Partitioning Hard Drive in Windows 7 Without Formatting

With the advent of the technical world comes new operating systems each with some more facilities than its predecessor. The same happened with Windows. Recent operating systems like Windows 7 and also Windows Vista has a great dexterity in them that the hard disk can be partitioned, re-sized without formatting your computer. Here, we discuss how to [See also: Re-install Windows by Formatting Computer Without Losing Data.]
Shrinking or expanding the hard drive in Windows 7 can be brought about by a utility program known as Disk Management. How will you delete, re-size, or even create a new partition in this operating system is hereby described below:

How to Partition Hard Drive in Windows 7

First of all go to “Start” and then on the window that appears search for “Computer” and then once you right-click on it another window opens and then you should navigate to the option “Manage”.
Windows 7 Start Menu
At once a new window will open entitled  “Computer Management”. In this new window click on “Storage” and then go to “Disk Management.
Partition Hard Drive Without Formatting in Windows 7
The completion of the second step will give you a view of all the drives present in your computer.
Windows 7 disk management
Among these select the one you want to partition. Then right-click on the selected drive and navigate to the option “Shrink Volume..”.
Create partitioin without formatting hard drive in Windows 7
A new window should open in which the size of the drive before shrink will be mentioned and the available space to shrink will be mentioned , and in the next line you will be asked to enter the amount of space you want to shrink and this will be the size of the new partition.
Caution :The space you enter must be within the limit of the available space displayed above.
Set the partition volume in Windows 7
After entering the values click on the option “Shrink” and wait for the process to complete. The time taken for the operation may be long depending upon the size of the disk and the space to be shrunk. Once the operation is completed a window appears showing unallocated space and the value is exactly the one you entered earlier. Select this unallocated space and on right clicking on it click on the option “New Simple Volume”.
Create New simple volume in Windows 7
A wizard will open up. Go through the wizard and fill in the values required. Usually the value needed to enter is the same one that you entered as the volume to be shrunk.
The drive newly created needs a letter to be assigned to it. Assign any letter of your choice as it does not make any difference.
A Format page will appear and in it carefully notice that the File System selected is “NTFS” . After this is done enter a name for your drive and then click on “Next” and then “Finish”.
New Volume File Format
You have reached your goal. You have partitioned your Hard Drive in Windows 7 without formatting your computer and without the use of any software. Feel free to drop your comments in the comment box.
* Update: This article was written on the basis of a test in Windows 7 Ultimate version. But after getting some readers’ feedback, it seems that the procedure does not work properly in the other versions of Windows 7 like Home Premium etc. So please make sure that you are using Windows 7 Ultimate before applying this method.
** Update: While the procedure works fine in Windows 7 Ultimate version, it does not work in Windows 7 home, starter or other versions properly if the number of partitions exceeds 4. That means if you try to create the 5th partition in your hard disk, this process will not work. If you are in Windows 7 Home or starter edition, make sure that the total number of partitions is less than 4 before you go for a new partition.

You have to make sure that your unallocated drive is not the fifth one. I had to move files from recovery drive somewhere else and merge it with the unallocated one. After that I just followed everything here and it worked like magic. Hope this helps.

** The above solution was posted by one of our loyal reader Hide. Thanks to Hide. Read him at the comment section.
*** Update: Partitioning in Windows 8 is almost similar. If you are facing any problem in partitioning the hard drive in Windows 8 without formatting, let us know.

Partition Hard Drive in Windows 7 Starter Without Formatting

The above method was written on the basis of testing in Windows 7 ultimate version. Later, some reader complained that the workflow was not working for them as they were using Windows 7 Starter. Initially, I could not make out the actual reason and I was also helpless because I did not have the Windows 7 Starter.
But thankfully, one of our reader Hide described the actual thing that happens with Windows 7 Starter Pack. As for your information, Windows 7 Starter does not allow you to make more than four partitions in your hard drive without re-formatting the hard drive. So if you have already four partition in your computer, you are long away from creating a new partition.
Mainly the problem arises when you buy a new computer which is pre-installed with Windows 7 starter pack. For instance, if you’ve bought a new HP Mini 210 Netbook, you can notice that the Windows 7 Starter is already installed there and the about 90% of your total disk space has been allocated for the system drive along with other three small partitions. That means you are not allowed to make any new partition from the greater portion of your hard disk with out formatting.
Eventually, one of our reader Abhishek found out the solution and wrote the total procedure at the comment section. Thanks Abhishek!! But considering about the readers of techtipsapp, I am publishing his solution in the form of a post in this blog.

How to Partition HP Mini 210 Netbook Hard Drive without Formatting

If you have just bought HP Mini 210 netbook, you must have noticed these things:
1. It comes with Windows 7 starter.
2. It already comes with 4 drives in it

  • One as c: drive (NTFS).
  • One as System drive (NTFS).
  • One as recovery drive (NTFS).
  • One drive for HP_TOOLS (FAT32).

