Unallocated hard drive space

November 18, 2008 at 09:01:44
Specs: Windos XP, Intel Core 2 Duo E85

not really experienced with this type of problem so will be very gracious for any type of help... I recently deleted a partition from windows xp then recovered windows because of a GRUB boot error(17) Now that the partition that i deleted is gone there are 59 gigs of unallocated space on my hardrive. When i right click to try and merge it back to C drive all it says is create a new one... which i dont want to do. What i am trying to find out is:
`Is there a way to fix this that im just not aware of
`Are there programs that could fix this
`Or did i jsut make a huge mistake and made 60g gigs go bye bye

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November 18, 2008 at 09:16:16

In order to extend an existing partition into unallocated space you are going to need a third party tool. Windows has no facility to do that.

Partition Magic is one tool. However for a once only job PM might be a bit expensive. Do a search of Google for partition managers and you should be able to find a shareware application that will do this simple job.


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November 18, 2008 at 09:30:47

Good advice from Stuart. You may reevaluate your concept of having multiple partitions. This is IMO a GOOD thing. You don't supply any details about the size of your hard drive or the current partitioning. Click on the link below for some ideas on partitioning strategies.


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November 18, 2008 at 11:24:18

One really important aspect of partitioning is creating a small operating System partition, and other partitions for holding programs, music, pictures, etc. Having a small OS lets you back it up and restore it very quickly.

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November 18, 2008 at 12:28:23

Jake, check out this solution as it worked for me and it was free:
Let me know how you make out, thanx

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November 19, 2008 at 06:38:51

You can't merge unallocated space, it has to be formatted 1st.

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November 19, 2008 at 11:47:36

Jake, give easus a try
It does work and they give support on the free version too. If you checked my thread I mentioned you would see that.

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