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#1 tpm

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 10:34 AM

Hello

I have a 500 Gig SSD "C" drive. That drive also has a 5 gig partition ( W drive ) I would like to put back into my C drive. In disc management the 5 gig partition is BEFORE the C drive (operating system) and is not allowing me to merge it

 

 

Any trick I am missing here?

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 10:55 AM

Ok I do have Partition manager and got this far. Not sure what to do next. My operating system is on "C"

 

Do I check the box on bottom left? ( sector to sector move) ? The "YES" box is grayed out

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:02 AM

I would create a full disk image before doing the following. I do not believe you can merge the partitions with Windows disk management. You can use Partition Wizard but this only works for the pro version. I would use the bootable version and do this outside of Windows but I believe this can also be done with the Windows version. You can contact Minitools tech support and confirm if the Windows version will do this. They are very good at responding to questions even for the free version. Again, you need to create a full disk image of the hard drive using either Windows 7 to create a disk image to a external drive or software like Macrium Free. You should also create a bootable Macrium PE disk from within the program so you can boot and restore the image from an external drive.

 

For the free version you would need to do these steps.

 

Copy any data from W: to C:

Delete the W: partition

Resize the C: partition to the beginning of the disk

 

Edit: I  just saw your new post. I am not sure about sector to sector move. You are moving partition areas that do not contain data. Can you click on the C: partition and drag it to the left? If you have not done so, I would recommend you back out of the move/resize and create a full disk image first.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:06 AM

Ok thanks for the response. I'll try dragging and see if it works. If not I'll make a disk image
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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:08 AM

Even if you can drag it, I would create a system image. Partition manipulation can sometimes go bad.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:14 AM

Yes I just tried and I can drag it so the partitions become reversed. Now the free space is to the right pending restart. I didn't complete it as I will create a disk image first. So i WOULDNT need to check that box (sector to sector ) of moving the partition correct?

 

And do you think it should work without losing everything?


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:20 AM

If you can check the Yes box after moving then no, you do not have to check sector by sector. I am not familiar with this partition manager but after you move the partition to the left you may be able to resize to the right by clicking on the right of the partition and dragging to the right. You may have to use sector by sector to do this.

 

Partition wizard lets you complete the steps virtually. After doing all steps you click apply. I do not know if your software can do this or if it lets you drag the right side of the partition to resize it as Partition Wizard does. From the image below you can see the black arrows. I do not see these on your software image.

 

After creating your disk image, make sure your boot disk you created can boot and detect your hard drives including the one with the image.

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:28 AM

Maybe I'll download partition Wizard. I like the virtual option
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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:52 AM

You can do it in Windows disk manager.

 

1. Empty any of the files on w: you want to keep and store them on c:

2. Click on w: to select it, right click, delete volume.

3. Select w: again, right click, delete partition.

4. Then select drive c, right click and select extend drive.

5. Select the space in the right pane and click next to merge it.

 

Finished.

 

Note: You must first delete volume/partition before you can merge the unallocated space.


Edited by technonymous, 01 March 2015 - 11:52 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:02 PM

Windows disk manager doesn't see the space to the left. I tried. I can delete Volume but no other choices past that


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:09 PM

So after you right click W: and delete volume you now have no options if you right click W: again?



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:14 PM

Once you delete volume/partition it should say "unallocated" with a black bar, then it can be merged to C by right clicking C and selecting Extend.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:23 PM

Windows 7 Disk Management only allows extending a partition into unallocated space to the right. It cannot extend a partition to unallocated space on the left.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:43 PM

I see that now. So drive W was supposed to be C, but it seems this problem derived from a dual boot or something else. I don't think a 3rd party partition software would be of much help either. The only option would be to clone C as a image and store it on another Disk1 using something like Acronis True Image. Then place Disk0 back to one primary volume with diskpart from a boot disk.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:45 PM

Unless that partition tool can do it virtually as John said and then on next boot it does the routine offline.






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