I needed to get a bigger (500gb) hard drive for my Dell XPS1710 laptop. I did an Acronis disk copy of the old drive and ported the data across to the formatted new drive which was more than twice the size - I forget exactly. I'm using Vista and Acronis Home.
Anyway, from Control Panel/Computer management - Storage/Disk Management I now have Disk 0 with:
86mb Simple / Basic / Healthy volume with no drive letter allocated with a status of: EISA configuration, Capacity 86mb, Free space 86mb
Volume C: Simple / Basic - NTFS, Status Healthy (System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition, 136gb Capacity, 2gb Free Space (THE PROBLEM)
Both the above are highlighted with a Blue Bar - the key says Primary Partition though the Free Space is shown with a Green Bar.
Finally, to the right of the diagrammatic representation of Disk 0 I have a Black Bar above the box which has the information 327gb unallocated. (THE OTHER PROBLEM!)
From the colour key I have no extended partitions. Below is a screenshot of this information.
Everthing I've tried to allocate this space for use has failed - usually because the options I read from help and elsewhere that I need to use are greyed out and can't be used.
I don't want to cause more problems than I have (just the lack of disk space) - can anyone spare the time to take me through the procedure please?
Thanks in anticipation