How to swap my hard disk partition.

Posted on 2011-10-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a 150 GB Harddisk, of which 68 GB is assigned to drive C & 80 GB is given to drive D. I would like to transfer my system files along with data on drive C to Drive D which has much more storage capacity, so that my drive C becomes drive D and vice versa. Is there a solution or do i have to reinstall my operating system again.
Question by:Burjese
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    A full boat XP Pro system works happily in 20 Gb (software and all, but no data). So why not leave as is, and use the larger partition for long term storage.

    I think you have to re-install XP to do what you want to do with stability. .... Thinkpads_User
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    You can use CloneZilla, which is included on the PartedMagic LiveCD to clone your old HD to the new one. Once that is done and your new disk boots up properly, you can again boot with the LiveCD and use the Partition Editor utility on it to resize and slide your partitions to suite your space needs:
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    If these are the only two partitions on the drive, rather than "swap" them you can do a bit a rearranging of the space and simply resize them as you desire.

    First, however, 68GB is PLENTY for XP and your programs.    Have you considered simply relocating "My Documents" to the D: partititon?    [Right-click on My Documents; select Properties; click on Move; and select your new location (There's a "Create New Folder" button if you haven't already created a folder on D: for them)]

    ... I suspect that simply moving your documents folder to D: will free up plenty of space on C:

    But if you still want to resize the partitions, just ask and I'll provide the details.
    The basic process is (a) resize D:,  (b) move D: so the free space is between C & D, and (c) resize C:
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    by:Dr. Klahn
    With hard drives being so cheap today, a better solution is to buy a used 250 or 320 GB hard drive, then migrate the partitions to the new drive in whatever size configuration is desired.  Then the original drive is a safe backup of the old system configuration that can be kept as long as desired to confirm that the new configuration is valid, and can later be used for backups.

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    I have done tasks like this in the past and I would use a program like PartionMagic (Disk partitioning software.  I would first reduce the size of the D: to 68GB changing where that partions starts.  Then I would expand that C: drive to include the space that is newly not allocated as a part of a partions (approximately 12GB).  I would suggest that you consider getting a new harddrive since they are so cheap and use some PC cloning hardware such as Ghost to backup your current installation and restore it on the new harddrive.

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