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How can I combine two partitions on the same drive? 

by on December 28, 2009

Q: My daughter’s ASUS EEC PC netbook seems to have 2 drives that make up the C drive. One of c 3Gig and one of 7Gig. The 3 Gig is full and the 7 gig empty the the PC thinks there is no space left. How do I rectify?


Combine 2 Partitions 

by on August 2, 2006

Q: I was using the Vista beta and had set up a dual boot with XP on my single hard drive that is on the small side. I have since finished playing with Vista and have reformatted the 2nd partition of the hard drive but I am trying to convert them into the same partition again. When I use Partition Magic to merge the two partitions (C and D) I get an error message saying the NTFS versions do not match. Is there a way for me to merge them back together?

A: Unfortunately at this point your only option to get one full partition back on your drive is to perform a full format. Partition Magic is a useful program but it won’t allow you to combine two existing partitions if different file systems exist. Backup all your necessary data onto disks, then reboot the computer with the XP CD in the drive, and follow the on-screen instructions. It will list the available partitions, at which point you can delete all but “C”. Then choose the “C” partition to install XP, and it will prompt you to format.


Merging Two Or More Partitions Together 

by on February 12, 2008

Q: I have a 120 GB HD that has been partitioned into three 40 GB HD’s C,D,E. I just reinstalled windows XP onto the computer and I deleted the D and E assuming they would become part of the original C drive regaining a 120 GB HD, after I installed the OS, I now only have 1 40 GB HD, I installed Acronis Disk Director and it recognized the D and E drives now labled I (due to a second HD that has been partitioned as well). My question is if I re-install XP again and delete the C drive as well as the I drive will it combine them as it installs the OS onto the C drive?

A: Hello. You should be able to use Acronis Disk Director to combine the C and the I drive. My understanding is that you now have two drives containing the total disk space that your machine has. I downloaded the software and installed it and did a test. I was able to create a partition, then merge the two back together for the C drive using the following directions.

  1. I selected the Automatic mode and clicked Ok.
  2. I could now see the C drive and the Q drive.
  3. Select Increase free space.
  4. Highlight your primary drive, the C: drive.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select the secondary drive that you want to take the memory from, for you it will be your I: drive.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Move the slider to the maximum size of the I: drive.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Reboot.

Once done you should see that the drives have been merged.


BootCamp partitioning a Mac startup disk 

by on August 3, 2009

Q: When I run BootCamp to install Windows on my Mac I get a message saying “Tthe startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition.” How do I get BootCamp working so that I can install Windows on my Mac?

A: I think you might have left out a portion of the error message. I think the rest of the error message says “The startup disk must be formatted as a single Mac OS Extended (Jounraled) volume or already partitioned by Boot Camp Assistant for installing Windows.”

The reason you are getting this error message is because BootCamp is only created to work with the default system settings and that is having the  a single partition on your boot disk not multiple. So in order to get this to work you actually have to combine your partitions back into one and then BootCamp will be able to create a new partition for Windows and you should be ready to go.

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