I recently uninstalled Ubuntu by deleting the partitions it was in. However, I now have free space that I cannot extend the Windows 7 partition into. The free space is after HP C: and before the recovery partition, so it's in the middle. What do I need to do to expand into the free space? Could this be accomplished by deleting the free space first?

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  • Is the free space in front of or after the Windows partition? If it's before, expanding is tricky, because that requires a physical move of the data. Some partition managers don't allow this. – user3463 Jul 13 '12 at 4:02
  • Sorry, I forgot to include that. I updated the post. The free space is after the Windows partition. – Tanner Jul 13 '12 at 4:04
  • Is it showing as used space, or "Unallocated"? If the latter, you should be able to simply right-click (from Disk Management) on the Windows partition and choose "Extend Volume". – user3463 Jul 13 '12 at 4:06
  • Neither. It just says Free Space and is light green. – Tanner Jul 13 '12 at 4:09
  • Light green means you've got an extended partition involved somewhere. You'll need to delete this if possible, before it will expand, because it needs to be unallocated. I'll see if I can find an empty drive to play with here. – user3463 Jul 13 '12 at 4:10

As I noted in the comments, light green means it's an extended partition. It appears to be empty, and does not have a drive letter associated with it, so I think it will be safe to delete.

Once it's gone, you'll see an unallocated area, into which you can extend your Windows partition.

  • Always glad to be of assistance :-) – user3463 Jul 13 '12 at 4:22

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