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    Hard Drive C:\ Partition Resizing

    I have an old XP system where the hard drive's c:\ (primary) partition occupies virtually all of the hard drive's capacity. Only a very small proportion (less than 10%) of the C:\ partition is being used.

    Question: Is there some non-destructive way to decrease the size of the C:\ partition so that a smaller partitions can be created for other purposes.

    I had thought that something like the MiniTool partition software would do this but I can't seem to get it to do what I need to get done.

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    You'll need a boot disc for whatever partition tool you use. I'm only familiar with BootIt Bare Metal, and it can do a non-destructive resize. I'm sure other tools can also. Be sure to make a drive image before you begin.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    I've used various free versions of EaseUS Partition Master with good results on XP machines, but there are many others available. As bbearren says, you'll need a bootable CD (or possibly a bootable USB Flash Drive) to get the product to do its work.
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    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/

    http://www.partition-tool.com/

    Both the above will let you create and resize partitions from within Windows without requiring a boot CD. I prefer to err on the side of caution and reboot after each individual change. The free versions are usually adequate for home users.

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    I resized cdrive and ddrive using Acronis Disk Director. However, just before doing so, I defragged cdrive to minimize "stray files" being lost to the rePartitioning, then made a couple of cdrive image backups. Maybe not applicable here?
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    With any repartitioning I have to keep in mind that the original install will put files in the partition that simply can't be moved with defragging. Maybe using defraggler will help. Not being able to move those files limits how much change can be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    With any repartitioning I have to keep in mind that the original install will put files in the partition that simply can't be moved with defragging. Maybe using defraggler will help. Not being able to move those files limits how much change can be made.
    BootIt Bare Metal can compact a partition by moving "unmovable" files. They're only "unmovable" to Windows; otherwise, they're just files.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
    BootIt Bare Metal can compact a partition by moving "unmovable" files. They're only "unmovable" to Windows; otherwise, they're just files.
    When Windows is running there are many files in use (pagefile, services, drivers, other system files) that cannot be moved. BootItBM's partition manager, and other boot-from-CD partition managers do not have this problem since no files on the partition are in use.
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