Partition unallocated space with EaseUS
So after leaving the install to run overnight I was keen to see if the new hard drive worked as expected. After unconnecting the old with the new and placing things where they should be, I rebooted windows and found that everything ran as expected. When I opened explorer I found the partition did not allocate space for the remaining unused portion. Which is expected as the only option for me was an ‘As Is’ clone.
Here is a link to my previous post for reference.
Next I went in search of a partition tool, I had heard of partition magic thoughout the years but had never used it. After a quick search I found that all the first search results did not clearly state it was free and was easy to use, so I decided not to pursue it any further. Scouring more through forums and doing searches for the best and most accepted tool, I came across mention of a partition tool called EaseUS, so I gave it a look. Navigating to their website it looked like the right tool for the job, so I downloaded it from here.
For those following, I will now describe the steps I used to expand the original boot drive to use the remaining unallocated space using this tool.
First step after aquiring the software was to install it. I wont go through those step as they are fairly trivial. After the installation I ran the software and was presented with this screen.
To begin the process of extending the main boot partition located on C: I first selected the item label C: and then right mouse clicked, this displayed the following menu options seen below. Resize/Move Partition was the menu item I was interested in.
Once clicked a new popup was presented.
Using the slider gizmo (light blue circle), slide the control towards the right until the text next to the “Unallocated Space After:” became zero. Alternatively, you could simply type in the number 0 in that text area, I chose to do the earlier option.
Once completed and happy, I then selected OK to return back to the home screen. Visually at this point I thought the process had been completed, however, after checking windows explorer and computer management the partition had not yet changed. So what had it missed? A quick look around, I noticed there was now an apply button waiting to be pressed.
Hitting this button did now start the partition process. A few more popups remained, one for shutdown and another for reboot confirmation.
After selecting yes, the system proceeded to shut down and reboot. A windows update was also pending either from last nights clone or just windows in general, either way I hoped this wasnt going to upset the partition. I was greeted with the option to cancel prior to windows booting, instead I ignored it and proceeded to continue anyways. I trusted windows 7 stability and was willing to back its performance under any circumstance. In the end I had nothing to worry about and after the partition was extended and rebooted, windows indeed recognised the changes and I did in fact have a full 2.0TB hard drive.
And with that I am now off to download my steam games now. Thanks for reading.