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I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I bought a new dell with Windows XP Home. It also had the Norton Ghost program in it for backing up the hard drive. The 80gb hard drive C was partitoned. C now has 60gb and the partitoned part D has 20gb to use with norton. I have added a new hard drive to use for the norton ghost back ups. I have now got my recovery points saved to the new hard drive and any new one going to it.. But I don't know how to get rid of the partition so I have the full space of C to use witch is 80gb.

So could some one please help me delete or romove the partitioned part so I have the full use of the org. hard drive?

I will need to be able to print it out and take it home because I don't have internet yet. So if you know please post step by step so I can save it and print.

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Edited by duley3, 14 September 2006 - 10:50 AM.

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you could use gparted to resize the partitions...i would suggest using the live cd...

first defrag your c drive and do a disk cleanup just to be sure...then use gparted to resize the c partition to encompas the d p artition as well

http://gparted.sourc...ies/gparted.htm documentation
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Is it a good idea to use it? Or should I just leave the partition the same as they are?
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well...you could use the 20 gig partition as a seperate storage partition...i.e. for data only...that way if windows fails you can just format the c partition and keep all your data safe..
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I'm not really understanding how to install and use gpart. I thought I would try it on a different system first. I have read both the links you gave but it's all a little vage.

Have you used this be for? Do I need to have other files frist? Could you help me in using this program a little? and one more, Do I just burn the file to a cd then boot from it?
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I'm not really understanding how to install and use gpart. I thought I would try it on a different system first. I have read both the links you gave but it's all a little vage.

Have you used this be for? Do I need to have other files frist? Could you help me in using this program a little? and one more, Do I just burn the file to a cd then boot from it?


Was there too much to tell? or did you forget about me?

Again I running windows XP home edtion. and I want to delete D (20gig) and resize C (Sytem, programs and files 60gig) . Right now I have nothing on D . This was used for a backup location for Norton Ghost.
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sorry...been a little busy...what part of the process did you have an issue with?

http://gparted.sourc...ze/resizing.htm (probably should have given you this link)

what you're basically wanting to end up doing is delete the D partition...then resize the C partition to take it's place
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I'm not really understand how to start the program. I have the file saved toa disk. But don't know how to run it. Do I need to put the disk in and restart. I guess I'm not understanding how to install or run the program.

This will be the first time I had to do something like this. I just want to get it right. I don't want to lose anything. I guess you could say I'm a novice in this area.

BTW. I didn't mean to sound rude or pushy (If I did) in the last post.

Thanks for helping...
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http://gparted.sourc....net/livecd.php go there and download the gparted live cd iso...

once you download that is o we'll need to burn it to a cd in a special way...what cd burning software do you have?

(sorry sometimes i move a little too fast and forget to put all the steps)
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I have the file downloaded and saved.

I have just been using the windows writing option (my computer,cd,write these files) I don't have any other burning software on this system. I'm on the system at work.
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ech...i don't think that y ou can burn an ISO correctly with windows (probably the problem)

http://www.petri.co....files_to_cd.htm
use the steps for iso recorder
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I have nero at home. Can I write the file to a disk here at work and then save it a home to burn it the right way?

If yes, What are the next step after I have the iso burned to a disk the right way? I will need to print these steps and take them home. I don't have internet yet.

Edited by duley3, 20 September 2006 - 08:57 AM.

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you surely can....
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Thanks for all of your help. I wish I could repay the favor somehow. I will post the out come, or any other question that might run into.

Thanks again
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Wow, That was easy after getting the disk burnt the right way. I used it on my old system first. Just incase something happened. I wanted to get to know the program a little. Worked great on this one. I haven't used it on my new machine yet (no time).

But

I was told that I could use a partition as memory and not storage. Is this possilbe?

If it is I was thing that maybe I would make the D partition maybe 5 gig or some and use it as memory. Right now I have a 512mb card in it. It could use a little help sometimes.

So is this possible?
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