February 8, 2008
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! It's good to be back from a long weekend in Vegas. I had a blast there--not only was the Super Bowl a great game all way to the last minute, but also I was able to do a lot of other things like celebrate a friend's birthday, and a friend's bachelor party, and even got to go see a live Ultimate Fighting Championship match! Talk about a fun filled guy's weekend. The only downside, was while my mind helped me feel like I was 21 again, my body said, "No way buddy!" So I'm still recovering, but it was well worth it. Now it's back to being a daddy, and husband again. OK, enough about my weekend. Let's get started with Richard's question of how he can remove his hard drive partition.
This week we received more than 60 submissions to Richard's question in regards to removing his hard drive partition. After reading all the answers, a huge percentage of you recommended a utility called Symantec's Norton Partition Magic to get the job done (second most mentioned was Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0). While I have never tried any of these utilities, I've always heard good things about them and how simple they are to use. However, these utilities don't come free, and will set you back some money. But if time is money, and the fastest way to get around this issue is to fork out some dough, I would buy it. So to get you started here are a few selected submissions for you to get going. But please, read through the other members' submissions. Some of you may come to realize that it might be worthwhile to wipe your hard drive clean and start over, or just to invest in a new hard drive all together. Before any of you do attempt to go through with this task, I would advise you to backup your data, just in case anything goes wrong. If you have any more questions, ask away. For those of you who have any other recommendations on this week's topic, join in on the discussion. Thank you for your contributions and have a wonderful weekend.
Member Question of the Week
When I originally set up my new computer four years ago, I
mistakenly partitioned the C drive too small. Now, after
collecting many files, the C drive is more than 90 percent
full, making it difficult to operate. I would like to remove
the partition and use the entire hard drive as the
C drive, giving 80GB total. The computer has a second hard
drive I use for storage of 250GB. How do I remove the
partition and still keep everything intact? What are my
options? Thanks so much for your help. I am a retiree
working with genealogy and family history. I'm running
Windows XP. Thank you!
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Previous week's Q&AThe votes are in! Below is the answer voted most helpful by our community to last week's question.
Hi everyone. I bought a Western Digital 200GB external hard
drive 90-plus days ago, and the buttons quit. I can't back
up. I sent WD several e-mails, and no response from them. If
I get another external hard drive, could I open this one, and
transfer data to the new external one from the old? How would
I do this? Also: If this can be done, could the one I have
then be reformatted, put in a new casing? Does anyone know
how to repair these on/off/auto buttons? Will I lose
everything I backed up to the WD external drive? Please keep
the explanation simple, as I'm a 63-year-old 'Nanny', IRS
Reg. Tax Preparer. Thank you!
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