cant partitiion drive

Posted on 2012-09-02
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I have a c drive of about 230GB on win7 and i want to partition it  into 2 drives.
Now I follow this link and the when  computer takes a long time to get the drive info and when i shrink the drive it again seems to take an hour.

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Quick question - are you trying to do this so you can dual boot Windows 8?

If so, I suggest you skip the partitioning and use booting from VHD (virtual hard drive format) available in Win7.

It allows you to run Win8 on your REAL hardware just like booting from a partition - but you can put it in a VHD without partitioning your hard drive.  Benefits include: Delete the VHD when you get bored or need to upgrade, Create a growing VHD - moderate slower than preallocating the entire amount to the VHD - but only consumes the amount of space actually in use, rather than a real partition that segments ALL the space you tell it at partitioning time.

Here is how: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-to-use-a-vhd-to-dual-boot-windows-8-on-a-windows-7-pc/4847

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I never asked how to partition a drive, i just wanted to know why it was taking so long to shrink a drive and /or come up with drive information in the first place.

i am not dual boot win win8
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Do you have hibernation enabled?  If so, that might be slowing down the process.  Then try this process:

How to disable and re-enable hibernation on a computer that is running Windows
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Not sure how many, if any, of these problems with shrinking drives on Vista also apply to Windows 7, but you could investigate:

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This article says how use of hibernation inhibits the ability to shrink partions in Windows 7 and Vista, as well as details other factors doing this also:

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It takes so long because it has to locate on the disk where each file is in relation to the physical space and to see if shrink can move the files needed.. drive speed is important here.. and most laptops have slower than desktop drives (5400rpm vs 7200rpm) smaller caches etc.

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