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12-03-2005 03:35 AM  12 years agoPost 1


Chesapeake, VA-------USA

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Hey guys,

I have a sony laptop that somehow got the 14 GB drive partitioned into "C" drive at 5.?? GB in "FAT32" format and "D" drive at 8.?? GB in "NTFS" format, I want to remove the partiton and get all the "D" drive space back available on "C" drive. I have gone in and uninstalled all the files on "D" and then removed the partition but Windows won't recognize the removed partition.

this is Windows XP home.

any help??

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12-03-2005 03:43 AM  12 years agoPost 2

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sacramento, ca, u.s.

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you can't reliably recover partitions like that. yes, i realize there are utilities like partition magic, me. they are not reliable.

the best way is to delete all the partitions and reformat the drive.

i'd suggest the following:

a) get an external drive to back up your data to. this drive should be at least the size of your internal laptop drive.

b) get a utility like ghost or trueimage. with these utilities you can create a disk image of your installed c: drive on this backup drive. as for the D: drive, since it's not a boot drive, you can just copy its contents to your new backup drive with the file explorer.

c) make sure you create the bootable diskette or CDrom for ghost or trueimage to run from (since there will be no bootable filesystem on your newly formatted C: drive in the next step). there should be instructions with this image software on how to create the bootable diskette if it doesnt prompt you with numerous warnings during installation.

d) delete the laptop's partitions, repartition/format into one large drive.

e) boot the laptop with your diskette/CDRom you made in step c)

f) restore the boot image to C: with the utility. now your laptop will boot.

g) copy the old d: contents wherever you like now on the c: drive.


hope that helps.

if it ain't broke, break it.

12-03-2005 03:45 AM  12 years agoPost 3



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You will need to get a 3rd party utility like Partition Magic or do a wipe and fdisk the drive and start over!


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12-03-2005 03:50 AM  12 years agoPost 4

rrKey Veteran

Wellsville, Ks

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Partion magic works good, I have used it several times myself, and never had a bit of problem with it!

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12-03-2005 04:27 AM  12 years agoPost 5


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What version of windows is it?
XP has some utilities ,that can do that.
And How the hell did you " remove parttition" ?
If u did it using Windows,then it can be undone.If you did it in DOS ,then you're pretty much screwed and have to use either 3rd party partition software, or redo the whole disk from scratch (FDISK,FORMAT and install windows again.)

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