I have been trying to sort out space issues on somebody’s laptop this week.Â They didn’t have enough room to install World of Warcraft and all its various add-ons. Never played the game myself, but the rest of the family (the Sussex-based ones anyway) are obsessed.Â From what I can see it is the crack cocaine of computer games.Anyway, the real issue was that the laptop manufacturer thought it would be good to split the 120GB hard drive into two equal partitions of about 50GB – C: for system and programs and D: for data.Â There was loads of space on D: but the program, like so many, really prefers to be installed on C:.Â Tidying up didn’g give enough space so I figured it would be best to change the partitions.
As a rule I don’t like to play with such things, especially on computers where I don’t know whether there is a recovery disk and that don’t belong to me.Â The last time I did this sort of low-level stuff it was a real chore, and probably all done in DOS so I approached it with a fair bit of trepidation.
On the recommendation of a work colleague I tried something called Easus Partition Master – a free download from the web. It worked a treat.Â Very easy to operate, all done within Windows, not too slow, and didn’t screw anything up, which was a relief.
I shrunk the D: partition to about 10GB, which is more than enough for this particular person, and expanded C: to use the rest of the space.
I might now push my luck and look for a free registry cleaning tool.Â Jayne’s attempts to make space have resulted in a few registry entries referring to non-existent files and a couple of very annoying error messages every time the computer is started.Â It all works OK, but having the same couple of warnings every session is going to get boring very quickly.Â I had a quick look with REGEDIT but soon gave up on that.