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Windows 7: Remove Old OS partition, extend into usable space

20 Aug 2015   #1

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Remove Old OS partition, extend into usable space

I installed windows 7 on my computer a few years ago and abandoned an old XP partition. I would like to have that usable space back (completely remove the XP partition). I have attached a screenshot of my disk management. My windows 7 is my active OS, the winXP was abandoned a long time ago.

I've removed partitions from dual boot systems many times. Normally I just delete the unused partition, run windows recovery and restore the boot record, then expand the existing volume and everything seems to work fine. I would even accept the loss of the 5 GB if I could expand my existing into the 19GB unallocated, but I can't do it through disk management or diskpart.

I'm using an old Dell desktop (about 12 years old, but runs perfectly for what I use it for), with 2 physical serial ATA hard drives installed (one 80GB, the other is 1.5 TB). The 80GB contains the boot record and OS, the other is strictly storage and a work in progress drive.

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20 Aug 2015   #2

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

Disk Management cannot extend an existing partition into another partition that is on the left (crazy limitation) but 3rd party partition management software can. Try this free one: Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
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