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One Hard Drive divided into C & D Drives
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pakratz2
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October 29, 2011 - 9:14 am
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I have an HP Media Center PC (Windows XP Pro) that has one 500GB harddrive, but 250GB is on C: drive, and 250GB is on D: drive. How can I combine these into just 500GB on C: drive?

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October 30, 2011 - 6:19 pm
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Hey pakratz - Welcome to the forum.

Why do you want to do that? It's not too difficult but, in most cases anyway, having two partitions at 250GB each is the better scenario.

Just want to make sure you are doing the right thing before we go ahead and provide instructions.

Cheers...Jim

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November 1, 2011 - 9:53 am
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To simplify things you might want to look into a utility. I have used http://www.partition-tool.com/.....rsonal.htm with XP before. This link is to a newer version than I used years ago. It will allow you to re-size or give you a single partition. Myself, I prefer having my 2 partitions. Before you begin this task I recommend reading this article; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D....._partition.

Good luck!

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November 28, 2011 - 11:07 pm
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Thanks Mike & Ozbloke for your replies. As you can probably tell, I know very little about computers. I don't know how to use two separate drives, so I don't know if I need them combined or not.
My computer is running slower than usual, so I thought Maybe if I had that extra space from Drive D, then it would speed things up a bit. I've run all the cleanup tools, Ad-Aware and antivirus, etc. and it is still slow.
Since I don't know how to use the Drive D, I just figured it might be better to combine them.
Each Drive is supposed to be 250GB each, but when I look at Drive C, it says used=121GB; free=102GB, and capacity 224GB (don't know why it's 224GB & not 250GB). Drive D says used=93.8MB; free=232GB, and capacity 232GB (doesn't have 250GB either) and I don't know how the 93.8MB got on Drive D.
Maybe what I need to do is to learn how to move some stuff to Drive D. Anyway, thanks for trying to help this PC ignorant senior citizen out.

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November 29, 2011 - 10:06 am
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My computer is running slower than usual, so I thought Maybe if I had that extra space from Drive D, then it would speed things up a bit. I've run all the cleanup tools, Ad-Aware and antivirus, etc. and it is still slow.[/quote:1wx6syo2]

Quick note on your speed issue, have you run the "Defrag" utility? One of the next concerns will be "have you loaded programs you are not using?"

Since I don't know how to use the Drive D, I just figured it might be better to combine them.[/quote:1wx6syo2]

Think of these 2 drives as cabinet drawers in a file cabinet. If you are viewing them using "My Computer" this is the utility we will eventually use to move some of your content to the "D:" or Drive D.

Each Drive is supposed to be 250GB each, but when I look at Drive C, it says used=121GB; free=102GB, and capacity 224GB (don't know why it's 224GB & not 250GB). Drive D says used=93.8MB; free=232GB, and capacity 232GB (doesn't have 250GB either) and I don't know how the 93.8MB got on Drive D. [/quote:1wx6syo2]

Don't worry so much about the totals. 250GB represents a generic size. Certain Operating System files are hidden and cause this number to reduce which is more so on C: since this is your system drive. So you noticed your free space on C: is pretty large, since you went below %50 about 10GB ago. Some computers have a total drive space below 100GB. Don't worry, you are not about to run out of space! You can expect about 40-50 typical song files to occupy about 1GB. Movies will vary much more in space requirement depending on the movie format from 2 per GB all the way to 1 movie per 4GB. Text files and spread sheets require much much less storage space. These files I have just mentioned are among a few of the types of files that would be great to have on D:, but once this is done the programs that access them will simply have to look in another "drawer" to find them. You have complete control over these issues, you just don't know it yet!

Maybe what I need to do is to learn how to move some stuff to Drive D. Anyway, thanks for trying to help this PC ignorant senior citizen out.[/quote:1wx6syo2]

Stay tuned and we'll get some useful tutorials for you on this subject!

