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Dual Booting - Removing partition

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by Randeemy, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. Randeemy

    Randeemy Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    I recently upgraded to Vista, or rather installed it on a small partition on my hard drive to see how it ran. It works fine and I want to rid myself of XP and free up the 80% of my hard drive that Vista cant use. Im having difficulty resizing the partition and I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to delete the partition and clear the XP partition. Partition magic doesnt work with Vista and the disk managment application that comes with Vista isnt very helpful

    Cheers
     
  2. Antivash

    Antivash Until we meet again... DLP Supporter Retired Staff

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    you could try PerfectDisk... I think that might work. o.o
     
  3. Randeemy

    Randeemy Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    I will give that a go when I fix my latest quandary. After messing about with Vistas useless partition software I now seem to be suffering a ntldr missing error.
     
  4. Samuel Black

    Samuel Black Chief Warlock

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    Okay, you need to go to 'System Management' under the control panel. Then go to Administrative Tools and viola! You should be able to change your partitions from there. That would be the only way you can do it without having to buy any software.
     
  5. Jangel

    Jangel Earl of Someshit

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    Once you fixed the boot loader problem, download the GParted livecd for partitioning. It works well.
     
  6. Amerision

    Amerision Galactic Sheep Emperor DLP Supporter

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    Download the Gparted live CD and delete the XP partition.

    http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/

    Once you're done, throw in the Vista install cd and do a repair function. There's an option to fix the bootloader.
     
  7. Murton

    Murton DJ OEM DLP Supporter

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    You could've just formatted the XP partition and then resized the Vista Partition. Unless you needed the space to back up your data during the change over process.

    Try and borrow a different HDD from a friend or buy one, back up all the stuff you want to keep, format the XP partition then transfer your data back to the hard drive, doesn't hurt to have the OS on a different Partition, unless you NEED more space for it for programs etc etc.
     
  8. skooly

    skooly First Year

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    I just use two separate hard drives one for xp and one of vista and I am thinking about put linux on another.
     
  9. pieman3141

    pieman3141 First Year

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    Don't use PartitionMagic or any of its ilk. I've known too many people have nervous breakdowns after finding out PM destroyed all of their partitions. If you want, only use the system management that comes with Windows (or Disk Utility if it's OS X).
     
  10. Murton

    Murton DJ OEM DLP Supporter

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    Seems like you know a few computer-illiterate people then. The disk management utilities that come with windows cannot do advanced tasks such as resizing a partition or even creating a partition unless it is during windows setup.
     
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