Merging partitions

By cfitzarl
Jul 12, 2012
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  1. Hello TechSpot!

    I just purchased an ASUS N56V notebook from a local computer store. When I set it up and first logged into Windows, I noticed that the HDD was split into three: a 279gb "OS" partition, an empty 393gb "Data" partition, and a 25gb "Recovery" partition.

    I have been researching ways to "merge" the OS and Data partitions together (namely by deleting the Data partition and extending the OS partition), but I have not been successful in finding ways to accomplish this without having to delete the recovery partition, which I'm trying to avoid doing. Is it possible to do this?

    I have attached an image of the Disk Management tab of the Computer Management utility.

    Thanks for any responses!

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  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,185   +225

  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +181

    I think Tmagic is referring to Easus Partition Manager Home Edition (is free)

    You can delete your D partition, then resize C to take up all that free disk space. Note you have to hit the Apply button before Easus starts to make any physical changes to the disk.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    If thats Windows 7 I'm pretty sure you can just delete D and then "expand" C into the free space. It shouldn't mess with the recovery partition.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,185   +225

    Yes, that's it... And on laptops out of warranty I delete the recovery partition too
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    That worked! Now I feel a bit stupid :p . When I was doing research on how to do this, every single post said that the disk management utility won't extend a partition if there is another partition after the free space.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    Yeah, I don't think you could do it even in Vista and I know you couldn't in XP or prior. So if people hadn't actually done it themselves in 7 they probably just figured you had to use a 3rd party tool like 'always'. Its understandable.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +181

    Don't feel bad. And per SNGX's post, I never knew you could do it in Win 7 either without a 3rd party tool.

    So thanks to you both for learning something new :)

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