Now THERE"S an idea, I think I missed something I should have caught here, dangit!...let me know.
Anyway, here's what I did: In Disk Management earlier; the graphical representation of my second drive showed as a horizontal bar with two sections, one partition of 60 GB and one of 140GB (actually, each less, of course).
I right-clicked on the smaller of the two partitions and clicked on "Delete Partition" in the drop-down menu. I now show a SINGLE horizontal bar showing the 127GB capacity.
And here's where I think I may have gone wrong: The SINGLE "bar" I know see on my screen is visually the same length as the earlier 2-SECTION bar, so I thought that SHOULD graphically represent the same TOTAL amount of Gigabytes as the earlier one...but when I stop and think a minute it might just represent the remaining partition "stretched out" to fill my monitor screen...
COULD it be this simple? Clue: If I now DO right-click on the "single" bar I still do get the option of "delete partition"...I may have made the mistake of thinking of a "partition" as similar to a "wall" in a room: remove the "partition" (wall) and make one "larger" room out of two...where on my computer the analogy reflects actually removing one "room" leaving only the other one
Is this correct? (If I delete the remaining partition my hard drive won't completely disappear??
If so, that's WAAAY too easy a solution!