I need to repartition my HDD

A while back I created a new partition on my HDD and now I want to delete it but I seem to have misplaced my Windows XP install disk. I want to delete the partition but I have yet to find a way without using the original install disk. I do not have a floppy drive so the 6 boot disks will not help either.

I do not have the install files on my HDD as it came from the factory already loaded. I know cause I have looked.

I’m not sure if this matters but I have a slave HDD installed and now I have 3 directories and it is way to confusing, with three directories.

Please someone tell me there is a way to do this without losing all the information on my PC.

Thank you!

You can delete partitions (but not resize or merge partitions) from within Disk Management in Windows XP.

One way of getting to Disk Management is to open the Control Panel, open Administrative Tools, open Computer Management and within Computer Management open Disk Management.

Right-click on the relevant partition and choose the Delete action.

Don’t delete a partition if you want to keep files and folders within that drive!

You cannot delete any partition that Windows needs for booting or logging in - which includes the C: drive, any drive with a pagefile, and any drive with software that loads automatically when you login.

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Thank you.

Will that reallocate the space back to the C: drive.

For example my C: drive is 27 Gigs and my F: drive is 19 Gigs. If I delete the F: partition will the free space automatically allocate to the C: or will I have to reformat it?

The free space will just be there but will not be accessible.

To allocate it into drive C: requires the use of another utility, Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director are two examples. Using either of those tools you can resize, merge, alter partitions.

Either will work and are both easy to use in my estimation. Partition Magic might be a bit more user friendly.

[QUOTE=brokenbuga;2278677]The free space will just be there but will not be accessible.

To allocate it into drive C: requires the use of another utility, Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director are two examples. Using either of those tools you can resize, merge, alter partitions.

Either will work and are both easy to use in my estimation. Partition Magic might be a bit more user friendly.[/QUOTE]

In my case partition magic was a failure…Acronis disk director was more easier to use.

I own Partition Magic, Partition Commander and Acronis Disk Director, yet still I come back to the open source (free) [B]GParted [/B](Gnome Partition Editor).
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
It downloads as an .iso file that builds into a bootable CD. You will need burning software that can handle an .iso file such as IMGburn or BurnCDCC.

[QUOTE=jflan;2278740]I own Partition Magic, Partition Commander and Acronis Disk Director, yet still I come back to the open source (free) [B]GParted [/B](Gnome Partition Editor).
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
It downloads as an .iso file that builds into a bootable CD. You will need burning software that can handle an .iso file such as IMGburn or BurnCDCC.
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/burncdcc.html[/QUOTE]

I agree with using Gparted. If you want to try another freeware app that runs from your hard drive: http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

Regardless of partitioning program used data should be first backed up because there is a risk of data loss. Gparted has option to backup data, and some others may have.

[QUOTE=bevills1;2279520]Regardless of partitioning program used data should be first backed up because there is a risk of data loss. Gparted has option to backup data, and some others may have.[/QUOTE]
This is a very important point…[B]always back up ![/B]
I’ve been using Acronis and recently I was in the field without my “bag of tricks” and utilized the Acronis Free Trial for a critical backup prior to setting up a dual-boot system. It was a life saver.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/trueimage/

When partitioning I try to leave a minimum of 30% “headroom” and I haven’t lost any data yet.
If you “clip” it too close you may lose data.
As always perform a disk cleanup and defrag prior to partitioning.