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Old September 16, 2010, 05:50 PM
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Hello all,

Hoping there is an easy possible free fix to my problem.

I just revieved a new laptop recently for free but i have run into a rather large problem. The computer was partitioned into 3 partitions with the smallest one being where the OS resides. Now the problem has poped up where the drive is just too small to do any windows updates. I do not have OS disks, or a recovery function that i know of. I would be looking to just combine all the partitions into one or atleast be able to give the partiotion with the OS more space.

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hey dude , welcome aboard.

first of all, back up important data to dvd and or an external disk. secondly, grab a copy of ubuntu in case you(will for sure) mess it up. and then, you could use something like partition magic
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I'd say give this a shot: GParted -- Welcome

Can't beat free software Though like said above, BACKUP anything important. It's likely you'll loose everything and just end up having to start over.
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Also defrag before moving the partition. Sometime software can't move them because there is a file that is doing nothing somewhere on the partition. Defrag usually do the trick for these loner and then partition magic or any good software work like a charm:)
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I'd say give this a shot: GParted -- Welcome

Can't beat free software Though like said above, BACKUP anything important. It's likely you'll loose everything and just end up having to start over.
+1.

GParted or Parted Magic are both great free pieces of software. Highly recommend - I use them all the time.
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Old September 17, 2010, 11:35 PM
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I was looking for Free Software I could use, and had found Partition Magic on my own, But the Function of Merging was restricted to the Paid "full" version. I would have given GParted a try, as it looks like it would do the trick, but what has now happened is while I was out today the computer was left to idle, and Windows decided to Attempt to install some updates, and when i got home 2 hours ago it was on the either the Restart or shutdown portion of the update installation (I legitimately can't tell) and the screen says:

Installing update 1 of 3
Do not turn off or unplug your computer

It has been on that screen for almost two hours now.

I was planning on leaving it to at least the morning, but really, I've never heard of a windows update taking this long. How devastating would it be to the computer if I were to turn it off in the middle of one of these updates. Any suggestions on this?

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ctrl alt delete? could be nothing or bad, it depends. if you have restore working as it should it should be fine
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Old September 19, 2010, 10:26 AM
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Default consider EASEUS Partition Master

FREE Partition Manager feature - Hard disk partition management for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit): resize/move hard disk partition, convert, split and merge partitions, etc.

As Partition Magic alternative, EASEUS Partition Master freeware is an ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and the most convenient hard disk partition manager toolkit including Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (32 bit and 64 bit). It allows users to Resize/Move Partition, Extend System Drive, Copy Disk & Partition, Merge Partition, Split Partition, Redistribute Free Space, Convert Dynamic Disk, Partition Recovery and much more. You can free enjoy EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition like the commercial Partition Magic software.

- current version is 6.1.1
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Thanks for all the help guys. G-parted did the trick.

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Hold on ... before you do anything I think that you need to tell us which OS you are Using, if it is Windows 7 and maybe even vista you will be able to change the partition size without messing around with other software
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