How to remove parition but keep data

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 12, 2009 at 23:04:01
Specs: Windows XP
My laptop has a partition I created to keep music
and system files separate. I have since changed
my mind about that, how can I remove the
partition without messing with the files on either
side?
Thanks

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#1
December 12, 2009 at 23:19:37
There is no guaranteed safe way to do this.

I'm not sure if any of the partitioning tools out there have the facility to merge partitions.
Your first step should be to back up everything you want to keep on both partitions.

Is one of these your System Drive C? Does the laptop have a hidden "recovery" partition?

As I understand the use of these type partitioning tools it would be possible to delete the unwanted partition and then expand the remaining partition into the unpartitioned space. I'm not sure what happens to the file system (Fat32 or NTFS) when a partition is expanded into unpartitioned space. It may be necessary to re-format the new large partition in which case you lose your operating system.

My recommendation. Live with your original decision to split the drive. Unless you have left your C drive too small to accommodate the operating system.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
December 12, 2009 at 23:26:31
Thanks, I think I will live with it.
After getting and installing Partition Magic I had the option of
merging the two partitions with no mention of losing data.
However I realised that C was my music and D my system. I
chickened out of moving the contents of D onto C as I thought it
might confuse the OS and make my entire laptop melt into
horrible stubborn gunk that I couldn't get off my table.

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#3
December 12, 2009 at 23:43:19
A very cogent analysis of the consequences of shifting operating system from D to C without reinstalling.

Here's a suitable tool for removal of the residue:
http://www.wiltshire-online.com/ind...

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
December 13, 2009 at 10:48:10
What about copying the music (data) files to an external disk, and then mess around, change your permissions as wanted ?

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#5
December 13, 2009 at 11:02:32
You since changed your mind. Do you create regular backups of at least your personal files, if not the entire system?

There are sound reasons to separate the OS from other programs and files. Evidently someone advised you to keep you music on a different partition. Did they explain why you would want to do that?


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#6
December 13, 2009 at 15:11:17
I have everything important backed up. All I am worried about is the OS messing itself up by it's installation partition being changed to C from D. I think it's ultimately not worth the risk/hassle.

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