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Windows 7: How do I combine multiple drives?

11 Dec 2013   #1
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
How do I combine multiple drives?

My C drive (where Windows and my program files are stored) is nearly full. So, I created a new drive to move some things around. However, I fear I may be going about this the wrong way. Can someone tell me the best way to recombine the drive?

As you can see I've got C, D, F, & E all on the same disc. I would like to reconfigure my drives and combine where I can.

I hate to sound like a Newbie, but I need loads of help here. I have to admit I really need someone to take me by the hand and walk me through each step. I did do a search and I saw the Tutorials on partitions, but they don't look like they cover what I'm trying to do.

All help and advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Beau

Admin: Please forgive me if this is not in the correct forum.




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11 Dec 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Beau : check out your brothers PW tutorial here:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

If you need more help, just give us a shout
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11 Dec 2013   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

"Seemples"

In addition to creating partitions on other drives as above consider also COMBINING new disks.

1) You need to BACKUP what you want off the disks you want to combine.

2) Convert the disks you want to combine to GPT disks

3) set as Dynamic Disks

4) now set SPAN volumes

So you should have a load of Disks which windows treats as a single Drive,

(Better than RAID 0 since you can use DIFFERENT capacity disks as part of a spanned set).

DISADVANTAGE - if you lose any single volume in the spanned set the whole kybosh is down the tubes -- but with decent reliable HDD's these days and IAKE decent backups -- by sets of folders - you don't need to backup the whole spanned data area in one go) you should be fine.

I use this as I have some music / multi-media folders that are larger than my 750 GB drives -- making a single music library works fine. You don't have to worry WHRE the music is physically stored - windows just treats this as a SINGLE volume.

You also don't need anything on Mobo -- this is a standard Windows function.

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Note don't include the BOOT volume as part of the spanned set.

Cheers
jimbo


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12 Dec 2013   #4
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just got back online, but have to get ready for work.

Golden and Jimbo I sure do appreciate the help and direction! I'll let y'all know how things go.
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29 Dec 2013   #5
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks guys. Got it fixed the way I needed. I sure do appreciate the help. Golden, I tried to rep you, but it says I need to spread some rep around before I can rep you again.
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29 Dec 2013   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

No problem mate
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