How many parition can be made in windows 7?

I have some 56 gb memory which shows unallocated in windows 7. I cant use that space . How do i use that space.
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  1. Is this unallocated hard drive space? Did you format and partition the drive previously?
  2. I doubt that it's RAM! In answer to the original question you can have as many partitions as you might reasonably want (but if you want more than 4 on one hard disk then you'll have to make one of them an extended partition within which you create logical drives).

    What do you mean "shows unallocated in Windows 7. I can't use that space"? Shows where? Are you saying that in Disk Management it shows as unallocated space but it won't allow you to create a partition using it? How many partitions do you already have?
  3. You should be able to go into "Disk Management", then click a partition next to the unallocated space and "Extend" it.

    If you a RAID setup with 60GB drives then I'd think one wasn't being used.

    I could have used more information.

    If my solution to "Extend" the space doesn't work, just ignore this issue as it's not a big deal.

    It's also possible there's some software allocating that space such as a Linux partition but that's beyond me.
  4. As far as I know, Win 7 Maxes out on 4 Partitions. Going beyond that will display error message that the maximum partition is reached. You might consider formatting a low used drive and re allocating it with the additional 56 GB.

    Arun.S
  5. No. It's 4 primary partitions. Nothing to stop you having 3 primary partitions, 1 extended one, and 26 volumes within that extended one (except you're going to run out of drive letters).
  6. I am gonna go with phontonboy on this one. It looks like you just have some space left at the end of the drive.

  7. Ijack said:
    I doubt that it's RAM! In answer to the original question you can have as many partitions as you might reasonably want (but if you want more than 4 on one hard disk then you'll have to make one of them an extended partition within which you create logical drives).

    What do you mean "shows unallocated in Windows 7. I can't use that space"? Shows where? Are you saying that in Disk Management it shows as unallocated space but it won't allow you to create a partition using it? How many partitions do you already have?


    I have the same issue... but close to 800Gb of wasted space. I right click on the partition and only "Properties" and "help" are selectable.

    This is how I have it setup..

    (All in NTFS)

    1st Partition = 100Mb (Created at Win installation)
    2nd Partition = 120Gb (Windows) - Primary
    3rd Partition = 950Gb (Drive T) - Primary
    4th Partition = 950Gb (Drive Z) - Extended

    Then in disk management my last partition (5th) shows over 760Gb Unallocated space which is untouchable.
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