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#1 Plumber

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:11 AM

Hi all,don't know if this is the right forum but I'm sure you will tell me.I dual boot with xp and 7.I partitionrd the hard drive and installed xp first and then windows7.My question is I would like to merge the partitions and only use one os.I don't need to save anything,have done that on external drive.I want to reformat the whole hard drive and install XP.I have googled this and been watching for tips on the forum but am not comfortable with doing this,not with merging the partitions anyway.Could someone help and guide me in the right direction,Thank-you.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

If you reformat you are going to lose all data - you understand that, correct? If that's what you are prepared to do, just boot to the XP cd and the installation routine will begin. Early on you'll see a choice to select Advanced Options. When you do, you'll have the option to delete and recreate partitions. AGAIN - YOU WILL LOSE ALL DATA ON THE DRIVE(S). After creating the partition(s), format and install.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:25 AM

Thanx Allan for the quick response,and yes I know about all my data.Don't get offended if I ask this but will that allow me to merge both partitions back to only one.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

Why would I be offended?

If you follow the instructions I posted, you are not "merging" the partitions, but rather deleting and recreating. So you will delete BOTH partitions and then create only one, which will be the size of your entire drive. If that's not what you want to do (including deleting all data and starting from scratch) please say so. But if indeed you are prepared to start with a blank slate then those instructions are exactly what you want to do.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:10 AM

Allan,thank-you very much,it worked like a charm and just as you said it would.I am always a little leary when doing something beyond my knowledge.Tkanx again for your help,Tony.




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