Windows 10: Need Help With Shrink Volume!

  1.    24 Apr 2017 #1

    Need Help With Shrink Volume!

    Hello everyone! I was trying to dual boot windows 10 and ubuntu and before i can do that i have to make a partition for it and i have a hard drive in my laptop that is over 220 GB big but when i go to create a partition it says the biggest i can make the partition is 6 GB!!! and i have a ton of free space. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated because no other site has helped.
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  2.    24 Apr 2017 #2

    If you are using a HDD, then the files could be fragmented. Try running windows disk defragment or try using defraggler.
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  3.    24 Apr 2017 #3

    Could you post a screenshot from disk Management so we can see
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  4.    24 Apr 2017 #4

    Windows likes to spread out and use lots of space on an otherwise empty hard drive. There are system files that often get placed deep into the disk that Windows considers unmovable. So if you are trying to shrink a volume using Windows tools then it will only let you shrink to the "unmovable" file. In your case, 6GB.

    For this reason it works better to use third party software to do the job. These programs will move everything into the new smaller space you choose, allowing you to use as much of the hard disk as you want.
    Good programs are MiniTool Partition Wizard, Easeus Partition Master, Acronis Disk Director.
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  5.    24 Apr 2017 #5

    I've seen bad threads about Disk Director. MiniTool Partition Wizard has never failed me.
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  6.    24 Apr 2017 #6

    I recently got a free copy of Disk Director. Used it to re-partition 2 laptops. Not a problem.
    The interface is not as graphically intuitive as PW (which I have always used up until the latest version that does not have a free bootable CD) so I can see where someone might get confused if they were not being careful.
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