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Hi,

I want to extend my C drive but the extended option is greyed out. It's greyed out because I don't have contiguous space. For some reason, Asus decided to allocate 120GB on the F Drive to this primary drive to System Volume Information and the Recyle Bin. This F Drive is continguous with the C Drive.

I can shrink the F Drive but it shrinks from the right of it. There is a program here:
http://www.extend-partition.com/partition-magic/extend-volume-greyed-out.html

that allows to extend the C Drive without continguous space. If I use it then does this affect anything or I'm thinking it'll affect performance. Are there reasons why Microsoft greys out the extension of the C Drive if the space isn't contiguous?

Thanks
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Question by:Victor Kimura
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by:John Hurst
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If the drive is decently fast, having C in a couple of sections will not hinder performance. I have large files (whole machines) that are not contiguous on my C drive and they work fine. My page file is fixed and a fair distance from working files. No issue. Small fast drives are not hindered by moving around.
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by:Seth Simmons
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can you post a screenshot of disk management?
that tool will move the other partition along with the data in order to get contiguous space after C

your last question is answered in your second sentence...the option is not available because the space is not contiguous. basic disks have a start and end point for the partitions; can't have multiple
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by:garycase
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Actually it's very simple to just move the D: drive "to the right" so your unallocated space is next to C: ... and then you can easily extend C:

Download the free demo for Boot-It BM [http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm ]

Extract the files form the archive, and create a bootable CD using the MakeDisk utility.

Boot to the CD;  selecting CANCEL at the first prompt; then OK.

Now click on Partition Work.   Be sure you've selected the correct drive (you can tell by the partition structure you'll see);  then highlight the partition that corresponds to D:, and click on "Slide".   Choose 0 space "After" ... and wait for the operation to complete (It has to move all the data on D:, so it may take a while).

Done :-)    Just reboot, and you can now extend C: using Disk Management.   [You could also ReSize it from Boot-It's screen if you want after the Slide has completed.
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by:Victor Kimura
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Hi,

Thanks everyone for your answers! Really helpful.
@John, ok, good to know.

@Seth, I'm attaching the disk management screenshot.

@garycase, ok, will try it. Actually I the main hard drive where C Drive is a 256GB SSD. The F Drive is on this same drive. Then there is around 20GB space which states "Healthy Recovery Partition" which I guess is where the Asus Recovery Disks are.

So if I use the program then F Drive moves to the end it won't affect the last 20GB of hard drive space which is at the end of this main drive, will it?
extend-c-drive-contiguous-space.png
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The partition structure shown in your Disk Management picture doesn't show this extra Asus partition -- is that an HPA?     In any event, there's no problem "sliding" D: to the right to effectively switch the unallocated space so it's between C: and D: (i.e. contiguous with C:).

Boot-It won't move the partition anywhere that it would interfere with other partitions -- it can only "slide" it into unallocated space.
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by:Victor Kimura
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@garycase, Oh, that's fantastic! That's what I need. Ok, great. I'll try it. Thanks. Will have to try it when I'm in Dallas since I'm about to board a flight soon. =)
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