How can I re-allocate an existing hard drive partition?

93d3f710ba2c0c27e179e7cec44dc401 April 4, 2012
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Hello, I have a 2 TB HDD with 3 partitions – 60GB for OS and two 902GB storage partitions. I’m about to buy an SSD for my OS and re-install Windows but keep the two storage partitions on the HDD, my question is can I re-allocate the 60gb partition (now unallocated space) to the already formatted storage drives and how would I go about that?

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  1. 93d3f710ba2c0c27e179e7cec44dc4
    April 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

    would it not be simpler to reinstall window 7 on the SSD as I will need to anyway, then go into windows disk manager and use the spare 60gb to extend one or both of the storage drive partitions. thank you for your suggestions.

    • RayInLV
      April 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      If that is how you want it organized that is fine.  I am assuming you have nothing you care to keep on your system drive, and you don't mind re-installing and configuring all your software.

      I'd find a simple backup and restore easier then a complete re-install.

      At this point, it is a more a matter of preference.  Either would work.

      • 93d3f710ba2c0c27e179e7cec44dc4
        April 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        Yes I know it would, but I'm also getting a new motherboard and other hardware at the same time which I didn't mention. but thank you anyway

  2. ha14
    April 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

    You can use EASEUS Partition Master to move D drive rightwards and let unallocated space be next to the system partition
    http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/help/moving-parition.htm
    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/extend-c-drive.htm
    then extend Windows 7 partition
    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/windows-7-partition-manager/windows-7-disk-manager.htm

  3. RayInLV
    April 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I use Acronis Disk Director which will let you delete the old 60g and append it to the data partition without deleting and restoring data.  I think free disk management utilities will do that too. (please make sure you have good backups)

    However, once you have the new boot drive built and operational on your new SSD, and have good backups you could using windows functionality delete the old partitions, and recreate them to the desired sizes.  To get instructions on how to do this in Windows 7 use the search box in the StartButton (lower left corner) type in "Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions"

    You would then simply restore your data from Backup.