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loki16

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I have a Toshiba laptop with 295Gb of hard drive. When it arrive it was partitioned into C drive (150Gb) and D drive(145Gb). Still is.

C drive is nearly full, whereas D is just about empty.

Is it better to repartition or just move fat docs (audio, video) from C to D?

I'm running Windows 7 (64 bit) which I recently installed over XP (which I installed over Vista!). Not sure if I'm barking up the wrong tree but obviously I really prefer to avoid a clean re-install.

Thanks for your help.
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Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Windows 7 doesn't have start>run. do you know the equivalent?
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If you go to the start button and then in the Search type in the command it will bring up the window.
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cheers, attached here.

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oK now i have a clear picture of what you have.
You can move data only to the second drive.
Pictures, Videos, Movies, Documents. When you save a document or something like that save it to the D drive from now one and then it will auto save to that location anytime you make changes to it in the furture.
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thanks for that.
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Let me know how everything looks when done. Oh yeah one thing i forgot to suggest. When you have everything moved over you want then do the following two steps to straighten out the main hard drive.

Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

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Just thought it was worth adding that if you want to be able to see Drive C and Drive D (or just Drive D) when you click Windows Orb, then on "Documents" or "Pictures" you can change what drive/folders it accesses.

How to change what Drives/Folders show under Documents,
Pictures, and Music links in the Start Menu:

  • Click Windows Orb
  • Right Click "Documents"
  • Select Properties
  • Click "Include Folder"
  • Select a Drive under Computer on the left menu
  • and/or select which folders in the Window
  • Click Apply, then OK.
This can easily be undone by highlighting a folder
and clicking on Remove in the properties window
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all done, cleaned up, defragged and looking ticketyboo.

moving videos was easy, iTunes is trickier as i wanted to maintain the index with all my data. there's a decent, if long, thread here on the itunes process:
ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-library-to-a-new-hard-drive/

thanks for all your help, much appreciated.
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