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Created partition by mistake

by Mary T-205113508737904897 / June 30, 2008 7:01 PM PDT

My nephew has my old computer with Windows XP, I had to reinstall windows. The computer has one hard drive disc (C:) By mistake I created a partition (D:)
(C:)has 10.81 GB, and New Volume (D:)has 26.46 GB. Everything is squeezed onto (C:) and (D:) is completely empty.
Using Disc Management I have deleted (D:) I now want to expand (C:)to use all the space. As this is something I will only be doing once, I did not want to purchase specialist software. I see that Partition Magic has good reviews, but wondered if there is a free program to do this one off (hopefully)job.
Am using FAT32 file system.
Would appreciate any advice,
Mary T

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Do over
by Willy / June 30, 2008 11:53 PM PDT

Since, it appears you've re-installed windows, etc., just do it again. Be sure to get what you want. For the price of PM, you can get a new HD use its s/w to prepare and install the OS, etc., for roughly the same cost. If you don't do that and want to start over again, use one of these free pgms., DBAN or Killdisk(google for source) and wipe out entire HD. Once done, insert XP OS install CD and re-install. Of course, observe the options when presented.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Using recovery discs
by Mary T-205113508737904897 / July 1, 2008 1:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Do over

Thanks Willy, I used the two Acer recovery discs when I reinstalled last time. Will starting again using the recovery discs get rid of the partition?
Mary T

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Re-install options
by Willy / July 1, 2008 6:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Using recovery discs

OEM OS CDs may offer such, but it varies from one vendor to another, its how they provide it. If you use one of the free pgms. mentioned, it will wipe out any previous setup. Then when you re-install the OS, the setup menu should clearly state how you want partition(s) if any, otherwise, I would ASSUME the 1st selection(default) would be use of the whole HD as it is roughly a 30gb'er. Sorry, can't give you a 100% answer. It wouldn't hurt to verify and only time&effort involved.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re recovery discs.
by Mary T-205113508737904897 / July 1, 2008 4:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Re-install options

Thanks Willy, I read somewhere that when recovery discs are supplied with a computer, they work with something the manufacturer has already installed on the computer (is this correct?). If so, wouldn't using a program to erase the hard drive prior to reinstalling also erase what is supposed to be there.
Would welcome any advice.
Mary T

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If you would have told more about the computer ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 2, 2008 3:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Re recovery discs.

such as whether it was a desktop or notebook and its model number specific guidance could have been provided. You didn't so we are left guessing and offering general assistance.

ASSUMING it is an Acer (you mentioned using Acer recovery disks but since we have had people use Acer disks on Dell and HP computers with varying results but not mentioned until late in the thread it doesn't mean much) you can follow this link and select your computer for recovery instructions and guidance -
Acer Support Guides and manuals

using that link and selecting Desktop and one of the models at random gets you this page which allows you to access an Adobe Acrobat PDF file for eRecovery - if yours is a desktop and it has eRecovery this page should provide what you need (if not use the previous link and input your spedcific info for your sopecific computer)
Desktop eRecovery manual page

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Acer Aspire

Thanks for the info. The computer is an Acer Aspire T120E desktop with Windows XP. My mistake for not giving this information in my previous post.
Mary T

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So now the question is ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 2, 2008 10:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Acer Aspire

since the T120 has eRecovery have you downloaded and made use of the eRecovery manual you were linked to?

Only you know what recovery disks or image files you created but the ALT + F10 key combination during POST allows you to access and recover to factory installation.

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Downloaded Manual
by Mary T-205113508737904897 / July 2, 2008 4:25 PM PDT

Thanks Edward, I have the two recovery discs that Acer supplied with the computer, the few music, picture & document files on the computer are copied onto CD. All I want to do is to get back to factory settings, thus getting rid of the space I created when I mistakenly created a partition.
I have downloaded the eRecovery manual and will study it today.
Many thanks, Mary T

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Go for it
by Willy / July 2, 2008 11:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Downloaded Manual

With the added posts and info, get any new info/help guide for system recovery(OS reload) for your Acer system. Yeah, it will reload the OS and/or what system came as when 1st brought. Again, depending on how the OEM recovery/restore CDs are provided will offer the options, etc., to return those. Some maybe more optionable but I just suspect that for laptop usage, plain and straight-foward. As I stated, reload those recovery CDs and see what the menu prompts will be. I offered the free pgms., DBAN and Killdisk to help erase the entire HD in order to start fresh. It maybe trail&error to get it right but other than time&effort, it can be done. Just take notice of the menu options and proceed. This is where the Acer help guide or manual will come in handy for your specific model# laptop. The topic has been covered well in these posts, the answer. good luck

tada -----Willy Happy

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NO NO NO! Do not use DBAN or Killdisk ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 3, 2008 2:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Go for it

as the recovery partition accessable via ALT + F10 during boot would be eradicated which greatly inhibits Acer's eRecovery success.

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(NT) FYI-The user has recovery CDs
by Willy / July 7, 2008 4:19 AM PDT
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Yes, and sometimes with eRecovery they work ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 7, 2008 5:05 AM PDT

while often they don't.

Wiping the disk with eRecovery installed is NOT a good idea. (read the manual and you will see that any eRecovery disks (what Acer uses) are created via eRecovery and like some other recovery systems require files on the recovery partition to function properly.

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Respect DBAN, but no need to be afraid of it
by Ol Rod / July 3, 2008 1:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Re recovery discs.

Hi, Mary I don't post much, I'm not a real Tech, but have used DBAN successfully several times. As I understand, that information that tells you have a certain brand of computer is stored on your motherboard, and these "erase" programs that Willie named do not touch the motherboard, only the hard drive. HOWEVER, as Willy said, try that restore disc first, then if something is not right, use the "erase" program as last resort. Please post back when you get it fixed, so everyone can know how it worked.

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by Mary T-205113508737904897 / July 3, 2008 2:49 AM PDT

I will do the reinstall this Sunday and will let folks know how it goes. I think that using the recovery discs that came with the computer should give me factory settings.
I much appreciate all the advice given. It's nice that people take the time to help others with their computer problems.
Mary T

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by Mary T-205113508737904897 / July 7, 2008 1:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Used recovery discs and got the computer back to factory settings, partition D successfully got rid of. The longest job was reinstalling programs and updating them.
Thanks for the help and advice, it is much appreciated.
Mary T

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