Combining two partitions, previously used for

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July 12, 2010 at 09:57:40
Specs: Windows XP Professional V 2002, Genuine Intel(R) CPU, 1GB of RAM
Hi there,

I've got 2 partitions on my harddrive, one for Windows XP and one for Ubuntu. My Ubuntu crashed a long time ago, and I have now decided to delete this partition and use the full harddrive to run windows on. What is the best way to do this? And I assume it will entail having to reinstall windows, is this correct?

Thank you for any help!


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July 12, 2010 at 10:21:28
If the former Ubuntu partition is directly adjacent to the XP partition you can do this without reinstalling Windows. You will need to use a third party partitioning utility such as EASEUS Partition Master:

You would delete the Ubuntu partition and extend the XP partition into the unallocated space.

Be aware that the use of such tools has a certain amount of risk so you should back up important data before use.

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July 12, 2010 at 10:38:44
You could also just format the other partition and use it as is.

There is no reason why you must have all files used under Windows on the same partition. There are some compelling reasons not to.

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July 12, 2010 at 15:18:49
You can get a linux live cd that has a free partition application to expand the current xp partition.

You can use partition magic or another commercial app.

You can make it as a dedicated drive easy enough too. You can also make it a folder under C:\ and use it that way.

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July 13, 2010 at 04:45:18
Thank you all for your advice!

LMiller, how can i see whether the partitions are directly adjacent? Is this shown in Computer Management --> Disk Management? If so, then it seems like they are adjacent in the horizontal boxes but in the list they are not. Sorry if this is a bad description, I'm not very familiar with this lingo!

Othehill and Jefro, you are both suggesting I should make it a dedicated drive - does this mean it functions as an external harddrive, but is still within the laptop? If so, then this would work for me, as all I really want is to be able to use all my storage space. How would I go about doing that?

Thanks again ll of you! It's much appreciated.


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July 13, 2010 at 07:51:45
The horizontal boxes show the physical location of the partitions. By default the list is sorted by volume label and tells you nothing of the partition location. If there are no partitions between the XP and Ubuntu partition the XP partition can be extended. But this cannot be done with Disk Manager in XP. You will need a third party tool to do this, such as I suggested.

What OtheHill suggested is a good idea and used by many users. You keep the system files and applications on the current XP drive and use the new drive for data. Among other things this allows you to reinstall XP without touching your data.

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July 14, 2010 at 04:37:24
Thanks LMiller! I think I will go for Othehill's suggestion - can I make this dedicated drive just using the Computer Management of XP or will I need a third party tool for this option too?

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July 14, 2010 at 13:11:34
When you boot the computer do you see a screen to choose which OS to use? If not then the following applies.

If you do have that option then you MAY need to run the MBR command to repair the Master Boot Record or WinXP might not start properly.

You don't need to do anything. If you have lots of unwanted files on there or an OS you don't want then simply format it and then use it to install programs or save files, whatever.

You could also make it part of a dynamic disk, which would treat it as one drive. I don't recommend doing that though. I just threw it out there because it is possible and you may encounter that option. In your case there is NO advantage and some disadvantages to using dynamic disks.

Just format it from within Disk Management or My Computer using NTFS.

You will have the option to change the drive letter at that time, should you want to.

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July 16, 2010 at 05:37:45
Thank you! It is all sorted now, cheers to everyone for their advice.


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July 16, 2010 at 12:33:19
You are welcome.

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