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Merging partition in Vista

  • Vista is a very familiar operating system to every computer user and user however might be perplexed by merging partitions under Vista. Along with the use of partitions, user may gradually dissatisfy with the partition mode. Therefore, they would like to repartition or merge previous partition. Nevertheless, it could be quite difficult tough for user to merge partitions since there are numerous formats of partitions. Therefore, I am to introduce partition and partition formats below.

    Partition formats
    Essentially, partitioning is format hard disk and partition generally comprises several formats as follows:
    FAT 16 adopts 16 bit file allocation table and supports a maximum partition of 2GB, being one of the most popular and recognized partition formats. Almost all operating system support FAT 16.
    FAT 32 adopts 32 bit file allocation table, greatly improving disk management capacity and smashing the 2 GB limit of FAT 16.
    Employing FAT 32, user could define one large disk as one partition to radically enhance disk management ability. Besides, FAT possesses another big advantage: in a partition less than 8GB, every cluster volume of FAT 32 is fixed as 4 KB which compared with FAT 16 has drastically reduced disk space waste and increased disk utilization.
    NTFS is a rising partition format, initially used in Windows NT network operating system. With the advance of its safety performance, Windows Vista and Windows 7 begin to employ and even merely allow NTFS as the partition format. NTFS features in high safety performance and excellent stability which hardly produces file fragment and is beneficial to disk space use and operating speed.
    exFAT is a flash memory file system that is introduced in Windows Embedded 7.0. For flash memory, NTFS is too complicated and exFAT is more suitable.

    To merge above-mentioned different formats of partitions, user should first convert them to the same partition format. Therefore, user will employ a partition manager - MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    MiniTool Partition Wizard
    MiniTool Partition Wizard is an excellent partition manager that is able to wipe partition, resize partition, merge partition, create partition, delete partition, format partition, convert partition format, copy partition, etc. Moreover, MiniTool Partition Wizard offers power-off data protection function to avert data loss.
    The following is a demonstration on how MiniTool Partition Wizard merges different formats of partitions.

    In this main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard, firstly select the desired partition J: for example to convert its FAT 32 to NTFS.

    Right click J: and select "Convert FAT to NTFS" in the drop-down menu.

    Click "Start" and subsequently click "Close" after successful conversion.

    Now right click I: to merge partitions.

    Click "Merge".

    Now choose the partition I: which is to be merged and then click "Next".

    Click J: and then click "Finish".

    Click "Apply" to execute pending operation.

    Click "Yes".

    Click "OK" to finish merging partitions.