changing partition sizes in XP

  [DELETED] 13:50 03 Oct 2003

When I bought my computer, the main drive was partiioned into a 'C' and 'D' drive with 'C' holding all the programs etc.

My hard disk is 120MB. However, the C partition size is only 30MB and it's getting worryingly small! there a way of changing the partition sizes so that drive C increases in size to say 50MB?

any help would be greatly appreciated.

  [DELETED] 14:15 03 Oct 2003

Surely you mean 120Gb

Go to Start\Help & Support and type Disk management into the search area. Then choose Using disk management. The info in here may be what you need.

  graham√ 14:17 03 Oct 2003

Help 'Extend a basic volume'.

  [DELETED] 14:30 03 Oct 2003

when you install programmes,they all want to be on the c drive-change this to d when installing them(it will tell you it is being installed at,for instance,c:/programme files -click on the browse button,delete c ,replace with d.)

  [DELETED] 14:31 03 Oct 2003

If you have XP Pro then you can convert your drive to a dynamic disk and resize the 'volume' through the Disk Manager.
If you are using XP Home or XP Pro on a portable computer then this option is not available.
Whats wrong with using the 90gb on your D drive

  [DELETED] 14:33 03 Oct 2003

You'll need 3rd-party software like Partition Magic - you cannot extend a system/boot volume within Windows.

  [DELETED] 14:40 03 Oct 2003

My apologies leo49 you are right you cannot extend a system volume or boot volume.

  [DELETED] 14:47 03 Oct 2003

The only way to do this in XP is to Remove your D Drive click here then create say 3 new drives with the space (where the D Drive was)using Disk Managment click here Right click on the unallocated space and create a disk. Now mount one of the disks onto a folder on C Drive click here

Or just buy Partition Magic its simpler.

  [DELETED] 16:25 03 Oct 2003

thanks for your help everyone...I think I'll buy partion magic...sounds like the simple solution!

  james55 23:26 03 Oct 2003

PartitionMagic 8.0 is the best thing I have bought for effortless resizing and merging of partitions, anything less than 8.0 wont be able to cope with NTFS. I have had no trouble using this with Windows XP Home Edition.

  [DELETED] 23:44 03 Oct 2003

"anything less than 8.0 wont be able to cope with NTFS" - not actually true.PM6 worked fine with Win 2k NTFS and I'm still using PM7 on one of my OS's with XP.

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