Mike

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November 29, 2011 - 3:59 pm
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Hey pakratz,

Hard drive size: The manufacturers use '1000' as their base number for calculating hard drive capacity - Windows uses '1024' for its base number. So, there is always going to be a variance between manufacturers' advertized hard drive capacities and what Windows actually reports. There is also the Master File Table, which is created when a hard drive is formatted - think of the MFT as being somewhat similar to the 'index' section of a text book, it lets Windows know exactly where a particular file is located on the hard drive. The RAW size of the hard drive, as advertized on the box, does not make allowances for the MFT.

On the computer running slow: Three main culprits here; too much detritus, malware, too many background processes running. Sounds as though you have eliminated the first two possibilities so that leaves us with the third - too many background processes running. This problem grows exponentially with the age of the computer, and as you install more and more programs. So many of the programs set themselves to auto-start with Windows - in the vast majority of cases this is totally unnecessary and is simply wasting system resources which, in turn, makes for an unresponsive computer. Security related programs in particular are resource hungry - install too many and the computer will slow noticeably.

So, the remedy is to uninstall any superfluous security software and prevent non-essential programs from auto-starting with Windows.

The preferred method is via the program's own settings/preferences. Many of the programs which start with Windows will place an icon in the System Tray (or notification area) at the far right of the Taskbar. Right click on those icons for non-essential programs and look for any options that lead to Settings/Preferences/Options. Then look for any setting/option which will allow you to disable the auto-start feature.

The next step, for those programs which either do not include that option or do not provide easy access to options/settings, is to disable the auto-start feature via Window's 'System Configuration' tool: Go to [b:1zaclbpy]Start>Run[/b:1zaclbpy], type [b:1zaclbpy]msconfig[/b:1zaclbpy] into the Run dialogue box and then click [b:1zaclbpy]OK[/b:1zaclbpy]. Now click on the [b:1zaclbpy]Startup[/b:1zaclbpy] tab across the top of the window to access a list of processes auto-starting with Windows. From there, each startup item can be assessed and disabled or left enabled.

If you need help assessing which items are necessary and which are not, just provide us with a list and we'll advise accordingly.

Now, to get back to your original question: The best way to utilize the two partition setup is to maintain all system and installed program files on the main (C) partition, and all personal data (documents, music, pictures, etc.) on the secondary 'D' partition. The simplest way would be to create new folders on the D partition and name them accordingly; My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, etc. Then drag and drop those files from the personal folders on 'C' to the corresponding folders on 'D'.

I would be interested to know what the 93.8MB used space on 'D' actually consists of. If you go to 'My Computer' and double left click on the 'D' drive you will see a list of folders and files - what are the largest ones called??

Cheers...Jim

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November 30, 2011 - 11:10 pm
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Thanks again Mike & Osbloke for your replies.
Mike,
1. I did the Defrag analysis and it says "This drive does not need defragmenting."
2. Yes, I do have some programs I am not using. I am trying to remove them. I have one (Crawler) that installed along with Safari browser. I uninstalled Safari long ago, but Crawler won't uninstall from Add/Remove or Program Files because it says it cannot be installed because File "C:ProgramFilesCrawlerRadiounins000.dat" does not exist. I'm stuck on this one.

Osbloke,
1. The only security related program I installed is AVG Antivirus. This PC came with Norton AV preinstalled, but I uninstalled it and cannot find any trace of it when I do a search.
2. I'll work on the list of start up programs because I have no idea what I need to keep.
3. I do happpen to have a lot of music, videos, and pictures that would probably be good to move to Drive D
4. The 93.8 MB on Drive D consists of Microsoft files: Microsoft Corp Print Filter Pipeline Proxy (PrintFilterPipelinePrxy.dll); Microsoft Corp. Security Catalog Information; Microsoft System Driver files for XPSDrv print drivers; MS XPSDrv Driver core installs; and XPSDrv for pre-windows Vista OS; Microsoft XPS Document Writer (mxdwdrv.dll) and Microsoft Corp Native Code XPS Services Library (xpssvcs.dll).

Thanks again for your help.

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