hard drive booting

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October 5, 2009 at 22:36:59
Specs: Windows XP
i have 2 hard drives one partioned into d: and e; ------my c: keeps fiilling up and i want to switch the os to either d : or e: to overcome the problem of getting "hardrive almost full" message constantly.., regards ross

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#1
October 5, 2009 at 23:03:44
Actually it is easier to resize the partitions:

http://www.partition-tool.com/perso...


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#2
October 5, 2009 at 23:33:51
So your C: drive is on the first hard drive and is a single partition? You might want to consider just replacing the C: drive with a newer, larger drive. How large is your C: drive?

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#3
October 5, 2009 at 23:54:23
pretty small only 8gb - e: has 160gb - what i would like to do is to make e: the boot drive and then c: could become something else therby not retaining the contents of c: without having to do much fiddling around of changing cables etc. if i have to do that i will - but i believe switches will have to be altered as well? I hate hardware i am a software person and detest pulling things apart. if there is not a software solution what is the other easiest solution regards ross

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#4
October 6, 2009 at 00:36:29
But C: is on the first hard drive and D: and E: are on the second drive?

Since your OS is on C: you'd need to clone that to an empty partition on the second drive. I don't think it could be E: as the OS needs to boot from the first partition, unless maybe you set up some kind of boot manager. But even then, what would you do with the stuff that's now on that partition?

If you go that route (and depending on the size of D: and E:) you're probably better off copying everything from D: to E: and then cloning C: to D: But sometimes when you do things like that XP gets confused because drive letters have changed and you can end up losing stuff.

It probably could be done but I think in the long run a new drive would be easier. You should be able to get a cheap 20-40 gig drive on ebay and clone C: to the new drive. Then take out the 8 gig, hook up the new drive in its place and you're all set.


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#5
October 6, 2009 at 00:44:09
i think that would be the way to go - new drive - clone c: and then use the 8gb drive as a sinker. thanks for your help regards ross

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#6
October 6, 2009 at 12:21:50
You're welcome. Post back if you need any help copying the old drive to the new one.

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