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How to increse already partition space

I have a laptop with windows XP operating system.Initially i partitioned my hard disk in four equal space of 27 gb as C:,D:E:F: drive.C: drive is Primary drive.I install many software so that my c: drive is approximately full,even my other drive have enough space.can i increase c: drive space and less some space from other drive without any formatting the hard disk or any trouble.i want to shift 5 GB space to C: drive from D: drive.
is it possible?if yes please provide step wise information.
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nicemanish
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bmatumburaCommented:
Yes, it's possible. You can use a number of free partition resizing utilities
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bmatumburaCommented:
One such utility can be found here: http://www.ranish.com/part/

You may need to backup data on the partitions to be re-sized first
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Tapan PattanaikSenior EngineerCommented:
yes, it is possible to shift 5 GB space to drive "C" from drive  "D" . For that you have to use a software  called "Norton" PartitionMagic". I have attached a "Norton PartitionMagic User's Guide". Just go through it and if you have that software , you can solve your problem.

PM8.pdf
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nobusCommented:
i recommend Bootit-ng for that : www.terabyteunlimited.com/       
Download the demo version of Boot-It NG , which is an exceptionally good partition management tool; and use it to do the following:

(1)  Resize D: to free up some space
(2)  "Slide" D: to put the free space adjacent to C:
(3)  Resize C:

Done :-)    You can use this technique to make C: as large as you want.

In detail :
- download Boot-It and create a bootable CD (or floppy if you have a floppy drive).
-Boot to Boot-It; select CANCEL at the first prompt; then OK.   Then click on Partition Work ... you'll now see the partition structure of the disk -- which will show your two partitions.   You can easily identify which is which by the sizes.

-Now you simply need to do a ReSize of the 2nd partition (D:);  then a "Slide" of D:; and finally a ReSize of C:

The resize of D: should be fairly quick ;how long it takes will depend on how much data has to be moved in the process.   The Slide operation will take a longer time (it has to move all of the data on your large partition) ... potentially hours.   The final ReSize of C: will be VERY quick (a few seconds).

a graphical reparesentation :
Original layout:   CCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

where the C's represent C: and the D's represent D:
You can only add space to C: if there's free space immediately adjacent to it.   So the first thing you need to do is ReSize D:

New  layout 1 :  CCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD..........    where the .'s represent free space

Then you need to "slide" D: --> to put the free space where it needs to be.  
New  layout 2 : CCCCCCC.........DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Finally, you simply ReSize C: -- End layout :
CCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  Boot-It is far and away the most reliable and  it is VERY stable   As always, with ANY in-place partition restructuring it's best to have a backup before you do it.  
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garycaseCommented:
I don't mind my posts being copied ... but some attribution would be nice :-)
[http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/System_Utilities/Partition_Tools/Q_22857619.html#19973905 ]
[http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Hard_Drives/Q_24236411.html#23904796 ]

In addition, the graphics should at least be modified to match the question !!

In this case, there are 4 partitions ... so the disk "looks" like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFFFFFFFF

The first step with Boot-IT is to ReSize D, thus looking like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDD.......EEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFFFFFFFF

then "Slide" the 2nd partition (D:) so the disk looks like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCC......DDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFFFFFFFF

[Note that although sliding IS the longest of the operations, it's not going to take "potentially hours" as my comment that was copied above noted.   The "large partition" in that comment was 220GB ==> the D: partition in this case is only 27GB, and will be even smaller after it's ReSized ... I suspect it actually contains a relatively small amount of data -- MUCH less than in the question that information was copied from.]

and finally ReSize the first partition (C:), with an end result like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFFFFFFFF
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nobusCommented:
here the attribute then : parts of the above were posted by garycase - it was reworked though.
but every resize operation will look like this...
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bigpadhakooCommented:
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garycaseCommented:
Nobus => I don't mind you copying the basic details ... but you should at least change the graphics to reflect the actual question (in this case there were 4 partitions -- not 2) and update any details to reflect the question (e.g. the 27GB 2nd partition vs. the 220GB partition that I referred to as "large partition" that could take "potenially hours" to slide => something that was clearly NOT the case here).   You might have also changed the "... which will show your two partitions ..." to "four partitions" (since that's the case here).

... if you don't want to take the time to update the details to be specific to the question; then you should simply reference the previous postings with a link (e.g. the two links I provided above).
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noxchoCommented:
Stick with the solution suggested by bigpadhakoo. Only this tool does allow you to take backup of your system and data before you run repartitioning. All experts will agree with me - partitioning is a potentially dangerous operation for data and valid backup is highly recommended before trying it. This refers to every partitioning tool from every vendor.
Download and install HDMSuite. Run it to take backup to external USB drive.
Then run the program - select Advanced HDM.
There right click on D: - move\resize - catch its head (left border) drag to right so taking space for C: and apply changes. Wait a bit and then right click on C: - move\resize - catch the tale of partition and drag it to right allocating space to it. Apply changes. It is done.
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garycaseCommented:
Boot-It is also an excellent image/restore utility, so it will also let you do a complete image backup before you do any restructuring.   I've used virtually all of the other partitioning tools, and while many are quite good (including Paragon), none is as "rock solid" as Boot-It.   As I've noted many times, it's always a good idea to have a backup before doing any in-place restructuring, but I've NEVER needed the backup in hundreds of restructuring operations with Boot-It.

Boot-It IS a bit "geeky" in its interace -- but if you simply do as detailed above it's very simple to do what you've asked here.
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