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Old 06-27-2010, 01:21 AM   #1
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Hello, and thanks in advance.
This is my problem:

I have, on my computer, a hard drive that has 2 partitions, each the size of about 30gb... C: and D:.
Now, would it be possible for me to merge D: into C: without having anything eraced? Maby some partitioning software?
My reason is, that D: is not big enough to fit my whole Steam into it, and all though I have a 1tb external hard drive, I can not install the software there because of some bugs on steam (or so I recall). (If anyone has a link to some article on how to solve this problem I would be happy to get one)

As another question: If I do get the two partitions merged, is there something I have to do after that, like edit some registries or something of the like?

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Old 06-27-2010, 05:38 AM   #2
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You can only merge unallocated space with the utilities I have seen, Since the partition table defines the area used by the file system there is no way to delete a partition table and still have access to the area it occupied, and the logical location of the file would be changed.

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Old 06-27-2010, 05:47 AM   #3
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Well, if that is not possible, how much free space should I keep on a partition to keep my computer running smoothly?
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15% is about the norm....On a 30 GB partition, a bit more would be good, probably 5-7 GB.
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Partition Manager Freeware for Windows - EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:06 AM   #6
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I believe, Partition Magic can do that, although I've never used it.
But, if you decide to use any partition management software, the first and foremost thing for you to do is BACKUP ALL YOUR IMPORTANT DATA!!!! Because if that software crashes during the process, it becomes very hard (if possible) to recover files from that disk. Even for a real data recovery pro.
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:18 AM   #7
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As geekwlover suggested, i also used easus partition manager.
i merged d drive to c drive without any formatting or editing the registries.
i think it is one of the most easy to use partition tool that i've ever used.
but do backup everything before merge the partitions in case of data loss.
here's more info about easus partition merging.

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