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Merging a hidden parition and seeing it?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Brian V, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Brian V

    Brian V Flightless Bird

    Since I recently installed Windows XP Home and have just installed all my
    programs, and gotten pretty much all the updates I was wondering if I can
    find the hidden parition and unhide it or merge it or destroy it.

    The next step is to do Norton 360 system scans, disk defragmenting, disk
    clean up and error checking. I would then create a restore point. I am really
    really concidering buying software to make disk images then.

    I put in so much work and I cannot afford to spend all this time to
    constantly re-install everything.

    So since there are people who know what I am talking about: When I installed
    Windows XP I saw the 2 partitions I am use to. There was a 3rd. It had a -
    beside it and no drive name. I was wondering if I can merge it and not lose
    all my data/work/effort.

    A big reason is: Since I took the hard-drive out of an Acer Aspire OEM, it
    had Acer related stuff on it. The drive name I saw in the XP installation had
    an acer name. I am concerned that in future if there is a problem or jsut
    because: There could be a conflict. I want some more space on my drive.

    I have searched on the topic. I have found ways to see it, maybe merger it
    and not lose data, etc.

    Since there are people on this board who may have dealt with this issue: Is
    there anything you recommend to do or not do? Are there any specific programs
    you can recommend?

    I do not have a Floppy A drive. I can't remember how to get into Dos. I
    think you press a F1-F12 key at start-up. But I never go into Dos, so I don't
    know. Some of the stuff I read mentions floppy A and Dos.

    If I would lose everything: Until I do a clean install or upgrade my
    computer I can wait to get rid of that partition.

    I can re-insert the Windows XP cd and select that partition: But I don't
    want windows XP installing on there and I don't know how to unhide it, unless
    that option comes up. Would that option come up? If I did do this: will all
    my other stuff be erased?
     
  2. John Inzer

    John Inzer Flightless Bird

    Brian V wrote:
    > Since I recently installed Windows XP Home and have just installed
    > all my programs, and gotten pretty much all the updates I was
    > wondering if I can find the hidden parition and unhide it or merge it
    > or destroy it.
    >
    > The next step is to do Norton 360 system scans, disk defragmenting,
    > disk clean up and error checking. I would then create a restore
    > point. I am really really concidering buying software to make disk
    > images then.
    >
    > I put in so much work and I cannot afford to spend all this time to
    > constantly re-install everything.
    >
    > So since there are people who know what I am talking about: When I
    > installed Windows XP I saw the 2 partitions I am use to. There was a
    > 3rd. It had a - beside it and no drive name. I was wondering if I can
    > merge it and not lose all my data/work/effort.
    >
    > A big reason is: Since I took the hard-drive out of an Acer Aspire
    > OEM, it had Acer related stuff on it. The drive name I saw in the XP
    > installation had an acer name. I am concerned that in future if there
    > is a problem or jsut because: There could be a conflict. I want some
    > more space on my drive.
    >
    > I have searched on the topic. I have found ways to see it, maybe
    > merger it and not lose data, etc.
    >
    > Since there are people on this board who may have dealt with this
    > issue: Is there anything you recommend to do or not do? Are there any
    > specific programs you can recommend?
    >
    > I do not have a Floppy A drive. I can't remember how to get into Dos.
    > I think you press a F1-F12 key at start-up. But I never go into Dos,
    > so I don't know. Some of the stuff I read mentions floppy A and Dos.
    >
    > If I would lose everything: Until I do a clean install or upgrade my
    > computer I can wait to get rid of that partition.
    >
    > I can re-insert the Windows XP cd and select that partition: But I
    > don't want windows XP installing on there and I don't know how to
    > unhide it, unless that option comes up. Would that option come up? If
    > I did do this: will all my other stuff be erased?

    ========================================
    Maybe the following links would be worth a look:

    (FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
    Restore point before installing software or updates)

    EASEUS Partition Manager
    http://www.partition-tool.com/download.htm
    Win 2000, XP, Vista, 7(32 bit only)

    How To Resize Your Partitions with EASEUS Partition Manager
    http://maketecheasier.com/how-to-resize-your-partitions-with-easeus-partition-manager/2008/12/04

    The following freeware may be useful for creating
    an image of your system.

    Download From CNET
    Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition
    http://tinyurl.com/yc8m6lm
    or.....
    http://download.cnet.com/Paragon-Backup-Recovery-Free-Edition-32-bit/3000-2242_4-10972187.html

    Good luck.

    --

    J. Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
     
  3. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    It's too bad you already installed xp,cause,if you had set pc to boot to
    xp cd,press r (recovery console) key at xp cd boot menu,in recovery
    type: DiskPart In DiskPart,delete any or all the partitions,create one,then
    press ESC key,type: EXIT Reboot to xp cd,select install xp,format the hd
    & install xp auto.....In xp,go to run,type: cmd In cmd type: DiskPart
    In DiskPart type: list disk type: list volume type: HELP for all cmds.

    "Brian V" wrote:

    > Since I recently installed Windows XP Home and have just installed all my
    > programs, and gotten pretty much all the updates I was wondering if I can
    > find the hidden parition and unhide it or merge it or destroy it.
    >
    > The next step is to do Norton 360 system scans, disk defragmenting, disk
    > clean up and error checking. I would then create a restore point. I am really
    > really concidering buying software to make disk images then.
    >
    > I put in so much work and I cannot afford to spend all this time to
    > constantly re-install everything.
    >
    > So since there are people who know what I am talking about: When I installed
    > Windows XP I saw the 2 partitions I am use to. There was a 3rd. It had a -
    > beside it and no drive name. I was wondering if I can merge it and not lose
    > all my data/work/effort.
    >
    > A big reason is: Since I took the hard-drive out of an Acer Aspire OEM, it
    > had Acer related stuff on it. The drive name I saw in the XP installation had
    > an acer name. I am concerned that in future if there is a problem or jsut
    > because: There could be a conflict. I want some more space on my drive.
    >
    > I have searched on the topic. I have found ways to see it, maybe merger it
    > and not lose data, etc.
    >
    > Since there are people on this board who may have dealt with this issue: Is
    > there anything you recommend to do or not do? Are there any specific programs
    > you can recommend?
    >
    > I do not have a Floppy A drive. I can't remember how to get into Dos. I
    > think you press a F1-F12 key at start-up. But I never go into Dos, so I don't
    > know. Some of the stuff I read mentions floppy A and Dos.
    >
    > If I would lose everything: Until I do a clean install or upgrade my
    > computer I can wait to get rid of that partition.
    >
    > I can re-insert the Windows XP cd and select that partition: But I don't
    > want windows XP installing on there and I don't know how to unhide it, unless
    > that option comes up. Would that option come up? If I did do this: will all
    > my other stuff be erased?
     
  4. Brian V

    Brian V Flightless Bird

    Thank you.

    This is good to know, I should have asked before I installed. But I plan on
    installing a new OS one day. So for now the showing, merging, etc can wait.

    But if I make a disk image and they do what you have told me: Can I just
    install the Disk image and let it be wrote over the hard-drive with one less
    partition: so I can walk away as it installs again throught he disk image?

    Thank you.
     

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