Now Windows starter does not allow more than 4 drives. So to partition C: drive into more is out of question. So what shall you do now ?
The solution is very simple. Follow these steps (details of each step is mentioned later):
1. Take a backup of the folder ‘Hewlett-Packard’ in c: drive.
2. Un-allocate ‘HP_TOOLS’ drive.
3. Extend ‘Recovery’ drive to include the unallocated drive.
4. Shrink drive C: to get a new unallocated drive.
5. Use that unallocated drive for a new partitioned drive.
Details of each step:

1. Take a backup of the folder ‘Hewlett-Packard’ (of ‘HP_TOOLS’ drive) in c: drive

A. Go to ‘HP_TOOLS’ drive.
B. Look for folder ‘Hewlett-Packard’.
C. Right click on it then Choose ‘Copy’.
D. Go to C: drive.
E. Right click on any EMPTY space there.
F. Choose ‘Paste’ (NOT ‘Paste Shortcut’).

2. Un-allocate ‘HP_TOOLS’ drive

A. Look at the Taskbar (the thin bar at the bottom of the desktop).
B. Click on the start button (start button = the round button on the left side of taskbar).
C. Look for the word ‘Computer’.
D. Right-click on that word.
E. Look at the box that appears after that right-click.
F. Click on ‘Manage’.
G. Now you will see a window with 3 vertical Panels:

  • Computer Management.
  • Names.
  • Actions.

H. Look for ‘Storage’ under ‘Computer Management’.
I. Look for ‘Disk Management’ under ‘Storage’.
J. Click on ‘Disk Management’.
K. Recall Step-G from above mentioned lines (There we mentioned 3 Panels). Now look in the middle-Panel: ‘Names’.
L. In that Panel find ‘HP_TOOLS’. right click on it.
M. Choose ‘Delete Volume’ and go on clicking all [Next]/[Yes]/[Finish] buttons further.

3. Extend ‘Recovery’ drive to include the unallocated drive

A. Look at the Taskbar (the thin bar at the bottom of the desktop).
B. Click on the start button (start button = the round button on the left side of taskbar).
C. Look for the word ‘Computer’.
D. Right-click on that word.
E. Look at the box that appears after that right-click.
F. Click on ‘Manage’.
G. Now you will see a window with 3 vertical Panels:

  • Computer Management.
  • Names.
  • Actions.

H. Look for ‘Storage’ under ‘Computer Management’.
I. Look for ‘Disk Management’ under ‘Storage’.
J. Click on ‘Disk Management’.
K. Recall Step-G from above mentioned lines (There we mentioned 3 Panels). Now look in the middle-Panel: ‘Names’.
L. Right click on ‘Recovery’ drive.
M. Click ‘Extend Volume’ and go on clicking all [Next]/[Yes]/[Finish] buttons further.

4. Shrink drive C: to get a new unallocated drive

A. Look at the Taskbar (the thin bar at the bottom of the desktop).
B. Click on the start button (start button = the round button on the left side of taskbar).
C. Look for the word ‘Computer’.
D. Right-click on that word.
E. Look at the box that appears after that right-click.
F. Click on ‘Manage’.
G. Now you will see a window with 3 vertical Panels:

  • Computer Management.
  • Names.
  • Actions.

H. Look for ‘Storage’ under ‘Computer Management’.
I. Look for ‘Disk Management’ under ‘Storage’.
J. Click on ‘Disk Management’.
K. Recall Step-G from above mentioned lines (There we mentioned 3 Panels). Now look in the middle-Panel: ‘Names’.
L. Right click on ‘C:’ Drive.
M. Click on ‘Shrink Volume’ and wait with patience (lot of patience).
N. You will see a dialogue box with three text boxes in it. the middle one can be edited.
O. Enter a number in it a way that it is as more as possible, but the number in the 3rd text box should not be ’0′ (zero). Yet there should be atleast 40,000 in 1st box. (I entered 69000 in middle box)
P. go on clicking all [Next]/[Yes]/[Finish] buttons further.

5. Use that unallocated drive for a new partitioned drive

A. Look at the Taskbar (the thin bar at the bottom of the desktop).
B. Click on the start button (start button = the round button on the left side of taskbar).
C. Look for the word ‘Computer’.
D. Right-click on that word.
E. Look at the box that appears after that right-click.
F. Click on ‘Manage’.
G. Now you will see a window with 3 vertical Panels:

  • Computer Management.
  • Names.
  • Actions.

H. Look for ‘Storage’ under ‘Computer Management’.
I. Look for ‘Disk Management’ under ‘Storage’
J. Click on ‘Disk Management’.
K. Recall Step-G from above mentioned lines (There we mentioned 3 Panels). Now look in the middle-Panel: ‘Names’.
L. Try to find a box at the bottom of that middle panel, which has:

  • Thin black slanting stripes.
  • A thick black stripe.

