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April 25, 2005 10:27:54 AM

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I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I would
like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together. Can this be
done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in some other way &
if so what command would I have to enter? Failing this how would this be
done using 3 rd party software like Partition Magic?

Thanks for any help.
Anonymous
April 25, 2005 10:27:55 AM

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In news:%23xbgM1RSFHA.2680@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
> I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I
> would like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together. Can this
> be done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in
> some other way & if so what command would I have to enter? Failing
> this how would this be done using 3 rd party software like Partition
> Magic?
> Thanks for any help.

Yes, but you will lose all information on the hard drives.
Click on the link below, or copy and paste the link into the address box
if using the web based newsgroup.
Format XP
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
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April 25, 2005 10:27:55 AM

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Confused wrote:

> I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I would
> like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together. Can this be
> done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in some other way &
> if so what command would I have to enter? Failing this how would this be
> done using 3 rd party software like Partition Magic?
>
> Thanks for any help.


Delete the existing partitions on the drive:

Start/Settings/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer
Management/Disk Management

Right click each partition and select 'Delete'. I would start from the
back of the disk and work toward the root to avoid hassles from logical
partitions contained within a primary. When they are all deleted create
one new partition spanning the entire drive. Format it, assign a drive
letter and you are in business.

John
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April 25, 2005 11:12:05 AM

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I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall of XP. Can
I still use the information from the link you sent me?

"Michael Stevens" <mstevens@bogusmvps.org> wrote in message
news:eKOGi8RSFHA.1176@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> In news:%23xbgM1RSFHA.2680@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
> Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>> I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I
>> would like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together. Can
>> this be done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in
>> some other way & if so what command would I have to enter? Failing
>> this how would this be done using 3 rd party software like Partition
>> Magic?
>> Thanks for any help.
>
> Yes, but you will lose all information on the hard drives.
> Click on the link below, or copy and paste the link into the address box
> if using the web based newsgroup.
> Format XP
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
> --
> Michael Stevens MS-MVP XP
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> For a better newsgroup experience. Setup a newsreader.
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/outlookexpressnewread...
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
April 25, 2005 11:12:06 AM

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Confused wrote:
> I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I
> would like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together.
> Can this be done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in
> some other way & if so what command would I have to enter? Failing
> this how would this be done using 3 rd party software like Partition
> Magic?
>
> Thanks for any help.

Confused wrote:
> I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall of
> XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348

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Anonymous
April 25, 2005 11:12:06 AM

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In news:%23$97MMSSFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
> I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall of
> XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?
>

Yes, "Format non-system hard drive or partition using XP Disk Management"
You can even print it out if you like.
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
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> "Michael Stevens" <mstevens@bogusmvps.org> wrote in message
> news:eKOGi8RSFHA.1176@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> In news:%23xbgM1RSFHA.2680@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
>> Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>>> I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I
>>> would like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together.
>>> Can this be done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in
>>> some other way & if so what command would I have to enter? Failing
>>> this how would this be done using 3 rd party software like Partition
>>> Magic?
>>> Thanks for any help.
>>
>> Yes, but you will lose all information on the hard drives.
>> Click on the link below, or copy and paste the link into the address
>> box if using the web based newsgroup.
>> Format XP
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>>
April 25, 2005 11:12:07 AM

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Michael Stevens wrote:

> In news:%23$97MMSSFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
> Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>
>>I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall of
>>XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?
>>
>
>
> Yes, "Format non-system hard drive or partition using XP Disk Management"
> You can even print it out if you like.
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm

Clean install/repair install? Dude - reread the op's post and correct
your boiler plate.

John
Anonymous
April 25, 2005 11:12:08 AM

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In news:%BWae.2849$RD.242@trndny02,
John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
> Michael Stevens wrote:
>
>> In news:%23$97MMSSFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
>> Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>>
>>> I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall of
>>> XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?
>>>
>>
>>
>> Yes, "Format non-system hard drive or partition using XP Disk
>> Management" You can even print it out if you like.
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>
> Clean install/repair install? Dude - reread the op's post and
> correct your boiler plate.
>
> John

What are you talking about, he wants to format a second hard drive with two
partitions, I sent him to my Format page. Nothing in the boilerplate with
Clean install/repair install. "Dude", you need to reread the OP.

