Changing/Understanding size of partitions Win 7

  AroundAgain 19:26 PM 16 Feb 13
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Hi Laptop running Win 7 Pro

I'm a bit unsure of how the hard drive is divided, and what each partition is doing. When Win Explorer open, it shows C drive (67Gb) and D drive (66.9Gb). However, on expanding the drives, ie in the left hand panes, D drive says 'empty'

Having now downloaded Easus Partition Manager, it shows what apparently looks like 4 partitions, and I assume one of them is the Recovery (15Gb, of which 7Gb is used). When adding up the Gb showing in EPM it suggests a 250Gb drive but I have seemingly only got 66Gb accessible.

I'd like to re-organise the drive/partitions, so that I have increased storage for general use, and the Recovery partition.

Can you help me achieve this, please? As ever, I'll be very grateful for your help :)

I don't seem to be able to create a link to an image, for some reason no icon to click on to do this. Will try in next post

Cheers

  AroundAgain 19:27 PM 16 Feb 13
  AroundAgain 19:29 PM 16 Feb 13
  lotvic 19:40 PM 16 Feb 13

No, your harddrive is 150GB (149.05GB). You must have misread the 100mb system reserved partition and thought it was 100GB when you were adding up.

  AroundAgain 20:23 PM 16 Feb 13

Thanks, lotvic. I can see what you mean. Yes, I added in the system reserved partition too!

So, how can I utilise the 67Gb of the 'D' drive, please? Can I just join them up using EPM?

This shows the space available

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  AroundAgain 20:25 PM 16 Feb 13

Sorry, trying again - will have to do this better and use the right code!!! ;)

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  lotvic 21:24 PM 16 Feb 13

Before you alter anything you need to know what is using 7.56GB of the D: partition.

As they are hidden (can't see them in Windows Explorer) you need to enable Show Hidden Files and Folders. ClickHere

Post back with details of what they are.

  lotvic 21:28 PM 16 Feb 13

Oh, and a tip for imageshack, Use the Direct Link and then only that image will be shown to whoever clicks on it.

  AroundAgain 22:01 PM 16 Feb 13

Hi lotvic I've done a screen dump and then put the size of the four files on it. Hopefully, this will tell you what you need to know.

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/9821/screendump4samsung.jpg

Cheers

  rdave13 23:14 PM 16 Feb 13

Personally I would leave well alone. It's a manufacturers system allowing you to restore and create a latest restore, saving up to date recovery. You have 52 Gig on the C:\ drive and 59 Gig on the D:\ drive free. The hidden partitions are hidden for a reason.

Whatever you decide, if you get the option, create restore discs before you think of playing about with the partitions, is my humble advice.

  lotvic 23:27 PM 16 Feb 13

It's a bit late at night now, but will study that tomorrow as am puzzled why there are two samsung recovery sets, unless the one on D: is a type of backup. Others will hopefully join in with their better knowledge.

In the meantime, as per rdave13 advice on your other thread - get the proper Samsung Restore DVD's burnt before you do anything else. Then if everything gets messed up and F4 doesn't work you can use those to restore to factory fresh state (as it was when first started up)

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