Solved How to remove partition from external HDD.

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September 4, 2012 at 10:39:00
Specs: Windows XP, 3.0 Mz/1.0Gb
I removed a HDD from an old computer and installed it into an external HDD enclosure. The drive opens and works correctly; however, it has two partitions. How can I remove the partition? There isn't any data on the drive so reformatting it would not be a concern. Thank you.

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September 4, 2012 at 12:07:46

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September 4, 2012 at 12:09:23
Reformatting won't remove a partition, it will just reformat it. Go into disk management and delete the two partitions. Then create a new one and it will create one partition the full size of the drive. If you can do this on a Windows 7 box, Disk Management will let you resize the partition so you can just delete one partition then resize the other.

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September 4, 2012 at 12:11:22
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Connect the drive to your PC and make sure the enclosure is connected to mains electric socket.

Go to Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

In the right-hand pane, at the bottom, find the appropriate ribbon for that drive.
Right-click each of it's partitions in turn and choose "Delete Partition".
When they've gone you will be left with one large "unallocated" space.
Right-click that and choose "create partition", accept the default size.
When partition has been created, right-click it and choose "Format".

When that's finished you should have a single partition using the drive's total capacity and ready to accept data.

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