Converting to one partition

Award / Awrdacpi
November 22, 2009 at 18:00:24
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.197 GHz / 2031 MB
I have two partitions. One is for data and the
other the operating system. I have moved all
visible data off of drive C and wish the operating system partition (drive D) to be
merged with that data partition and then the
other deleted partition. After moving all the
data off of drive C, I tried to use DISKPART,
from a command line window, to merge the
partitions. Drive C partition would not delete
because the system detected some "possible"
dependency on the partition. It would not allow
me to delete it. What to do? The boot.ini is on
drive C but I think that is protected.

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#1
November 22, 2009 at 19:25:00
That is microsoft for you.

Basically you CAN NOT delete what MS views as C drive.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
November 22, 2009 at 20:29:45
Maybe there is another option, like making the C drive very small, then expanding the D drive partition to take the space. It is the 19 gigs o f space that I want and need for performance. I can live with the partitions but need the space. I sure don't want to rebuild a system.

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#3
November 23, 2009 at 01:53:26
Use Acronis to back the system up to an external drive. Format and combine your existing drive/s then restore the Acronis backup to the new combined disc. I have done just that in the past. I have even restored my system to a disk with smaller physical size... as long as the system information is smaller than the intended disk the transfer will be successful.

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#4
November 23, 2009 at 05:49:23
Hi,

Moving data and merging partitions isn't going to create any more space. If what you need is a contiguous 19 GB of hard drive, you could use a program such as Acronis to resize your existing two partitions.

But - if you resize the partition with your hard drive down to a minimum, then it won't be long before you get warnings about a lack of space on the partition with the Operating system.

As all you want is 19 GB of space, and you don't have this much space on either partition, it might be an appropriate time to add a second hard drive. Then you don't have to mess with your working setup.

Regards


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#5
November 23, 2009 at 05:51:16
I might resort to that if I can't find another solution.

Another issue related to this is that I cannot edit the .ini file - it is read only. I was going to remove the two unusable operating system entries.


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#6
November 23, 2009 at 06:27:55
I have the entire system backed up to an internet provider - Mozy. Maybe that will work without having to buy a new product. I might go ahead and backup drive D to my external drive, just in case, try the internet backup recovery to a newly formatted disk and then if that fails, go to Acronis. The difference is likely to be one of bitstream imaging vs file imaging. What you think?

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#7
November 24, 2009 at 11:09:06
Hi,

Regarding Boot.ini.

Make a copy of Boot.ini first, then

Right click the file, select Properties and clear the Read only check box.

Now you should be able to remove the unused entries - just use notepad as the editor, to keep it as a pure text file.

Regards


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#8
November 26, 2009 at 12:05:45
Pfff, buy an USB disk, put all info on there (don't bother, just take all files on all drives), re-partition the drives trying to maintain the OS. If that fails, re-install the OS, partition, and plug your USB-drive, restore files from USB.

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