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Can anyone with a gateway brand laptop help me ?

by sl2obel2ts / November 24, 2006 1:07 PM PST

I have a gateway laptop MX 6454.
Out of 120gb, there is a 7gb restore partition, and only 2.1g is used. I have partition magic, can i reduce that partition to like 3gb so i have extra space? and...
I also got a restore CD... what the? I am not sure why I need a partition in my HDD and a restore CD. Restore CD cant be the same as the restore hdd partition since it is way too small.

I am really confused. I want to maximize my hdd space... help please

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Personally I would leave it alone
by retired / November 24, 2006 10:31 PM PST

And not try to change the partition size. I Have read many posts where things have gone wrong and the user lost everything. If you need more disk space you can use external devices to store Pictures, music and such. You can also free up space by uninstalling programs no longer used. Using disk cleanup. There are a lot of utilities that will do the same{google it}

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If you fully understand their
by tcantrelln / November 25, 2006 4:31 AM PST

Intent with a restore partition, you might decide to do as I did, when I had the OS (Winxp I guess) up and patched and basically the way I wanted I bought a copy of Ghost, unhid the partition and made about a 5 GB perfect- uncompressed image of the C drive for right then. That way if I messed something up I could trot out the ghost and ba back to what yo might call Day Three. All patched, etc. The restore CD will take you back to naked out of the box with as many as 65 + patches you need to apply as soon as possible. Whe I was done I re-hid the New-'My Current State' Partition and try not to need it. Saved my bacon on my daughters laptop (MPC T1000) when she filled the drive up to less than 10MB free space, then tried to run updater. Biggest non-booting meess I ever saw.

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Had a similar thing but it was a Compaq Desktop PC & manage
by DarCLew2 / November 26, 2006 3:12 AM PST

to destroy it. Had a 40 GB HDD but was cut in 1/2 and a restore section in the last 20GB of hard drive. I had Norton SystemWorks and deleted that partition [ and lost system restore ], trying to get more space since it used only 7 GB. Don't do it and learn from my mistake. DarCLew2

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