C: & D: Drive Switched???

May 4, 2009 at 12:57:22
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 @ 2.6
I just found out after doing some disk cleanup on my Sony VIAO that the drives are somehow switched. My C: drive has very little on it and it's the 60GB drive (partition). The D: drive has everything on it (Windows, Program Files, etc.), but it's the 7GB drive (partition). I do not know what happened to have caused this, or when. Any ideas as to get either the drives renamed/swapped or whatever would be greatly appreciated.

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#1
May 4, 2009 at 13:06:28
You can't change the drive letter of the OS partition.

Did you partition the hard drive into two partitions like you are seeing?

Do you currently have a USB flash drive connected to your computer?


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#2
May 4, 2009 at 13:13:58
I inherited the computer from my father, who bought it from Best Buy many years ago. He would not have been the one that "partitioned" anything . . . he would not be capable of anything like that since he is not computer savy. The computer is being used by my 13-year old in his room, and it is networked with the host computer via cabled router. And, no, there is no USB flash drive hooked up.

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#3
May 4, 2009 at 13:19:57
Then it sounds like somehow you have unhidden the hidden restore partition that came from the factory.

Did you perform a system restore or repair?


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#4
May 4, 2009 at 13:34:15
I may have many months ago after inheriting the computer, but not recently. Any ideas how to get things back to normal? Hopefully it won't entail creating recovery disks and reformatting. I'm all ears.

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#5
May 4, 2009 at 13:39:35
First thing you need to do is to determine what you are working with.

Programs don't move themselves from one partition to another.

Check to see if you have TWO listings for Windows and installed programs. Then see if the programs actually work.

Also, go to Disk Management and see what the capacity and free space is on each partition. You also need to post back what type of partition each one is.


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#6
May 4, 2009 at 13:59:48
C: Primary; partition/basic/NTFS/Healthy (System) - 14.9GB with free space of 2.7GB

D: Extended/Logical; partition/basic/NTFS/Healthy - 59.6GB with free space of 59.2GB

No, there is only one Windows and one file of Program Files, which all work, however slowly.


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#7
May 4, 2009 at 14:32:54
A possible solution for you would be to resize the partitions so that C: is larger and D: is smaller. I used a free program called EASUS Partition Manager 3 to redistribute the space between C: and D: on a laptop, and it worked fine. To do this, you would have to shrink the size of the D: drive, and then add the newly created space to your C: drive.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4


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#8
May 4, 2009 at 14:41:22
Would this be my only option?

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#9
May 4, 2009 at 15:09:13
I have downloaded Easeus, and was able to decrease the size of the D: drive, as you suggested doing first. However, despite having "unallocated" space available, I cannot seem to change the size of my C: drive (system/primary). Any suggestions?

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#10
May 4, 2009 at 16:43:34
You may need to format the unallocated space brfore you can merge.

Let me suggest something else. Your father evidently partitioned your drive like it is. That is actually good.

You probably don't perform any backups either do you?

How much of the 14GB of files on the C drive are actually OS and program files?

Right click on My Documents and choose the general tab. how much space is being used by My Documents?


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#11
May 4, 2009 at 16:57:05
I got it figured out. I used a different tool to resize my partitions, and it worked. I now have a large C: primary drive, and a small D: drive. Now I just have to figure out how to have Windows automatically create "Restore Points" to my D: drive.

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#12
May 4, 2009 at 17:15:58
THANK YOU to both of you that assisted me in figuring this out. I really appreciate your help.

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