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Expanding Disk Partition

By jharp ·
Is there any way to expand a NTFS partition without reformatting?

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by M.A.S. Matrix In reply to Expanding Disk Partition

YES, YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF VOLUME SETS WITH YOUR UNPARTICIANED SPACE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE FREE SPACE FOR THIS TO WORK.

GO TO WWW.MICROSOFT.COM AND DO A SEARCH FOR VOLUME SETS ON HOW TO DO IT.

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Partition magic

by mbraffor In reply to Expanding Disk Partition

Partition magic will allow you to edit on the fly without any data loss. Cheap and very easy.

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Partition Magic, a bit more details...

by jmecucci In reply to Partition magic

Mbraffor@tds.net is correct, partition magic works great. When you are converting a Fat16 2GB drive over to that new 30GB IBM drive =) it will come in handy. If you dont want to lose your current setup, you can use some sort of disk duplicating software and copy the drive to the new one. Then since the drive was fat16 you only have a 2gb partition on the new drive. If you went with win98+, you need to use the fat32 converter to convert your drive to fat32. Once you have converted the fat, then you can load up partition magic and litterally drag the partition all the way to 30GB or maybe 15gb if you wanted multiple partitions.

Thats just how i found it very useful from upgrading those 2gb fat drives to larger ones. Saved me a bunch of time.

Just make sure you do a full defrag when you are done, that proccess fragments your data like no other.

jmecucci@home.com

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Some more details and Precautions

by tjapkesg In reply to Expanding Disk Partition

Both solutions already offered, volume sets and Partition Magic, are certainly your best options.

Volume sets:
The use of volume sets is the quickest and easiest way, but I personally never use it. Once you create a volume set, you are stuck with it, with the exception that you can continue expanding it. Volume sets are incompatible with any partitioning software I have encountered, including Partition Magic. If you ever decide to repartition your drive, your only choice will be to delete the entire volume set and restore data from backups. (If anybody knows another method, please let me know!)

Partition Magic:
For resizing, moving or anything that involves partitioning, Partition Magic is one tool you should not overlook. For resizing NTFS however, you will have to consider what service pack and also what version of Partition Magic you are using. I don't recall which service pack specifically, but if you are running NT, somewhere after SP4, Microsoft implemented small changes in NTFS for Windows 2000 that were included in newer Windows NT service packs. Partition Magic version 4 (I think) and older will choke during resizing and moving of these new NTFS partitions. This has been fixed in the new versions.

In any case, backups are strongly recommended, even if you clone an old harddrive to a new one. I've seen several instances where someone cloned the new (blank harddrive) to the old, overwritting the data. OOPS!

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