I wouldn't take the risk to combine those partitions before you got what you can from that disk. Or before you made a clone of it to work on later.
PS. The usual way to backup is doing it BEFORE something happens.
hello, i upgraded to windows 10 from 7. laptop did not work well with upgrade. i restored w7. could not create backup. I re-flashed windows 7 with recovery disk. i choose 2 partition recovery. Windows recovered onto second drive spiting it into 2 partitions. I lost all family video and pics. i have been able to recover some pics. not much video... scanning the disk with some software and each partitiion with other software...my question is will combining the partitions effect the data that has already has been marked as deleted by windows 7. i do not want to loose more pics and video? if the data has already been marked by windows as deleted and not visible on the drive, only visible to recovery software, so combining partitions reformat the drive. reformatting only delete indexed files? does not effect files already deleted?