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Can I combine two hard disks together?

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    Steve Hall Guest

    Can I combine two hard disks together?

    I have a Toshiba laptop and it has come with a single 120Gb hard disk.
    However it is partitioned into a C drive and an E drive split 50:50. I
    don't really need to have two seperate areas in this way and would like to
    combine them together to have a single logical drive on the laptop. Can I
    do this from within Windows Vista that is installed on the laptop?

    Thanks

    Steve


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    Jon Pope Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    the e drive as u say is a recovery partition it should b the d drive


    "Steve Hall" <stevehall1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >I have a Toshiba laptop and it has come with a single 120Gb hard disk.
    >However it is partitioned into a C drive and an E drive split 50:50. I
    >don't really need to have two seperate areas in this way and would like to
    >combine them together to have a single logical drive on the laptop. Can I
    >do this from within Windows Vista that is installed on the laptop?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Steve

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    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hall View Post
    I have a Toshiba laptop and it has come with a single 120Gb hard disk.
    However it is partitioned into a C drive and an E drive split 50:50. I
    don't really need to have two seperate areas in this way and would like to
    combine them together to have a single logical drive on the laptop. Can I
    do this from within Windows Vista that is installed on the laptop?

    Thanks

    Steve
    Hi Steve,

    Yes you can with Vista's Disk Management. You will lose whatever is on the E drive though, so be sure to backup anything you do not want to lose first. You will not lose anything on the C: drive, so it will be safe to backup the E drive there if you like. This tutorial will show you how to do this step by step.

    Disk Management - Delete and Extend


    WARNING:
    If this is a "Recovery Partition", then be sure that you have a Vista Recovery DVD or Installation DVD first. Otherwise you will not be able to reinstall Vista again using that E: partition.

    Shawn

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    DL Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    Unlikely, the hidden recovery partition would be in the order of 10gb or
    less
    D is likely the dvd/cd

    And if the laptop is ever recovered to origonal configeration then both
    partitions would likely be recreated

    "Jon Pope" <mrjonpope@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > the e drive as u say is a recovery partition it should b the d drive
    >
    >
    > "Steve Hall" <stevehall1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E0A919DD-394C-457C-89C8-97FF0B703DF3@xxxxxx

    >>I have a Toshiba laptop and it has come with a single 120Gb hard disk.
    >>However it is partitioned into a C drive and an E drive split 50:50. I
    >>don't really need to have two seperate areas in this way and would like to
    >>combine them together to have a single logical drive on the laptop. Can I
    >>do this from within Windows Vista that is installed on the laptop?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Steve
    >


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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    Hi,

    Provided that a) the two volumes are contiguous (ie: next to each other) and
    b) that E: is not your recovery volume, then all you need do is run disk
    manager (diskmgmt.msc) and remove the E: volume. Then expand C: to encompass
    the resulting free (unallocated) space. If they are not contiguous, then you
    will need third party software to manipulate them so that they are. You can
    only expand a volume into free space that is immediately after it, not in
    front of it.

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    "Steve Hall" <stevehall1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >I have a Toshiba laptop and it has come with a single 120Gb hard disk.
    >However it is partitioned into a C drive and an E drive split 50:50. I
    >don't really need to have two seperate areas in this way and would like to
    >combine them together to have a single logical drive on the laptop. Can I
    >do this from within Windows Vista that is installed on the laptop?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Steve

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    Pete Stavrakoglou Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    "DL" <address@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > Unlikely, the hidden recovery partition would be in the order of 10gb or
    > less
    > D is likely the dvd/cd
    >
    > And if the laptop is ever recovered to origonal configeration then both
    > partitions would likely be recreated
    I agree, the D:| drive is the CD/DVD. I've got three Toshiba's in the
    family, none of them have recovery partitions, they all use recovery disks.



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    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have two local disk drives C and D and i have a 500GB HD my C drive is only 49.83GB my D drive is 9.77GB and there is 407.17BG remaing and ive tried to combine them both but when i go to extend hard drisk its in grey and it will not let me click it. i do lots of gaming so i need a big harddrive and i cant have them split up like this it wont let me play so many games on a 48 GB hard drive any suggestions in what to do?

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    Tae Song Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?


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    >
    > HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have two local disk drives C
    > and D and i have a 500GB HD my C drive is only 49.83GB my D drive is
    > 9.77GB and there is 407.17BG remaing and ive tried to combine them both
    > but when i go to extend hard drisk its in grey and it will not let me
    > click it. i do lots of gaming so i need a big harddrive and i cant have
    > them split up like this it wont let me play so many games on a 48 GB
    > hard drive any suggestions in what to do?
    >
    >
    > --
    > SweHomie
    You have to convert the disks to dynamic first in disk management. I am not
    sure I would recommend doing this, if one of the drives dies you could end
    up losing data on both drives.


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    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    "SweHomie" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have two local disk drives C
    > and D and i have a 500GB HD my C drive is only 49.83GB my D drive is
    > 9.77GB and there is 407.17BG remaing and ive tried to combine them both
    > but when i go to extend hard drisk its in grey and it will not let me
    > click it. i do lots of gaming so i need a big harddrive and i cant have
    > them split up like this it wont let me play so many games on a 48 GB
    > hard drive any suggestions in what to do?
    >
    >
    > --
    > SweHomie

    You need to use a program like Acronis Disk Director which will safely
    create and merge partitions..


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    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: Can I combine two hard disks together?

    "Tae Song" <tae_song@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > "SweHomie" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >>
    >> HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have two local disk drives C
    >> and D and i have a 500GB HD my C drive is only 49.83GB my D drive is
    >> 9.77GB and there is 407.17BG remaing and ive tried to combine them both
    >> but when i go to extend hard drisk its in grey and it will not let me
    >> click it. i do lots of gaming so i need a big harddrive and i cant have
    >> them split up like this it wont let me play so many games on a 48 GB
    >> hard drive any suggestions in what to do?
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> SweHomie
    >
    > You have to convert the disks to dynamic first in disk management. I am
    > not sure I would recommend doing this, if one of the drives dies you could
    > end up losing data on both drives.

    Not a good idea at all..


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