I would like to shrink my D Drive.

November 1, 2011 at 03:53:59
Specs: Windows XP
Hello everybody,
What don't I need on the D drive? I want to shrink the D drive on my ageing HP Compaq Presario so I can have a bigger C drive. Many of the pre-installed programs that are backed up on the D Drive are things I have never used and don't intend to. I intend to use Partition Expert to re-size the partitions, or something similar. So what I would like to know is how do I remove the unwanted bits and how do I identify them?
I have sp3 installed if that helps....
Thanks,

Brisuth.


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#1
November 1, 2011 at 04:34:58
"on the D drive?"
Are you talking one drive partitioned or 2 separate drives?

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#2
November 1, 2011 at 06:59:44
Since there is no resize function in XP Disk Management snap-in, so you need to use Dispart to shrink D partition. (assume D drive is Primary)

Type "list volume" to display the existing volumes on the disks.
Type "select volume 2". The number is the volume that you want to shrink.
Type "shrink querymax" to identify the amount by which the volume can be reduced.
Type "shrink desired 2048". The number is the amount that you want to reduce.
Type "exit" to finish.

After that, there will be unallocated space at the end of the disk. To extend C drive, you need contiguous unallocated space. So create a new partition and migrate data from D to the new created partition. Delete D drive and use Diskpart extend command:

Type "list volume" to display the existing volumes on the disks.
Type "select volume 1". The number is the volume that you want to extend.
Type "extend size=1024". The number is the amount that you want to extend.
Type "exit" to finish.

If you don't know well with Diskpart, you can use free partition manager to resize partition: http://download.cnet.com/Aomei-Partition-Assistant-Home-Edition/3000-2094_4-75118871.html


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#3
November 1, 2011 at 08:32:17

Sounds like you want to use the recovery partition for space. Not a good plan if something goes wrong with your OS.

You would be far ahead of the game to buy a larger driver and clone the existing one to the new one a partition at a time. This will allow you to make c: bigger while keeping d: the same size.

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#4
November 1, 2011 at 08:32:40
Too complicated. It would be much easier to use Easeus Partition Master. But you need to explain more clearly what you're trying to do & why. What is the size of your HDD? Many HP systems come setup with 4 primary partitions which makes them a pain to work with - System (hidden), Windows (C), Recovery (D), HP_Tools (E). Is that what you have?

As long as you've created a full set of Recovery disks, you can get rid of the Recovery partition. And the HP_Tools partition is pretty much useless. Make the Recovery disks, wipe both the Recovery & HP_Tools partitions, then combine them into a new D partition. Then you can expand the C partition or just start using the newly created D partition for storage.


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