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Extending volumes in Windows 8

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    Extending volumes in Windows 8


    So I'm attempting to extend my windows 8 partition on my computer, I've set myself some unallocated space but when I try extending the volume the bar is greyed out. I can extend my initial volume but when I attempt to do so with my Windows 8 Volume like I said above the bar is greyed out. Sorry if there's a really obvious solution I'm missing but I've been trying for a few days now and I can't get it working.

    Here's an image of what I mean


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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    EASEUS Partition Manager worked good for me.

    When you extend to the right, it can be done within windows disk management. But if you need to extend your partition to the left... it has to be done with other tools (the ones mentioned in Calico's post)

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    Partition Wizard worked fantastic for me I also have EaseUS Partition Magic Pro edition, but Partition Wizard worked so well that I have not used the other yet. As already stated, resizing to the right is easy. resizing to the left causes the data to have to be moved which has to be done outside of Windows. This is where the 3rd party app is needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAlex View Post
    So I'm attempting to extend my windows 8 partition on my computer, I've set myself some unallocated space but when I try extending the volume the bar is greyed out. I can extend my initial volume but when I attempt to do so with my Windows 8 Volume like I said above the bar is greyed out. Sorry if there's a really obvious solution I'm missing but I've been trying for a few days now and I can't get it working.

    Here's an image of what I mean

    oh boy what a mess, your C:\ drive is at the end of the HD, it's why you can't extend, the only one you can extend is D:\
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    Partition Wizard will allow you to extend the Win 8 drive into the unallocated space in front of it. During the resize the data needs to be moved so once you choose Apply, the system will reboot and Partition Wizard will resize and move your Win 8 CP to the front of the new partition.

    You open the Partition Wizard tool. Select the partition you wish to work with. A new Window open that shows the chosen partition and the unallocated space. Grab the edge of the existing partition and drag it to the end of the unallocated space so that it encompasses the entire space. Choose Apply and let the app take over.
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    Any good 3rd party partitioning app can resize a partition forward as well as behind the existing partition into unallocated space. The built in Win 7 and Win 8 CP Disk Manager can only resize behind the existing app. These apps are limited because the resizing forward requires the moving of the data in the existing partition to the front of the new partition after it is resized, and this must occur outside of Windows.
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    this must occur outside of Windows.
    Not necessarily.
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    The other way I can think to do this would be to create an Image prior to the resize, then to restore the Image into the larger partition after the fact. This would most likely have to involve fixing the MBR as well. I believe the method outlined above would be somewhat easier to accomplish using less steps. Obviously creating an Image is a must before attempting any of these changes.
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    What a big discussion for a simple task. As was said, C: cannot be extended with Disk Management because the unallocated space is to the left of the partition. Use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard (last entry on the webpage). Highlight the C partition and go to Move/Resize above. A smaller window will open where you can slide the slider to the left into the unallocated space. Then click OK and Apply on the bottom left.

    This picture is only an example to show the sliders. But there is no unallocated space in this example.

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