Windows 10: Shrink 3 Partitions into 2?

Discus and support Shrink 3 Partitions into 2? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hello - I have a 2TB HDD and when it was set up there was an issue and the HDD was set up with 2 Partitions of 1TB each. I used the Shrink option on... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by l_turn9, May 14, 2022.

  1. l_turn9 Win User

    Shrink 3 Partitions into 2?


    Hello - I have a 2TB HDD and when it was set up there was an issue and the HDD was set up with 2 Partitions of 1TB each. I used the Shrink option on Part #2 to reduce its size but while I wanted to add it to Part 1 I was not offered that option and I ended up with Part #3 324GB which is Unallocated.. I'd like to end up with just 1 Part. What's the easiest way to do this?

    :)
     
    l_turn9, May 14, 2022
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  2. undo partition shrink

    Hi,

    If you accidentally shrink the volume of your SSD partition, there is an option to extend the volume as well. To extend the volume of your SSD partition, follow the steps below:

    • Press Windows key + X on your keyboard and select Disk Management.
    • Right-click the partition that you want to expand and click Extend Volume.
    • Select the amount of space that you want to extend.

    Keep us in the loop with the result.
     
    Gerard Qui, May 14, 2022
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  3. qinada Win User
    undo partition shrink

    Hi, disk management has limitations on the size of shrinking partition. Also extending partition with Disk Management, you must have unallocated space next to the partition which you need to expand. Otherwise, the button is grayed out.

    I suggest you use a third party free disk partition manager to help you to
    extend the partition
    .
     
    qinada, May 14, 2022
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  4. Shrink 3 Partitions into 2?

    Cannot shrink C: partition: Not enough space

    Try launching the Event Viewer to see which individual files are blocking the partition shrink.

    1. Once again, attempt to shrink the partition. You should get the "There is not enough space" error.
    2. Launch Windows' Event Viewer application.
    3. In Event Viewer, go to Windows Logs > Application.
    4. Find and Click a recent log of type Warning. It should have the message, "Error: during volume shrink initiated on volume Windows (CShrink 3 Partitions into 2? :) we failed to move a movable file extent." (screenshot)
    5. The Diagnostic details will give you the name of the "last unmovable file"
    6. Delete this file (Simply send to recycle bin. I did not need a hard delete).
    7. Try shrinking your volume again.
    8. Repeat steps 2-7 until you successfully shrink your partition. (In my case, I had to do this 3 times, as I had 3 pdf files in my local Google Drive that were for some reason stuck as 'unmovable'.).
    9. Restore your deleted files.

    CAUTION:
    Make sure you know what you are deleting! In my case, I knew that these pdf files were:

    1. Not system files
    2. Easy to download again if they became lost
     
    misterschmitz, May 14, 2022
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