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21 Nov 2008   #1

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how to merge two drives in windows?

hi buddies.....i have two drives which i need to merge....both r empty....how can i do it....i've vista and 7 installed....

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21 Nov 2008   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Hi Kranika,

Depeds on exactly what you are trying to do ...

If you have 2 empty partitions (no data at all) that you wish to combine the easiest way would be to delete both partitions and create a new partition with the space created.

If however the two partitions are not next to each other you cannot do this without third party software.

I personally use Paragon Hard Disk manager but other free options such as Gparted (GNU Linux based Bootable CD) are easily available.

If you wish to combine to empty hard disks to work as a single drive then you will need to look at RAID either Software (MS Dynamic Disk) Not recommended or hardware

RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

hope this helps
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21 Nov 2008   #3

windows 7
 
 

u really helped me barman58........ur 2nd point is what i wanna do.....what's ur opinion abt. norton partition magic?...actually i have that.....and thanks a lot for helping me out
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21 Nov 2008   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Hi kranika,

Have not used partition magic since Norton's takeover of Powerquest so cannot comment directly, but used the original Partition magic for years with no problems.

Only advice I would give is to ensure that any vital personal data,(documents, Photos, etc.), on the drive is backed up before you start - Partition managers are safe but with any operation that moves data you have the chance, however small, of causing data loss.

Also as you are possibly moving at least one OS partition I would make sure you have the install DVD / CD for vista and Seven to hand just in case they get confused after being moved.

I'm sure everything will go fine just read through the help / Manual for Partition Magic before you start so that you know what to expect. It may be worth printing the relevant parts of the manual to refer to whilst working

Hope this helps
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21 Nov 2008   #5

windows 7
 
 

ya it really helped me barman58.....thanks a lot for ur support.....

1 more question.. i've call of duty 5 installed on vista x64 drive...which is now fulll( i'm getting the 'Low disk space on c:' message)...i wanna ask that is it possible that i can move the entire installation folder to another drive and will it function properly?...
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21 Nov 2008   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

I think you might be able to Ghost the whole drive on to a larger drive, I think that's what my cousin did when he had a bad drive. It had a few settings messed up and I think he may of had to activate again but all his programs were still installed and working.
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21 Nov 2008   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Hi kranika

I'm not a gamer so that's one I can't really answer

You may want to check out the gaming forum here or at the Vista Forums

Gaming - Windows 7 Forums

Gaming - Vista Forums

The regulars there are much better able to help you out, I'm sure if you post your question there someone will have the answer
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21 Nov 2008   #8

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

if you are talking about the installation files such if you have the setup.exe or an iso then yeah that is good

however if you are talking about the files already installed then the short anwser is no
you can try make all the registry values go to there but its a real hassle....
what you can do is unnistall it but before that just in case backup your user data...
(you know when you enter COD you click on a profile...
while i forgot where that was....
a quick check in the COD 5 folder (if its installed) or the users folder and search for your profile name...
then when you installed it drop it in the place where it was
(COD 4 and the COD 5 Beta i know are like this)
well OT
how is it??
tried multiplayer??
is the same from the COD5 beta???
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