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I have a Windows 7 pro system. The hard disk has three or so partitions.

The first I believe is a small partition  with Recovery software so I don't want to touch that.

The next is C drive with Windows OS and lots of data and is currently about 250gb.
 The next is labelled Y drive with 250 gb room and virtually no data.

My C drive is nearly full and I would like to expand this but the free Paragon software seems only to allow be to resize the partition to the left of this.

What is the best way to give the c drive more space from the y drive to the right in disk management. Is it a good idea to try and re size this partition
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by:Eirman
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Try Mini Tool Partition Wizard - The free edition should do what you want. (It has a nice interface and is easy to use)
https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

Important .... Whatever solution you choose, backup your data before hand .... just in case.
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by:John Tsioumpris
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In order to expand your partition the Y partition must be deleted and then Paragon can see it as unallocated space...and thus expand C
If you want to check this just resize the Y partition to a pretty small partition and after resize MOVE it to the end so the free space gets to the right of C...then you will able to expand C
As mentioned by Eirman a backup is a ALWAYS a good practice at least the most important files
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by:topUKlawyer
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Hi John and Eirmann

Have reduced Y drive by a small amount and moved the unallocated part so its between the two, C and Y, but Paragon Free wont let me expand C drive, but the Home version (paid) seems to be able to do this.
Do you think Mini Tool will allow this with their free version?
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rindi earned 500 total points
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Just move the data from your almost empty partition to some other location, then delete the partition. After that you can use Windows Diskmanagement to expand C:. You don't even need any 3rd party tool then.

Personally though your C: is more than large enough. That partition should only host your OS. All other things, like your programs, should be installed to D:, and also all your data should be on D:. For the OS 40GB is more than enough. Splitting your OS and data in that way makes backups more straight forward as you can easily separate your OS backup from your data backup. And it then is also easier to restore specific data or just the OS.
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by:John Tsioumpris
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Mini tool should do the job just fine...
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by:Eirman
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Minitool will do what you need, however ....

If you follow rindi's advice and move all your data to another disk,
and then delete the now empty partition with "Disk Management",
follow this link for info on increasing the C: partition to take up the now unallocated space.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/
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by:topUKlawyer
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wow
Not strictly on question but I have discovered I have a windows temp file that is 50 gb large. And the total windows file is 110 gb !!

Can I delete this temp folder?
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by:rindi
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Not the Temp folder, but you can delete it's contents. Actually The system should do that automatically when you reboot. Another way to reclaim space is to use the built in "Cleanup Wizard". Right click "My Computer", select "Manage", input your Admin Account's credentials, In "Storage" select "Diskmanagement", right click the partition you want to cleanup, select "Properties", and then on "Cleanup Wizard".
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