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Old April 24, 2013, 12:21 AM
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Default Consolidating partitions?

I just deleted my Win7 partition off of a partitioned old hard drive and would like to merge it back into one drive if possible. Only problem is I have quite a bit of stuff installed on the other portion of the partition. Is there anyway to consolidate the drive without having too do anything too complicated.

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Old April 24, 2013, 07:14 AM
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Are you saying that the hard drive had two partitions, you removed one, and there is still one partition on the drive?

In other words, the rest of the drive is now empty space?

If that is correct, then you just need to expand the remaining partition to include the empty space. Not sure if the disk manager built in to Windows can do that. Minitool Partition Wizard can do this, and it is a free utility.
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Old April 24, 2013, 08:04 AM
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disk management in Windows 7 and 8 allow you expand partitions no problem, I've done it numerous times.
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Old April 24, 2013, 01:37 PM
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if the partition you want to expand is at the end of the drive (most likely as its the data partition) its not going to work with built in windows tools. You will have to use something like partition magic or gparted.
Note this can take a very long time and there's risk involved with them.

With Windows you should be able to expand with disk manager (GUI) or diskpart (CLI) if there is empty space on the drive after the existing partition.
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Old April 24, 2013, 02:09 PM
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Easeus Partition Master does it all, and it's free.

Easeus Partition Master Free Edition - CNET Download.com
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Old April 24, 2013, 03:13 PM
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Windows tool is crap. I wanted to merge partitions a while ago and it WOULD NOT LET ME!!!! RAGE~!

So, I (calmly) downloaded AOMEI Partition Assistant and it got the job done.
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