Windows

How to extend System Drive Partition

You can use Disk Management to add space to an existing volume, extending it into empty space on the drive, but only if the empty space doesn't have a volume on it (it's unallocated) and comes immediately after the volume you want to extend, with no other volumes in-between, as shown in the following image. The volume to extend also must be formatted with the NTFS or ReFS file systems.

Simply by adding a logical partition to increase the size of Drive C. I will be discussing how this is achieved in a later article.
Note: By default, C: cannot be extended but shrink to create other volumes.

Here are free tool that can help in merging C: with other drives.

1. EASEUS Partition Master (free):
Includes Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard for Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit). It allows users to Resize/Move Partition, Extend System Drive
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

2. Paragon Partition Manager (free):
A good program for making general changes to hard drive partitions while Windows is running. Create, delete, format, and resize partitions with this program.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/download.html

3. Gparted Boot Disk(free):
If you can’t make the changes you want with Windows running using a Gparted boot disk to change the partitions is a good solution.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gparted/files/gparted-live-stable

If after altering the partitions Windows 7 data/files are still there but Windows won’t boot, the following may help:

Try Repairing The Windows 7 Installation

1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and restart your computer
2. Boot from the DVD.
3. Choose your language and click Next.
4. Click Repair Your Computer and then select the operating system you want to repair.
5. Click on the Startup Repair link from list of recovery tools in System Recovery Options.

If not fixed, use the following steps below.
1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and restart your computer
2. Boot from the DVD. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.
3. Choose your language and click Next.
4. Click Repair Your Computer and then select the operating system you want to repair.
5. Select Command Prompt and try the following commands (a single command might work, or you may need to use multiple commands depending on the exact problem):

bootrec /fixMBR
bootrec /fixBoot
bootrec /rebuildBCD

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/how-to-extend-system-drive-partition-c-to-get-more/6acd8697-4292-4280-8270-049691d14598

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