installed windows 7 on new hard drive using system image

I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a new hard drive (Seagate 1 TB). My old hard drive was a 500 GB but was partitioned (C and D). When I look in disk management, I see 465.76 GB and 6 MB of unallocated space. How do I make it all one drive again or should I keep partitions. The drive was partitioned when I bought it from an individual, but that drive has failed now. It is now installed on the new hard drive.
I hope I didn't confuse you with my post.
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  1. Open Disk Management, and right click on the sections you want to change.

    Pay attention to what you are doing in Disk Management. You are working with the core of your system.
  2. Try this

    Delete the unallocated partition then right mouse on C / select extend

    I havent done this myself tho
  3. MarkW said:
    Open Disk Management, and right click on the sections you want to change.

    Pay attention to what you are doing in Disk Management. You are working with the core of your system.


    I'm not sure how to use Disk Management. I don't want to make a mistake.
  4. When you open Disk Management, up top is a list of all the storage devices it found, and info on each one.

    Below that, is a big fat graphical representation of each device (disk), and how it is partitioned. No more guessing. Everything is shown there.

    HARD DRIVES:
    If you see a section labeled as System Reserved, that is most likely a Windows Restore partition. Those seem to range from about 90MB to 350MB, probably depending on which variation of Windows that you have. Do NOT delete or change these partitions unless you are wiping a hard drive clean.

    Sections marked as UNALLOCATED are generally unused space on a hard drive.


    SSD:
    If there is an UNALLOCATED partition on an SSD, that is most likely the free space the SSD needs for spare sector allocation. SSD's need this because during their lifetimes, some cells will die, and the SSD will replace dead cells with cells in that unallocated space. I would recommend changing the size of this ONLY if you use the SSD's software AND you know that changing the size will not effect the long term life of your SSD.

    System Reserved partitions on an SSD are the same as the ones on a hard drive. Do NOT delete or change these partitions unless you are wiping an SSD, and even then, I recommend using the SECURE ERASE feature in your SSD's software.


    So, that leaves us with the partitions that have drive letters. You can right click on those, and functions you can do to that partition will appear. Most are very clear. If it is not clear to you, use the help for Disk Management.

    Here is what my Disk Management screen looks like:


    Disk 0 is my C: drive. It is a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO. You see the system reserve partition at the beginning, the C: drive in the next section, and the SSD reserved space at the end.

    Disk 1 is my D: drive. It is my 2TB hard drive and is a single partition.

    G: is my BD/DVD drive.
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