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    tony Guest

    Default Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    Hi,



    I have just bought a new computer with vista and a 750go hard disk. I
    now want to reduce the c: partition to a minimum - I always do that
    with my computers, I would like to reduce it to about 100 go and have
    a "data" partition with the rest.

    But when I try to reduce the size of c: , I can only reduce it to 350
    go. Do you know why ? With XP I never had pbs reducing to whatever I
    wanted.
    Thnaks
    Antoine

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony View Post
    Hi,

    I have just bought a new computer with vista and a 750go hard disk. I
    now want to reduce the c: partition to a minimum - I always do that
    with my computers, I would like to reduce it to about 100 go and have
    a "data" partition with the rest.

    But when I try to reduce the size of c: , I can only reduce it to 350
    go. Do you know why ? With XP I never had pbs reducing to whatever I
    wanted.
    Thnaks
    Antoine
    These two may help you:
    Free Up Lost Disk Space in Windows Vista
    How To Resize, Extend, Shrink, Delete, Merge Partitions In Vista.

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    tony Guest

    Default Re: Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    On 23 août, 16:24, HappyAndyK <HappyAndyK.3el...@winvistaclub.com>
    wrote:
    > tony;90440 Wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,

    >
    > > I have just bought a new computer with vista and a 750go hard disk. I
    > > now want to reduce the c: partition to a minimum - I always do that
    > > with my computers, I would like to reduce it to about 100 go and have
    > > a "data" partition with the rest.

    >
    > > But when I try to reduce the size of c: , I can only reduce it to 350
    > > go. Do you know why ? With XP I never had pbs reducing to whatever I
    > > wanted.
    > > Thnaks
    > > Antoine

    >
    > These two may help you:
    > 'Free Up Lost Disk Space in Windows Vista'
    > (http://www.winvistaclub.com/t73.html)
    > 'How To Resize, Extend, Shrink, Delete, Merge Partitions In Vista.'
    > (http://www.winvistaclub.com/t11.html)
    >
    > --
    > HappyAndyK
    >
    > www.WinVistaClub.com
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > HappyAndyK's Profile:http://winvistaclub.com/forum/member.php?userid=4
    > View this thread:http://winvistaclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20402


    Thanks, this explains how to reduce the C partition, and confirms what
    I am doing is right. But it's not saying why I can't reduce to less
    than 350 go...
    Any idea ?

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    Richard Urban Guest

    Default Re: Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    The built-in shrink utility will be able to decrease the partition size till
    it bumps against the first unmovable/locked system file.

    If you want to decrease the partition further you will need a 3rd party Disk
    Management tool. I use Acronis Disk Director suite (ver 11.0 build 8027).
    It is 100% Vista compatible.

    After installing the above program, create the emergency CD. Reboot the
    computer and boot up with this CD. Do your partition work from there.

    You will not be hampered with locked files.


    --

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "tony" <antoine.leblanc@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:a815bcc1-bf64-4b1a-a04d-72ff737f323c@8g2000hse.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I have just bought a new computer with vista and a 750go hard disk. I
    > now want to reduce the c: partition to a minimum - I always do that
    > with my computers, I would like to reduce it to about 100 go and have
    > a "data" partition with the rest.
    >
    > But when I try to reduce the size of c: , I can only reduce it to 350
    > go. Do you know why ? With XP I never had pbs reducing to whatever I
    > wanted.
    > Thnaks
    > Antoine



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    Paul Montgomery Guest

    Default Re: Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    On Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:52:07 -0400, "Richard Urban"
    <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >The built-in shrink utility will be able to decrease the partition size till
    >it bumps against the first unmovable/locked system file.
    >
    >If you want to decrease the partition further you will need a 3rd party Disk
    >Management tool. I use Acronis Disk Director suite (ver 11.0 build 8027).
    >It is 100% Vista compatible.
    >
    >After installing the above program, create the emergency CD. Reboot the
    >computer and boot up with this CD. Do your partition work from there.
    >
    >You will not be hampered with locked files.


    No need to do it all from the CD. Make all the changes in Windows and
    if there is a need to exit Windows to unlock/move files, ADDS will
    reboot and then perform all the operations.