M. Right click in that box.
N. Click on ‘New Simple Volume’.
O. Go on clicking all [Next]/[Yes]/[Finish] buttons further.
Hope this will solve the problem of the new laptop buyers. Though this tutorial has been written taking HP Mini 210 netbook as an example, you can apply this any computer or laptop which is installed with Windows 7 starter.
If you’re still facing any problem, you could try to create a virtual hard disk in Your Windows 7 computer.

145 COMMENTS

  1. hi there,
    i performed the above method on my 320 GB C drive (effectively which was 288 GB) but could only shrink it to 159 GB, while the operating system and other files take only about 25-30 GB or so.
    I need to shrink it more.
    Any help…?

      • Hi,
        In my case I was unable to create partition for 110GB of unallocated(free) space. it was showing an error msg as “There is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation. But I can see the free space is colored in green

    • May be you use disk management to shrink partition, this only can shrink partition to its half size at most. Suggest you use a third software, gparted and aomei partition assistant are ok. http://www.disk-partition.com/tutorials/windows7-extend-system-partition.html maybe this article can help you, I once read it and help me very much for extend system in Windows7.

  2. Like Dheeraj i have same problem.i bought new laptop with HDD 320GB it showed C Drive to be 283GB,as it is said above i shrunk it but it stopped with C Drive size 156GB out of which only 36GB is used rest 120GB is free.I want to reduce more bring it down to 50GB for C Drive.can anyone help???

  3. @Ishwinder: After reading your comment I can only suggest you not to follow this method if you want to repartition your root drive. The best way is to partition by a bootable disk. You can repartition your other partitions applying this method and the result should be positive. Feel free to ask any further question. Thank you.

  4. I bought a new laptop with 500GB HDD. their was only one drive i.e c-drive present. I want to add one more drive without formating my laptop as it is pre-loaded with genuine windows7 home premium.

  5. Thanks for this. I’ve been in there before but didn’t know of the options.
    I like to keep my media separate. Videos on V, Music on M etc.
    It makes it easy to share over the network and map networked drives.
    You just saved me a lot of time. Cheers 😉

  6. Hi, Well I bought My Sony VAIO Laptop from NEwJersey, USA. It had inbuilt softwares and window 7.It has only C drive I want to partition my drive without losing any of my data and even without formating.
    Can this method help me do so? As I do not have any Back Up neither of the window and softwares not even of my data.

  7. Hi,
    I have bought new vaio laptop. Harddisk memory is 320 gb with single frive. I would like to partition this drive in to 4 parts ( appr 80gb*4) without causing any damage to windows files (i.e not formatting the hard disk).. Can u plz provide me the solution

  8. thanks for your imformation regurding divide the memory space in my new sony vaio(model VPCS137GG) laptop having a windows 7 professional 64 bit operating systems.My laptop having 500gb of total capacity hard disc and i have one more questions i have divide the partioning in to two coloum namely C and E the C colon has the 230gb of total capacity and 200gb is free space the widows operating systems installed in this colon, and the E colon has the 221gb of the free space and again i wish to divide the C colon but the computers shows there are no space is available to shrink but the C colon have 200 gb of free memory space how can i split the memory in the C colon atlest divide 100gb balance 100gb is i have reserved the software instlation and system files so plese help me how can i divide the atlest 100gb in C coln.

  9. I repartitined my c: drive with these.Thank you for dear its working.My c drive was 320 gb. I partitioned another 100 MB. Again I try to shrink it for another 40 MB . Its partioned but I cant format it. Showing Maximum partioning had done. There are 14 GBs another partion and another 8 mb patiotion also but drive letters not showing… how can I use the last partioned space…please help

  10. I repartitined my c: drive with these.Thank you dear for this guidlines .. its working.My c drive had 320 gb. I partitioned another 100 MB. Again I try to shrink it for another 40 MB . Its partioned but I cant format it. Showing Maximum partioning had done. There are 14 GBs another partion and another 8 mb patiotion also but drive letters not showing… how can I use these unused space( last partioned space…)please help

  11. i already part the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume.
    i am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volue). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    after i click finish on box.
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Which part i missing? n how to solve this? Can you help me..?
    FYI,
    My OS windows 7 starter.
    Using HP Mini 110-3100(netbook)
    stystem type 32bit
    Intel Atom 1.83GHz

  12. Hi,
    I hv created partition in C drive according ur method but there is a problem when I created partition near about 144 GB there is a message ” you cannot create a new volume in this allocated space because the disk already contains the maximum no. of partitions ” please help me ?

  13. i have partitioned according to this method but their is a problem in formatting the new unallotted drive,it show error”the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk”.”dynamic disks are not supported by this OS”.
    Pls give me the solution.I have 280 Gb C drive i want it to partition it into three drives.

  14. I also have same problem as Dheraaj and Ishwinder, but the issue issue is i don’t know hoe to create a partition using a bootable disk.
    Can you please guide me to do so! it will be a great help.

  15. Insert your bootable disk to your cd drive, press any key to boot fromcd when it prompts to do so and then follow the on screen instructions. Hope you will be able to create partition using the bootable disk.

