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#1 Delta16

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 07:31 AM

How can i merge two partitions on the same hard drive without using 'Power Quest Partition Magic 8.0'

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 08:48 AM

Without using a program similar to PM 8.0 or better...you cannot merge partitions, AFAIK.

Windows XP does not support such, which is why there are so many 3d-party programs to do such.

If there are two different operating systems on those partitions...you still would not be able to merge them.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 09:52 AM

I got the following partitions : 'C' and 'D'

On partition 'C' i got the windows and all my files
On partition 'D' it is empty

I want to merge partition 'D' (the empty one) with partition 'C' so i can have more space on 'C'.

Any ideas would be much appreciated?

Thanks
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:36 AM

How large is that D: partition?

If you have a "name brand" system, that partition may be a recovery/restore essential (in which case...unless you have a MS XP install CD, you need to leave it alone).

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:47 AM

No, i made this partition 'D'. It has a size of 68GB

Edited by Deadly Elegance, 21 December 2008 - 11:47 AM.


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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:10 PM

No, i made this partition 'D'. It has a size of 68GB


You should be able to find a partition utility to resize C: after you delete D: without
losing the C: system configuration etc..

Recommended is you backup first. There are freeware partition manager programs
around. Trouble is when you use them sometimes you get to a point where it's
kind of ambiguous what to do next. That's when you lose it all!! So backup with
something you know will restore. In fact if you don't have a disk image program
you might just want to get one. You back up your system partition, delete the
extra one that's hanging around, then restore to the larger partition(or use one
of those resizers but you can restore if that hoses things.)

I'd check out all the major brands.. acronis, paragon.. in fact Paragon just
came out with a freeware Express edition that may do all that. Google
and check it out.

Main thing is you don't want to wipe your drive out with no way to recover.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:55 PM

Norton Partition Magic 8 is advertised as being able to merge partitions. I've never used it so I can't speak to the quality of this program (Plus it's $70, way over my budget of $0).

I recommend using Gparted, an open source partition editor.

Using Gparted you can delete one partition (the one you say is empty) and enlarge the other (the one which has all your files) to occupy the spaced freed up by deleting the empty partition.

:thumbsup: Note: As always, before undertaking any major changes your your system, it is advisable to create backups of all critical files (or better yet of you entire system). As the following instructions will modify your hard drive, such backups as you may make should be stored on another storage device such as a CD/DVD, external/Flash drive, or on another computer. Windows XP Backup Made Easy :flowers:

In order to use Gparted, you will need to download and burn the Gparted ISO file (How to burn an ISO to a CD, Gparted Download Page - download the gparted-live-0.3.9-13.iso file)

Boot from the LiveCD you burned. (How to boot from a CD)

Once Gparted is started, you should see something like this (click for full size):Posted Image

Locate the partition you want to delete (the one which DOESN'T contain all your files) right click on it and select "Delete". To commit this action, click the "Apply" button. Gparted will then delete the partition.

Now, right-click on your other partition (the one with your files which you want to expand) and click "Resize/Move". This will open a window similar to this one:Posted Image

You can drag the partition boundary arrow (circle in blue) into the now empty space where the old partition you just deleted was (represented as dark grey). Drag it all the way to the edge to utilize all available space.

Once satisfied with the new size, click the "Resize" button followed by the "Apply" button to resize your partition. This may take several minutes depending on the amount of data to be moved and the fragmentation state of your partition (I recommend defragging the partition before starting).

Once complete, you may reboot back into Windows. It would be a good idea to run chkdsk after booting into Windows, very likely Windows will do this automatically so don't panic if you see this at startup the first time:
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If you have any questions, please post them.


Reason For Edit: Corrections

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 21 December 2008 - 05:30 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:18 AM

I merged the partitions with Partition Magic 8.0 ( Even i didnt want to use it) and it was successful. I used the same procedure you told me to use on 'Gparted'.
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 01:32 PM

No problem!

Now, as to my compensation... I require cookies. And coffee. Lots of coffee.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:00 PM

No problem!

Now, as to my compensation... I require cookies. And coffee. Lots of coffee.


Ok, I'll get you some coffee and cookies for christmas. Thanks again for helping :thumbsup:




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