Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have an old drive cannibalized from a now non-existent computer. It is not now a boot drive. It has a 100MB OEM partition on it and I can't do anything with it. How can I recover that lost space without reformatting the whole drive (which has lots of valuable data on it)? I am running Windows 7, and doing whatever needs to be done with native Windows 7 tools would be a benefit, although not essential.

share|improve this question
    
I would just point out that the 100MB WinRE partition is normal with Windows 7 unless you manually remove it at install time. (Of course, it probably is OEM customized in this case, but I just want to be clear that even an off-the-shelf copy of Windows normally makes that partition.) –  Shinrai Dec 1 '10 at 16:23

1 Answer 1

You should be able to do this with Disk Management. Delete the partition you don't want, and extend the main partition. You can also use Partition Magic or some other such software to do it for you.

share|improve this answer
    
Almost exactly what I put, have deleted my answer –  Joe Taylor Dec 1 '10 at 14:34

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.