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Unpartitioning a Hard Drive

Right now I have my slave hard drive split in half and set as drives g and f. In another forum I found how to delete my partition g and so I did, but it didn't make one big drive. Instead it deleted the g and says that it is unallocated. How do I transfer g's disk space to f so that I have one big hard drive again?

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Re: unpartitioning

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You need special partitioning software to manage partitions like this. The standard one is Partition Magic from Symantec. But you'll be able to find cheaper shareware on the usual download sites.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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You can do this in Computer Management. . .

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Right click the drive and follow the prompts, or click the Help button. Easy.

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Two methods

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The first, is to delete all partitions on a drive, and then create a new partition(s). This is the age old method, and it IS destructive, meaning you WILL lose data by doing this.

The second is to use programs such as Partition Magic which can resize partitions. While it's claimed to be non-destructive, or without data loss, that's not always the case. There is always a small chance that something will go wrong, which is always mentioned somewhere in the fine print no one ever reads. Out of probably around 100 or so uses of Partition Magic across several different systems, I've only had it destroy a partition table one time, but once can be enough.

So, just as if you were going to do more traditional partitioning, make sure you back up any important data BEFORE you start. Otherwise, you have only yourself to blame.

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Is there any data on "G:" that you need to save ?

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If not, you should be able to use "Disk Management" under Computer Management to delete the remaining logical drive. Once all the logical drives have been removed... then you can reallocate the entire space to one partition, format it and of course use it.

Let us know.

VAPCMD

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IT WORKS

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Thanks for the help! I had to unpartition both g and f then partition them as one.

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(NT) Fixed ...Good to hear ! Thanks for the feedback.

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More information

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Hi - would you be able to give me more specific steps on how to what you are talking about? I have found the Disk Management section but don't want to do anything before I fully understand what you are suggesting. Thanks!

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Tell what drive letters are in Disk Management

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so we talk specifics.

VAPCMD

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Drive letters in Disk Management

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Ah yes, that might be helpful. I have a 'C' and 'D' drive and I just bought an external hard drive 'G.' The 'C' drive only has 258 MG left (out of 16 GB) and the 'D' drive has 21 GB (of 21 GB). The external drive is 80 GB. I recently lost all my data on the 'D' drive and I'm trying to recover that now and put it on the 'G' drive.

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Before we start .. exactly what are we trying

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to accomplish ?

If you're trying to have a larger C: drive by deleting "D:" partition and reallocayting the empty space to C:, we may have to take a different approach than used for the previous poster.

Let me know.

VAPCMD

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Deleting D drive

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Yes, I think that would be the best approach at this time (delete D partition). Since I got the external drive I will move my personal files to it. Thanks.

Ruth

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Ok...one more question...have you used all the disk space

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on D: or is it completely empty now ?

The reason I ask it may be better to move something...esp DATA off C: to D: to give you space on C:. Deleteing the partition and making it avalable to add the free space to C: is easy. The problem is I don't think you can expand C: to fill the free unallocated empty space while running Windows off the C: drive. There are third-party software programs like Partition Magic and Acronis Disk Director that can do that but I'm 99% sure that Windows cannot do perform that task on an active partition running the OS.

If you've got a moment ...please take a look thru the posts in the Storage Forum...putting data on external hard disk drives is far far from bullet proof and absolutely not the only place you want to store data you can't afford to lose.

Let me know.

VAPCMD

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Moving files...

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The D drive is 99% free but you make a good point. Perhaps before doing anything I will move as much data off of C and put it on D. I have a lot of music and picture files that should free up some space. My other concern is that I am still trying to recover the lost data. Thank you so much for taking the time to help out. If moving files off C doesn't help... then I will be back.

Thanks again!

Ruth

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We'll keep the light on for you

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VAPCMD

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