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How Much Of My D Drive Free Space Is Usable For C Drive?


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#1 Sixpackdad

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:53 PM

I no longer have enough free space to defragment my C drive. I've removed about every program I think I can safely take away. I noticed that my D drive is 99% free. It is NTFS, healthy, 39.90 GB capacity, 39.87 GB free, NO fault tolerance and 0% overhead. Can I reallocate some of this space to my C drive to add memory? My C drive is FAT32, Healthy(System), 15.97 GB capacity, 2.2 GB free, 13% free, NO fault tolerance, 0 % overhead. I know the computer likes 15% free, should I defragment anyway? Thanks.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 10:07 PM

Defrag serves 2 purposes.
1) It reorders your files for more efficient use (and access)
2) It "refreshes" some of the stuff on your hard drive (by moving files) and lessens your chances of data loss due to the loss of magnetic charges over time.

Yes you can reallocate this space to your C drive - but it will take a special program to do it. Might I suggest an alternative? Move all of your saved stuff to the D drive and then point your My Documents folder to the D drive. That'll free up space on the C drive and will keep your stuff on another drive (in case the OS crashes).
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 03:51 AM

As for space reallocation you can use partition manager software in order to add some free space to your C: drive. Among the products represented on the market I can highly recommend you Disk Director by Acronis. You'll be able to add some free space to your C: drive without data loss in few minutes using this software.

Edited by Kevin_D, 13 December 2006 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:10 AM

Personally I would move the files over to a new folder on th D drive. Not really worrying about the My Documents redirection. If you know this is where to save then there is no worry.

If you have music on the system or videos or pictures move them all to new folders on the other drive. This will free up space. Then Defrag C:

I would also advise to convert the C: to NTFS as this is a much betting file system. This can be done without having to reformat or loosing any data.
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