Unallocated Disk Space


R

rubyearth

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC - running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from my C drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally taken from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is now showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive as I would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
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R

rubyearth

Thanks for your reply Bob. Unfortunately, when the new program was
installed, it automatically deleted all system restore points, something that
I definately wasn't aware of before installing the darn thing.

Any other suggestions?

thanks
 
R

R. C. White

Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important. Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing, but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)
I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been able to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend Drive C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume. (Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it, letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can help
you do what you want to do.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
 
B

Bob

System Recovery will restore your PC to factory condition. Backup your
documents first and make sure you have what's necessary to reinstall
programs you have installed.
 
R

rubyearth

Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg
 
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R

rubyearth

http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/?action=view&current=DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg
--
dazed and confused


rubyearth said:
Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


R. C. White said:
Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important. Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing, but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)


Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been able to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend Drive C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume. (Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it, letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can help
you do what you want to do.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
 
K

Kerry Brown

The problem is the Recovery partition. Because of this partition the built
in program in Vista won't be able to extend the C: drive. You would have to
use some 3rd party software. I'd recommend Acronis Disk Director but you
seem to be unhappy with their software.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



rubyearth said:
http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/?action=view&current=DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg
--
dazed and confused


rubyearth said:
Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


R. C. White said:
Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important.
Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been
able to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening
contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend
Drive C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume
using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it,
letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from my
C
drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally
taken
from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is now
showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive as
I
would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
R

rubyearth

Thanks Kerry. Do you mean the Recovery partition as in my "Recovery (D:)
drive", as per my screen shot?

If so, would removal of the Recovery Partition D drive, solve the issue,
i.e. allocate the current "Unallocated Disk Space" then plus the Recovery D
space all back to C Drive? Or would I be left with a similar problem,
allocation to C drive remains unchanged and them have an increased
Unallocated space?

My HP Total Care Recovery Manager gives the option of removing the Recovery
Partition D to free up hard drive space.

Thanks

--
dazed and confused


Kerry Brown said:
The problem is the Recovery partition. Because of this partition the built
in program in Vista won't be able to extend the C: drive. You would have to
use some 3rd party software. I'd recommend Acronis Disk Director but you
seem to be unhappy with their software.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



rubyearth said:
http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/?action=view&current=DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg
--
dazed and confused


rubyearth said:
Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


:

Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important.
Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been
able to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening
contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend
Drive C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume
using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it,
letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from my
C
drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally
taken
from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is now
showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive as
I
would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
R

rubyearth

Yes, I agree, I am very tempted to restore back to factory settings.
Although willing to try to find an alternative, just thinking about all the
programs and their updates that I will have to reinstall and download etc.....
 
L

LSR

rubyearth said:
Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from my
C drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally
taken from C drive and allocated to the new program's partition
(120Gb) is now showing as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive as
I would prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed out so not an option.

Thanks all!

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ - it's free and will let you resize C:
without losing its contents.
 
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R

R. C. White

Hi, rubyearth.

Well, it took some copy'n'paste and some editing, but I finally got to see
your screenshot at:
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

As Kerry said, Drive D: is the roadblock. Not just because Drive D: exists,
but because, as I suspected, it sits immediately following Drive C:. Disk
Management's Extend Volume tool will not work on the System Volume unless
there is CONTIGUOUS free space after that volume. If you don't need Drive
D:'s contents, then just use Delete Volume to get rid of it. Then you
should see just your 108 GB Drive C: followed by 125 GB of Unallocated or
Free space. Then you can use Extend Volume to end up with a single 233 GB
Drive C:.

If you want to keep Drive D:'s contents, you can copy that to Drive C:
before deleting Drive D:. If you want, you could create a new Drive D: at
the end of your HD and move the contents there. This can be done in several
ways; here's one way:

1. Create a new 115 GB volume after Drive D:, but don't bother to format
it or even give it a letter. This should leave 5 GB Free at the very end of
your HD.

2. Create a 5 GB volume at the end of the drive, format it and give it a
temporary letter (X:?).

3. Copy the contents of Drive D: to the new Drive X:.

4. Delete Drive D: and the 115 GB volume.

5. Rename Drive X: to Drive D:.

6. Extend Drive C: to use all (or only some) of the space before the new
Drive D:.

Note that the Extend Volume wizard specifies space in MB, not GB. So if you
want to extend Drive C: by 30 GB, tell it 30,000 (MB) not 30.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

rubyearth said:
Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


R. C. White said:
Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important. Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)


Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been able
to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend Drive
C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it, letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC
 
K

Kerry Brown

As R.C. White said if you don't need the Recovery partition then deleting it
will probably allow you to extend C:. I would use the HP Recovery Manager to
do this. Some OEM computers with recovery partitions have a non-standard
boot sector. Deleting the partition by any other method may leave you with a
system that doesn't boot.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



rubyearth said:
Thanks Kerry. Do you mean the Recovery partition as in my "Recovery (D:)
drive", as per my screen shot?

