Partition question

By Juanra ยท 4 replies
Aug 7, 2009
  1. Hello, I have a Sony Vaio with a partitioned hard drive. One partition is about 15GB's, includes all of the OS files, and has only about half a gigabyte in empty space. The other partition has random data, measures about 127GB's, and has around 100GB's in empty space. Is there any way I can merge the partitions into one large volume without losing dada? Or should I backup everything in the second partiton before deleting it? Thanks for your help.
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hi Juanra, you will have to back up anything you want to keep, it goes away when you return that partition to the rest of the drive.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Partition Magic is a 3rd party tool to split/merge partitions -- I've had great success with it (ie no loss of data)
  4. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    with partition magic u might also be able to transfer the free soace from another partition to your system partition
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Why do you want to merge the two partitions ?

    Resizing the partitions should create the extra space you need on the system partition.

    You won't lose any data on resizing.

    A free software (that I have used often) is GParted .
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