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Computer help forum: C drive almost full, D drive empty. Get rid of partitition?

by: harvestmoon February 25, 2005 1:23 PM PST

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C drive almost full, D drive empty. Get rid of partitition?

by harvestmoon - 2/25/05 1:23 PM

My 15 GB internal drive is partitioned as follows:
C drive: 5.89 GB w/ 423 MB free (7%); File system FAT32
D drive: 8.15 GB w/ 8.12 MB free (99%); File sys NTSF

Sony apparently partitioned it this way. This is a Sony Vaio notebook # PCG-FXA32, about 3 yrs old. It has Mobil AMD Duron processor (900 MHz); 256 MB SDRAM; DVD-ROM; 1.44 MB floppy drive (no CD-R drive), WinXP(SP2) home ed. (I am not vey proficient with computers.)

All programs/data are on the C drive, and it is obviously running out of space. The program files that are visible to me add up to 867 MB. There are other programs (such as Windows XP, AOL) that do not show up under program files-- or, at least they don't give any size data. I only have Word files, a few spreadsheets, e-mails, and some e-mail photo attachments stored on the computer. No music, videos, digital photos, games, etc. Many of the programs I don't really use (don't even know what they are). I tried to delete or move them to D drive, but I got a message saying something like: If I do this, some other programs my not work. I was able to move just a few.

PROBLEM: How best to gain access to the rest of my hard drive? When I try to Defrag, I get a message that in order for Defrag to work properly, I must have 15% free disc space. I can still go ahead and defrag, but I'm not sure if it's an optimum defrag.

I've looked at threads in this forum and others, with similar questions. I have some ideas, but I need help in understanding my options:

1) Partitioning software: Partition Magic 8.01(Powerquest), Disk Director 9.0 (Acronis), Drive Copy, Partition Manager 6.0 (Paragon). These are some options that I've seen reference to. Partition Magic seems to have the most references. Would one of these enable me to expand my C drive and to eliminate the D drive (or , at least make it very small)? Is one of these better for my purpose?

2) Compress the program files that I don't use. I have never done this. I don't think I have compression software. But, is this an option that will gain me disc space. If a program is needed, will it automatically uncompress? Or, will I get some sort of message saying that I must unzip this program? What compression programs are recommended?

3)Uninstall or delete programs, then re-install on D-drive. If I am able to do this, could I go back to my two "Application Recovery" CDs and pick a particular program for re-installation on drive D? If I delete a program from C drive, and I get a warning message saying some other program might be affected, should I heed this warning? If I install a program on the D drive, and if I'm working on C-drive, will a program on D drive be accessible to me while I'm on C-drive?

4) Store all data on drive D (Word files, spreadsheets, e-mail, contacts, etc) and keep all programs on C drive. Sounds good, but I really have no idea how to go about doing this. (I have AOL, by the way). If I move all my Word files to D drive, will I still have access to them when working in the Word program on C drive?

So, basically, I'm running out of disk space. But, in reality, I have plenty of (unaccessible) disk space. I don't think I really need any partition whatsoever-- at least not for my purposes. Please advise on the best/ easiest method to resolve this partition problem. (Remember, I'm not all that good with computers).

Thanks for your help. I think a lot of people will benefit from the answers. There are related posts in many different forum areas (Storage, WinXP, general, etc.) But it's all sort of fragmented.

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