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TWO LOCAL DRIVES INTO ONE

MY INSTALL DISK MADE TWO LOCAL DRIVES. DRIVE C AND D. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN MAKE DRIVES C AND D JUST ONE DRIVE C WITHOUT REINSTALLING WINDOWS XP. IF I CAN NOT, HOW CAN I USE DRIVE D OR WILL IT BEGIN USING IT WHEN DRIVE C HAS NO MORE ROOM. THANK YOU

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  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    whats is the steps of making two local drives into one?

  • angel rodriguez Feb 27, 2009

    "whats is the steps of making two local drives into one?" from guest. THATS MY PROBLEM. UNDER "MY COMPUTER" HARD DISK DRIVE, IT SHOWS 2 HARD DRIVES, I ONLY HAVE ONE IN THE TOWER, AND IT SAYS LOCAL DISK (C:) AND (D:). HOW DO I MAKE THAT ONE LOCAL DISK.

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Drive "D" should be your optical drive (DVD/CD) you can check this by double clicking on my computer, if the size of the disk (c:) corresponds to what you installed then you have done nothing wrong

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Feb 27, 2009

    Ok, that explains it a little more, you have 1 hard drive partitioned up into 2 drives, "C" drive and "D" drive the optical will be "E" .
    The reason the drive has been partitioned like this is so you can use drive "D" as your storage drive for things like movies, music etc and that drive "C" which holds all the boot information for the operating system, a few years ago drives were not partitioned like this and when the operating system degraded or went down they would loose all their data and it would cost a fortune for data recovery, so the partitioned up drives where if the OS went down no data would be lost if the OS had to be recovered.
    If you want to delete the partition, right click on computer, select manage and then disk management, from in there you can delete "D" section, you may have to download a special partitioning tool to add the free space to "C" drive.
    Its not really recommended that you delete the partition while the OS is in use as certain "registry" entries could cause havoc with the OS.
    The best way to do this is start from scratch with the install or recovery disk to delete both partitions and create just one.

    Good luck and thanks using Fixya!!!


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