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how do I clean my drive???

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by hashim, Dec 27, 2001.

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  1. hashim

    hashim Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2001
    I want to upgrade my OS from Windows 98 to Windows XP. I have an IBM Desktop.

    Windows is located on Drive C. I have 2 other drives, D and E with a few gigabytes left.

    How can I move everything on my drive C to drive D? Or, what exactly can I delete? I tried to move one folder to D from C and then there were errors so I changed it back.

    I would like to upgrade but need more space on Drive C, how can I move things from C so that I have enough space on it to upgrade?

    I am lost. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    Why do you think you need to move everything (what does 'everything' mean?) to [D] from [C]?

    Do you mean you have your HDD partitioned when you say you have a [D] & [E]?

    Since imho multiple partitions are not needed unless you're a official OS tester dual-booting commercially, I'd backup all your sensitive data (Internet Explorer Favorites, Netscape Bookmarks, Outlook Express contact lists, letters, pictures, databases, spreadsheets, music, etc.) to removable media for restoring later from the [C], [D] & [E] partitions, then delete the extended logical disks (partitions) in reverse order of creation, so that [C] is the only partition, using 100% of the drive, with fdisk. I assume [C] is set to be your active partition. Then install WinXP, if your system meets al the recommended requirements (not the minimums). Then sometime after the XP installation over Win98, XP would be an upgrade right? You can delete then WinXP uninstall information if you see you like XP and that would save you some more diskspace. A full version of XP would require a fresh formatted drive. [email protected] :)
  3. radio operator

    radio operator

    Sep 4, 2001
    It sounds like you only have ONE hard drive with a couple of partitions on it. It makes it a little more difficult to change OS.

    Firstly, can you confirm you only have ONE physical Hard Drive.

    If you only have one, then you are looking at wiping the whole hard drive to put the new OS on.

    Before you do, you really have to back up all your files, they will be lost forever if you dont.

    Also, are you aware of the requirements for the Windows XP OS, It is a memory gobbler. You need a fairly large hard drive & lots of ram AND a big processor to make it work properly.

    Post back if you want to continue.
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