  16. Hi Tanmay,
    i followed the same pattern to shrink my C drive but i got some issues. I am not able to format the free space. The error reads “You Cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partitions”. Kindly help.

  17. well thanks a lot it did work….bt I wanted to make a bigger partition I only could make partition of only 121GB…my hard disk space is 500GB to be precise 464GB…..is thr any way to make a bigger partition like 250 GB around???? thanks

  18. Hi, I have a Dell with 500GB Hard disk, but its of only single partitioned and i want 4 HarDrives, and one more thing that it contains backup(recovery drive) and a OEM partition so please suggest me a solution.
    Thank you
    Manjunath Hiremath

  19. I already part the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume. I am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volue). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Now all my drives have become ‘Dynamic’, including C-drive.
    Can somebody tell me whether I have done something wrong?

  20. I am stuck just like Pankaj, I’ve this unallocated space of 200+GB now but when create new simple partition get the message “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volue). Are you sure you want to continue?” and then on yes it give the error Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    I am running windows 7 Starter on an HP netbook.

  21. I already part the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume. I am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volue). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Now all my drives have become ‘Dynamic’, including C-drive.
    Can somebody tell me whether I have done something wrong? please help me..

  22. I have done the partition of the disk and i got a new disk.Then afer some days i made partition of that disk again and i was successful but when i clicked finish and got a window written ” you can not creat a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partitions.” now i lose my 80GB of space from the disk. what should i do ? plz suggest.

  23. hello………..
    I am using windows 7 OS .I have a problem that a have only one Drive i.e ‘C'(local Disk(C)).how to partition with out loosing original operating system and installed softwares.
    Please send me solution to my
    mail: nareshreddy1991@gmail.com

  24. I already partition the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume. I am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by the operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Can somebody tell me whether I have done something wrong? please help me..
    i have windows 7 home basic and my laptop is HP G62

  25. Just right-click on the mother drive from where you shrink the partition under Disk management and click on EXTEND VOLUME. You should see the available space when going through the wizard.

  26. Hello,
    Can you please let me know how to partition my C drive (300GB at Present) in my HP Mini Netbook, runs on Windows 7 starter OS.
    I followed the above explained procedure but did not work.
    Any revert is appreciated

  27. about the problem with
    ——
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by the operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    ——
    I don’t know if you’ve already found the way to solve it or not, but I might just post it for those who still can’t find the solution then.
    Well the thing is Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic can’t have more than 4 disk drive. So you have to make sure your unallocated drive is not no.5. I had to merge move files from recovery drive somewhere else and merge it with the unallocated one. After that I just followed everything here and it worked like magic.
    Hope this helps.

  28. @Hide: Nice solution man! I was thinking such logic. But frankly, I was not confirmed as i have not have the Windows 7 starter or home edition. Thanks for this solution and hope the readers will be benefited from here. Thanks again!

  29. boss…pls help
    when i open computer management its shows disk 0 basic 298.09gb (and it shows 4 partitions i.e; SYSTEM 199MB NTFS, C: 281.58 GB NTFS,RECOVERY (D:) 16.22 GB NTFS, HP_TOOLS 103 FAT32..
    NOW HOW TO MERGE WATEVER U SAID AND HOW TO CREATE A PARTITION FROM C: DRIVE….PLS HELP

  30. hey tanmay, first it made recovery dvd, then there was one partition as (HP_TOOLS with 103 mb only), without any assigning letter to it, so i delete that partition.
    then i created a partition giving it a letter F:, and it worked like a zoooommm…
    thanks man….u have been a great help, in future also i would contact u if i get any techincal problem, thanks a lot again…
    would like to know more abt u my friend, if u can give me u r personal mail…thanks so much again

  31. i have partitioned according to this method but their is a problem in formatting the new unallotted drive,it show error”the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk”.”dynamic disks are not supported by this OS”.
    Pls give me the solution.I have 485 Gb C drive. i want it to partition it into three drives.
    model:hp_pavilondv3
    os:windows 7

  32. I want to partition of c: so, I tried about method.I have successfully completed shrinkage of c:.But i cant converted allocated space in another new drive.so can you help me about this?please

  33. Hey thnx for the great guide. I have a dell laptop and 320 GB local C disk. it was not partitioned from before. i have a lot of important data on my laptop which i cannot risk losing. is it absolutely safe to create a partition using this feature? will it create no problems at all? if so then i can go ahead and create a partition.

  34. Hey thnx actually I successfully made the partition. But I have a new problem. Like I said I had all my data in local C. So i shrunk the volume by the available 96 GB and created a partition of the same size. Then i transferred my personal data to the new drive. Which was about 90 GB. Now I cant shrink my local C any further. There is 104 GB free space but yet when I try to shrink it, it shows 0 MB available shrinking space. I dont know what to do. If this does not work out the new partition is a complete waste. Please help!

