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Windows 8 hard drive partition Issue

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#1 windshoppe


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

I have a new ZT Systems computer running Windows 8. The configuration of the hard drive as received is as follows:

Disk 0 c: 59G allocated; Recovery: 6G allocated
Disk 1 d: 2.75T allocated

My problem is the c drive is full, with only a few programs installed. I need considerable additional space in the c drive to accommodate programs such as Photoshop. I am unable to expand the c drive because of the Recovery partition adjacent to it, which can't be moved. I have downloaded a 3rd party partitioning software, which isn't able to do it either. It would appear to this novice that the only solution would be the deletion of the Recovery partition in order to expand the c drive to the adjacent space that would be created, and, hopefully, also to use space in the d drive of Disk 1, since I'll only gain 6G by deleting the Recovery partition.

ZT Systems tech support tells me that the c drive can't be expanded and that I should just install or move programs from the c drive to the d drive. He apparently doesn't know that programs such as Photoshop can't be installed in any location other than the root drive!

Is the deletion of the Recovery partition an option? What is the downside (other than not being able to use it for recovery)? Can and should I be able to expand the c drive beyond the space on Disk O into Disk 1?

Is there a better approach?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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#2 AngryRaisin


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

I would make your recovery discs if you system did not come with them then you can delete your recovery partition to gain some space. Deleting the recovery parition removes the ability of reinstalling the factory install of windows, drivers, and software using simple one key recovery options (like HPs you tap f11 during startup and it boots to factory recovery environment). I am making some assumptions that there are two physical drives in this machine - one solid state and one regular drive.

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If it is the case that there are two physical drives then you cannot easily expand the partition onto the second drive without something such as a raid setup and erasing everything anyway. When I had a 60GB solid state drive i had this problem as well.. I was using the Adobe CS4 suite and it may be installed to a second drive without any special consideration other than during the installation process specifying the d drive instead of the c.

I suppose you could clone the c drive onto the d drive giving you much more space but then you lose the benefits of a solid state drive (such as faster booting and program load times). It's all a matter of which direction you think is better for you.

Edited by AngryRaisin, 04 February 2013 - 01:56 PM.

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