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April 25, 2005 11:12:09 AM

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Michael Stevens wrote:

> In news:%BWae.2849$RD.242@trndny02,
> John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>
>>Michael Stevens wrote:
>>
>>
>>>In news:%23$97MMSSFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
>>>Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>
>>>
>>>>I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall of
>>>>XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>Yes, "Format non-system hard drive or partition using XP Disk
>>>Management" You can even print it out if you like.
>>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>>
>>Clean install/repair install? Dude - reread the op's post and
>>correct your boiler plate.
>>
>>John
>
>
> What are you talking about, he wants to format a second hard drive with two
> partitions, I sent him to my Format page. Nothing in the boilerplate with
> Clean install/repair install. "Dude", you need to reread the OP.
>
You need to read the page you sent.
Anonymous
April 25, 2005 11:12:10 AM

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In news:b_Wae.2852$RD.1344@trndny02,
John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
> Michael Stevens wrote:
>
>> In news:%BWae.2849$RD.242@trndny02,
>> John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>>
>>> Michael Stevens wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> In news:%23$97MMSSFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
>>>> Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall
>>>>> of XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Yes, "Format non-system hard drive or partition using XP Disk
>>>> Management" You can even print it out if you like.
>>>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>>>
>>> Clean install/repair install? Dude - reread the op's post and
>>> correct your boiler plate.
>>>
>>> John
>>
>>
>> What are you talking about, he wants to format a second hard drive
>> with two partitions, I sent him to my Format page. Nothing in the
>> boilerplate with Clean install/repair install. "Dude", you need to
>> reread the OP.
> You need to read the page you sent.

I wrote it, it deals with different formatting situations and information to
determine if a format is the right choice. Sorry your comprehension is
lacking. So for you and others that may get confused, I removed one
paragraph and added one. Took out some white space, now hopefully you can
now see that the web page titled "How do I format a NTFS, Fat/Fat32 drive
with XP installed?" in bold 18pt fonts does deal with formatting. 8-)

http://michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm

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April 25, 2005 11:12:11 AM

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Michael Stevens wrote:

> In news:b_Wae.2852$RD.1344@trndny02,
> John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>
>>Michael Stevens wrote:
>>
>>
>>>In news:%BWae.2849$RD.242@trndny02,
>>>John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>
>>>
>>>>Michael Stevens wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>In news:%23$97MMSSFHA.3704@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
>>>>>Confused <videot@optusnet.com.au> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>I only wish to format my second drive & not do a clean reinstall
>>>>>>of XP. Can I still use the information from the link you sent me?
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>Yes, "Format non-system hard drive or partition using XP Disk
>>>>>Management" You can even print it out if you like.
>>>>>http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>>>>
>>>>Clean install/repair install? Dude - reread the op's post and
>>>>correct your boiler plate.
>>>>
>>>>John
>>>
>>>
>>>What are you talking about, he wants to format a second hard drive
>>>with two partitions, I sent him to my Format page. Nothing in the
>>>boilerplate with Clean install/repair install. "Dude", you need to
>>>reread the OP.
>>
>>You need to read the page you sent.
>
>
> I wrote it, it deals with different formatting situations and information to
> determine if a format is the right choice. Sorry your comprehension is
> lacking. So for you and others that may get confused, I removed one
> paragraph and added one. Took out some white space, now hopefully you can
> now see that the web page titled "How do I format a NTFS, Fat/Fat32 drive
> with XP installed?" in bold 18pt fonts does deal with formatting. 8-)
>
> http://michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>

Cool!

*Clean install* loudly displayed at the top of the page was a just a
little misleading to the op's post ;) 

The very thing he/she and I zeroed in on. Keep up the good work Mike I
have used your helpful information on many occasions and would recommend
your responses as some of the the best about.

