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Re-partition a drive

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#1 kyle943


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Posted 01 June 2005 - 01:12 AM

Hi, I am new here hopefully you may be able to help me. I have a hard disk that I installed on my comp with windows 2000. However, the c partition on the drive is minute, almost just enough room for the os, but there is alot of space on the 2nd partition d. I need to re-size the c partition to install certain programs I need. Is this even possible? please advise, thanks.

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 04:32 AM

Hi kyle943,
A program I have used successfully is Partition Magic which gives you a very clear graphical interface on what you're about to do. This is a commercial program though i.e. it costs something like $100.

There are almost certainly freeware applications which will do a similar job but obviously it is a USE AT YOUR OWN RISK scenario. Back up everything you can before you try it.

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 09:24 AM

I'm not sure how you would resize it without loosing anything or either hard drive.

Rimmer can "Partition Magic" resize partitions without loosing data?

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 10:42 AM

Yes, Partition Magic can resize without losing data. Good idea to defragment both partitions first.

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 01:04 PM

If you do it with PartitionMagic or Vopt, you have to buy a copy. If you use a LiveCD Linux and fpartn or diskdruid, it's free but you have to work through Linux. Both optioons will do the job.

Another option would be to use a tool like XTeq XSetup and move the default 'program files' and 'my documents' or 'documents and settings' folders to the other partitions, then re-install all applications and copy your data over to the new directories.

Also, move your page/swap file to somewhere other than the boot partition.
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Posted 01 June 2005 - 01:13 PM

It's generally easiest in this situation to just install a 2nd hard disk in the computer, copying the contents of the D: partition to it, then wiping out the partition from the first hd and giving it all back the the C: drive. Costs less and you get much, much more free space.

But if it's a must, then I would recommend Partition Magic for ease of use.

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