XP Boot partition issues

April 29, 2012 at 03:36:14
Specs: Windows XP

2 Drive partitions :

C: System - Boot Files only
D: Boot - XP SP3 Home

Is there an "easy" way to modify D in order to reclaim & reformat C

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April 29, 2012 at 07:09:42
That's an unusual arrangement for Windows XP I must say, though I understand why it might be desirable.

Since both partitions are essential for Windows to start, you can't modify either of them as they are. You would need to boot from a Windows Setup CD, format the C: partition, then re-install Windows on it (including the boot files which is the default method of XP installation).

Once you have the 'new' installation up and running, use Windows XP Disk Management to re-format the D: partition so it's completely empty for you to save files on.

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April 29, 2012 at 09:27:44
how big is C?


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April 29, 2012 at 13:32:34
I was hoping to avoid a reinstall. I was told a merge with Easeus could work but I'm dubious.

C is 60Gb

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May 1, 2012 at 07:50:27
What if I reduced C to create E, then I could keep it for just data or install Windows 8 ?!

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May 1, 2012 at 12:01:44
It would not become e: it would become d: and your windows would become e: and not boot correctly due to registry entries referring to d:

If you want to install Win8 put in an additional hard drive or reinstall after repartitioning as you desire.

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May 6, 2012 at 11:44:01
I reduced D to create F where I installed Windows 8.

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