John
Anonymous
April 25, 2005 11:12:12 AM

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In news:U8Yae.7364$O2.6632@trndny04,
John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
> Michael Stevens wrote:
>
>> In news:b_Wae.2852$RD.1344@trndny02,
>> John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>>
>>> Michael Stevens wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> In news:%BWae.2849$RD.242@trndny02,
>>>> John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Michael Stevens wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> What are you talking about, he wants to format a second hard drive
>>>> with two partitions, I sent him to my Format page. Nothing in the
>>>> boilerplate with Clean install/repair install. "Dude", you need to
>>>> reread the OP.
>>>
>>> You need to read the page you sent.
>>
>>
>> I wrote it, it deals with different formatting situations and
>> information to determine if a format is the right choice. Sorry your
>> comprehension is lacking. So for you and others that may get
>> confused, I removed one paragraph and added one. Took out some white
>> space, now hopefully you can now see that the web page titled "How
>> do I format a NTFS, Fat/Fat32 drive with XP installed?" in bold 18pt
>> fonts does deal with formatting. 8-)
>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>>
>
> Cool!
>
> *Clean install* loudly displayed at the top of the page was a just a
> little misleading to the op's post ;) 
>
> The very thing he/she and I zeroed in on. Keep up the good work Mike I
> have used your helpful information on many occasions and would
> recommend your responses as some of the the best about.
>
> John

John,
Thanks for the nice words.
Forced me to tweak the pages a bit and fix a couple layout glitches.
8-)
http://michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XPnojs.htm
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_xp.txt

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April 25, 2005 11:12:13 AM

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Michael Stevens wrote:

> In news:U8Yae.7364$O2.6632@trndny04,
> John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>
>>Michael Stevens wrote:
>>
>>
>>>In news:b_Wae.2852$RD.1344@trndny02,
>>>John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>
>>>
>>>>Michael Stevens wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>In news:%BWae.2849$RD.242@trndny02,
>>>>>John <John@nowhere.com> respectfully replied ;-)
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>Michael Stevens wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>What are you talking about, he wants to format a second hard drive
>>>>>with two partitions, I sent him to my Format page. Nothing in the
>>>>>boilerplate with Clean install/repair install. "Dude", you need to
>>>>>reread the OP.
>>>>
>>>>You need to read the page you sent.
>>>
>>>
>>>I wrote it, it deals with different formatting situations and
>>>information to determine if a format is the right choice. Sorry your
>>>comprehension is lacking. So for you and others that may get
>>>confused, I removed one paragraph and added one. Took out some white
>>>space, now hopefully you can now see that the web page titled "How
>>>do I format a NTFS, Fat/Fat32 drive with XP installed?" in bold 18pt
>>>fonts does deal with formatting. 8-)
>>>http://michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
>>>
>>
>>Cool!
>>
>>*Clean install* loudly displayed at the top of the page was a just a
>>little misleading to the op's post ;) 
>>
>>The very thing he/she and I zeroed in on. Keep up the good work Mike I
>>have used your helpful information on many occasions and would
>>recommend your responses as some of the the best about.
>>
>>John
>
>
> John,
> Thanks for the nice words.
> Forced me to tweak the pages a bit and fix a couple layout glitches.
> 8-)
> http://michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XPnojs.htm
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_xp.txt
>
You are welcome ;) 

John
Anonymous
April 25, 2005 2:55:23 PM

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Do you want to keep the data on your second HD? If so, Partition Magic will
do this.

Brian


"Confused" <videot@optusnet.com.au> wrote in message
news:%23xbgM1RSFHA.2680@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>I have a second drive in my machine that has 2 partitions on it. I would
> like to seee both partitions refirmatted & merged together. Can this be
> done in Windows using XP Pro from the command line or in some other way &
> if so what command would I have to enter? Failing this how would this be
> done using 3 rd party software like Partition Magic?
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
>
>
!