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Re-Sizing The Boot Drive

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  1. BML

    BML Thread Starter

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    My boot hard drive (winXP) is currently 8gb. I'm running out of space and need to make it bigger - like 9gb. I have partition magic to help me do these partition tasks. I'm going to re-distribute free space or take some from another partition.

    when I attempt to drag the slider on the C: drive to make it bigger it says "this partition may not be bootable because it crosses the 1024 cylinder boundary". Then what do I do? How do I enlarge my c: drive?

    bruce
     
  2. slipe

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    Ghost the boot drive and go for it. There are several 1024 boundaries and they often don’t apply. The message is often a nuisance warning. It usually doesn’t cause problems with a single OS anyway is the OS itself is on the HD within the limit.
     
  3. Rockn

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    It may be a problem if the system partition is on a FAT system as opposed to NTFS. Change it to an NTFS partition and drag away.
     
  4. zeddy

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    It does say that as a default message, you dont have to change to NTFS to enlarge the partition, but you may want to to access the file property advances that NTFS allows in winXP pro.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I have a 16gig FAT32 boot partition on a machine, and a 16gig NTFS boot partition on another machine, no issue with either. If you're running of of room at 8gigs, I'd go for more than 9gigs! :D
     
  6. BML

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    I finally did get it to resize. I dumped the Powerquest product and now use Acronis to do this.

    I'm fairly conservative with my partition sizes. I keep 'em "small" and manageable and still have over 10gb of unallocated space from which I'll pull from as needed. My system part was 8gb with 7.5gb used - so now I'm at 9gb with 7.5 used so there's lots of room to play around. If I need more I've got a "stash" of disk space!! The 8gb was getting tight when I use Photoshop; that takes more temporary space.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Actually, most defrag programs do a lousy job with less than 20-25% free space. Also, when you do stuff like burn DVD's, the temp file are frequently huge, and they normally end up on C:. Why have a "stash" of disk space when you could just have it available for use? :confused:
     
  8. Deathdealer

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    i was just wondering if i use partition magic and make a partition bigger ona driver will it erase everything on it!??!

    plz answer back
     
  9. BML

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    No. It does not change or delete any files.
     
  10. slipe

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    Not usually but it is a real good idea to have backup when you start resizing partitions. That is especially true when you are learning to use Partition Magic and don’t spend time in the manual.
     
  11. JohnWill

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    FWIW, I've probably resized several hundred disks with PM, and in two cases, it trashed the whole partition, once the whole disk. It's pretty reliable, but when something goes wrong, it REALLY goes wrong! PM is dealing with the structures that affect all your data, and when it chokes, it's very bad. Their warning to make a backup is well founded. :D
     
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