Consolidating hard drives. How?

  eoinrua 02:00 10 Dec 2008
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My apologies if I've accidentally posted this elsewhere...I suspect I may have published it as a reply to another thread I was looking at.

Anyway, a friend has asked me to "tidy up" their computer, which I've done.

The tricky bit is that they want me to consolidate the machine by moving all the stuff from a 40Gb drive to an 80Gb drive.

A bit about the machine: it's a Sony Vaio (a few years old), Pentium 4, 512Mb RAM, with the 40 and the 80 already onboard as standard.

The 40's full, and there's some stuff already on the 80. I assume I can't just copy all of the stuff from the 40 onto the 80, because XP will hardly let me move it!

They're big into their iTunes.

Is it possible to set things up as a RAID drive to make the computer see it all as one big hard disk?

If so, how? If now, can someone suggest how I might get it all onto the 80?

Thanks in advance.

  MCE2K5 02:32 10 Dec 2008

I have one of those Vaio's an RX101, The 40 gig and 80 gig drives at actually 1 x 120 gig drive partitioned into 2 drives, C: The OS and Programs and D: Data.

You should be able to join the 2 Partitions into 1 Partition, But I'm not sure if the data on D: would be safe.

You could add another drive internally and move the stuff off the d: drive to that for safety, or add an external usb drive (although my vaio only had USB 1.1 sockets, But I added a USB 2.0 Card).

  eoinrua 02:48 10 Dec 2008

So it's only one physical hard drive?

I haven't taken the back off yet to investigate.

Is there a safe way to merge them into one?

Thanks

  MCE2K5 03:26 10 Dec 2008

This click here

Acronis® Disk Director Suite 10.0, Will do it, But you need to Back up what you've got first, Just in case it stuffs it.

  MCE2K5 03:27 10 Dec 2008

merging a partitioned drive click here

  MCE2K5 03:33 10 Dec 2008

Merge 2 hard drives c and d click here

Scroll down nearly to the bottom,

Accepted Solution by 'davidis99:' 07.25.2005 at 10:52AM PDT, ID: 14520125

and 'SunBow:' 07.25.2005 at 12:50PM PDT, ID: 14521274

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