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    partitions (XP sp2)

    I want to install and use the Shared Computer Toolkit on some PCs in a lab. This has coincided with complete rebuilds of these machines using the recovery disks supplied by the manufacturer. I was able to create the 10% partitiion that was required.

    So far, so good.

    But, in XP Disk management, the partition is described as 'healthy' but I need it to be unallocated.

    So before I go any further, I wanted some advice about how to do this.

    Do I need to go through the XP installation again - to the point of creating the partitions and then delete the 'healthy' drive? Or can I delete the logical drive using Disk Manager, or do I format the drive, again using the Disk manager? Or some other option that I have not thought of?

    I have never had to play around with this area before and would like to get it right first time!!

    Thanks

    added: This is no longer urgent and I will continue to do some research as time permits. I am about to go on leave for 10 days. I had hoped that I could get an answer, but now I am not going to care for a while. See ya

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    Re: partitions (XP sp2)

    I don't use Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP so I went to the web site and was starting to watch the demo video on installation. It seems you're going to have to have a 3rd party partitioning program. The video recommends a couple, such as Partition Magic. I use and recommend Acronis Disk Director Suite.

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    Re: partitions (XP sp2)

    Thanks for the response, Al.

    But can that be right? I can see that I might need a third party application if I need to create the partition on a single partition disk. But in this case, I have already created a second partition. It is just not 'unallocated'.

    Is there an easy way to make the partition 'unallocated' instead of 'healthy'?

    Sounds simple.

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    Re: partitions (XP sp2)

    You should be able to just delete the healthy partition in Disk Management, have you tried right-clicking the partition and choosing Delete Partition? Tthis should return the space to Unallocated.

    StuartR

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    Re: partitions (XP sp2)

    Stuart,

    After a week off work, I have returned and tried your suggestion.

    And you were right. Right clicking and choosing Delete Partition worked a treat.

    So now I also have the shared computer toolkit up and going as well.

    Bring on the new academic year and let's see what they can do this time!!

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