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Media Center Pc_lopsided Partition Config (?)

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#1 mark4man


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Posted 15 April 2007 - 12:05 PM


Here's a brain burner for the XP men out there:

A friend of mine purchased an HP PC last year...w/ Windows XP Media Center. Lately he tells me he gets a message when he fires it up that says he's running out of disc space. I took at look at it for him last night...& he has a 300 GB Hard Drive on board...but w/ only 20 GB volumed (partitioned) as Local [C]; & the remaining 280 GB partitioned as HP_RECOVERY [D.] Everything he has (My Documents, My Pictures, important Files, Folders, etc., etc.) is mapped to the Local Disk. The recovery volume is virtually empty. The local disk is now starting to bog down.

So...without asking why the drive would be configured w/ numbers that seem to be opposite of what I feel would be normal...at first I was thinking I could help him by using the Disk Management console to reverse the size of the volumes (decrease D & then increase C.) But if the entire disk is utilized, I would need 3rd party partition software (& I'm not sure volume capacity can be reduced in Disk Management, anyway.)

Then an MVP suggested that I simply rename the HP_RECOVERY volume to 'Data' or something similar; & move all his files & folders over to that volume.

So...is this a plausible solution?

And if so...how then does data remapping occur? I know for most apps, when they're reopened (& the data is missing), they throw up a browse dialog; & if all is found all is well, no problem. But last night...for the hack of it...we moved his 'My Pictures' Folder over to the recovery partition & then fired up Media Center...& Media Center didn't seem all that interested in finding 'My Pictures'. Is there a setting in Media Center I'm missing? Or…better yet…is there a way to configure the whole doggone operating system to remap the data? (& then reset System Restore) Thanks,


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Posted 16 April 2007 - 12:12 AM

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 11:03 AM

Giving the larger partition to recovery.. Now that Doesn't make much sense... What was HP thinking.

Use the link above, or you could use a 3rd party partitioning tool. Digital Dolly is a good one, I've also had good luck with partition magic (only use it if you know what you are doing though).

Only a suggestion, not a recommendation:

I get rid of my recovery partition. I find it useless. If you know that system files should not be tampered with, then you don't need it. I usually format it, and either A: merge the partitions, or B: Use it as a dual boot, back up of media, etc.

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 06:44 PM

That's not a normal size for a recovery partition - something has likely changed it to that size.

I'd backup the recovery data from the partition - then use a good partition manager to shrink the D: partition to the end of the disk - thereby leaving room to expand the C: partition into the extra space. Be careful to locate the D: partition at the end of the disk - if it's before the empty space you won't be able to expand the C: drive into it (although you could name that space E: and use it for storage).
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Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:56 PM

Holy Sh_t...!!!

Got busy on some other stuff & then forgot to come back. Thanks very much...everybody.

So...what about renaming? No one likes that idea?

Thanks again,


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