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I have two partitions and I only want one

Some how when I used recovery disk I ended up with two partitions
I only won't one. how do I undo this second partition

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The recovery disk does it automatically. If you want to just hav eone partition, you need to manually reinstall windows. You need to have a windows reinstallation cd. Boot from it. It will give you an option on how you want the partitions to be created.

For windows xp, you can refer to this link.
For windows vista, click this.

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  6. 2007/10/AcerDiskRecoveryBroken_F031/hidden.jpg
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