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MERGING PARTITIONS

by DABRONX24 / July 22, 2005 3:32 AM PDT

I am running WIN98 (second edition) on a Pentium II
I have 4 partions on my drive C,D,E,F

I need to get more space on my C drive, so I need to merge two, C & D or C & E
Can it be done and how can I do it.

THANKS FOR ANY HELP
CHUCK

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Merging partitons
by El Alquimista / July 22, 2005 5:39 AM PDT
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Yes Chuck, Partition Magic or other similar partition managers should let you do what you want, but with certain restrictions. You can merge physically-adjacent partitions, but not non-adjacent partitions. All the data in the merging partition will appear in a folder within the final merged partition (this is necessary to prevent conflicts if there are duplicate file names in the two partitions).

You could possibly simulate merging non-adjacent partitions by judiciously deleting, moving, and resizing. However, the existing partition sizes must be such that the move could be accomplished. Also, some data would be lost so you must first save the data, and then restore it later. Actually, this latter is not such a big deal because anytime you start messing with partitions, you should first backup your entire drive anyway.

Hope this helps

Frank

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possibly simulate merging non-adjacent partitions
by jonah jones / July 22, 2005 5:52 AM PDT
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if i remember correctly, partition magic has a "redistribute free space" option?

theoretically you could "steal" a few Mega from all three partitions and add to C;


jonah

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El Alq is RIGHT....off load and-or backup...
by reefurbb / July 23, 2005 10:37 AM PDT
In reply to: MERGING PARTITIONS

you haven't stated the size of the Hdd and and size and percent used of 4 partitions.
The usual advice would be to get a new HDD since older 60gb or 80gb are cheap enough. WDE or Maxtor comes with a utility for installing and copying a partition.
There are other options but free resizers lose all data on extra partitions to merge.
How did you get 4 partitions in the 1st place?

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