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Old 08-30-2006, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. I'm in need of some help. A seemingly simple task has had me grinding on google searches and booting off floppys and CDs for well over an hour now.
I'm trying to merge two existing partitions on a hard drive. The end result I'm looking for is the 120GB drive to be a single partition and formatted(clean). Right now, its split into a 10GB and a 110GB partition.
In the past, I've used Windows install CDs and hard drive bootable floppys(Maxtor Maxblast,etc). I have old DOS commands on a directory on my other hard drive, but Windows can't seem to access them b/c of conflicting versions of DOS. I managed to make a Windows XP boot disk(floppy), but when I boot off of it, I can't access any of my hard drives, nor does it recognize FDISK. Note also that I don't have a Windows XP CD -- only a stupid Gateway system restore disk. Is there a way a can merge the two partitons with either a utility within WindowsXP, or by a free download? I don't want to pay $30+ for partition magic and those other programs as I believe there is another way. Can I either:
(a) Somehow merge the partitons before/during the format within WindowsXP
(b) Make a bootable floppy that will recognize my hard drives and DOS commands?

Please note that the drive I am intending to partition & format is a Primary slave drive and is detected and working fine within WinXP.
Help please! Thanks a bunch.

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Old 08-30-2006, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try GParted, but I'm not sure if it can merge two formated NTFS partition. It might be able to resize 1 NTFS partition if the other partition is unallocated or unformatted.

DOS or even the DOS version that supports NTFS won't be able to have the feature to merge two partition, to be honest with you I never tried any other software beside Norton PartitionMagic which is the only software I know that can merge and do almost everything.

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Old 08-31-2006, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help
I ended up using BootIt and it worked great. It's a free 30 day trial and $30 afterwards if you wish to purchase. It's a great piece of software, so I may just pay it.
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Old 09-01-2006, 01:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally posted by crossed_wires
Thanks for your help
I ended up using BootIt and it worked great. It's a free 30 day trial and $30 afterwards if you wish to purchase. It's a great piece of software, so I may just pay it.
for that price get partition magic
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 09-08-2006, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nah, it was for a drive that I just sold. I just needed something to crunch it back to a single partition, so I could reformat it before shipping it off. It worked and is out of my hands now.
My comp has a single HDD.

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