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    Can I just have ONE partition for a secondary drive (SSD)?


    I'd like to use this old SSD as a secondary drive. It used to be my boot drive a long time ago so it seems to have retained the partitioning. (see screenshot)
    Can I just have ONE partition for a secondary drive (SSD)?-ssd-secondary-drive-issue.jpg

    Is there a way to collapse all these partitions and just have one since I'm using it as an externally connected secondary drive?
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    Hello @orlando1974,

    orlando1974 said:
    I'd like to use this old SSD as a secondary drive. It used to be my boot drive a long time ago so it seems to have retained the partitioning.

    Is there a way to collapse all these partitions and just have one since I'm using it as an externally connected secondary drive?

    Yes you can. You just need to Format it as NTFS.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure that there are NO critical files, folders, personal information etc BEFORE you perform the Format because EVERYTHING will get Overwritten.

    Have a look at this => How to Format a Disk or Drive in Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
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    Another option: MiniTool Portable Partition Magic Brings Easier Disk Management

    Delete all unneeded partitions. There will be one unallocated space. Format it.
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    @Paul Black I was only able to format the large partition - not get rid of the extra 3 tiny ones that surround it - which is what I'm asking....
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    I'd use Disk Management and delete all the partitions before creating one partition followed by formatting. There may one small partition that can't be removed by Windows but usually so small as to be inconsequential.
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    Berton said:
    I'd use Disk Management and delete all the partitions before creating one partition followed by formatting. There may one small partition that can't be removed by Windows but usually so small as to be inconsequential.
    yes thats what I was trying to do before posting here but couldn't find the option in Disk Management. Was hoping I didn't have to download additional software. The SSD is in an external enclosure...not sure if that makes a difference.
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    Just right-click any partition and Delete. Also applies to USB drives.
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    Right-click on the Start button --> Windows PowerShell (Admin).
    Run the following commands:

    DiskPart
    List Disk
    Select Disk 7 👉 (where Disk 7 is the old SSD)
    List Partition
    Select Partition X 👉 (Where X is the number of the unwanted partition)
    Delete Partition override 👉 (Delete it)
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    Matthew Wai said:
    Another option: MiniTool Portable Partition Magic Brings Easier Disk Management
    Delete all unneeded partitions. There will be one unallocated space. Format it.
    For some reason, the needed menu items would not appear in my right-click for this drive using the Windows Disk Management. This is why I was confused. But using this tool, it was done in a snap so thank you Matthew for the quick alternative solution.

    By the way, when I did go back to format the drive inside the Disk Management, I noticed that we don't have to assign a drive letter. What's the benefit of doing so? This is an external drive which I will use for backups once in a blue moon so not sure if adding a letter was necessary.
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    Actually, assigning a drive letter would be good when doing backups to the drive, want to keep the communication between devices as stable as possible. I have 2 self-powered USB drives that seldom get disconnected so the drive letter is always the same and having an abundance of USB ports [rather than a hub] helps.
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