Can PM8 allocate more space to low space C dr

January 23, 2010 at 21:34:52
Specs: Windows XP
this question is related to low disk space on c drive. I am down to 500 mb on system drive of a 10 gb logical drive. The setup is one 'physcial" drive with two partitions, c and D. Can I use a program like partition magic to allocate more space to the C partition, there by solving low disk space problem.

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January 23, 2010 at 22:59:04
Yes, I recommend Easeus Partition Master 4.1.1

As with all repartitioning you should backup your critical data files before starting the job.

Good luck.

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January 26, 2010 at 17:58:25
thanks for the info, Not familiar with that Product, but I'll give it a try.

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January 26, 2010 at 20:06:58
Simpler solution is to just move some files. If you only have 500Mb left chances are the partition is fragmented. Making changes under those conditions is riskier than normal.

I'll bet you don't have any backups either, do you?

BTW, defrag will not work because you need a minimum of 15% free space (1.5GB in your case).

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January 26, 2010 at 21:20:05
Partition Magic 8.x is fairly old (last updated ~2001) but it works for XP for what you want to do. However it's not free, unless you know someone who bought it you can borrow it from. You can run the Dos version of PM - it has all the same basic capabilities - by making a 2 floppy set made by running a program on the CD, and booting with the first floppy, so you don't necessarily need to install it on the hard drive.
You have to delete the D partition to make unallocated space available, then you can Re-size C larger. However, no program that does this is without risk - it's always recommended you back up your data, at least what data you don't want to lose, to somewhere if you want to be 100% assured you won't lose it. On the other hand, I haven't had any problems I couldn't fix with PM 8.0 .

There is a very similar free program, not as old, that does the same things available on the web called Partition Logic, but I haven't used it yet - a freind has and recommends it.

NOTE that you should run CHKDSK /F in Windows on both partitions, or at least C, before you use any such software.

What's the size of the D partition? If it's not very big, there isn't much point in you increasing the size of the partition C is on - you're just going to fill up C again in a short time - get yourself a larger hard drive - you can use free software to copy the contents of your drive to the new drive - if this is a laptop, get an external enclosure for the new drive, copy the files to that, then install it in your laptop.

NOTE that you may have to delete some software in order to have room to install the program that copies the partition, on C, and the minimum free space it needs. E.g. The Seagate site has such software, only usable if your drive is Seagate or Maxtor, or there is one drive on your computer of those brands if it's a desktop. As I recall, if you have a laptop, if the new drive in an external enclosure is Seagate, you can use their free software to copy.
However, it's (Max Blast) a crippled (reduced features) version of Acronis software - it copies all partitions on the original drive - you can't select only one of them.
If you don't want a D partition you have to delete it before you use the software.

If this drive is on a brand name computer, if the computer still has it's orginal brand name software installtion on it, all brand name computers orginally come with two partitions on the single hard drive, and the D partition is much smaller than C - only a bit bigger than it takes to hold data the builder installed on it. The data in the D partition should not be deleted, unless you have Recovery disk set for your model - it may be a Recovery partition with data on it so you can re-load your original software if you need to.

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January 27, 2010 at 19:56:20
Hey I think you should move some files to Drive D, but not to move C:\windows, C:\Program Files, and C:\Documents and Settings, also please install any programs in D partition in the future.

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January 27, 2010 at 23:21:47
I myself don't understand why you would partition only a tiny 10 GB drive, unless you have a specific reason.

Making one large partition saves frustration in the long term.
I run 8 drives on one computer. Only 1 is partitioned for movie creation. I run 2 ea 1TB drives as one single active partition on each drive.
4 ea. 350 GB drives have one large partition each and all 4 are active; and 1 ea. 250 GB drives one large active partition also active, and 1ea. 250 GB partitioned for movies.
Running that method for 18 years without problems. Running my wife's PC the same way. I keep wishing her 20 & 40 gig drives would die to replace with larger capacity. They appear to be invincible after some 15 years running 24/7. The rumor that drives have more work to do by having a larger partition and therefore more apt to fail is a fallacy in my experience.

I use PQMagic Dos version. The probability of error to use any Partition program in a window environment is greater than in the DOS environment. I have used PQ to enlarge partitions and have not lost data, although there must be sufficient space to move the files, and backing-up is just wise whatever one does.

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January 28, 2010 at 04:33:28

Could you tell us how you backup those 1TB drives?

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