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Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by kaelo(m): 10:03pm On Jan 15, 2008
ive got this naggin problem, my lappie was partitioned 40gb here and 20gb there, the 20 is unused and unallocated, how do i merge the 20gb back with the 40gb
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by Kobojunkie: 8:19am On Jan 16, 2008
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To delete a partition or logical drive
Using the Windows interface

Open Computer Management (Local).
In the console tree, click Disk Management.
Where?

Computer Management (Local)
Storage
Disk Management

Right-click the partition, logical drive, or basic volume you want to delete, and then click Delete Partition.
If the menu item reads Delete Volume instead of Delete Partition, the volume is a dynamic volume. For instructions on how to delete a dynamic volume, see Related Topics.

Caution

When you delete a partition, all data on that deleted partition or logical drive is lost.
You cannot recover deleted partitions or logical drives.
Notes

To perform this procedure on a local computer, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. To perform this procedure remotely, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or Administrators group on the remote computer. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.
To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
You cannot delete the system volume, boot volume, or any volume that contains the active paging file or crash dump (memory dump), or OEM partition.
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.

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Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by paribus(m): 4:13pm On Jan 16, 2008
Try PartitionMagic. This should resize your existing partition to claim space free unpartitioned space from a disk drive with hardly any issues and the process is not data destructive. I believe there are several other similar utilities available. Regards
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by kuntash: 8:15am On Jun 17, 2008
Hi KoboJunjie, pls how can he then merge the deleted partitions to increase the primary partition where d OS resides?
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by uspry1(f): 2:16pm On Jun 17, 2008
Google to find download of PartitionMagic! Try it!

Or other solution you do it manually only at night while you sleep, let DISK DEFRAGMENTER do the job for you merging your unallocated HDD space clean from your Windows OS (XP/2000). It takes hours and hours overnight.

1. Click "Start" button,

2. Click "All Programs",

3. Click "Accessories", select "System Tools"

4. Click "Disk Defragmenter",

See screenshot below:
[img width=760 height=530]http://wiki.pomona.edu/pub/FAQ/DiskDefragmenter/DiskDefrag1.jpg[/img]

5. Now, select the drive you wish to defragment and click Defragment. If you have multiple hard drives or partitions, you'll have to do them individually.




under Windows Vista?
Windows Vista defaults to running Disk Defragmenter every week. If you wish to manually defragment a drive, you can launch Disk Defragmenter by clicking on Start and searching for Disk Defragmenter.
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by Maleeq(m): 6:02pm On Jun 17, 2008
Uhm, Mod, running Disk defragmenting tools would not merge unallocated disk space. And the disk Defragmenter in Windows will not affect unallocated space.

@kuntash
The disk management GUI described by Kobojunkie will do everything from creating new partitions, logical drives and volumes but it would not merge unallocated disk space. It still very possible to get it done in XP with no 3rd party tools but its a bit more complicated and would only work for non-system/boot partitions.

Best Option:
Get a 3rd party disk utility like "Partition Magic" or "Parted Magic". A few clicks and you are done.

Alternate Option (For Non System partitions):
Notice:
You agree to following these steps at your own free will and Maleeq shall not be held, either directly or by implication, responsible for any data loss resulting for these procedure. However, these steps have been tested and should be safe grin

- Start a command prompt and enter "diskpart"
- Type in "list volume". This lists all available volumes/partitions on your system. (see attachment 1)
- Locate the volume you wish to add the unallocated space to and note the "volume ###".
- Type in "select volume ###" where ### is the volume number.
- Next, type in "extend" . Running this will extend the entire unallocated disk space to the currently selected volume.
- Depending on system configurations, you may need to restart your system after this!

Cheers!

Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by TmeD0(m): 6:44pm On Jun 17, 2008
Maleeq:

Uhm, Mod, running Disk defragmenting tools would not merge unallocated disk space. And the disk Defragmenter in Windows will not affect unallocated space.
@kuntash
The disk management GUI described by Kobojunkie will do everything from creating new partitions, logical drives and volumes but it would not merge unallocated disk space. It still very possible to get it done in XP with no 3rd party tools but its a bit more complicated and would only work for non-system/boot partitions.

