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Merging Two Partitions

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mr Broly, Aug 3, 2006.

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  1. Mr Broly

    Mr Broly Thread Starter

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    Hi, I recently won a laptop and it came with 2 partitions one is the normal C: and the other one is D:. I want to know if there is a way to merge the D: one to the C: one. The D: one does not have anything on it. Is there any way to get D: space into C: space. Do I just have to delete D:? Thanks for any help.:)
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Well, you can clearly just delete the D: partition, with no damage done. The merging is a bit trickier.

    In truth, I'd keep more than one partition, every system I build has multiple partitions.

    • Boot and Applications
    • Data
    • Work
    Is my preferred layout.
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    Before making recommedataions, how big is the C: drive.
     
  4. Mr Broly

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    Here is a picture of disk management and what it says:

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  5. JohnWill

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    Like I said, I'd consider leaving the other partition. You can probably move a lot of data to the second partition, and then if you choose to do an image backup of the boot partition, it's not nearly as large. You can also backup your data more frequently, and not have to hunt around on the boot drive for it. :)
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    That's why I asked about the size. Better to be certain before making any recommendataitons. Fortunately You still have plenty of room on the C: drive and plenty on D:

    So one option is rather than merge the partitions, start moving files if you want to increase space. For example, you could make your My Documents folder default to D:\My Documents.

    You could also then use a program like Acronis to image the C: partition to the D: partition. This would allow you to restore the OS and whatever else was on C: in case of a crash. I also like to have a second, removable drive to then backup all of what is on D:.
     
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