Merging Partitions

I have Window 2000 Advance Server on my machine

My hard drive is partitioned in the following way

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 C Drive        D Drive        NoLabel     Linex
  FAT             NTFS           FAT

Now I want to merge the partition NoLable with
C Drive. Also I want format the space used for
Linex and merge it with C Drive

Is it possible to do so, if yes How.

Fred
freddymacAsked:
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NevaarCommented:
You can, however, back up the No Label partition, delete it and use Partition Magic to move the D partition then extend the C partition and restore the "No Label" back onto the expanded C partition.

Simple, eh?
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samriCommented:
Fred,

I think PowerQuest Partition Magic could do that; http://www.powerquest.com/
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pjknibbsCommented:
Actually, I don't think even Partition Magic will help here, because it looks like you have a partition in between the two partitions you want to merge. When you merge partitions they MUST occupy a contiguous block of space on the disk, otherwise merging is not possible using any piece of software.
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mikecrCommented:
Pjknibbs is absolutely correct. If your partitions are not contiguous or don't follow one another you can't merge them.
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freddymacAuthor Commented:
Can I merge 'No Label' Partition with 'D drive' partition
and then subsequently merge it with 'C drive' partition
also considering the fact that 'No Lable' partition is
FAT and 'D drive' partition is NTFS.
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mikecrCommented:
It won't matter when you merge because you will have to delete the no label partition first so that you have free space before you can merge it in so the file system won't matter at that point.
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SysExpertCommented:
My suggestion is fairly simple and should work.

1 ) backup all data from the Linex and No label paritions.

2) Backup the D drive.

3) Use partiton magic to delete the Linex and No Label partitions.

4) Use Use partiton magic to MOVE the D Drive partition all the way to the end of your drive.

5) Then you can merge the C drive with all the free space ( it will be contiguous ).

I would check the PQ manual, but I'm pretty sure that is the easiest way to do it.

I hope this helps !
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NevaarCommented:
sysExpert,

That sounds a lot like what I suggested (except I don't touch the Linex partition)
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freddymacAuthor Commented:
'No lable' partition has no data. 'Linex' partition has
linix operating system which I dont mind erasing.
But on 'D drive' partion I have data which I dont want
to loose. While merging will I have to also delete partion
'D drive'.

Also another concern. When I am finally consolidating
all the partitions to 'C drive'. 'C drive' partition
in 'FAT' and 'D drive' partition is NTFS will this be a problem.

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NevaarCommented:
If "No Label" has no data, use PartitionMagic to delete the No Label partition and move the D partition towards the end.  You can then extend the C partition into the unallocated space between C & D, making C bigger.

I'd make full backups before attempting this.
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SysExpertCommented:
I agree with Nevaar , but with the following cautions :

Moving D, usually keeps it intact, but a backup is always recommended.

I would Defrag all the partitions beforehand also !!

You can try to keep the linex partition also, but you will need to change LiLO etc since your partitions have moved and you have 3 not 4.

I hope this helps !
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