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C Drive full but D drive free - how can I balance this?

by gweil / November 19, 2005 2:36 AM PST

Hi...and thanks in advance for any advice. Running XP home edition and my c: drive is reportedly full. Local disk(C:) is a fat32 with 15.97 GB capacity and 366 MB free. However, (D:) NTFS file system shows 58.22 GB capacity and 57.67 GB free. So how do I access this drive space and balance out the system so that I can gain speed and not fill up the local drive?

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how many drives?
by linkit / November 19, 2005 2:17 PM PST

Do you have one hard drive with two partitions, C and D? Or do you have two hard drives, each with one partition?

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Just one
by gweil / November 23, 2005 7:30 AM PST
In reply to: how many drives?

Well, it appears I have just one drive when I look at the hardware listing in the control panel. Does this mean that it is partitioned into C: and D:? D: shows all this free space and C: is nearly full. I am at a loss as to how to make this more efficient.

Thanks for any info you can share.

GW

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Re: moving files
by Kees Bakker / November 19, 2005 5:19 PM PST

Gweil,

It depends on what's on your c:-drive, and how it's organized.

Most often, most of the space is occupied by the My Documents (including pictures and everything you saved). You can move the whole folder with the procedure outlined in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q310147

Sometimes, the bulk of the space used is in the Program Files folder. Games or p2p-programs might put their files there. To move those to a new disk: uninstall and reinstall on the d:-drive. You can't simply move them.

In Windows XP you can find the size of a folder including all its subfolders in the right-click>properties information. So with some detective work, I'm sure you'll be able to balance your system.

Also try cleaning the c:. See Grif Thomas' post http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7813-0.html?forumID=45&threadID=22053&messageID=243397

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Some other way ??????
by ramusson / November 20, 2005 6:04 PM PST
In reply to: Re: moving files

I remember reading on the net something about creating a folder on another drive and mapping it to c drive so that one can fool the OS into beleiving that this folder is part of c drive. Hunting for this info .....

Anyone aware of this pse??

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Does this help?
by jackintucson / November 21, 2005 3:58 AM PST
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Thanks.
by ramusson / November 23, 2005 5:54 PM PST
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Thanks Jack. No, but the info on the MS site says something on this.(located after a search)

....''Using NTFS mounted drives

NTFS mounted drives are a convenient way to add additional volumes to a computer when you no longer have any drive letters remaining. In addition, you can add more space to a volume without having to recreate the volume on another, larger disk by mounting other disks as folders on the volume. Growing the folder structure with mounted drives gives the volume a scalable, larger capacity. You can use Disk Management to mount a local volume at any empty folder on a local NTFS volume. You can format a mounted drive with any file system supported by Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 operating systems.''......


microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/cc0f4b1c-5e37-48c8-b280-56c4c50c91f8.mspx

Thanks

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continued.....
by ramusson / November 23, 2005 6:22 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks.

Sorry about the break. Yes, the drive can be mapped as a folder on another drive.

If I can map one Folder to another, a lot of problem can be solved.

I know this is possible in the Good Old DOS. Any ideas for Win XP?

Thanks.

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