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How to remove partition safely

I have a Sony PCV-RS 430G running Windows XP Home Edition with SP1 and SP2.

C drive is nearly full and warning me to free up space. I have lots of space on the D drive. I don't really want to reformat this pc.

I have an external hard drive that I could set up to move files on the D drive over to, if that's an option. I'd like to keep using this pc. I've removed all the programs I can afford to move and defragged.

C drive: Capacity 13.9 GB - Used:13.8GB Free:128MB
D drive: Capacity 92.8 GB - Used: 47.3GB Free:45.4GB

I have recovery disks I made when the pc was new.
I also used SpeedUpMyPC to try to clean it up. I've disabled it now.

Would you help me to know what the best approach would be? I don't know if removing the partition is the best option or not. Obviously I can not put anything else on the pc at this time.

Thank you all very much.

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There are none.

In reply to: How to remove partition safely

This is why we duplicate or backup the entire driver BEFORE we use any partition managers.

YES I read you have the recovery media but some find out the CD/DVD drive has aged and won't boot from that.

With the major warnings out of the way I've used GPARTED (see google) to delete and resize volumes. However what's on D: now would need to be restored to C: after the change.

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External HD

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Thanks for your response Bob. I have an external hard drive that is large enough to contain all the files on the D drive and the C drive. I have never used an external HD. I bought it to backup the HD on the PC, just never hooked it up. (USB)

I would like to ask a new question now. How do I move the files on the HD to the external HD? Do I use the backup feature in windows accessories? Or do I drag and drop them in My Computer?

part B: Do I back up the D drive only? Or the whole shabang? How would that work, combining both drives C&D on the external HD?

Before anyone gives me a tongue-lashing about backing up... I know... Happy I know:) My only excuse is that I back up all my picture files and other documents onto a CD or DVD and I don't worry about the rest. I usually end up buying a new pc before I run out of room. But now that HD's, even on laptops can store so much more, I have the ext HD for my laptop and new desktop. (Just need to hook them up... )


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Windows backup failed me too many times.

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While some want to use that, I can't suggest it.

Let me write the easiest way to copy everything from the old drive to the external, just select all, control C (copy) and then on the external, control V (paste) This will take time so either give it hours or do a few folders at a time.

I use CLONEZILLA (free, widely documented) to save an image of the entire drive on my externals (I believe in more than one copy.) This again can take time so I do that over night.

Last we have DROPBOX. Not a lot of space but for stuff you can't lose, another backup.

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Thanks again Bob, I will use that copy/paste approach, in small batches. I will look at the software you mentioned also.

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