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Increasing Drive C space

 
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When I was partitioning my hard drive a year ago I didn't use good judgment and ended up giving my C: drive not enough space. Is there way to somehow increase the size by taking space away from other drives without repartitioning the whole disk?
[ November 08, 2007: Message edited by: Chunnard Singh II ]
 
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Not really, AFAIK. You could use the likes of PartitionMagic, which is at times referred as PartitionTragic, due to amount of issues people have run into, performance issues etc.

In short, if you can repartition the hard disk even if it involves backup, reinstalls etc, its probably the best way to go, IMHO!

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I'm going to move this to a more appropriate forum. Please follow up over there.
 
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A long time ago I used a product called Fips to do this.
I wanted to set up a machine to dual boot to either Linux or the OEM version of Windows ME that came with it. The Windows installer that came with the machine reset the partition table, creating one big C drive out of the disk.

With Fips, I was able to install Windows, shrink the C drive, and then create a new partition with the newly acquired space, and install Linux.

I don't know if it works with NTFS.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=fips+partition&btnG=Search
 
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I've had good luck over the years with Partition Magic, but lately I use GPartd, which is linux based and free.

As with any thing that hacks your C: partition, do a backup first.

Of course, the real answer it to intall Ubuntu or another good operating system instead of Windows.
 
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You can download a GParted Live CD - boot from the CD and use GParted to edit your partitions.

Ofcourse, before you do this, make a backup of your important data!
 
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Originally posted by Jesper Young:
You can download a GParted Live CD - boot from the CD and use GParted to edit your partitions.

Ofcourse, before you do this, make a backup of your important data!




But this seems to be for linux? If I dont have linux installed can I still boot from the Live Cd?
 
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Originally posted by Chunnard Singh II:
But this seems to be for linux? If I dont have linux installed can I still boot from the Live Cd?



A "live CD" is a complete OS-on-a-disk. You boot from the CD, and it looks at your existing harddisk as data, nothing more. It doesn't care what OS you have installed, because it doesn't touch it. You can boot a Linux live CD on any Intel box; that's the whole point. It's a way of trying out an OS you don't have installed, or (in this case) running a particular tool on its native OS.
 
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Yes, as others have posted, the GpartD is a live CD, just boot it and use it.
Actually PartitionMagic can create a live CD as well, as you don't want to be running from the disk while you are modifying it.

As an aside, running a live CD quickly shows you how useless "security" is on most Windows machines. You boot a Live CD, and read the data completely ignoring Windows and any access rules it has.
 
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