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OS hardrive partition correction?

DDustin
Level 7
Well after a series of problems with my laptop requiring me to repeatedly reinstall windows and all my other programs I thought it would be a good idea to create 2 separate partitions. One for just the OS(C: ) and another for games and programs(D: ). Aside from allowing me (in theory) to just have to reinstall the OS, I also like the organization.

Well even though I kept saving programs to the D drive, the C drive kept growing. At first I used a partition magic type program to shrink the D drive and merge the unallocated partition into C to give it more space. But I just installed a batch of games from Origin that apparently all went to the C drive filling it to about 80%. It seems like it might just be better to give up.

Is there anyway to still do this? If not is it possible to send all of the programs and files on D to C and then just merge them without losing or damaging the data?

Here's a screenshot of my drives.




Thanks

Dustin
G74SX-3DE
I7-2670QM Processor 2.2-3.1GHZ
3x4gb DDR3 1333mhz RAM
Crucial M4 256gb SSD + Stock 750GB 7200.4RPM HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 560M 3GB vram GDDR5 DX11
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cl-Albert
US Customer Loyalty Agent
Hi Dustin,

Hope you're notebook is working better with the SSD drive now.

Yes, you should normally be able to install your games and programs to a different partition as long as you have an option to specify or 'customize' this during the program installation.
Windows temp files or some other things may still go to your C: drive (which may be possible to change?), but you should have more space in your C: partition if you installed the program files to a different partition (if you didn't see it the first time, you might try to reinstall the batch of games from Origin again to check if there was any customize option you missed the first time to install to a different partition?).

Also, sounds like you are thinking of combining the C: and 😧 drives on your SSD drive which might make sense if you already have another drive for data, but not sure if there is an easy way to combine the 2 partitions since I suspect Windows will be looking for a 😧 drive for any programs that were installed there originally, so they may all need to be reinstalled at least.
Haven't looked for one myself, but there may be some partitioning utilities out there that can help you combine the C: and 😧 partitions without losing your data although you may want to back up to your normal hard drive first just in case something goes wrong.

Well, hope this makes sense and others can provide better suggestions.

well I found a way the change the install location in their advanced account settings. But I'm still wondering is keeping them separate still the best course of action? Is the amount of space allocated to the C drive sufficient? I honestly didn't expect it to grow past the 40gb I originally gave it.
G74SX-3DE
I7-2670QM Processor 2.2-3.1GHZ
3x4gb DDR3 1333mhz RAM
Crucial M4 256gb SSD + Stock 750GB 7200.4RPM HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 560M 3GB vram GDDR5 DX11

DDustin
Level 7
Yes it is finally, thank you. I'm just now getting it all set up.

For data I'm using the 750gb HDD (E: ) It didn't give me an option so I assumed it would go to the Origin or EA file which is in D:.
G74SX-3DE
I7-2670QM Processor 2.2-3.1GHZ
3x4gb DDR3 1333mhz RAM
Crucial M4 256gb SSD + Stock 750GB 7200.4RPM HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 560M 3GB vram GDDR5 DX11

cl-Albert
US Customer Loyalty Agent
Hmm...not sure if you can get any help from Origin/EA support, but assuming it would just install to the C: drive if no option was available since it's probably more common (for people without SSD drives?).
Haven't checked every program that I've installed, but remember almost always seeing an option to install to a different location, so was thinking you might try it again to see if the option is hiding somewhere or if the software manufacturer may know if a way...

Good luck!