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Resizing Partitions


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#1 Activa

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 12:26 PM

I have a 160 gig hard drive partitioned into drives c: and d: more or less 50/50 each drive. There is nothing on d: drive except I think back up stuff when I first set up the pc. How can I make drive c: bigger and drive d: smaller? I'm running windows XP service pack3.

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 01:00 PM

FWIW: I suggest leaving things as they are...and moving all of your data files (pictures, videos, music, etc.) from C: to D:.

By doing so, you cut your risk in half...in case something goes wrong with your C: partition, it won't necessarily deny you access to files on D:.

In order to resize existing partitions in XP, you need to use a program like Partition Magic or one of the similar freeware programs. These programs allow users to resized existing partitions without loss of data.

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 01:02 PM

Maybe one of these will do the trick...I use Partition Magic myself but one of these may suffice.
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 01:51 PM

How do I resize partitions? Carefully...very, very carefully! :thumbsup:

You're messing with the contents of both partitions when you resize them - so you stand a chance of losing what's on them. So the first advice is to backup your data.

Then you can use a 3rd party partitioning tool to do this. FWIW - I find they work better if you complete each step before doing the next step - most programs will let you do all at once, but I've lost data this way.

FWIW, the best option is just to redirect your stuff over to the D: partition and leave it alone. This way, if your C: partition crashes, you'll still have the stuff that you stored on the D: partition
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