Hard drive question

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  1. BigCol

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    Just installed a 500gb hard drive into my windows 7 desktop, the allocated space is 465gb, is it possible to safely increase this space?? I only intend to use this drive for storage. Thanks in advance guys :eek:
     
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  4. Mr.X

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    One more thing BTW. Format your drive as GPT even though is smaller than 2TB but this partitioning scheme is modern and less prone to corruption scenarios. :cool:
    Use a third party tool such as Minitool Partition Wizard.
     
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    Also, Id like to fully wipe it, not just format it. I know theres software which I can use but I thought I would go with some recommendation
     
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    Thanks guys, I will have a go later on. If I format my "c" drive, the drive my os runs off, can I increase the partition without it having any diverse effects on my os?? My "C" drive is also 500gb. If I can increase the space on this drive, what can I partition it to?? Thanks once again guys, any help with this will be very much appreciated. Also what can i safely partition the drive that Im just going to use for storage to?? As I mentioned thats also 500 gb
     
  8. Mr.X

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    #8 Mr.X, Mar 29, 2014
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    You can't increase the space :eek: You've just said is 500GB in capacity. Or am I missing something here?
    Edit: Maybe you meant to increase free space partitioning and reducing C: partition size?
     
  9. urie

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    Now you are confusing me format c:\ you cannot do that if it has the OS system installed. or are you saying it is already partitioned and you want to increase c:\ partition size ? personally I prefer to keep c:\ partition as small as possible say 60 - 80 GB easier for backup purposes.
     
  10. BigCol

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    OK guys, I will leave my "C" drive as it is. Im going to use the one I got today, purely as storage. What is the max I can partition it to?? Thanks guys
     
  11. Mr.X

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    When third party tool is running and see your drive, select max. size. You need to see exactly what you are doing, be careful. The program itself will tell you the max. size available for your drive. Format with NTFS.
     
  12. BigCol

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    Ive downloaded minitool partition wizard, which option do i need to wipe the partition and max the space?
     
  13. urie

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    That would be Disk wipe already shown then you would need to make partition and format. there is a help file.
     
  14. BigCol

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    Seems a very very slow process even though I have selected "quick"
     
  15. Mr.X

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    Oh yes, be patient. :D
     
  16. BigCol

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    going to take a few hours. going to leave it over night
    :worthy: :eek::eek:
     
  17. Mr.X

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    Sure, go out, hang out or whatever in the meantime :cheers::shisha::D
     
  18. BigCol

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    Sleep sounds like my best option
     
  19. BigCol

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    My hardrive has now been wiped (quick). The allocated space is 465gb, I want to extend it, what the best and safest allocation size. Im going to use it purely as a storage drive. Thanks :worthy::worthy: