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22-Sep-2008, 10:07 AM #1
Solved: harddrive running out of room
I have harddrives on my computer the c drive is 33.05 gb and it only has 7.71 gb left on it and the d drive is 112 gb and it has 104 gb on it.i want to take stuff off my c drive and out it on my d drive but im not sure how if possible i would like to take windows xp of the c drive and put it on the d drive is this a possible task and could someone tell me how to do it
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22-Sep-2008, 10:18 AM #2
First of all, do you have two physical drives or do you have a single drive that is partitioned into two drives?

Next you can put the operating system on "D" however you must clean install. The reason is that with apps loading .dll type files to the windows and or windows/system32 folder, the path would be incorrect.

You can however move the page file, the my docs folder, limit system restore, move apps to "D" etc to improve space on "C"

Have you done a disk cleanup on the "C" drive?
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22-Sep-2008, 10:33 AM #3
yes i have have 2 hard drives the "d" is a local disc and the "c" is a presario i have done cclener on "c". how would i go about doing a clean install
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22-Sep-2008, 10:48 AM #4
You do a clean install just like any install; backup your data, and boot with the xp CD. Delete the partition[s] on the disk in question and create. Format and install.

I would see about moving the page file, my docs, and apps to "D" before doing a clean install.

You do understand that a clean install destroys ALL data on the drive, correct?
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22-Sep-2008, 11:16 AM #5
well i guess i cant do that cause i dont have the windows xp disk but is there a way that i can take everything except windows and put it on the other one and make it to where when i download something it goes to the bigger disk
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22-Sep-2008, 12:08 PM #6
Just as I posted, move your page file to D. Move the my docs folder to D. Whenever you download a file, it will ask you where to save the file. Simply select the D drive and whatever folder you want to save the file to.
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22-Sep-2008, 12:14 PM #7
You know, there is another option.
Buy a new drive and clone your existing C drive to the new larger hard disk.
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22-Sep-2008, 12:22 PM #8
where is the page file located ?and when i find it can i just click and drag to make it go on the bigger disk? and what do you mean by limit system restore?
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22-Sep-2008, 12:29 PM #9
im really not wanting to do that cause i most likely will never use the space i got i dont mind having windows on the little disk i just wanna move the other stuff off and put it on the big disk and start downloading to that one but im not sure if all you have to do is click and drag
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22-Sep-2008, 12:44 PM #10
OK, I do not use xp so this is from memory. You might have to look in the help section.
Go to control panel>system>advanced>performance. You will see your page file AND your other disk. Select to have 0 page file on C and either a fixed or windows managed on D.

Note from your posts, I would tend to think you are not very experienced. I would make a backup of anything important before you start messing with the page file, etc.

The my docs folder can be moved as well freeing up space. As for system restore, I believe xp allows you to adjust the percentage of the disk that is used; ie 10% 3%, etc. Again read the help regarding system restore.
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22-Sep-2008, 01:22 PM #11
i am still learning my way around my computer but learning new things daily i found out how to move my page filing and adjusted the restore it was succussfull the only thing im not sure of is when i move the my documents folder do i click and drag to the big disk and then delete it from my other disk or is there another way to do it
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22-Sep-2008, 03:07 PM #12
Good, you are learning.

No you do not drag the docs folder. Do this [again it is from memory so it might be off a little] Right click the my docs folder on your desktop. Go to properties. It should have a path or a move button. You can type in the path you want or hit the move button and select a folder on the D drive.
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22-Sep-2008, 03:09 PM #13
Once you are done with everything, I would delete all old restore points. No sense in having a restore with an incorrect page file location, my docs folder, etc.
Now run either CCleaner or disk cleanup and see what you have for space.

You can also move apps. To do this, you must uninstall the app and then reinstall using the D drive.
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22-Sep-2008, 03:50 PM #14
so if i do this will there be any side effects that i might not like.i know how to do it but i havent done it yet cause im not sure if there are gonna be any hidden side effects as far as access i dont know about and also where can i locate my apps . and i was wondering how i would put some other programs that i got on the little disk on the big one. would i do it the same way?
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22-Sep-2008, 03:58 PM #15
ok i did something wrong i guess i did move it and didnt realize it and now there is nothing in none of the folders all my pics are gone and my music and the videos only the three folders are in there can i system restore
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