YesHow to Access the Disk Management Utility
To access the Disk Management
utility in Windows 7, go to the Start Menu
, right-click on Computer
, and select Manage
. This will bring up your Computer Management
On the left-hand side, select Disk Management
from the Storage
In the Disk Management
section, you'll see the right-hand side of the window populate with your disk information, showing you the name, size, and type of each partition for the disks on your system.
Please keep in mind that the Disk Management
utility can only manage file systems compatible with Windows operating systems, such as FAT16/FAT32 and NTFS. While it can see other types of partitions, such as ones created and formatted by Linux or other operating systems, it can only delete them. For more information on partition types, please see: Wikipedia's page on File Systems
.Deleting a Disk Partition
In some cases you'll want to remove a partition from your hard drive, either to make space to extend an existing partition, or redo the partition as a different size of File System. To remove a partition, right-click on the partition you're trying to remove and select 'Delete Volume'
You'll be prompted to confirm your choice, to make you aware that if you remove the partition all data on it will be erased. Therefore, please make sure you've backed up any critical data on that partition prior to clicking Yes
You'll now see the deleted partition showing as 'Free space'
in the Disk Management
utility.Creating a Disk Partition
If you have "free" space on your hard drives, you can create partitions using the Disk Management
utility. The actual logic behind using Primary, Extended, and Logical partitions is outside the scope of this tutorial. However, we recommend this very informative article, called What is a Partition
You'll see unpartitioned space highlighted and labeled as 'Free space'
To create a partition here, right-click the free space and select 'New Simple Volume'
to bring up the 'New Simple Volume Wizard.'
. Click Next
The wizard will ask you for the size of the partition, which you can specify as you wish, using all or part of the total partition size.
where the Wizard will ask you to assign a drive letter to the partition or choose a different letter than the default one and, when done click Next
You'll be asked for information on how the partition should be formatted. Keep in mind that if you wish to use this partition, it needs to be formatted. In most cases, you'll want to use NTFS. NTFS is the default and preferred file system since Windows NT, and provides increased performance, security, and fault tolerance compared to FAT16/FAT32. SO the short answer is delete one and extend one of the other two into the unallocated space. -therefore ending with the two you wish and as recommended by my colleagues
NOTE the unallocated space must be to the right of the one you extend, when using disc management
If you use Easeus partition manager which is free, you can extend either way, either to the left right, but it is in your case easier to stay with disk management and simply start again as you wish.
You may of course ignore the references to Operating systems as you are of course using this HDD only for data storage