If so, would removal of the Recovery Partition D drive, solve the issue,
i.e. allocate the current "Unallocated Disk Space" then plus the Recovery
D
space all back to C Drive? Or would I be left with a similar problem,
allocation to C drive remains unchanged and them have an increased
Unallocated space?

My HP Total Care Recovery Manager gives the option of removing the
Recovery
Partition D to free up hard drive space.

Thanks

--
dazed and confused


Kerry Brown said:
The problem is the Recovery partition. Because of this partition the
built
in program in Vista won't be able to extend the C: drive. You would have
to
use some 3rd party software. I'd recommend Acronis Disk Director but you
seem to be unhappy with their software.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



rubyearth said:
http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/?action=view&current=DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg
--
dazed and confused


:

Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


:

Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important.
Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it
might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are
organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same
thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it
is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then
Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been
able to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able
to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening
contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend
Drive C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume
using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it,
letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and
then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we
can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from
my
C
drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at
all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally
taken
from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is
now
showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it
was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive
as
I
would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it
is
greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
R

R. C. White

Hi, Kerry.

Thanks for that info. I've never had an HP computer, so I didn't know about
the Recovery Manager.

In fact, I haven't had ANY brand-name computer since my KayPro 286 back in
about 1986. Since then I've just bought the pieces and had them assembled -
until I learned how to assemble them myself. Heck, that's half the fun of
computing! ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

Kerry Brown said:
As R.C. White said if you don't need the Recovery partition then deleting
it will probably allow you to extend C:. I would use the HP Recovery
Manager to do this. Some OEM computers with recovery partitions have a
non-standard boot sector. Deleting the partition by any other method may
leave you with a system that doesn't boot.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



rubyearth said:
Thanks Kerry. Do you mean the Recovery partition as in my "Recovery (D:)
drive", as per my screen shot?

If so, would removal of the Recovery Partition D drive, solve the issue,
i.e. allocate the current "Unallocated Disk Space" then plus the Recovery
D
space all back to C Drive? Or would I be left with a similar problem,
allocation to C drive remains unchanged and them have an increased
Unallocated space?

My HP Total Care Recovery Manager gives the option of removing the
Recovery
Partition D to free up hard drive space.

Thanks

--
dazed and confused


Kerry Brown said:
The problem is the Recovery partition. Because of this partition the
built
in program in Vista won't be able to extend the C: drive. You would have
to
use some 3rd party software. I'd recommend Acronis Disk Director but you
seem to be unhappy with their software.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/?action=view&current=DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg
--
dazed and confused


:

Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


:

Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important.
Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it
might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are
organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same
thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but
it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is
a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then
Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been
able to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able
to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening
contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend
Drive C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume
using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new
volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it,
letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and
then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we
can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space
from my
C
drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at
all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally
taken
from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is
now
showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it
was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C
drive as
I
would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but
it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
R

rubyearth

A huuuuge thankyou to everyone who responded - in particular R.C. White &
Kerry Brown. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou

Steps to resolve the issue from R.C. White were concise, extremely well
explained, very easy to follow and best of all, worked like a dream. And as
a plus, I was able to get rid of that D Recovery drive which for some reason
has bugged me from the get go (a bit OC but all about choice/preference I
suppose :) )

Thankyou again. I can feel my stress levels dropping rapidly!




--
dazed and confused


R. C. White said:
Hi, rubyearth.

Well, it took some copy'n'paste and some editing, but I finally got to see
your screenshot at:
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

As Kerry said, Drive D: is the roadblock. Not just because Drive D: exists,
but because, as I suspected, it sits immediately following Drive C:. Disk
Management's Extend Volume tool will not work on the System Volume unless
there is CONTIGUOUS free space after that volume. If you don't need Drive
D:'s contents, then just use Delete Volume to get rid of it. Then you
should see just your 108 GB Drive C: followed by 125 GB of Unallocated or
Free space. Then you can use Extend Volume to end up with a single 233 GB
Drive C:.

If you want to keep Drive D:'s contents, you can copy that to Drive C:
before deleting Drive D:. If you want, you could create a new Drive D: at
the end of your HD and move the contents there. This can be done in several
ways; here's one way:

1. Create a new 115 GB volume after Drive D:, but don't bother to format
it or even give it a letter. This should leave 5 GB Free at the very end of
your HD.

2. Create a 5 GB volume at the end of the drive, format it and give it a
temporary letter (X:?).

3. Copy the contents of Drive D: to the new Drive X:.

4. Delete Drive D: and the 115 GB volume.

5. Rename Drive X: to Drive D:.

6. Extend Drive C: to use all (or only some) of the space before the new
Drive D:.

Note that the Extend Volume wizard specifies space in MB, not GB. So if you
want to extend Drive C: by 30 GB, tell it 30,000 (MB) not 30.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

rubyearth said:
Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


R. C. White said:
Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important. Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been able
to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend Drive
C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it, letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from my C
drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally taken
from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is now
showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive as I
would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it is
greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
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R

R. C. White

Hi, rubyearth.

