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I have a 6GB primary partition and install all programs to a logical drive,yet I'm getting a "Low Disk Space" (168mb left).

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I built this computer and is running fine except the fact that I'm getting a Low Disk Space message with a 6GB partition. I'm running XP Pro with an AMD Athlon XP 3200+ processor(OC'd), on a ABIT AN7 mobo. SATA Western Digital 74GB Raptor, Corsair XMS Pro 4000 (2x512mb), Ati Radeon 9800 Pro (256 mb),Plextor PX-708A combo drive, Creative 52X CD-ROM, YADA..YADA..YADA..!  I've run disk clean up, scan disk, moved my swap files to a different logical drive. What else can I do? I can't find anything of any size that I can get rid of (unless they're hidden files).Any suggestions on what else I might look for?                                         Thanks   Mike
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Could you please give some info about your drive setup. This 6 GB partition, is that for O/S only, or for all software as well? What kind of logical drive are you referring to? An extended partition on the main drive or something else? What is the size of any hard drive(s) involved?
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Ok, I have a 74gb hard drive with a 6gb primary patition, the rest of the drive is an extended partition broke down into logical drives (4gb, 2gb, 8gb, and 49.25gb). I installed my O/S on the 6gb partition so that if I ever had trouble and had to reinstall the O/S, I wouldn't upset the rest of my drive. I'd like to add that I said that I moved my page files to a different logical drive, I just found out that I actually had page filing on both my "c" drive, and the drive I moved it to. After disabling page filing on my "C" drive, I now have 2.04gb of free space. So I'm ok on that subject now. I have my page filing on the 2gb drive now(drive G), but would like to increase the size to 5gb by repartitioning through my disk mananger. Here's my Q. My programs are on the 4gb drive(F), can I move them to a different drive as long as I rename that to "F"? The path will be the same, but the drive will be in a different location (with the same drive letter). Will my programs still operate as they should?
   This is my first time using Experts Exchange, I'd like to say that I'm suprised and impressed how fast I received a response from someone.
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                                                                              Mike
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Hmm...
I'm not sure you will stay impressed, I was merely asking for more details.

You obviously solved the space problem yourself. As for resizing partitions and moving programs, well, I don't know really... I don't think  XP Disk manager can handle resizing, so you may have to fall back on removing and recreating if you don't want to use some third-party tool. Whatever you do, do a thorough backup of all important stuff before proceeding.

Why do you think you need 5 GB of swapping space? (or did I misunderstand) If that is the only reason for resizing partitions, you may do better moving the pagefile to a bigger partition.

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Well I think I found out on my own that moving programs to another partition, then back again doesn't work the way I had hoped.I can't use my programs. Thank god I have another computer to work with. So it looks like I'm going to have to reinstall all of them. That's ok, I wanted to clean them up anyway. What I was going to do was create a folder in a drive, put everything from that drive into that folder, then move the folder to my big partition(49.25GB). Do this for my 3 logical drives(4,2,and 8GB). Delete those partitions after emptying them and make new logical drives of different sizes. Then label them the same as the originals, and restore the info that I stored on the big drive. I also was going to position the page filing partition closer to the local drive( I heard it was more efficient). Let me know your thoughts, but I think I know what I have to do.
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       Mike
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A few thoughts:

I usually recommend splitting a HD in two - one partition for O/S and software and one for data (documents etc).

In your case it looks like you have found the disadvantage of that idea as you run into size problems. Perhaps you could do it in another way:

Make one primary partition for your O/S and all the programs you know you need. Make room for the swap file too.
Make one extended partition (and a logical drive) for your data.

For the system partition I recommend you install the O/S and any updates/fixes etc. Move the swap file to your extended partition. Defrag the system drive. Move the swap file back to the system drive and make it fixed size - that should keep it contiguous giving somewhat better performance (I've heard). Install your programs on the system drive.

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Thank You for your help. looks like I have some work to do. I think what I'm going to do is back up my data. Move my page filing back to my primary partition, delete my logical drives on the rest of my disk, format everything except the primary, repartiition with a little more thought. Then move my page filing to it's own partition of ample size. Load my programs on their own partition, data and everything else on the rest of the disk. If I run out of space, I can always add another drive. I don't want to get into this mess again. I'd like to sit down and enjoy this thing instead of always working on it.
This should be my last posting.
Thank You for your help,
                          Mike
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