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Combining partitions in Vista

I have a hard disk in which I want to increase the space of C:. However the partition right next wont allow me to perform delete volume in hardware management to combine both.how to do it
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    i'd suggest using more powerful 3rd party partition utilities since built-in tool is pretty weak

    try this: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

    home edition is freeware

    imo, the best option is to get the bootable cd version (it's listed in the menu on the left of the above site, also freeware)
  2. If you go the 3rd party route, you may as well go for free.

    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

    Note: always make backups when messing with partitions.
  3. ^ what i linked is free too
  4. first you need to convert you c drive to a dynamic disc, then you can extend it.
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa363785(v=vs.85).aspx
    if for some reason you cannot delete the partition you could try to delete the data on the partition first that may help
    click start in the run box (or in xp click run) type cmd
    if the partition is d type cd d:
    now it should look like d:Open Command Prompt.

    Type:

    diskpart


    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    list disk

    Make note of the disk number of the disk from which you want to delete the partition.


    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    select diskn

    Select the disk n from which you want to delete the partition.


    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    list partition

    Make note of the number of the partition that you want to delete.


    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    select partitionn

    Select the partition n that you want to delete.


    At the DISKPART prompt, type:

    delete partition


    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738489(v=WS.10).aspx
  5. ^ OP said his hdd is already partitioned but his C: partition is getting low on space so he wants to merge it (D: i assume) back with C:

    this is best done outside windows, i.e. with a bootable partition tool media, since that way the partitions won't be in use by the system and therefore can be easily manipulated with, not to mention the graphical interface of the tools hawkeye and I linked are way more user-friendly
  6. Gparted is a free linux partition editor live cd/usb software.
    Boot into a minimised linux distro and manage your partitions from a GUI.
    Download .iso, burn to cd, insert and restart pc.
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
  7. Best answer selected by prasad38.
  8. Problem solved by using 3rd party hardware
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