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Windows 7 Shrink Volume Limit

Last response: in Windows 7
September 6, 2012 5:30:14 AM

I just installed a fresh new copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit to my newly bought free dos computer yesterday. Later I installed my motherboard drivers, monitor drivers and optical disk drivers. I also installed CC cleaner.

Now I am trying to partition my 500GB Hardisk. The C: drive is around 465GB so I want to reduce C: to 150GB (OS+Programs/Software) and make another D: drive which will have the rest 315GB (Personal files + games).

The problem now is there is a limit in the shrink volume amount. And this limit i quite big. It only lets me reduce the C: drive to 243GB. Here is the Screenshot:

I tried disabling Shadows Copy, Paging File, Hibernation and System Restore but its still the same. I also tried defragging using the default windows defragger but nothing worked. Pls help me.

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September 6, 2012 7:34:40 AM

Well, as the message seems to indicate, there appears to be unmovable files on the disk at a place on the disk that will not let the volume shrink beyond that point.

Do a defrag and have a look at where these files may be located.

Also, if the Windows partition manager doesn't do the job, a free third-party tool like GParted or EaseUS may just do the trick.
September 6, 2012 8:42:40 AM

Try partition Magic. Simple, easy and no fuss. Seems to work all the times i try to do something like this. It has even helped me recover volumes in the past when things have mucked up.
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September 6, 2012 8:49:45 AM

You could also try temporarily disabling the Pagefile for virtual memory - that can sometimes get put in awkward places on the drive.