Unable to Use Unallocated Space to Extend Partition

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       22 Feb 2017 #21

    UserTen said: View Post
    Okay...that's a bit too much for tonight. One last question for the evening. I have that unformatted 4GB "G" partition to the left of D. Is there some way I can "roll" that back into D at this point? Or make in unallocated so it can be reallocated later?

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    Don't worry about it. Macrium will take care of it in step 4.
    Even though it looks too much but if you do exactly what I suggested, you'll be up and running within 20Minutes at most.
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  2.    22 Feb 2017 #22

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Don't worry about it. Macrium will take care of it in step 4.
    Even though it looks too much but if you do exactly what I suggested, you'll be up and running within 20Minutes at most.

    Okay...thanks. Will look at it tomorrow. FYI, I figured out how to get that unformatted G partition back into D.

    In Disk Management, I right clicked G and selected "Delete Volume." That rendered the partition as unallocated. I was then able to extend D with that space.

    Thanks again for all of the help!

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       23 Feb 2017 #23

    Forgot that I did make a video for this except I did not include step 6.
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  4.    23 Feb 2017 #24

    With most clone software if you actually clone it will ask if you want to extend partition and do it all for you
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       23 Feb 2017 #25

    Samuria said: View Post
    With most clone software if you actually clone it will ask if you want to extend partition and do it all for you
    Don't think so. It might have an option to extend at the end of the drive if the destination drive having larger capacity which you can easily do it from disk management after cloning but not a partition in the middle of the disk.

    Always best to copy if the disks are different in capacity/make so that the cluster size is properly aligned and also to avoid disk id collision. In addition, Macrium also perform trimming while copying on the SSD.
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  6.    23 Feb 2017 #26

    Samuria said: View Post
    With most clone software if you actually clone it will ask if you want to extend partition and do it all for you
    topgundcp said: View Post
    Don't think so. It might have an option to extend at the end of the drive if the destination drive having larger capacity which you can easily do it from disk management after cloning but not a partition in the middle of the disk.

    Thanks for the continued input. All of this stuff is very new to me. I simply wanted a larger SDD and figured I'd do some reading and try to figure it out myself. I'm not a "computer guy," beyond simply daily home usage.

    I initially cloned the drive using Samsung's migration software but it only cloned the C partition. It did not clone the D partition. After some more research, I downloaded Macrium and was successful in cloning the entire drive. But as as been discussed in this thread, cloning onto a larger drive leaves the additional space unallocated.

    With the help of the info in this thread, I was pretty much where I wanted to be, having realloacted the unalloacted space into the D drive (leaving about 30GB unallocated, just for contingencies) and would have been happy had I not made the mistake of deleting that 4GB OEM partition.

    Just so I fully understand, what exactly am I giving up if I stay where I am right now without the 4GB OEM partition vs. attempting to follow the above procedure and restoring the OEM partition?

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  7.    23 Feb 2017 #27

    UserTen said: View Post
    ...Just so I fully understand, what exactly am I giving up if I stay where I am right now without the 4GB OEM partition vs. attempting to follow the above procedure and restoring the OEM partition?
    FYI, the 4GB partition is not empty and was marked as "OEM" and Minitool did not recognize it. By deleting this partition, you broke the capability to restore Windows back to the original state. -- quoting TopGunDCP from his earlier post
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  8.    23 Feb 2017 #28

    RolandJS said: View Post
    FYI, the 4GB partition is not empty and was marked as "OEM" and Minitool did not recognize it. By deleting this partition, you broke the capability to restore Windows back to the original state.
    Thanks. I read that earlier. I guess I should have been more specific in asking, what exactly does it mean to restore Windows to its original state? Am I currently in an unoriginal state? Why would I potentially need to restore to an "original state."

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  9.    23 Feb 2017 #29

    Ahhh, ok, I think Torchwood meant "original state" to mean rolling back your computer to the way it left the factory.
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  10.    23 Feb 2017 #30

    RolandJS said: View Post
    Ahhh, ok, I think Torchwood meant "original state" to mean rolling back your computer to the way it left the factory.
    Again, I'm the furthest thing from an expert but I can't foresee a reason why I'd want to return it to the "original state?" I'm leaning toward leaving well enough alone. Unless I am enlightened as to a reason why this would be a bad decision.

    Given that I'm basically following tutorials and have no deep understanding of the cloning software or computers in general, I think I'm more likely to screw things up if I go back and do the cloning/copying process a third time, whereas all is seemingly functioning fine as it is.

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