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I have a sony VAIO laptop with a partitioned hard drive. The C: partition is
7.44 Gig/FAT 32 and the D: partition is 11.17 gig FAT 32. It was given to us
by someone whose business was folding, and is running as slow as Christmas.
I don't understand why whoever set it up made the smaller partition the one
that windows runs from- there is only 646 MB left (not even enough to defrag
properly!).

Anyway, is there any way I can (without losing data) change the drive
letters or switch it so that it runs from the larger of the 2 partitions?

Also, is there any way to combine all the user accounts into one (I think I
will post this on a separate thread as well) to free up some space?

Thanks for any help you can give-
Cheryl
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Cheryl wrote:
    > I have a sony VAIO laptop with a partitioned hard drive. The C: partition is
    > 7.44 Gig/FAT 32 and the D: partition is 11.17 gig FAT 32. It was given to us
    > by someone whose business was folding, and is running as slow as Christmas.
    > I don't understand why whoever set it up made the smaller partition the one
    > that windows runs from- there is only 646 MB left (not even enough to defrag
    > properly!).
    >
    > Anyway, is there any way I can (without losing data) change the drive
    > letters or switch it so that it runs from the larger of the 2 partitions?

    No. You would need to reinstall Windows on the larger partition, losing
    all settings and requiring that all programs be reinstalled under the
    new Windows installation in order for this to work.

    An option you do have is to resize partitions. If there is a large
    amount of free space on D, you can decrease the size of D, move it to
    the end of the drive, and then increase the size of C. Tools within XP
    cannot do that without risking data loss. However tools such as Bootit
    NG from http://www.bootitng.com/bootitng.html can do this without losing
    your data. As this is a major operation, make sure you have a good
    backup before proceeding.

    > Also, is there any way to combine all the user accounts into one (I think I
    > will post this on a separate thread as well) to free up some space?

    You cannot combine accounts, but you can copy the data files from one
    account to another. So copy the data out of the accounts that you want
    to eliminate (if the data is in the individual My Documents folders for
    each account) and then remove the accounts.
    --
    Tom Porterfield
    MS-MVP Windows
    http://support.telop.org

    Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    You probably would be better off to completely re-install the OS AFTER you
    backup all you want to save to an exterior source. As another poster has
    mentioned, STOP letting everything install to C if you choose to use more
    than one partition.
    "Cheryl" <Cheryl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:F4630139-955A-47BC-B874-FC2087321122@microsoft.com...
    >I have a sony VAIO laptop with a partitioned hard drive. The C: partition
    >is
    > 7.44 Gig/FAT 32 and the D: partition is 11.17 gig FAT 32. It was given to
    > us
    > by someone whose business was folding, and is running as slow as
    > Christmas.
    > I don't understand why whoever set it up made the smaller partition the
    > one
    > that windows runs from- there is only 646 MB left (not even enough to
    > defrag
    > properly!).
    >
    > Anyway, is there any way I can (without losing data) change the drive
    > letters or switch it so that it runs from the larger of the 2 partitions?
    >
    > Also, is there any way to combine all the user accounts into one (I think
    > I
    > will post this on a separate thread as well) to free up some space?
    >
    > Thanks for any help you can give-
    > Cheryl
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    The C partition is plenty large enough for win.
    The problem is that software installations default to C unless you do a
    Custom Installation
    If you have the origonal software cd's you should uninstall those that are
    on C and reinstall to D.

    You can in any case, move the My Documents Folder to D, you can also delete
    the IE temp files

    The reason Sony supplies it configured this way is so users can keep data
    etc on D, then they can reformat/reinstall C without losing data.
    Unfortunately many users dont realise and just blindly install everything to
    C

    Defragging is not something you should worry about at this stage.

    "Cheryl" <Cheryl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:F4630139-955A-47BC-B874-FC2087321122@microsoft.com...
    > I have a sony VAIO laptop with a partitioned hard drive. The C: partition
    is
    > 7.44 Gig/FAT 32 and the D: partition is 11.17 gig FAT 32. It was given to
    us
    > by someone whose business was folding, and is running as slow as
    Christmas.
    > I don't understand why whoever set it up made the smaller partition the
    one
    > that windows runs from- there is only 646 MB left (not even enough to
    defrag
    > properly!).
    >
    > Anyway, is there any way I can (without losing data) change the drive
    > letters or switch it so that it runs from the larger of the 2 partitions?
    >
    > Also, is there any way to combine all the user accounts into one (I think
    I
    > will post this on a separate thread as well) to free up some space?
    >
    > Thanks for any help you can give-
    > Cheryl
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Cheryl wrote:

    > I have a sony VAIO laptop with a partitioned hard drive. The C: partition
    > is
    > 7.44 Gig/FAT 32 and the D: partition is 11.17 gig FAT 32. It was given to
    > us by someone whose business was folding, and is running as slow as
    > Christmas.

    That's nothing to do with the partition sizes. 7.44 GB is more than adequate
    to run the OS. What you need to do is to a) delete all temp and Temp
    Internet files and b) move your "My Documents" and Email files to the D:
    drive.

    --
    Registered Linux User no 240308
    Kubuntu 5.04 and Open Office 2.0
    Was Windows XP SP2 and Office 2003
    gbplinuxATgmailDOTcom
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