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disappearing space/hard drive repartition?

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  1. drivedissector

    drivedissector Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 3956 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 512 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 102399 MB, Free - 4586 MB; D: Total - 359076 MB, Free - 347423 MB; F: Total - 1907695 MB, Free - 248410 MB; G: Total - 2861554 MB, Free - 2773275 MB;
    Motherboard: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., R580/R590
    Antivirus: Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Updated and Enabled

    When I woke my computer up this morning I had 9G free space, now mysteriously I have only 4.5. I have a split drive with 100G on C and 400 on D which is just a waste as far as I'm concerned. Is there any way to repartition the drives so more space is available on C and less on D? Alternately, can anyone explain where my space is disappearing to even when nothing is being installed? I've cleaned up and moved as much as I can to external drives but even while doing that or compressing, the space disappears and doesn't reappear with reboot.

    Hope you can help,
    Thanks,
    Drivedissector
     
  2. Dougx789

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    You should be able to extend the partition as long as C is located to the left of the free space (you can't go the other way around). I believe you have to delete the entire partition you're going to extend into, so make sure you copy everything over to another HDD. Lots of tutorials on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycRPR7nz72c

    Hope this helps

    Remember to back up everything (I've extended other partitions but never the C drive so maybe wait for someone to confirm this is 'safe' before taking my word for it :D)
     
  3. drivedissector

    drivedissector Thread Starter

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    Thanks so much - I'll hold off. I think I might have temporarily identified the problem and have freed up half the C drive with http://windirstat.info/
    (Not sure how to make that a hot link) but I scanned the directory and found one program that had been storing .wav files for a couple of years - a dictation program.
    As my complete problem isn't totally solved yet, I won't mark it that way until, as you say, someone confirms your solution. But thank you again.
     
  4. Dougx789

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    Glad to hear you've found out what's eating up all your memory.
    I don't know what your current set up is... but if its the default then all your personal folders (my docs, music etc) will be saved onto the C partition. This causes the C partition to quickly fill up.
    You may want to consider moving your personal files to a different partition. A guide to how to do this can be found here http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/87555-user-profile-change-default-location.html

    I personally have a partition with windows on which is 100G then have my documents etc on a second partition with the rest of the available space. This prevents either partition from getting to full and causing issues.
     
  5. drivedissector

    drivedissector Thread Starter

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    Thank you - that's my set up as well and I have moved all folders, personal files to external drives or even to the D Drive in some cases but it just seems such a waste of space to have all that room on the D drive and so little on the C.
     
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