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Sunnydayz

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Hello to everyone.
I am a beginner and am working on a friend's Dell Inspiron B120 with 40g hard drive. Someone installed bad software on his computer and so I used his reinstallation disk to install XP again. I did a clean install and lost of all his information but that's not the problem!
I set the C drive partition at 5GB NTFS and now it's full with only XP loaded (no personal files of his or anything and I loaded the home addition of XP but for some reason it says that both home and pro are available) and Office Powerpoint and Publisher.

I created another partition which the computer assigned the E drive (15GB) to but I still can't install anything, not even the Office update, because it says that the memory on the C drive is full with only 2% space remaining.

Can you tell me what I should do? Since I lost everything already, should I just do another clean install and assign the C partition 30GB? I know he doesn't have the money for partition software. And he should have hired a professional and not me!

Any help you can give would be much appreciated, I have been up until 1am for a couple of nights already working this.
Thank you!!!:(
 

fairnooks

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Yes, reinstall, even if you moved the data, pagefile and temporary folders and all application installations off of the C partition and had enough wiggle room for XP, it always has to be remembered that the system is custom set so if one forgets and starts installing new applications on the default C drive the system will quickly go down again.

30 gigs is a pretty good size for the C partition unless its used for gaming (some games with mods now occupy 10-15 gigs each all by themselves) or a lot of video rendering. In those two cases more along the lines of 50-60 gigs is called for.
 
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I would say yes reformat again but set the whole drive as one big c with all 40 gigs partitioned as a main drive. If the user wants a separate for data then i would do a down the middle split with 20 gigs on each side and then xp and their data should have plenty of space. Xp, if set up correctly can live quite happily on 20 gb and have programs/data on the other 20.
 
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