  35. hey very nice nd intelligent information but i have a doubt….
    I m using hp laptop with home basic….referring to the backup of hp tools that Hide mentioned, which folder of’Hewlett Packard’ should be copied, the one from ‘program files’ or that from ‘profram files(x86)’…..plz reply….
    Also does it mean only one disk can be created after shrinkin c:

  36. Hey Tanmay. Sorry for the latency… However I couldn’t create a bigger partition more than 15 MB even after defragmenting… so I backed up my data and formatted the C: drive … and that solved the problem. However a big “thank you” to you for answering really fast!
    Bye

  37. I m getting an error message that windows cannot create a new partition.I hve already perform these steps the actual size is being reduced from my c drive but i cannot see the newer partition.
    my c drive is 400gb and it now shows only 200gb.
    what should i do

  38. hi sir, i m using windows 7 home premium edition, recently i brought lenovo z560 laptop it has 400gb partition in c drive and 30 gb in d drive.i have tried all the procedures and cannot find the solution.
    the disk size has been reduced from the c but the another partition cannot be seen.What should i do???? i hve 3 laptops to do these

  39. the drive that i created is unallocated and i cannot delete it. i m using windows 7 home premium edition. the c drive is reduced by 200gb and i cannot see in computer

  40. there is no option for extend,from the drive which i shrinked.i downloaded easeus partition manager and the entire search criteria could not determined the unallocated space. what should i do

  41. After seeing dheeraj, ishwinder followed by tanmay comment, i repartitioned the root drive using Gparted to shrink it to 50GB, then i left with 230 GB free space 🙂

  42. I want to increase the size of my F drive … and shrink from D drive … Both drives have important data … Dont want to format anyone of them … so what should i need to do ??? is there any use full solution for me to increase the size of F drive shrinking from D drive ???
    Waiting for your response …

  43. My Hard disc is crashed when i followed above description to partition my Hard disc.Now, it will not show boot screen it will just show only Intel Pentium 4 Is my hard disc crashed or show other problem is appeared so, guys can u help me?

  44. Hi, I bought one new laptop SONY VAIO and HD space is 320 GB though it is showing only 284GB with only one drive C. I want to make another 2 partition without formatting my laptop and OS is Windows 7 Home Premium. Will this method help me to solve my problem?

  45. Hi Tanmay, I found this sight when i was goggling how to divide hard drive,and as i read most of the commenttaters hear are for the same reason and I also want to divide A 320G.B drive c hard disk on Packard Bell Note book, and I will post my results after doing so,just want to thank in advance for finding the Info.

  46. i have partitioned according to this method but their is a problem in formatting the new unallotted drive,it show error”the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk”.”dynamic disks are not supported by this OS”

  47. According to my practice, there are some restrictions on Windows Disk Management, such as Create Partition, Extend Volume and Shrink Volume.
    Take Windows 7 for example:
    Create Partition: When creating partition, you cannot decide the partition type. After creating three primary partition, the forth will be automatically created as extended partition. In such case, you cannot shrink C drive to create new partition, you will receive error message: you cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains maximum number of partitions.
    Shrink Volume: 1. you cannot decrease the allocated space beyond the point where the unmovable files are located. 2.the unallocated (shrunk from primary partition) or free space (shrunk from logical drive) only can be created at the end of the partition. This restriction will limit “Extend Volume” feature.
    Extend Volume: This function only can extend partition into contiguous unallocated space which is at the right side of the partition (behind the partition).
    The Advanced Windows 7 Disk Management can avoid the above restrictions. Learn more please visit:
    http://www.partition-magic-windows7.com/res/disk-management-windows-7.html

  48. Hi there Tanmay, I’m using Windows 7 and have partitioned my hard drive using your very valuable instructions for which I thank you so much. Unfortunately I partitioned the new data drive at a smaller size than I should have (1000G hard drive split to roughly 500G each drive) and would like to undo the partitioning and start again. I wonder if you can advise me as to how I can do that please. Thank you in anticipation, Dave.

  49. please help me i want to create partitions of disc c: and i got the same problem of dynamic disk
    also i want to know how to create recovery disk
    do i have to cpy the recovery drive contents to dvd and then merge it to the unallocated space
    and then proceed with the steps you told
    please help

  50. Hi…will this work on Windows 7 Home Basic, too? My system is HP Pavillion DM1-3014 notebook. It had only 2 drives (C and another for recovery – ‘D’ drive). I want more partitions for saving important files. Is this a safe method? Will i lose any data/installed progs/files during the process?

  51. I already partition the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume. I am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by the operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Can somebody tell me whether I have done something wrong? please help me

  52. thanx man this was really very usefull for me it took me somuch time to figure out how to format it but through this it became very easy for me
    thankyou so much for your help

  53. Hi i have some problem in opening cmd,taskmanager,manage,etc..
    if i try to open manage is shows an error message as “This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the default programs control panel”
    and if i try to open cmd it shows an mess as
    “Windows cannot find ‘C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe'”
    Can some one help me……………………..

