Changing Disk Partitions
I downloaded Cute Partition Manager and was just about to delete the restore partition from the D drive of my old computer. I just want to make sure that doing so won't mess up the info on the C drive. Drive D is formatted FAT32 and drive C is NTFS. I really could use the extra space, but can't afford to lose the files on the C drive...
Can I Delete My Restore Partition and Make the C Drive Larger?
Assuming that Cute Partition Manager works properly, deleting the restore partition (your D drive) should not affect your C drive at all. By that I mean to say that no files on your C drive will be lost -- but perhaps more importantly, it will not affect the size or available space on the C drive either.
Unless you have two physical hard drives, your current D drive is just a chunk of space designated as a separate partition on the single hard drive you have. You can remove that partition, but unlike deleting a file on your hard drive, that will NOT automatically make the C: partition larger.
I looked at the Cute Partition Manager website and it's not clear to me if CPM can enlarge the size of an existing partition. (I'm not saying it can't, just that I couldn't tell from the info provided.) If it CAN enlarge the C: partition to encompass the entire drive, and NTFS format ONLY that previously unused space WITHOUT destroying the existing files on the C: drive, then you're golden. But I would get a definite answer on whether CPM can do that before going ahead.
Other Partition Management Tools
If it turns out CPM cannot do the job, Windows XP offers a command line utility called Diskpart that can extend an existing partition into unallocated space. Diskpart has some limitations and is recommended for use by expert users only. Other commercially available and user-friendly programs for managing partitions include Partition Magic and Acronis Partition Expert.
If you want the safest method of all, I recommend that you make a backup of your C: drive (or at least the important user files), use FDISK to remove ALL partitions, reformat the entire hard drive as one full partition, re-install Windows, then restore your programs and files from the backup. Time-consuming and tedious, but safe.
Here are some related articles for further reading:
- Backing Up Your Files
- Using the Recovery Console
- Reformat Hard Drive Under XP?
- Copying Old Hard Drive to New PC
- Add a Second Hard Drive
Got questions or comments about disk partitioning? Post your thoughts below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 31 Dec 2006
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