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Merging two Drive partitions without data loss

From a little over 20 years in IT my current knowledge is that merging of two partitions without losing the data in at least one of them isn't possible. 

 

Even the tools I know of can't do that.

 

A half year ago partition wizard wasn't able to do that kind of tricks. So perhaps there was a quantum leap in that technology, or it is still the same. 

 

The only way I know in your case is emptying the E partition and then expand D, and copy the Data from E into the newly resized D.

 

 

But I like to be proven wrong here =) Because then I learn new things ^^

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Posted · Original PosterOP

As the title says I wanna merge two partitions namely my D\: and E\: Hard disk drive partitions. but to do so I'll have to format and create new partitions which also means it'll wipe my data. Is there a way to merge two partitions without loss of data. I saw this app called 'MiniTool Partition Wizard' which claims to merge drives without data loss, I am a bit skeptical about it. 

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sounds like JBOD.


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From a little over 20 years in IT my current knowledge is that merging of two partitions without losing the data in at least one of them isn't possible. 

 

Even the tools I know of can't do that.

 

A half year ago partition wizard wasn't able to do that kind of tricks. So perhaps there was a quantum leap in that technology, or it is still the same. 

 

The only way I know in your case is emptying the E partition and then expand D, and copy the Data from E into the newly resized D.

 

 

But I like to be proven wrong here =) Because then I learn new things ^^


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Anghammarad said:

From a little over 20 years in IT my current knowledge is that merging of two partitions without losing the data in at least one of them isn't possible. 

 

Even the tools I know of can't do that.

 

A half year ago partition wizard wasn't able to do that kind of tricks. So perhaps there was a quantum leap in that technology, or it is still the same. 

 

The only way I know in your case is emptying the E partition and then expand D, and copy the Data from E into the newly resized D.

 

 

But I like to be proven wrong here =) Because then I learn new things ^^

Thanks, for your reply :) I am a newb at the partitioning thingy... so from what you are saying if I move all my data from E to D by deleting the unwanted files, its possible to extend the D drive without damaging or loss of any data. If so, how do I extend it? Disk management doesn't have an option to extend a drive to a completely different partition...

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You need to remove E completely from inside the Disk Management... 

 

That means backup the data, then right click > Delete Volume

Then right click on the D > expand volume > chose all space available > click OK or Make it so! =)

 

After a short time D should be expanded to it's new full size.


2 Main Systems (mine and my late wifes): AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, Core I5 3570k @4300, 16 GB Ram DDR3 2133, some SSD, and a 2 TB HDD each, Gainward Phantom 760GTX. 

 

On the Road: Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-51G-54FD, Intel Core i5 7200U, 8 GB DDR4 Ram, 120 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Intel CPU GFX and Nvidia MX 150, Full HD IPS display

 

Media System: Asrock ASRock Z87 Extreme4/TB4, Intel Core i5 4460, 16 GB Ram DDR3 1600 ADATA XPG, 1 275 GB SSD, 2 Seagate 500 GB HDD, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX

 

(Abit Fatal1ty FP9 IN SLI, C2Duo E8400, 6 GB Ram DDR2 800, far too less diskspace, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX broken need fixing)

 

Nostalgia: Amiga 1200, Tower Build, CPU/FPU/MMU 68EC020, 68030, 68882 @50 Mhz, 10 MByte ram (2 MB Chip, 8 MB Fast), Fast SCSI II, 2 CDRoms, 2 1 GB SCSI II IBM Harddrives, 512 MB Quantum Lightning HDD, self soldered Sync changer to attach VGA displays, WLAN

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, Anghammarad said:

You need to remove E completely from inside the Disk Management... 

 

That means backup the data, then right click > Delete Volume

Then right click on the D > expand volume > chose all space available > click OK or Make it so! =)

 

After a short time D should be expanded to it's new full size.

oh right! lol I am dumb xD thanks for your time and help :) 

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Just now, NEO_STARK said:

oh right! lol I am dumb xD thanks for your time and help :) 

You're welcome =) 

 

And I never would call anyone dumb because they don't know about a feature because they don't need to run systems like I do =)


2 Main Systems (mine and my late wifes): AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, Core I5 3570k @4300, 16 GB Ram DDR3 2133, some SSD, and a 2 TB HDD each, Gainward Phantom 760GTX. 

 

On the Road: Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-51G-54FD, Intel Core i5 7200U, 8 GB DDR4 Ram, 120 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Intel CPU GFX and Nvidia MX 150, Full HD IPS display

 

Media System: Asrock ASRock Z87 Extreme4/TB4, Intel Core i5 4460, 16 GB Ram DDR3 1600 ADATA XPG, 1 275 GB SSD, 2 Seagate 500 GB HDD, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX

 

(Abit Fatal1ty FP9 IN SLI, C2Duo E8400, 6 GB Ram DDR2 800, far too less diskspace, Gainward Phantom 560 GTX broken need fixing)

 

Nostalgia: Amiga 1200, Tower Build, CPU/FPU/MMU 68EC020, 68030, 68882 @50 Mhz, 10 MByte ram (2 MB Chip, 8 MB Fast), Fast SCSI II, 2 CDRoms, 2 1 GB SCSI II IBM Harddrives, 512 MB Quantum Lightning HDD, self soldered Sync changer to attach VGA displays, WLAN

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