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mfener

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I think this might be easy to solve. A while back a friend partitioned my hard drive into three different partitions. the one I use is now almost full and I would like to merge the almost-full partition with the next partition, which is completely empty. Can anyone help me with the steps to do that? Thanks in advance. I have a windows xp system with the big service pak installed also. the pc is a dell dimension 4300 with a 1.6 ghz processor and 513 mb of RAM.
 

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Welcome,

The best way without losing any Data and not having to re install the operating system is using a Third Party program like Partition Magic or Disk Director by Acronis are two but there are others.

They will allow you to join to partitions up or re-size a partition.
 

mfener

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Thanks!! Is that the only way to do it? There's nothing in the OS disk management area that allows you to undo or merge a partition?
 

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Yes you can do it with Windows Disk Management but it will erase what is on the drive.

If you backup all your Data you can start again and use disk management and then resize but it will erase everything.
 

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I don't see anything in Windows XP Disk Management that allows the merging of two partitions.

If you decide to go forward with this merge with a 3rd-party utility, be sure to back everything up first. Re-partitioning can easily lead to corruption and data loss.
 
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