Increase my Hard disk size

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Want to increase your hard disk size?

Combine two hard drives into one.

You need a big hard drive, but don’t have the resources to buy one? Assume you have two smaller hard drives, how do you turn them into one. I will show you how here.

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How we achieve this is using the spanning feature available in windows XP/Vista/7. Let’s get down to it:

  • Click on the start button (Alternatively press the “windows key” and letter “R” at the same time) and type “diskmgmt.msc”. This will open the disk management console.

Before proceeding, you need to ensure your disks have no partitions and are unformatted. See how to delete partitions/remove disk formatting here

  • Right click on one of the drives to be combined, and select “New spanned volume” from the list of options.
  • When the spanned volume pop up appears, click next, and add the disk(s) you want to combine to your selected disk.
  • Select the drive letter, and format the new volume. (See disk formatting here.)
  • After completing this, look at the disk management and the spanned volume that you just created and formatted should be listed there.

Now you have a new and bigger volume to work with and achieve better storage capabilities.

NB: If you do regular back-ups, consider including the created spanned volumes in your backups. If one of the spanned drives fail, you will lose all your data . 

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