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Moving Windows?

by peeeb / January 7, 2006 1:19 AM PST


I don?t know if you can help at all?

I am running Windows XP Pro and its installed onto a very full C:/ drive (20gb) which also has a lot of programs on.

I also have a second hard drive H:/ (120gb) which I store all my files on and all programs I have been successful in moving!

What I really need to do is have Windows on my H drive so it has much more room to play with and is not constricted so much, then I will have enough room with Windows gone to defrag the C drive or maybe format it and sort it out so then I can have programs on C and Window and files on H or something like that.

My question is, what is the best and least destructive way to get windows from C to H.
I do have the disc for Windows if this helps?


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Regarding Moving Windows
by Kono Kusotare / January 7, 2006 1:56 AM PST
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You have already limited your options by moving files and programs to H. Is the H drive formatted as a single partition? You don't need to make "enough room" in order to Defrag your C drive by the way. You might want to simply create "mounted volumes." They are easy to create and will "expand" your filled up C drive to your H drive. Google it.

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by peeeb / January 7, 2006 7:04 AM PST

I have tried looking for mounted volumes but ca't really find anything! - Help!!!

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Creating Mounted Volume
by Kono Kusotare / January 7, 2006 8:03 AM PST
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First, create an empty folder on the volume that is low on space. For example, if you want to expand your music folder on C, make a new folder called "More Music." This is called the "volume mount point." Then open disk management by clicking start, right clicking My Computer and choosing Manage. Click disk management. Now Right click your H volume and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths. In Change Drive Letter and Paths for New Volume dialog box click Add to create a new mounted volume. In the Add New Drive Letter or Path dialog box choose Mount in the Following NTFS Folder and enter the volume mount point (the empty folder you created called More Music) or you can Browse for it and select it. Click OK and close. You have now created "virtual" free space on C, which is actually stored on H. It's easy and effective.

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While this was recently discussed...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2006 7:11 AM PST
In reply to: Moving Windows?

Microsoft and others have have no "move Windows" to another drive. The answer is a simple no, but why this is so was answered recently.


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If you really want to clean things up
by retired / January 7, 2006 8:10 AM PST

Save all the data and files, music Etc that you cannot afford to lose to CD/DVD from both C and H.. Now format H to clean it up. Clean the C drive of all the junk like old programs and anything else you no longer want. Using a good cloning utility such as this

Clone C to the larger drive, now you can go back and format the old C. the 120 Gig now becomes the C bootable drive and you can use your imagination as to what you want for storage Etc. A little work involved but i think you will be happy with the results.

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