I am currently in Oaxaca, Mexico doing some volunteer tech support for a non-profit. Most of their computers are donated from the U.S., and all of them seem to have these "unique" configuration issues.
Right now, I am working with a laptop that has a 14 gigabyte drive that was "accidentally" partitioned into two halves (C: and D:) - although one partition doesn't really seem to be bootable. I am told that there was an issue with the computer constantly booting into safe mode, and so they tried to reinstall XP, and suddenly there was a second drive.
The problem is that the C: drive is 97% full, and the D: drive is 95% empty. I'm thinking I can just remove the D: partition and free up the remaining space, but I just wanted to double check with some folks. It does me no good if, by removing the partition, the remaining 8 gigs are still inaccessible.
I am 100% positive that the OS is on the C: drive - at least according to Computer Management in Administrative Tools.
If a remove the D: partition, will the space be accessible for the C: partition? Is there another step I need to make that happen?
Partition Magic is not an option. Also keep in mind, I'm working with the Spanish version of XP, so there's that.
You can Click Here (The W) to see some of my recent adventures with Windows XP and trying to extend partition sizes.
I tried Gparted, and for some reason it simply would not work. I wound up using Partition Magic *by those Norton fellas), which solved my problem easily.
You can also try booting to the Recovery COnsole using a Windows Vista DVD and use the diskpart utility....I asked a couple guys at work and they mentioned something to that extent.
Believe me, I looked for a LONG while for useful freeware. It's hard to find....if you can, try out the Vista idea and see. Also, check out Gparted. maybe you'll have more success than I. And if you can spring the cash....Partition Magic is #1 for a reason.
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The issue isn't really the money, as much as it's the download time. There's only two cafes where the internet connection isn't horribly slow. And since a lot of these machines were donated "as is", I don't have restore or original installation disks. I've already heard two completely different stories regarding how the partition got there.
I have a very limited amount of time, so I'll see what I can do. Anyway, thanks for everyone's help.
As a side note, we have front row seats to AAA tomorrow night here in Oaxaca featuring El Cibernetico, La Parka, y El Zorro vs. El Mesias, Kenzo Suzuki, y Luchador Sorpresa.
Last week, we had general seating for the CMLL event, which was a lot of fun.
Which is a sign that all is still not well. I'd boot into a LiveCD, backup his photos and other (ahem) essential files on to an external hard drive, and do a fresh install before something really serious goes down and he loses everything.