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Combining partitions in Vista

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February 29, 2012 9:53:00 AM

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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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 11:14:21 AM

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.h...

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)
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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 11:27:23 AM

^ what i linked is free too
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February 29, 2012 11:33:06 AM

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...(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:o pen 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
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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 11:53:12 AM

^ 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
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a b G Storage
February 29, 2012 12:09:38 PM

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
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March 10, 2012 9:04:09 AM

Best answer selected by prasad38.
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March 10, 2012 9:05:20 AM

Problem solved by using 3rd party hardware
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a b G Storage
March 11, 2012 10:24:25 AM

This topic has been closed by Maziar
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