To Reformat or Merge Partitions

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August 24, 2009 at 22:33:08
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Sony Vaio desktop using Windows XP with a partitioned hard drive and the C Drive is at zero capacity. The D drive still has 80% free space and I am trying to figure out how to move some of the files from C to D but I keep getting erros when I try that. I have read a bit on previous posts about Partition Magic but I think I could also restore my system to it's initial state by using the Vaio Recovery Wizard. I backed up the C and D drives but do you know if once I reformat to the original configuration whether there is a way to assign certain programs to the D drive instead of the C drive or should I just make one big C drive? I am clueless but I also want to regain space on the C drive so that I can continue to get updates and such. I can no longer defrag or use system restore because the C drive is used up. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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#1
August 24, 2009 at 23:46:11
Well like you said you read about Partition magic. you can merge the partition D to C then is possible with the program.

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August 25, 2009 at 00:33:00

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#3
August 25, 2009 at 09:06:37
Thanks for the link MWCC! I think it's worth a shot. I just wanted to see if, before I bought the program. anyone on here actually recommended Partition Magic or thought it was my best option. The EASEUS one seems like it will do the same thing if I interpret it correctly.

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#4
August 25, 2009 at 09:11:15
Given your conditions and knowledge level be warned that using a partition manager can render your desktop defunct.

Make sure you backup all important information to a source off the system or you could lose it all.

Be prepared to have to do a fresh install if it goes gunnybags.


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#5
August 25, 2009 at 09:23:12
Thanks wanderer - I appreciate the cautionary advice. I bought an external hard drive and backed up both drives already. I hope that was the best option, LOL. It was when I attempted to merge the partitions that I realized it was more than I could just right click and handle on my own. I do have the Vaio recovery wizard on the computer but also feared that if I just forged ahead and reformatted, I might need the XP key code to reboot and start over and right now I don't know where that is. Thus, I decided to pick the brains of knowledgeable folks on a site like this before I just went at it and regretted it. Since I did back up the drives, I feel better about doing anything at all; still, if I can do it with the most sensible approach, I sure would appreciate going at it from that standpoint! If I do lose everything for some reason, it's not the end of the world. I do have a laptop so I wouldn't be totally without a computer. I would just like to reclaim my C drive or at least be able to extend it. There is so much room on the D drive and I have been using it for adding new programs for a long time. My problem became not knowing how to move or reassign any of the programs or files to the D drive to free up space. Maybe that's not even possible, but at least if I start afresh, I can hopefully reassign some of this resource hogs. I'm not even sure how, but maybe EASEUS can help. I'm not going to do anything until I can find the XP code so I am happy to get all of this help advice on here. Thanks again.

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#6
August 25, 2009 at 11:50:41
Easus works great! I used it on my Sony Vaio desktop. If you have any problems with the prog, contact Easus tech support and they will help you to get it right.

I made my C partition too small during a fresh install. I used Easus to enlarge it and all worked out awesome with no data loss whatsoever.

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#7
August 25, 2009 at 13:15:57
Thanks for the useful info XPUser4Real. When I finally get this accomplished, I will share my results.

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