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Windows 7: Merging two unallocated spaces

24 Apr 2011   #1

Widows 7 64 bit
 
 
Merging two unallocated spaces

How to merge the two unallocated spaces, for which inbetwee I have a Crive. Please look at the pictures.I am using the mini tool partition wizard home.



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25 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

I can only tell you that I know GParted would do it.
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25 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

How do you want to merge them. Into the C drive? Or combine them and make a D drive.

In any event what you are going to have to do is first merge the first unallocated into the C drive. then you can either merge the last one into the C or shrink the C drive leaving unallocated behind it. That will put those two together as unallocated then create a partition of the 2 merged.
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25 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

You can actually move C: without allocating any of the additional space to it. Then all the unallocated space will be at the end in one chunk.
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25 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shashank646 View Post
How to merge the two unallocated spaces, for which inbetwee I have a Crive. Please look at the pictures.I am using the mini tool partition wizard home.
What do you want to end up with... the same size C but moved to the left, and the 10GB currently unallocated on the left now added to the 92GB to the right (producing 102GB unallocated on the right) which you can then use to "create" a new D partition?

Or do you want to re-size C to be smaller, as well as moving it to the left, and then add all of the unallocated space together (10GB from the left, 92GB from the right, plus whatever shrinkage you take from C) so that you can allocate a new partition D?

Whatever you want to do, you can do it with the intuitive steps you'd expect, using Partition Wizard.

First, use "move/resize" for C, manipulating the size and location you want to end up with by setting the "unallocate space before" and "unallocate space after" values. You can manually set the values by typing, or you can use the sliders on the left or right side of the "size and location" horizontal visualization graphic itself. You can also use the up/down arrow controls to slowly adjust the values displayed.

Once you complete the adjustments, Partition Wizard will re-draw that visualization graphic and present proper numbers, to reflect whatever you have specified for the NEW arrangement.

After that, the rest is again intuitive... depending on what you want to end up with. If you want to create a new D partition in the newly aggregated unallocated space to the right of the newly re-sized/re-located C partition on the left, select that space and use the "create partition" function. You can choose "primary" or "logical" partition type, and I would strongly recommend "logical". There is no particular reason for you to specify "primary" and choosing "logical" avoids all future limitations and considerations. So just go with "logical".

In fact, you can choose just one new partition (which will be assigned with the next available drive letter... probably one higher than your CD/DVD drive of E, meaning it will get F, or perhaps it will get D since I don't see a D on your screenshot), or you can allocate multiple "logical" partitions in this free space (using "create partition" repeatedly).

It really doesn't matter what letters get assigned initially, because you can always come back and use either Partition Wizard or DISKMGMT.MSC to change/assign drive letters as you want to end up with.


Anyway, this should give you how you should accomplish what you want.

Incidentally, when you take a screenshot of Partition Wizard, I suggest you first "spread" the columns using the spreaders, so that all of the text that's displayed in those column cells actually can be seen in the resulting screenshot. Unfortunately, the default column widths do NOT present everything which would be helpful to us to see.
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25 Apr 2011   #6

Widows 7 64 bit
 
 
merging

It doesn't allow me to merge the left unallocated space with C: drive


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
How do you want to merge them. Into the C drive? Or combine them and make a D drive.

In any event what you are going to have to do is first merge the first unallocated into the C drive. then you can either merge the last one into the C or shrink the C drive leaving unallocated behind it. That will put those two together as unallocated then create a partition of the 2 merged.
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25 Apr 2011   #7

Widows 7 64 bit
 
 
merging

I want to merge two unallocated spaces into a single partition drive D: on the right of C:.







Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shashank646 View Post
How to merge the two unallocated spaces, for which inbetwee I have a Crive. Please look at the pictures.I am using the mini tool partition wizard home.
What do you want to end up with... the same size C but moved to the left, and the 10GB currently unallocated on the left now added to the 92GB to the right (producing 102GB unallocated on the right) which you can then use to "create" a new D partition?

