You will need
- The Windows 7 installation disc
- Paragon Partition Magic
The easiest way to connect the broken local disks into a single unit to do it during the installation of the Windows 7 operating system. Turn on the computer and press Del to enter the BIOS. Look for Boot Device Priority and set first your optical drive. Insert the installation disc of Windows Seven and restart the computer.
After you run setup operating system wait until the selection screen section. Click "drive options". Select one of the topics that need to connect, find the button "Delete" and press it.
Repeat the process with the other partitions you want to merge. Click "Create", specify the size of the future section and click "Apply". Continue with the installation of the operating system. Note: all partitions will be deleted.
If you have no desire to reinstall the operating system, or you need to save important data on the partitions after they join, then use Paragon Partition Magic. You can download it from this site: http://www.paragon.ru/home/pm-professional/.
Install the program and restart the computer. This will grant the program full access to partitions of your hard drives. Run the program and select any of the possible modes. Select "merge partition".
Specify the section or sections to which you want to connect the first area. Do not select the items to "Format" and "Change file system". Click "Apply".
Wait for the window to restart the computer and complete this operation. The program will continue to work in DOS mode. The operation time varies from 20 minutes to several hours.
Advice 2: How to merge two partitions on hard drive
Merge a couple of sections of the hard disk in several ways. Some require special software, while others may be implemented during installation of the operating system.
You will need
- Partition Manager.
Let's look at an example of connection of several local disks in one using the installer operating system Windows Seven. Start the process of installing the OS in a standard way. Insert disc, turn on the computer, select your main drive device when booting. Select the installation language and version of the operating system.
The screen will display a menu with a list of local disks on which to install the OS. Click the "drive options". Select one of the merged partition and click "Delete". Do the same with the second disk. Now click "Create". Select the file system type of the future drive (NTFS or FAT32), set the maximum size for him.
Continue with the installation of the operating system or complete the process if another OS is already installed on the computer or laptop.
Despite the simplicity of the operations, this method has one significant drawback – information from both of the merged partitions will be deleted. To avoid this, use a special tool.
Download and install the Partition Manager. Select the version you more than others suited to your operating system. The Internet is easy to find most of the versions of the program.
Run the program and enable the experienced user. Click the "Wizard" located on the toolbar of the program. Select "more actions" and click on sub-item "merge partition".
Select a few local drives (at least two) you want to merge into one. Click "Next". On the main toolbar, locate the "Apply" button and click it.
If one of the connected partitions is the system, the program needs to continue to work in the DOS mode after a reboot.
Change hard disk partitions in Windows 7. Reduction of the primary partition. Under compression section, all ordinary files are automatically moved to another area of the disk to free up additional space. There is no need to format the disk compression section. Note: If the partition is a raw partition (that is, without any file system) that contains data (e.g. a database file), shrinking the partition may lead to data destruction.