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    'One-Time' Partitioning?

    I have a Win98 Dell that I just started working on, that has its 6GB hard drive divided into 3 2GB partitions. The owner has everything installed and stored on C, naturally [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img], and it's almost full. I have used Partition Magic for years on my own PC, but it's kind of expensive for what I want to do to this Win98 PC: get rid of the D and E partitions and expand C to use the entire drive. Is there something cheaper that would be OK for this kind of "one-time" usage?

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    Can you redice the size of the page file?

    See http://www.standards.com/index.html?...leUsageMonitor

    Also, you can move certain things, such as My Documents, Favorites, Cookies, Local Settings, mailboxes, etc, to D and E.
    In some cases, such a move can be accomplished thru the GUI, in other cases, a registry setting needs to be changed.
    A good Win 98 book, such as Win 98 Secrets likely describes how to do this.

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    I haven't read their license agreement for a long time, but if you were to create "rescue disks" (which I think run in DOS) would the license forbid you from using these floppies on another machine?

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    my recollection is that use is limited to one pc.

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    Glad it worked out for you, John.

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by cbaldrey on 02-Oct-05 14:37. Listed the partition editor incorrectly - It's fixed now!)</P>Many of the 'LiveCD' linux distributions have utilities which will do this for you, all without installing the OS.

    Mepis is one such distro. It has a program called QTparted which is very much like PartitionMagic.

    I think it will do exactly what you're looking for, and with it being a Win98 computer, you don't have the usual worries of messing up an NTFS partition.

    One note, if you go this way, the device will be listed as /dev/hda, followed by a number representing the partition. /dev/hda1 = C:, /dev/hda2 = D:, etc....

    Hope this helps!
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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    I have successfully used Partition Resizer (freeware) on a Sony Vaio Win98. Please note that I did not go so far as to reduce the number of existing partitions. Backup first. HTH
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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    Hope you get your problem sorted John. For anyone in the UK who wants to do a similar thing, this months issue of PC Pro magazine has both Partition Manager & Migrate Easy on their cover DVD to sort out all your partitioning/drive data transferring needs!

    (I know it's cheeky but if someone can find the URLs for those two products and add them to the post it would be much appreciated <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. No web access here... <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>)
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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    My copy of PC Pro didn't have the "cover CD", which had obviously been pre-stolen.

    And if I had had the CD, the Partition Manager is not the PowerQuest/Symantec one, but one by someone called Paragon...

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    Thanks Bob <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

    And yes John, Partition Manager is by Paragon & works really well. Does exactly what it says on the tin a few other things besides (check Bob's link.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: 'One-Time' Partitioning?

    JJ,

    Did you find a suitable answer from this thread? Somewhere else possibly?
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