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How do you switch your GB from (D) Drive to (C) Drive?

By nbowen0528
Feb 27, 2008
  1. There is 13 MB on my C drive. Then there is 60.52 GB on my D drive. i need help switching the GB from my D drive to my C drive. If its possible how can i do this?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Wow 13 Meg on C drive (maybe 13 Gig?)

    First of all click on Start --> Run --> %temp%
    and remove as many temp files as possible
    Also click on Tools in Internet Explorer then Internet Options and Delete all those temp files.
    Then backup all user data to D or your CD

    Then you can adjust the size after that

    I use Partition Magic, but a free one is Gparted but you will need to confirm that it can adjust partition sizes.
     
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    need to explain better
    look at the partition sizes again
    not the amount of data on them
    you may have a heck of a time moving stuff around to get data from d to c
    I use acronis you may want to study merging partitions
    it will ask to make a folder or put data on a folder on c drive
    be careful not to do it the other way around
     
  4. nbowen0528

    nbowen0528 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have 90 gb on d and I have 15 gb on c. i need to move the gb to c. How would I dol this?
     
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

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  6. nbowen0528

    nbowen0528 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have 2 hard drive on my computer.
    The D hard drove has 90 GB with 60 GB free space
    I have C hard drive that has on 15 GB but only 15 MB free.
    I need to have the C hard drive with 90 GB. How do I take the GB from D hard drive and give them to the C hard drive?
     
  7. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 323

    Try using GParted http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php like the first post suggests. If you are unable to use it then the only other way I can think of is reformatting.

    Read this documentation for GParted http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/generalities/gparted.htm near the bottom of the page there is a section entitled "Resizing a partition" it seems straight forward. I'll post what it says here for convenience though.

    -Resizing a partition

    When you want to resize a partition you have selected, click "Resize/Move" button : a new window pops up :). Use the mouse to reduce (or grow) the partition (blue circle), or if you prefer, use the arrows in the green circle.

    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/generalities/big/2-main-3.gif
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    or two partitions?

    If it is two harddrives

    Then your only option is to connect the 2nd drive as your Master and your present C drive as Slave, by opening the cover and changing the data cables and possibly jumpers on the back of any ATA harddrive.

    Then install Windows on that HardDrive via your bootable Windows CD.
     
  9. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Read my post again

    At least comment.Move files from C to D.
    15 mb on your OS is not enough.
    It should be 20 GB % free of total.
    What is the total GB of C ?
    Your lucky your system is operational.You might have to do a new install.
     
  10. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 2,057   +8

    What is your o/s ?
     
  11. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    its obvious you can't put 20gb of data on a drive thats only 15gb in size
    you will need to copy data somewhere else
    then erase or delete partion then increase partition C by all left
    then ad data back
    or as I said try to merge this can mess up data always back up
    I have merged data before and it worked great
    I use only Acronis as a 3rd parety disk management tool
    they all have there bugs ,I find this one ,since I know it ,I just stick with it.
     
     
  12. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 2,057   +8

    Obviously a typo.

    Should probably read "There should be 20% free space"

    nbowen0528, why do you need to make the 90GB disk the system disk ?

    15GB is plenty for XP (that's if you have XP, & that's why asked about your os).

    I have only a 10GB system partition, and don't forsee any problems.

    Keep the 15 GB as the system disk, and move all user data over to the 90GB disk.

    Also when installing space hoggers, you need not use the default path for the installation, i.e. you can set the path to D drive.

    Using Ccleaner ought to clear up some space on your C drive.

    Also, excessive restore points are probably eating up space on your C drive.
     
  13. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    all these gb's flying around
    it was 30 gb of data need more sleep
    and someone made good point is this 2 physically separate drives?
    if it is you can do this I just did it with acronis
    take the 2nd drive make 2 partitions put all data on last partitons
    then move the OS to the 1st partition
    follow instructions to boot allow acronis at boot to finalize
    shut off machine after you check data
    re-jumper to make 2nd drive master boot again should boot to the new(old)system
    good luck
    if all is working you can delete the old 1st drive OS
     
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