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How Can I Increase C Drive Space without Formatting in Windows XP

  • Question: I have had my Windows XP SONY computer for more than 3 years, and it came originally configured with drive C and drive D. D is big about 200GB while C is just 35GB. I have cleaned C drive from garbage and temp files, but system says there is not much space left every now and then. That’s so boring. How can I increase C drive space without any formatting in Windows XP to solve this problem completely? I’m unwilling to reinstall programs and system.

    Answer: if users want to achieve this goal, third party partition manager is a requisite tool though Diskpart can do it sometimes. Well then, why not choose diskpart? Firstly, this program can only extend NTFS partition or RAW partition. Secondly, there must be unallocated or free space right contiguous to the partition we want to expand. On the contrary, excellent partitioning tool does not require contiguous unallocated or free space, and it perfectly works to both FAT partition and NTFS partition. If users haven’t found such a program to extend C drive, try using the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard. For detailed operations, see the following demo.

    How to Increase C Drive Space without Formatting in Windows XP

    1. Launch Partition Wizard to get its main window like this:

    minitool partition wizard main window

    In the main interface all disks and partitions are shown intuitively and clearly by free partition manager so that users can make correct choice easily.

    2. Select C drive and choose "Extend Partition" from the left side to get the following window:

    increase c drive space in windows xp take space

    Here, users can extend the specified partition by taking free space from other existing partitions as well as decide how much space to take. Now we are going to take free space from E drive to increase C drive space.

    3. Select drive E from the drop-down list of "Take Free Space from" and drag sliding button to decide how much space to take. After that, click "OK" to go back to the main window:

    increase c drive space in windows xp appy change

    Now we can see C drive is extended while space of E drive is reduced. At this time take the last step.

    4. Click "Apply" button on the top to apply change.

    After these 4 steps, the problem how can I increase C drive space without formatting in Windows XP will be solved. If users are meeting the same problem, try asking the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard for help.