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Here's the problem: when we bought this computer (refurbished, don't laugh), it came with two hard drives, C and D. Windows 98 is loaded into the C drive, and the other applications are on the D drive. Trouble is, the C drive has a 2 Gb capacity, of which, I find there are about 50 Mb (what?) of free space left. The D drive, on the other hand, has a 4 Gb capacity, and it's about 30% full. Now, is there some way of moving Windows 98 into the D drive, and still have it work effectively? Short of that, what's the safest way of moving files from C to D? What would be the most cost-effective way of handling this? We have a website (www.LIACAZ-homeaccents.com) and we can't invest in a new machine at this point in time. Also, we don't have the usual backup disks, as we bought it second-hand.

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Use Belarc Advisor to see if you have two actual hard drives in your system, or one drive with two partitions. Belarc: http://www.belarc.co...e_download.html

If you have trouble just paste the log back to this post and we'll take a look at it.

If you have two partitions on one drive, you can use a third party program--like Partition Magic, to resize, or merge the partitions into one drive. Alternatively, 2gb should be plenty of space for Windows 98. My guess is that some other programs are also installed on this drive. It would be best to keep only Windows on this partition, and install any software to drive D. Look under program files on your C drive, and see if you have some programs that could be uninstalled, and the re-installed on drive D.
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According to the Belarc Advisor, it appears we have two separate drives, and no partition. Also, as we know how quickly the C drive fills up, everything we download goes into the D drive, if we have a choice to put it there (the Belarc Advisor, by the way, stampeded into the C drive, without asking us; we now have only 1 Mb left). Anyway, our predicament perplexes us. What do we do now? We'd appreciate some options.

Thank you for your prompt reply. You da geek!

We're waiting ... very anxiously, that is ... <_< thanks again, guy!
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Uninstall any programs installed on drive C. Empty any temp folders on drive C, also check the root directory for any uneeded files. Move your Windows swap file to drive D. Search your C drive using a wild card (*), and sort the files by file size. Remove any large files not needed.

A typical Windows 98 installation shouldn't use more than 1gb of space.

If you need help with any of these just ask. <_<
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Greetings! Thank you for responding so quickly. It's appreciated.

Now, onto the questions. We've dumped a bunch of files from the C drive, and copied others to the D drive. That's all well and good, but we feel we could clear this whole matter up if we could get the Windows file into the D drive, somehow. Is this what you meant by the Windows swap file? If not, what did you mean? Putting Windows onto the D drive would clear up over half of the C drive right there, but we're afraid of rendering our computer useless. Is it conceivable to copy the entire Windows file, paste it into the D drive, and then delete it from the C drive? If this is not a good idea, let us know, because we need this computer. We keep our business files on this computer, and we need to be a little extra-confident in something as important as moving the primary operating system. We're just makiing sure this is how to do it, because at this point, there's no way we can afford another computer, refurbished or otherwise, and we can't afford to lose the info we have on the hard disk. It is very important that you be as specific as you can be, even if you feel you're insulting us. Believe us, we won't be insulted, and we'd greatly appreciate the simple, nuts-and-bolts directions. You are the technological Master of Geekdom, and we await your reply. Thank you, kind sir!

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Is this what you meant by the Windows swap file?

The Windows swap file is used to make you computer think it has more memory through the use of virtual memory. It can grow quite large. See this article: http://www.computerh...es/ch000358.htm

Is it conceivable to copy the entire Windows file, paste it into the D drive, and then delete it from the C drive?


It not quite as easy as it sounds. First, you won't be able to do it from within Windows, you'll have to use a boot disk and perform the move from the command line. Second, once the move is completed, you'll need to change the larger drive to the "master", and the smaller drive to the slave--also deleting Windows from the smaller drive.

There's another alternative from Microsoft here:
http://support.micro...&NoWebContent=1
DO NOT fdisk and format your new drive or you'll lose all data.

Since this computer contains important business data, and performing this move requires some advanced skills, I strongly recommend you get some professional assistance, or purchase a third party program that will make it much easier:
http://www.powerques...partitionmagic/
http://www.v-com.com...ander_Home.html
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