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Windows 7: Partition Removal


20 Jul 2011   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
Partition Removal

I have used windows disk management to create a partition to use for a VM and dual booting to test OS's. After the VM failed, I deleted the partition which left a scrap one of 1MB, another time it left a 2MB one. How can I merge or otherwise get rid of both? They are unallocated and probably do no harm, but I'd like to get rid of them both if possible, without damaging my data.
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20 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate, delete them first and use disk management to extend each respective partition to the right to reclaim that space.


You could use the information in this tutorial to recover all the space from F: into the C: partition.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

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20 Jul 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

These "remnant" unallocated partitions can occur with both Windows disk management and Partition Wizard. Why? I'm not really sure.
However, I generally use PW and they are easily fixed with a secondary action by simply resizing the adjacent partitions.
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20 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The option to delete them is not avaiable and extend is grayed out.
Even PW has most operations unavailable. This wasn't with the bootable version. PW even shows a 3rd one of hese pesky partitions (Disk 2 is an external drive)
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20 Jul 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

How do you delete an unallocated region of the disk?

Have you tried using the PW Resize option on the adjacent allocated partitions?


PS: The first question is rhetorical.
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20 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
How do you delete an unallocated region of the disk?

Have you tried using the PW Resize option on the adjacent allocated partitions?
Exactly. Gather the unallocated space using Resize from a partition. If PW Home doesn't do it, the bootable version should.
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21 Jul 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
How do you delete an unallocated region of the disk?

Have you tried using the PW Resize option on the adjacent allocated partitions?



That's a good question.
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31 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well due to other issues I've done a clean install and just formatted my drive, took care of all stray partions.
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