How To Resize Disk Partition In Windows Vista

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I has a client who need my help to install Solidworks software in her notebook. As usual, I began the installation process. But, after a few clicks I got the message below

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It indicate the amount of space in disk volume (partition) C: is not enough to accommodate the size of Solidworks software programs. So, the solution to this problem is to resize the disk volume C: to make it bigger than needed. 


What You Should Know

As you can see on the picture below, we need 1003MB more in disk volume C: in order to allow the Solidworks installation process running smooth.

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But, you can resize it bigger than 1003MB in order to avoid any disk space problems in the future. Moreover, the differences between disk volume C: and D: are massive in term of size.


Before The Procedures

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You must backup all data reside in local disk D: to external hard disk. After you finish the backup process, you must DELETE the local disk D: partition using the following ways

  1. Right click the Computer icon –-> click Manage –-> click Continue

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  2. Then, you will see the Computer Management window like below.

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  3. Double click Disk Management and the central pane of Computer Management will show you the disk volumes information like below.

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  4. Now, right click disk volume (D:) –-> click Delete Volume… –-> click Yes

  5. Wait until you see it become Unallocated. See below.

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The Procedures

Now, you will resize the disk partition. What I mean resize is you want to make the disk volume C: become bigger until it can accommodate the size of Solidworks software program or even more.

  1. Right click disk volume (C:) –->  click Extend Volume…

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  2. When the Extend Volume Wizard appear, click Next. Then, you will see the interface below.

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  3. Based on above, select the amount of space in MB you need. This amount of space represent the size you will add into disk volume C:

  4. Click Next –-> click Finish

  5. Now you see, both disk volumes are quite balance in term of size. Let see the comparison below

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After The Procedures

At this stage, you need to create back the partition for disk volume D:

  1. Right click the Unallocated volume –-> click New Simple Volume…

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  2. New Simple Volume Wizard appears –-> click Next –-> click Next

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  3. Based on the picture above, assign the drive letter for Unallocated volume –-> click Next

  4. Now you will be presented with the format partition feature like below.

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  5. Click to show the right sign sign in the check box Perform a quick format –-> click Next –-> click Finish –-> wait until the formatting process done.

  6. Now, copy and paste back the data you backed up in external hard disk into local disk D:     

2 comments:

{ Cikgu } at: July 1, 2011 at 7:32 AM said...

nice tutorial

{ Haroon Hameed } at: July 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM said...

Nice Article !!! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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