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How to cope with low disk space problems?


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#1 Monroe676

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:44 PM

I have got a low disk space problem. There is only 2% of free space left on my C partition. Now, the computer also acts really slowly. So, I just wonder to expand it. I had deleted an empty partition last weekend and created about 25GB of unallocated space. So, I want to know whether the unallocated space can be added to this partition. If it is, how can I do that? Please, give me some suggestions! Thanks!



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:40 AM

The easiest thing to do would be to simply move some documents / pictures / videos from your main partition to your second one.  Or you can follow the instructions in post # 2 on this site:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/19b60bc3-86a2-45d1-b2b5-16f9f3671a2b/how-to-merge-partitions-in-windows-7-?forum=w7itproperf. 

 

Moving files to a new partition would negate any possible problems that might arise from merging the partitions together.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 09:56 AM

I'm with Trakeen.  Moving data to the newly free space is easier than merging partitions.  As far as I know you will need a third party application to resize the partition.  If you select to resize the partition it is HIGHLY recommended that you back up any important data prior.



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:20 AM

Try CCleaner also... on older machines it can remove an incredible amount of junk.



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

Another question just how old is the HD, IMO if it is 3-4 years old buy a new larger drive mirror you old drive onto it.  Big drives are darn cheap now a days!


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:56 PM

Two solutions for you:

 

1). If the 25GB of unallocated space is exactly behind your C drive, back up all important data, open Disk Management (right click “My Computer to hit “Manage” > click “Disk Management” in the left listed categories) and right click this C drive to extend it there.

 

2). But, if the unallocated space is not adjacent to your C drive, you also can take chances with some reliable partition resizing tools like GParted, IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free and Active Partition Master, etc.

 

No matter which solution you prefer, always back up everything important well at first.



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:06 PM

Ye, you can add your unallocated space to your C partition. Extend it in Disk Management or extend it with some partition resizing tools.

I have ever had some success to extend my system partition with the guidance of a video tutorial:

Of course, never forget to make data backups at first, in case of data loss.

I hope my words can give you some clues. 


Edited by Jeremy542, 17 April 2014 - 10:06 PM.





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