Getting rid of partitions...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by wyzard, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. wyzard

    wyzard Guest

    Good afternoon.

    I want to reinstall Vista my computer. I have the Ulimate Edition upgrade.
    The 64 bit version is already on there and I want to revert to the 32 bit
    version (for compatability). My thoughts to do this would be to:

    1. Reinstall Windows XP on the system (formatting the drive in NTFS). I
    have the full version of XP Home.
    2. Install Vista in 32 bit version.

    My problem (if you want to call it that) is that the drive is partitioned,
    basically in half. It is a 150 gig drive with two 75 (roughly) gig

    How do I go about formatting the drive into just one large 150 gig
    partition? When I go to install XP, I can format or even delete partitions,
    but it doesn't seem to add the space back into a previous partition. I was
    hoping there was an easy way to do this without having to purchase additional

    Any help is appreciated.

    wyzard, Sep 22, 2007
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  2. wyzard

    Nepatsfan Guest

    Early in the XP installation process you are given the
    opportunity to delete partitions. Delete both existing
    partitions so that your entire hard drive becomes unpartitioned
    space. You can now create a single partition that will use all
    the available space on your hard drive.

    Note: Don't be alarmed if after creating your single partition
    you see 8MB of space reserved as unpartitioned space. This is
    normal behavior. XP sets this space aside in case you wish to
    convert the hard drive from a basic disk to a dynamic disk at a
    later date.

    Good luck

    Nepatsfan, Sep 22, 2007
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    Peter Earle Guest

    Nepatsfan: Thanks for that.I've been tearing my hair out trying to get rid of
    "Manufacturers" partition on my 60gb laptop drive...with progs like Partition
    Magic...then you come along ang it'sthen allso simple.Again thanks.
    Peter Earle, Sep 25, 2007
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