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After two nights of work, I have my computer almost working the way I want. I still need to find the disks to some of my programs, but other than that things are progressing along fairly nicely.

Where I need help right now is dealing with this partitioned hard drive of mine. Like I said in my last post, after the crash and new installation of Windows, the contents of my hard drive before the crash were placed in a newly partitioned piece of my hard drive. I've been busy scouring it for salvagable data and programs, and then started deleting everything that didn't have an install file included. I have deleted 99% of the stuff in there, but there are some hold outs. A few empty folders that for some reason won't allow me to delete them (read-only access, can't figure out how to fix that), and a few .dll files that also refuse to be deleted (some from Flash, some from Adobe).

I want to get rid of everything in there, and the partition itself. It's an eyesore that I'd rather go away.

Anyone know how to accomplish such things? I'm on Windows XP, in case you didn't guess.


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Apr. 24th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Get a new harddrive. Reinstall XP on it, copy all your porneverything you want over then nuke reformat the entire drive. Now you have extra storage!
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Sure
I just did a reinstall! I really don't want to go through that again.
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'd try deleting the partition.
Start | Run | type in "diskmgmt.msc" (no quotes) | right click on partition | Delete Partition.

You can also try formatting the drive.
Start | Run | type in "diskmgmt.msc" (no quotes) | right click on partition | Format.

If neither of those q&d ways work, try checking the permissions. Right click on the folder(s) | choose Properties | choose Security tab | and check all the permissions. If you don't have rights, you can't access them. (Corruption can cause the same issue even if you have permissions.)

If you have files that say they are in use, they may be. Check for running programs.
Right click on your Task bar | choose Task Manager | choose Process tab | look for Flash and Acrobat/etc files running | choose them and click End Task" to kill them.

If this doesn't work, reply to this and well try again.
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I will try this when I get home and let you know how I make out.
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm going to suggest a method that sounds like it's insanely difficult, but it's not. Plus you'll get some geek points, if that's your thing.

Tripartite's "delete the partition" approach is a good idea - but you'll lose the disk space the partition used, or at best you'll get it back as a separate drive letter (much like you have now).

If you'd like to combine that all back into one drive without shelling out for Partition Magic:
* Go to www.knoppix.net, and find the link to download a CD of Knoppix.
* Burn that CD image. I'm assuming you're comfortable burning CDs, if not this method isn't for you.
* Boot up your computer with the Knoppix CD in the drive.

So here I'll break and explain Knoppix. It's a version of Linux, the alt-geek counterpart to Windows, that can boot itself entirely from CD, without touching your hard drive. I recommend every Windows user keep a copy of it around for emergencies just like the one you had, because it will save your ass. It has a number of disk repair utilities, plus you can browse the web/check e-mail BEFORE you fix your hard drive. Given your recent pain, I'm sure you understand the appeal.

Anyway. once Knoppix is booted, find GPartEd in the start menu and load it. You'll see your hard drive represented much like it was in diskmgmt.msc. Except now you can select your existing partition and extend it into the unallocated space! Ta-da. Do that, shut down, eject the CD, and boot up back into Windows. Don't toss the Knoppix CD, you'll need it again someday.
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I definitely don't want to lose the disk space, nor partitions. I don't really understand how deleting a partition would give me a partition. But, I'm slow.

This Knoppix thing does sound enticing. I will try that.
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
unsocalized is correct, you will loose the space. If that worked I was going to suggest you recreate the partition back and the old drive letter.. That will also cause you to loose some space. Formatting and partitioning takes up a small amount of space.

If you pull off a resize, you do get Geek Points. :) They have a live CD version here http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php if you'd like to try it.

CAUTION: If you try this and it works, great. If you try this and it fails, you generally lose everything. See http://gparted.sourceforge.net/faq.php #2. "Of course you have to realize I cannot give any guarantees, so you should probably make a backup of important data before toying with your partitions." I just wanted to warn you in case you had issues. Then you can't say I didn't warn you. :)
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
There is a way to restore from the partition, thus getting back all the stuff you lost. I've only tried this once on a Toshiba laptop. On reboot, keep pressing the zero key. It should come up with options. One of which will make the partition go bye-bye. Restoring is a pain in the ass. You don't realize how much you've tweaked on your computer until you have to reset it all.
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