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I recently purchased a 2nd hard drive for my PC, it's 160gb and has two partitions, one 30gb and one 120gb.
I need to de-partition it back just to one 160gb partition but I'm not sure how to do it, will I need to buy/download some software to do this or is there tools within Windows XP that can achieve the same?
right click My Computer-->Manage, in new window select disk management. delete both partitions. create new partition, then format.
this will also destroy all data on disk, make sure you have saved all your data first.
To do what you have stated...I would move all files on the smaller partition to the larger...then delete the smaller using the program above...then increase the size of the larger partition to include the unallocated space which you have now created by deleting the smaller partition.
Out of curiosity...why make 1 big partition when two (theoretically) result in safer use of the drive?