Merge two small disks into one large

Colin Law clanlaw at
Tue Apr 20 19:41:46 UTC 2010

On 20 April 2010 18:57, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On 04/20/2010 12:44 AM, Colin Law wrote:
>> On 20 April 2010 00:30, NoOp ...
>>> You may do that (use VirtualBox) - just be aware that the OSE version
>>> doesn't support usb, and that not all bits may work in VB as they do as
>>> a standalone install.
>> Thanks for that info, the reason I still need windows is to access a
>> couple of usb devices that only have windows support.  It looks like
>> VB is not an issue for me.
> Sorry, forgot to mention that the PUEL version _does_ provide usb support:

Right, thanks for that, I will investigate that route then as a possibility.

>>> For the most part you shouldn't have many
>>> problems, but there can be issues (video, drivers etc).
>>>  However before you do, why not just keep the Win drive as a second
>>> drive for awhile until you get the large disk settled in? That will at
>>> least give you the ability to boot to Win should something go terribly
>>> wrong during the inital stages.
>> That is not an option unfortunately.  I have for the moment moved my
>> existing disks over to the new mother board and as I feared XP will
>> not boot at all.  It seems I may have to re-install XP from scratch on
>> the new disk when it arrives.  At least I do not need network access
>> from XP so I do not need all the overheads of virus scanners and so
>> on.
> <>

Yet more possibilities, thanks (I think), why is life never simple?  I
am however leaning towards re-installing.  I am also moving to a new
disk (if we can remember back that far in the thread) so I would have
to move the XP partition across to the new disk then attempt the
repair operation.  An advantage of re-installing is that I will get a
clean system without all the garbage that has been introduced by
installing and uninstalling all sorts of stuff over the years.


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