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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 1903 – May 2019 Update Reformating a HDD using Disk Management

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      • #2286119 Reply
        bumblebee
        AskWoody Plus

        Can someone please explain to me how to reformat a disk using Disk Management so that there is only one partition on the drive? If you look at my screenshot, I want to reformat ‘Disk 2’ so that it looks just like ‘Disk 1’, as in it has just one partition for the whole drive. My D drive (disk 1) contains data only. Disk 2 will contain just data as well.

        The disk I’m wanting to format was previously used as my ‘C’ drive and therefore had Windows 10 on it.

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      • #2286129 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Merge Partitions with Didk Management and then format the drive.

        https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-software/combine-partitions-windows-10-free.html

        Or use the free

        MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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      • #2286162 Reply
        bumblebee
        AskWoody Plus

        To my knowledge you can’t merge partitions in Disk Management. I will however take a look at the two programs you’ve recommended. Thanks.

      • #2286196 Reply
        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        To my knowledge you can’t merge partitions in Disk Management.

        Agreed. But, you can delete several existing partitions, and then create a new one that uses all the contiguous space freed by deleting the old partitions.

        So, yeah. More steps and the new partition will be empty – some of the more advanced tools might let you keep the contents in a “merge” at least in some situations.

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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Disk Management will let you delete all existing partitions and then create a new one. No need for 3rd party software.

        cheers, Paul

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      • #2286248 Reply
        bumblebee
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks Paul T.

        I stuck with Disk Management and didn’t need any 3rd party software. The recovery partition was a little more problematic to remove as Disk Management doesn’t allow you to do this. However, with an elevated command prompt I was able to override this.

        The drive is now successfully reformatted. Thanks all.

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