Ok I have had insomnia for the past few days so my mind is a bit mushy. So I may be off my rocker.
Hears the deal. I have been playing around with installing XP partially to get screen shots of the process so I can have them on my web site so people can have a visual aid for installing. Ok on one run of installing I had XP make one partition 3.5 GB's formatted as NTFS of a 4GB drive and left the .5 unallocated. Now after it is installed I go to the disk manager and see that I have a 3.5GB partition and .5 unallocated. Cool just like it should.
Now I thought XP could, in fact I told people it could, merge the unallocated space to the active partition. However I can't find how to do it. When I right click on the unallocated space I get only one option "Create new partition". So I do that and no where during the wizard that comes up does it ever offer to merge it into the other partition. So I create the partition and then then the next screen gives the option to format NTFS, FAT, FAT32. Of course I choose NTFS. Fine it formats the new partition and when done I have a new partition and of course I know XP can't merge existing partition. And the DISKPART in the Recovery Console only has two options Add and Delete.
So where did I get this idea that unallocated space could merge with and NTFS partition.