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Need to format partition to make drive bigger.


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#1 sparky2000

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 05:32 AM

I got an old HD from a friend for my laptop. I installed XP on it but on a new drive (d:)

I've used this for a year or so but now I need the extra space on the other drive.

Is there a way to format the other drive (c:) and have it added to d: ? without reinstalling XP all over again and losing my data?

I have nothing to back up my data on and have also lost my XP CD!

EDIT: I have my installation CD but it doesn't work for some reason. It might be damaged?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 05:57 AM

C: and D: are on different Hard drives?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 05:59 AM

No, same hard drive.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 10:52 AM

You can use a program like Easeus Partition Master - http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/help/resizing-and-moving-partition.htm to resize your two partitions.

No need to format anything.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:00 PM

Will try that. Is it safe?

Thanks!

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 05:27 PM

That worked a treat, thanks!

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 05:32 PM

Happy computing :).

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:12 PM

I did it again lately to free more room and now I've made the C: partition too small. I tried to undo what I did, i.e. make the D: side smaller and C: bigger but it won't let me. Does it only resize one way? Is there anyway around this without formatting everything?

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:19 PM

Repartitioning drives is something you want to do as INFREQUENTLY as possible - as is the case with all disc level operations. I don't care how good or safe the app is, there is always the chance of something going wrong and your system will be unbootable.

To answer your question, you should be able to take free space from D: and add it to C:. However, trying to resize the system partition can sometimes be problematical. Not sure why it isn't working for you at this point, but if reformatting is an option you might want to do that - and delete and then recreate the partitions during the installation process (actually just before installation begins) and make them a size you can live with.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:54 PM

If I use my XP CD can I just delete the c: partition? I don't need it afaik.




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