Can anyone help my shrink the partition of my XtremKey by 20gb and then turn that unallocated space into a second partition? I want to use Yumi to create a multiboot on the 20gb and then use the rest of the LaCie XtremKey for storing live programs for on the go. any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Hold the Windows logo key on your keyboard and press "R" (Winkey+R). This will launch the Run the utility. Type "diskmgmt.msc" inside the text box and press Enter. This will open the Windows Disk Management utility. This is where you can format, create, and delete hard drive partitions. order to create a partition, you need unallocated space. Unallocated space is basically disk space that is not formatted or not prepared for storage. Formatting is the act of preparing a disk space for storage. It similar to building a foundation for a place to be inhabited. Thus, unallocated space is just useless blank space with no "foundation" or format. To create unallocated space, you need to shrink your hard drive. When you shrink your hard disk, the remaining space becomes unallocated. To do this, right-click your main drive and select "Shrink Volume." You will then see the region of unallocated space (shaded black). Remember, this space is not yet usable. Now you need to create "foundation" or format for the unallocated space. This will allow for the space to become usable. Right-click the region of unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume." This will launch the New Simple Volume Wizard. This will guide you through the installation process. ssign the disk a drive letter. You can choose any drive letter that is not currently in use. Select a file system for the disk. The file system is basically the type of format or "foundation" the storage device has. If you plan on installing a Windows OS to the partition select the"NTFS" file system. Name the partition in the "Volume Label" text box. You can choose any name for your partition. Now click "Finish" to create the new partition.
Please follow these instructions to create a new partition on your current hard drive Go to: control panel
right click on your hard drive
select shrink volume
enter the amount of space you want for your new partition
you will then see a section saying unallocated space
right click unallocated space
select new simple volume
select the amount of space you want for your new volume and select next
select a letter to assign to the new partition then select next
in the volume label box type the name you want for your new partition
select next and then finish and wait for the format to finish
You have just successfully created a new partition
Do you have a Recovery Partition on D? You need to expand C.: You do not what to name, leave as unallocated space. Take a look a this expand procedure: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/
Launch the Disk Management tool on your computer running
Windows 7 by opening the Start menu and typing "diskmgmt.msc" in the
search bar. The Disk Management tool, showing all connected storage
Pick the hard drive onto which you'll install Windows 8. The
normal choice is Disk0, which is the primary hard drive. This disk
should already show your C: drive, and possibly other items like
Verify the available free space on the selected disk. For
most computers with no other dual-boot setups installed, the entire
drive should be occupied, so you'll have to shrink an existing drive
(like C:). If there is a section with a black bar titled "unallocated,"
then this represents free space not currently in use.
Shrink your C: drive by right-clicking on it and selecting
"Shrink Volume." The computer assesses and reports how much free space
is available on the disk. You need a minimum of 16GB of free space to
install 32-bit Windows 8 and 20GB of space for 64-bit Windows 8. Type
either 160000 or 200000 in the "Enter the amount of space to shrink in
MB" box. Increase that number if you want additional storage space for
files and programs within Windows 8. Click "Shrink" to continue.
Right-click on the new unallocated space and select "New
Simple Volume." Leave the defaults, ensuring that NTFS is selected as
the file system type. Give the drive a name, like "Windows 8."
Insert your Windows 8 installation disc or USB drive into
your computer. When the new drive is formatted, restart the computer and
boot from your installation disc or drive.
Install Windows 8
Select "Custom" during the Windows 8 Setup initialization process.
Select the new drive you created when the installation
program asks you where you want to install Windows 8. Be sure to select
the drive with the label you used for the new drive; if you install to
the C: drive, you will overwrite your existing Windows 7 installation.
Follow onscreen instructions to install Windows 8.
Reboot after you install Windows 8, ensuring that you've
removed any installation media. When the computer restarts, you are
presented with a boot screen that lets you pick between Windows 7 and
For anyone else that runs into this issue, you don't need the EXE.
Follow the instructions on here to get to the Storage control panel area on your computer so you can view partitions: http://www.ehow.com/how_5022760_check-partitions-hard-drive.html
Locate your LaCie drive, and delete the small partition that shows as "Healthy". Once you delete that, you should have a large "Unallocated" space. Format that normally using either FAT32 or NTFS. Your drive will now have its full allocation (which with a 500GB drive, should be around 465GB, give or take depending on the system accessing it).
Right-mouse click My Computer
Double-click Disk Management (Local)
Right-mouse click on the 60GB partition
Choose Delete Partition
Click on the 300GB of "unallocated" space.
Create a partition that "spans" the 300 GB.
Format the new partition.
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. To create a partition or volume
(the two terms are often used interchangeably) on a hard disk, there
must be either unallocated (empty) space on the hard disk or free space
within an extended partition on the hard disk. If
there is no unallocated space, you can create some by shrinking an
existing partition, deleting a partition, or by using a third-party
partitioning program. For more information, see Can I repartition my hard disk? For more information about reformatting a hard disk, see the "What is reformatting?" section below.
It would seem that the LaCie(300770) 250 GB Hard Drive would need partitioning and not only formatting to be able to recover the missing space.
This is better explained by Microsoft Support .
Alternately, you can right click on "My Computer, click on Manage, click on Disk Management, right click on the Lacie drive and delete its current partition. Ok or Apply, Windows may ask you to reboot. Do the Disk Management again. If the Lacie's original/erroneous partition has been successfully deleted, it will now show as "Unknown Partition".
To create your new partition, right click on the unallocated space (black stripe on top), click on "New Partition" on the menu. To format, simply right click on the Lacie and click on Format.
As a matter of choice, I prefer to use Partition Magic and/or Seatools for Windows.
If using any of the above method and the Lacie will not partition/format or errors keep on appearing, it may be that the Lacie is no longer usable as a whole.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.