Running out of space on my C Drive. Can I delete a partition and use it to add room

By SDSaxMan ยท 11 replies
Jan 13, 2005
  1. I was wondering if I can delete a partition and use the unallocated space for my C drive? or is there a way for me to copy my os on to a new HDD without starting over? (I sat on my XP cd and cracked it) Thanks
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You need special software to resize your C: partition into the unallocated space.

    Partition Magic is the tool of choice for such operations.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Also, if your XP is official, you should be able to get a replacement CD. Contact M$.

    When buying a new large(r) HD, quite often there is transfer-software included.
    You could use that to transfer the C-partition of the "old" disk onto the new one, where you could make the "receiving" partition bigger than your current C-drive.

    A better idea would be to install programs on a separate partition, rather than all on the C-drive in "Program Files". Uninstall a few "biggies" and re-install them on another partition. Problem solved.
  4. Yaesu

    Yaesu TS Rookie

    You can always install programs to other partitions, they don't have to be on the same partition as windows. As realblackstuff said.
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Do I hear an echo?
  6. SDSaxMan

    SDSaxMan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks I got Options now

    Thanks for the help. I just joined yesterday and I gotta say you guys know how to make a newbie feel at home. I'm going to try to transfer my C drive to the new hard drive and make it a bigger Partition. Ok another dumb question. Do :eek: I put my new hard drive as my slave and then use the supplied software that came with the New hard drive or the software that came with the Hard drive thats installed now?
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Use the one that came with the new drive.
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    That (new) software should have all the instructions for it. Normally you install the new HD as slave, do your transfer-stuff, then switch off, swap the HDs and set old-master to slave and set the new-slave to master. When you reboot, check in the BIOS that HD-detection is set to automatic for both drives, or use the HD-detection part of the BIOS first. Then you can wipe the "old" HD that is now slave, if everything works to your liking.
  9. SDSaxMan

    SDSaxMan TS Rookie Topic Starter


    It worked just like you said Blk stuff. I was a little confused at first but i figured it out. It,s so nice not seeing the "Running very low on disk space" message. Thanks to all.
  10. tdbeargrrl

    tdbeargrrl TS Rookie

    If my hard drive came with software, I can't find it. Is there any generic third part software out there that can do this same thing?
  11. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Any disk cloning/partitioning software will do it but it won't be as easy for an inexperienced user.

    Have you tried looking on the hard drive manufacturers website?
  12. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I have used seagate utility for other hard drives (IEDE only)
    they have a nice program (free) it worked for me
    but you know your taken a chance as it was written for seagate drives.
    DiscWizard by seagate.
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