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Increasing capacity of hard drive partition

  1. Sep 19, 2004 #1


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    I partitioned my hard drive into two sectors (I installed windows on one).. it turns out to be too small (sp2 makes a backup of the whole system :rolleyes:).. I'm at a loss how to redistribute the size though :uhh:

    Anyone a clue? I'm running Windows XP (I guess I need to go into BIOS at reboot? *edit* just tried bios, didn't find anything).
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  3. Sep 19, 2004 #2
    you made a partition too small, you need to format, repartition, and reinstall windows..
  4. Sep 19, 2004 #3


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    :cry: really?

    I looked in XP disk management tools and only found a delete partition button and no make or alter disk partion buttons, so I guess you're right :P

    So how big a partition would be the bottom size for XP home edition do you think?

    *edit* windows is silly, why can't I just move things around a little.. everything is still empty but the one system partition :yuck:
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  6. Sep 19, 2004 #5


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    Greg: control panel->administrative tools->computer management->storage->disk manager

    You can create, delete, format, etc., you just can't resize or work on the active partition (which Partition Magic can do).
  7. Sep 19, 2004 #6
    I recommend 10GB for winXP minimum, becuase of swap and everything.
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    I agree.

    I second this. I've used Partition Magic several times, and it has always worked beautifully for me. Also, it isn't extremely complicated. One caution though; it's been over a year since I last had a need for it.

  11. Sep 21, 2004 #10
    Do you not put your VM on another partition? Makes the system run faster by allowing contiginous writing of data in swap area, also it allows for less fragmentation of VM (Swap)...
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  12. Sep 21, 2004 #11
    I recommended a 10GB partition for XP minimum, for large swap and room for OS, becuase she asked what is the bottom size a XP partition should be..
  13. Sep 22, 2004 #12


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    Actually I've put swap on a separate partition and inactivated the system restore function of XP. I now am using 2.35 Gb, so could have done with the original partition of 3 Gb that I had for the OS.. oh well :)
  14. Sep 22, 2004 #13
    A regular XP install uses 2.6GB....wohaaa!
  15. Sep 22, 2004 #14


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    That's what my friend in ICT recommended :tongue: don't give windows any room, it will perform better.
  16. Sep 22, 2004 #15
    I can garentee that a 10GB partition will run better, becuase in time, "extra file" will build up and fill the HDD, and 3GB will not be enough, even if you clear stuff out.
  17. Sep 22, 2004 #16
    It has been some time since last I used it, but the program is called bootitng.


    Unlike other bloated software, this one fits onto a single floppy disk and never failed me or caused loss of data. As I recall, when not wanting to actually install the program so as to have a boot loader, simply boot from the floppy and resize your partitions.

    Good luck
  18. Sep 23, 2004 #17
    No. You will not gain speed via putting the swap file on another partition on the same HDD. Think about the pickup head must fly between partitions .. back an fourth. Put the swap on another drive is the only way to gain speed ... the head remains over the needed area to read/write. Better to leave the swap on the same partition on a single drive (less motion).

  19. Sep 23, 2004 #18
    Your system will be faster regardless, due to the swap area (and system area) being less fragmented thus as I said before you get contiginous writing to the swap area!

    If you leave it on same partition you will get more fragementation and the disk head will move further!

    What you say is correct however, if you place the swap on a totally idenpendent drive you will gain even more performance!!
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