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I have a OS disk c: that has a d: partiotion. Then I have an another full disk. I would like to make d: and e: as one.
The guide says I should convert them first to dynamic disks. From the picture I should right click disk 1 and convert it. But what will happen when I do it for disk 0, because on that disk the OS partition is on, and that shouldn't become dynamic.

My d: and e: are filed with files, will that have any effect with the merging? And d: is logic while e: is primary.


Edited by nicoliani - 2/3/13 at 1:41pm
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I don't see an E drive?

What do you mean "as one"? Some sort of RAID, obviously, but what are your goals? Mirroring? (Redunancy) Striping? (Speed)
     
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post #3 of 8
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I'm referring my G drive as E in the post. I need a bigger storage for files, so I would like to make one 192 GB disk instead of having one 128 +64.
post #4 of 8
Unless you have the option to extend the D partition, it cant be done besides making a raid. Witch means reformatting. Also take in consederation, If you could merge the d +g files if you lost 1 Drive your loose the info on both, persay.
post #5 of 8
You can only extend a partition onto unallocated space, which means you're going to need to delete one partition, say your "D" drive, and the extend your "E" drive into that unallocated space. You can't do what you're trying to do with both partitions having files on it.

I recommend picking the smallest partition, backing it up onto another device, external HDD or whatever, and then deleting that partition. Extend the larger partition into the now unallocated space. If you don't have anything to back up those files on, you're pretty much stuck with what you have.
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You can only extend a partition onto unallocated space, which means you're going to need to delete one partition, say your "D" drive, and the extend your "E" drive into that unallocated space. You can't do what you're trying to do with both partitions having files on it.

I recommend picking the smallest partition, backing it up onto another device, external HDD or whatever, and then deleting that partition. Extend the larger partition into the now unallocated space. If you don't have anything to back up those files on, you're pretty much stuck with what you have.

From my recollection, you can only extend partition that are on the same physical drive. You need a raid array to merge them on separate physical drives like jbod/raid o for example for disk size.
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You can only extend a partition onto unallocated space, which means you're going to need to delete one partition, say your "D" drive, and the extend your "E" drive into that unallocated space. You can't do what you're trying to do with both partitions having files on it.

I recommend picking the smallest partition, backing it up onto another device, external HDD or whatever, and then deleting that partition. Extend the larger partition into the now unallocated space. If you don't have anything to back up those files on, you're pretty much stuck with what you have.

From my recollection, you can only extend partition that are on the same physical drive. You need a raid array to merge them on separate physical drives like jbod/raid o for example for disk size.

JOBD would be only real option on windows.
post #8 of 8
Um. No. Convert the current disk to dynamic disk, and extend. It's called a spanned volume, so long as it isn't a system volume (the OS partition), which in this case it isn't.

Here's some guidance if you need it:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772180.aspx

http://www.windows7library.com/blog/devices/how-to-create-a-spanned-volume/
Edited by Arimis5226 - 2/8/13 at 7:47am
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