Increase system C: drive on Windows 7

Posted on 2014-11-27
Last Modified: 2014-11-28
My PC has a hard disk of around 460 GB
C: being almost full (60 GB), and D: occupying the rest of the disk, I succeeded to have a free space of 100 GB, reducing the size of D:
To do so, I first decreased D: by 100 GB (everything via normal Windows management tool)
But as the free space with after D: not before, I created a Z: disk there, moved all D: data to Z:, deleted the D: and renamed the Z to D:
But not when I try to increase the C:, the option to increase it is disabled
How can I fix this ?
Question by:LeTay
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There is only 1 physical drive in the computer? I.e. all drives c:, d:, are on same drive? If so, I think you need to use a different program to adjust c:. Something like
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ID: 40469487
yes, windows 7 do not support expanding system partition (boot partition)
and you need another 3rd party software,
or remove the disk, connect it to another system and then expand it
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ID: 40469488
Can you move all the data off the partitions to the right of C: and then delete D partition and go from there.  Recopy data back to what ever you create to the right of C: after adding to C:
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by:Alan Henderson
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I had the same problem. This free tool does the job:

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ID: 40469692
Wonderful tool !
10 minutes to fix my problem
Resize C:
Two reboot
Finish !
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ID: 40469697
I'm glad it worked so easily for you. Aloha!

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ID: 40469703
Against what has been said here: surely does win7 Support online expansion of c: to free space directly right of the c: drive. If that does not work, it's a file System/partitioning error.
Next time at least try to use diskpart on the command line to extend it.
list disk
select disk x
list partition
select partition x

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Indeed !
Many thanks
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ID: 40470309
could you please try diskpart to expand a system drive and share your finding with us,  because I did try it and it did not work,  and not because a partion error
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ID: 40470313
It works. I have been using it since it is possible (2006/vista).
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I don't want to belabor the point...but I usually try to stay away from command line alternatives because it is usually not a user friendly experience.
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