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niitty 19. Jun 2011 11:51 AM

Partitioning problem
 
I wan't make 1 partition that uses two HDD

Other HDD have XP installed. I have tried GParted and Partition Magic, but I cant merge partitions that includes Operating System. Is there some program that can solve this? I really appreciate if someone can tell me step-by-step how I can do this.

torres-no-tan-magnifico 19. Jun 2011 02:27 PM

Welcome to the forum niitty! :)

I don't fully understand your question but you could try having a look at this article:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...election_Guide

crank 20. Jun 2011 09:09 AM

If you are trying to use two physical disks, then you are trying to 'span', if trying to combine two existing partitions on the same disk, then that is merging. I am very pressed for time at the moment, will get back with more info later, but it can be done I believe, depending on some particulars, but not with the freebies.

Can you give more detail about what you want to do, what disks, partitions, are they adjacent physically?

Hoppy 30. Jun 2011 07:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by niitty (Post 54875)
I wan't make 1 partition that uses two HDD

Other HDD have XP installed. I have tried GParted and Partition Magic, but I cant merge partitions that includes Operating System. Is there some program that can solve this? I really appreciate if someone can tell me step-by-step how I can do this.

You cannot do this mate with two hard drives, you can install an operating system on one as a master and use the other drive as a slave thus using both.
Check that your jumper settings are correct with the drive that has the OS on it as master and the other as slave.
Bang in gparted and format the slave drive to NTFS if the master drive has a "Windows" OS installed.

crank 30. Jun 2011 04:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hoppy (Post 55381)
You cannot do this mate with two hard drives, you can install an operating system on one as a master and use the other drive as a slave thus using both.
Check that your jumper settings are correct with the drive that has the OS on it as master and the other as slave.
Bang in gparted and format the slave drive to NTFS if the master drive has a "Windows" OS installed.

You can do this, in a number of ways, RAID is this.

Hoppy 30. Jun 2011 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crank (Post 55416)
You can do this, in a number of ways, RAID is this.

Sorry fella a didn't see your reply there earlier.lol
Its something ive never done before tbh.
So we can put one partition on two physical hard drives?
Maybe i have picked the question up wrong or something.
Sorry to be a pain but how can this be done?

Would you use c drive as the main os with d as a back up swap files and temp?

J_L 01. Jul 2011 12:42 AM

Here's the wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

crank 01. Jul 2011 01:45 AM

It doesn't even have to be RAID. A number of the full-bore, non-free partitioning packages offer 'spanning', which is just mapping the space on multiple disks so that the OS sees one drive. In Windows Disk Management , you can now mount a drive as/under a folder, this should be a way to off-load bytes from your C-drive if you need to say for an SSD install.

This is from Windows7 help:
Quote:

Mount or dismount a drive

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.
Mounting a drive is a phrase commonly used to describe an advanced disk management technique that's often used in large organizations. A mounted drive is a partition that's mapped to an empty folder on another partition that has been formatted with the NTFS file system. Mounted drives are typically assigned a label or name instead of a drive letter. They're useful for organizations that need to share partitions or drives with many users. A mounted drive is also known as a mounted folder.
Mounted drives let you extend the storage capacity of a drive or partition. Say you save financial records to the Finance folder on drive C, but drive C is getting full. A separate drive, drive E, has room. By creating an empty folder in the Finance folder called Records, and mounting drive E to the new folder, you can then save files to C:\Finance\Records to take advantage of the extra storage space on drive E. Mounted drives have an advantage over shortcuts because you can move the mounted drives without having to update the folder that the drive is mounted to.


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