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I tried this method as you told , when i deletes the F drive from Disk management , it shows an unpartitioned/ unused disk space. i want to merge these two drives due insufficient disk space , can i use a third party software to merge these two drives into one ? please help me ...

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1.Open Computer Management (Local)
click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
OR - right click My Computer and choose MANAGE

2.In the console tree, click Disk Management.
Computer Management (Local) > Storage > Disk Management

3.Right-click the unallocated space on one of the dynamic disks where you want to create the spanned volume, and then click New Volume.

4.In the New Volume wizard, click Next, click Spanned, and then follow the instructions on your screen.

Note

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

You can create spanned volumes on dynamic disks only. - if one or more of the disks is listed as BASIC on the left hand pane, click the drive you need to make dynamic, right click and choose convert to dynamic.

You need at least two dynamic disks to create a spanned volume.

You can extend a spanned volume onto a maximum of 32 dynamic disks.

Spanned volumes cannot be mirrored or striped.

Spanned volumes are not fault tolerant - if one drive fails, the data on all the spanned volumes is basically lost.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011

  • Norman Skinner
    Norman Skinner Mar 25, 2011

    NOTE: BACKUP ALL YOUR DATA FIRST !!!
    Also, spanning volumes can only be done using UNALLOCATED drive space, meaning if your C: drive is running out of space, this is NOT a solution. The solution there would be to clone the smaller drive to the larger one using a program like Acronis True Image, and once the cloning is complete, make the larger drive your C: drive.
    This can be done by changing the boot order in the CMOS (BIOS) setup, or by swapping the data cables between the two drives.

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