Can I combine internal hard drives?

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#tbone

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I have 4 internal hard drives on my pc. Pc has Windows XP Home. I want to know if instead of them reading as seperate drives ie: c: d: f: g:, i can have them all read as c:. Is that possible?
 
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If they are actually different drives, then there's no way that I know of to combine them.
 
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#tbone said:
I have 4 internal hard drives on my pc. Pc has Windows XP Home. I want to know if instead of them reading as seperate drives ie: c: d: f: g:, i can have them all read as c:. Is that possible?
yes there is, you go out and buy bigger hard drive. partition the drive 4 ways, clone harddrives to each partition, then combine partitions with a program like partition magic. but a side from that no it cannot be done.
 
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Not to be a nit-picker,
Technically, you could do it, but as to how well XP Home would respond to a RAID JBOD(Just A Bunch of Disks) or drive spanning, I have no idea. Nor would I recommend it.

It's really a server class setup, not for the faint of heart or technically sqeamish folks.

Just figured I'd throw that out there, with the additional statement that I would not recomend it, as most setups in this manner are of the kind where if one of the drives failed, all data is lost type thing.:D

Just so you are aware of the possibility, but not that it's all that good of an option.
 

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If you run XP-Pro, you can convert them to dynamic disks and have them appear as a single logical drive. OTOH, I normally recommend against dynamic disks, since many disk recovery applications and drive imaging utilities don't handle them. I'd suggest you just live with the multiple drive letters.
 
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