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Solved: Combining Hard Drive Partitions

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  1. donsor

    donsor Thread Starter

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    I have a hard drive (with no OS) which has two partitions of 100Gb each. I wish to combine them into a single partition. How do I do that. Will I need a special software to do that?

    Thanks
     
  2. dai

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  3. Lucky09

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    Hi,

    You can connect your HDD to compatible PC.
    With Windows7,
    - go to Computer Management
    - select Disk Managemanent
    - look for your HDD, right click on one of the partition then select delete volume
    - the deleted volume will now become unallocated partition
    - right click on the other active partition the select extend volume
    - put the maximum volume you can extend
    - after extend is done it will now show as one partition then you can do format
     
  4. donsor

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    Sorry Lucky09. I have WinXP HomEd 32-Bit OS.
     
  5. Lucky09

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    This will help. Please make sure you select the correct drive or else you will lose the partition/drive you don't want to lose.

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    To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
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    You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.
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    You cannot delete the system volume, boot volume, or any volume that contains the active paging file or crash dump (memory dump).
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    You cannot delete an extended partition unless the extended partition is empty.
    All the logical drives in an extended partition be deleted before you can delete the extended partition.
    Using a command line
    1.
    Open Command Prompt
    2.
    Type:
    diskpart
    3.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    list disk
    Make note of the disk number of the disk from which you want to delete the partition.
    4.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    select disk n
    Select the disk n from which you want to delete the partition.
    5.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    list partition
    Make note of the number of the partition that you want to delete.
    6.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    select partition n
    Select the partition n that you want to delete.
    7.
    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    delete partition
     
  6. managed

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    If you don't need to keep any of the Data on that HDD use XP's Disk management to delete the 2 partitions on it now then Create a new one that fills thye drive.

    If you want to keep any data on the HDD you can try this to Merge the 2 partitions into 1 :- http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/merge-partitions/merge-partitions-xp.htm
    I would back up any important files before you do the Merge.
     
  7. donsor

    donsor Thread Starter

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    I've decided to buy the Drive Erase Pro. I haven't used it yet so I'll see what happens when I do. All I'm trying to do is to erase data in the hard drive for use in another PC. I've got an external hard drive inclosure whereby I can insert any hard drive and do the erase. There are several levels of erasures and for my purpose, I'll just do the "Fast".
     
  8. dai

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    there are free ones

    killdisk and dban

    if you wish to erase the drive to pass onto someone else don't use the fast erase
     
  9. matthewdownloads

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    Yup, dban is well known but use it with care.

    http://www.dban.org
     
  10. raybro

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    If all you want is to delete the 2 partitions and create one single partition, Easeus Partition Master is tailor made for the job. Easy and simple to use program and its FREE!
     
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