My computer hard drive is partioned as drive c,d,e and f.Can I merge these ?

@muru1950 (964)
India
June 7, 2009 12:08pm CST
My drive C is not having sufficient free space.But other drives are having lot of free space.When I download new programs,I get the pop up saying that the space in hard disc is insufficient. So now I want to merge the drives.At least I want merge one drive with c drive so that I can have more free space in drive C. I am not a computer engineer.So please tell me in detail step by step.(I am using windows XP operating system ) Happy mylotting
9 responses
@dogsnme (1268)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Have you ever tried installing the software to the partitions that have more space? Software usually gives the option of what drive you want to install it to. That might be easier than trying to reconfigure the hard drive into one partition.
@muru1950 (964)
• India
7 Jun 09
Hi dogsnme I also thought of the same.But there was no option page to install that anti-virus program in some other drive. Also I have tried to move some of the files from C to other drive. But there was a warning,if that files moved,some of the programs may not work properly. Then only I thought of asking if the drives can be merged. Happy mylotting
@dogsnme (1268)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I see. Well, then, the Partition Magic option that someone else suggested may be your best bet. Good luck with it.
@kumarpslv (3218)
• India
8 Jun 09
Though the software recommended by members will work, there may be a chance of data loss while merging your drives. If the downloading is only the problem, then you can change the down load location in the download manager, and you can change the size of the drives when you are formatting the system. It is advisable to allocate more space in the C drives as this is like the heart of the computer and all the applications are running with the aid of this drive only.Also you may uninstall some software (not the operational sotware) and can install them by choosing some other destination drives/folders where the space is available.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
8 Jun 09
Given your drive situation, there are a couple of things you can consider doing. One is to use a software like Partition Magic (mentioned by others here already) to resize your partitions. It is proven to work well on Win XP. But I am not sure if you can just collapse two or three partitions into one. Another way is to re-partition and reformat your whole drive and create less partitions with larger space. But that takes effort and a whole lot of re-installation of Windows and all your applications. A third way is to install any new software into other drives instead of C. You can also choose to move some of the software out of C drive, by uninstalling them, and reinstalling them into the other drives and free up your C drive space for the more important applications and updates. I suggest that you also download and run CCleaner on your system regularly, if you are not already doing so. CCleaner cleans up your system and frees it of space occupied by useless things like browser cache, temp files, registry entries that are not in use anymore, etc. The first time I ever ran CCleaner on my system, it freed more than 1GB of space.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
8 Jun 09
I would like to add something here, Before merging any partition do back-up all important data onto another hard disk, CDR, or DVD. The process can fail, rendering the hard disk unuseable. So be prepared to download software recovery programs. Partition Magic is not free. If you are looking for freeware, have a look at http://www.freewarefiles.com. In the search box type "partition", You will be presented with a list, and have a further look on those labelled "pick". One of them, EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition is said to be better than Partition Manager. I am not recommending any because I used one program only once. I believe most of the reviews are true. all the best, rosdimy
@ra1787 (501)
• Italy
7 Jun 09
another alternative could be uninstalling some software you have on c and reinstalling it on another drive. I don't know if you can solve this with partition magic since to work properly i think it needs a lot of free disk space. (but i may be wrong) Another option is to save all your data to another drive and then reformat your hard disk with just one or two partitions.
• Malaysia
7 Jun 09
Yes I hear about partition magic and someone has telling me it is a good software to make it in simple way.Other way is by reformat your hard disk but you'll lost your data if you don't make transfer it to external hard disk.
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
Thats too much partitions. I believe the only way you can merge those is to re-format your drive. But hoping there's another and somebody would like to share it.
@regal_aeros (2606)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
if i'm not wrong you can. there is a program called partition manager from majorgeek. i hope that will help. =)
• Pakistan
7 Jun 09
well the most reliable mathod is to use partition magic software. its been tested and risk free . even u can read data from ntfs volumes while working on fat32 . Power Quest partition magic 8.0 .