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Removing a partition (with apologies for cross-posting)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Kate, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Kate

    Kate Flightless Bird

    (I originally submitted this question to ms.public.windowsxp.hardware,
    but, belatedly, it occurred to me that it isn`t really a hardware
    question after all, so I hope that I have now chosen the correct NG.)

    My HD has two partitions : F:/ is the main one I use, running Win XP
    SP3, but the other uses Win 98SE. I very rarely use this partition
    and it was only created so that I could run old software. I increased
    RAM to 1.5 GB a while back, and when I tried to boot into Win 98SE
    today, I got the "Insufficient memory to initialize Windows. Quit one
    or more memory-resident programs..." message. I tried the system.ini
    workaround modification of adding MaxPhysPage=30000 to [386Enh], but
    that didn`t work, so I think I shall have to finally say farewell to
    Win 98 and delete the partition. I have never had to do this before.
    Is it just a matter of going to Disk Management, highlighting the
    volume letter and pressing delete? Also, will the freed disk space be
    automatically added to F:/ drive? Unless, of course, someone knows of
    another workaround I could try, short of physically removing some RAM,
    please?

    Many thanks
    Kate
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Kate" <@*slamaspam*.demon.co.uk> said this in news item
    news:#h0kUMKlKHA.5820@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > (I originally submitted this question to ms.public.windowsxp.hardware,
    > but, belatedly, it occurred to me that it isn`t really a hardware
    > question after all, so I hope that I have now chosen the correct NG.)
    >
    > My HD has two partitions : F:/ is the main one I use, running Win XP
    > SP3, but the other uses Win 98SE. I very rarely use this partition
    > and it was only created so that I could run old software. I increased
    > RAM to 1.5 GB a while back, and when I tried to boot into Win 98SE
    > today, I got the "Insufficient memory to initialize Windows. Quit one
    > or more memory-resident programs..." message. I tried the system.ini
    > workaround modification of adding MaxPhysPage=30000 to [386Enh], but
    > that didn`t work, so I think I shall have to finally say farewell to
    > Win 98 and delete the partition. I have never had to do this before.
    > Is it just a matter of going to Disk Management, highlighting the
    > volume letter and pressing delete? Also, will the freed disk space be
    > automatically added to F:/ drive? Unless, of course, someone knows of
    > another workaround I could try, short of physically removing some RAM,
    > please?
    >
    > Many thanks
    > Kate


    - Yes, you can press Delete in Disk Management to delete the partition.
    - No, the freed space will not be added to drive F:. You need a third-party
    partition manager, e.g. Acronis DiskDirector.
    - You should ask a Win98 newsgroup about the RAM issue. Alternatively you
    could install a Virtual Machine for Win98
    (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx)
     
  3. Kate

    Kate Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:-OKArjJLlKHA.4500@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "Kate" <@*slamaspam*.demon.co.uk> said this in news item
    > news:#h0kUMKlKHA.5820@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> (I originally submitted this question to
    >> ms.public.windowsxp.hardware,
    >> but, belatedly, it occurred to me that it isn`t really a hardware
    >> question after all, so I hope that I have now chosen the correct
    >> NG.)
    >>
    >> My HD has two partitions : F:/ is the main one I use, running Win
    >> XP
    >> SP3, but the other uses Win 98SE. I very rarely use this partition
    >> and it was only created so that I could run old software. I
    >> increased
    >> RAM to 1.5 GB a while back, and when I tried to boot into Win 98SE
    >> today, I got the "Insufficient memory to initialize Windows. Quit
    >> one
    >> or more memory-resident programs..." message. I tried the
    >> system.ini
    >> workaround modification of adding MaxPhysPage=30000 to [386Enh],
    >> but
    >> that didn`t work, so I think I shall have to finally say farewell
    >> to
    >> Win 98 and delete the partition. I have never had to do this
    >> before.
    >> Is it just a matter of going to Disk Management, highlighting the
    >> volume letter and pressing delete? Also, will the freed disk space
    >> be
    >> automatically added to F:/ drive? Unless, of course, someone knows
    >> of
    >> another workaround I could try, short of physically removing some
    >> RAM,
    >> please?
    >>
    >> Many thanks
    >> Kate

    >
    > - Yes, you can press Delete in Disk Management to delete the
    > partition.
    > - No, the freed space will not be added to drive F:. You need a
    > third-party partition manager, e.g. Acronis DiskDirector.
    > - You should ask a Win98 newsgroup about the RAM issue.
    > Alternatively you could install a Virtual Machine for Win98
    > (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx)


    I did have a look for a Microsoft Win98 NG, but, not surprisingly, the
    suitable ones look rather under-subscribed now.
    As it seems to be more complicated than I had hoped to incorporate the
    C:/ partition space into my F: drive, I will probably end up leaving
    things the way they are until I need more disk space for my main
    drive.

    Thanks for the reply
     
  4. Wes Groleau

    Wes Groleau Flightless Bird

    If you think you shouldn't do it, then don't.

    If you think it's OK to do, why would you apologize?

    Beyond either of those, why are you apologizing
    for something you didn't do?

    --
    Wes Groleau

    He that complies against his will is of the same opinion still.
    -- Samuel Butler, 1612-1680
     

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