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Merging an unused partition

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Merging an unused partition

sp4566
Does anyone know if one can merge an unused partition into the boot partition without any loss of data?
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    TheChas

    There are many ways to merge partitions. The safest is to use a partition manager such as Partition Magic.

    However, there is ALWAYS a risk of data lose. It is best practice and a darn good idea to back up all data and critical information before attempting to adjust partition sizes.

    Personally, I would consider moving your data to the unused partition. That would both free up space on the boot partition and make it a fairly easy task to back up just your files.

    One last thought. Make sure this is unused drive space and not the restore partition on the hard drive.

    Chas

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    tjsobieski

    Since Norton no longer offers Partition Magic, and I'm basically cheap anyway, are there alternatives, especially in freeware?

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    Jacky Howe

    is adjacent to the Primary Partition and the Partition is empty you should be able to merge them. I normally Clone the Primary Partition first just in case something goes wrong.

    EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition

    <a href="http://www.partition-tool.com/ " target="_blank"><u>Freeware</u></a>

    Edit: spelling

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    scottcoker06

    If it can be done with System Commander it can be done. But I don't know how to physically edit the partition.

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    sp4566

    Thanks everyone for your replies.

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    softfan

    I happened to see that easeus partition master has been released to the 9.0 version, with which one can merge partitions without formatting, does it safe enough to use? Or I should backup my data first?
    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/windows-7-partition-manager/merge-partitions-windows-7.htm

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    Jacky Howe

    is adjacent to the Primary Partition and the Partition is empty you should be able to merge them. I normally Clone the Primary Partition first just in case something goes wrong.

    EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition

    <a href="http://www.partition-tool.com/ " target="_blank"><u>Freeware</u></a>

    Edit: spelling

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    scottcoker06

    If it can be done with System Commander it can be done. But I don't know how to physically edit the partition.

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    softfan

    I happened to see that easeus partition master has been released to the 9.0 version, with which one can merge partitions without formatting, does it safe enough to use? Or I should backup my data first?
    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/windows-7-partition-manager/merge-partitions-windows-7.htm

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    TheChas

    There are many ways to merge partitions. The safest is to use a partition manager such as Partition Magic.

    However, there is ALWAYS a risk of data lose. It is best practice and a darn good idea to back up all data and critical information before attempting to adjust partition sizes.

    Personally, I would consider moving your data to the unused partition. That would both free up space on the boot partition and make it a fairly easy task to back up just your files.

    One last thought. Make sure this is unused drive space and not the restore partition on the hard drive.

    Chas

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    tjsobieski

    Since Norton no longer offers Partition Magic, and I'm basically cheap anyway, are there alternatives, especially in freeware?

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    Jacky Howe

    is adjacent to the Primary Partition and the Partition is empty you should be able to merge them. I normally Clone the Primary Partition first just in case something goes wrong.

    EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition

    <a href="http://www.partition-tool.com/ " target="_blank"><u>Freeware</u></a>

    Edit: spelling

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    scottcoker06

    If it can be done with System Commander it can be done. But I don't know how to physically edit the partition.

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    sp4566

    Thanks everyone for your replies.

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    softfan

    I happened to see that easeus partition master has been released to the 9.0 version, with which one can merge partitions without formatting, does it safe enough to use? Or I should backup my data first?
    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/windows-7-partition-manager/merge-partitions-windows-7.htm

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    Jacky Howe

    is adjacent to the Primary Partition and the Partition is empty you should be able to merge them. I normally Clone the Primary Partition first just in case something goes wrong.

    EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition

    <a href="http://www.partition-tool.com/ " target="_blank"><u>Freeware</u></a>

    Edit: spelling

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    scottcoker06

    If it can be done with System Commander it can be done. But I don't know how to physically edit the partition.

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    softfan

    I happened to see that easeus partition master has been released to the 9.0 version, with which one can merge partitions without formatting, does it safe enough to use? Or I should backup my data first?
    http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/windows-7-partition-manager/merge-partitions-windows-7.htm