Hey guys, This is my first post and I seek some help. I know a fair amount about computers, but obviously not enough to get past this problem. I recently purchase an external hard drive so I can try to install W7 BETA onto the hard drive, but I'm not too familiar with the virtual machines.. So instead of going through all the hassle, I decided to just split up my C: Drive partition to make an 18 GB one to install W7 just so I won't overwrite my Vista. My first try, I had 0 MB of volume to make a new partition. So I proceeded to defrag my HDD using SmartDisk and to also mess around with the System Files to make more space. I then got plenty of space to make a new partition. I then proceeded to make a partition. I get an error message saying: "Logical Disk Manager - Access is denied." I was baffled at the time, and after all the patience I went through to make space I wasn't going to give up. I searched around the internet some more to find a solution, and I did. I now created the partition of 18 GB, and now I have to use the "New Simple Volume..." function to make it possible for W7 to install. I then use the function, make it my I: Drive, (doesn't really matter), but then I come along to this problem: Frankly, the Image says it all.. I am also running a Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit OS, if that makes a difference.. Hopefully this post has enough information for someone to help me, and I hope I made a good impression for my first post!! Thanks to anyone willing to help. EDIT: If this is not in the appropriate board, please move it.