Hard drive partition

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#1

Hi

I am having a problem in sorting out the space on my hard drive.

It is a 60GB drive and it is in 2 x 30GB partitions. Drive C is 99% full and drive D is 99% free. Both use NTFS file systems

I want to take the unused space from D and put it into C (if possible).

I understand it can be done by formatting the drive from a XP CD, however the computer came with a rescue disk instead of a XP CD and using it returns it to the same state

I think I am correct in saying that D drive is used only for the OS recovery.

I would rather do this without losing the data I have on C drive, even though I do have a back up.

Can anyone explain in simple terms how this may be done.

Thanks

Steve


#2

Hi Steve and welcome to CD Freaks :slight_smile:

Before you consider complicated solutions like reinstalling, or uniting the partitions into one: have you thought to just copy all your data files over to the D: drive? That might free some space.

If you really only have 1% of 30GB free on your system disc (drive C), then I’m surprised XP is still working…


#3

If you really only have 1% of 30GB free on your system disc (drive C), then I’m surprised XP is still working…

Thanks for the welcome.

I suppose the above could be the reason why the computer is so slow

I would rather, if possible keep all on drive C:


#4

Moving stuff over to the D: drive would aslo be a good idea IMO, since if your OS drive (C: ) goes belly-up for some reason and you need to format, your stuff stays intact.

I personally have a 250GB drive on both my PC’s, each split into three chunks. I save nothing to my OS drive if I can help it. :slight_smile:


#5

Just rechecked

Drive C: 90% full
Drive D: 99% free
Sorry
Steve


#6

OK Even with 10% free I bet that C: drive is pretty fragmented and yes, pretty slow.

Anyway if you’re sure you don’t want to off-load stuff from C:, then you will have to look at some repartitioning software which can merge C: and D: into one large C:. However you will need to make a backup first, in case it all goes wrong.

It seems rather excessive to have the recovery partition of 30 GB; normally they are a few GB only.


#7

If I do go down the route of using D: for all except the OS, I presume the simplest way is to drag and drop. In this case will the file paths be changed automatically from C: to D:?

Sorry if this seems very trivial.

Steve


#8

Steve I don’t know your setup, or how you’ve got the storage organised; but you definitely need to keep your installed programs on C:. It’s just any data files - for example Word docs, Excel files, DVD-Video folders, .ISO files, .avi files etc - that can be copied. If your C: drive is full of installed programs then these shouldn’t be just moved over.


#9

no, sorry. if you are good at following instructions there are very easy and free programs to enlarge the c drive and shrink the d drive. but as imkidd suggested there is always a risk of loosing data.

GParted


#10

ok many thanks for everyones help

Steve


#11

Let us know how you get on, Steve; and if we can be of more help.


#12

Acronis and Partition Magic can both change the partition sizes safely.