Best Option:
Get a 3rd party disk utility like "Partition Magic" or "Parted Magic". A few clicks and you are done.

Alternate Option (For Non System partitions):
Notice:
You agree to following these steps at your own free will and Maleeq shall not be held, either directly or by implication, responsible for any data loss resulting for these procedure. However, these steps have been tested and should be safe grin

- Start a command prompt and enter "diskpart"
- Type in "list volume". This lists all available volumes/partitions on your system. (see attachment 1)
- Locate the volume you wish to add the unallocated space to and note the "volume ###".
- Type in "select volume ###" where ### is the volume number.
- Next, type in "extend" . Running this will extend the entire unallocated disk space to the currently selected volume.
- Depending on system configurations, you may need to restart your system after this!

Cheers!

Gbosa!  That's just what I was thinking when I read it too. . .at first I thought I had read the poster's question incorrectly.  Anyway sha Maleeq, thanks for clarifying that cause I was about to say something real smart but then again I'm glad you posted before I did.  Good ol' diskpart, back in the days of DOS  grin.  @poster, just like Maleeq stated, do the diskpart at your own risk. . .I've seen it done before but I haven't done it before cause I haven't found myself in a situation that warrants it.  The ones I've seen do it, well, let's just say it sorta worked but don't quote me on that.  You'd probably be better of using partition magic if you're not comfortable using the command prompt.  Good luck.  Peace!
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by oyb(m): 6:49pm On Jun 17, 2008
in my experience, 90% of those partition tools just do not work.

my recommendation will be  a little harsh

backup your files, then do a fresh install( not a reinstall ) of windows. you will find a n option to format/erase the partitions after which you can run the drive as a 40gb drive.

alternatively, from the disk managemnt gui described, you can create a new parition 20gb, but i can almost guarnatee you will soon start experienecs those virtual memory messages., and the sys will be slow. my brother's laptop also had 2 20gb partitions, nd on weekend i got tired of perpetual moving of files back and forth, and just backed up aand did a clean install of windows, and formatted the drive to 40gb
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by hunter1234(m): 6:09am On Jul 28, 2008
how to divide a partition into 2 different partitions
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by inze(m): 1:26pm On Jul 28, 2008
@Maleeq

Nice
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by liker1314: 5:19am On Sep 17, 2010
I think try to use Partition Assistant Home Edition is a better idea.
It is free for use, and it can work your operations like a charm.
Many people who used it all praise it.
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by 4llerbuntu(m): 12:13pm On Sep 17, 2010
oyb:

in my experience, 90% of those partition tools just do not work.

my recommendation will be  a little harsh

backup your files, then do a fresh install( not a reinstall ) of windows. you will find a n option to format/erase the partitions after which you can run the drive as a 40gb drive.

alternatively, from the disk managemnt gui described, you can create a new parition 20gb, but i can almost guarnatee you will soon start experienecs those virtual memory messages., and the sys will be slow. my brother's laptop also had 2 20gb partitions, nd on weekend i got tired of perpetual moving of files back and forth, and just backed up aand did a clean install of windows, and formatted the drive to 40gb

nah i disagree, u probably have been using the wrong ones. try downloading Hiren's bootcd .iso and burn it on a cd. it contains some of the best tools for dealing with pc's

@ poster, i dunno, are u on xp? if u are on vista or win7, u can do resizing and partitioning on the fly na. i have done it many times b4 so i no wat am saying.

go to this link to see a brief description of how its done really simply. http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6170510.html
or this: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/


tip: if u wanna expand a partition, the one u wanna merge has to be beside it and just delete the other partition so it is a raw file system, then expand the main one to cover the raw part
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by wqmichelle: 4:06am On Aug 24, 2011
I believed you have solved your problem. But here I like to share this  article how to merge partition without data loss hoping to can help you all guys.
http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/merge-partition.htm
Re: Help: Need To Merge My Unallocated Harddisk Space Back by windowsguy: 3:11pm On Oct 18, 2011
You need some Partition Magic software. I find a step by step solution, hope it helpful:

http://www.partition-magic.org/res/merge-unallocated-space-to-c-drive.html

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