HD Problem

By RamenNoodles
Nov 25, 2006
  1. Hey all,

    I just recently built a new rig. (Core 2 Duo E6600, nVidia 8800GTS, 2GB OCZ DDR2 ram, Mushkin 550W PSU, Gigabyte Mobo, and a 200GB Western Digital HD)

    I bought Windows Media Center Edition for my rig, and I installed it and all that jazz, I installed the OS on the mini 4GB drive (which is where the OS is supposed to be saved) inside of my 200GB Drive and now all my program files and documents are being saved onto the smaller drive as well. Im getting all these alerts telling me im running out of space and when I go to download some like a spyware prog or Install a game, it wont let me because everything is being directed to that mini HD with no more space on it.

    My main question is, is there a way for me to switch those two drives around making to save everything onto the 196GB drive instead of the 4GB drive (C Drive)?

    Much Thanks in Advance,

    Shayne - RamenNoodles
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    tell us first this 4gb drive is it part of the WD 200 gb drive as a partition
    or a seperate drive

    yes you can migrate your OS to the 200gb drive, if it is seperate drive
    download seagate disc wizard
    create a 10gb partition on the 200gb drive if you have no data on it
    otherwise you will need a disk manager like acronis to make a partition without deleting data
    once this is done
    use disc wizard to copy os to the new partition
    remove drive replace with 200gb as master jumper settings
    bobs yer uncle

    one reason your getting this error is your pagefile size and when adding programs you should be able to tell the installer where you want them to go
    IE: on the D drive

    I have a 9 gb partiton going for 2 years now still shows 4gb free
  3. RamenNoodles

    RamenNoodles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Im guessing that its a partition because they are all on the HD. But they show up as two seperate Drives; Drive C(196GB) and Drive D (4GB). I just changed where the Downloads from mozilla go and they still are being saved to the smaller drive because thats where the program files are located. I even tried to just drag the Program Files folder over into drive C and that worked. But things are still going over to Drive D. I just want Windows on Drive D and nothing else. Drive C for everything else, games, DL's, pics, etc.

    I just dont understand why the hell this happening. Maybe I should just reinstall Windows and make everything onto the main drive and not use the smaller drive at all??
  4. RamenNoodles

    RamenNoodles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Does anybody else have any suggestions as to what I can do??
  5. RamenNoodles

    RamenNoodles TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    I just decided to say screw it and reinstall windows. Everything works fine now. Thanks for helping Sam.
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    If you installed Windows on the 4GB drive again, then you'll just have the same problem later on down the road again. :(

    The easiest way to fix your problem is to use something like Partition Expert or Partition Magic. They can resize your partition without data loss (well, more often than not, anyway. ;)).

    Hopefully, during formatting, you changed the partition scheme. 4GB is not enough room for XP to 'breathe', even if you are installing applications on a different drive. I'd go for at least 5 if you know absolutely everything will be installed on the other partition. I'd probably give it 10GB just to not worry about it, since 10 versus 200 is chump change... And it would give you some flexibility in the future for upgrades to Vista etc..
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    don't need to use the default (program files)folder
    just play with yer dwnlds a little ,you can even make folder on the fly
    my software dwnlds
    are broken into groups
    like burning apps office apps
    these zip files or exe's file are called setup files
    I make a folder with name burnit.setup or burnit_setup
    the zip /exe goes here
    when I install that program I have another set of folders
    the run folders these programs installs go there
    there are some ecceptions like the mighty MS stuff all has to go on C
    does not run right anywhere else
    mozilla goes to C it to works better here
    and no matter what you do lots of software will still put stuff on c
    thats why you keep it at 10 to 15gb and clean it up every now and then
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