Departition or compression of C?

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September 7, 2009 at 14:04:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.75 GHz / 511 MB
Hi :)

My ex-boyfriend set up a virtual partition on my computer, which i'm sure is really clever and all... but now my C is running out of space (currently 18 MB left after Disk Clean up and CC cleaner and Defragging). I have plenty of space still on my D drive, so should I try to remove the virtual partition? Or do that "Compress Drive" thing ? Please help.... 18MB!!!!! :-)

Thanks for any replies!!

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September 7, 2009 at 14:11:18
I wouldn't do the compression. It will hurt performance, and with the other options avaible, it wouldn't be worth it. That pretty much leave you with two options. 1) Move stuff from the C drive to the D drive. If you have documents, pictures, etc on the C drive, it's simply a matter of cutting and pasting them to a location on the D drive. You can also move the "Program Files" folder, "My Documents" folder, and other system folders to the D drive, but this is a bit more complex than just cutting and pasting them. 2) You can resize the partitions as you mentioned. The built in utilities to do this are lacking. I would download EASUS Partition Manger (the free version) as use it to resize the partitions as you see fit. Depending on the size of your drive, this could take several hours to complete. Also, you should have a good backup of your system before you resize the partitions, as any error part way through the resize can cause data lose.

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September 7, 2009 at 15:05:47
"My ex-boyfriend set up a virtual partition on my computer, which i'm sure is really clever and all...

Can't you just recover the space occupied by the virtualization setup on the C: drive?

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September 7, 2009 at 17:14:05
I disagree a bit.

What is on the virtual partition? Exactly what program was used? If you have applications on it you may have trouble trying to delete it or change it.

As for space you can compress with almost no loss of speed unless you run games or special applications. I have used compression for decades to improve the speed of computers.

Second is that you can use D: drive as it is if there is space left. Might be able to move big files or personal files to that drive. (not all files can be moved easily.)

Another option is to change the partition size. Freeware and commercial applications can change the partition size.

Did you use the clean up disk feature in xp along with clearing your internet cache?

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September 9, 2009 at 15:15:49
Wow, thank you all so much! :)

K, so to be clearer, my C has a capacity of ~ 5 GB and my D ~70 GB. I have moved everything I possibly can from C to D, but C keeps filling up (just from running stuff, I take it).
Now I am experiencing various malfunctins, because the poor computer simply hasn't enough room left on it's main like, "brain-drive" (C) to think straight :) ... as I understand, the computer basically runs from this drive, do correct me though.

So jefro, all the files and programs I was possibly able to move, I have to D, though I don't know what program was used to partition. I don't play games anymore, but I have stuff like digital signature, VPN (to connect with school's network), Greenfoot /BlueJ /Java programming stuff... are any of these "special applications"?

I read somewhere that compressing a drive makes it impossible to format it later on. Is that true? Or would compressing offset the need to format?

Oh, and yes to clean up and internet cache clearing, too :)

Ryan - thanks, I didn't know I could simply resize the partitions :) Was thinking I had to reunite the two instead. Am all backed up and downloading Easus now :)

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September 9, 2009 at 22:49:29
I would suggest you resize the C partition to ~15GB at a minimum. That will give windows enough room for it's page file, temporary files, Windows Updates cache, etc. and some to spare. If you are depending on the amount of space you need on the D drive (to accommodate the files there now and future growth), you may even want to go up to as high as 30gb. Of course it all depends on where you want to save your files/organization system.

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September 9, 2009 at 22:50:48
And, anyone who would give another person's full install of Windows XP only 5GB of space is crazy. No wonder he is an ex-boyfriend.

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September 16, 2009 at 13:53:12
*lol* :) Thanks so much.
Getting an error message from Easus, that it "did not find partitions that can be redistributed".
.. I recall him saying the partitions were virtual... Didn't think to mention this before, but could that be the problem?

Many more thanks :)

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September 16, 2009 at 14:33:45
we need to get a handle on what is meant by "virtual".

Go to Disk Management. What is listed here? c: and d:?
Now go to My Computer. What is listed here for drives?

Are you sure he said virtual and not logical?

Reason I ask is there are two partition types in the MS world. Primary and Extended. Extended have logical drives. An extended partition will have a different color in Disk Management.

You can not merge a primary with an extended. You would need to backup your data, remove the d: partiton, expand c:, recreate d: and then restore.

This actually is a much safer operation then shrinking d: to expand c: into it.

WHATEVER YOU DO backup your important info before doing ANYTHING. There is no recovery if the partitions get messed up.

If the ex used something like this;
then he should have done it on d: not c:
Also before you do anything you want to move everything in the virtual partiton to the d:. Then quit loading it.

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September 19, 2009 at 04:44:11
More thanks :)

My Computer shows: 3½ Floppy A, System (C:), Others (D:), CD Drive (E:) and Iomega (external harddrive F:)
Disk Management shows: System (C:) in dark blue and Others (D:) in light blue (and external on a seperate disk)

... so it's logical, not virtual then...
And that means ex did an extended partition, if i read you right. But where did this primary one come from, of which you speak, and say i cannot merge with an extended? :)

Surely I just had my basic disk and that had a C: drive, and then that C: drive was partitioned, and then there was C: and D:. (hehe, little creation story there)... no primary anything, i would have thought.

Don't recognize the virtual partition pro you linked, but not sure i would either...

So should I proceed with the procedure you list?

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