How to merge 2 partitions



Sherif
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Hi,
I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and D: 80
GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives merge
into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this or do
I need 3rd party software?

Thanks in advance

Sherif

Jerry
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
To merge two partitions without losing info you will have to buy and use
Partiton Magic.

"Sherif" <Sherif@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and D:
> 80
> GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives merge
> into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this or
> do
> I need 3rd party software?
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Sherif

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Sherif wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and D: 80
> GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives merge
> into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this or do
> I need 3rd party software?
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Sherif

Yes XP's disk management can delete the partition containing the D:
drive. All data will be lost so backup the important data first. The
space will then be unallocated. Again with disk management tools the C:
drive can be expanded to include this space. If you want to merge the
two partitions non destructively to keep the data intact that is on D,
then third party tools are needs such as Partition Magic or BootIt NG.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

NobodyMan
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
On Thu, 26 May 2005 21:30:46 -0700, Rock <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote:

>Sherif wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and D: 80
>> GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives merge
>> into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this or do
>> I need 3rd party software?
>>
>> Thanks in advance
>>
>> Sherif
>
>Yes XP's disk management can delete the partition containing the D:
>drive. All data will be lost so backup the important data first. The
>space will then be unallocated. Again with disk management tools the C:
>drive can be expanded to include this space.

What? I want some of what you are smoking.

You can't claim the free space using Disk Management - at least not
non-destructively. Further, since in this case C is probably the
system drive, Windows won't allow it.

>If you want to merge the two partitions non destructively to keep the data intact that is on D,
>then third party tools are needs such as Partition Magic or BootIt NG.

PM or BING will need to be used in EITHER case.

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
NobodyMan wrote:

<snip>

>>Yes XP's disk management can delete the partition containing the D:
>>drive. All data will be lost so backup the important data first. The
>>space will then be unallocated. Again with disk management tools the C:
>>drive can be expanded to include this space.
>
>
> What? I want some of what you are smoking.
>
> You can't claim the free space using Disk Management - at least not
> non-destructively. Further, since in this case C is probably the
> system drive, Windows won't allow it.
>
>
>>If you want to merge the two partitions non destructively to keep the data intact that is on D,
>>then third party tools are needs such as Partition Magic or BootIt NG.
>
>
> PM or BING will need to be used in EITHER case.
>

I think you can as long as the unallocated space is at the end of the
drive. If I'm wrong on this I certainly will stand corrected. Maybe
someone else can opine here.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Anna
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
>>Sherif wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and D:
>>> 80
>>> GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives
>>> merge
>>> into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this
>>> or do
>>> I need 3rd party software?
>>> Thanks in advance
>>> Sherif


Rock <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote:
>>Yes XP's disk management can delete the partition containing the D:
>>drive. All data will be lost so backup the important data first. The
>>space will then be unallocated. Again with disk management tools the C:
>>drive can be expanded to include this space.


"NobodyMan" <none@none.net> wrote in message
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> What? I want some of what you are smoking.
>
> You can't claim the free space using Disk Management - at least not
> non-destructively. Further, since in this case C is probably the
> system drive, Windows won't allow it.
>
>>If you want to merge the two partitions non destructively to keep the data
>>intact that is on D,
>>then third party tools are needs such as Partition Magic or BootIt NG.
>
> PM or BING will need to be used in EITHER case.


Rock responds...
I think you can as long as the unallocated space is at the end of the
drive. If I'm wrong on this I certainly will stand corrected. Maybe
someone else can opine here.
--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


Rock:
Although his opening salvo is rather harsh in tone, Nobody Man is correct
insofar as indicating that the user will not be able to merge the two
partitions non-destructively in this case, at least with respect to using
XP's Disk Management utility. While you are correct in stating that the OP
can use DM to delete his second D: partition, all that would accomplish is
creating unallocated space. DM has no capability of merging his C: partition
with that unallocated space or merging (non-destructively) his C: partition
with another partition created from that unallocated space. The fact that
the unallocated space "is at the end of the drive" is irrelevant. It would,
of course, be a simple matter to non-destructively merge the partitions
using Partition Magic. (I'm not familiar with the BootIt NG program).

So the bottom line is -- if the user at this point desires a single
partition encompassing his entire 120 GB drive while still retaining his
data on drive C:, he would need to employ a third-party partition management
tool such as Partition Magic.
Anna

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
Anna wrote:
>>>Sherif wrote:
>>>
>>>>Hi,
>>>>I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and D:
>>>>80
>>>>GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives
>>>>merge
>>>>into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this
>>>>or do
>>>>I need 3rd party software?
>>>>Thanks in advance
>>>>Sherif
>
>
>
> Rock <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote:
>
>>>Yes XP's disk management can delete the partition containing the D:
>>>drive. All data will be lost so backup the important data first. The
>>>space will then be unallocated. Again with disk management tools the C:
>>>drive can be expanded to include this space.
>
>
>
> "NobodyMan" <none@none.net> wrote in message
> news:qncf919flo617gp93lsecsmkm08n0gcie6@4ax.com...
>
>>What? I want some of what you are smoking.
>>
>>You can't claim the free space using Disk Management - at least not
>>non-destructively. Further, since in this case C is probably the
>>system drive, Windows won't allow it.
>>
>>
>>>If you want to merge the two partitions non destructively to keep the data
>>>intact that is on D,
>>>then third party tools are needs such as Partition Magic or BootIt NG.
>>
>>PM or BING will need to be used in EITHER case.
>
>
>
> Rock responds...
> I think you can as long as the unallocated space is at the end of the
> drive. If I'm wrong on this I certainly will stand corrected. Maybe
> someone else can opine here.

