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ZSauce

My three-year-old laptop computer was partitioned by the vendor with a small
C: drive and a larger D: drive. When my wife shut down the computer
yesterday, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 was going to install nine automatic
updates on the C: drive.

We now are unable to boot the computer. Sometimes the bootup shows a bubble
message at the bottom of the screen that indicates that the amount of free
space on the drive is very low. Shortly after that the computer aborts the
bootup.

The desktop appears during the bootup process with all of the usual icons,
etc., so I believe that the drive is intact.

What I would like to do is be able to boot the computer and repartition the
hard disk into one C: drive by using a product such as Symantec's Partition
Magic.

I have tried booting in Safe Mode to no avail. The computer has no 3.5-inch
drive, so I can't use a bootable floppy. Is there a way to create a bootable
CD, boot the computer, and run the partitioning software?
 
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Brian A.

You may want to take caution when using PM, see some known issues here:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/powerquest.nsf/docid/2004050416193962?OpenDocument&lg=en&ct=us&seg=hho&src=hot

You should be able to boot from the PM CD and use it:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/powerquest.nsf/docid/2004061486839062?OpenDocument&lg=en&ct=us&seg=hho&src=hot

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Conflicts start where information lacks.
http://basconotw.mvps.org/

Suggested posting do's/don'ts: http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
 
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ZSauce said:
My three-year-old laptop computer was partitioned by the vendor with a small
C: drive and a larger D: drive. When my wife shut down the computer
yesterday, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 was going to install nine automatic
updates on the C: drive.

We now are unable to boot the computer. Sometimes the bootup shows a bubble
message at the bottom of the screen that indicates that the amount of free
space on the drive is very low. Shortly after that the computer aborts the
bootup.

The desktop appears during the bootup process with all of the usual icons,
etc., so I believe that the drive is intact.

What I would like to do is be able to boot the computer and repartition the
hard disk into one C: drive by using a product such as Symantec's Partition
Magic.

I have tried booting in Safe Mode to no avail. The computer has no 3.5-inch
drive, so I can't use a bootable floppy. Is there a way to create a bootable
CD, boot the computer, and run the partitioning software?
BootitNG offers a free trial software that will make a bootable CD.
With the CD, you can resize and move partitions, non-destructively.
You may be able to shrink D:, "slide" it, and then expand C:.
Can't recall for sure if you can slide "to the right", though.
(You'll have to shrink D: and then move it, leaving empty space between it
and C:, in order to expand C:.)
[The manual will verify, yay or nay.]

Manual and Program downloads available here:

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

-hth-
 

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