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Windows 7: Any way to add storage to C drive from D?????


16 Apr 2014   #1

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Any way to add storage to C drive from D?????

What was Dell thinking????? My laptop hard drive consists of C & D . My C drive has 8GB left on it. My D drive has 48GB on it. Any way to take 38GB of it and put on the C drive without losing everything???? Can I get more memory????

Hubby says he can reformat it but I can't IMAGINE having to save everything on the C drive and reinstall my software programs. Especially my PrintMAster since I just got it fixed and running again....

Thanks!

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16 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

You may be able to do it from Disk Management.

Reduce the size of D: then expand C: to include the area of D: that was freed up.

Otherwise, Download Partition Wizard Home Edition - MajorGeeks

and use it to change the sizes.

I would STRONGLY urge you to backup your data first. These programs are good and very stable but things can and do go wrong. If that happens it's possible you could lose all your data.

Get an external USB hard drive.
Do an image backup of C: and D:.
Use partition wizard to resize the partitions.
If all goes well your done. If problems, use the backup image to restore the computer to the state it was in before.
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16 Apr 2014   #3

XP sp3 Pro / Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

Partition Wizard will do this very well. I did the same a few months ago. You want to unallocate the space on the left side of D and then expand C to this space with disc management. I do believe there is a tutorial on that. The safest way is to make a hard copy of the process first. And of course a backup or perhaps an image.
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16 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Too late to deal with it now....brain is shutting down.....first option looks so easy...prolly not
Thanks for your suggestions I have to do something soon......
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16 Apr 2014   #5

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by purplelover View Post
What was Dell thinking????? My laptop hard drive consists of C & D . My C drive has 8GB left on it. My D drive has 48GB on it. Any way to take 38GB of it and put on the C drive without losing everything???? Can I get more memory????
You haven't told us how big the hard drive is and how much space is used in each partition.
You may be able to buy a bigger hard drive (more memory) and transfer everything you have now to the new hard drive.

It would help if you post a screen print of your Disk Management - Here's a tutorial:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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17 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Lets see if I did it correctly.........
This any help???


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17 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Is that possible 516GB left on D?????


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17 Apr 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well I will be back tomorrow. It's almost 1:30a.m.

Thanks so much for the help.....
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17 Apr 2014   #9

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by purplelover View Post
Is that possible 516GB left on D?????
Yea,
Sounds like you are storing User data on your [C] drive and that's why it needs more space,
and there is so much free space on [D], because you're not using it for User data.

Do as suggested in Post #2 to resize - I don't think you need a bigger HD ...
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17 Apr 2014   #10
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Hard drives are configured this way so we keep Windows 7 smaller for imaging purposes. But to accomplish this it also needs to have the User folders moved or copied to D and then linked back to the OS. There are two ways to do this: User Folders - Change Default Location to move them, or copy them yourself and then rightclick each to include in Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums followed by Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.

The point of this is to keep the backup image of C small enough with just the OS and Programs so that if it ever becomes irreparable you can reimage C in 20 minutes and your data is waiting and current in D.

If you don't want to mess with that then simply extend C into D by as much space as you wish to borrow: How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.
Use the PW disk to be safest, and back up your files first.
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