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hey, i came across a weird computer.

my friend has a computer with like a small hdd i think my be like 15- 20 gb total.

and its partitioned into like 3.XX gb partitions (four of them).

but 1 physical hdd with 4 g.XX gb partitions. and there is no space left on c to install anything, NOTHING at all.

so what is the best way to combine all 4 partitions into 1 big partition, without reformatting?

i heard partition magic is good, but i dont think thats free.
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post #2 of 7
even if you combine them all, therel still wont be room left on it. i would just back up the stuff you need and reformat it.
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post #3 of 7
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how will there be no room left if i combine them all?

only 1 partiton of the 3.xx is being used. all the rest ( 3 partitons) of 3.xx are completely free.
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post #4 of 7
Honestly I would just do a full format and then re-install. Partition magic performs better when used to shrink partitions then combining smaller partitions into larger ones. The four partitions hint at a linux installation, i might be wrong, but performance wise it would be better to cut your losses and do a fresh install.
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post #5 of 7
depending on the OS there may be a reason...

delete the other partitions... and resize C: to the full drive...

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
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post #6 of 7
a quick workround to temporarily free up some space would be to move the page file to another drive.
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post #7 of 7
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hmm i dont know how to do that.

but if partition magic is the only thing i can use, then i'll have to look into it.

as for performance wise. it doesn't matter. this person only uses the computer to surf the web, nothing else.

i dont' want to reformat, because reformatting with a computer this slow, will take ages, not to mention, got to find all the drivers, the installation of the currently installed OS is fresh, but they dont have the disk or anything. i can see the cd-key, but i dont have windows xp service pack 1. i have service pack 2, but no 1.

so im trying not to reformat.
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