How can i combine these 2 unallocated partitions?

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by Domthebomb3, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. Domthebomb3

    Domthebomb3 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I recently purchased a 2tb WD Blue Hard Drive and when i opened my file explorer, i saw that it was only around 1tb. I went to look at the partitions and i saw that the other tb was unallocated. I messed around with it, trying to get them together, and i somehow ended up with 2 unallocated spaces(both around 930 GB each.) They are also not adjacent. They are split by a 450 Mb Healthy(Recovery Partition). I have tried formatting and extending and i keep running into errors like "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation." I tried doing my own research and was told that because they are separated, i needed a 3rd party software. I tried 2 different software's and only my SSD shows up. My hard drive is there, but it dosent show any of the partitions because it says it is a Dynamic Disc. I don't know what that means, but one told me to restart my computer(which did nothing), and the other told me i needed to get the paid version. If anyone could help my i would really appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Dom
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Reformat the drive. Its not easy combining partitions that aren't next to each other. I'm curious why a recovery partition is between them? Did you try installing windows to this drive?
     
  3. Domthebomb3

    Domthebomb3 New Member

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    How do I reformat? And I honestly have no clue about the recovery partition.
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    By using disk management. Right click on recovery partition and click on delete. Then format the partition as one single one.
     
  5. Domthebomb3

    Domthebomb3 New Member

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    I tried right clicking. There’s no delete option. Only a help option.
     
  6. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Did you install windows while this drive was attached to system? If so, it won't allow you to delete that because if you do, it will cause issues booting. If not, then you'll need to use a partition manager to wipe the drive and start over with 1 partition.

    Something like minitool partition wizard

    https://www.partitionwizard.com/download/v11/pw11-free.exe
     

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