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cant shrink drive

I have a drive with 60 gb free and 80gb used and i cant shrink this drive , as when i do i get 0 mb to shrink. I am using win7

how can i put this 60gb into its own drive (maybe just 50gb). i can seem to do anything with it
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Do you have hibernation enabled?  If so, that might be inhibiting the process.  Then try this process:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920730
How to disable and re-enable hibernation on a computer that is running Windows
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Did you try this? Or how are you trying to shrink?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2672-partition-volume-shrink.html
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Not sure how many, if any, of these problems with shrinking drives on Vista also apply to Windows 7, but you could investigate:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/working-around-windows-vistas-shrink-volume-inadequacy-problems/
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jagguyAuthor Commented:
the issue is i cant shrink the drive but it has 60gb free?
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Do you use a Software to shrink?
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jagguyAuthor Commented:
no i just use the disk management in win7
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
You never answered the question about whether hibernation is enabled...
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
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:

http://www.thpc.info/how/shrink_partition_in_windows_7_vista.html
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Another page from Microsoft about how shrinking a partition needs to be done after a defragment in order to be able to do it because of files at the end of the partition:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprogeneral/thread/f258f9d5-ff50-4668-83e9-5da4c6122046/
Cannot shrink Windows 7 Partition
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garycaseCommented:
Disk Management has many limitations on how much it will offer to shrink a volume.    It's possible, by doing a lot of "playing around"  (defragmenting;  resizing the page file;  etc.) to sometimes get it to do a bit more --- but it's FAR easier to simply use a good 3rd party partition manager to do the shrink.

Just download the free demo of Boot-It BM [http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm ];   create a bootable CD using the included MakeDisk utility;  boot to the CD;  selecting CANCEL at the first prompt; then Okay.    Now click on Partition Work;  highlight the partition you want to shrink;  click on ReSize;  choose the new size you want;  and just wait for it to complete.    When it's done, you're done :-)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
@garycase: no points but I concur with your recommendation in that a 3rd party tool is required and faster.
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