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Old 12-20-05, 02:38 PM
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How to merge a partitioned drive?

My friend has an older Sony VAIO lappy (Win ME). Her HD is partitioned into "C" and "D" drives. The "C" drive is a small 4GB while the "D" is 6GB. She's filled up almost all of her C drive but her D drive is pretty empty.

I have no idea why it was partitioned in the first place (she doesn't know either). Since most programs are installed and run from the C drive, she'll need to free up or add some space to the drive. So how do you go about merging the two drives back into one drive without losing files and programs?

A step by step "walkthrough" would be helpful since she isn't too computer savvy.

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Old 12-20-05, 03:13 PM
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Step 1. Buy Partition Magic software

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...tware&n=507846

Step 2. Do what it says in the instruction manual (if there is no data on D then it is easy, delete D and expand C over the free space)

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Old 12-20-05, 03:17 PM
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Perhaps the D drive is supposed to contain the restore image of the PC ...
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Old 12-20-05, 03:19 PM
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4krg, thanks for the very simple and concise instructions. is there an alternative to purchasing a product?

bigpete, how do I check to make sure that the D drive does not contain essential files as you brought up.
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Old 12-22-05, 02:57 PM
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Does anyone have a FREE alternative to my problem? thanks!
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Old 12-22-05, 03:39 PM
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Yes, there are free ones. I have always used PM so I can't say how well these work

1. http://www.columbianet.gr/~zeleps/faq.html

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2. http://www.ranish.com/part/

You really need to make sure there is nothing on the D drive that you need

make sure you backup anything that is important to you, messing with partitions is serious and if something goes wrong you will lose all data
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Old 12-22-05, 08:00 PM
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Sony has a habit of doing that with all their pc's. When they image their pc's, C drive is really small, just about big enough to hold o/s and a few programs, and then they leave the rest of the hard drive as a second partition which is mostly empty. Most people dont even know that they have a secong partition. I have restored several sony's and then taken partition magic to make drive "c" the bigger of the two, if not making it just one partition.
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Old 12-22-05, 11:23 PM
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Yeah, I have a Sony Vaio desktop and always thought that was a pain in the ass. My C drive is very small, and bunch of programs I use (eg. iTunes, CD backup programs) automatically want to store stuff on the C drive and of course, I get a message saying there isn't enough space, so I have to change the settings to have the necessary stuff saved on the D drive instead (which of course, has a huge amount of space).
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