I have been given a friends laptop who tried to re-partition the hard drive while reinstalling Windows XP. The problem is the way to drives were partitioned.

The C:\ is the (System) partition and is 100 MB

The D:\ is the (Boot) partition and contains the remainder of the drive space.

The problem is I can not alter the sizes of the partitions system or boot volumes so I am stuck. I tried reinstalling from the CD but there is not enough space on the C: drive to perform the initial setup so I get a BSOD before the partitioning utility loads.

This laptop does not have a floppy disk drive so I can't use a boot disk.

How do I change the partitions?


I would like to suggest Making the Ultimate Book CD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ (Free) and comes with many tools that will help. Especially what you are looking for is a partition utility. Fdisk I believe is the particular tool you will be using to redo your partitions. Another option is also to use a linux live CD, and use gparted. Either way, you can delete all partitions and then create just one large partition to put the Windows install on.


As an alternative to Ultimate Boot CD, you can also use Parted Magic, a Linux based LiveCD that is aimed essentially at thik kind of jobs.

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