Fixing that Windows partition
by Chris Josephes
Related link: http://qtparted.sourceforge.net/
When I originally first set up my Windows XP desktop system, I made the C: drive too small. Eight gigabytes was okay at first, but it started to fill up; even though I installed almost all of my applications and personal files on a seperate partition.
I bought a second hard drive and copied over the contents of disk D: onto it. My plan was to wipe the original D: NTFS partition and re-assign the space to C:. The new disk would be re-lettered to D: so my internal application and registry settings would still be intact.
I did almost everything through Computer Management except for the actual re-sizing. For that, I used QTParted running on a Knoppix 4.02 CD. I changed the C: drive size to 30 gigs and rebooted.
Windows noticed the size change, went through a CHKDISK run, and then rebooted without any problems. No files were corrupted, and I saw a noticeable improvement in a few applications with the new size.
There's always a risk when you change the partition table with a filesystem on it, especially if you try to make that partition smaller. But I don't see why I have to rely on an external utility in order to do this. If Windows will let me size the partitions for the initial installation, why won't they provide me a tool to do it once the OS is up and running?
Probably MS have a vested interest in the
continued existence of the Partion Magic
thrid-party application - otherwise they
would have tried to usurp it too.
That was the first reason that came to my mind, but it's still aggrevating, especially when you consider that Microsoft has not worried in the past about actively creating competing applications.