Issues shrinking volume in Device Manager...

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  1. Xcellerator

    Xcellerator New Member

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    Hi, this is my first post, because I really cannot work out what is going on!
    I have a recently bought 500GB external hard drive (NTFS) which I want to partition to have a 100GB partition formatted to either FAT32 or Mac Extended Journaled.
    I have 228gb free on the drive, but when I go to Shrink Volume in Disk Management, it says I only have 342mb available?!

    I've tried de fragmenting the drive, but that doesn't seem to help... There isn't any software left that came with the HDD, so it can't be that...

    Any help greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Could you explain your drive setup, or take a picture (with the snipping tool) of the disk management window and attach using the paperclip?

    If you only have 228 GB free, what is on the rest of the drive?
     
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley New Member

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    I don't understand why Windows would not be working for you, I've not had any issues with Disk Management. I do know if there is unmovable data written to the disk, the partition cannot shrink past this data. Therefor your issue could be unmovable data at the end of the disk.

    There is a good Free-ware application that I use instead of Disk Management. This application also comes in the form of a BootCD.
    MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

    Saltgrass is correct, more information would let us assist you better.
     
  4. zvit

    zvit Honorable Member

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    A 500GB disk will only give you about 465GB. (Math issues). If you say you have 342GB (you said MB but I assume you meant GB) available, are you talking about free space or capacity?
     
  5. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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