[SOLVED] Merging C: and D: Partitions RRS feed

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  • Hi there

    I recently purchased an Acer Aspire 5633WLMi laptop from Comet and everything works perfectly. I'm running Vista Home Premium. However, I soon noticed that the hard drive (160GB) is split into 3 partitions. One of the partitions contains what i presume is the Acer recovery stuff of which, to be honest, i know nothing about! The other two partitions are C: and D: , both of which are split 71.2GB to 70.9GB respectively. Having the hard drive split in two is very inconvenient so i went about research ways to either merge the two partitions, or shrink the D: partition and extend the C: one. Firstly i attempted to use the partition management tool in computer management. It indicated that both C: and D: are both NTFS. I reduced the D: partition however the option to extend the C: partition is greyed out.
    Screenshot: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i200/Mattyboi2006/Computermanagement.jpg
    I did some searches and purchased Paragon's Partition Manager Porfessional 8.5. There is an option to merge partitions in this program however it says that the C: partition is unformatted and the D: partition is NTFS.
    Screenshot: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i200/Mattyboi2006/Partitionmanager.jpg
    As i bought the laptop from comet i don't have an installation CD for Vista so I am reluctant to format the hard drive completely as i would have to buy Vista. Does anyone have any idea what i can do? Is Partition Manage incorrectly detecting the C drive or did acer make some kind of mistake when setting the laptop up? I'm desperate to get rid of, or significantly reduce, the D: partition so any help would greatly appreciated!!
    Saturday, July 14, 2007 4:01 PM