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    How can I delete a partition (pro)

    I have a system where I have partitioned the 160 GB HD into 2 partitions C and E.
    I boot onto E:
    I have done START>CONTROL PANEL>ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS>COMPUTER MANAGEMENT (shortcut)>DISK MANAGEMENT
    Graphs next to DISK 0 show C:78GB NTFS HEALTHY (SYSTEM) and E:75GB NTFS HEALTHY (BOOT)
    I loaded WIN XP PRO first on E2 months ago) and then C: last week.
    I want to eliminate the XP and frankly everything else from C:. When I right click on the graph, the ability to delete the partition or format it are grey.
    I could not remove XP by selecting ADD/REMOVE programs from CONTROL PANEL when booting to C:, (but everything else is gone)
    I did delete a bunch of files and folders indiscriminately from C: so I see nothing on the drive unless I viewed Hidden files/folders.
    Of course booting on C: is now impossible as far as XP goes. I killed it, but I can't get rid of anything else. I couldn't format C: from COMMAND PROMPT although it went
    through the motions and only informed I couldn't when the format should have finished. I tried the format again and it said I could not format because the volume was in
    use by another process and it would only work if I dismounted the volume. it gave me the option of dismounting the volume and I did. unfortunately, at the end of my wait, it
    was still unable to format the drive. I'd like to get rid of it, especially as the machine still gives me the option of booting from either "installation' of WIN XP Pro, but the first version
    (which is the default after 30 seconds if I don't select the second )is the one which I massacred.

    Is it possible for me to deactivate my C partition?
    Is it possible to not have to manually select the 2nd install of XP on boot.
    If possible, would it be better for me to move everything from my E partition to the C partition like I should have
    in the first place. I have about 13 GB on E and 75 GB available on C

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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    Go to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management.
    Select C drive, click Action>All Tasks>change Drive Letter & Path.
    The drive letter will be shown. Click "Change". Assign Drive letter & Drop down box will show available drive letters.
    Pick a spare letter ( G for example ) and OK out.
    This should make your old drive C, Drive G.

    Now go back to drive E, go through the above and make the Drive letter C.

    You may have to edit the boot.ini file to have it look something like this:
    -----------------------------------------------------
    [boot loader]
    ;timeout=3
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Micros oft Windows XP Pro
    Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    -----------------------------------------------------
    -----------------------------------------------------
    The other alternative is to boot to your Windows XP CD and do a new Clean install of XP with only one partition.
    New start and new partition but with a loss a progs and apps already installed.
    It's your decision. Mine would be to try the first version and if still NG, then the Clean Install.
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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    Sorry, Bob, Windows cannot modify drive letters of system or boot partitons (means, drive C: and where Windows folder is).

    The only sure way to change drive letters for system and boot partitions is to boot from Windows Installation CD, choose Install Windows option, delete unwanted partition and reinstall Windows. This procedure require reinstallation of all installed programs, that's why I would recommend to install Windows on newly created partition (create partition is the next step after deleting existed C: partition) and use existing E: partition as data partition - that means, delete unused Windows and Program Files folder from it (unused Documents and Settings folder usually contains valuable data files).

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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

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    Windows cannot modify drive letters of system or boot partitions (means, drive C: and where Windows folder is).
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    You may be right on that but it seems that I did rename C drive at one time? Some time ago. I didn't want to attempt it now just to prove if it would work or not.

    At any rate, That's why the second suggestion for a Clean Install and a new start.

    BTW, I moved my Docs and Settings folder location to my F drive ( Program File drive ) to avoid any loss in case of having to reinstall my Primary partition.

    Edited to clarify: I moved MY Documents folder ( of Documents and Settings folder ) to the F drive .
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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    As you say, I was unable to modify the drive letters. If I boot from CD, choose Install Windows option, delete unwanted partition and reinstall Windows, is there pretty much no way I can avoid having to reinstall all those programs (mostly games) If that is the case, am I probably better off just having one partition? (go ahead, anybody answer and let me know if my worst fears are true. My teeth are clenched and my ears covered.. <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15>

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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    You can buy a third party partitioning program and change the partitions with that. Acronis Partition Expert is a good one and Partition Magic is another. HTH
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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    Having spent many hours partitioning disks and installing multiple copies of Windows and seperate (logical) data partitions, I suggest:

    Acronis Disk Director is superb - PartitionMagic is a little buggy, and it seems that Symantec are not really interested any more
    Acronis TrueImage is an excellent backup tool, and with DiskDirector, you can trash your disk at will and rebuild anytime
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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    David,
    Very well said,
    Welcome to the Acronis fan club. Many members here in the Lounge. Present company included.
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    Re: How can I delete a partition (pro)

    As I said.... "Acronis Partition Expert is a good one and Partition Magic is another." Not another good one. Just another. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I agree with David. I don't believe Symantec gives a <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> one way or the other about Partition Magic. They just bought it so they could have "one" in their stable of programs as part of their business model and it was easier than building one from scratch. Acronis is a much better program with an interested developer behind it. IMHO.
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