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How to switch primary partitions?

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Hi experts,

I have a computer with a C: of 2GB with WinXP sat up on it, and a D: with the rest of the HDD, but whenever I install a new program or similar I store things on the C: partition.

Is it possible to make the D: the primary partition and how would I do that?

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eX.
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by:Richard Quadling
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There is nothing to stop you from telling the installer to use D:\Program Files rather than C:\Program Files.

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by:Gaute Rønningen
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Of course not, but it's tedious to do it every time. I'm thinking maybe a new formatting/partitioning is needed, but will only do that as a last resort.
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nobus earned 1600 total points
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you must realise that most programs take it your C: drive is the OS and programs drive.
many do NOT provide an install to other locations, so you would be installing to C: and D:
if you make your D:  primary partition , your system won't even boot, since the system is there !
you better look into it another way : use the C: for sytem AND programs
(of course, you'll need to make the partititon bigger..)
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by:macksm
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If you just want to have the effect of changing C: to D: and D: to C:, use "assign" command on dos prompt. this way you will be changing names of your drives,that's all
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by:noxcho
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Changing primary slots is not a solution for you. Just a mirage that could make you think that problem is resolved.
The reality is that you need to shrink D: drive and increase size of C: allocating more space to it.
That could be done with this free tool: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/download.html
In case you want more precise instructions on this task, take a screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here. Then we could help you in more exact way.
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by:Gaute Rønningen
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Will this work?

http://www.astahost.com/Change-Assign-Remove-Drive-Letters-t7238.html

Or should I not trust this forum?
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by:nobus
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did you read the 2nd line ?  -->  Note: you cant change the drive letter of your OS
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by:noxcho
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Hello eXpired, it will not work. Go on with resize or perform fresh reinstall to bigger drive.
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by:nobus
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i felt a deserved something here...
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by:Gaute Rønningen
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Sorry, I didn't realize you had posted something similar higher up.
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by:nobus
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you can always click on "request attention" and ask a mod  to reopen the question !
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by:nobus
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thanks !   :-)
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