de-partition and format for backup HDD

Dell Studio 1535
July 9, 2009 at 07:00:44
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.501 GHz / 3581 MB
Hi forum!
I have a VISTA laptop. I'm setting up an external harddrive for backup purposes. The external harddrive has 2 partitions on it.

Because I'm using the harddrive for data backup, I want to remove the partitions to make it one large drive. Currently, the drive names are "F:" and "G:".

I'm using McAfee's shredder software to remove any pre-existing data. I'll then reformat it. How do I remove the partitions to make it one large drive?

Thank you for your help!

bluezcruizer


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#1
July 9, 2009 at 07:26:48
Correct me if my understanding is wrong.

1. This laptop has one hard drive partitioned Drive C (system) & Drive D (Factory Restore) and one DVD drive as drive E.
2. You have external USB hard drive partitioned as drive F & G.

Is the above info right?

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
July 9, 2009 at 08:57:58
Just go into Disk Management. Delete the existing partions and recreate a single partition from the unused space. Then format. You will end up with a single drive that will be drive F:

Just make sure you dont delete any partitions on the internal drive.

Stuart


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#3
July 9, 2009 at 21:31:53
That's correct; seperate external harddrive for backup purposes. I can't locate any "disk management" function on my system. Please elaborate -- thank you guys!

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#4
July 9, 2009 at 21:58:17
I did some looking, and found out disk management is in the administration tools of the control panel. I've got a new problem...I think I deleted one too many drive letters and now the drive doesn't show up in the drive management section at all. It does, however, show up in the device manager as a second HDD. I just can't do anything with it; including initializing it. Any ideas, or did I just FUBAR it bad?

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