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Change System Drive?

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#1 jpmurphy


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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:54 AM

I bought my computer in China and it came with a Chinese version of Windows XP on the C drive. I am not Chinese so I installed a seperate version of Windows XP on the D drive, which became my boot drive. I never use the C drive version of XP and its really just a waste of space for me. However the computer says I can't just format the drive because it is the system drive. Is there any way I can make D my system drive and free up the space on C?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:20 AM

In general, you can delete the files in the folders on the C: drive - but not the files in the root (in C:\). In the event that you remove too much, a repair install should fix it as long as you point it to the installation on the D: drive.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:33 AM

Good morning, jpmurphy.

Formatting the C:\ drive, even though you're not using the Windows installation thereon, would be a bad thing to do. Windows sticks a bunch of very neccessary files on the first partition of a hard disk that are used to load Windows. The easiest way to free up all that extra space would be to manually delete the folders on the C:\ drive, leaving these critical files intact.

You can safely delete all of the folders, including the WINDOWS folder and Program Files folder without damaging these files as they are stored in the root of the partition (C:\).

After deleting the folders you don't need, click the Start button and then click Run. Type msconfig in the box and then click OK. This will launch the MS Configuration utility program.

Click on the BOOT.INI tab (see picture) and then click on the Check All Boot Paths button.
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It should detect that something's wrong with the C:\ Windows installation (it's gone!) and ask you if you want to remove its entry. Click Yes:

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Ket us know how it goes!

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 01:11 AM

Thanks for your help

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