I bought my new 530S in March '09. It came with Vista installed. Rather than go through training my family to use Vista I took it to a local computer repair shop and had XP installed, just like our Dell laptop.
The hard drive on the 530S is partitioned with a C main drive and a D (Recovery) hard drive. I was told the D drive apparently is the boot drive which moves to the C drive when up and running.
I want to install Acronis True Image so I can make an exact copy of XP and all the installed programs on an external hard drive in case of a hard drive failure.
I have no way of knowing if the D drive contains recovery for Vista or XP. I feel confident the D recovery drive was there when I first bought the computer.
To eliminate confusion I would like to eliminate the D drive and have the C drive be the single bootable drive. That way I can create an image of the main drive on the external drive and update it weekly.
How do I combine the C and D drives into one?
I am self trained on computers and can do more than the general public but not near as much as professionally trained people.
The repair shop was wrong. C is the boot drive. The D drive is the image file for Vista, which is now useless since you installed XP. The only way to reclaim that small D drive is to repartition the whole drive. 15 GB's is not worth the trouble, IMO. You can just ignore it. There is a better solution--buy a copy of Win 7 when it comes out and do a clean install. You will be able to repartition the the drive into one, reformat and install Windows 7. It's an excellent OS.