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Windows 7: Can't reformat second partition to merge with primary

25 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
Can't reformat second partition to merge with primary

So basically I have had two partitions for the longest time on my laptop, one 240GB one for Windows 7 Pro 32bit and one for Ubuntu. However, coupled with a growing library of Steam games and a very aggressively increasing music library due to the recent purchase of a Zune Pass, I would like to merge the two so I have a little more time before I have to buy an external HDD.

Upon attempting to format the Ubuntu partition I got the unable to do so because this drive is in use message. So I then proceeded to delete every file on the Ubuntu partition thinking that might solve my problem. It didn't. When trying to go through 'Disk Management', the only modification option not grayed out for any of the partitions is 'Shrink'. (There is no 'delete' or 'format' for the now vacant Ubuntu partition). Is there some way of formatting and reattaching the secondary partition to the primary during bootup so I don't get this error?

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25 Oct 2010   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management window - it sounds like that is the system partition.
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25 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

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25 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

You have your Page File on that partition. It needs to be reassigned to the C: partition.

Jim
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25 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

In either case, I installed some Windows Live update, and rebooted my computer and the extend and delete options were no long grayed out. Thanks for the help!
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