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#1 nicknite

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 11:05 PM

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I have an existing HDD which was partitioned as c: 20gb and d: 40gb. I would like to reformat this drive as c: 60gb drive. Currently i use XP Home and it is installed on the c:. What do i need to do to reformat this drive?
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Posted 25 January 2005 - 12:14 AM

You would need to wipe the disk and reformat it as a single partition, then reinstall windows and all your programs & data.
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Posted 25 January 2005 - 08:06 AM

Ok what is the easiest/best way to do this?
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Posted 25 January 2005 - 10:13 AM

Do you have Data on both Partitions? there are programs that wil "combine" the partitions you currently have and some even rewrite the FAT so you don't lose your Data.

Hard Drive Utilites
Ranish Partition Manager - Partition resizer, create, manager similar to Partition Magic but free!

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 05:19 PM

Yes i believe i have data on both drives. I can backup the data to cd's and then reformat and start over. I don't have a problem with doing this i just can't seem to figure out how to reformat an existing drive which has the XP program on it. Also what is the name(s) of the programs that can combine the drives? This may become an option.
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Posted 26 January 2005 - 10:36 AM

Do you really want to format or just consolidate the two partitions? If you want to reformat the whole drive. Run the Xp program disk. At a point it will let you delete all partitions . Then you can format them into one drive. If you really just want to combine the drives . Use Partition Magic ( or simular program) to delete the 2nd drive (partition) and then expand the 1st drive (partition) . Then run defrag to clean it up. I would recommend you leave a 1 or 2 gb Partition in case of emergancies. You could transfer info to it in the event your OS was damaged and you had to do a clean install. I have a 2nd , 3gb , HD on my computer just for this reason. Hope this helpped .


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Posted 26 January 2005 - 10:40 AM

Digital Dolly

If you want to do more there's always digital dolly, a freeware partition creator/resizer.

Digital Dolly Feature List

    * Self-contained bootable CD-ROM (can also boot from floppy)
    * Built-in networking support, can access Windows file server for data storage
    * RAW mode copying support any (even unknown) file system
    * Support partition-to-partition, disk-to-disk copy
    * Non-destructive resize of existing FAT16/32, NTFS and Linux ext2 partitions
    * Support US DoD 5220-22.M Disk Sanitizing Security Standard
    * Auto tune-up hard disk parameters to maximize transfer rate






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