Unpartitioning a hard drive
by XMastaCrackaX - 9/8/05 6:40 PM
I have windows Xp home and picked up a small hard drive to use as a slave.
It was partitioned and i want to unpartition it. IF anyone could tell me how to do this please tell me.
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by: XMastaCrackaX September 8, 2005 6:40 PM PDT
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then double click on my computer and right click on new h/d and click format
unpartitioning a hard drive
dont know if you want to put windows on it or not but if you wish to, insert widows disk to install. When it asks you which partion to put windows on you have an option to delete the selected partition.Delete all the partions until the hardrive is RAW. Then format the drive then install windows over the top of the raw partion.(windows will then create one partion from the RAW segment.
Hope this helps
There are many ways to delete partitions from a hard drive. Since this will be a slave drive, our job will be made easier because we can stay in Windows. Also, Partition Magic is a recommneded program for adding, modifying, deleting, resizing, renaming, and changing the format and file system of a partition. But what we are going to do is easily done within Windows. I have Windows XP Pro, so I'm assuming that Home edition has the same feature but... You can right click on 'My Computer', then choose manage, and in the window that pops up there is a list of items on the left. Under the storage category, go to disk management. Your computer will stop to think for a few seconds to query the disks installed in the system, and when finished will show all the physical disks and their partitions and drive letters. Here you can remove, resize, add partitions and as well as change drive letters. In this case, you'll want to remove all the partitions on that slave drive individually, then create a new partition, but the new partition size will be the size of the entire disk, thus producing one partition. Hopefully this helps, and like I said, I'm using XP pro, so hopefully xp home has it also. But if worse comes to worse, you can use that great utility called Partition Magic, or use Microsoft FDISK, but it's very cumbersome to use sometimes...
If I want to unpartition an empty partition & combine it with one that has a lot of data, will I lose the data in the one with data in it?
If you do it the right way, with the right program, and nothing goes wrong, you'll lose nothing.
But if you do it the wrong way or use the wrong program or something goes wrong, you'll lose all.
That's why it's recommended to make a good backup before starting.
Your safest bet for doing that
is to use GParted on a Linux LIVE DVD. If a LIVE DVD using KDE then it would have KParted. The graphical display will show the partitions and also let you set up for merging the two (must be similar file system format) and you won't lose the data. Here's some examples of what it looks like.
On the winxp cdrom ,boot to it and use the repair prompt.After the boot sequence on the winxp cd ( it's a few minutes) instead of installing windows use the repair option.It will ask for your administration password for the windows installation you have.At the prompt after that just type in "diskpart" and it will show the partions you have and delete and create to you hearts desire, except for your 1st or c: partiion.
Then format use "format d: /fs:ntfs"
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