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Help reformatting SSD that had two partitions.


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#1 rbtree

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:56 PM

What happened:

 

I had cloned  a 500 gb Samsung SSD, from a 320 gb HD...a mistake, as I had to allocate a drive letter to the unallocated portion. A minor issue, but anyhow, a few months later, I was doing some cleanup, and chose to compress the contents. Another mistake, as now the OS could not be accessed. I still had the old HD, and am using it for my main disc, running W 7.

 

Anyhow, wondering how to start over and get the SSD back to one partition...can I simply reformat both? 

 

And, if I'm successful, can I then copy the contents of the current C drive over, but not clone it, so as to be able to then have use of the whole drive as one? Alternatively, I could start over and reinstall the OS to the SSD, I suppose. But the old install is working fine.

 

Thanks, in advance, for any helpful tips.



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Posted 06 February 2015 - 08:38 PM

Check this out, it fixed the same issue for me. 

 

http://gparted.org/

 

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 05:48 PM

Thanks for the tip.



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 10:14 PM

Thanks again. Couldn't figure out how to run gparted. But, after formatting both partitions of the SSD, I cloned the old HDD using EaseUS ToDo Backup, as the Samsung clone program didn't seem to want to work, then, in disk management, I expanded the partition, which eliminated the 2nd partition. Then, made it the boot drive and it works as it did before. 

 

Now, I'll take out the 320 gb WD HDD and store it, in case of a failure, as it, of course, contains the OS and programs.



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 04:18 AM

glad you got it worked out, kind of surprised the Samsung did not work worked fine on my LT.

 

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