Can I increase the "C" partition without reformatting the hard drive?

I have a Dell laptop and the c drive is virtually full, such that some of the larger updates cannot be downloaded.
With some of the smaller update files I have managed it by emptying the recycle bin

Keys to the Problem Can I increase the "C" partition without reformatting the hard drive?

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Resizing Or Creating New Partition in Windows 7
Note: if you have a recovery partition do not alter it.

Using Windows 7 Disk Management (doesn't always allow making changes):
Create, Format, Resize, Rename, and Delete a Partition:

If you are unable to make changes to partitions using Disk Management below are partitioning programs you can use.

EASEUS Partition Master (free):
Includes Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard for Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit).
It allows users to Resize/Move Partition, Extend System Drive, Copy Disk & Partition, Merge Partition, Split
Partition, Redistribute Free Space, Convert Dynamic Disk, Partition Recovery and more.
Be careful, re-sizing partitions is usually safe but errors can happen, and always backup anything important before modifying partitions on your hard drive.

Paragon Partition Manager (free):
A good program for making general changes to hard drive partitions while Windows is running.
Create, delete, format, and resize partitions with this program.
It can also defragment, check file system integrity, and more.
Be careful, re-sizing partitions
is usually safe but errors can happen, and always backup anything important before modifying partitions on your hard drive.

Free Up Space - Increase Hard Drive Space 
The following procedure cleans up files associated with your user account.
You can also use Disk Cleanup to clean up all the files on your computer.
Click the Start button, in the search box, type Disk Cleanup, then click Disk Cleanup.
In the Drives list, click the hard disk drive that you want to clean up, and then click OK.
On the Disk Cleanup tab, select the file types you want to delete.

Note: To Remove all System Restore Points Except the Most Recent - Click "Clean up System Files" and you will get another tab called More Options.
Now click More Options, then click "Clean up" under "System Restore and Shadow Copies" then confirm the

Click OK on the bottom of the Disk Cleanup window and in the message that appears, click Delete files.

Reduce the amount of space allocated for System Restore. 
Start-->Control Panel-->System and Security-->System
Next click on the 'System protection' link located in the upper left.
In the 'System Properties? window click on the 'System Protection' tab.
Locate the 'Protection Settings' box and select/click on the drive letter (usually C:)
Now click on the 'Configure' button to change the 'Disk Space Usage' Restore Settings.
Move the slider to reduce the amount of disk space System Protection can use (min.
Click the 'Apply' and then the 'OK' button after you have adjusted the disk space.

Uninstall Programs You Don’t Need
Click Start, then click Control Panel
Click Add/Remove Programs and uninstall programs you don’t want

Reduce Pagefile Size
Open control panel and choose system and security.
Click on system
Click on Advanced system settings.
Click on advanced tab.
In the performance section click on settings.
Click on Advanced and choose Change in the Virtual Memory section.
Uncheck Automatically Manage Pagefile size
Select Custom and enter new size (don't go under 512MB) in both boxes and press Set.
Click OK and restart your computer

Turn of the Hibernation setting
If you don't use hibernation you can turn it off and free up disk space:
Start --> All Programs --> Accessories
Right click CMD.exe and click "run as admin"
type: powercfg -H off
Press Enter
Exit and restart your computer

Strategies for freeing disk space:

Make Sure that your Computer Meets the System Requirements

You need to double-check your computer's hardware configuration against the following Microsoft requirements. If your computer hardware is not up to par, then make sure you update where necessary before continuing:

Microsoft Windows Requirements :

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

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by NoSoundComputer | 2016-08-26 15:20