merge partitions

December 16, 2005 at 09:53:51
Specs: xp home, 2.2 gb/512

I installed windows xp on my pc, but the hard drive has 3 partitions, I heard that partition magic will merge the partitions but I don't want to purchase the software. I would like merge all partitions to one drive C thus I can reinstall again I have nothing to lose on the computer.Is that anyway to merge all partitions even losing all date on the drive to ? Any help will be appreciate.

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#1
December 16, 2005 at 09:58:09

If you have nothing you need to save, just do a reinstall, formatting C for the entire drive size.

Personally, I never run just one partition. I always have at (the very least) two partitions.

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#2
December 16, 2005 at 10:01:47

Hi,

You cannot merge the partitions without a program such as Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director

There are free ware and share ware programs that do similar things

If you are not worried about loosing data and don't wish to buy a program then simply backup anything critical and start again.

Make certain you have all the drivers and licence numbers first.

If you know somw-one with Partition Magic, they may be prepared to install your hard disk as a slave in their machine and do this for you.

Be prepared for them to need to virus scan your hard disk first.

hth

Ceri


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#3
December 16, 2005 at 10:13:44

"You cannot merge the partitions without a program such as Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director"

Not true. He said he was going to reinstall Windows anyway! You can "destroy" and "recreate" the partitions during the installation process using the Windows XP installation disk.

Michael J


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#4
December 16, 2005 at 10:37:48

That is the key. During your XP install you need to DELETE all partitions THEN CREATE A SINGLE NEW ONE.

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#5
December 16, 2005 at 12:59:09

I deleted as partitions during the installation but I cannot see the option of creating a single one, I can only reinstall on the partitions is already installed, which is about 32 gb, I would like to have an option of creating a partition with 40gb that's the whole size of the hard drive. Do I need to use fdisk or anything like that? Any help will be appreciated

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#6
December 16, 2005 at 13:00:12

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#7
December 16, 2005 at 13:53:44

Use a DOS based bootdisk like the Win98SE bootdisk available at www.bootdisk.com and delete all partitions then recreate a single one the full size of the disk. Then start your install..........

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#8
December 16, 2005 at 16:32:50

"I deleted as partitions during the installation but I cannot see the option of creating a single one, I can only reinstall on the partitions is already installed"

this statement can't be true. If you deleted all partitions by hitting L you would never get the option to reinstall to any partitions since you did not create any.

Read the screens when you get to that part of the install.

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#9
December 16, 2005 at 20:36:24

Before you get too carried away here folks....

If all you wish to do is access the space as if it were on C: drive then you can connect the partitions as a folder on your XP drive. They would then appear no as a partiton but just a new folder that you could use.

I would not suggest to reformat and reinstall for such a small thing.

If you insist that you wish the partitions merged then I would get a Knoppix CD and use it's PM clone. BEFORE you do that you should do a full backup and test that backup.

See now why I suggest to just add the partitons as a folder. It is much easier.


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#10
December 17, 2005 at 08:47:03

Hi Guys thanks for the help I figured it out. I went back and deleted as partitions this time including the partition where XP was installed and I got my 40 gb available to make a single partition. I did and it worked, thank you all.

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#11
December 17, 2005 at 10:23:12

Still wondering why you want only one partition....

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#12
December 20, 2005 at 19:24:34

Hi Jennifer, personally I like one partition and I am going to sell this pc because I have three, and most computers has only one partition which shows C as a big drive. I don't want to confuse anyone and I don't want to explain anything to the buyer.

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#13
December 21, 2005 at 16:19:22

"most computers has only one partition which shows C as a big drive". Personally, I don't buy that. Still a bad idea in my book.

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