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So basically I want to format a secondary IDE drive and turn it into storage. Problem is each time I format it through Windows 7 it keeps putting a "recovery" partition on it that takes 4-5GBs of space. Is there a free program that I can format/combine the 2 partitions into 1? For some reason it really bugs me to see 1 HDD under 2 partitions tongue.gif

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It keeps putting a recovery partition? Are you sure the IDE drive just doesn't happen to have its original recovery partition in-tact?

If you delete both partitions in the IDE drive, then create a new partition you should have one single partition.
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  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
  4. Type list disk, press Enter
  5. Type select disk 1 (or whichever number it turns out to be), press Enter
  6. Type clean, press Enter
  7. Type create partition primary align=4096 (1024 is default), press Enter
  8. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  9. Type active, press Enter
  10. Type exit, press Enter
  11. Close the Command Window
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Yeah that is what I normally do but for some reason it keeps doing it. I tried Sean's and it appears to have worked. Thank you both very much.
    
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Turn off system restore on the drive. Use this to merge the partitions, http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
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