Removing partitions on external hard drives?

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  1. Willabong's Avatar
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    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.
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  3. Try3's Avatar
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    You can use a host of different partition managers to do this job including the built in Disk management utility [C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc] See Overview of Disk Management - MSDocs

    A popular third-party tool is MiniTool Partition Wizard which includes a host of helpful articles on its website. Lots of TenForums members use this so there's plenty of help available here aswell.
    - Make sure you do not just let it install. Follow each step carefully and skip the step that wants to install other tools [such as Avast antimalware]. WD currently flags this up upon download because of this bloatware.
    - It also has a 'portable' version that you can use without installation and which avoids the bloatware issue completely.

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  5. Kyhi's Avatar
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    Plug in External USB Drive > then open Command Prompt (Admin) > Type
    Code:
    DiskPart
    List volume
    Select volume X (where X is the External USB drive volume letter.)
    Clean 
    convert mbr
    Create partition primary
    Format FS=NTFS quick
    Exit
    
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    Clean will erase all the data.
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  7. Kyhi's Avatar
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
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    I have managed to format them and they work perfectly.
    What I want to do is consolidate the drives into just the one primary partition on each drive.
    Clean will erase all the data.
    Exactly - thus use Diskpart
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  8. jumanji's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 20H2
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    Hi @Willabong

    Please clarify. All partitions will appear as drives. Universal truth
    .

    Do you mean to say that those two partitions appear as two seperate disks?

    Please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management showing that external drive. Then let the experts here crack their heads
    .

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  9. Kyhi's Avatar
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       #9

    really ????
    An External Disk with separate partitions will be assigned a Drive Letter for each Partition..
    Thus appear as 2 drives
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  10. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    An example below:

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