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Windows 7: How do I Reformat Multi Partition External Hard Drive

14 Jun 2012   #1
basils57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
How do I Reformat Multi Partition External Hard Drive

I want to reformat an existing external HD for backup. Currently it has 3 partitions:
1 x Primary NTFS; 1 x Free Space; 1 x Logical NTFS.
Can someone please advise how to reformat this into a single NTFS partition? I'm running Win7.


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14 Jun 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If there's no data on the drive that needs to be saved, just go into Disk Management and remove the partitions, until you have a blank, unallocated drive. Then create a new, solid partition for the entire drive.

I don't mess with extended and logical partitions, but you may have to delete the logical first, then the primary.
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14 Jun 2012   #3
basils57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Thanks Deacon Frost.
Sorry to be ignorant, but I now have a primary partition of 260Gb with 675Gb of free space next to it. How do I make this into a new solid partition?
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14 Jun 2012   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Again, it comes down to data. If there's nothing on the drive you need saved, you can delete that primary partition and create a new one that spans the entire drive. If you need data on the partition, you should also have an option to expand the partition out to the full drive.
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16 Jun 2012   #5
basils57

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Thanks again DeaconFrost, It's now sorted.
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