Partition Merge in Windows® 7
Want to merge the hard drive partitions in Windows 7? Read on and find how.
Windows 7 has a user friendly interface which when clubbed with its advanced and highly functional features can provide the users with a totally vivid computing experience. Windows 7 has disk management options that help the users manage the attached hard disks and other compatible storage devices. The disk management options in Windows 7 allow the users to create, delete and merge partitions of the hard disks. The merging options in the disk management feature allow the users to increase the size of a partition by merging it with another empty partition. This merging option is highly useful for those who want to extend the space on a partition, to perform required jobs or tasks. This disk management option gives advanced space management capabilities to the Windows 7 users and eliminates the need of a separate third party program to do advanced operations on the attached storage devices.
Discussed below are some of the problems that can happen while or after merging partitions on a Windows 7 based computer:
- Errors while merging partitions
- Profile/boot errors after merging
- File/folder access errors after merging
Errors while merging partitions
The Windows 7 users who try to merge hard disk partitions using the available options can face errors that may affect the applicability of the desired operations. Errors while trying to merge two non-adjacent partitions, inability to merge two partitions using the default options and crashing or freezing of the disk management module followed by a merging failure report are some of the issues that can happen while trying to merge two partitions in Windows 7.
Profile/boot errors after merging
User Profile and boot errors are the two most common errors that can happen in Windows 7 after merging two partitions, like a primary or system partition and a secondary partition. In these kinds of situations, when the computer is started up after merging the partitions, Windows 7 is unable to load the correct user profile, thereby creating profile errors. It is not able to perform a normal boot at all and displays the error saying no OS found on disk while starting up the system using the Windows 7 installation disk. These situations are very critical as they require the users to restore or reinstall the Windows 7 OS to fully solve the issues.
Data corruptions and accessibility errors are other common issues that can occur after merging partitions in the Windows 7 system. Part or whole data on any of the merged partition gets corrupted or becomes invisible in these kinds of situations, leading to bigger complications. This mostly happens while merging partitions without backing up data from the smaller partition. In some cases, the last accessed data that is backed up from the smaller partition to the bigger can't be accessed after restarting the Windows 7 system, once the hard drive partitions are merged. These kinds of issues are also critical as they can lead to the loss or corruption of mass amount of data that causes great user inconvenience.
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