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    Delete partition ?

    Using Paragon backup software, I created a partition for the backup but did not write anything to it. I decided I didn't want to do this after all but couldn't see how to delete the partition. I ran compmgmt.msc and clicked on Disk Management. The D and Local Disk (C) are listed and 20 GB is shown as Unallocated. I want to return this 20 GB space to the Local Disk as free space, but don't see how to do this. Could someone help?

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    Here's what M$ has to say about your situation;
    How to delete a partition or a logical drive

    To delete a partition or logical drive:
    1. In the Disk Management window, right-click the partition or logical drive that you want to delete, and then click Delete Partition or Delete Logical Drive.
    2. Click Yes when you are prompted to delete the partition or logical drive. The partition or logical drive is deleted.

    Important
    • When you delete a partition or a logical drive, all the data on that partition or logical drive, and the partition or the logical drive, are deleted.
    • You cannot delete the system partition, boot partition, or a partition that contains the active paging (swap) file.
    • You cannot delete an extended partition unless the extended partition is empty. All logical drives in the extended partition must be deleted before you can delete the extended partition.
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    After you delete the appropriate drive (make sure you are not deleting the C Drive (OS drive)), it will become unallocated space. Right click on the C Drive and select extend. You can then extend the partition to all the unallocated space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    After you delete the appropriate drive (make sure you are not deleting the C Drive (OS drive)...
    Ted, I would be very worried (and, indeed, surprised) if any version of Windows allowed you to delete the current system partition...
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    I have never actually tried to delete the C Drive OS Partition so I'm not actually sure if it would be allowed or not, that's why I mentioned it as a precaution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    After you delete the appropriate drive (make sure you are not deleting the C Drive (OS drive)), it will become unallocated space. Right click on the C Drive and select extend. You can then extend the partition to all the unallocated space.
    In the Disk Management window, the D and C drives art listed plus 68 GB labelled Unallocated.
    When I right click on the C drive as you say, I see no "extend " selection available?
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    Win 7 Disk Manager has limitations. Try a 3rd party app such as Partition Wizard. During those operations that Win 7 Disk Manager was not successful, Partition Wizard worked well.
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    Sorry I didn't state, my OS is Win XP SP3

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    My bad, you did post in the XP Forum. I'm just so used to answering in the Win 7 forum. I would still try a 3rd party partitioning app. The Windows Disk Manager has limitations that the 3rd party apps do not.
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    After some difficulty, got this accomplished with Paragon Partition Manager. Thanks to all for the help.

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    Glad you got it sorted out. As I said the Windows Disk Manager is getting better, but still has limitations that the 3rd party apps do not.
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    Paragon Partition Manager is a good program, so is Easeus Partition Master and Partition Magic 8.

    But, you will have fewer problems with any of these programs if you make the DOS boot disk with the program.

    I won't run any partitioning program or any backup program from within windows. Windows just throws too much crap in the game.

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