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Partitioned Hard Drives


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#1 wildmagelet786

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 05:54 PM

Alright. The Conundrum: (Windows XP Home Edition)

When I bought my computer (laptop...Sony Vaio) I didn't realize that the hard drive was partitioned into a C drive and a D drive. So I didn't reinstall any components of my computer...I just used the computer. Now I have important documents, pictures, and music files that I don't want deleted. BUT, my computer is running low on space on the C drive (which is the only drive I used, since I didn't know about the partition). I have 20 GB of space on my D drive, but I can't really access that since all my files are on my C drive. So I keep getting warning about the low space on my C drive. So I attempted to delete the partition by going to Computer Management, and Disk Management. When I deleted the partition, instead of getting the 20 GB of hard drive space on my C drive, all I got was 20 GB of unallocated hard drive space.

How can I get one big C drive? Should I risk losing my files by rebooting my computer or should I try to make use of the partitioned hard drive? And even more importantly...HOW do I make use of my partitioned hard drive if I don't reboot?

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 12:34 AM

You will need a program to allow you to resize your partition. Partition Magic is a good paid program. I like and use Digital Dolly 1.0 . DD has quite a few good utility besides partition software.
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Posted 18 August 2005 - 07:32 AM

What is wrong with 2 partitions?
Go to Computer Management and Format the Unallocated Space to the same File Format as C Drive, name it D Drive then move your important files and folders to D Drive. This will do 2 important things:
#1 - It will free up space on C Drive. :thumbsup:

#2 - It will protect you from losing your important Files should C Drive get corrupted and you have to do a clean install of your OS.

Bonus:
#3 - Laptops only have 1 internal HDD and HDD's are known to fail at any time.
I would either invest in an External HDD or Large Flash (thumb) Drives to keep your important info backed up.
You will never be sorry you backed up.

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 09:19 AM

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What is wrong with 2 partitions?
Go to Computer Management and Format the Unallocated Space to the same File Format as C Drive, name it D Drive then move your important files and folders to D Drive. This will do 2 important things:
#1 - It will free up space on C Drive.  :thumbsup: 

#2 - It will protect you from losing your important Files should C Drive get corrupted and you have to do a clean install of your OS.

Bonus:
#3 - Laptops only have 1 internal HDD and HDD's are known to fail at any time.
I would either invest in an External HDD or Large Flash (thumb) Drives to keep your important info backed up.
You will never be sorry you backed up.


I like your idea better. I was just being direct. He would be much better off with a data drive. :flowers:
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