Partitioning

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by DFX, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    I need help.

    I just reformatted my hard drive, and thought "ill make a 30GB partition for storing MP3s and movies on".

    Thing is, the 30GB one is now what windows is running on.

    I want the small partition to be C, with all my windows files on, and My Documents folder, etc... and I want the 30GB one to be called 'X' or something, which will be for storage.

    Do I need to reformat or what?

    I aint got a clue. I have attached a screenshot incase you dont understand what Im saying.
     
  2. Un4gIvEn1

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    you will need to repartition the drive. Set the 10GB partition to be the primary and the 30GB to be the logical extended partition.
     
  3. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    How exactly would I "repartition"? Would I just put my XP disc back in and reboot? Does this mean having to reinstall Windows again?
     
  4. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

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    that's probably the easiest way...
     
  5. sboulema

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    with partition magic you can change this without reformatting again
     
  6. XP Abuser

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    Partition Magic <--------------------The Daddy:)
     
  7. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    Downloading it now...

    How exactly do I "Set the 10GB partition to be the primary and the 30GB to be the logical extended partition"? Is it pretty straight-forward?
     
  8. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    In my opinion, PartitionMagic makes it pretty straightforward. I've done quite a bit with the program, and I've never read any instructions or anything. I doubt you'll have much trouble. What you're doing is a good idea though, I've done something similar myself and I recommend it. :)
     
  9. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    ok, i've used partiton magic before, but one thing always makes me wonder. Is it possible to adjust the size and maybe even the drive letter without completely messin up the computer?
     
  10. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Yes to both... I think. I know for sure that changing drive letters is a breeze. Say you had a D: and E: and you wanted to switch the letters. Do this:
    1) Change D: to some random letter, say H:
    2) D: is now open, so change E: to D:
    3) E: is now open, so change H: to E:
    4) Tell PartitionMagic to apply all of the changes
    This should take maybe 5 minutes max. I've done it several times with no problems.
    As far as resizing is concerned, I would need to be sitting down in front of the app to give you more info. The machine I'm on right now doesn't have the program. I will say that I'm pretty sure it is safe and easy though.
     
  11. cheezzzz

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    What I would do is change the drive letters beforehand using the built in computer management utility. That way you can assign the drive letters when you use partition magic. Just my opinion.

    cheezzzz
     
  12. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    I changed drive letters last night.

    All fuct up and I reformatted again.

    Forgot what the error was though :eek: :confused:

    Its probably safe to just change my 40GB drive into 8GB primary and the rest logical, yes? Aslong as Im not messing around, changing primary drive to logical n that?
     
  13. sboulema

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    be sure that if you change the drive letters run drivemapper afterwards. Drivemapper will search for any thing that is reffering to the old driveletter and change it to the new letter. this way your pc wont get messed up.
     
  14. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    I did that, still ****ed up though.

    Shall I just go ahead and partition then?
     
  15. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    Sboulema, would what i'm tryin to do work kinda easily? i'm just gettin sick of switching everything over to D:/program files.
     
  16. sboulema

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    resizing of partitions and moving them is quite simple with pm8. Just select the partitiion you wanna resize or move in the left menu you will beg iven the option to reisze or move and a handy wizard will po-up guiding you through the process :) and afterwards run drivemapper and everything should be fine
     
  17. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    You don't have to change the install path every time. There is a registry entry that you can change so that the default path points to D:/Program Files.

    Open your registry and find the key below:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion]

    Change the value of "ProgramFilesDir" and "CommonFilesDir" to the desired Program Files and Common Files directories.

    Restart Windows for the change to take effect.
     
  18. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    Thanks a Bunch, Muzikool
     
  19. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Sure thing! ;)