Partition 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 partition hard drive in Windows 7 Ultimate and Starter.

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:

Guidelines and procedure 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’.

Mange hard disks to partition without formatting

At once a new window will open entitled  ‘Computer Management’. In this new window click on ‘Storage’ and then go to ‘Disk Management’.

Disk management to partion hard disk without format

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 the 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’.

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 partition volume type

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.

The complete video tutorial: Partition Hard Disk without Formatting [Screencast]

* Update: This article was written on the basis of a test in Windows 7 Ultimate version. But after getting the readers feedback, it seems that the procedure does not work fine 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 to partition the hard drive.

** 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 a new partition that is no. 5 in your hard disk, this process will not work otherwise it will work fine. So if you are in Windows 7 Home or starter edition, make sure that your total no of partition is three before you go for a new partition.

** The above solution was made by one of our reader Hide.

So, 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.

Thanks to Hide. Read his words 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.

Comments

  1. Dheeraj :

    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…?

  2. Ishwinder :

    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. Tanmay :

    @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. Saurabh :

    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. Freshie :

    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. Jyoti Kaurav :

    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. Santosh :

    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. s.senthil kumar :

    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. Benjamin :

    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. Benjamin :

    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. Waq :

    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. Supriy Gautam :

    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. Devendra :

    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. Irum :

    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. Tanmay :

    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. Fayaz Shah :

    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. shiplu :

    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. Manjunath :

    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. Pankaj :

    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. Pharaz :

    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. chethan :

    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. us :

    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. Naresh :

    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. Tanmay :

    Nadeem: What is the file system of your drive? This only works with NTFS file system.

  25. JAWAD :

    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

  26. Tanmay :

    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.

  27. jeevan :

    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

  28. hide :

    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.

  29. Tanmay :

    @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!

  30. JAWAD :

    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

  31. JAWAD :

    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

  32. meenakshi :

    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

  33. Rachit Gandhi :

    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

  34. Swagnik :

    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.

  35. Swagnik :

    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!

  36. rajat :

    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:

  37. Eri :

    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

  38. sajid :

    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

  39. sajid :

    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

  40. sajid :

    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

  41. sajid :

    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

  42. sangam :

    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 :-)

  43. Atif Hayat :

    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 …

  44. Priyesh :

    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?

  45. Preeti Patel :

    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?

  46. Lerner:) :

    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.

  47. tarun :

    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”

  48. Windows Disk Management :

    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

  49. Dave :

    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.

  50. Jyoti :

    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

  51. Michelle :

    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?

  52. ramana :

    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

  53. harshit sharma :

    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

  54. Nagesh :

    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……………………..

  55. sudhakar reddy :

    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???

  56. sorabh :

    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…!!

  57. Lalit Kunwar :

    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

  58. Juwon :

    …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.

  59. Dr K.A.Sharma :

    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.

  60. tejua :

    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…..

  61. anil :

    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..?

  62. parshant :

    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

  63. Jagruti :

    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…..

  64. G.P :

    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.

  65. vipul :

    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

  66. vijjay :

    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..

  67. jamil :

    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.

  68. Siva :

    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

  69. alex jones :

    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!

  70. Sahil Gupta :

    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……

  71. jyothi :

    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…

  72. rakesh reddy :

    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

  73. katta :

    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

  74. RANVIR :

    is it possible to partation c drive where program file installed …by this usefull methode

  75. Srinivas :

    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.

  76. lalit :

    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

  77. shriniwas :

    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…

  78. Nik :

    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 :)

  79. manojkumar sharma :

    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…………..

  80. anurag :

    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?

  81. Sunil :

    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.

  82. raj :

    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!!! :)

  83. wasim :

    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….

  84. Amar :

    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.

  85. pankaj :

    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…………..

  86. Rom :

    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.

  87. Ravish :

    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)

  88. alamon :

    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.

  89. Rahul Sutar :

    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.

    • imee :

      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!

  90. Shams Tabrez :

    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

    • Tanmay Ahmed :

      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.

  91. Kshitij Chandel :

    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

  92. S.Nalini :

    Shall I expand ‘C’ memory in Windows 7 without affecting system software?

  93. Dhaval :

    Thank you very much. I learned something new from this suggestion. Thanks a lot.

  94. Spandana :

    This is very useful for me to make partition.Thank you very much and I liked this very much and very very simple.

  95. Sandeep :

    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?

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