  54. hii,sir i fallowed same procedure and i did i partation..and i tried for another partition but i loss 100gb ..it shows its unalocated storage..how to gain that space ..i fallowed same procedure above u lold ..but its not workout please sujjest me how to gain that space???

  55. hi, i had recently purchased a DELL XPS i502X….it has 750 gb HDD,6 gb ram,i5 2.3 gh…it comes with single c drive only..& also it is preloaded with windows 7 home premium 64 bit….my laptop is fully empty right now..
    i want to shrink my c drive to 100gb..
    can i do so??
    is the procedure explained above works with my config…
    if procedure fails what r the impacts??
    pls tell me…!!

  56. Hello sir ,
    Goodevening.I have now new laptop from dell vostro . I have some problem pls help me. problem as when iwas run new windows that time i show c drive 465 GB but they write 500 GB and I was search and I was found there is a partation drive D but thats drive was deney or not working SO Now i knew my computer had problem for the partation so how to recover my loss GB Can you healp me pls.Thank you very much for you help.lalit kunwar

  57. …Unfortunately, I’ve tried d above steps on formatting win7 HD before I realized it wont work for win7 home basic. It has left my hard disk wit a crash dump as its property. Is my HD still in gd cond. & Can ds be rectified? Tnx.

  58. r/sir very vary thanks for ur precious guidence , i done the partition as per ur guidence in my toshiba laptop preloaded
    windows-7 Homepremium. it is vary easy.
    i want to told u that this method works in windows 7 home premium.
    I doesn’t have any software of my laptop it was preloaded u.s. version Toshiba-L655 s5158.

  59. I’m using windows Home Premium .I used this partition technique .Aftern that i came to know that my HD is already partitioned into 4 parts and i tried divide it into 5 th part.so it is nt partitioned and the space became unallocated space.how can i use that unallocated space .
    plz mail me about thi…..

  60. 1. i already part the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume.
    i am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volue). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    after i click finish on box.
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Which part i missing? n how to solve this? Can you help me..?

  61. i have 160 gb hdd of wd in my laptop.i have problem in partation of hdd.i had formatted it.but it shows only 149 gb and when i again make partition then it takes only 152626 mb of 1st part.it is not take more then it and it shows
    the size must be at most 152626 mb
    what should i do ??
    plz tell me
    i want 3 part 20gb, 25 gb, & remains

  62. i have made partition using this method but that new drive does not come in My computer. It comes in a c drive of my computer…please tanmay help me for this…..

  63. hey i have a question,i accidentally converted my primary disk slave into a dynamic drive which turned it a RAW. how can revert it to NTFS without formating my slave?thanks in advance.

  64. when i do the above mention process it doesnt shw me the available it just only shows “Querying volume for available shrink space, please wait …” afetr tht it doesnt respond … how to solve this issue
    win7 home premium 64 bit 500 gb hd vaio

  65. hey,
    im facing a problem of “Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters”
    Can you please suggest me how to merge and create the partition..

  66. hi friends please help me.
    i bought new hp g6 laptop, there is two partitions one is c: and other one is d: drive there is recovery and i don’t want to keep my data in c: drive how i can make one more drive to keep my data there. is there any way to make another drive in windows7 home without formatting.

  67. I need to partition my new sory vio laptop, I heve only C drive with me please let me know how to get the D drive and E drive add on my laptop, I jus want 100 gp in C drive , 80gp in D drive & 80 in E drive. please help me

  68. This thing does not work. It does not divide the disk the way they should be. I have 160 gb hard disk and only C drive 32 gb free but I could only have a new drive of 1.71 gb and i still have 30 gb free in the C drive. I could not transfer this space of 30 gb to the new disk that I created. This method sucks! I am very disappointed!

  69. What to be do to add space to already created partition.Suppose I had create a new volume/partition using this above concept but I want to allocate this newly created memory to any partition like splitting from 1 partition & merging to any partition like c:,D: or any other drive..then what is the procedure to do it..If I want to add this newly created partiotion without formatting but want to add this newly created space to C: then what is the procedure to do it…Plz help……

  70. i am using windows 7 home premium, i have two drives c-250gb and d- 30 gb….i follwed ur steps for partition….but the new vol was not created….but the shrinked vol s in unlocated space…pls give solution for this…

  71. hi
    when i installed windows 7 in my pc, unfortunatly i forgot to create partition.. so here 100gb is been wasted. so with ur helpfull tips i tried to create the partition for that 100gb of memory. here when i’m about to finish, fianlly i got an error message “sorry u dont have enough space on disk(s) to perform this action”..
    please help me out..
    thnq in advance

  72. i bought a new laptop , my C drive is having 580gb, how can i partition the drive, i am using the above method but its not working for me, i am using windows7 home basic, plz let me know the suggestions

  73. Hi, Well I bought My Sony VAIO Laptop It had inbuilt softwares and window 7.It has only C drive I want to partition my drive without losing any of my data and even without formating.
    Can this method help me do so? As I do not have any Back Up neither of the window and softwares not even of my data.

