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    Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Hi All,

    I'm stuck with this.

    In my laptop I've install Win 7 and now running lower space in my C: drive. I've an unpartition space of 10 GB and I want to attach part of it to the C: drive. Is there any best way to do that, without formatting the system.

    Hope I'm clear enough.

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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    If I understand clearly what you are saying, you have 10gb of unpartitioned space on your hard drive that you would like to use right ?

    Are you sure its not a backup/recovery reserved space? sometimes instead of including a DVD with the original image with the OS and drivers, manufacturers put it directly on the hard drive.

    In order to partition that space and make it available there are multiple tools you can download on the web, I've used Partition Magic from Power Quest before and it worked well. You might need to format the 10gb space you want to use though, but you shouldn't need to format the whole hard drive.
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Okay, you got me correct. I've unpartition space, and it's not the recovery partition at all. I leave it for trying Linux. For explanation, say I wan to use 2GB from it and use with the C: drive.
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Try EASEUS Partition Master. Its free!
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Yup, you might be able to do that with a tool like Partition Magic. It should allow you to take 2gb from that partition and merge it back with your "C:" partition. You shouldn't have any problem as long as there's no data on that unpartitioned space.

    Edit : MarMan has a point, Partition Magic is not free so you might want to have a look at the tool he is suggesting first.
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    You can extend a volume using Win7 built-in Computer Management utility. Click on Start button > right-click on Computer > left-click on Manage. On the left pane, left-click on Disk Management under Storage category. On the right pane, right-click on the partition (volume) you want to extend and select "Extend Volume". Follow the wizard from there.
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Quote Originally Posted by stanav View Post
    You can extend a volume using Win7 built-in Computer Management utility. Click on Start button > right-click on Computer > left-click on Manage. On the left pane, left-click on Disk Management under Storage category. On the right pane, right-click on the partition (volume) you want to extend and select "Extend Volume". Follow the wizard from there.
    Exactly.
    Using the built-in disk manager might be the best solution.
    Windows operating systems from Vista and higher use a newer NTFS version.
    Older partitioning tools might for example break certain restore features.
    Delete it. They just clutter threads anyway.

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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Quote Originally Posted by stanav View Post
    You can extend a volume using Win7 built-in Computer Management utility. Click on Start button > right-click on Computer > left-click on Manage. On the left pane, left-click on Disk Management under Storage category. On the right pane, right-click on the partition (volume) you want to extend and select "Extend Volume". Follow the wizard from there.
    Sorry for the late replay first of all.

    Actually I tried that earlier, but I cannot extend Primary Partitions. That option is disable and gray in color. However I can extend logical drivers, but which is not really want me.

    If I could through a in-built tool really cool. I like to take that way.
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Could you post a screenshot of the disk management screen?
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Yeah sure, here it is.

    Hope you can see that the extend option is disabled...
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Was afraid of that..
    That is not possible at all.
    One issue is that you can't extend into an Extended partition (darkgreen marked area).
    The other is that you can't jump over other partitions -- partitions are stored sequentially.

    Well, "can't" might be overstated.
    You could move F, G, H and E to the right, decrease the size from the left of the extended partition, move D to the right and finally increase the C partition size.
    But this takes a huge amount of time and if the tiniest thing goes wrong you might lose a lot of data.

    Personally I wouldn't do it.
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    Re: Mearge HDD in Win 7

    Thanks for the comment.

    Actually I don't want to risk this at all. Re-setup my PC is much safer than that.
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