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Ive cloned a 250 gig > 500 gig hard drive.

Whats the easiest tool to use to extend the partition to see all the 500 gigs?
It only sees 250 like its original.
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by:fcek
ID: 37837286
I know how to use "diskpart" but if the original hdd has a recovery partition it sometimes wont extend.

So looking for easy options to do the job.
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by:motnahp00
ID: 37837297
diskmgmt doesn't work for you?
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by:athomsfere
ID: 37837334
Easus Partition manager.

http://www.partition-tool.com/
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by:Joseph Daly
ID: 37837340
Use Dell's extpart. It goes above and beyond what diskpart can do, it will let you extend a drive even if it is a system or boot drive.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails?DriverId=R64398&FileId=2731129714&DriverName=Dell%20Basic%20Disk%20Expansion%2C%20v.1.0.4%2C%20A01
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by:noxcho
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http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads
This is open sourced Parted Magic ISO image. Download it and burn as ISO to CD. Boot the machine from it and start Partitioning tool. Repartition your drive as you want and restart to Windows.
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garycase earned 2000 total points
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"Easiest" can have multiple meanings ... if you mean the most solid, reliable way to do it, I'd use Boot-It BM.    Certainly not the simplest interface;  but NOT hard; and absolutely rock solid.

First, if the disk has a single partition and is running Vista, '7, or Server 2008, you don't need any tool ==> just go to Disk Management and extend the volume.

But if that's not the case, you need to do a bit of partition moving before you can extend C:

For example, if the disk has 2 partitions ... i.e. "looks" like this:
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
... where the x's represent unused space;  then you must first "move" D: so all of the unused space is immediately adjacet to C: .... so the disk "looks" like this:
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDDDDDDDD

THEN you can trivially extend C:  (using Disk Management or a 3rd party tool)

To move D: using Boot-It;  you simply boot to Boot-It;  select CANCEL at the first prompt;  then OK;  then click on Partition Work;  highlight the partition you need to move; and click on "Slide".    It will ask how much free space you want "Before" and "After" the partition -- just choose 0 for the "After" and let it finish.

Note that if you have more than 2 partitions, you'll have to "Slide" the last one;  then the next-to-last one;  etc. until you've repositioned all of the free space next to C:
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by:fcek
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Hi, Typically the hard drive I want to extend will have a C: and a recovery partition.
They will be laptops that had a bad hdd and as a bonus the owner is getting a bigger hdd.

I like the look of Boot-It BM - but its not free.
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by:garycase
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The free demo download will do all you need -- although it's easily worth the modest cost.
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by:garycase
ID: 37844384
... note also that recovery partitions aren't worth much.    A much better approach is to do a recovery;  do all of the updates (service packs, updates, etc.);  install the software that you use (and any updates);  and then create an image on an external drive.     Then if you ever need to recover, you don't start at square one (the original factory install) -- you can recover to a fully configured and up-to-date (as of the image date) system.

That also means you only have one partition to move to any new drive -- so it's much simpler to extend it to fill the new, probably larger, drive.   (You could also leave enough space for a 2nd partition large enough to copy the image to --- then the "recovery" image on the 2nd partition would be the fully configured system).
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