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I'm having trouble giving "free space" back to my primary partition on my disk 0.

The operating system I'm running is Windows 7, and all of the disk management was done by using the disk management tool in Windows 7.

Originally, my hard drive (disk 0 - 465 GB) was giving it's space to partition 1 (COMPAQ C)

Then, I "shrunk" the C partition (COMPAQ C) and with the free space, I created new partitions on disk 0, for example now it's: COMPAQ C - 200GB BACKUP E - 20GB MOVIES G - 50GB I also have "free space".

With any free space I have, I try to "Extend" COMPAQ C, and the "Extend" option in the right click menu is shaded, so I'm not sure how to go about giving the space back to COMPAQ C.

P.S: All of the space being talked about is coming from the same disk (0)

Any help?

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Maybe I'm wrong about this but to my mind you can't extend your C partition because there is no free space right behind this partition. If I'm right, you should be able to extend your G partition only. Unfortunately, Windows 7 Disk Management can't move partitions so you're only able to extend the partition immediately preceding the free space.

You may need third party software to extend your C partition without having to delete the other partitions first.

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Booting from Ubuntu Live CD will give you a way to run GPartED, and you'll be able to move partitions.

(Partitions are solid blocks of disk space, you can't take free space at the end and use it for partition that is not adjacent. ... But maybe converting this 'logical disk' into 'dynamic disk' is a solution – further research needed)

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I also believe Windows Disk Management won't let you extend the active partition anyway. So GPartED is the correct solution here. –  Shinrai Jul 11 '12 at 14:21

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