Disk Management problem

  Ozy 12:49 02 Jul 2008

i put this on helproom then realised i should have put it here
On Vista Premium I have one 250Gb hard drive (sata) split into 3 partitions,
Acer C: 77.88Gb, Data D: 111.00Gb, Data+ K: 33.71Gb
I wanted to reduce Data D: and add to Data+ K:.
In Management / Disk Management, I reduced Data D: and I have now got,
Data D:55.77GB, and an Unallocated partition of 55.66Gb.
Right click unallocated partition I get the format box, it offers me
Maximum disk space in Mbts 5700
Minimum disk space in Mbts 8
Simple volume size in Mbts 5700
Click next
Assign the following drive letter L
Click next
Format the volume
Click next, click finish
An Error Box, says
There is not enough space on the disk to complete this operation.
Click OK and I am back at Disk Management.
I have tried reducing the simple volume 5700 to 5566 to match the
Unallocated partition, but this does not work either.

  BurrWalnut 15:07 04 Jul 2008

You may have to remove drive K (i.e. make it unallocated space) to be able to combine it with the other unallocated space from the D shrink.

The shrink partition utility can only decrease the partition size down to the first unmovable/locked system file. To get round this, temporarily turn off System Restore, do the shrink and turn System Restore back on. Running a defrag may also move some of the ‘unmovable’ files.

Alternatively, you can shrink partitions by running the diskpart command from the Vista DVD.

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