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W2K HD re-partitioning

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My HD had 3 partitions: C:, D:, and G:  I wanted to re-partition and started from scratch. Now, C: has been reformatted. W2K is running from D:, although many files were installed on C: automatically. G: is deleted and the space unassigned. I want to reassign the G: space to C: but the system won't let me, even when I try a "fresh" W2K install. How do I proceed?
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by:Kitezh
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If you can still boot to win2k. got ot your desktop right clik on my computer selct manage and on the mmc window that appearsexpand the storage area and select disk management. You should be able to remove these partitions and then set them as one partition and format.

If you have no OS to boot to I would advise delete all assigned partitions and doa full format (not quick) on the whole drive and then either do a full install on the whole drive or partition it as you wish.

There are also tools out there that can help like :

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/ - Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0
http://www.soft32.com/download_151.html - Partition Magic 8.0 - Free trial
http://www.disk-image.net/products.htm
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by:gron
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Disk Management will not allow drive C: to be deleted or reformatted.
How do I wipe the whole drive and start over?

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Kitezh earned 1000 total points
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You have a win2k OS CD. Then boot to this CD from a restart and follow the instructions on screen
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by:SysExpert
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You can use partition magic or any other good partitioning program to do what you want.

It is always a good idea to have a full backup just in case there are isses.

The proper procedure is to see the visual layout of the partiions, and to move the D; partition all the way over to the right ( toward the free disk space that was G: ) .
This should put all the free space next to C: ( rather than after D: ) and then you can expand the C: drive.

You really need to run a partition program to see this visually.

I hope this helps !
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by:gron
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Kitzeh: Been there, done that. When I get to the blue screen where one usually sets partitions, it will not allow to for anything with the unassigned space other than make a new 3rd partition. Also, it won't allow C: to be deleted.
SysExpert: I tried the Partition Magic demo, and I see that. But it seems to me that if one is willing to erase everything and start over, as I have, I should be able to do it with MS software. I'll try having W2K on the last unassigned space so that the unassigned becomes next to C:
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by:SysExpert
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If you are willing to start from scratch, then use a DOS WIN98 floppy or bootable CD ( see  bootdisk.com for options and utils ),  delete all of your partitions, and use a bootable WIN2k CD to start up. Then you can define your partitions via the win2k CD, or in advance using the fdisk program from DOS ( win98 or winme ).

I hope this helps !
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by:Kitezh
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Bootdisk.com is quite useful due you also use the tools i listed on the below UR

http://www.disk-image.net/products.htm

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by:Kitezh
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ah let me start again :

Bootdisk.com is quite useful though you also use the tools i listed on the below URL if you burn it to CD to completely clear the drive of data.

http://www.disk-image.net/products.htm
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by:gron
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I have finally succeeded. Kitezh: You were right when you said "boot from this CD". What I did not immediately understand is that to accomplish that, you have to go into BIOS and change the "BOOT" from to have CD-ROM as the first item on the list. From then on, W2K setup allowed me to delete all the existing HD partitions and start over. Thank you all.
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