Combine partitions?

  jonargent 23:58 13 Feb 2009


Does anyone know how to combine 2 partitions on a hard drive? My laptop comes with a backup partition which I don't need, as it also came with a complete recovery disc (OS and drivers). Is there a way to combine the 2 partitions without messing up windows?

  Diodorus Siculus 03:53 14 Feb 2009

Depends on your operating system.

I use partition magic for the process and I don't think that XP/Vista has a native means of doing it which is non-destructive if one of the partitions has the operating system installed.

However, I am not certain of this.

If neither of the partitions include the OS then you can format both and then join them into one via disk management.

  tullie 07:49 14 Feb 2009

Dont your recovery disks need the partition as part of the recovery process?

  jonargent 10:57 14 Feb 2009

Diodorus Siculus: I'm running XP MCE, and the main partition is the OS.

Tullie: It doesn't need it for the recovery, when you use the disc, it checks if theres a partition there first, if not, it creates one.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:07 14 Feb 2009

You can join together partitions which don't include that on which the OS is installed; this can be useful in that it allows you to save data to a partition which can be backed up individually to the primary one.

To join all partitions into one on which the OS is, you will need third party software. As I said, I used Partition Magic for this.

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