue!
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