Increasing size of a partition

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
April 29, 2010 at 16:45:15
Specs: Windows XP
I have two partitions on the hard drive, C and D. The C partition is too small and I am running out of space. How can I increase the C partion by taking space from D, without losing data on D, or reformatting the entire hard drive ?

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April 29, 2010 at 16:55:17
Don,t think you can do this in disk management think you will need software for this but i could be wrong
Acronis will do it but i don't think its free

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April 29, 2010 at 18:22:38
How big are the 2 partitions? What do you use the D partition for?

Normally the 2nd partition is for storage. If you have a bunch of data in your My Documents folder, create a folder on the D partition, copy your files to the new folder, then delete them from the My Documents folder. And remember to empty the recycle bin.

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April 29, 2010 at 18:28:34
You can even 'move' your My Documents folder to the D: drive. Tweakui (free) will do this, It's in the 'My Computer' > 'Special Folders' sectior.

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April 29, 2010 at 18:32:44
You can also mount D as a folder on C:

If you want to resize you may be able to with a product like Partion Magic or it's linux clone. Many live cd's offer qtparted. I think there is one other that does the same thing.

Consider backing up before you try this. Only mounting D as a folder on C is MS approved.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 29, 2010 at 21:09:49
If your second drive has a lot of room, you can move files as above, and for convenience sake, put back a shortcut to the folder you moved in the original location (it only uses a few Kb space) so you can easily find things in their usual places.
You can also uninstall a number of programs from 'C' drive and reinstall them choosing 'custom' and selecting the more open drive to install.
You can free up space by using the 'disk clean up' feature on your computer.
You can free up space by reducing the amount of space system restore uses, just move the slide to the left (say from 15% or 18% to maybe 10% or 12%) and clicking OK
You can reduce the amount of virtual memory on 'C' drive by half and activate the same amount of virtual memory usage on the more open drive.
OR, add an additional hard drive to your computer, copy your files over onto it, delete the 'D' volume, and use a partitioning program to expand 'C' drive to the entire disk area.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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