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    tony Guest

    Default Re: Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    On 24 août, 07:46, Paul Montgomery <i.m.nonnym...@NOSPAMgmail.com>
    wrote:
    > On Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:52:07 -0400, "Richard Urban"
    >
    > <richardurbanREMOVET...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > >The built-in shrink utility will be able to decrease the partition size till
    > >it bumps against the first unmovable/locked system file.

    >
    > >If you want to decrease the partition further you will need a 3rd party Disk
    > >Management tool. I use Acronis Disk Director suite (ver 11.0 build 8027)..
    > >It is 100% Vista compatible.

    >
    > >After installing the above program, create the emergency CD. Reboot the
    > >computer and boot up with this CD. Do your partition work from there.

    >
    > >You will not be hampered with locked files.

    >
    > No need to do it all from the CD. Make all the changes in Windows and
    > if there is a need to exit Windows to unlock/move files, ADDS will
    > reboot and then perform all the operations.


    Great, thank you. One last question : Will the backup / restore
    functionalities built into Vista / HP (there's a HP back up thingy
    here) still work if I do this ?
    This is important fort me of course.
    Thanks again everyone.

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    Paul Montgomery Guest

    Default Re: Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    On Sun, 24 Aug 2008 02:39:52 -0700 (PDT), tony
    <antoine.leblanc@gmail.com> wrote:

    >On 24 août, 07:46, Paul Montgomery <i.m.nonnym...@NOSPAMgmail.com>
    >wrote:
    >> On Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:52:07 -0400, "Richard Urban"
    >>
    >> <richardurbanREMOVET...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> >The built-in shrink utility will be able to decrease the partition size till
    >> >it bumps against the first unmovable/locked system file.

    >>
    >> >If you want to decrease the partition further you will need a 3rd party Disk
    >> >Management tool. I use Acronis Disk Director suite (ver 11.0 build 8027).
    >> >It is 100% Vista compatible.

    >>
    >> >After installing the above program, create the emergency CD. Reboot the
    >> >computer and boot up with this CD. Do your partition work from there.

    >>
    >> >You will not be hampered with locked files.

    >>
    >> No need to do it all from the CD. Make all the changes in Windows and
    >> if there is a need to exit Windows to unlock/move files, ADDS will
    >> reboot and then perform all the operations.

    >
    >Great, thank you. One last question : Will the backup / restore
    >functionalities built into Vista / HP (there's a HP back up thingy
    >here) still work if I do this ?
    >This is important fort me of course.
    >Thanks again everyone.


    Yes, the Vista and HP "thingy" will continue to work.

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    Beoweolf Guest

    Default Re: Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

    It might be a very good idea to perform another Full backup once you have
    confirmed that everything is working, configures as you required/expected.


    "tony" <antoine.leblanc@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:d9629cb0-4699-4fbb-a28c-4e91b0150462@m73g2000hsh.googlegroups.com...
    On 24 août, 07:46, Paul Montgomery <i.m.nonnym...@NOSPAMgmail.com>
    wrote:
    > On Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:52:07 -0400, "Richard Urban"
    >
    > <richardurbanREMOVET...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > >The built-in shrink utility will be able to decrease the partition size
    > >till
    > >it bumps against the first unmovable/locked system file.

    >
    > >If you want to decrease the partition further you will need a 3rd party
    > >Disk
    > >Management tool. I use Acronis Disk Director suite (ver 11.0 build 8027).
    > >It is 100% Vista compatible.

    >
    > >After installing the above program, create the emergency CD. Reboot the
    > >computer and boot up with this CD. Do your partition work from there.

    >
    > >You will not be hampered with locked files.

    >
    > No need to do it all from the CD. Make all the changes in Windows and
    > if there is a need to exit Windows to unlock/move files, ADDS will
    > reboot and then perform all the operations.


    Great, thank you. One last question : Will the backup / restore
    functionalities built into Vista / HP (there's a HP back up thingy
    here) still work if I do this ?
    This is important fort me of course.
    Thanks again everyone.


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