Removing XP completely from hard drive?


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I had dual-boot for Windows XP and Windows 7 where I installed XP first. I've removed XP from boot menu using EasyBCD 2.0.2 from the Edit Boot Menu tab. How can I completely remove the XP drive and format it? The problem is that it's showing as primary and active partition.

Here is how my partitions are set up (viewed from Computer > Manage):

Windows XP: System, Active, Primary Partition
Windows 7: Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive
Data: Logical Drive
Personal: Logical Drive

I want them to look like this:

Windows 7: System, Active, Primary Partition
Data: Logical Drive (XP drive size merged into this drive)
Personal: Logical Drive

(Step-by-step guide would be very useful).

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Easy enough to make W7 "system" "active"
EasyBCD 2.0 > BCD Backup/Repair > Change boot drive
point it to W7 when it asks.
That will copy all of the boot files and set W7 active.
When you reboot, XP will be available for format.

Your next request is not possible with MS software
Disk Management "shrink" and "extend" will only act on the end of the partition not the start, so you cannot move W7 into the XP space.
You can use the XP space as an extra primary partition for any purpose you want, but if you want to shuffle the positions of partitions, you'll need a W7-compatible 3rd-party partition manager.
A web search should find several free candidates. Take your pick.