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elimating one of 2 hard drives

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I have 2 hard drives c: (a doublespaced drive with 42 megs left on it out of 400 mgs) and a second hard drive d: with 1.2 gigs still on it. I seems that when ever I load a program , although i load it to the larger drive it continues to put some files in the smaller drive ( thats where my window program is installed. The system folder keeps getting larger.

When I took my computer in to get upgraded for a larger drive, they desided to leave the old drive in the computer as a master and install the newer larger drive as the master

well I want to undo all that. I want to get rid of the smaller double spaced c: drive. And just use the larger 1.2 gig drive as the main drive.

How do I do that

tom
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I am assuming you are using Win9X here.

The system folder will continue to get larger as various programs install DLL, VXD etc files into it. The answer to your question is basically, yes you can use the 1.2 gb drive as the main one, however it is not an easy task. You have to bear in mind that if you just copy the files from your C drive to the D drive then any references to programs in the start menu as well in the registration database on the D drive will cause you major problems as they will in effect not exist. I would suggest that you get another larger drive to use as your C drive and after copying from your existing one, another question in itself :o), use it with your existing 1.2gb.

The only other option would be to reinstall everything onto the 1.2gb drive and start again. Probably not what you want to do.

You should change computer shops if they couldn't be bothered to copy the files across.

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yes i understand what you are saying. Im saying i want to eliminate the small drive and make the large drive ,drive c
how do I do that
tom
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thekeep, the big question is do you want to reinstall everything (a pain in the but) or do you want to be able to copy everything over and install a new drive as the C: without having to reinstall? There are ways to copy a disk completely but there can be drawbacks. One of my favorite utilities (although it isn't free) is called ghost, you can actually image a drive and dump the image onto another (larger) drive and everything should work (usually). There are other utilities that will do similar things but it all depends on how you want to go about setting up a larger drive as your new C:.
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thekeep, I haven´t done this for some time, but i´m pretty sure of my answer to your problem...from the dos promt type fdisk and on make particion or disk "active" I think its the option (2) choose the 1.2gb drive and when ever you start you pc that drive will be the active drive. BUT make sure you transfer your sytem files to that drive first!!! i.e "sys \D:" assuming D: is the secondary drive. Of course you´ll have to transfer your programas to that drive or simply intall windows to it and you´ll have no problems but you will have to re-install other programs also.
The other thing that makes the diference (and this is a must) is changing your pin configuration on the hard drive from slave to master (notice: not all hard drives need pin configuration changes since they will work both as primary or slave) so my advise is that you try my first suggestion first ( since you can always undo it by making the prior hard disk as the active/primary disk).
Luck
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can i just take out  the c(small drive). and just use the d:(large drive) as the master drive

can i do this with a system disk (to start and ativate the cd rom) to install windows on the large drive , do i have to mess with the bios

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thekeep, you can try doing that if you dont mind re-installing all your files, but if the 1.2gb drive was pinned to work as a slave only, that procedure wont work. Usually the drive itself has information about pin settings so take a look at it, and make the changes necesary, if it can work woth as primary and slave then have a look at the smaller drive and make the changes there (set it up as the slave drive) that way you can use that drive also. (1.2gb is not much).

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I just as soon get rid of the smaller drive, Pain in the but.. So i can use a system disk(that i will make before disconnecting the smaller drive) AFTER i take out the small drive and make the big drive the master using a pin , if there is one. This will now become my c: drive, RIGHT
so as long as i can activate the cdrom i can install windows 95 (is on a cd) on the one and only drive there is

again do i have to mess with bios

tom
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All you should need to do is get the BIOS to autodetect the drive. You may need to check that the 1.2gb is now the master disk and not slave.
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ok thanks
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You're welcome
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