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By budda ·
I was given a PC with WINNT that has 2 hard drives. Unfortunately, the second HD was installed without being formatted, so I have 2 HD's with 2 partitions. In essence there are 2 physical drives and 4 logical drive letters. C: E: F:
C&amp is the 1st HD it has a 2GB FAT on C: and it has 2GB NTFS I want to keep that intacked because the main OS is on this HD.

But the 2nd HD also has a 2GB FAT on E: and it has a 8GB NTFS F: This is the HD I want to format NTFS and merge the two partitions if I can. I tried Disk Administrator but it will not let me format the E: or F: drive.

Any ideas how this can be done without a third party software? or is Partition Magic my only recourse.

Need ideas.
Thanks

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by dlw6 In reply to Partition Problems

Disk Administrator is not that user-friendly, but it can do what you want. I assume, since you tried to format E: and F:, that you're not interested in saving the data there. That makes it easier.

First, I must say that I'm not logged on as an admin at the moment, so I'm doing this from memory, and I tend to remember where things are on the screen rather than what they are called. SO, if you have questions about my answer feel free to write me and I will clarify.

In Disk Administrator,click on the partition you want to remove and ensure it's highlighted. Sometimes it's hard to tell where the thin blue line is that shows what partition is highlighted. Then, delete the partition (it's under the menus somewhere, I think it was Partition..Delete?). Repeat for the other partition you want to remove. Then, under the menu on the far left (is it Disk?), select Commit Changes Now or something to that effect.

Then, highlight the now-unpartitioned second hard disk and create a new, large partition. Again, you have to Commit Changes Now. Then you should be able to format that partition to NTFS and assign a drive letter.

Good fortune,
Don

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by budda In reply to Partition Problems

The delete and commit changes doesn't work on this. I will have to get Partition Magic to fix this.

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by pVp In reply to Partition Problems

First, you must have an unusual system, because the partitions should be organized as c: e: on drive 0 and d: f: on drive 1. I've never heard of the arrangement you mentioned.

Partition Magic is well worth the $70 price and will handle this veryeasily.

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by budda In reply to Partition Problems

I have ordered it. Thanks anyway

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by malapaka In reply to Partition Problems

Can you delete the partitions D and E. If so then delete them and recreate them, when you delete them you will get free space. Hope this helps, if not let me know.

Sastry V.Malapaka

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by budda In reply to Partition Problems

Delete doesn't work on this system. I have tried everything except partition magic which I have ordered. Thanks anyway

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