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#1 Horace05

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 03:19 PM

Is there any way to unpartition my hard drive? It is an 80GB partitioned 20GB on C drive and 60GB on D drive. This is on a GigaByte GA-7S748 motherboard.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:38 PM

Yes, you can use a partition manager. I use 7 Tools Partition Manager 2009. It cost me about $15 to upgrade from 2005 version to the 2009 version.

I would strongly recommend that you keep the OS on one partition and your data on a separate partition. I would also strongly recommend that you backup your system to a different hard drive that you can use in your computer. 7 Tools Partition Manager 2009 can make a raw copy of your system, and you will not need to reinstall and reactivate the OS and other programs in the unfortunate event that your system crashes beyond repair. Right now hard drives are very cheap (Not the Intel SSDs). $100 or so can get you a 1 TB hard drive (OEM).

Edited by czhang, 30 January 2009 - 05:48 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:47 PM

By the way, 7 Tools Patition Manager 2009 costs about $30 if you buy it for the first time (http://www.7tools.com/pm/).

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 06:11 PM

Do I have any other option to combine this two partition drives?

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 06:24 PM

Yes.

There are programs for free that purport to do the same thing as programs which cost...you have to decide which ones you want to use.

I have no experience with free programs, so I can't recommend any...but I have noted a couple which are supposed to be worthy of the effort.

GParted Partition Manager - http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Partition Manager - http://www.ranish.com/part/

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:57 PM

I use and recommend GParted. It runs as a bootable CD.
The GUI is very simple and easy to understand.
And best of all...it's free. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:23 PM

I also recommend GParted as a partition editor.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:38 PM

I am having problem downloading it ?

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:44 PM

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.p...ckage_id=271779
Click on gparted-live-0.4.1-2.iso

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:22 PM

where is the read file or where do i extract to or what do i run? Please

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 12:17 AM

How to burn an ISO
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetr...burnisofile.htm
You might have CD burning software already such as Nero or Sonic.
I have no knowledge of the program mentioned in the article.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:14 AM

I have actually used another free ISO burner InfraRecorder to burn Ubuntu 8.10 and other distros:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto
http://infrarecorder.org/

It is also easy to use with GUI.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:28 PM

I prefer ISO Recorder by Alex Feinman (that is, when burning from Windows.) It's free, super small, and extremely easy to use. After the install, you just right-click an ISO file and click "Burn to CD." Easy-peasy.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 05:33 PM

PS:

BC now has a tutorial on using GParted by yours truly! http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/resizing-adding-partitions-with-gparted-live/

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 05:11 AM

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition is a Free download. I downloaded it but have not used it yet. I primarily use Paragon Hard Disk Manager.

Free partition manager supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista for HOME USER ONLY. You can free enjoy it like the commercial Partition Magic. As Partition Magic alternative, EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition is a FREE disk partitioning utility that offers a range of powerful functions like Resize and Move, Copy, Create, and Convert partitions, etc.

http://www.partition-tool.com/




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