SSD nearly full. Can I partition my HDD to install more programs?


  1. Posts : 272
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    SSD nearly full. Can I partition my HDD to install more programs?


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    I have Win 10 Pro, with 128GB SSD (C: drive), and 1TB HDD (E: drive).

    The SSD now has 9GB of free space.I want to know if I can partition my E drive to allow, say, 50GB partition for further programs, leaving the remainder of the drive for data.

    I use Macrium for system images, with Beyond Compare for data, so maybe that needs to be taken into account.

    If it's OK to partition the E: drive for progs, I need to know whether to move the leftmost boundary to the right, or the rightmost boundary to the left. (maybe one of these is actually impossible.)

    I would create a Macrium system image of my current setup, for safety. If the partition process is allowable, then that Macrium image would immediately become useless (I think), so I would create another Macrium sys image to reflect the new setup with prog files on 2 drives.

    I would be grateful for any comments, suggestions, warnings, etc.

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 1,513
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    You need not partition E: at all. Just install programs there as you see fit.

    Better yet ... replace the C: drive SSD with a bigger one. Mine is 512 GB. I have a feeling that I'll someday want to replace it with 1 TB.
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  3. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Is the E: drive internal or external? If its internal you could consider moving your user folders to E: thereby freeing up space.

    You could also make sure to have the latest version of OneDrive and enable Files on Demand so that only the files you need are actually stored locally.

    Also run disk cleanup utility to free up some space and uninstall any apps you haven't used in a while.
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  4. Posts : 1,652
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    OldGrantonian said:
    The SSD now has 9GB of free space.I want to know if I can partition my E drive to allow, say, 50GB partition for further programs, leaving the remainder of the drive for data.
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    I've done that in the past without any problems : you could re-partition (shrink) E drive into a modified smaller E and create a new small F drive partition, then simply install other programs to F drive as needed.

    Correct with Macrium : image C and F separately.
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  5. Posts : 983
    Windows 7/64 Professional
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    When you got all that done, I recommend making sure your "C" drive/partition has 20% or more free space.
    Windows needs a little elbow room to work properly.

    Jack
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  6. Posts : 158
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    Might be worth see what is using the most space as well

    https://windirstat.net/
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  7. Posts : 272
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    Thanks to all responders for the helpful responses.

    I must clarify that I'm not comfortable with having data and programs on the same partition. So for previous laptops with no SSD, my first action was always to create a new data partition. Then I moved all the data folders that were previously called "My" (such as "My Documents") to the new partition using standard Windows methods. I would then image the system partition as a backup. So if the system partition was damaged, my laptop was operational again within an hour.

    So based on Golden's feedback on that configuration, I'm going to shrink E and create a new partition to be used for program overflow.

    I'll also apply the suggestions of Layback Bear and Techjourney.

    Thanks.
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