Windows 10: Removing partitions on external hard drives?

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  1. Willabong Win User

    Removing partitions on external hard drives?


    I have several laptop hard drives that I access on my desktop PC via a usb hub, I have managed to format them and they work perfectly.
    My problem is that 2 of these hard drives have 2 partitions which I have also formatted, but the partitions show up as separate drives in Windows 10. What I want to do is consolidate the drives into just the one primary partition on each drive.
    Can anyone please tell me how I can achieve this in Windows 10?

    Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

    Windows 10 version 1909 fully up to date 32 gig ram.

    :)
     
    Willabong, Mar 17, 2020
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  2. remove external hard drive partitions

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft community.

    If you are logged in as an administrator, you can repartition your hard disk by using the Shrink feature in Disk Management. You can shrink an existing partition or volume to create unallocated disk space, from which you can create a new partition
    or volume.

    You may follow the step below and check if it helps:


    • Connect the external hard drive.

    • Press Windows Key and click on Disk Management.

    • Right-click the volume you want to shrink, and then click
      Shrink Volume.

    • Follow the instructions


    You may also refer to the steps below and check if it helps:



    Open cmd with admin rights

    1. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart

    2. In the “Diskpart” prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.

    3. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.

    4. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:

    select disk 0

    5. Finish by Enter key.

    6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.

    7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:

    select partition x

    where x is the number recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.

    Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.



    Disclaimer: Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.



    Hope this helps to resolve your issue. If the problem persist please revert back to us we are glad to help you.
     
    Anju Thekkethil, Mar 17, 2020
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  3. XandiShaw Win User
    remove external hard drive partitions

    when I right click the partitions, 'help' pops up . I want to remove all the existing partitions and reformat an external hard drive, to use for storage
     
    XandiShaw, Mar 17, 2020
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  4. Removing partitions on external hard drives?

    How to remove a hard drive partition????

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I see that you want to remove the partition where the Windows 7 32 bit is installed. I would suggest you to format that particular partition (Windows 7 32 bit) and extend the partition where the Windows 10 64 bit is installed.

    Please answer the below question to understand the situation better,

    Is it an external Hard Disk Drive?

    Follow the below steps on how to format and extend your hard drive,

    1. Press Windows + R for Run.

    2. Type diskmgmt.msc

    3. Right click the partition you want to format then Select format.

    4. Then right click and delete the partition.

    5. Select the partition you want to extend and then select Extend volume.

    Note: I would suggest you take a backup of your data before formatting. Microsoft is not responsible for any data loss.

    Reply us if you have further queries we will be glad to assist you.
     
    Anup Karkal, Mar 17, 2020
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