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I need help managing the "Free space" partition in the disk management

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December 9, 2013 10:01:34 AM

First of all, I'm pretty bad with this kind of thing in computers (I don't really understand it) so bare with me. ;) 

A few months ago, I had Linux installed on my machine to mess around with. I put it alongside windows 7 in a partition. After a little while, I wanted to uninstall it, so I did, I removed the partition (I think) and deleted GRUB. There is now no mention of Linux on my system, so I assume I uninstalled it correctly. Just today however, I noticed that my disk space is running low, when I *should* have another hundred gigabytes. I opened up the disk management thing where it shows the partition. Lo and behold, there's a green box with 100 GB "free space". (In My Computer it shows I have 35 GB free.) What I'm wondering, is how do I put that on my C: drive, without losing data? (I'm a bit afraid to do it myself.)

Here's a screenshot of the disk management:
http://i.imgur.com/5dKyZi5.png

Can someone clear this up? :) 
a b G Storage
December 9, 2013 10:24:26 AM

You have to right click "Extend Volume". As in my picture except im using all of my harddrive for my C:\ drive: but you'll get what im saying anyways:
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December 9, 2013 10:29:25 AM

ldewitt said:
You have to right click "Extend Volume". As in my picture except im using all of my harddrive for my C:\ drive: but you'll get what im saying anyways:

So do I do that on the C: drive or the free space partition?
EDIT: I see now that the free space doesn't have that option. But on the OS C:, just like your picture, it's grayed out.
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a b G Storage
December 9, 2013 10:32:39 AM

You right click the C: drive and click extend volume
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a b G Storage
December 9, 2013 10:38:14 AM

So after you right click C: drive and click extend volume you will see this type of box(it wont show you exact because i only shrank my volume 1GB for the purpose of showing you) yours will be somthing like: 102400MB if you have 100GB free.

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December 9, 2013 10:38:28 AM

ldewitt said:
You right click the C: drive and click extend volume

But it's grayed out... I can't click the extend volume in the right click menu.. :/ 
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a b G Storage
December 9, 2013 10:40:04 AM

what options does it give you when you right click your "free space" instead of c:
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December 9, 2013 10:43:41 AM

ldewitt said:
what options does it give you when you right click your "free space" instead of c:

New simple volume...
New spanned volume... (grayed out)
New striped volume... (also grayed out)
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Delete partition...
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a b G Storage
December 9, 2013 10:49:52 AM

delete partition. Then do the steps i've stated. If done correctly you will see unallocated and the color will be black, then you can move onto right clicking c: and extending volume.
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December 9, 2013 10:59:31 AM

ldewitt said:
delete partition. Then do the steps i've stated. If done correctly you will see unallocated and the color will be black, then you can move onto right clicking c: and extending volume.

Thanks! That did the trick. Easier than I thought it would be. ;) 
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a b G Storage
December 9, 2013 11:02:59 AM

Hahaha no problem the only way i remember that is i had the same issue installing ubuntu took me a little longer to do the first time than this time! ;-)
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June 15, 2014 6:37:05 PM

ldewitt said:
delete partition. Then do the steps i've stated. If done correctly you will see unallocated and the color will be black, then you can move onto right clicking c: and extending volume.


Sorry to bring up an old thread, but my situation is nearly identical to OP's. When I click delete partition on the free space, it says "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.". I'm not quite sure what that means.
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