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post #1 of 11
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Well my laptop says it's a "80GB" system, and it is, except it contains 3 separate HDDs that add up to 80GB. The main one, C drive, is ~15GB, each of the other ones are ~30GB. So... Seeing as the other two drives are larger, is there any way for me to switch to one of the others as my default drive? I cannot copy my files to them due to the fact that even when I have all my processes closed, they still give errors that a certain file is in use and cannot be copied.
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I am not so sure about 3 HDDs in a laptop, seems to me that it might be one drive partitioned into 3. I could be wrong, but unless it is a very big laptop, I seriously doubt there are 3 drives in it.
post #3 of 11
Try DriveimageXML

http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

And I agree, they probably partitioned the drive into 3 separate partitions. OS, programs and storage.
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The ~30GB HDDs are completely empty though...
    
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Just re-partition the whole drive into one main partition, use partition magic or some other program to do it.
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post #6 of 11
You could just change your My Documents folder to one of the empty partitions, if that is what you are shooting for. More than likely though, the partition with the data on it probably has a backup file on it that is an image of your HDD before you received the laptop, that way you can return it to factory settings if anything ever happened.
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The easiest way is reinstall Windows XP and then u merge them together and intall windows.
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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post
The easiest way is reinstall Windows XP and then u merge them together and intall windows.
Nah, Acronis/GParted/Partition Magic would be faster. Merging partitions takes all of 2 seconds since only the MFT gets moved.
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Rule #1: NEVER use one partition when there is only one HDD.
Just Right click on My Compyter and click Manage
The last tab in the storage directory is Disk Management, there you can merge them together just delete the two 30GB's and put them together as one. make sure you allocate'em to 1024b and not standard(4096).
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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
Rule #1: NEVER use one partition when there is only one HDD.
Just Right click on My Compyter and click Manage
The last tab in the storage directory is Disk Management, there you can merge them together just delete the two 30GB's and put them together as one. make sure you allocate'em to 1024b and not standard(4096).
Ok how do I merge them?
    
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