Merge Partition in Vista

  1.    09 Jul 2007 #1
    gus Guest

    Merge Partition in Vista

    I have a Dell E1505 laptop, which has been upgraded to Vista Ultimate.
    Dell initially placed four partitions on the hard drive: Utilities,
    C:\ drive, Backup and something called "CP/M, Concurrent DOS, CTOS".
    I want to get rid of the Dell partitions and merge all disk space into
    single Windows C:\ drive partition.

    I've used the Vista disk partition utility successfully to delete/
    merge in the two
    Dell partitions at the end of the drive, but I can't get rid of/merge
    the small Dell
    utilities partition at the beginning of the drive (I can delete it,
    format it, but I can't
    merge it with the main partition). Can someone tell me how to do this?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.    09 Jul 2007 #2
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Merge Partition in Vista

    Hi, Gus.

    CP/M? Wow! How old is this computer??!!

    I haven't seen CP/M in well over a decade! And what is Concurrent DOS or
    CTOS? Do you do any work at all with those operating system? HOW did they
    get on your machine? You say Dell put them there?

    Several OEMs put proprietary partitions on computers they make and sell.
    What is in those partitions? Is it important - to the buyer and end user?
    Only the OEM (Dell?) knows for sure. Is it safe to delete those special
    partitions? Or will deletion make your computer unbootable or unusable?
    You REALLY need to ask Dell these questions!

    Assuming that you get a green light from Dell Support...

    If you have a place to back up the important (to you) files on those
    partitions, then Vista's Disk Management can delete all of them except the
    System Partition and Boot Volume (Disk Management will tell you which ones
    those are). Then you can use DM to create one or more new partitions to use
    the freed-up space. Or DM can "extend" a partition (Drive C:, for example)
    to include that space. In the best of circumstances, Disk Management can
    extend Drive C: to use the whole hard disk.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    09 Jul 2007 #3
    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Merge Partition in Vista


    You need to use a third party partitioning program for a non-destructive
    procedure like this. I recommend the Acronis Disk Director.

    Disk Director Suite:
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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