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Windows 7: Merging partitions with Partition Magic V12

07 Nov 2009   #1

Win 7 - 64 Pro
 
 
Merging partitions with Partition Magic V12

My laptop came with Vista on one hard drive having three partitions, one for Vista, Data, and Recovery. I then added another internal SATA drive and made a live copy of the first drive. I then had two drives with a total of 6 partitions. That was manageable, although not what I wanted, being an obsessive fanatic about backups, I added an ESATA drive and copied to that guy.
I then had three drives with nine partitions. Way too much confusion.
After installing Windows 7 I decided to fix this partition nightmare, so bought the latest version of Partition Magic V12.
The first objective was Disk 2 shown on the attached snip. I have created and deleted the last two partitions to the right, formatted them, tried to merge them, resize them, etc., over and over, with no luck. I want those two merged into "D" on that drive to have one large drive.
I have tried to merge them as various combinations of NTFS formatted, unallocated, and/or free space, and finally gave up last night. The error message I get is shown in the other snip pic.
PM will not let me merge the drives or even resize them inside Win 7.
Booting to the PM Recovery DVD offers very few options, there is no merge that I can find, but there is a resize. So, I wanted to resize D to capture the unallocated space and the free space. It won't let me do it.
To merge partitions, they should be partitioned the same way, right? Formatted to NTFS? For some reason, I cannot get them to merge or resize no matter what their status.
Eventually, I want three large hard drives with only one partition on each one. For now, I will be happy just fixing one at a time. Having 9 is terrible!



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07 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have been looking for a 64 bit compatible partition manager. Is this 32 bit only? Sure looks like that's the problem.

This is the only one I can find...

BEST FREE Partition Manager for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.
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07 Nov 2009   #3

Win 7 - 64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I have been looking for a 64 bit compatible partition manager. Is this 32 bit only? Sure looks like that's the problem.

This is the only one I can find...

BEST FREE Partition Manager for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.
Well, now that could be the issue. When I decided to kill those extra partitions, I went to Partition Magic site and bought the latest version.

I figured it had to work with 64 bit because that has been out for a long time in Vista. I will go back to the PM site and see what it says.

One question: when I try to merge or resize or anything with unalllocated or free space, should I make them into partitions first, and then format to match the parent partition?

I don't know if it's best to work with 'unallocated' and 'free space' or not.
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07 Nov 2009   #4

Win 7 - 64 Pro
 
 

The upgrade from Vista to Win 7 resulted in losing many files. I did not realize that I had version 9 of PM, but my email receipts showed that I bought version 10! So, I went to my PM account and there is was to download.

Installed and it sort of works. Of course, PM has lost most of the prestige and reliability since Symantec bought it, but it kind of works.
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07 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Instead of partition magic, I use Gparted. It's a free open source application and works great. I know that you already paid for partition magic, but if it doesn't accomplish what you need....maybe you should try another program.
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07 Nov 2009   #6

Win 7 - 64 Pro
 
 

Heh, I finally got some things working, but I also deleted an old RECOVERY partition. The idea being that I would merge or resize the next partition, called, "SATA-Vista (L)" As seen in the snip.

But Explore no longer sees the SATA-Vista drive, nor does PM. So, I deleted one partition and appears to have lost two.

Lord, I hate partitions!!!!!!!


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07 Nov 2009   #7

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Robert,

Do you have a link for Partition Magic v12 ? Afaik, Partition Magic is not compatible with the NT6 partitioning rules.

Would you like to incorporate the Unallocated space on Disk0 with the Vista L partition?

You can only merge partitions. Unallocated space is not a partition.

If you meant Paragon Partition Manager 10:

You can rt click the Vista partition, select Move/Resize and drag to the left to incorporate the Unallocated space.


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Then click Apply.

If you extend the Vista partition to the left - you will need to adjust the bcd entry for Vista - to be able to boot into it.

Hope it helps


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07 Nov 2009   #8

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Free space is inside an Extended partition.

If you wish to make the whole drive one partition, Rt click the Extended partition and convert to Primary partition.

You can then merge the two Primaries into one.

Hope it helps.
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21 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

it is not safe to merge partitions directly, resize partition is much better. paragon and easeus partition manager are good tool to resize then merge partitions, I found an article how to resize windows 7 partitions.
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22 Nov 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That, is the same process of resize explained in the screenshots above. Easeus is a decent app. The free version only works on 32 bit , sadly.

Best FREE partitioner 32 and 64 bit :

Free Download Partition Wizard

Best paid partitioner is Paragon.

Paragon have an oddly named app. called System Update Utilities - this includes a full version of PM10 personal, and other utilities as well - plus WinPE cd - strangely, it is cheaper than the PM10 personal on it's own:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/suu/features.html
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