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I have a much loved old laptop Vista Business (never missed a beat in 7 yrs!), which has a 100Gig hd, partitioned 50/50. C: is full, but E: is empty, so I think that if I shrink the E: the C: will get more, but using Disk Management, when I shrink the E: I just get an unallocated lump, but I can't expand the C: to fill it, is there something I can do?
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You will probably not be able to do this natively in windows. I would reccomend downloading the Gparted live cd. This will let you boot to the CD and move/rearrange the partitions.

To be able to expand the C drive the free space has to be contiguous which right now it is probably not.

You probably have something like this on your HDD (C drive) (D drive) (free space)

Gparted will let you move it so you have (C drive) (Free space) (D drive) at this point you will be able to expand.
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Right, I'll check that out. I did run PerfectDisk, but that just does a defrag, I don't know if it makes it contiguous over all volumes...
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If recommend backing up your data first as a precautions. When dealing with moving or resizing partitions it's better safe than sorry.
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Since your 2nd partition isn't being used anyway (at least that's how I have understood your setup), just delete it. After that you can expand your main partition. When you expand it, leave about 8MB free, otherwise it is possible that your system won't notice the partition has expanded.
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