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HDD Disk Space Allocation


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#1 Tinwoodsman

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:47 PM

I have a Vaio notebook with XP Professional which has a partitioned disks C and D. I am running out of space on C but have 15 GB on D. Is there anyway to reallocate this space?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:32 AM

Have a look at "parted magic"A live linux cd that may have the capability of stretching your windows partition.I'm not sure but it's worth looking at.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 09:15 AM

Why not simply move some data files (notably, those in My Documents, My Videos, etc.) to the D: partition?

Those folders don't have to contain the contents, they are just a "convenience" Microsoft created for users.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:01 PM

How big is your total drive?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:07 PM

Gparted is a good piece of software. download the ISO file and create a boot cd from this. Then boot the system to the CD and move the partitions around.

There is a good way of allocating more space on the primary drive and that would be to move the Page file to the other drive and this will free that amount of space on the C:.

Moving the Documents to the other drive is another plan as mentioned above but you will have to be aware that this can cause some programs to get confused on where to save files back to as they will not know the new location. You will have to manage this yourself if you go down that option.
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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:44 PM

Are you sure, drive D is not your recovery partition?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:41 PM

My HDD is 40 GB. I have already moved many folders to the D partition such as photos, music, various Word and Excel documents. I am not Bill Gates so I need a method that is realtively easy to do. Thanks for all the inputs so far.

By the way. What is the Page File?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:45 PM

By the way. What is the Page File?


It is where files get placed after you run out of RAM.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:31 AM

A Page file is what is know as Virtual Memory. This is a file that will store data that does not need to be using standard fast memory for proccesses. This should be 1 and half times the size of the amount of memory you have installed in the machine. To be able to change this you will need to do the following

Right click My Computer
Select Properties.
Goto Advanced Tab
Under Performance Click Settings Button
Goto Advanced Tab
at the bottom Called Virtual Memory Click Change Button
You will see there where the Page file is stored and how large it is assigned to. If you want to change the destination do this from here.

Computer will require a reboot for the settings to be changed.

I hope this helps.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:41 AM

A Page file is what is know as Virtual Memory. This is a file that will store data that does not need to be using standard fast memory for proccesses. This should be 1 and half times the size of the amount of memory you have installed in the machine. To be able to change this you will need to do the following

Right click My Computer
Select Properties.
Goto Advanced Tab
Under Performance Click Settings Button
Goto Advanced Tab
at the bottom Called Virtual Memory Click Change Button
You will see there where the Page file is stored and how large it is assigned to. If you want to change the destination do this from here.

Computer will require a reboot for the settings to be changed.

I hope this helps.



Never ever change your pagefile.sys size. It is best to leave that up to windows.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 11:36 AM

Windows recently changed my virtual memory size and I got a warning saying their was a free space problem. I have a 30 GB drive with 11.71 GB in :C (1.17 GB free space) and 16.22 GB in :D (13.68 GB free space) I have 512 MB RAM with is the max my Vaio notebook will allow.

What confuses me is that I have moved most of my documents, all of my music and photos and other misc. stuff to the :D drive. My major programs left in :C are Windows XP, Office 2003, Adobe, Virus Scan and Spybot and Adobe Elements and Roxio CD Create. I have a hard time believing I am using 11.7 GB for this. I didn't even have enough space to defragment the drive.

What am I missing.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 11:50 AM

Never ever change your pagefile.sys size

Many people, including myself use fixed pagefile size. There is nothing wrong with it, especially when a drive space is at stake.

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11.71 GB in :C (1.17 GB free space)

Windows needs at 15% of a free space to operate correctly. 1.75GB in your case.
I assume, it's an older laptop and it's probably not worth to get bigger hard drive, so you need to look for some other solution.
Office, Adobe and Roxio are rather big programs. Roxio itself is like 1GB monster. Do you really use all of its features? If not, you can get much smaller, free programs like CDBurnerXP, or DVDFlick, which will do a very same job with much less space.
As for Office and Adobe, I'd uninstall them and reinstall them on D drive.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:10 PM

You can also use: FoxIT Reader instead of Adobe.

Also all the windows updates you have done and their uninstallers take up space too.

Edited by cryptodan, 03 March 2010 - 12:13 PM.


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:25 PM

Is there anyway to get a full picture how the full :C drive space is allocated? Right now I am looking at each item listed in the :C drive and the size of the programs in the "Add and Remove Software"

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:26 PM

Download, and install Disk Space Reporter: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System...-Reporter.shtml

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