I have a hard disk with 120GB in size. And I did two partitions on it to make the first one as C: system drive and the second one as a Data drive. But later on I had a space issue on the C: due to too many programs installed. Then I tried to merge these two partitions in PowerQuest PartitionMagic 8.0, but failed with the following errors like:
Error 4 while executing Batch…. Error 4 Bad Argument/Parameter….
First, I guessed it was because my hard disk had some disk errors. So I did chkdsk DOS command to check and fix disk error on the hard disk I tried to merge. After that, I tried Merge again, but I still had the same error.
The conclusion is the Merge action in PartitionMagic is not sophiscated as what we think, and is a error-pro action. And we should avoid as much possible as we can
And the work-around is to Delete the second partition, and Resize the first partition to make the result of Merge.
Here you go:
- Move all data files on the second partition to another extra hard disk drive as back-up.
- Go into the PartionMagic or Windows Drive Mangement to delete the second partition.
- After the deletion, you can use PartitionMagic to resize the first partition to use all these deleted free space.
- When you are done with the resize, then you can copy back all your data file to the first (or merged) partition.