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can I repartition HD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kamau rono, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. kamau rono

    kamau rono Thread Starter

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    I have a 80 Gig HD divided into 3 partitions. Can I repartition it without losing data? I would like to combine two or all three of the partitions.
    windows xp OS,
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Yes, but you'd need a third-party partitioner.
     
  3. kamau rono

    kamau rono Thread Starter

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    Elvandil, Thanks I will fine one
     
  4. Elvandil

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    I'd suggest Paragon Partition Manager, Paragon Hard Drive Manager (or 7-Tools equivalents--same company), Acronis Disk Director. But I'd avoid Partition Magic like the plague (except version 7).

    Be sure to run chkdsk or scandisk on your drives to be sure there are no file system errors before partitioning. And, if possible, back up everything you want to keep, since things can go wrong.

    Whenever possible, use the bootable medium from the partitioning programs and run them from the CD or floppies. You will almost always have better luck if you use the bootable media instead of trying to do the partitioning from Windows.

    You will want to "merge" or "split" partitions if you want to retain your data. Don't just delete partitions or the data will be lost.
     
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