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Disk Management in Windows Vista


I started playing around with Disk Management and I have been pleased with what I can do to the disks without the purchase of third party disk management tools. Let me begin by showing you how to shrink a partition in Windows Vista.

From the Start menu, type Computer Management in the Instant Search toolbar to access Disk Management.

Right-click on the disk in question and choose Shrink Volume.

Now you can Shrink your volume to the applicable size.

You are now ready to create and format your new volume.

Once the volume is created, you have the ability to delete the volume and extend it back to the original state if necessary.

As you can see, you have a good out of box experience with Disk Management in Windows Vista.

9 comments
ghooloo50
ghooloo50

It didn't worked for me. In the last step when i would finish and create the simple volume that Vista had suggested, I got an error. It says that there isn't enough disk place to create the volume and it isn't true. Have you any idea? The laptop i have buyed from Dell is a 250 GB large hard disk.

arun
arun

I have used the same steps to shrink the disk. After shrinking the disk. I'm not able to view the free disk space Actual Disk space: 180GB, after shrink 100GB. Not able to view the remaining 80GB space. Any other settings needs to be changed to view the anallocated disk space?

wessonjoe
wessonjoe

ability to defrag the disk in a visual interface environment is an outrage. vista stinks. :) .

Gone Fishing
Gone Fishing

Most have one drive with one volume When they have another volume like D: they forget to use it and run out of space on C: Then some are so clueless that they buy another hard drive and think it is D: and they haven't even partitioned the new drive let alone formatted it MS should have done this ten years ago now its so so old By the way XP can do the same thing

VAR1016
VAR1016

I agree, a good idea. Somehow I stumbled onto this when I first got this machine a couple of months ago. But I was horrified that I could only reduce drive C to 189GB! This is very greedy isn't it? Paul

martensitesg
martensitesg

I second Diskeeper 2008 for defragging Vista. It's got useful stuff like a VSS compatible defrag mode, apart from being fast and easy to use.

cmyers
cmyers

So...purchase a copy of Diskeeper. It's a more capable defragmenting tool than Windows anyway. XP's wasn't the greatest either.

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