Ok thanks to both of you. I tried it and it won't let you combine the
two. I certainly misspoke and stand - or in this case sit corrected.
BTW was smoking my pipe at the time but only "normal" pipe weed. Maybe
I should try mixing in a little of the other ....

To the OP disregard that part of my post about using disk management.
You can delete the D: partition but not combine it with C: without a
repartition during a fresh install or to do it non destructively use
partition magic or BootIt NG.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Kelly
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
>BTW was smoking my pipe at the time but only "normal" pipe weed. Maybe I
>should try mixing in a little of the other ....

<LOL>, if so you'd be at Mickey D's 'bout now. :o)

--

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
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"Rock" <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote in message
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> Anna wrote:
>>>>Sherif wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>Hi,
>>>>>I have a 120 GB harddisk it is partitioned into 2 drives C: 40 GB and
>>>>>D: 80
>>>>>GB if I delete drive D: which is empty right now, does the 2 drives
>>>>>merge
>>>>>into 1 drive C: 120 GB? Also can I use windows disk management for this
>>>>>or do
>>>>>I need 3rd party software?
>>>>>Thanks in advance
>>>>>Sherif
>>
>>
>>
>> Rock <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote:
>>
>>>>Yes XP's disk management can delete the partition containing the D:
>>>>drive. All data will be lost so backup the important data first. The
>>>>space will then be unallocated. Again with disk management tools the C:
>>>>drive can be expanded to include this space.
>>
>>
>>
>> "NobodyMan" <none@none.net> wrote in message
>> news:qncf919flo617gp93lsecsmkm08n0gcie6@4ax.com...
>>
>>>What? I want some of what you are smoking.
>>>
>>>You can't claim the free space using Disk Management - at least not
>>>non-destructively. Further, since in this case C is probably the
>>>system drive, Windows won't allow it.
>>>
>>>
>>>>If you want to merge the two partitions non destructively to keep the
>>>>data intact that is on D,
>>>>then third party tools are needs such as Partition Magic or BootIt NG.
>>>
>>>PM or BING will need to be used in EITHER case.
>>
>>
>>
>> Rock responds...
>> I think you can as long as the unallocated space is at the end of the
>> drive. If I'm wrong on this I certainly will stand corrected. Maybe
>> someone else can opine here.
>
> Ok thanks to both of you. I tried it and it won't let you combine the
> two. I certainly misspoke and stand - or in this case sit corrected. BTW
> was smoking my pipe at the time but only "normal" pipe weed. Maybe I
> should try mixing in a little of the other ....
>
> To the OP disregard that part of my post about using disk management. You
> can delete the D: partition but not combine it with C: without a
> repartition during a fresh install or to do it non destructively use
> partition magic or BootIt NG.
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
Kelly wrote:

>>BTW was smoking my pipe at the time but only "normal" pipe weed. Maybe I
>>should try mixing in a little of the other ....
>
>
> <LOL>, if so you'd be at Mickey D's 'bout now. :o)
>

oh my...LOL...just after writing that I went to pick up a pizza...haha...

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Kelly
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
Too funny because as I was typing my reply to you, pizza was being delivered
for my boys and wasn't sure if yall guys had Domino's around! :o)))

--

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com



"Rock" <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote in message
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> Kelly wrote:
>
>>>BTW was smoking my pipe at the time but only "normal" pipe weed. Maybe I
>>>should try mixing in a little of the other ....
>>
>>
>> <LOL>, if so you'd be at Mickey D's 'bout now. :o)
>>
>
> oh my...LOL...just after writing that I went to pick up a pizza...haha...
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:49 AM
Kelly wrote:

> Too funny because as I was typing my reply to you, pizza was being delivered
> for my boys and wasn't sure if yall guys had Domino's around! :o)))
>

LOL.. yep Dominos, Roundtable (that's what I had..they're close), Pizza
Hut and some custom shops which are the best but unfortunately there
aren't any of those close and I wanted it now...

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Kelly
07-10-2005, 12:54 AM
Funny, yet again.....we had pizza for supper. My kitchen is under
construction for the past two days. We just added a two door (dual) wine
cooler.....very nice!

As for comparison, Pizza Hut is our favorite, but they don't deliver here in
the country (besides, their prices are almost double) and my boys eat too
much. :o)

--

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com



"Rock" <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote in message
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> Kelly wrote:
>
>> Too funny because as I was typing my reply to you, pizza was being
>> delivered for my boys and wasn't sure if yall guys had Domino's around!
>> :o)))
>>
>
> LOL.. yep Dominos, Roundtable (that's what I had..they're close), Pizza
> Hut and some custom shops which are the best but unfortunately there
> aren't any of those close and I wanted it now...
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>

Menno Hershberger
07-10-2005, 12:54 AM
"Kelly" <kelly@mvps.org> wrote in
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> Funny, yet again.....we had pizza for supper. My kitchen is under
> construction for the past two days. We just added a two door (dual)
> wine cooler.....very nice!

I can xhug a wine cooler in less than 15 seconds just through the hole
in the top. Why would one need two doors on one?

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Rock
07-10-2005, 12:55 AM
Kelly wrote:

> Funny, yet again.....we had pizza for supper. My kitchen is under
> construction for the past two days. We just added a two door (dual) wine
> cooler.....very nice!
>
> As for comparison, Pizza Hut is our favorite, but they don't deliver here in
> the country (besides, their prices are almost double) and my boys eat too
> much. :o)
>

Very cool on the cooler. I have a significant wine collection myself -
around 100 cases.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


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