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Expanding a drive in XP Home

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Can anyone help please. A friend of mine has an oldish sony vio laptop. It has been partitioned into 3 since it was new. 10GB of restore files on one partition, C drive of 13GB and a D drive of 17GB. … Read More
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
Can anyone help please. A friend of mine has an oldish sony vio laptop. It has been partitioned into 3 since it was new. 10GB of restore files on one partition, C drive of 13GB and a D drive of 17GB. I deleted the D drive and formated it to NTFS to match the C drive and followed the help file, ie dos window, discport etc but when I typed in the expand command an error came up. Any one know what to do to get the C drive to 30GB please. Thanks.
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Partition Magic is simple to use.
#2
Babbabooey
Partition Magic is simple to use.


Is it free and if so wheres the best place to download from, thanks.
#3
Or you could use the Windows disk manager
#4
dcx_badass
Gparted.


Sorry, don't understand?
#5
Tanchi
Or you could use the Windows disk manager


Thats what I was using to delete and format the D drive but thats all it would do.
#6
andycs
Is it free and if so wheres the best place to download from, thanks.


No it's not free, unless you get it via a torrent. :whistling:

There is a very similar one which is free, but of course I can't remember the bloody name !

edit - Found it - Easeus Partition Master - http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
banned#7
Tanchi
Or you could use the Windows disk manager


[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]^ This, if its available on XP.

Right click on My Computer, select manage, then disk management. Should be able to delete partitions 2 and 3, and extend partition 1.

This is advanced stuff though when you don't know what you are doing - be careful!
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vibeone
[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]^ This, if its available on XP.

Right click on My Computer, select manage, then disk management. Should be able to delete partitions 2 and 3, and extend partition 1.

This is advanced stuff though when you don't know what you are doing - be careful!
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This is what I used to delete & format the D drive but it wouldn't expand.
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andycs
This is what I used to delete & format the D drive but it wouldn't expand.


[SIZE="2"][FONT="Century Gothic"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][B]Did you delete any pointless extended partitions as well as the partitions themselves?

Sounds odd - can only assume disk management on XP doesn't have that ability.
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vibeone
[SIZE="2"][FONT="Century Gothic"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][B]Did you delete any pointless extended partitions as well as the partitions themselves?

Sounds odd - can only assume disk management on XP doesn't have that ability.
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Don't know if this means anything but in the disc management section when I right click the C drive some af the options are highlighted out?
banned#11
andycs
Don't know if this means anything but in the disc management section when I right click the C drive some af the options are highlighted out?


[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Is C definitely the only partition though? There are no lingering extended partitions with no partitions within?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
banned#12
XP does ship with a command line utility called Diskpart that can increase (or extend as Microsoft calls it) the size of an existing partition into Unallocated space, but it has many limitations including being limited to left to right resizing operations.

My advise, use Partition Expert by Acronis.
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dcx_badass
The windows one can't do C:/ as far as I know, Gparted is free, just use that.


+1 for Gparted

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

You need to stick it on a USB flash drive and boot the computer with the flash drive... after that you can shuffle, delete, resize partitions all you want.

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