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My OS is Win 7 Ultimate and have 3 partitions. Now, I would like to resize one partition and create one more. However, the partition manager in Windows 7 says that I already have the maximum allowed.

Are there any other software which allows me to create additional partitions beyond the maximum allowed by Win 7?

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You can have as many partitions as you want - (you can't mount more than 26!), It sounds like you are creating the wrong sort.

You can only create 4 primary partitions (unsure why you are getting a message with 3 - are you counting the System and/or hidden ones?).

You can however create an extended partition, then create as many logical partitions inside of that.

If you are still having problems and/or the Windows Disk Management tool will not allow you to do it, I recommend that you take a look at Gparted.

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How to create an extended volume? I can't see any such option. – Ctroy Jan 14 '11 at 15:19
@Ctroy - That green outer box shows an extended partition and the V drive is a logical partition inside of it. You have sort of got a weird order, if you use Gparted, you may be able to move that free space in the middle to the end, alternatively, it is awkward, but I would recommend creating a new 20GB drive at the start of the unallocated 70GB, and move everything from the D drive to it, then delete the D drive and reassign the D letter to it, then try to do something similar with the V drive - see if you can offload the data somewhere and delete it, to recreate the extended in all that – William Hilsum Jan 14 '11 at 15:32
space... there isn't really an easy solution... – William Hilsum Jan 14 '11 at 15:35
I will try to use Gparted like you mentioned. I hope I don't lose my data. By the way, do you know any easy or simple way to get the drive data as an iso image? Or any other way to take backup easily? Thx for your help :) – Ctroy Jan 14 '11 at 15:43
By the way, just to be sure, isn't it possible to do the thing you using the partition manager that exists in windows 7? – Ctroy Jan 14 '11 at 15:46

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