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Right now I have a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB hard drive that has 500GB of free space on it. I know how to partition a hard drive but I'm running into a problem. I've partitioned hard drives numerous times with no problems, but when I try to partition it I it says I only have 4.5GB of space available for partitioning. Any suggestions?
 

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I do have files on it, but not Windows. Windows is on my SSD boot drive. I've partitioned Hard Drives with data before but I don't understand this problem.
 

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Disk management won't let you modify an existing partition. You will either need to delete the existing partition and then re partition. Or use different software, as Delroy said above.
 

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My D drive isn't partitioned, once I put it in my machine I never touched it. I'm trying EaseUs as I type this.
 

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I do have files on it, but not Windows. Windows is on my SSD boot drive. I've partitioned Hard Drives with data before but I don't understand this problem.


If you have files on it, it has been partitioned.

Do you need the files on it? Right click on the drive and click delete partition.
 

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Yep, I have never understood why this functionality hasn't been included in the windows disk management tool.

I guess for most people why would you want to modify an existing partition, but still...
 

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You can... I've done it before. At least on Windows 7 and Vista you can, I'm not sure about older versions.
 

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You are corret! Sorry about that, I haven't done this in windows 7 before.

You will need to shrink the partition THEN create a new one.

To get to this utility, open up Control Panel, and type in partition into the search box.. you’ll immediately see the link show up:

Shrink a Partition

In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select “Shrink Volume” from the menu.

In the Shrink dialog, you will want to enter the amount you want to shrink by, not the new size. For example, if you want to shrink your 50gb partition by roughly 10gb so that it will now be roughly 40gb, enter 10000 into the box:

Once you have some unallocated space spare you will then be able to create a new partition :)

Sorry about my ignorance of windows 7/ vista
 

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Like I said, I know how to use disk management and i've used it before but I still have the problem that it says I only have 4.5GB when I really have 500GB.
It's okay I don't expect everyone to know everything about Win 7/Vista
 

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I should have done this sooner, a picture should help.
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