  74. Hello sir and friend how are you? i was so tired because i have dell laptop and windows 7 home 32 bit but my Internet something crack so i want to re install from windows 7 disk but they gave me windows 7 professional 64 disk but they write yours computer already install and use rot re install this disk write inside the disk can i install from that disk but 1 time i try and came message no same version so how to install or can i use 64 version also pls send me message or reply me pls. thank you for help.lbkunwar@gmail.com

  75. hii
    i m using windows 7 home basic, 450gb hd.
    i have done with my 1 partition but when i m tryin for another partition the error comes that the drive contains number of partition.so how to solve this problems.
    help me…

  76. Thamks alot worked as a beauty, i had my pc custom made and was stressing on that fact that it only came with a single volume as i prefer to have all my data stored on a different partition than windows just in case of viruses…. and i think its wise to install all hanky panky softwares on a diff. one …….happy to have achieved this without formatting 🙂

  77. hi i tried to make the partition of my c drive in window 7 home basic but after completing the last step i m getting some warning……….
    the operation you selected will convert the selected basic to dynmic disk(s).if you convert the disk to dynamic you will not able to start installed operating system from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume) .are you want to contiue….
    what shall i do…………..

  78. cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains maximum number of partitions
    and when i go to my computer the c drive is fragmented to its half value and the other half is not there .what to do?

  79. Hello,my hard disk contains two operating system windows xp and windows 7 with 4 partitions , now i want to merge first two partition n install windows 7 in the hard disk using window 7.

  80. hi, i almost decided to format my genuine version of windows 7 to partition my hard disk… thanks to u n ur step by step help on shrinking disk space i cud achieve what i wanted… thank u… u rock!!! 🙂

  81. Friends I have windows 7 basic home edition installed and i want to create partition….but when i shrink the basic disk(local disk c)it shows that you cannot create a dynamic disk on this operating system….some of my friends have done the same but they have succeed to do so…if anybody have got some idea about it plz inform me at the same path….

  82. you can not create new volume in this unallocated space because this disk already contains the maximum number of partitions. I tried to create new drive dividing from C:. My C: drive was previously 420GB, but now it is showing 304GB and the new drive I created is not there. How could I get my lost space back? Can anyone please suggest a solution?
    Please do the needful.

  83. hi i tried to make the partition of my c drive in window 7 home basic but after completing the last step i m getting some warning……….
    the operation you selected will convert the selected basic to dynmic disk(s).if you convert the disk to dynamic you will not able to start installed operating system from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume) .are you want to contiue….
    what shall i do…………..

  84. Greets.
    I bought yesterday (14/2/2012) a new Toshiba Sattelite laptop (L750 series). When I first turned-on it, I saw the 650GBs’ HDD devided in two similar partitions: in the C: there were Win7 Premium 64bit (with tones of useless “Toshiba Utilities”) and in D: a folder with (probably) recovery image files.
    My problem is this:
    a) I don’t want 2 partitions and more, I don’t want them SIMILAR SIZED.
    b) I want a “clean installed” Win7 version, without all these rubbish applications from Toshiba.
    So, naturally, I need to FIX the partitions as I want, and then boot from DVD with the OS’ disk and re-istall the Win7s from scrach.
    How am I suppose to do so? I never CHANGED/FIX partitions before, I just MADE partitions in a single large HDD.
    Respond please, if you may.

  85. i already part the disk. but i have one problem when i want to create a new simple volume.
    i am following same procedures as you but there dialog box saying that:-
    “the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volue). Are you sure you want to continue?”
    after i click finish on box.
    Then i click Yes to continue, but then there another box appear saying:-
    “Dynamic disks are not supported by thi operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters.”
    Which part i missing? n how to solve this? Can you help me..?
    FYI,
    My OS windows 7 home basic.
    Using HPg42(netbook)

  86. HI,im trying to install my 500gb external hardrive i was try to get it recognized by my computer and then i had finally got it showing that its there and highlighted in green at disk management.And then i wanted to do this to my other external 2tb hardrive and then i connected it and then nothing and i reconnected the 500gb harddrive and it showed nothing.I tried something right now.i connected my 500gb hardrive and my comuter is only recognizing 3 gb and my not sure if this would be the 500gb hardrive,i think it is though.Can you please help me here and also so that i can use my 2 tb harddrive.If theres a way to not delete anything on the hardrives that would be good,if i need to format the hardrives that would be alright to.Please let me know.

  87. Hi , I am getting following error "Dynamic disc are not supported by this operating system or server configuration.Dynamic disc are not supported on cluster." I have done all above procedure and got 10 GB Unallocated space but i am unable to name it as drive . Please help.

    • Hi, i already have two partitions. problem is, D: is bigger than C:. is it possible that I transfer some spaces from D: to C:? If so, how? If i am not mistaken, the instruction above is just for creating another partition, right? Please advise on how to repartition my current partitions without adding adding another partition and without re-formatting my computer. Thanks a lot!

