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Solved: changing partition on a hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dwaynea515, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. dwaynea515

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    I have a 60GB hard drive that has both C and D partition. C drive is full and I want to delete the D drive and use the entire 60Gb for the C drive. Is there a simple way to do this? I am using windows XP home. I went into Disk Management and deleted the D drive but it is still unused space.
     
  2. N E Key

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    You're gonna need a package that can resize partions, like Partition Magic. Here is link to a free partition management software, never used it, but give it a try.
    "http://www.ranish.com/part/"
     
  3. dwaynea515

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    OK I bought Acronis Disk Director, It finds everything but it still will not let me resize the C: drive. I wonder if I ghost it to another drive then reformat this HD can I ghost it back without also ghosting the partitions?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Acronis will let you resize. Make the bootable Acronis CD, boot from it, delete the D: partition, resize the C: partition. Be aware that the drive letters may change in Acronis (though probably not C:).

    If you need to keep the contents of D:, then use the "Merge" function instead.

    (Your other plan should have worked. You can usually "ghost" back a partition to a larger partition with most imaging software.)
     
  5. dwaynea515

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    Thank you Elvandil, I am in the process of formatting a 20GB HD now to ghost the drive on to. It will be a good backup in case something goes wrong. I will let you know
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Very wise. The bootable Acronis CD will make quick work of the partition manipulations, but a backup is always a very good idea, of course.
     
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    Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner, The Acronis CD took care of it. Thanks again for the help
     
  8. Elvandil

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    That's good news. I'm an Acronis fan and I couldn't just let you think that you bought it for no reason. It's a very useful tool, and even if you only used it once, cheaper then the shop. I tend to prefer the bootable CD for most things since the possibility of a running OS interfering with things is removed.
     
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