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simrick
07-02-2013, 11:58 AM
Hi.
I have a dual boot XPpro/W8pro 32bit system. I have some empty space on a partition that I would like to merge with the W8 OS because it's running out of space. However, the 2 partitions are not contiguous - the XP OS is in between them (see attached screenshot). How do I accomplish this and not mess up my bootloader please? Thanks very much for any help.

badrobot
07-02-2013, 04:29 PM
Delete the volume that you want to merge with the win 8. It should be "Unallocated" volume before you can merge it with win 8. Then highlight win 8 and click merge. It will automatically select the unallocated volume to merge with it.

simrick
07-02-2013, 06:04 PM
Delete the volume that you want to merge with the win 8. It should be "Unallocated" volume before you can merge it with win 8. Then highlight win 8 and click merge. It will automatically select the unallocated volume to merge with it.

Hi badrobot,
Thanks for your reply. I tried your suggestion. It doesn't automatically select the unallocated volume - I have to select both it and the W8 partition and set the target to W8 partition. Then, when it gets to the PreOS Mode, I get "abort - error information code 12 - environment has changed and is not consistent".
I think this is because the partitions I am trying to merge are not next to each other, right? I had read somewhere that someone had a similar problem, and had finally found a command called "allocate free space", but I have not been able to find that command.

UPDATE:
I was able to swap the unallocated area and the XP partition, so that the unallocated is now contiguous with the W8 partition (move command). Both OSs are functional, so that was successful. Now, I tried to "merge" the unallocated with the W8 partition. It went into PreOS mode and I got the same error #12. The operations shown in the program to execute were two: Move (C) on disk 1 and Resize (C) on disk 1. Maybe I will try to do them one at a time and see if that works.

UPDATE #2:
No joy. Tried to move the W8 partition, same error #12. I sure hope someone can tell me what I am doing wrong.

simrick
07-05-2013, 07:19 AM
*bump* ...

badrobot
07-05-2013, 07:34 AM
Hi badrobot,
Thanks for your reply. I tried your suggestion. It doesn't automatically select the unallocated volume - I have to select both it and the W8 partition and set the target to W8 partition. Then, when it gets to the PreOS Mode, I get "abort - error information code 12 - environment has changed and is not consistent".
I think this is because the partitions I am trying to merge are not next to each other, right? I had read somewhere that someone had a similar problem, and had finally found a command called "allocate free space", but I have not been able to find that command.

UPDATE:
I was able to swap the unallocated area and the XP partition, so that the unallocated is now contiguous with the W8 partition (move command). Both OSs are functional, so that was successful. Now, I tried to "merge" the unallocated with the W8 partition. It went into PreOS mode and I got the same error #12. The operations shown in the program to execute were two: Move (C) on disk 1 and Resize (C) on disk 1. Maybe I will try to do them one at a time and see if that works.

UPDATE #2:
No joy. Tried to move the W8 partition, same error #12. I sure hope someone can tell me what I am doing wrong.

Close AOMEI and do the merging from the native disk management utility of MS. Right click on Win 8 partition and select "Extend Volume" and follow the next prompts to extend the Win 8 partition to the unallocated volume.

simrick
07-05-2013, 11:00 AM
Before I saw your post, I went and downloaded EaseUS Partition Manager and it worked flawlessly. But thanks for your help.

badrobot
07-05-2013, 11:34 AM
Before I saw your post, I went and downloaded EaseUS Partition Manager and it worked flawlessly. But thanks for your help.

yeah. I didn't know you wanted to use 3rd party partition utilities because the task you want to do is basic and can be done on default disk management utility on windows. Cheers!