Partitioning a hard drive

By learninmypc
Mar 7, 2013
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  1. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    Ok, I might try it,but no guarantees. Thank you.:)
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,424   +281

    Unless you delete a partition, or change the flags, you aren't going to screw it up. You'd have to purposely do that. EaseUS and gParted are pretty straight-forward.

    For whatever reason I thought you were trying to resize your C partition. I've kind of re-visited this thread and what I'm getting out of this is you now have XP on C, and you have 2 other partitions that you haven't done anything with, and that you want to get that space to C so you have a lot of space on 1 partition? Is this correct? Apologies if it is not, I probably should read the thread in its entirety.

    BUT, if that is what your end goal is (get 1 big C) then just use EaseUS from within Windows and right click on your I drive from within EaseUS Partition Master and select 'Merge'. Merge that into your D. Apply those actions. Then you should no longer have I, and probably an I directory on your D. Now do the same for D, right click on it, merge, merge it into C. Apply the actions. Problem solved.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    Correct. XP is on C Drive & I & D are empty so I want to make the entire drive C : Drive. The other partitions had stuff on them I have since deleted. One thing won't leave the recycle bin is this
    D17250.JPG

    I've tried unlocker & TFC but neither did it.
    I thank you & I may try it later.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,424   +281

    Sounds fine then, go ahead with the merge.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    I am quite shocked at myself. I had no intention of "literally" doing this till next weekend,if then. A friend said I could do it thru XP. I googled "Merge drives on XP & came up with this http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...65?msgId=141b5c82-3471-4545-ab53-d1fe4b4a993a

    but this part "
    • Right-click the drive you want the partition's space to merge with.
    • 9
      Click "Extend Volume..." Your computer will automatically assign any extra space to that drive
    didn't work. Anyhow, I'm tickled to say it now looks like this
    MERGED HMM.JPG
    A first for me but I have to thank all you wonderful teachers for your help.TS is a damn good computer school. Thanks.(y)
  6. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 886   +39

    I've never used Windows' Disk Management to partition and merge partitions. My understanding is that it can't be done non-destructively, I.e. data will be gone. Looks like the partitions you don't need are gone, but C drive is still the same size. You'll need to use 3rd party tool to expand it. It's fairly simple like Disk Management, click and move the slider to expand. Reboot and let it do its thing.
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    Ok, now I'm confused. I found a before screenshot of my harddrive
    HDD Before.JPG

    Although the numbers are the same,
    AFTER.JPG
    Still confused.:)
  8. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,704   +158

    No the numbers are not the same. You now have less used space ,Then before. More free space. Before you merge the partition you only had 384 gigs left of free space. Know you have 421 gigs of free space.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    You're correct. Not enough caffeine :) Thanks :)
  10. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,704   +158

    Your welcome and glad this work out for you.
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

     
  12. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,704   +158

    It can if the partition you are merging are clear of data. Most usally windows will expand the C drive after.
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    That tidbit that was in the recycling bin is gone also.yippee. You guys & gals are awesome,thanks(y)
  14. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,704   +158

    :) (y) Thanks and in the process ,You are learning, Which is Great!!!
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    Yes, learning from the best.TS is #1
  16. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 886   +39

    Didn't know that. Thanks.
  17. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,704   +158

    Your welcome
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,097   +223

    Ok, immediately after I did this, I rebooted it & it took a bit longer to reboot but I figured that was normal.
    Today, I rebooted it & it took a bit longer than the previous time, but once it was back up, it was ok.
    30 minutes later, for no reason I was curious & rebooted it one more time but this time it didn't.
    It went to an all blue screen NO words. It stayed that way for probably 3 maybe 5 minutes till I ignorantly pulled the plug out of the wall, let it sit for a minute & it booted up fine.
    Right now I'm running full scans on it knowing they'll come up clean.
    All I'm using it for at the moment is listening to music.
    Is it normal to boot slowly like that?
    I won't be rebooting it till necessary, probably on Patch Tuesday.:)


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