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Mr. Pedantic

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#1 9 years ago

I have 2 640GB hard drives. On one of them I have 3 partitions, 1 OS and 2 data, one of which is the partition in question. The other hard drive is completely empty and unformatted.

So one of the data partitions (which I use for games and music) is getting a little bit full. Seeing as the other drive is completely unused, I want to move my stuff over there. I want as little hassle as possible from this process. So I thought of a plan:

1) Create a partition on the empty drive.

2) Rename the partition I want to move to, say, Q:\ (it is currently called D:\)

3) Rename the new partition to D:\

4) Transfer all the data from the new Q:\ to the new D:\

Will this work? Since there are games there I want to make sure everything keeps on working after the move, will changing the name of the new partition to the old partition's name be enough?




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#2 9 years ago

It should work fine, I've done that a couple of times when one of my hard drives was failing, and my computer seemed fine with it with no problems. I think the registries only connect to drive letter i think? As long as the drive letter is the same as the original then it should be fine :)




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#3 9 years ago

What I'm afraid of is that the registry doesn't actually use the drive letter to connect to files, but some random scheme that only Microsoft knows about, and that changing the drive letter won't do anything, so I'll be left with about 200GB of music, movies, and games that won't be found in iTunes and can't be played.




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#4 9 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;5273521What I'm afraid of is that the registry doesn't actually use the drive letter to connect to files, but some random scheme that only Microsoft knows about, and that changing the drive letter won't do anything, so I'll be left with about 200GB of music, movies, and games that won't be found in iTunes and can't be played.

Simple, take small steps. Test it out various formats, such as mp3, video, exe's ect. If samples work, then the whole lot should work fine.




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#5 9 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;5273521What I'm afraid of is that the registry doesn't actually use the drive letter to connect to files, but some random scheme that only Microsoft knows about, and that changing the drive letter won't do anything, so I'll be left with about 200GB of music, movies, and games that won't be found in iTunes and can't be played.

Windows generally only does that for system files. For itunes, and other programs it does usually go by the drive letter.

Even for the System Files, Windows usually uses the "%SystemRoot%\ command to refer to whichever drive is set to be the root.

It uses % symbols to denote variables, which means that it will look to a specific place for whatever "path" was assigned. And paths are normally assigned via drive letter.

So unless Windows gets smart, and tries to reasign all of the info to the Q: drive, which it sometimes does, you should have no problem. Just to be safe, you may want to do this project in safe mode.




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#6 9 years ago

It all seems to work. I just did the change.

Created a new partition (K:\) Copied all the data over, checked everything was present and correct Deleted old partition Changed the name to D:\

I ran a game for a few minutes, played a few songs in iTunes, and restarted a kubuntu torrent I'd created for the move. Everything is fine, present, and working, as if nothing had happened. Except of course my D:\ drive is now 2.5 times larger.




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#7 9 years ago

Lucky you, every time I run Kubuntu, it can't restart the torrents, or find my itunes library.

It is just because I seem to need my drives at different times, and mount them it different orders each time. Thats when I forget to mount all of my most used drives first. Basically, Kubuntu assigns drive letters based on which one you double-click first... :rolleyes:

I didn't configure them to automount, to reduce the risk of spreading viruses while running an app in Wine.