  88. After partition when i restart my system. the error occurred “no such partition”.
    This error occurred before starting of windows. Please tell what i do

    • It is not possible to answer your question without knowing your system configuration. Should you have to describe your problem completely. Like how many partitions did you have in your hard disk before you apply this technique etc.

  89. I’m not able to part my C Drive… its showing Size of available shrink space [ 0 ] what to do?
    here is the screenshot of it http://i40.tinypic.com/mrczyr.jpg

  90. Instead shrinking I have deleted a volume disk of 135 GB. After deleting, it shows as a free space and not in unallocated space and when I tried to create a new simple volume it shows an error of there is no enough space in disk how can I get back that 135 GB space?

  91. Hi there. Help please. I have HP Elite Book laptop. It indicates that the disk’s C drive is 148gb but when I check my disk D it shows that disk is not available. I don’t understand this because I am new to laptops. I thought that they do come with both disk d and c. Could somebody tell what is this all about? Is the disk not there or what? Please, I am almost running out of disk space in my C drive and my laptop speed is getting lower.

  92. My system shows 90GB free space with green color in memory management but when I am trying to allocate or shrink that memory it shows an error message that memory can not be allocated because of insufficient memory space. I tried configuring less amount of memory allocation but the same message come for different configuration. My disk drive is of 520 GB.

  93. You need to add partitions to your hard drive. Save 25GB for windows on your “C” partition. Add a second small partition to install just programs maybe 4GB, depending on how big the programs are that you use. This way when you reinstall your programs to that partition, they should return to the state/configuration that you last left them in. You do need to install your programs to this partition and remember to choose the partition again when you reinstall them. Then use the rest of your hard drive space to make a third “data” partition. Save all your data there (pictures, music, documents…). Now you can reformat your windows system partition, reinstall windows without affecting your data and configuration of your programs. It is a hassle, but it is necessary as windows always starts to slow down over time and always needs to be reinstalled to get your original computer speed back. It’s also a lot less hassle than starting from scratch. Backing up your date to another source, reconfiguring all of your programs… Right click on my computer, click on manage, go to storage>disk management to add, delete, name/rename and format partitions. You can search on this to get more details. Lastly, another benefit of this structure is fast defragmentation. The program installation folder rarely changes and defragments in seconds. The data area also changes rarely and will defrag in a few minutes. Since the windows system partition is always changing, it also now is isolated from the others and will defrag in a few minutes.

  94. While extending or shrinking hard disk partitions, there is huge probability of your system become inaccessible or unbootable. Sorry to say, but it may compromise stored hard disk data and prevent you to access important files whatsoever.
    In such circumstances, there is no other way than fixing the corrupt MBR or replace bootmgr file. Startup repair is an inbuilt utility to repair your computer and tutorial mentioned below could guide you well:
    Hope this helps!!

  95. It’s showing “You cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partition.”
    But i have only 3 partitions.

  96. I have 500GB hard disk which has 3 partitions which are dynamic in nature without primary partition.But 1 partition is showing bootable format with windows 7 that too not primary.I want to install ubuntu in a seperate 20GB drive.But while installing this type of partition is not allowing me to install in a seperate drive.Please help me.

  97. My Hard disk is of 500 GB divided into C and E of 250 each.
    Recently I had to use recovery disk as my Windows broke down.It formatted and re-installed windows on my C drive.
    Now when I click MY Computer it shows Drive C and Drive E,however I am not able to access my E drive, it says ‘Application not found……Shifted to Some other Location..etc.’
    However in Disk management I can see Disk 0 with C Drive being Primary Partition and E drive being Extended Partition.But I cannot access my E drive.
    Finally I shifted to safe mode and went into disk management and could copy my E drive on my external Disk.But still I am not able to access my E drive from My Computer.
    Can anyone please help!

  98. I had shrunk local disk c according to your method and then I restart my laptop. My laptop do not get start how can I start my laptop help me guys that was presented by friend with full of love I hope you guys will help to open my laotop

    • There is something you did wrong. Now if you allowed to convert your disks into dynamic drive then there is no way rather than re-partitioning your hard drive which will lose all the data. Though you can try a live Linux cd/dvd to recover the data before partitioning.

  99. I had shrunk the local disk c all my local disks had converted to dynamic. My lap top does not starts how can I start without losing anything help me guys.

  100. Big thanks! It really works on my laptop having 500 GB Windows 7.
    I was able to partition my harddisk into 3. C into 220GB,
    F into 130GB and G into 90GB.
    Thank you brother for sharing me this article.
    Very HELPFUL!

  101. i have 5oogb of HDD(win7 ultimate system) but there shows only two drives which contain 146.38 and 146.48 of space.help me to find my extra volume.you can email ur precious suggestion on –

  102. This is really an awesome info. I need this article. I am Windows 7 user and I need to create a partition on my hard disk.So I am really grateful to you. Thank you for sharing such an article.

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