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The 20 gb hard disk on PC has four partitions, C, D, E, F each of 20 gb.
Windows XP home service pack 2 updated to service pack 3 is installed on C:
1. Could you explain the step by step procedure to proportionately increase the size of C drive by reducing the sizes of the other three drives?
2. Can this be done without formating drive C and reinstalling windows XP?

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Resizing partitions is easy with the right tools, and near impossible without them. You will want to first
get a good hard disk imaging program along with an external hard drive (some drives come with imaging software bundled with the drive) a few examples would be Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, Dantz Retrospect, Powerquest Drive Image and so on. There are even some good freeware and Open Source alternatives. By imaging your c: drive to a USB external drive you can safely edit your hard drive partition tables and then put everything back with no reinstalling Windows or losing any data. You will need to have a bootable recovery CD on hand when it comes time to restore the image from the USB drive to your system drive. I would suggest that you first copy all files you want to keep from the d: e: and f: partitions to the c: partition, then image the c: partition by itself to external drive. Take note of the c: partition type I.E. FAT32 or NTFS. Make a bootable utility disk (Ultimate boot CD available from Filehippo.com for free) is one, an emergency boot floppy from Windows 98, ME, NT will work also. Boot with it and run FDISK to delete extended drive letters D E F and then their partitions and then delete the C: partition and finally create the C: partition with all available space and make it active. Replace the utility boot disk with the recovery boot cd, restart the computer and run the image recovery to restore everything back to your now 80gig system drive.

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