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How to reallocate disk space from a deleted partition

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I deleted a partition (not my c: drive) and the space allocated for that partition did not move over to my c: drive???  It's just saying "Unallocated".  How do I reallocate that space to my c: drive???  

I'm new with XP so please be specific.

thank you,

Lauren
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by:Wakeup
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Lauren2,

Once a partition is created you can't add space to it or remove space to it without third party software, as far as I am aware of.

If you have unallocated space you will need to use such software as Partition Magic.  To change the partition settings.  
Check them out at:
http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/

I hope this can help you.  Otherwise the next step is to back everything up and remove the C: partition and create the correct size partiton that you need/want.
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by:CrazyOne
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Also take a look at this link

http://www.igd.fhg.de/~aschaefe/fips/


The Crazy One
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by:slink9
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Be sure to back up your drive.  I have seen these partition managers render a drive completely unreadable when something goes wrong.
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by:Wakeup
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I agree, backup backup backup!  Many a drive information go bye bye with software such as these....Partition magic seems to be the industry standard for partitioning tho.
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by:rayt333
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Are you using Fat32 or NTFS
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by:Lauren2
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I don't know??? I think Fat32
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by:slink9
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If it is NTFS I don't believe you need PM or any third-party utils to repartition and reallocate.  If FAT32 you definitely need Partition Magic or something similar.
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by:rayt333
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Open "My Computer" and right click on the "C" drive, then click properties, it should say "File System"    and it will say either "Fat32" or "NTFS"

The reason I am asking is it does make a difference
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by:slink9
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Hey ray, am I correct in my belief that you can reallocate and repartition an NTFS drive fairly easily?
I had to add a hard drive to an XP system recently and couldn't figure out how to do it.  I ended up booting to a 98 floppy and FDISKing the drive from there.
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by:rayt333
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slink9
Yes (in a way) you can reallocate and repartition the HD but I do not think you can add it back to the primary partition, you can change the size of the logical drive in the extended partition, but you can also do this with a Fat or Fat32 partition.

For some reason I was thinking the same as you, that it could be added back to the primary partition. I guess you will need Partition Magic, or Ranish Partition Manager (which is free)
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by:rayt333
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You can download Ranash Partition Manager free from here:
http://www.ranish.com/part/
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Lauren2 --->  Please manage your questions here.

Have you been helped?  If so, convert the comment from the expert who helped you to the Accepted Answer to then grade and close.  If not, please comment as to your progress and status today.

EXPERTS --- of Lauren2 doesn't respond, I'll ask a Moderator to close this and NOT refund points.  Your closing recommendations here are appreciated, please do advise.

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