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#1 Bago

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 08:49 AM

I have a 40G hard drive partitioned into two 18.5G partitions. One partition (C:) for the operating system (XP) and programs has 16.3G used; the second partition (D:) is for data files, 9.66G used.

The C: drive is badly fragmented and does not have enough free space to run Defrag.

I want to put in a larger 150G hard drive and move all the operating systems, program files and data files to the new drive. I tried to run a back-up to no avail (not enough free space I think).

If I copy the files from the D: drive to an external hard drive, can I delete the D: partition? Would the space from the deleted D: partition automatically be transferred to the original C: drive partition?

I do not have the Windows XP disk or any disks for the programs. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:06 AM

Yes, you can delete the partition in Disk Management. Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Disk management.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

Alternative resolution: Clone the current hard drive to the new one, using something like Easeus Partition Master, the free version of Acronis True Image, etc.

That way, you ensure that any hidden partitions necessary for system restoration...are also included.

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