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Hard drive partition too small


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#1 divchief07

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:57 PM

I have a Sony Viao running XP

The original c hard drive was partitioned too small and is now full and causing several problems.

the specs are:

C drive:  13.8 MB used   144 MB free

D drive 94.9 GB used   71.3 GB used

I have removed as much stuff off the C drive as I felt comfortable with my limited knowledge

 

Can I somehow repartition this to add more space to the C drive?

 

Thanks!


Edited by hamluis, 06 December 2013 - 11:13 AM.
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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:27 PM

Partition Magic was the first thing that came to mind, but it looks like it was bought by Symantec and killed.

 

EaseUS Partition Master might be a good replacement.

 

As always, back up before you do this.



#3 Maxey243

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

You can always do it another way, I've never used a program really. Program are probably going to make it easier for you I'm not sure. To do it without a program if you go onto:

Start and then right click on computer and click manage\Disk Management you can always take some off another drive and put in onto another. 

 

I hope this helps, good luck!



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:59 PM

I have tried the suggestions and neither worked.  I also found Paragon partition manager which also didn't work.

Any other suggestions?



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:03 PM

Hmm... you could always back everything up onto an external HDD and then re-install Windows, or whatever OS you're running if you really need to change them.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:04 AM

The programs you tried...probably won't work because the C: drive parttion is too full and Windows cannot operate at it should.

 

Boot into the system...move any data files which are in My Documents, My Videos, My Pictures...from those folders...to the D: partition.  Check the amount of free space on the C: partition.  Whenever you reach the point where you have 15% or more free space on C:, then try increasing the size of C:.

 

First step would be to decrease the size of the D: partition, leaving the unallocated space at the beginning of D:, between the C: and D: partitions.

 

Then merely expand the C: partition to include the unallocated space now available.

 

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:33 AM

Don't want to hijack the thread but just wanted to add some info. You can't can't expand the system partition in XP when in Windows like you can in Windows 7. If the programs you tried are running in Windows and not from a boot disk, it will not work. For that you will need something like Gparted Live CD or Minitools Partition Wizard Bootable CD which is a little easier to work with.

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

 

 



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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:20 AM

Yep one of the options from a bootable CD should do it.  It's important the filesystems are clean and error free before resizing partitions so chkdsk and defrag.  And back up anything that's valuable to you because there is a chance it can go wrong.


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