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wanting to combine two hard drives

by red ninjya / May 26, 2008 12:27 PM PDT

i have a acer aspire4520 with vista. the laptop came with a 80GB HDD but the thing is i have two separate drives c: and d:. the c: drive is the one with everything on it. d: drive is empty. I am wanting to combine these two hard drive, is that possible?
it is a single hard drive, i guess split into two.it comes out as a single drive.

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Not sure. Clarity needed here
by Dango517 / May 26, 2008 2:06 PM PDT

Do you have two separate drives or one drive that has two drive letters within it? What OS, by the way?

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If
by Dango517 / May 26, 2008 3:51 PM PDT
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Are You Sure It's Empty?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 26, 2008 3:35 PM PDT

Most such D: drives are intended for "ghost" Recovery Partition use. Is yours'? If it is, then you need to be sure you've created the Recovery discs using the partition BEFORE you consider combining them.. See the information in the link below for such. (Not your model, but you'll get the idea.):

http://www.acersupport.com/notebook/articles/multi_extpart_230280.html

Hope this helps.

Grif

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pretty sure
by red ninjya / May 26, 2008 3:52 PM PDT

its definitely one hard drive, OS is vista basic.
i think the d: drive is for recovery but i use my external hard disk to back up my stuff.

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That D:\ drive...
by John.Wilkinson / May 27, 2008 1:58 AM PDT
In reply to: pretty sure

It is indeed one physical hard drive, just split into two partitions. However, from within Windows the recovery partition may appear empty, or inaccessible, when it really contains a copy of your OS. Even if you backup your personal files you must burn a set of recovery CDs/DVDs from that partition, per Grif's instructions, in case you ever have to reinstall Windows in the future. Once that's done you can use a third-party partitioning tool, such as Acronis Disk Director, or the free GPARTED, to format the D:\ drive and then merge the space with C:\.

Hope this helps,
John

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You'll Want More Than A Backup On Your External Drive
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 27, 2008 6:09 AM PDT
In reply to: pretty sure

As John mentioned above, the D: drive allows you to completely reinstall Windows and all of the factory programs back to it's factory condition. You won't be able to do that with an external drive and a few backed up files.. If you've already made Recovery Discs, then it's up to you whether to eliminate the D drive.. If you haven't created Recovery Discs, then I recommend doing so before proceeding on.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Add a 4GB USB drive to your system
by Dango517 / May 27, 2008 2:55 AM PDT
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