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    Computer help desperately needed!!!

    Hi all, I dont know an awful lot about computers but should be able to find my way around with a little guidance.
    My problem is this....I have an 80gb hard drive, which seems to be split into 2 parts (c: = 40gb and d: = 40gb), all of my documents inc pictures, videos and programs have been stored onto the c: drive which is now almost full, while the d: part (which is labelled as backup) still has way over 30gb left free!!
    Is there any way i can alter the memory split between the 2 parts, ie c: = 60gb and d: = 20gb??? Or even just move some things from c: to d:???
    This is driving me up the wall as my system is running painfully slow at the moment, and I cant defrag c: as i get an error message telling me the program needs 15% free memory to run properly!!
    Any help is greatly appreciated, and I will try to keep you updated on any solutions.....unless i've thrown it outta the window before that...!!

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    do you mean you are storing all your docs, pics etc in My documents which is located on your C: ?

    If so simply right click on the My docs folder, choose properties and change it's location to d:\my docs\ (or something similar).

    If you split your file storage in C: and E: drive then it will be a nightmare to manage the files in two places. The best solution is to use a partition tool and shrink the size of the E: drive and then expand the C: into the freed space. In Vista the tool is already part of Vista for partition changes. In XP you will have to use something like Partition Magic. After install the tool , takes about 80MB ( you may have to temporarily move some data to E drive.The process to re-size the partition takes a total fo about 30 mins or less. There is a trial copy of Partition Magic then you can try... don't know if it allows you one free go. Else try ranish.com/part/ , but I have never used it. Make sure that your data is backup before any major change such as alteration the partitions.

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    dmccabe;2242870

    do you mean you are storing all your docs, pics etc in My documents which … do you mean you are storing all your docs, pics etc in My documents which is located on your C: ?If so simply right click on the My docs folder, choose properties and change it's location to d:\my docs\ (or something similar).



    Just tried this, but it only moved a few things, and hasn't barely any difference. I'll try and move some of the larger programs in the same way and see what happens.

    No wait, you cant move programs as they have entries in the registry that will get ******ed if you move them.

    On your C: where are files stored? simply cut and paste them to the D: (not anything from within Program Files though)

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    dmccabe;2243021

    No wait, you cant move programs as they have entries in the registry that … No wait, you cant move programs as they have entries in the registry that will get ******ed if you move them.On your C: where are files stored? simply cut and paste them to the D: (not anything from within Program Files though)



    yeah noticed striaght away that this wasn't going to work, thanks for stopping me anyway.

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    splender;2242959

    If you split your file storage in C: and E: drive then it will be a … If you split your file storage in C: and E: drive then it will be a nightmare to manage the files in two places. The best solution is to use a partition tool and shrink the size of the E: drive and then expand the C: into the freed space. In Vista the tool is already part of Vista for partition changes. In XP you will have to use something like Partition Magic. After install the tool , takes about 80MB ( you may have to temporarily move some data to E drive.The process to re-size the partition takes a total fo about 30 mins or less. There is a trial copy of Partition Magic then you can try... don't know if it allows you one free go. Else try http://www.ranish.com/part/ , but I have never used it. Make sure that your data is backup before any major change such as alteration the partitions.



    Didn't spot this post first time through...! Sounds like just the thing i'm after, will give it a go as soon as i can and get back to you. Thanks splender.
    Currently moving some docs to make space for partition magic, thanks to everyone for there help.

    I have been using Partition Magic since the Windows 3.1 days!

    Just thinking ,is this a bought branded PC .ie Dell, Acer etc . The partition may have the OS backed up for recovery purposes .If you start to re-partition the drive , it may cause problems. [I'm not sure]Much better solution is too get an external drive to back-up your data , a USB type and just transfer stuff onto this.This should be done in any case ,if you ever get a nasty virus , it could wipe your drive and you could lose everything .I've seen this happen.

    If he uses partition magic he should be fine and not lose anything on D:


    Saying that anything you wouldn't want to lose should always be backed up.

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    Just create a folder on your D drive called Archive and move all the files you barely use to that (from mydocs foldler).

    better still, back them up to a dvdr (twice) and then delete them or move to an online web backup site (lots of free ones about).

    Or better still, buy a 160gb hard drive for about £30 and put that in your PC.
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