trouble deleting partition

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For some reason one of my XP PCs seems to have a second partition on
it's one and only drive. When I look in Computer Management/Disk
management, it shows both C and D drives, but a right click menu shows
on drive C (NTFS) delete partition greyed out, and on drive D (FAT32)
delete logical drive also greyed out. I want there to be only one
drive, one partition, drive C.
I'm not sure what to do at this point.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    So there's no way to get rid or it/merge it back into the C drive? It's
    a 14.5 GB drive with 96% space free. It seems like a waste.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    According to File Explorer, drive D is empty. It's an older PC, 4-5
    years. I think someone else messed with it for a while, may have had
    some sort of fancy partition software on it for reasons I don't know.
    I'm sort of trying to get the PC back to 'normal'.

    Al Romanosky wrote:
    > First - Delete not available on the "right click" sub-menu of the "C" drive
    > is the default behavior - for obvious reasons -it contains the
    > Active/System/Primary partition. Do not quote me on this, but I imagine it
    > is the same reason delete is not available for the "D" partition. Second -
    > If this is a new computer and no changes, additions and so forth, were
    > made - it is possible "D" contains the restoration files. You have not
    > stated what files occupy the "D" drive. I am sure that a third party
    > partition management program, such as Partition Magic, will allow merging
    > the partitions without loss of applications or data.
    >
    > --
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > AL(KB3U) & Darlene Romanosky N. Ft.
    > Myers, FL
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    This is probably a recovery partition placed there by the manufacturer used
    to restore the machine to the state it was in when you purchased it. Many
    manufacturers have turned to this technique instead of shipping oem XP cd's
    or even recovery media.

    <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message
    news:1120679811.720216.290110@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > For some reason one of my XP PCs seems to have a second partition on
    > it's one and only drive. When I look in Computer Management/Disk
    > management, it shows both C and D drives, but a right click menu shows
    > on drive C (NTFS) delete partition greyed out, and on drive D (FAT32)
    > delete logical drive also greyed out. I want there to be only one
    > drive, one partition, drive C.
    > I'm not sure what to do at this point.
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    If you have installation CDs for Windows and all the other software that
    shipped with your computer, and you feel comfortable with installing
    software, you can do without the recovery partition. However, I would check
    with the manufacturer before deleting anything, since newer computers may
    not function correctly if the recovery partition is disturbed.

    --
    Ted Zieglar
    "You can do it if you try."

    <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message
    news:1120681335.898386.115650@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > So there's no way to get rid or it/merge it back into the C drive? It's
    > a 14.5 GB drive with 96% space free. It seems like a waste.
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    First - Delete not available on the "right click" sub-menu of the "C" drive
    is the default behavior - for obvious reasons -it contains the
    Active/System/Primary partition. Do not quote me on this, but I imagine it
    is the same reason delete is not available for the "D" partition. Second -
    If this is a new computer and no changes, additions and so forth, were
    made - it is possible "D" contains the restoration files. You have not
    stated what files occupy the "D" drive. I am sure that a third party
    partition management program, such as Partition Magic, will allow merging
    the partitions without loss of applications or data.

    --
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    AL(KB3U) & Darlene Romanosky N. Ft.
    Myers, FL
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    You would need a program like partition magic to merge the partitions. If
    you have any programs installed on the "D:" drive then you will need to
    reinstall them after the merge to get them to work correctly. The only other
    option would be to format the whole hard drive to one partition and start
    again. Unless the 14.5GB is from the manufacturers partition but that seems
    a bit excessive to me.

    Neil

    <gregf@kcls.org> wrote in message
    news:1120681335.898386.115650@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > So there's no way to get rid or it/merge it back into the C drive? It's
    > a 14.5 GB drive with 96% space free. It seems like a waste.
    >
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