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Combining two logical drives to one physical drive.

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Last response: in Storage
November 11, 2011 2:34:33 PM

My main SATA disk was split into two logical drives, one with 10GB FAT32 for DOS; the remainder NTFS for XP;

OK 'til I needed to reinstall XP; can't seem to do it without 1st installing XP on the 20 GB drive (dotty); then more difficulty installing 2nd on the other drive (booting problems).

Web says it was questionable making a second drive in the 1st place. XP Disk Management offers no way of unpicking that arrangement. I think it may be possible to carry out the combination on a Vista machine. The various Partitioning programs offer no solution that I can find.

Can anyone tell me how to combine two logical drives into one physical drive?

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November 11, 2011 6:47:20 PM

Thanks Hawkeye222

Have run EaseUS without success. Help speaks of :
* "merging partitions" (but only if adjacent on the same volume) and
* "converting dynamic disk to basic disk" (but my two disks are both logical and right clicking them does not offer the option to make basic).

No other tasks appear relevant.

I note that whereas the larger of the two is named Maxtor STM3160215AS ATA Bus, the smaller (which I think lies at the common physical disk) is called ST310220A ATA Bus, a name I do not recognise.

Any more ideas ?
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November 14, 2011 10:46:20 AM

I don't know of any utilitly that can merge non-adjacent partitions regardless of which formatting it uses. Of course, they must also be of the same format type in order to merge them.