first – even though you can use these procedures on a running, active windows vista or windows 7 operating system, if you care about your data, back it up – somewhere else – please! critical personal data i synchronize it using windows live mesh. now onto the tutorial and screen shots.
my windows 7 partition (and system reserved 100 mb partition) – right click on the c: partition and choose shrink volume…
here’s how much space i can reclaim immediately on my computer (i haven’t defragmented or anything else – just ran the shrink volume command)
this took about 30 seconds and now it’s shrunk.
you can only extend a volume that has free space to the right of it (so in this case i can extend the e: volume i created)
if i had a partition for data and wanted to combine the two, i would have to free up the e: partition by moving it’s contents to a removable disk and then deleting the e: partition to extend c:
you can also use the command line utility diskpart from within windows 7 or windows vista or from windows pe to deal with repartitioning as well (this works on previous operating systems like windows xp!)
help shrink will list the usage of the command within diskpart
help extend will list the usage of the command within diskpart