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I've just re-installed vista, in my previously dual booted system. Vista is installed on a 120 GB partition on my 250GB HDD. My HDD's architecture has as follows

  • 120GB NTFS where Vista is installed
  • 120GB extended, where ubuntu is installed(8GB swap, 25GB \home and 25GB \) along with the 60GB NTFS free space
  • 3.5GB NTFS

I used vista's disk mangement to make the free space, a new volume so as to use it. When I try to do so, however, I get a message that

There is not enough space in disk(s) to perform this operation

I also tried to delete the free partition but I keep getting the same message. A screenshot from disk management, follows

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What can be done to use this free space?

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Old versions disk management are very buggy, and often display logical partitions incorrectly. For example in your screenshot the extended partition contains only the "free space" along with 4 other primary partitions. That means there are 5 partitions in your MBR disk which is impossible on MBR. I've also seen that bug so many times in various different PCs. Diskmgmt.msc also has very limited paritioning capability compared to 3rd party solutions

So you'd better use some other partitioners such as MiniTool® Partition Wizard Home Edition, AOMEI Partition Assistant or EaseUS® Partition Master to resize the partitions. They're all much better than windows diskmgmt.msc. Gparted is also good if you're using Linux or has a USB pen drive to boot from

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