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"Merge" 2 partitions, C: (data) & D:(os) Vista Business 32bit RRS feed

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  • Greeetings all,

    Heres my situation:

    Upon installation of my vista business 32bit about a year ago, I partitioned my 250GB HD into 2 partitions ~235 and ~15 for data [C:] and OS [D:] respectively, which is how it remains today, however I'm runnin' out of space on the 15GB and regretting my decision to partition in the first place. I've fumbled around on the forums and haven't really found a clear cut answer.....ultimately i want to have a single C: drive that contains OS + data without having to clean install & lose everything and start from scratch. I currently have ~40GB on C: freed up for this task.

    Is there a way for me to copy my OS to the C: partition, delete the D: partition, and extend the C to cover what once was D without having any problems with or loss of data/settings/OS?? Is this possible with the disk util in vista (if so, method please?) or do i have to get a 3rd party program? Thanks a bunch.
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:01 PM

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  • Hey,

    I just found this article that should help. http://vistarewired.com/2007/02/16/how-to-resize-a-partition-in-windows-vista. I think you should be able to shrink "c" then extend d to as much extensible space you have , copy data from c to d then delete c and then extend d so its one single volume and then go about changing drive letters. You sure would not copy data from system partition to other as you know the file system is more than just simple files.

     

     

     

    Thursday, July 3, 2008 7:02 PM

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  • You can use Norton's Partition Magic to perform just that. This will however be your strategy though. You will need to carve out another partition from the extra space available in your data partition and then extend your OS partition to assimilate that space carved out from your data partition. http://www.symantec.com/norton/partitionmagic is the product's home page.
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:08 PM
  • I just got off the phone with them and they claim incompatibility with Vista for Partition Magic 8.0 prior to posting with this forum.

    Also, I dont want to extend the OS partition. I want to copy the D partition that contains the OS to the C partition and get ird of the D partition and let the C partition then annex what once was D ultimately ending up with a single partition
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 6:17 PM
  • Hey,

    I just found this article that should help. http://vistarewired.com/2007/02/16/how-to-resize-a-partition-in-windows-vista. I think you should be able to shrink "c" then extend d to as much extensible space you have , copy data from c to d then delete c and then extend d so its one single volume and then go about changing drive letters. You sure would not copy data from system partition to other as you know the file system is more than just simple files.

     

     

     

    Thursday, July 3, 2008 7:02 PM