Windows 10: How do I expand my "C" drive with a new created volume? Solved

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  1.    05 Oct 2015 #11

    Suggestion. Do not try to move your partition until after performing an image backup. I tried this in the past with Win 8.1 and my disk signature changed resulting in failure to start Windows.
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  2.    05 Oct 2015 #12

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    Well I am surprised to hear some of these answers. I've done what you want to do on my old computer, using MiniTool and from a Boot disk and it was EASY!!! no problem. left side or right side. Seeing how your New Volume is right next to your C-drive, MiniTool can extend your C-drive in about 5 sec's. BUT, like I always say, and do myself ... Make a image backup first. Then extend your C-drive. Bottom line is THIS can be done....with MiniTool ISO which is a free program.
    I never had to do that before so that's why I wasn't sure.
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       05 Oct 2015 #13

    Cornishman said: View Post
    I'm worried that if this doesn't work, I might not be able to restore my "E" boot disk into a smaller partition.
    Ok if you are worried and don't feel right about trying to extend your c-drive partition, then don't. Makes me wonder why you shrank your partition in the 1st place. But, if you made a Complete Image Backup 1st, using something like Macrium Reflect 1st, saved it on a different drive, then you could play with re-sizing your c-drive partition, without ANY worries. Any changes to your partitions that someone wants to make, they should always make image backups 1st. Then it won't matter if it works or not, you just restore your computer back to the original state it was in. You just need to do these steps from a boot disk, or boot usb , I prefer using my dvd. bottom line if your nervous about these changes, don't do it. Your choice.
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       05 Oct 2015 #14

    A piece I didn't see discussed here is that your "New Volume" shows as an actual formatted partition. If you were going to move C: over to the left (with MiniTool, for instance), you would need to delete the 800 MB partition first, creating unallocated space. It may be moot since you may not do it but I thought I'd just mention the missing step.
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  5.    05 Oct 2015 #15

    Kari said: View Post
    I think that's the right thing to do. That 800 MB you could add to C: is totally insignificant.
    I have a little bit of CDO - that's just like OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be. That 800 MB empty space would be bugging me like a little child in the back seat on a long trip saying, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? When are we going to get there? Are we there yet?" ;-)

    and burned out light bulbs - and I deploy on ships with tens of thousands of fluorescent tubes.
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  6.    05 Oct 2015 #16

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I have a little bit of CDO - that's just like OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be. That 800 MB empty space would be bugging me like a little child in the back seat on a long trip saying, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? When are we going to get there? Are we there yet?" ;-)

    and burned out light bulbs - and I deploy on ships with tens of thousands of fluorescent tubes.
    I've put the volume back in the "E" drive for now.
    Just seems like a waste inside the boot partition, even if it's only 1Gb.
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       05 Oct 2015 #17

    Yup, it is a waste, mine are a lot smaller. But whatever makes you feel happy.
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  8.    05 Oct 2015 #18

    Cornishman said: View Post
    I've put the volume back in the "E" drive for now.
    Just seems like a waste inside the boot partition, even if it's only 1Gb.
    I've never had MiniTool Partition Wizard corrupt data yet on anything I have told it to do and I like to play around with my systems a lot. Shrink a partition, make a new partition to try something new, delete the test partition, expand the system partition back again. And I've always just install MiniTool Partition Wizard as a program in Windows and have never bothered booting from it. Partition Wizard just gives you a notification that it has to reboot to accomplish work on the system partition and when I reboot it does it's thing before rebooting back into Windows.

    But there is always the possibility of an unforeseen event like a power loss, or more likely telling Partition Wizard to do the wrong thing.

    With Partition Wizard it would have been just as easy to add the unallocated space to C: drive as it was to add it to E: drive. Just would have required a reboot and some more time.
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       05 Oct 2015 #19

    Strange that I seem to agree with NavyLCDR a lot lately. He is right bty. Done the same thing myself a few times, only difference I do it from my MiniTool bootdisk, cause it makes ME feel comfy ... lol
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  10.    05 Oct 2015 #20

    Well I bit the bullet and gave it a go, just out of curiosity.
    Did an image backup.
    Opened disk manager and shrank back about 900Mb from "E" (boot partition)
    Installed MiniTool partion and in under a minute, put the 900Mb into my "C" drive.
    Thanks OldMike65!
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