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How to merge two hard drives into one big drive in XP?

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#1 finnoodles


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hi there,
I was given an old computer to tinker around with and I decided to put the hard drive in my current computer to try and create one big hard drive. I'm having a lot of trouble actually doing it though, I remember a colleauge doing it once but I can't remember how. I would really appreciate any help as though I'm not entirely a computer novice, this is really my area of expertise.
I'm not sure but I think the problem is that they have both been used as boot disks and therefore I can't "Extend Volume"? Does that make sense?
I'm not exactly sure if there is a way around this, can I "wipe" one of the drives back to being an empty free space drive?
I've attached an image of the error I get and of my Disk Management interface.
Really, any help would be much appreciated.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:01 PM

Well...a 40GB hard drive isn't going to be an overwhelming addition but...I don't know what you mean by "one big drive."  For what purpose, what is it that you want to have accomplished when all is said and done?


Even if what you want is possible...there's really no advantage that would result.  Having Windows on a large partition is a hindrance, rather than an aid to users.


I have to wonder...why have you set up dynamic disks?


FWIW:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726994.aspx


If you can provide more details, it would probably help someone to try to help you :).



Edited by hamluis, 08 March 2013 - 08:03 PM.

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