You're welcome. And thanks for the feedback. That ought to help the next
reader with a similar problem. ;<)

Oh, one more tip: Your screenshot shows that you got to Disk Management the
long way, via Computer Management. I prefer to simply enter "diskmgmt.msc"
and go directly to DM - after furnishing Administrator credentials, of
course. That way, I see DM full screen, rather than through CM's
"peephole". I use DM so often that I've added a shortcut to my Quick
Launch.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

rubyearth said:
A huuuuge thankyou to everyone who responded - in particular R.C. White &
Kerry Brown. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou

Steps to resolve the issue from R.C. White were concise, extremely well
explained, very easy to follow and best of all, worked like a dream. And
as
a plus, I was able to get rid of that D Recovery drive which for some
reason
has bugged me from the get go (a bit OC but all about choice/preference I
suppose :) )

Thankyou again. I can feel my stress levels dropping rapidly!




--
dazed and confused


R. C. White said:
Hi, rubyearth.

Well, it took some copy'n'paste and some editing, but I finally got to
see
your screenshot at:
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii219/rubyearth/DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

As Kerry said, Drive D: is the roadblock. Not just because Drive D:
exists,
but because, as I suspected, it sits immediately following Drive C:.
Disk
Management's Extend Volume tool will not work on the System Volume unless
there is CONTIGUOUS free space after that volume. If you don't need
Drive
D:'s contents, then just use Delete Volume to get rid of it. Then you
should see just your 108 GB Drive C: followed by 125 GB of Unallocated or
Free space. Then you can use Extend Volume to end up with a single 233
GB
Drive C:.

If you want to keep Drive D:'s contents, you can copy that to Drive C:
before deleting Drive D:. If you want, you could create a new Drive D:
at
the end of your HD and move the contents there. This can be done in
several
ways; here's one way:

1. Create a new 115 GB volume after Drive D:, but don't bother to
format
it or even give it a letter. This should leave 5 GB Free at the very end
of
your HD.

2. Create a 5 GB volume at the end of the drive, format it and give it
a
temporary letter (X:?).

3. Copy the contents of Drive D: to the new Drive X:.

4. Delete Drive D: and the 115 GB volume.

5. Rename Drive X: to Drive D:.

6. Extend Drive C: to use all (or only some) of the space before the
new
Drive D:.

Note that the Extend Volume wizard specifies space in MB, not GB. So if
you
want to extend Drive C: by 30 GB, tell it 30,000 (MB) not 30.

RC

rubyearth said:
Hi

The program is/was, Acronis True Image 11 Home.

I have C Drive and a Recovery Drive D.

Yes, space is showing as being unallocated.

Have attempted to attach a screenshot, not sure if it will work.....

DiskMgmntscreenshot2.jpg

--
dazed and confused


:

Hi, rubyearth.

Your solution may be simple - or not - depending on some facts that
you've
not yet told us.

The name of the "new Backup Software program" may be important.
Someone
here might recognize it and know about any problems or quirks it might
have.

You have not told us how many hard drives and how they are organized.
Specifically, WHERE is that 120 GB of "Unallocated" space? Does it
actually
say "Unallocated"? Mine says "Free space". (It means the same thing,
but
you know how picky computers can get sometimes.)

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it
is
greyed
out so not an option.

Is your Unallocated space immediately after Drive C:? If there is a
Drive
D: or something else between Drive C: and the free space, then Extend
Volume
can't work on the System or Boot Volume. In some cases, we've been
able
to
get the job done by using a multi-step process. (You might be able to
create a new volume in the free space, move the now-intervening
contents
there, then delete the volume immediately after Drive C: and Extend
Drive
C:
into that freed-up contiguous space.)

Or it might work to have Disk Management create a new 120 GB volume
using
all that Unallocated space, then immediately delete that new volume.
(Sort
of like UNinstalling a stubborn program by first reinstalling it,
letting
its internal pointers and registry entries be reestablished, and then
uninstalling it.)

If you tell us more details about your hard drive layout, maybe we can
help
you do what you want to do.

RC

Hi

I recently installed a new Backup Software program on my HP PC -
running
Vista.

The program created a new recovery partition using disk space from
my C
drive.

Have since uninstalled the program as I was not happy with it at
all.

The new recovery partition is gone, but the disk space originally
taken
from
C drive and allocated to the new program's partition (120Gb) is now
showing
as Unallocated in Computer Management.

What I'd like to know is, how do I get my system back to how it was
originally, i.e. put this unallocated disk space back into C drive
as I
would
prefer not to have any other partitions?

I tried doing Extend Volume in Disk Management for C drive, but it
is
greyed
out so not an option.

Thanks all!
 
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