February 18, 2008 9 Comments
In this blog post, I will describe how to merge two partitions on the same hard drive into one partition drive using the Windows Vista Disk Management snap-in.
Windows Vista cannot merge two partition together if the partitions contain data (files and folders). One of the partitions must be deleted, once this is done then you can successfully merge the partition that you didn’t delete with the unallocated space. All of these tasks can be performed using Windows Vista Disk Management snap-in.
In this example I have a 80 GB hard drive which I have split into two partition; drive C contain Windows Vista Business Edition and drive E has Windows Vista Business Edition also installed but I would like to delete drive E and merge it with drive C. With Windows XP and earlier version of Windows, you could not perform this operation without third-party software such as Acronis Disk Director. Windows Vista has the ability to expand and shrink volumes by using the Window Vista Disk Management snap-in. Administrative privileges are required for this task.
What I Did
- Click on the Start Orb (formerly know as the Start Button in earlier version of Windows).
- Type diskmgmt.msc in the Start Search field.
- Press SHIFT+CTRL+ENTER to open Disk Management snap-in in an elevated state.
- Right-click E drive to select Delete Volume….
- Click Yes in the confirmation dialog.
- Right-click C drive to select Extend Volume….
- Click Next when the Extend Volume Wizard opens.
- Enter the expansion size for drive C click Next.
- Review disk settings and click Finish.
- Congratulations, you now have successfully extended (merged) a partition using the Disk Management snap-in with Windows Vista.
- Microsoft Windows Vista x86 Versions
Edited: May 11, 2012