Or do you want to re-size C to be smaller, as well as moving it to the left, and then add all of the unallocated space together (10GB from the left, 92GB from the right, plus whatever shrinkage you take from C) so that you can allocate a new partition D?

Whatever you want to do, you can do it with the intuitive steps you'd expect, using Partition Wizard.

First, use "move/resize" for C, manipulating the size and location you want to end up with by setting the "unallocate space before" and "unallocate space after" values. You can manually set the values by typing, or you can use the sliders on the left or right side of the "size and location" horizontal visualization graphic itself. You can also use the up/down arrow controls to slowly adjust the values displayed.

Once you complete the adjustments, Partition Wizard will re-draw that visualization graphic and present proper numbers, to reflect whatever you have specified for the NEW arrangement.

After that, the rest is again intuitive... depending on what you want to end up with. If you want to create a new D partition in the newly aggregated unallocated space to the right of the newly re-sized/re-located C partition on the left, select that space and use the "create partition" function. You can choose "primary" or "logical" partition type, and I would strongly recommend "logical". There is no particular reason for you to specify "primary" and choosing "logical" avoids all future limitations and considerations. So just go with "logical".

In fact, you can choose just one new partition (which will be assigned with the next available drive letter... probably one higher than your CD/DVD drive of E, meaning it will get F, or perhaps it will get D since I don't see a D on your screenshot), or you can allocate multiple "logical" partitions in this free space (using "create partition" repeatedly).

It really doesn't matter what letters get assigned initially, because you can always come back and use either Partition Wizard or DISKMGMT.MSC to change/assign drive letters as you want to end up with.


Anyway, this should give you how you should accomplish what you want.

Incidentally, when you take a screenshot of Partition Wizard, I suggest you first "spread" the columns using the spreaders, so that all of the text that's displayed in those column cells actually can be seen in the resulting screenshot. Unfortunately, the default column widths do NOT present everything which would be helpful to us to see.
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25 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shashank646 View Post
It doesn't allow me to merge the left unallocated space with C: drive
Any message?

You can't just re-size C, making it 10GB larger (on the left side) by absorbing that currently unallocated 10GB to its left?

Note that you cannot do these functions while booted to Windows... because the OS partition itself is in use, and is also involved in the manipulations.

So you have to get the operations queued up, and then push "apply", and let it re-boot your system. Partition Wizard will then kick in pre-boot of the OS, to do its thing and apply all of the queued partition operations, before actually letting the rest of the normal boot process proceed. But it should still finish everything you pre-scheduled before you let it restart.

Or, you can accomplish the exact same thing by booting to the standalone Partition Wizard bootable CD, and doing these operations right then and there... since you're not running under Windows, moving/re-sizing the C-partition is allowed right there.

That would seem to be the first goal... to get the C partition to absorb that 10GB on its left, thus enlarging it by 10GB to the left.

Once that's done, you can then shrink the newly sized C partition on the right, adding whatever you remove from the right end of C to the other 92GB unallocated space from there through the end of the drive... and then turning it all into D, as you want.


So, is there some message when you try to enlarge C to the left, absorbing that 10GB unallocated space?

Are you using the slider method, or typing, or using the up/down arrows?

Have you tried this while booted to the standalone bootable Partition Wizard CD?
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25 Apr 2011   #9

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You will need to use Method Two.
Partition or Volume - Extend

It is the only way to get the unallocated to the left of "C" into "C".
See Step #5 in Method One. It tells you this.

When you are done with that then you can add space to unallocated to the right of "C" and letter it
and make it active through Disk Management- or absorb it into "C" using Method One.

Mike

This above method is using Windows.
There may be other 3rd party software that will work easier but I have no knowledge of which or how to use it.
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25 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Whatever you are going to do with those 2 unallocated spaces you are going to need a 3rd party program to so it with. Windows disk management won't allow you to do it.
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