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Windows 7: How to rearrange Hard Disk partitions?

29 Dec 2010   #1
killer bee

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 
How to rearrange Hard Disk partitions?

Hello!
My PC have 4 partitions (C-60GB,D-50GB, E-50GB, F-71GB ) i want reduce 20GB in "C" partition and that reduce 20GB i want add "E" partition. But i don't like remove files in that partitions. According to my knowledge it can do "Partition Magic" but i have to pay money for that software so are there any Free software for that? What are the reliable worry free software's?


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29 Dec 2010   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by killer bee View Post
Hello!
My PC have 4 partitions (C-60GB,D-50GB, E-50GB, F-71GB ) i want reduce 20GB in "C" partition and that reduce 20GB i want add "E" partition. But i don't like remove files in that partitions. According to my knowledge it can do "Partition Magic" but i have to pay money for that software so are there any Free software for that? What are the reliable worry free software's?
Do not use "Partition Magic". It does not work on Windows 7. == I would not make C: drive any smaller than it is. You are going to need space for Windows and your programs (that is normally what is put in C: drive). You can then put your Documents on one of your other partitions. == Why do you have four partitions that are so small? == You can either use Disk Management in Windows 7 to arrange your HD or you can download free BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.
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29 Dec 2010   #3
killer bee

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 

I have 40GB free space in "C" partition, so that i think i should reduce 20GB. Actually I'm not arrange 4 partition in my hard disk, its do the vendor/seller who sell me this PC.
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29 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Before we go any further, I suggest you post a picture of Disk Management. And I agree with Bigmck, a 60GB partition for the OS is not very big. Some of your folders will rapidly grow, especiall winsxs (which is really a container) can become 15GBs big. And how about the shadowstorage (the space for the system restore points). You should have at least 10 to 15GBs for that.
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29 Dec 2010   #5
killer bee

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 

This is my Disk management window!

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30 Dec 2010   #6
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by killer bee View Post
This is my Disk management window!

Friend, as an out of work professional, I know the issues of managing money. But let me save you a lot of grief and say buy a bigger drive.

Here is my partition layout. In 6 months of use with all my data stored OFF of the C: drive, I have grown it to 200+GB due to software updates, restore points, etc. A 1,000 GB (aka 1 TB) is only about $100. If you cannot affort that, here is a link for a 500 GB drive for $54 at BBY.

I cannot emphasize the simplicity of throwing a few dollars at this to make the problem go away for a long time.


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30 Dec 2010   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Do not make your C: smaller. If anything you should make it bigger. That 39 GB of free space on C: will fill up pretty quick and then you will have a lot of trouble. Like the previous poster said. You can get a 500 GB for around $50, sometimes cheaper. Save your pennies and get one. You will be glad you did.
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30 Dec 2010   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

How much space you need for C ultimately depends on how many apps you install to it and whether or not you also keep your data on C.

If you don't want to buy another drive---at least right now, you could:

Delete F and E.

Make a single large data partition D, with a "movies" and "downloads" and "music" folders.

The HDD would then have a C partition of 60 GB and a D partition of 172 GB.

D would have 76 GB of free space and about 97 GB occupied.

You would have 76 GB free, rather than only 10 GB on F, which apparently has you worried.

This is a typical example of what happens when you chop drives up into smallish partitions and you then find out you guessed wrong as to how much to devote to each.
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