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How to Combine Multiple Partitions into a Single Partition

Written by Uday Kumar

Computers have become an important part of human lives in this 21st century. Almost in every home, you can find at least one PC. This shows us how cool these electronic items are. Every time you buy a PC, you can see that manufacturers either provide multiple partitions or a single partition of the internal drive. One of the main reason behind the partition of the internal drive into multiple parts is to make sure that user data won’t mess up the core operating system.

Chances of losing the personal data will be more when you maintain a single partition to store both operating system files and personal files. This post also helps you to remove recovery partitions, free up space occupied by recovery data.

Combine Multiple Partitions into a Single Partition

If your PC is running on Windows 10, then “Reset this PC” feature will reset Windows OS to its default settings without erasing personal data, even if both are on the same partition. Rather than using manufacturer drive partitions, you can change it yourself. Well, this technique is quite easy, safe and you don’t need to be a computer geek to accomplish this task.

Deletion and Expansion

If you want to combine multiple partitions into a single partition, then you need to delete the partition and then expand the existing partition. Also, make sure that you don’t have any data on the partition which you are about to delete. Once the partition is deleted you will lose the data, so either copy the data into other partition or a separate hard drive.

  1. To delete the partition, you need to open the Disk Management utility. If your PC is has Windows 8 or Windows 10 installed, then right-click on the Start menu and select Disk Management option.Start_diskmanagement
  2. If your PC is powered by Windows 7, then open the Run window by pressing the Windows +R keyboard shortcut key and type “diskmgmt.msc”. Then click on the OK button.diskmgmt
  3. Disk management windows will appear right away on the screen. You can see the list of the partitions and their size in the window.Disk-management
  4. Make sure you won’t delete the partition containing the operating system files. Most of the time the operating system is installed in the C drive.
  5. Right-click on the partition which you want to delete and select Delete volume option. It will take some time to delete the partition.Delete-volume
  6. Now right-click on the partition which you want to enlarge. Select “Extend volume” option.
  7. Click on the Next button to extend the partition with the available amount of free space. After some time, the partition gets extended without rebooting the PC. You can check it instantly by opening the file explorer.extend-volume

Isn’t it simple? If you want to combine the partitions on different hard drives, then you can use storage space feature in Windows 10.

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  • Sarah Clinton

    great post. but doing this will cause data loss because it requires the partitions deleted as unallocated space. additionally, the unallocated space has to be contiguous to the partition that needs extending. I once used a third party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant, both the standard (free)
    or the Professional(paid) version will do. you can use it to either move the
    unallocated space and extend partition with disk Management or
    directly merge partitions.